Monday, September 9, 2013

Locke Street Festival 2013

Last year, you may or may not remember, we set up for the festival in a crazy downpour. Tarps were needed before we could even get the tent all set. This year at least it waited until we got the tent up! This awesome Hamilton show is probably one of maybe two outdoor shows I have ever done that regardless of how much rain we have, it's still great! Sure the first few hours were a pretty big bummer but halfway through the day I had almost completely forgotten about the downpour from earlier (with the reminder of my wet shoes and dripping pompoms).

I was super excited to test out my brand new display this year and although it took a couple trips in the Yaris - we got everything there and I'm really happy with it! A few things to tweak for Supercrawl this coming weekend but overall I think it worked out great. Even my mom's knits are all mixed in!

I saw so many familiar local faces from past shows and it was great to do a local show again - my first one of the year! It's so wonderful to do this show every year and see the same sweet families and people return. It is absolutely one of my favourite days of the year. I feel like Hamilton is such a supportive city and these shows make me so excited to be a part of this community more and more every year. I literally tear up at how lovely my Hamilton customers have been over these last six years. Sappy! But seriously! I really can't say how much I have appreciated the local support I've gotten for Needlings.

very wet day but all in all a very great one! I can't wait to get out there again this weekend at Supercrawl and do it all over again! Here's hoping it's a little sunnier out there. See you soon!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

In the Workroom Recap : Week 303

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great Labour Day weekend!

I spent most the week sewing away as usual. A sure sign that two of the biggest festivals of the year are only days away! Locke Street Festival is coming up this Saturday on the 7th and Supercrawl the following Saturday. I can't wait! These are also two of my favourite shows and two days of the year that make me extra excited to be a part of the art community of Hamilton.

All that mushy stuff aside, I started the week off with testing out my new doll stands! Yep, they'll work! A few of my extra large headed dollies are in need of some bigger stands but I'm happy to say that my plans for these will work out and I can (almost) cross another thing off my to-do list before One of a Kind Show pops up in December!

Before I got going on sewing another little batch of littles (kitties next!), I took some time to paint another display piece! This time a grungy little vintage suitcase into a painted less grungy little suitcase lined with a little chalkboard for various doodles and pricing info and all that stuff!

Much better!

I'm pretty excited about it! I'll add it to the bunch of new display items and give it a test run at Locke Street Festival this weekend!
Next, I finished up that batch of kitties!

Pretty cute, right? I also finally picked up some good chalk (apparently there is such a thing as bad chalk) and tried out that chalkboard. I am convinced now that everything can be made better with a chalkboard element so get ready for months of chalkboard-ing around here. (A few more things anyway!)

Next, a few cell phone sleeves to add to the bunch of goodies for the Locke Street display.
Luckily the weekend was pretty rainy and dark so being stuck in my workroom wasn't terrible at all but I did take the travelling workspace over to Lisa's (of Nerdbiskit) to do some work with company for a little bit! With tea, of course! Wondeful pumpkim spice chai. Fall is the best - I know it's still summer, but it's September now so we're close!

We both have Locke Street Festival and Supercrawl coming up in the next couple weekends so there are lots of things to sew between the two of us! (Like that taco face by Nerdbiskit on the bottom right there!)
I also picked up my new buttons all ready to go with Needlings illustrations. So happy with them!

Then I was back home again and finished off those cell sleeves!

That's it for the week but I'll be spend the rest of this one now continuing to stock up for the festivals and finish a few more display items so I can try out the brand new set up on Saturday! 

See you there, I hope! 

Sunday, August 25, 2013

In the Workroom Recap : Week 302

Hey guys!

We're two weeks away from Locke Street Festival and three away from Supercrawl so there are a lot of little batches of things that need to be whipped up! Carefully, of course.

I finished working on a little batch of Owlings but not before filling a few orders for the Summer Owl Sale (that is now all finished.) Thank you so much for all of you that picked up a new Owl Mama this month! It's hard to believe Summer is already almost over and we're getting ready for Needlings six year anniversary at the end of September! Six years!

These are a few of my favourite colourways, in fact (good taste, guys!) - I need to remember to make a few more of these for the upcoming shows! It's funny how it comes in waves what colours tend to be popular - right now, things are looking pretty bright and pink - which I am totally ok with!

After all outstanding orders were all wrapped up and mailed off - I did a little display shopping - furry carpets and yarn for pompoms - and got my chalkboard contact paper in the mail! I have lots of vague plans for my display for One of a Kind Show later this year but piece by piece it'll come together officially - hopefully with lots of time to spare before the show and after testing a few display pieces at my outdoor shows in September!

The plan for the chalkboard is to make a new sign for Needlings and new little accent signs for the display. Here's the tester I made from a cute little mirror I picked up a few of a while back! Yep, it's a chalkboard!

And it works! Magical! I have some more plans for these in the future but left it for now and got to doing up a bunch more pompoms for the tent and Needlings goodies to fill it with of course!

Pretty excited to have finished these little guys up this week - on to kitties next!

I rewarded myself at the end of the week with visiting my dear friends, Lisa and Jen, at FanExpo on Friday!

This is my first year attending without vending and although I missed having the full exhibitor crazy four day experience a bit, it was fun to actually enjoy it for one day without the stress of getting ready for it! I think I made the right choice being that my year is already pretty busy with it being my first year of doing the One of a Kind Show Spring and Holiday shows in addition to the usual Needlings work. I need to make sure my hands stick around for awhile afterall.

