|Posted on September 30, 2013 at 5:30 PM||comments (0)|
Hey guys! There's only one day left in Needlings' anniversary month so the giveaway is over and a winner has been chosen! Congratulations to Susan! I hope to get another little giveaway going very shortly because so many of you entered it was hard to draw just one winner!
I also definitely plan on making more of the little kitty-eared girls before the One of a Kind show this December so keep an eye out for those too if you were one of the many people who asked me about them!
This week, though, I started off with finishing up a fairly owl heavy (shocking, right?) restock for White Rabbit in Iowa City! White Rabbit is one of the first stores that carried Needlings and one that holds a very special little place in my heart because I lived in Iowa City for many years and it's one of my favourite places. As someone who didn't live in their birthplace hometown very long, I can say after most of my high school years were spent there, it is one of my adopted hometowns for sure. Hamilton is definitely feeling more and more like home every year so you can add my current city to the list.
So back to business! Phone sleeves were first on the restock list because I had zero left after Supercrawl! Thank you so much to all the Hamilton area folks who walked away with a new little owl to keep their phones safe!
Then I had to add some bookmarks, pins and Owl Mamas to the bunch before packing them all up and sending them off to White Rabbit! Lucky!
We also set up a new cutting table in the Needlings workshop this week because, with more restocks ahead, and One of a Kind show coming up in December - there were lots of parts being cut and batches of things on the go and not quite enough places to keep them. Problem solved - works like a charm!
Gus loves a clean table too.
On the weekend I got to spend a little time with my dear friend Lisa's kitties, Greta (pictured below) and Rico, (and Lisa too of course) when we had a little Needlings cutting session after a lady lunch date and stroll on James North in Hamilton. I have the best friends! I'm looking forward to another similar day next Saturday - it's so lovely to have a little extra help here and there - I couldn't thank Lisa enough, who supplied the Pumpkin Chai tea and cut a few (felt) kitties for me!
I'll be spending the week now working on a big restock order for Kid Icarus in Toronto before getting ready to head out on a little family trip to visit extended family in New Brunswick in mid-October. I must say, while I love my job very much, I'm excited to pack up and head out for a little change of pace on the East coast! Autumn road trips are the best!
But I will of course see you all before then for a couple more Needlings recaps! Have a lovely week, friends!
|Posted on September 18, 2013 at 4:40 PM||comments (0)|
I think I've already said it a million times but I really can't say enough how much I adore Supercrawl! Since the first rainy one night event in 2009 with 3,000 people to the two day event they estimated 100,000 people attended, I have loved Supercrawl! I have loved it every year and this year was no different! It makes me so proud of my new adopted home town and despite any hiccups, it's always one of my most favourite days of the year.
We got there bright and early and after a slow start to setting up due to a sculpture being installed on the street (SOCOOL) everything was set up and ready to go for the crowds!
It was so wonderful to see so many familiar faces and catch up with visitors from past years. I so love doing Hamilton shows and seeing some of my little regular customers who's parents bought them Needlings years ago, and come back to buy one for themselves or let me know where they keep their little guys Santa brought them. (So sweet!)
My mom was there as well with her knits mixed in to the booth! It was chilly enough by the end of the night that we had to wear our own cowls and happy to say Hamilton cleared us out and not one cowl was left by the end of the night! Same goes for my cell phone sleeves and little owls! Thanks everyone!
We we set up right out front of White Elephant which is a great little shop owned by two talented Hamilton girls. I tried to get a photo of them sitting perfectly on their super amazing painted bench during a couple minutes' down time but things picked right up and we were all too busy to stay long enough for my phone to turn on or for me to find my camera burried under my table but they are forgiven! I took a couple later on!
I, of course, loved their window filled with pompoms! You can see more about Foropolis on their blog.
The late morning set- up meant all my photos needed to be taken fairly quickly in between the crowds which were pretty consisten all day but I still managed to get a few to document the day!
Luckily, Hamilton photographer Vanessa Jeakins also documented a few little moments at my booth that she has so kindly let me share here with you guys in these next seven photos! You can see more of her beautiful photos from Supercrawl here.
Also some good shots of my booth neighbours, MC² Designs, who were super sweet and lovely all day!
There were so many awesome booths close by and in other parts of the street and Makers' Market, I regret not taking more time to look around at but the day just flew by and it was over before I knew it! Thank you to everyone who stopped by to say hello! I loved seeing every single one of you and I hope (and am sure!) everyone of you had as great a day as we did. I love being a part of the Hamilton art/craft community and your hugs and hellos are a big part of why I love Supercrawl so much!
So that's it for this year! I'll be all One of a Kind show prep all the the time now until December so get ready! I hope to see some of you there too!
|Posted on September 9, 2013 at 10:40 PM||comments (0)|
Last year, you may or may not remember, we set up for the festival in a crazy downpour. Tarps were needed before we could even get the tent all set. This year at least it waited until we got the tent up! This awesome Hamilton show is probably one of maybe two outdoor shows I have ever done that regardless of how much rain we have, it's still great! Sure the first few hours were a pretty big bummer but halfway through the day I had almost completely forgotten about the downpour from earlier (with the reminder of my wet shoes and dripping pompoms).
