Helloooooooo world! I’m back for a little bit to play on the blog. :) After my last BIG project for the year in June, I told myself that I would take a looooooooong break from doing anything remotely obligatory for the REST OF THE YEAR. This kind of a hiatus is highly unusual for me, as I’ve always been known for packing my schedule with things, whether it be social, hobbies or church stuff. Anyway, I find this newly found freedom liberating and empowering… and I admit, sometimes truly boring. lol. Only because I’ve never had this much free time to do WHATEVER I wanted, which includes not lifting a finger for anything and just being a couch potato. I think my body and soul desperately needed some rest from my addictive quality of doing, doing and more doing… It’s amazing how much time I’ve gained now that I don’t have every weekend booked with some kind of a project. My focus has shifted to taking care of the things I have long neglected to do (like getting back into shape, learning Photoshop, catching up on my Korean dramas (hehe), etc.) I can’t go on, however, neglecting my blog forever. And I won’t even start mentioning the long list of creative projects I’ve been putting off because I would torture myself with guilt and a sense of failure……. So for now, I want to be child-like and happy by presenting some of my past work. (Note: My next shipment from Oriental Trading Company is on its way! I will be throwing a Fall-themed birthday party for my sis and dad whose birthdays are coming up. So please be on the lookout for my next post on Fall decorations! Or better yet, please subscribe to my blog via your email address or RSS feed. As you can see, I won’t bombard you with daily updates.) ~grin~
When I started sewing more things and posting them up online last summer, people started encouraging me to open an Etsy shop and start selling my stuff. I made some sales on and off of Etsy, which in itself was rewarding and surprising that people actually wanted to pay money for my “creations”! I even went as far as coming up with a company logo and making fabric labels to sew onto my projects. All of this was embraced and affirmed by the community of supporters I had around me. And frankly, that kept me going for some time. But sewing is a laborious task… (And that’s probably an understatement.) The materials can be quite expensive to make a profit or break even, even when you acquire them at a wholesale price. If I had to choose between yay or nay, I would have to say sewing IS enjoyable (especially when you see the final product after hours of concentrating and making your work space look like a fabric war zone), but just not as a money-making wheel. :)
Anywho, here is a sampling of some of my past sewing/knitting projects! Please excuse the quality of my photos. These were taken during my pre-DSLR-days with an iPad Mini in not-so-good lighting.
1. iPad Mini Cover – made purely out of necessity and me being cheap. I didn’t want to shell out $25 for one. So instead, I spent a good 6-7 hours making my own. Time well-spent!
2. Make-Up Bags – I think this is one of my favorite things to sew! (And they happen to be my best-sellers ’til this day.)
By the way, I LOVE the app “Bamboo Paper” on the iPad! You can make docs like this by importing your photos and writing/drawing on them directly.
3. Business Card Holders – Had some leftover scraps of fabric and was looking for ways to use them. Googled and found a few great tutorials for these card holders! I’m carrying one myself to house all my frequent buyer cards and business cards inside. Love these!
4. Fancy evening clutches – I have yet to use any of these clutches (well maybe the blue one once, and I have given another one out as a gift.) One of these days when I have a fancy event to go to… I feel quite accomplished to say that I made the fabric flowers myself (tee-hee). And not to mention feeling like a pyro when I burn the edges of the fabric to make them curl up…
5. Custom Orders: It was exciting when I started getting custom order requests! I’ve done some knitted hats (not pictured here) but the most requested were tote bags (baby diaper bag, school bag, lunch bag, everyday bag made out of oilcloth, etc.)
6. Knitted items. I usually knit using my loom (round or rectangular). I’ve knitted with regular needles but the looms are faster and produce equally beautiful products (I think!) The cold months are coming and I’m excited to start knitting again. I’ve made many wooley items but here are two samples. The first picture is my head model “Marlene” sporting my latest winter beanie in my homemade light box. Isn’t she doing a fabulous job? The second is a scarf I knitted for my grandma. I hope she’s wearing it (will check when I visit her next May! hahaha!)
7. And lastly, my craft show back in March. Ah… the Craft Show… And, the memories of freakish long hours slaving over the ironing board and my wrist getting sore from all that fabric cutting… Did you know that I even took one week off from my full-time job to sew for this event? Now, THAT is dedication, if I must say so (or maybe I’m just not a fast sewer.) No denying that it was lots of fun but to my better judgment I’ve decided against doing another show this year. Sorry to those who were asking about another show. I may do another one next year… Maybe… :)
Here’s a vendor belt I made for myself, with hidden money pockets.
This is a belt I made for my friend Christine. I like the multiple pockets on this one.
Well, that’s it! :) Hope you’ve enjoyed looking through these pix! Looking back, it’s good to know where all my time went to these past 12 months or so. Man, I guess I didn’t waste any time after all… hahaha. Please click on the heart if you liked the post and/or leave me a comment. It’s always encouraging to see people visit my blog. I’ll try to be better about posting more regularly! But for now, back to my hibernating hole…