Monday, January 18, 2016

Working on Launching Collections

I've been taking some online creative business classes to learn more about marketing to social media.

Back in the day, 10 years ago, when I ran 2 businesses, one being an online stationery store, things were done differently than today. Now that I'm physically able to run a business again, I need to learn how it's done currently.

One lesson that I surprisingly already knew and used to do, but for some reason haven't really done recently is to Launch Collections. In my stationary days I did that all the time! Why I didn't transfer that to what I do now? I just don't know!

Well what this means is basically instead of making one thing and putting it in my shop, I'll be making a collection of things and offering those all together about every 3 to 4 months.

This gives my fans something to look forward to and eases the stress on me of having something, anything done. I'll keep me focused on task. Plus I hope this will enable me to take on more custom and commissioned work in the future.

So I'm announcing my first launch date. March 2, 2016. I'll be making bunnies for Easter/Spring.

I'll show wips of what I'm working on but not completed things until right before the launch. 

A couple of small bunny ornaments.

Sewing tiny noses.

 Little bunny smiles.

I need to still make the eggs for these guys.

Bunny doll.

 Designing ears.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Last Creative Piece Done

I had to set this piece aside for a while while dealing with the passing of Binks but I did finish this piece, finally
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I added all the final stitching details and cut out a banner for his name.

 I embroidered his name in the same golden color of his eyes.

I then tucked in the ends to have a furled look. 

I sewed the banner down and stretched the piece over thick cardboard before placing it in a shadowbox frame. 

 I'm very pleased with how this came out and would love to do more.

 Here's the REAL Harley. Such a beautiful dog.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

A Sad End to the Year

 Sad because my sweet old cat Binks took his final trip to the vet on New Year's eve day He would have been 18 years old in March. I had him since he was about 12 weeks old and there's a huge hole in my heart at his passing.

 He was the sweetest cat in the world. He was a love bug and my constant companion. He just rolled with whatever was going on. When we got our dog Lita, loved her too.

 They napped together and hung out together. Lita has never known a time without Binks.

 In our previous house this was their favorite activity, sitting together watching the world go by.

 Binks suffered from kitty dementia and was was going deaf but he always knew who I was and always wanted to cuddle.

 3/28/98 to 12/31/2015 RIP my sweet boy, you'll always be in my heart.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Very Last Creative Piece of 2015.

The very last piece I'm doing this year is a present for my daughter's boyfriend. It's also a sample piece for a new custom I'll be offering in 2016.

It's a felt art piece that can be framed. I'm pretty excited about this and hope you all enjoying seeing it too.
 Here I'm working out the details.
 

Here is the super simple drawing I did and worked off of.

 I chose a background color and pinned the shapes down and started sewing.

 The main body is done and now I need to add the details.

 It's an applique kind of sewing process. I layer the shapes on top of each other and it gives the piece dimension.

 Looks good but it's still too flat looking. Now I'm ready to add what I call embroidery but is really just stitching that adds character and some details to the head.

 I've started the stitching. It's a little hard to see in this pic. I'll take a better one later. He needs the rest of his details and and banner with his name embroidered on, and that is really embroidery.

Stay tuned for the next post to see the finished piece.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Gingerbread House Part 2

I added some details to the bushes and a door knob. 
Stuffed it so it was full and still had some squish. 
There is a piece of cardboard on the bottom 
so the house stands properly.

 Side view. I was able to use one of my awesome product tags.

 I added pink stripes to the candy canes and details to the tree.

 Other side. I really like the roof.

 Closer view of front.

Closer view of back.

I may make a new different one each until I have a whole village!

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