Spring Cleaning

It’s that time of year where it’s time to shift gears.  Sure, it’s snowing right now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start our spring cleaning around here, does it?  It’s time to whittle down old inventory so we can make way for the new stuff.

There is currently a sale going on at The Cozy Corset Cuff shop where old stock is $2 off.  It would be a real shame to see those great cozies expire before finding a loving home, wouldn’t it?

I plan on doing the same thing at Danger Kitty Designs, but I’m going balls to the wall.  I’m discounting every headband, including anything new I list.  The new “inventory clean up” price will be $8.  This means I have to get my act together and photograph and edit.  Pretty sure it will be worth it, though.

So head on over and find some great deals.

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Sale Recap

The Handmaidens’ Craftmas was an amazing success.  The sale was wonderful for a first run, and I definitely can’t wait for the February sale.  The setup went without a hitch–Ang and Sarah had the tables all mapped out, and two hours was plenty for us to get everything set up and looking pretty for our eager guests.  We had people busting down the door to shop at 10 am when we opened, and it remained really fast paced until 3pm.  From there it slowed down, but it was a very welcome relief.  It gave sellers a chance to finally get up and walk around without having to worry about their booth.

I had success with my sales, but my greatest success was completely unexpected:

A woman bought a headband from me, and pulled her wallet out to pay.   I noticed the fabric matched a cozy I was selling.  Then it hit me!  It was my wallet.  Not my personal wallet, but one I was selling at I Like You.  I told her I made her wallet, and she said she bought it a few days ago, and was already getting a ton of compliments on it.

It was a proud moment, indeed!

On stripping and slouching

As a kid, I spent summer time and winter break religiously watching Aleene’s Creative Living.  The genius behind Tacky Glue was my first exposure to Friendly Plastic and the Print Gocco.  I remember trying to make a tacky glue and white bread clay to frame a tiger paint by number I made.  Trying was the operative word, though Aleene swore it would work.  I made jewelry with Friendly Plastic.  I still fantasize about the Gocco, but I have no graphic design skills, so I don’t even bother dreaming much anymore (mom always said no… who knows how different I would be now if she’d gotten me one).

But one thing that I still remember Aleene promoting was a posture belt.  As a kid I had no idea what spending hours slumped over your craft could do to your back, but I still kept this image in my mind.  And now that I have been growing increasingly aware of my humpback over the last few years, this memory is growing more and more prominent in my head.  So a couple days ago I decided to do something about it.  I bought myself a posture belt.  I’m still waiting for it to come in the mail, but I’m really quite excited about it.  I hope that it actually works, and doesn’t just leave me uncomfortable.  I hope I can wait out the awkward adjustment period, where my muscles get retrained to how they are supposed to rest.  I will probably be tempted to wear it everywhere I go.  I’m okay with that.

In half-related news (sewing), I have adopted a new technique for batch sewing.  It’s a variation on the stripping technique quilters use.  Instead of sewing and cutting all my headbands loose from the machine after each one, I have started leaving the thread attached and starting a new headband.  What I end up with is this crazy prayer flag looking thing, but I only have to do one big batch of sewing and then one big batch of cutting.  It seems so much smoother.  So smooth, in fact, that I have to wonder why I didn’t think of this before.

And now, I must iron.  I’ve got eight headbands to finish before work.

Production Slow Down

There’s nothing quite as disappointing as being very gung ho about sewing, only to break your favorite (and pretty essential) tool on the first item.

For awhile I’ve been singing the praises of Clover’s Easy Loop Turner.  Today mine snapped, leaving it completely useless.  I love it so much, I have two sets.  Unfortunately, I have no idea where my second set is, so I had to use my Dritz Loop Turner.  Quite frankly, I have never been quiet about my disdain of Dritz tools and notions.  Everything breaks or doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do.  The Dritz Loop Turner turns loops… Yes.  But not without creating a hole at the edge of your fabric.

Holes in the fabric are all fine and dandy if the edge of the fabric is going to be covered, but let’s face it: sometimes, like in the case of my headbands, it’s not.  Now I need to go in search of a third tool–one that doesn’t poke holes, one that doesn’t snap under pressure.  Sooner than later–I have quite a few headbands to make, and that’s a lot of turning.