I was super excited to test out my brand new display this year and although it took a couple trips in the Yaris - we got everything there and I'm really happy with it! A few things to tweak for Supercrawl this coming weekend but overall I think it worked out great. Even my mom's knits are all mixed in!
I saw so many familiar local faces from past shows and it was great to do a local show again - my first one of the year! It's so wonderful to do this show every year and see the same sweet families and people return. It is absolutely one of my favourite days of the year. I feel like Hamilton is such a supportive city and these shows make me so excited to be a part of this community more and more every year. I literally tear up at how lovely my Hamilton customers have been over these last six years. Sappy! But seriously! I really can't say how much I have appreciated the local support I've gotten for Needlings.
A very wet day but all in all a very great one! I can't wait to get out there again this weekend at Supercrawl and do it all over again! Here's hoping it's a little sunnier out there. See you soon!
|Posted on August 4, 2013 at 11:20 PM||comments (0)|
Well I did it, I made it through 299 weeks and we're on to week 300!!! 300 x 7 is 2100 days of Needlings! Sure I took a few days off here and there but lets just say easily 2000 days of sewing. I'm a lunatic! Just kidding - what a wonderful 300 weeks it has been for me and Needlings.
I want to thank all of you for reading, purchasing, commenting, glancing, checking in, visiting, etc.! I really honestly could not have imagined I would be doing this 300 weeks after I started it and I definitely couldn't imagine that anyone would CARE! But you do! And it amazes me every single day! sapsapsapsap (Really really really thank you so much, I love every single one of you!)
So in honour of 300 weeks - I'm doing a very rare sale! All regular priced $30 Owl Mamas are half off in the 'ol etsy shop! So if you've been wanting one for awhile - now's as good a time as any! (well, better really what with the whole half off thing happening)
This will go on for the week (or maaaaayyyybe a little more depending) but will go away and won't be back until at least maybe 600 weeks so now's your chance!
Now back to the workroom recap!
I started off the week with another new mini doll then finished off with some work on a big batch of robots!
And still going!
I did take a few breaks out of the workroom this week to go for tea at the Vintage Tea Garden Tea Room in Hamilton AND to visit the most amazing field of sunflowers in the country not too far away.
These hats and boa were on the wall so of course, being the ridiculous people that we are, decided to help ourselves to them for a few minutes!
Also took a little visit to new shop, Prouse Pottery and Soap on Ottawa Street in Hamilton owned by friends Nick and Jen! It looks great and I recommend everyone go check it out!
Then a little Callie time!
Before a little more robot sewing and then a visit to sunflower heaven! So beautiful I didn't want to leave!
Happy 300 weeks to me! I'll see you at the end of it!
|Posted on July 21, 2013 at 11:15 PM||comments (0)|
Hey guys! It was a busy week around here topped off with a big ol' crazy storm but everything is dried up and power is in so all is well here now!
I started the week off by heading to Creative Bug in Beamsville to drop off a custom doll before coming back to the studio to clean everything up to get ready for The Spectator photoshoot! I drew up a little illustrated version of the doll first of course.
Gussy loves it of course!
So on Thursday, Natalie from the Spectator and a photographer came over to take a little awkward sewing photo of me in my workspace and a little video of myself describing who I am and what I do for an article about local Etsy artists. I really need to work on getting better at describing what I do on video. Practice makes perfect I guess!
Here's Natalie taking a little video of my workspace to overlay with my little voice over:
I'm excited to see the article when it comes out sometime in the future!
And pretty happy to have had an excuse to up my workroom organization game a little bit.
Then I got to work on some mini art dolls! I've been thinking about making more of these little ones for awhile now and since making the little custom one last week I figure now is as good a time as any to start stocking up for One of a Kind in December! Not to mention Locke Street Festival and Supercrawl here in Hamilton in September.
This is one of my favourite fabrics ever that I picked up in Wholly Craft in Columbus many years ago and I plan on using it on a couple more dolls at least!
I've decided not everyone needs glasses...
But some do!
And that's it for the week! I hope to finish up a few more in the coming weeks, including this planned pink one of course.
This week also marked a year since little Callie the pup came in to my life on the side of the road in Caledonia! I'm so happy to have found her. She's a needy little suck and I never thought of myself as a dog person (cats!) but she's really the sweetest and we're lucky to have her!
I can't believe a year has passed - they go by so quickly!
Well, see you next week, friends!
|Posted on December 16, 2012 at 12:20 AM||comments (0)|
Or "Oh Christmas Tree," if you like. One of my favourite parts of the season, going back to various tree farm visits where my brother and I would run around trying to find the tallest, chubbiest, best tree which my mom or dad would then cut down (because the choose a pre-cut one was never as exciting), I've always loved having a real tree in the house for the month. It's a bit weird I think still, cutting down a tree and putting it up inside, but it smells nice and the family pets always seem to like it too.
