Don't want to make your own? Let me make one for you.
1 flap in outer fabric
Don't want to make your own? Let me make one for you.
Tomorrow morning I will most likely be laid off from my job as a commercial insurance underwriter. I'm not surprised and actually pretty darn excited about having some free time. For more than six months we've been waiting to hear when/where/how many? On the "company" side of the insurance industry layoffs are fairly standard these days--a bad year or two and the shareholders want blood, so they sell part or all of the company to put some cash on the books.
Of course most of my coworkers have not been muttering "sweet freedom will be mine!" under their breath like I have so it will be a weird and emotional morning--good for me and bad for most everyone else. For the last six months I've been mulling over what I would do when this time arrived and now that it's here I think it's time to commit to some goals for the year:
1. Not have to get a full time job for the rest of the year. The option of temping is always available and there is a special temp service just for the insurance industry, so the jobs pay pretty well. I definitely want to do some insurance work because insurance is my career insurance--if I can't make it on my own it will be there waiting to take me back. But not right away, because...
2. I should focus on my business for a good chunk of time while I have the luxury of doing so. One day a few years back I just signed up on etsy and over time it's evolved on it's own. It's been so great and so many people give me great compliments and all those kind words really make you think you can make it work somehow. But the somehow part is tricky. I'm used to making money and going back to being poor and living on a strict budget is a wee bit frightening to me.
3. Revamp my "look". Two years ago I made my own banner. It's not even the right size since they upgraded the site. And I'm tired of the old banner. It's time for a makeover.
4. Send packages to Bouncing Wall in Seattle on a regular basis. My stuff sells there, but I've never had the time to send her a regular supply.
5. Finish my business plan and go to SBA counseling to figure out that "somehow" part mentioned above.
Gee...one is gone and we are almost half way to the next already!
Last weekend I mostly did chores--*sigh*, but did get in a bit of sewing and came up with this oh-so-cute tiny wallet:
Now I'm frantically making more so I can send a nice package to Bouncing Wall. I never have enough stuff to send to Seattle and want to send them a really wonderful box this time with tons and tons of things. This is the only store I sell in right now outside my shop and it's been a great experience--very smooth sailing, prompt payment, wonderful owner--and last summer I got a nice mention in Seattle (Seattle's monthly magazine) when Bouncing Wall was featured as a shopping hot spot.
For entertainment there really wasn't any left over time to go out, but I did make it out to visit a friend and then I watched The Real Dirt on Farmer John while doing some hand stitching. This movie was great! Such an interesting guy and it was very nice to see him find his niche with Angelic Organics. He is really onto something with that farmer in sparkly spandex on tractor thing. I loved it and want to go live on a flamboyant farm now. Al Gore was right, Farmer John and the movie are unbelievably special.
The faux woodgrain fabric is making me crazy. All I can think about making is fake wood--or "Faux Bois" as Tim Gunn from Project Runway would say. One of my larger fake wood projects--which is super top secret for now--got me thinking about making little logs. But what do you do with a small, fake log? Then I remembered that my friend SK has a dog named Marley who is insane for logs. She has a piece of wood she loves to show off if you go in the back yard with her. It's very funny because the log is much, much too big for her and yet she insists she must drag if over and show it to you.
So where all of this led to making a new dog toy.
Hence The Dog Log:
It's made from brown canvas that I quilted with bark-like lines. Then I made an insert from some junky old fabric and stuffed the insert with a squeaker, plastic sacks (neat crinkly noise) and some polyfil. I sewed the insert up securely on my new serger and then stuffed it inside the not-very-realistic log exterior and closed the whole thing up.
This log is much more Marley's size and Lila is kinda liking it as a chin rest. It's going to Marley soon for product testing. I'll probably make Lila one without the squeaker and bags, so she can use it as a pillow.
Dog with Dog Log:
Dog Log End Detail:
My mom is the most fearless sewer I've ever met. She will sew anything and is alway willing to try to fix or make things that would baffle or overwhelm me. When I was a kid there was always some old couch being torn apart in her sewing room (often it was me tearing it apart for a few extra dollars) and then re-upholstered, or a horse blanket being mended, or some ratty lining being replaced for someone. So for Christmas I made her this super handy sewing cuff with built in pincushion:
She's actually had one of these wrist pin cushions for as long as I can remember but it was one of those terrible plastic cuffs that don't fit well or stay on. This particular cuff is made from a super soft Japanese cotton for the strap and then a cute scrap of the red mum fabric backed in red polka dots. Then I used a fun sparkly button and wool thread to define the flower "petals".