Five Things Friday
A very random post...

A Knitting/Crocheting Bag and time to tidy...

A couple of weeks ago I received an email from a customers other half. He wanted a knitting bag for his girlfriend, and knew she loved my items. So he commissioned a knitting bag for her with trust that I'd choose fabrics well.

My sister is friends with her, so I enlisted her help in "creeping" her on FB and Instagram. LOL!! I ended up choosing a favourite print from Patty Sloniger's new "Flower Shop" line (I absolutely adore Patty, she's such a wonderful person and since I designed a handful of items for her "Flower Shop" release at Quilt Market, I was sent the fabric very early! Anyways, it's just starting to come out in stores now!) along with a favourite textured linen, MODA mochi dots in bright, fresh green! I know this is a lot of green, but first, she works with plants and is a very outdoorsy & 'natural' from her lovely photos, and I just think this is a lovely combo! It makes me happy just looking at it!

I purchased *this pattern* for the bag, and added a zippered pouch in the centre of the bag as a divider and a panel of pockets for knitting needles and other odds & ends.

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There was a lot of interest in seeing more of these on IG and FB, so I think this weekend I'll tackle a couple more and list them as RTS (Ready to Ship!). I have a drawer full of gorgeous linens to use and plenty of beautiful prints to choose from! I really enjoyed this project so making a few more will be fun! If you're interested, please let me know what colour combos you'd like to see them in! I'll probably make 2-3 next time!

My sewing room had gotten a bit out of hand this week as I had sooo much sewing on my list that I ignored putting away fabrics and taking photos of fabrics etc... so it just kept piling up & up. New fabrics, old fabrics, so on and so forth. Today it was about to topple over, so it was time to snap a few pics, sort it & put it away!

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I know my dresser is pretty old and mangled looking, but we purchased it dirt cheap ($40) and I'm going to refinish it in the spring to make it super fresh & pretty with new paint and hardware!! I figured it's big enough to hold ALL my fabric, keeps it away from the sun, clean & organized. So $40 wasn't a bad buy really, and when it's finished & repaired I just know I'm going to love it!!

Tadaah!!! Clean & organized once again! Now I can breathe... speaking of breathing, today was such a gorgeous day!! Warm & sunny so I opened my door to let the sunshine & fresh air in! Tomorrow we're supposed to be getting another dumping of snow (wah!!!) so I'm glad I was outside for most of the day today!

The basket full of fabric is for my current customs...

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Tomorrow I'll be finishing up a custom order I started tonight along with an extra set to list as RTS! Once again I *really* want to move to more RTS (Ready to Ship) as customs are soo very time consuming, and I hate how much time they take sometimes. Literally hours can be used up just by sending photos & pms back & forth before I even *begin* the order! Whereas if I pull fabrics on my own, in those few hours I spend just pulling fabrics and sending pics, I could be *done* an item and have it ready to list! Honestly, that could free up hours of time for me!

Custom orders can often add so much time to an order, which takes away time from other things (my family), so limiting customs and going full force with RTS and taking part in more craft fairs (perhaps) may be the way to go for me. Ideally I'd have 80-90% "Ready to Ship" and 10-20% custom work. I have amazing customers thankfully, and there are some I'll always take customs from, but I know *MANY* people who absolutely refuse to sew custom because of the extra work/time/stress associated with them.

I would love to have more free time this upcoming spring & summer to spend outdoors and with the kids, doing my own sewing etc... but bills still need paid, so, I'll see how it goes! Maybe I can pull it off, maybe I can't. I'll try it & see though!

On that note, I'm going to sign off for the night! I'll be back tomorrow with a few very honest goals for March.. eek! Have a wonderful night, thanks for peeking in!

 

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