Well it’s been a very exciting year. Lots of changes for me, some good, some not so good and definitely some great ones. Retiring from my full time job after 30+ years has been the biggest change. It’s crazy how routines are a mind set and how your body reacts to change. I love getting up and not knowing what my day will be like.
Sticks and Pins attended a couple of craft and knitting fairs this past year. I can’t believe how much I enjoy being out there talking to people, meeting people that have purchased my bags and getting inspired by their positive comments. I look forward to more and new fairs in 2017.
One of the most exciting things I did was join fellow artisans and crafters in showcasing our products at The Nooks. This was a really big step for me. I was putting myself out there everyday in a store setting not knowing whether I had a product that would appeal to the general public. It has been great! Working on new products for The General Store to showcase in 2017 is keeping me busy.
A big thank you to Colleen Imrie, owner of the 4 Nook shops, the great staff and all the great customers who purchased my stuff.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
I am so excited! Sticks and Pins will now be showcased at The Nook General Store.
I’ve been thinking about this since the spring when Colleen, owner of The Nooks, contacted me to see if I would be interested in being a vendor at the new Design Nook. Can’t believe it took me this long to decide. The Nooks is a great place for artisans to showcase their wares. I have to say it is so inspiring to see what people create, there are so many talented people in Toronto.
Please drop in at one of the four shops. You’re sure to find that special one of a kind gift for that special someone on your Christmas list and something for yourself of course.
No not doing a crossword puzzle, but getting ready for my second craft show. One more to go after this one. This Saturday September 24th is the Craftadian show in Mississauga featuring over 150 vendors! If you get a chance come out and check out all the great stuff created by very talented artisans.
My chaos as I get ready
The February blahs would of had the best of me in the past, but not this year. I’ve been busy working on new bags, shopping for new fabrics and thinking up stuff for spinners!
I’ve had to move my creative space to the basement and it’s taking me some time to get used to working in a not so inspiring space, where I stashed all my bits and pieces and the overall set up. I was told that creativity can happen anywhere even in our basement!
Here’s a look at a few new inspirations.
A new year brings new resolutions for some people. For me this means the start of new lists. I love lists! I love making lists of things to do, things to buy, things to make and I love the honey-do-list for my husband(which seems to grow every year).
One of the first things I started was making a list of all the possible craft shows I could attend this year. From one of my previous posts you know that I attended my very first show last September and had a great time. This coming year I’m hoping I can fit in at least 4 shows, which means lots of designing and sewing. This leads me to my next list…
I have started a list of new or improved items for my Etsy shop. My follow knitters and crafters have given me tons of new ideas and what they would like to see in a project bag or to carry and store notions. I already have some new and interesting materials to work with.
This brings me to the next, but certainly not my last list. I have decided that it’s time to make an inventory list…not very exciting I know, but I have shelves, baskets, boxes and jars of stuff and for some reason forget I have it. I’m sure this happens to a lot of people, you go to the store or shop online, buy stuff, only to find that you already have 6 of the same and vow to put it away where you’ll remember, but can’t remember when you need it, so you buy more of the same. Of course, in my opinion, you can never have enough fabric or notebooks!
Stay tuned for some new items.
new stuff to work with
In anticipation of summer, hot weather, picnics and the beach, I decided a couple of new bags were needed. I had some scrap fabrics from quilting jelly rolls in my scrap stash so I put them to good use in a clothesline bag. It was a bit tricky at first trying to get that bowl shape while at the same time wrapping the fabric around your clothesline. Once that was done, I lined it, added leather handles and its ready it go. For a first time project I think it looks pretty good.
The second bag was much easier. I already had the straw bag, all I had to do was add lining and some trim. I really like the drawstring top, keeps everything inside and out of sight. I’m hoping to make a few more to put up on my Esty shop.
I so excited! I received my Spoonflower fabrics yesterday and can’t stop looking at them. Now all I need to do is design something and get sewing.