I took this picture last Friday, for WIP Friday & also to document for myself that there is something happening around here, that no matter how far I feel like I'm falling behind, I'm still managing to get good-sized orders out the door (this one is to a new store in MN), & maybe also to document that thinking about slimming down my product line might not be the worst idea on earth.
This Friday, I found myself taking this picture:
which is part of an order that I just got out the door to a different store (Naka, in Ferndale MI). It's great to be busy, but it's...busy to be busy, too. Between trying to keep my little business chugging along & continuing to adjust to life as a two-school family, I feel like I can't catch a breath. This, however, did not stop me from going to a meeting today & agreeing to help my son's teacher plan & execute some sort of mathy quilting project with his kindergarten class. I'm sure there's some late night looming in my future where I'll be sewing like a frantic zombie, but right now the whole idea is completely irresistable. I confess that I don't understand how it will help them with the whole math thing, but that's what the teacher's there for, right?
In the midst of all this, I of course managed to find some time to play with resin. This ring was the test case for an adjustable sterling setting, & I'm very pleased with the results. (Yes, Scout, that's some purple glitter you're seeing there.)
This is yet another incarnation of the glitter dots, a sterling pendant. I'm also experimenting with coating the original dot pendants with a layer of resin, & I'm not sure which one will win out. This one is a little more jewelry-like (& therefore more expensive), the other one is all about the glitter. I'll probably end up rolling both out at my next show & seeing how it goes.
With all the work happening this week, it was nice to get a little payoff in the form of the latest issue of Country Home (Oct 06). They'd asked me to send some of my knit-themed cards for use in their fancy concept kitchen for the Kitchen/Bath Industry Show, & my cards appear in the shot of the bulletin board in the October issue (p.139). You have to know what my cards look like & then also squint quite a bit to make them out (I put notes on the photo in my flickr account for the curious but non-squinty), but, yay! This was my first copy of CH, & I have to say, I'm surprised at how appealing I actually find it (I have a subscription to Metropolitan Home, which, admittedly, is an apparently perpetually-renewing gift subscription & not one that I actively seek out myself, but still, the person who gets it for me is not entirely wrong). It reminds me of MSL, except made by people who might wear rumply clothing every now & then.
This weekend I'm planning on sewing another skirt for my girl (I am developing a little bit of a corduroy obsession), eating a delicious pumpkin donut from the neighborhood donut shop, working on a couple of Halloween items + some display stuff for the artist of the month thing I have coming up next month at Venue, & maybe baking some bread if the weather stays cool enough. Turns out I'm ready for fall, after all.