Sorry about my long absence - it is the longest period I have ever gone without blogging, and I have so much to share. But don’t worry, I will spread it out over the next several posts so I don’t put you to sleep, LOL!!
Somebody tell me WHY I am doing boutiques (she said as she banged her head against the wall). Seriously, I do know why, and it’s complicated.
I feel the need to create, and have my creations validated. Does that make sense? When we’ve made as many (insert anything here: quilts, dolls, purses, aprons, etc) that we could ever use ourselves and also given them away to countless friends and family members, what are we supposed to do? Stop creating? No, of course not! We continue to do our thing, perhaps trying to sell a few to maybe make some pocket change to go out and buy more Stuff.
|Big Boho; lace is 1/3 of tablecloth border.|
|Boho Tote. No CQ, but some great lace. And a rose and some cool bling.|
This boutique was held in Mormon Mommy Suburbia. A new area, middle class and up. Mommies are all stay-at-home, well coiffed and manicured, skinny, in heels, with 2-3 kids along PLUS pushing a stroller. That sums up 90% of the show attendees. Honest. They were buying petti-rompers and hair things for their little girls. And headbands and slinky clothes and gaudy jewelry. I had never heard of a petti-romper until the boutique. They are hideous, slinky one-piece things of tricot and cheap nylon lace that are probably assembled in China by people who make 3c per hour and work 6 days per week.
Honestly, I am not bitter; I just am trying to be humorous about the whole thing and have chalked it all up to a learning experience. I need to get into a Salt Lake City proper boutique/market where the people are of varied backgrounds, more individual, eclectic - more of my market. Not young mothers, but mature women who do their own thing. :-)
I only got a couple pictures of the boutique, and since I was a newcomer, my area was with other newbies in the back, unlit corner. I did install lights in my booth by the second day, so it wasn’t all that bad. But the pictures were all dark.
So, here is how I did my Crazy by Design sign. My blog header, Etsy banner and business cards (in other words, the colors of my brand) are tan and brown with maroon and dark rose. I searched high and low for a polka dot fabric that would work, and this one, described as tan with brown, was the closest I could get. It looks more yellow than tan.
I covered a piece of foam core with a thin batting (glued down with Fabri-Tac). Then I covered that with my cotton fabric and stapled it on the reverse side. (See below)
Next, I printed out my business name, making the C R A Z Y quite large (one letter per page) in my chosen font (HarbaraHand, which I found online and have used on Etsy and my cards). Then I cut out the letters. I chose a brown suedecloth for the letters, and fused some Misty Fuse (or the equivalent) to the back. Then I traced the letters backwards on the fused back. I cut them out, then fused them to the fabric. I printed the “by Design” on a piece of muslin, then fused that on in an oval.
The finishing was just hot-glueing on some cording around the oval and hand stitching on some of my own dyed lace around the outside.
I plan to add a rolled silk rose or two somewhere on it for the future, but this was a rush job. :-)
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So now I am back to work this week at the Farm (well, M,W, F mornings). My tasks this week are to clean up my studio (it looks like someone set off a bomb in it) and get it organized. My friend Diane Matheson arrives from Canada on Friday evening for a visit. We will hang around, shop, visit the Farm and the Humanitarian Center (fabric hunt!) and stitch and pack for the Retreat. We will leave on Wednesday and stay until Monday of the following week. But I will fill you in on that more later in the week and early next week.
In the meantime, it is PEACH season here in Utah, and we bought a case of them at the Farmers Market this weekend. They were ripe enough to work with today, so the first thing I did was bake a pie. And it looks as nice as it tastes, even if I do say so myself! I also put up a few quarts of peaches. Tomorrow evening (after DGD London goes home) I will do a couple batches of jam. The rest will be for eating. Peaches are my favorite fruit, so I can’t get enough of them! :-)
When I heated up the oven for the pie, it started smoking once the temperature got hot. Bruce had cooked Breakfast For Dinner the other night and had left some pancakes on a tray in the oven (where we hold them to stay warm after they are cooked). He had forgotten them after dinner and they had been there for days. They were hard as rocks, and now burned.
So when I took a picture of my pie, he insisted take a picture of one of his pancakes to share with you (equal opportunity). Gee, aren’t you glad? LOL
|Do not try this at home!|
Take care and I’ll be back tomorrow.