August 28, 2020
Let me tell you, there was a lot of debate over whether or not to order this fabric. I told friends about it who said to order it, "I neeeeed this in my life!" But I hesitated. Although I thought it was absolutely hilarious, I worried it would offend. After 6 months (I kid you not) of going back and forth on it, I did it. I ordered the fabric.
When it arrived I thought I might use it for coin purses, maybe a zipped pouch or two. After a couple days I thought I should post a picture to Facebook and Instagram to gauge interest - cue more hesitation on whether to post it or not. The reaction was overwhelmingly positive! When I asked for suggestions on what to make with it almost everyone asked for masks, coin purses, and even bags.
You got it!
Please allow me present to you our newest collection (found in it's own category in the menu), The Cussing Collection! So far we have masks in the two prints shown here. Coin purses will be along shortly, and possibly a couple zipped pouches.
More fabric is on order, almost all from the same awesome designer, Cynthia Frenette (you can check out her art here). I can't wait for it to get here!
Until the next time,
June 02, 2020
How's everyone doing these days? I think we're going a little stir crazy over here. Between homeschooling our daughter, trying to get the gardens going, and all the business tasks on my plate I feel like I'm working harder now that we're all at home!
I have a confession. I'm a HUGE procrastinator. The more I have to do, the more I can find to distract myself. The latest distraction: my studio. I have a love-hate relationship with my studio. I love that it's in our basement - I can sew anytime I want and I'm not too far from the kitchen for a snack break. The problem is it's too small. I know it looks ok right now, but once I start to work on a batch of bags I'll have piles of fabric on most surfaces. And if an order happens to come in? Then I have to move everything around to make room to pack it up. It feels like I'm constantly organizing and reorganizing to make the space work.
The studio before...
Well, a couple weeks ago (with my to-do list a mile long) I decided that it was the perfect time to rearrange the studio (hello distraction!) and I love it! I know it's not a huge change, but it feels so much bigger!
The studio after!
More Locations to Shop Local
Like a lot of people, I've been busy making lots of face masks, and I'm pleased to announce that my masks are now available at the Coffee Shop in Cornwall, Ontario (820 Mcconnell Ave, # 112)! They have a selection of masks for adults and children, and designs for both men and women.
I'm also excited to announce that we are signed up with the new Prescott-Russel Marketplace, Shop Chez-Nous (www.pr.shopcheznous.ca). This new marketplace promotes local businesses in Glengarry and Prescott-Russel, making it easy for you to find local services, and to shop our local vendors all in one stop!
New Bags are Coming!
I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of some bag hardware so I can get started on a new project - Cross-Body bags are headed your way! Designed by the wildly talented Svetlana Sotak of Sotak Handmade, the design I've chosen is similar to our wristlet - it features a front zip pocket, a spacious main compartment with an inner zip pocket, and two slip pockets on the back.
I also have a new handbag design for you, designed by Namrata Shroff of Bagstock Designs - this design is much more tailored than than our other bags. It will feature buttery cork leather, a zipped pocket on the front, a spacious main compartment with a zipper closure, and a zipped inner pocket. Made with foam interlining, this bag will stand on it's own and has a simple elegance.
Father's Day is quickly approaching and I will have some new coin purses in the shop perfect for the men in your life! Also on the way is an awesome boxy toiletry bag, designed by Ellie Lum and made with waxed canvas.
I've got some great new fabrics and I can't WAIT to get started on these awesome new designs!
Take care and stay safe out there!
May 01, 2020
My how times have changed since my last post! We're all practicing social distancing over here. The college I work at during the school year has been closed since mid-March and we're all home together, homeschooling, keeping an eye on the news, and spending lots of time tackling projects around the house and gardens.
Non-Medical Face Masks
I have given a lot of thought to how we can contribute as a small business, while making sure we survive past the end of the current pandemic. I have decided to dedicate 85% of my fabric inventory to the making of non-medical masks. These will be available for purchase at $10 each, limit of 3 per customer, and priced to cover the cost of the materials and shipping.
For the past few days, we've all been busy with this new project including my daughter who loves to help out with cutting the ties. We are using a fitted mask pattern from Sweet Red Poppy. These masks are made with two layers of cotton quilting fabric, feature wire at the nose to help with close fit, and have ties instead of elastics (fit best when tied at the crown of the head and nape of the neck; for children you may tie the ties together on each side to hook over the ears instead). They are reversible and machine washable.
Masks shown are prototypes. All masks to be sold have not been worn or tried on. Please keep in mind: these are non-medical masks that are designed to protect the others from your respiratory droplets and may be used in addition to physical distancing. They do not replace N95 masks.
Hoping you are all safe and healthy. Please remember to wash your hands, practice social distancing, and stay at home!