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I’m Back!

Well – THAT was a long weekend! Thanks goodness my husband can mess around with the guts of a computer, and understands things like updating the bios of the motherboard (mine was like 8 versions behind!) For the cost of $100, plus a lot of hours, I’ve got a new, “green”, 1 Terabyte hard drive, and a squeaky clean install of vista and all my programs that I actually use. Although I was able to monitor email and keep a light finger on the Twitter stream, I’ve felt like my right arm was cut off!

Good news – I’ve now got a backlog of stuff to post about!

Bad news – no time to blog! 7 days and counting til school starts!

So, I’ve gotta start by taking a look at my to-do list. I’ve got a due date of Sept 7 on a bunch of things because that’s my last day of freedom!

Item Date Due % Done
Tote & clutch for Co 8/5/09 100%
Laptop bag for Liz 8/31/09 100%
Laptop bag for Mary 8/31/09 0%
RAA Newsletter 8/12/09 100%
Prototype Organic Onesie 8/31/09 100%
Test Dye Recycled Totes 8/31/09 100%
Add Journals to Cosa Verde Front 8/10/09 100%
Send 2 shout outs to blogs 8/31/09 100%
3-d Birdhouses 8/31/09 0%
3-d Row Houses 8/31/09 0%
Dye lots of scarves & fabric 8/31/09 40%
4 Baby Quilts 8/31/09 0%
Large Messenger for ME! 8/31/09 0%
Find Organic fabric wholesale source, test if affordable 7/31/09 100%
Photograph Scarves for website 7/31/09 60%
Tote for Pam 9/7/09 0%
Tote/Grab n’go for Tara 9/7/09 0%
Photo Articles for Craft Nouveau 8/21/09 100%
Artists for a Cause Postcard 8/31/09 100%
Computer bag for Davida 9/2/09 10%
New pillows/slipcovers for FR 8/31/09 100%

The color code: green is added during the month, red is a MUST FINISH!

Well, I actually got lots done! WooHoo! The business aspect I’m most proud of is the new blog contacts – I got lots more blog mentions than I set out to, and I’ve got a 2 part series on photography written and being edited by the folks at Craft Nouveau.

I also spent a little time on another home dec project – new pillows & simple slipcovers for the family room. “Candy!” you yell… “What are you doing DECORATING when you have so much other stuff to do!” 😉 Well, as I discovered earlier in the summer, an area of my house that is dirty or REALLY cluttered weighs me down, and sometimes it’s better to stop and fix it – and really clears the way for me get going through the to-do list. A combination of a sale on fabric at J Caroline and having to reinstall lots of software left me with some nice home dec fabric and a need to do simple sewing (pillows) while loading stuff onto my computer – so I got to make my family room look a little cleaner & brighter (pix in the to be blogged queue!) And now have lots of energy to make a big push on the list!

Now I need to throttle back and focus on getting the dayjob under control and focus my business efforts on getting ready for the Fall show season!

Item Date Due % Done
Tote for Pam 9/7/09 0%
Tote/Grab n’go for Tara 9/7/09 0%
Computer bag for Davida 9/2/09 10%
Laptop bag for Mary 9/30/09 0%
3-d Birdhouses 9/30/09 0%
3-d Row Houses 9/30/09 0%
Dye lots of scarves & fabric 9/30/09 40%
4 Baby Quilts 9/30/09 0%
Large Messenger for ME! 9/30/09 0%
Photograph Scarves for website 7/31/09 60%
Order Scarves 9/15/09 0%
Design/order business cards 9/15/09 0%
Design/order banner 9/15/09 0%
Website?? 9/30/09 ?
RAA Newsletter 9/7/09 0%
Looking Ahead for Shows:    
Going Green Baby Onesies 10/15/09 40%
Going Green Totes 10/15/09 40%
Small quArt 10/15/09 40%
Simple Totes 10/15/09 0%
More Going Green Scribblers 10/15/09 0%

And, some fun pix of some cute little buttons I’ve received from Ecojotter, on my neat little simple tote I made last week:Organic-PFD-test_0020 Organic-PFD-test_0023 Organic-PFD-test_0024 Organic-PFD-test_0025 Organic-PFD-test_0026

Sorry a couple are blurry – but I’m SO GLAD TO BE BACK!

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Sick Computer

Just a quicky little post to let you know – My computer is sick! Ah! Instead of being depressed, I’m going to use this time to focus on my to do list! Hope you all have fun online without me!