This year, after a day off from Needlings sewing to make myself a new sort-of-gingerbread-man's-girlfriend skirt, I headed over to Bennett's Apple Farm in Ancaster and while we didn't cut it down ourselves, we did pick the chubbiest, best one/the one in front and brought it home to cover it in years of handmade ornament making and collecting - in addition to some old favourites, not before picking up some goodies and cider inside of course. Callie the pup enjoyed herself too/chased small prey then freaked out in the car.
I think we got a good one, don't you think?
Callie is totally in to it.
|Posted on December 4, 2012 at 12:35 AM||comments (0)|
Yep, two fun holiday craft shows in Hamilton! Two of my favourite shows of the year, even. I have done Merryberry Market in Westdale and Makers' Market on James St. North for 4 years now I think and they have become a big part of my own holiday season. It really doesn't feel like Christmas until we've had a bit of snow, and I've done these two shows. Happy to say, both of those things happened this weekend! We had so much snow on Friday in fact that the usual 20 minute drive to Westdale on city streets took about 1 full hour. Of course it has all been rained away but I'm hoping for a least a little white on the ground for the 25th.
Anyway, so we had Merryberry Market first which is a cute little show and fundraiser for Westdale Children's School. Only a small amount of vendors and lots of sweet little kids running around and playing Christmas songs.
So much holiday fun! These people are all some of the nicest people I've come across in Hamilton. A really nice warm night to end a snowy day. These are the kinds of shows that make me feel extra lucky I have the coolest job ever.
So we packed up and went home just to head downtown the next morning to the beautiful Christ's Church Cathedral on James St. North in Hamilton to set up for the Holiday Makers' Market show.
We were there and ready to go early so I got a few photos of some of the other vendors setting up in this beautiful space. I almost don't realize just how amazing it is until I look back at the pictures.
There are these lovely green light covers in the church that give all the photos a sort of greenish glow but it really was a fun day. It was busy for most of the day and I was happy to spend the day talking to familiar customers and new ones as well as some of my favourite crafty vendor friends.
Lisa of Nerdbiskit, one of my loveliest friends, was only a table away. Check out those aprons. And hot beverages. It was a great day but a little coffee/tea pep never hurt anyone! Unless you spill it I guess. Anyway, it worked for me!
See? That's one happy Needlings' maker.
Thank you to everyone who came out to these shows to spend their hard earned money locally supporting local artists and crafters. I wouldn't be able to do this without you. If I could hug you all I would!
I hope to see some of you at our last show of the year this Saturday, Crafternoon Delight, at Dundurn and Aberdeen, 11am-4pm.
Thanks for stopping by, friends! See you soon!
|Posted on October 28, 2012 at 1:35 AM||comments (0)|
I can't actually believe another week is over and it's time for another workroom recap but I'm not one to argue so I guess I'll go ahead and do it.
So the week went by super fast you guys! I spent the week finishing up a big restock for Kid Icarus in Toronto and managed to get everything all boxed up and headed out!
|Posted on April 26, 2012 at 3:05 PM||comments (3)|
I thought I would stop in today to let you know some of the goings on around here before the usual workroom recap!
First off, I am excited to announce Needlings will be carried in our 15th retail location, a great locally owned Hamilton shop, Little Bird. I stopped in today to drop off some Owl Mamas and Little Robots and meet the owner, Jodi, and her cute little bird* too!
*actually a human baby boy.
(Photo courtesy of Little Bird)
I'll have to stop by again soon to get some photos of everything in action. I'm very excited to have Needlings in a great little Hamilton store!
I also received news that some other lovely shopowners, Stephen and Melanie, of Dots & Loops in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, are featured in the Nova Scotia Tourism "Doers and Dreamers" Guide. And they're holding a Needlings Owl Mama! Needless to say, I popped on over to the Nova Scotia tourism website to get myself a copy.
I'm so happy for them that their store of under one year old is being recognized for how amazing it is! They do a great job! (Plus, aren't they cute?)
(Photo courtesy of Dots & Loops)
And for good measure, here's a mid-week Outfit of the Day of what I wore today on this rainy chilly Spring day!
Sweater: Thrifted Handmade Wool
Top: Old Navy
(My favourite) Skirt: Asos
See you soon! ♥
|Posted on April 1, 2012 at 5:20 PM||comments (0)|
This was not an event that Needlings participated in but instead one I took the 45 minute drive in to Toronto for.
A last minute decision today to go check out the One of A Kind Spring Show at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto. It was a fun little shopping venture at which I bought nothing but saw lots of great handmade things from people all over Canada.
I found out near the end that I wasn't allowed to take pictures but lucky us, I did get a few of the inside before my error was brought to my attention.
I also visited with my friend Paula of Orange Octopus who was doing the show for the first time this year. Her booth looked awesome! Her husband built it and her tattoo artist did the painting.
I picked up a couple programs and a few cards from some places I want to check out again. It's so overwhelming walking through - there is so much to see and everyone does an amazing job on their displays!
And here's what I wore! My new dress from Old Navy that I'm in love with at the moment. I also popped on a Needlings Owl Baby pin before heading out because a girl has got to represent, as they say. Or something.