Friday, April 23, 2010

Organization at it's Finest.

So I had been meaning to take some photos of where I work... and I kept putting it off because I needed to clean, get shelves, get organized... and it just always seemed like I wasn't quite there yet. Well, finally, after seeing all these amazing spaces (clean and unclean) on the Attack of The Craft boards, I decided if I was going to take pictures, it was now or never... and perhaps the photos being out there and making everyone hold me accountable and call me a piggie, might make me want to clean. And also because we are having people over to our apt for a kickback/bday party and I have a HUGE problem with people being in my dwelling when it's unclean... I just can't have it... so the living room is done, the kitchen just needs to be wiped down, and now the studio, cuz we have a shelf blocking the door now, and can't close it.
Anyway... I think it looks WAY worse in photos than in real life.

Feast your eyes upon the madness:

as you can see, the biggest problems are the cutting table in the middle of the room, which I only really mind when I'm working on a large project, cuz that will almost ALWAYS be covered in stuff, since its where I do the majority of my work... and the other major problem is the fabric stash... and keep in mind, every plastic drawer unit in these photos is also stuffed with fabric, in addition to the fabric you can see in other places... I know... it's an addiction, I have acknowledged it, but I have no intention of curing it! SO THERE!

So, my first step was getting the second table, as I have 4 sewing machines (two sergers, two reg machines) and another chair. Check.
And I've bought an additional lamp for the second table. Check.

and the best investment of all, were these I got from Target:

Which will now house all my fabric... so tonight shall be organization time! and cleaning in general... especially since I've made some fuzzy boot covers for some clients this week and the room is now covered in red, yellow and green fur as well as random shit.

but for now, off to the day job... I'll post after pix soon!

Monday, April 12, 2010

AoTC and Furs.... sounds like a band...

So I apologize, I guess, for directing any of you over to the DIYscene forum in my last post... because all us cool people have moved over to Attack of the Craft and it is now the coolest place to be. Like srsly. I mean, like, go over there... like now.
Attack of The Craft - A Discussion Forum for Crafters, DiY Artisans, and Lovers of Handmade!

Other than that, I have been busy, as per usual, working hard on new summer styles for the etsy shop. I've recently perfected a racerback tank pattern and about 5 variations of it that I'm now in love with and want to use all the time (if you go to my shop now, you'll see what I'm talking about)

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Other than the normal sewing I do for my etsy, I'm currently working on a custom order for some Fluffy Boot Covers to be worn to a 4-20 rave.... *ahem*...


and while I LOVE working with fur, I love making things with it, I love shopping for it, and petting it lol... IT GETS EVERYWHERE! No matter what I do, how carefully I cut it, even if I hold my breath and immediately shake it out in a garbage bag... always ends up in my nose, stuck to my feet, all over my shirt.... AAARRRRRRGHGHHHH! but the end result is always nice, so I suppose that's all that matters? *shrug*

that said, i have a GREAT source for fur. I do wish I could buy it wholesale (perhaps someday) but for now I'll take what I can get. It's reasonably priced, the highest I've bought from them was a long haired purple with metallic threads for $20/yd... but ALL of their fur is 66" wide. FANTASTIC! I can EASILY get two boot covers out of half a yard of that. So awesome. I took some example shots of some of their tri-color furs today to show a client, and I thought I might share them with you guys, cuz they are super cute!


I love fabric shopping... OH! While I was at the fur shop, they also carry other fabrics, so I got this too! $5 a yard!
its a lightweight white satin (almost lining weight) with black velvet flocking. LOVE IT! Not sure what I'll make out of it yet, but I'll come up with something!

back to work!

Friday, March 19, 2010


I forgot to mention it in the last post!
I have recently have gotten more involved in the DIYscene Forum and I absolutely LOVE it.
I joined the forum in 2008 when I first opened my etsy shop and posted probably about 3 times and then haven't been on since... I recently went back on a whim and was blown away by the community itself!
Now that I've been an etsy seller for a couple years, and have been shopping etsy and reading The Storque and the newsletters, etc.... I go onto the DIYscene boards and realized SO MANY of my favorite sellers are on there! And many people I read their blogs, follow their twitters, or buy their crafts, etc!
It's also a great source of information. So many sellers and buyers with varying levels of experience and knowledge about anything you could really want to know about DIY. Some of them make a living off of it, some are working regular jobs as well... I would highly recommend it to any DIYer of any experience level, or even if you are a DIY buyer!

You gotta get on there. Srsly.

Also, you can join their Street Team, once you meet certain requirements and get to participate in monthly themes, swaps, etc. And tag your items with the "CraftAnon" tag which people shopping etsy frequently search for because of their TNT sales and special deals.

so yeah. Do it. Click to go to DIYscene


The NYTR Spring Line...

So its been awhile, and I promised I wouldn't take so long between entries... sawwy.


The spring line is coming along very slowly... haha, I have a habit of getting side-tracked. I did come up with a few new shapes however, and ended up submitting a mini collection to The Pink Parlour as an entry to win a spot in their Fashion Show, which didn't end up working out... but it DID force me to put together a cohesive collection, so that was a win. :)

After that, I kept working on more and more pieces... and I uploaded a hefty bunch to etsy the other night including these babies:



I've started doing more Tee shirt Recons lately... brings me back to the old days! lol

and remember this sample? from my last entry???

Finished product! and I will be making this in more variations as i perfect the design...

..... so you can check all those out and TONS more on my etsy :)

I also finally got some tees printed with my logos and such on them (as you saw above, one of the designs is a "Rock out with Yourself Out" and the teal shirt with my three logos), there's also one with an awesome drawing of me on it:

I've been wanting to have tee shirts for a LONG time. Its awesome to finally have them, and like, walking advertisements for my clothing line... AND I can finally clothe some boys too.... THERE MALES... ARE YOU HAPPY!? haha... I get requests for menswear ALL the time. And I would LOVE to make some... its just so easy to make girl clothing when you know... I can try it on for fit, and I have a female dress form.
Not sure if the BF would be quite as glad as I am to try things on over and over again to get the fit right... One of these days though, I want to dive into some menswear. Vests, hoodies, blazers, etc etc... but for now, you get tee shirts.

So that's what I have been working on lately, keeping myself occupied, as always. I have many more projects on deck (as per usual) including jewelry! Those should hopefully be up by the end of April at the absolute latest. And I'll try my best to post progress shots up here. As jewelry itself is something I've worked very little on in my years as a crafter... but this particular type and material, I've never even used before... so it could be an adventure....

Until next time all!