Monday, October 31, 2011

Back to the Groove

I don't have anything too interesting to post right now, other than to say that I am finally done with the assignment from places best not mentioned on Halloween.  That means I will be home, all day for at least the next week, recouping.  That also means I will have tons of time to get stuff done!  I'm really looking forward to getting back to my sewing machine.  I'm not so excited for the loss of income, but the district didn't have any open spots for me to fill.  On the other hand, with time to spend on my Etsy shop and networking and such, maybe I can get my sales off the ground.  That would be nice... and I'm sure my husband would enjoy opening up some of the space that is currently occupied by my inventory.

I've already started on my to do list.  On Saturday, I took my new wire dress frame outside to re photo some of my bags.  I really like how they turned out.  I think they look much better on a suedo human than just sitting on the shelf or hanging on a hook on the wall.  She is of course a little smaller than normal people sized, but its a good approximation.
I named her Mildred!
What do you folks think about using a dress frame/mannequin vs. hang on the wall or sitting on a shelf?  If you were a buyer, which would entice you more?

Sunday, October 2, 2011

I've Got the Universe in my Pocket

Hello folks, long time no write.

As I said in my last post, school started for us and completely threw off my craft groove, and I was neck deep in naps and tests to grade.  I was further put off when I had to switch assignments.  I'm a long term sub currently subbing for teachers on family leave.  I started the year as a chemistry teacher, and now I'm teaching history with a group of the most frustrating sophomores you've ever seen in your life.  I want to like them, but they make it so hard.  Anyways, I'm sure this is all very interesting, but what brings me back to my blog, you might be asking...

First full printing my NASA space fabric!
Well, a couple of weeks ago I was looking through NASA's photo archives, while thinking about entering spoonflower fabric contests (more about them later) when I was hit with a cool idea.  Wouldn't it be awesome to have fabric made with some of these photos?  Why, yes, yes it would, I thought.  So, I looked into NASA's photo usage rules and they are basically free for alls, as NASA doesn't keep copyrights on any of their pictures.  I was ecstatic, and I started searching for interesting photos that were large enough to be useful.   It only took me a couple of hours to get my idea shaped and set up.  The next 2 weeks were spent waiting on proofs and the final printing of my first yard of fabric.  I love love love how they turned out!

I had the idea to make the pictures into zipper pouches, and included both a front and a back for them.  I'm posting here today to let everyone know that the first batch of Universe in my Pocket pouches are done and up for sale on Etsy!  Here are few of them up close-

M81 Galaxy Pouch

M82 Galaxy Pouch

Butterfly Nebula Pouch

Want to see the whole collection?  Check out the Universe Pouches section of my Etsy shop.

One last thing:  If you've ever wanted to design your own fabric, you need to check out Spoonflower!  Their printing is high quality, and making your own designs is super fun.  They also have weekly design contests.  I've entered this weeks, so if you go to the contests page, I would appreciate a vote for my Ditzy Outer Space print design (its under my etsy shop name, summerycreations).