Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Mom, Markets, and Computer Hate

I've been keeping quite busy lately in terms of Needlings
goings-on as well as helping my mom start her very own
Etsy scarf shop.

So we present you with, the very sparce, currently, but not for long,

She's working on lots of pretty, pretty scarves featuring
the yarns you see in the photo. I'm helping her out
as much I can until she gets the hang of it but
it's very nice to see her excited.
She's always been a "maker" who would love to have
a shop of some sort but I think wasn't sure where to start.

On the topic of markets,
I will be participating in the Holiday Makers' Market
here in Hamilton this year taking place at Christ's
Cathedral Church downtown - which is a beautiful old
church that allows it's usage for such events.
I'm excited to see how it goes considering it has more of
an "indie," for the lack of a better word, vibe than
my first show did (that I was still happy with) earlier this month.

Now on the combo topic of computer hate and why
I haven't been very present on this here blog lately
My firefox browser has decided to disallow me
access to certain features such as my email, flickr blogging,
and other fun things that make my life easier for them
to all be in the same place.
My computer has decided to take a bit of a speed break
on top of that so we'll see what I can work out.
Perhaps Santa will bring me a brand new spiffy working
computer...and if he doesn't - I may just have
to bring it to myself.

I hope to see you more often than it has been.

I shall be working away on new items (Owl Mamas currently)
and organizing for the market next week but I hope
everyone in the U.S. has a happy Thanksgiving
and end of November in general for everyone else.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Free Shipping and New Moo!

Needlings Notecard Set, originally uploaded by Needlings.

These are my new note cards featuring my product photography printed by!
I thought they needed a little home so I made a felt envelope to hold the little set of 4 cards and envelopes. It's fun trying out new things. I'm still working on a few more holiday-y items so look out for those if you are so inclined.

I spent today doing a little Christmas shopping for my mom...I seem to always start with her because she's just the easiest. I love shopping for her. On the off chance she reads this I won't say what I got but I will say that I think she'll like all of it. My dad and brother always require serious spying, prying, and list-making. Thankfully, I am a cool-headed late shopper so I still have some time!

Speaking of holiday shopping...
I'm officially letting you all know that I have free shipping worldwide in my shop until December 1st! No excuses to empty out those favourites now. (wink wink)

I hope everyone is enjoying the starting signs (or full on pleasant/unpleasant effects) of winter coming.

If you hate winter...don't fret - it always goes away eventually. And if you love it...enjoy it until it is over and then don't fret - it always comes back again.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

MacFair finished!

MacFair 08, originally uploaded by Needlings.

I've had a busy beginning of November getting ready and finally actually doing MacFair at the Museum of Art the past few days.
It was an overall pleasant first show for me and I was lucky enough to have my mom there the whole time.
This photo is of my set up before the show started and only experienced a little shifting and replacing of items over the span of the three day show. Definitely happy with how it turned out!
It was busier than I thought it would be and there really were no disasters or even almost disasters and I am now feeling ready to agree to more shows...which is exciting!
It was super nice to be able to talk to a few people who are really right there with me in a lot of ways. I'm really too much of a homebody most of the time so I really liked meeting some really sweet people.

Oh, and tomorrow is my birthday! Not a bad November so far.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

It's a Necklace!

It's a necklace!, originally uploaded by Needlings.

In the middle of all my tagging and pricing prep for MacFair Thursday, Friday, and Saturday...I decided to make a tiny owl.

Added a little ring and ribbon and I think he makes the perfect little owly necklace!

I hope everyone's November is starting out as pleasant as mine has been.
Busy with work but definitely good.
I'll be spending the next couple of days frantically working to prepare for my show but I hope to see you all following the weekend with some good words (and photos) from my first big show!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Holly Doll

Holly Doll, originally uploaded by Needlings.

It's Saturday night and I've finished another new doll!
My weekend is never much of a break in the week since I work at 7am both Saturday and Sunday so my work week soldiers on as usual.

It was quite a rainy day today but I managed to get a few photos taken between sun showers which made me quite happy.

I wish it were snowy so she could have a wintery background to suit her rosy red cheeks but these will do for now.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Ellie Doll

Ellie Doll, originally uploaded by Needlings.

Well, here she is all finished up! And she's up in the shop too.
My plan is to get a few done to add a few punches of pattern to my table at MacFair!
First one down, polka dots!
I've been working on another one that's a little more Christmas-y looking. Red and white to be exact. With some vintage floral print legs. It's fun to work with patterned fabric every once in awhile on things other than bags.
Happy last weekend of October! I always miss October when it's over. But November is my birth month so the longing doesn't last too long!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

New pouches!

New pouches!, originally uploaded by Needlings.

