Better late than never!

Sorry I’m so late in getting this up–hope you can still make it!

On Sunday, December 7th, we will be selling at The Handmaidens’ Minneapolis Craftmas Show. Our booth will be located on the main level against the wall. Click here for more information.

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The sale will be held at the Ballentine VFW from 10am-5pm. 2916 Lyndale Ave. So, Minneapolis, MN. Hope to see you there!

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Ch-ch-ch-changes

I’m reasonabily certain that isn’t the first time I’ve used that as a blog post title…

The Hippy and I spent the night in our new home last night.  It’s foreign territory to both of us, but the neighborhood looks and sounds just fine.  Despite that, we jumped every time we heard a noise because we’re paranoid freaks.  The furnace will take some finagling–one minute we were freezing, the next we were burning up.

He’ll be living there alone until after Christmas.  With No Coast and Craftmas coming up, plus my overwhelming desire to make everyone’s present, I’m going to be in no shape to move.  The majority of what I own is sewing supplies, and while I intend to move things over in pieces, I can’t uproot my sewing area until all my sewing is out of the way.

I’ll be honest… It’s overwhelming…

Create Overload

I’m beginning to think I have a serious problem. I have a bad case of the don’t want to do its. I keep thinking up a hundred different things I want to do instead of working on product for my No Coast/Handmaidens weekend or even Christmas presents.

I have four bags, ten cozies, and twelve wallets cut out and waiting for assembly.

I have no fewer than twelve presents I would like to make. In fact, I only have one present made and one cut out. Some of them are really quite easy.

And yet, I would like to make a hat, a skirt, a secret bag, homemade bagels, red velvet cupcakes… I keep saying, “after Christmas,” but the pull is ridiculously strong. So strong, in fact, that I’m writing this entry on my iPod from work.

It’s all I can think about! I can’t even focus on all the fabric I need to find a home for…

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!

If you missed the fun of Craftstravaganza, you can still catch Silver Pear Designs: Artistic Edition, Danger Kitty Designs, The Cozy Corset Cuff at Handmaidens Spring Fling this Sunday.

We’ll be in the basement (where the raffle box is stationed, so don’t miss that!) directly across from the door and next to our dear friends from Creative Sundries. The theme this time around is Prom, which I’m actually quite excited for.  I was considering wearing my old prom dress, but I think I will just wear a dress, dress.  Or maybe a skirt.  You’ll have to come in order to find out!

You can pick up cards for the raffle at the sale, or from our table.  Every vendor is donating an item, so each winner is bound to get some really awesome stuff!

Where are the elves when you need them?

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See that mess? That’s what I have to work on. Or, I should say, part of what I have to work on. Twenty bags, twenty four cozies. There are a few more bags cut out, but those are not currently in my possession. That picture looks confusing, allow me to clean that up a bit…

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Much better. Bags on the right, cozies on the left. I Like You business cards in the middle and mess everywhere else. That’s how I roll. I’m reckless!

The question is… Who is going to sew all these for me? Yesterday marked the one month deadline until Craftstravaganza, and the next Handmaidens’ show is one week after that. I don’t even know if the product I have already plus this new product will be enough for both shows. I have absolutely no idea what to expect! I’m hoping for greatness, though, so let’s hope that selling out is my biggest problem! : D

The best thing about that picture is that you can imagine how much fabric I had to have started with.  The pile was maybe… just under two feet.  After cutting, I have ten measly pieces of fabric to put back in my Aneboda.  Ten.  I gotta tell you…. After I finish these two sales, I am SO going to want to go on a shopping spree!  But you know what that spree will be?  Taking samples of EVERYTHING left in Aneboda and finding things to match them.  Some of these fabrics are five years old, and that’s just plain unacceptable.

I should be sewing, but I think I’m going to dig through Aneboda a little first… Just to see what I got.

Handmaidens Recap

Sale Numero dos was a huge success.  Danger Kitty Designs, The Cozy Corset Cuff, and Artistic Edition had a ton of visitors, a good number of sales, and some awesome consignment offers.

My advertising campaign (read: nagging) seems to have worked.  I recognized a ton of faces in the crowd, which was a huge boost.  I think everyone I dragged there invited purchased something, so that gives me warm fuzzies.   It’s really lovely to see people supporting local crafters.

Rumor has it (okay, it’s not a rumor, I saw him with my own eyes), a local celebrity goes to every local craft fair.  I remember him (actually, I remember his wife) from the last Handmaidens’ sale.  I shant spill the beans in order to keep mobs of news groupies (oh, I’ve said too much!) from stalking him at the sales.  It’s goofy, but I was really excited to see him there.  And his family members have purchased a ridiculously large number of Cozy Corset Cuffs.

And now it’s time to rest.  But not for long.  2008 is the year of the craft sale.  We’ve just added one more to our already busy schedule!  YeeHaw!

Butterflies

Seasoned performers say the stage fright never really goes away.  You always have that anticipation, that excitement, tinged with a small bit of worry.

That’s how I’m feeling about tomorrow.  I’ve done the craft sale thing (and to be honest, I’ve done it a million times before I started doing my own this winter), but I still don’t know what to expect tomorrow.  I’m nervous.

What if I forget something important?  What if no one buys the new products I’ve worked so hard on?  What if the windchill is so cold (supposed to be -30 WC, dammit!) that no one in the state of Minnesota leaves the house?

But what if I do really well?  What if we can barely keep up with the orders?  What if I sell out?  What if someone from a shop comes by and wants wholesale orders and I’m busy for the rest of my life?

I have no idea what to expect tomorrow, but I have my Saturday to-do list in front of me, and I have until 1:45 to get as much of it done as possible.  Sleep deprived and bleary eyed, I will make it through tomorrow somehow.