The last few weeks have been full of all sorts of news, decisions and sewing. I was laid low with a virus for a while which, while making it impossible for me to do anything, did give me lots of thinking time! One of the results is a sale in my (slightly neglected) Etsy shop – 50% off any purchase over $10 between now and 14 September 2014 by entering the code SEPT2014 at checkout.
After the sale I will launch fresh new products, so watch this space!!
I have had to make the heart-breaking decision not to hold a stall at the upcoming Handmade Markets in October. I love selling at the markets, interacting with customers, getting a feel for what is working with my creations and what isn’t. But to do that I would need to be creating and sewing flat out for the next month, and that isn’t possible while I am working to stabilize things for my children. (If anyone ever says glibly that kids are fine and adapt to divorce easily please feel free to punch them in the nose from me! 5 years on and there are still new challenges on a regular basis.) However it means time to work on new products without rushing, time to build up stock for the Christmas markets, and time to think about how we are living our life. All good things to be working on and thinking about!
Today was Father’s Day here in Australia, so there has been much activity making in preparation for it. In addition to the wallets I designed to be ready for gift purchases, I also thought that these ‘man-bags’ might be fun,
and then spent some time playing around with a design for coin purse key rings, with a card carrying pocket. I have been using the garment leather I bought from Fabric.com and it is sewing beautifully.
I also finished preparing the pattern to make this lunch bag, sandwich wrap and snack bag set for the magazine ‘Love Sewing Australia’. I got quite a bit of positive feedback when I posted it on my Facebook page, so will be making a few to sell in the next few weeks.
I have also been experimenting in my free time. I had a 24 hour period of no children this weekend, and while several of my friends thought I would be out partying (!!) in fact I used the time to try to work out how to put a zippered top in my messenger bag pattern. I am not quite there yet, but think I have worked out how I want it to go in….. after two hours, quite a bit of unpicking, some mild cussing, and a few light-bulb moments! Hopefully I can share the story soon!
I hope that you have been having a good week. The Spring weather has started here, with occasional days like today when you just want to bask in the sunshine, followed by days when you wonder whether winter has returned! But that little promise of Spring is enough to see me booking a camping trip for October, and starting to think about gardening, mowing, and being outside more!