Spent some time selling moustaches with Nerdbiskit then braved these crazy crowds just to get out of the convention centre! Fun!

Well, back to sewing! I'll see you all next week!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

In the Workroom Recap : Week 301

I'm late again! If it makes you feel any better, I totally completely forgot about it instead of the usual, "oh, I need to do my recap tonight - in the morning - this afternoon - this evening - tonight - in the morning," thinking about it. Makes me feel better anyway!

I started off the week finishing up that batch of Little Robots!

They will be stock for next month's shows and in the meantime you can find them in the shop and at a few various shops perhaps in and around your place of residence. 

After a bunch of supply restocking and display shopping, including more yarn for pom poms and fancy fluffy carpets for One of a Kind, I got to work on a batch of Little Owlings!

I think one of the things that keeps me going when making a bunch of something I've made bunches of before is putting together new colourways and combinations everytime. I make a lot of the same popular ones and my favourites everytime but I always end up throwing in a new one or two. That sort of sounds like "oo, shiny," of me but I guess that's sort of accurate. Colours!!!

I finished handsewing and embroidering the faces and took a little break to try out another one of those doll display options I mentioned last week. I think I'm going to go with the doll stands and I haven't decided on the packaging yet. I like the plastic packaging but I would rather go with a more eco-friendly option so I'm looking at lots of kraft paper boxes and washi tape instead! It's all very exciting stuff...

So that's it for the week! I'm a little further ahead on the owls and have some larger owl orders to fill but I'm hoping to have these little guys all finished up this week and more pompoms made for the old craft show display!

See you for the next one!

Monday, August 12, 2013

In the Workroom Recap : Week 300

300 weeks! Confetti!

Actually, besides running the 50% off all Owl Mama sale in the Needlings etsy shop, it was a pretty standard week for Needlings! Locke Street Festival and Supercrawl are now a month away so there are lots of things to stock up on in addition to the regular restocks. One month! Less than that for Locke Street really!  This is the first year in three years that I won't be doing FanExpo at the end of August so at least I have a little bit less to worry about that most years at this time but with One of a Kind Holiday Show coming up at the end of the year - there will continue to be lots to do in the coming months that's for sure!

I'm still working on display elements for the full tent display where all my Needlings will be set up with knit by The Nature of Mary Jane (AKA my mom!) so I did some painting of more display elements.

I love the lining of this little vintage case! I thought a few of my vintage suitcases would work well with my big display trunk so they'll be added to the mix in some way! They'll have some little dolls or knits or some such thing in them - I'll figure it out!

The weather was also pretty amazing so I did some robot sewing on the balcony! So nice!

This stack is coming along and should be finished up some time this week!  

Sewing through the night as usual!

I also got my packaging samples that I tried out on my new little dolls!

I think the size will work but I still have one or two more ideas to look in to before I make my final commitment...Serious stuff, guys!

A few non-workroom things that happened this week:

- Visited Nerdbiskit at Art Crawl on James N in Hamilton

I haven't been able to do the monthly art crawls this year so it was nice to live through Lisa a bit and it was fun to see lots of familiar local faces!

- Potter painting and friend birthday celebrations.

The next day we had planned to go paint some pottery for Tandy's birthday so I drew her up a little gift beforehand and then we all painted one little tea mug for Tandy to keep. Fun stuff!

-Small world photo proof.

I was also pretty excited to get a little photo from a Plush Team member, Diane Koss who took a vacation in Lunenburg and came across one of my Owl Mamas in the window of Dots and Loops on their second birthday! So exciting! I love when the world gets small like that!

Such a cute store!

So that's it for the week! Back to work!

Don't forget this is still a thing!

See you all next week!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

In the Workroom Recap : Week 299

Well I did it, I made it through 299 weeks and we're on to week 300!!! 300 x 7 is 2100 days of Needlings! Sure I took a few days off here and there but lets just say easily 2000 days of sewing. I'm a lunatic! Just kidding - what a wonderful 300 weeks it has been for me and Needlings. 

I want to thank all of you for reading, purchasing, commenting, glancing, checking in, visiting, etc.! I really honestly could not have imagined I would be doing this 300 weeks after I started it and I definitely couldn't imagine that anyone would CARE! But you do! And it amazes me every single day! sapsapsapsap (Really really really thank you so much, I love every single one of you!)

So in honour of 300 weeks - I'm doing a very rare sale! All regular priced $30 Owl Mamas are half off in the 'ol etsy shop! So if you've been wanting one for awhile - now's as good a time as any! (well, better really what with the whole half off thing happening)  
This will go on for the week (or maaaaayyyybe a little more depending) but will go away and won't be back until at least maybe 600 weeks so now's your chance! 

Now back to the workroom recap!

I started off the week with another new mini doll then finished off with some work on a big batch of robots!

And still going!

I did take a few breaks out of the workroom this week to go for tea at the Vintage Tea Garden Tea Room in Hamilton AND to visit the most amazing field of sunflowers in the country not too far away. 

These hats and boa were on the wall so of course, being the ridiculous people that we are, decided to help ourselves to them for a few minutes!

Also took a little visit to new shop, Prouse Pottery and Soap on Ottawa Street in Hamilton owned by friends Nick and Jen! It looks great and I recommend everyone go check it out!

Then a little Callie time!

Before a little more robot sewing and then a visit to sunflower heaven! So beautiful I didn't want to leave!

Happy 300 weeks to me! I'll see you at the end of it!