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Well, the end of the summer is fast approaching, and for me, school is rearing it’s ugly head. I’m definitely going to be slowing down on the blogging front, because work is really starting to pile up!

Although I’ve thanked you all individually, I’ll do it again right here: thanks so much for your advice on my font choices (and if you’d still like to chime in, the more the merrier!). I’m really working in a vacuum here most of the time, I love getting feedback! So thank you!

I won’t fret over how much I have to do right now…instead, I want to show you a new style of tote bag:

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I LOVE my canvas bags – they’re pretty, tough as nails, and full of useful pockets. They’re also very labor intensive, which is why I’m going to a commission model on them, making them exactly for a particular user. One of the tough things about making bags is making sure no raw edges are exposed – and the more parts & pieces there are, the more seams to worry about.

What I’ve been thinking about is designing a very simple bag where the focus is on a spectacular piece of dyed fabric – my dyer’s weight fabric rather than the heavy canvas. The hope is I could create something beautiful and simple, with a pattern that easily adapts to differently sized pieces of fabric. Usually when I work on bags, I have a “pattern” that looks like this: Image1_0204 copy

This bag’s 1st & only draft pattern looked like this:

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And it’s all that I needed!

Inside a simple divided patch pocket and key leash (ALWAYS gotta have a key leash!)Simple-Tote7

The dimensions of this one were so one of my big notetakers would fit inside, along with LOTS of other books:

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I’m working on a commission tote with a special request for one long strap rather than the two handles, so here was a perfect opportunity to try this concept out:

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I LOVE it – and now know it’ll work great on the commission!

I also love the little triangle-fold detail here: Simple Tote_0030

The one thing I was NOT prepared for was how much structure I got from just a single layer of fleece and med. weight fusible interfacing – this tote bag is completely empty, and look, it’s holding up my ruler! WooHoo!

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So, my friends, I think this prototype works great, I’ll probably incorporate some sort of closure (magnetic snap I think) and I’m looking forward to whipping up a few more of these fun bags!

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Although I’ve been back from Yellowstone National Park for a month, I’ve just started to scratch the surface of all the picture I took! I’m hoping to get a lot of inspiration for new color combinations, both for my scarves as well as my quilts. Here’s the 1st palette from Yellowstone, created from a picture I took of what was the most spectacular blue pool, called Sapphire pool, located in the  Biscuit Basin.

Sapphire-Pool

Amy, from the blog Things We Make, has a series called “Inspired Image”, where she asks an artist some questions about, wait for it… an inspiring image! 😉 Any old who, this picture & my response can be found over there! Amy created this blog as “a place for artists, artisans and crafters to show off their work and share what inspires their creativity”. It’s a wonderful site to spend some time. Thanks Amy!

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Font Advice Welcome!

If you’ve been reading along with me this summer, you know I’m working on a new website. I’ve been trying things out, and I think I’m close to a new look. I love to use a somewhat fancy font for the large type info (business name), and then a simpler font for the nitty gritty info, that’s usually in smaller print (tagline, etc…). I’ve been using Harrington for the fancy font since I started this little venture. I love all its curliques, but it feels just a bit too formal for me:

Harrington

Harrington

What I’ve been looking for is a font that gives a feel of something being done by hand. This new font, Saginaw, has more of that feeling.

Saginaw

Saginaw

(This is my new business card I’m working on, but once I decide on a font scheme, it’ll be used consistently across all my print stuff.) (This is where my Spoonflower prints came from too…)

Anyway, I’d like your input. My husband likes the legibility of Harrington better than Saginaw, so I doubt myself!

Does Saginaw come across with the feel of what Candied Fabrics is? Can you read it? Do you love the old Harrington…or should I keep looking for something else?

Earth Wind Fire Pallette Saginaw

Saginaw

Harrington

Harrington

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Free Swatch day at Spoonflower!

Spoonflower is a design your own fabric and they’ll print it for you kind of company. I’ve not had time to even think about what I would do with this service until a tweet came through 2 hours ago telling me about free swatch day. Starting one hour ago, until Midnight Thursday (EST), you can print 2 swatches, for free, shipping too! Details here. I had so much fun playing around with the repeats using a file I’ve been working on for new business cards, I figured I HAD to give it a whirl. Of course, I chose to donate to the heifer project (an easy option they have built into their checkout), it was so fun. Here’s what I came up with:

 

spoonflower half brick spoonflower Simple Repeat

Why don’t you give it a try…what have you got to lose?

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A photo is worth…

Even after dyeing 100’s of yards, the sight of neatly folded stacks of fabric still thrills me…oh the possibility they represent!

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