I finally finished a big batch of pouches I've been working on and they're now up in my shop!
My fingers are quite glad that the ordeal is over but I didn't give them much of a break to be honest:
I've spent the past little bit finishing up that new doll that I'll be showing off very soon.

Can you believe how hard I'm working?
I can't!

Talk soon and thanks for checking back with me; as always.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Work, originally uploaded by Needlings.

Just started working on this new doll last night while watching Pushing Daisies (I love that show).

I hope to get a few dolls (my felt plush with fabric legs) finished before MacFair...among a few other things!

Back to work! Hope everyone is having a lovely Wednesday!

P.S. There will be a new batch of snap pouches in the shop very very soon!

Come see me at MacFair!

Come see me at MacFair!, originally uploaded by Needlings.

Thursday, October 16, 2008


Work, originally uploaded by Needlings.

Still working away at a big batch of pouches.

My poor fingers.

I've also listed a bunch of new Owl Mamas in the shop!

Happy Thursday!

P.S. See that adorable little pincushion?

It's from the ever so sweet SugarElf shop!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Yesterday's Twitter Tweets

  • 08:15 Why am I awake? #
  • 09:06 Katie in the shop! #
  • 09:06 Fern in the shop! #
  • 10:16 today I have to: keep working on ridiculous quantity of pouches, shop for more MacFair supplies (bags, rack for totes, etc.), and vote! #
  • 16:15 voted! #
  • 18:11 so happy with all the stuff I got for my craft fair display today! Less nerves and more excitement! #
  • 21:57 listening to Penelope by Pinback #
  • 23:22 is quite happy to be heading to bed tonight. #
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Monday, October 13, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Or Columbus Day,
for you Americans.

Or Monday,
for everyone else.

Still working on a big batch of pouches for MacFair.
So so happy to have the next three days to devote
to Needlings and just myself!

Hope everyone has a lovely day!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Yesterday's Twitter Tweets

  • 05:29 why does my cell phone not let me know I have a new voicemail until the absolute middle of the night...5 hours after the message was left? #
  • 12:58 working on a batch of pouches for MacFair and taking photos of Owl Mamas. #
  • 13:05 Peter back in the shop: #
  • 13:49 what is going on with my camera? #
  • 14:04 just listed a new Owl Mama in the shop! #
  • 14:24 and another one! #
  • 14:53 not looking forward to working 7am-3:30pm tomorrow but really looking forward to my Thanksgiving (Canadian) 3 day "weekend." #
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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Finally Finished Scarf

Finally Finished Scarf, originally uploaded by Needlings.

Remember when I started this? Me neither. June, I believe.
I absolutely love knittydirtygirl's yarn!

Now I have an excellently green scarf to go with my purple jacket.

Who Loves Ikea?

I do!

So I always get lost and will
never possess such a perfect display kitchen...
but one trip to Ikea and I feel loads better about MACFair
that's coming up in a little under a month.

Two little metal shelve-y step-y things,
a little pink stool,
and a bright yellow metal storage pail,
and I feel like I'm almost there.

All I need is a rack of some sort for my totes.
Email me if you have any leads!

Here's my "test set up."
Don't mind the currently empty signs
and random bits of clutter scattered about!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Cloudy Day

It's a pretty sad looking day today...

And I just shipped out this happy little cloud custom pouch.

It was nice and sunny when I was working on it yesterday though.
Really pretty.
I love fall.

Yesterday's Twitter Tweets

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Friday, October 3, 2008

Yesterday's Twitter Tweets

  • 10:31 did inventory on baking books section at work today...yeah, I'll be making some cupcakes after lunch. #
  • 12:26 checking out ....Harper must go! #
  • 17:15 is continually unimpressed with Great Big Sea. #
  • 20:16 watching the debates...the American and the Canadian both. So far, I have determined that the Americans have superior sound guys. #
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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

It's October!

I completely can't believe it.
The next month has been jumping up on me
too quickly lately.

I managed to get a new tote in the shop today.

A mushroom one:

I spent some time joining Twitter today.
Which is a fun little blogging update sort of site
for quick updates or those with short attention spans.

If I can fully figure it may find some of my "tweets"
making their way over here every once in awhile.
But in the meantime,
you can see them here!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Oh Ike.

Thanks to hurricane Ike,
Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago seems to have
been quite the wet one.

My wonderful fellow Plush Team
members who went to Chicago to
work our booth spoke of a happy weekend,
though wet, and not as busy as hoped.

I'm just thrilled to have been able to participate
and look forward to many awesome
Plush Team events in the future.
Hopefully a few I will attend in person as well!

photo credit:

photo credit:

The booth looks amazing in the photos, doesn't it?
So many awesome Plush Team plush!

On a serious note,
I hope everyone who was affected by Ike is
with power and safety soon if not already.