Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
It was a CRAZY summer in my world! Lots of traveling, Kentucky, Tennessee, northern Wisconsin, Indiana, etc. Kids were involved in sports and other activities...but mostly *around* all the time which is great...but definitely cuts into my productive time. They make it very difficult for me to focus when it is 90 degrees outside and the pool or beach is calling their names! The flower beds were beautiful due to early heat and lots of rain and and my vegetable garden produced lots and lots of tomatoes, squash, lettuces, spinach, carrots and kohlrabi (Sofia's fav).
The Painted Daisy
Well, the above paragraph says a lot. I tried to keep up with shop inventory and my Etsy site...it was tough. Working on better planning for next summer! I am definitely scaling back on show participation as time moves forward. Being a one woman sweat shop only allows for so much production! The Summer Craftacular sponsored by Glitterworkshop was my only big summer show..and totally worth it! Great time, great shoppers and excellent venue. The Holiday Craftacular will also be held at the East Side Club, so watch for future posts with details.
Jenny, the Upholstery Seamstress
I realized recently that I rarely, if ever, talk about my other sewing *self*. I have been working at an upholstery shop (Depot Hill Furnishings) for more than 3 years! I sew lots and lots of pillows and cushions, as well as help with the cut and sewn parts of furniture re-uphostery or custom made pieces. My next post will focus on a great project we just completed at the shop, plus lots of fun pictures of me, my workspace and my posse!
Moving into Fall
I just returned from a great show in Kentucky the third weekend in September. My wonderful sister Janelle opened up her home once again to all her friends (and strangers that were garage sale-ing in the neighborhood) so I could have a very successful trunk show.
I will be participating in several shows this fall/holiday season:
Holiday Craftacular - December 11
Handmade for the Holidays - November 20
Holiday Open House - November 20
324 N. Monroe St, Stoughton, WI
9:00 - 4:00 pm
(I will not be there, but my wares will!)
AND I have pledged to keep my Etsy shop & stores that carry my products, stocked and selling through the busy holiday season. The many shows I attended last season kept me too busy and I really missed out!
Hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful fall weather~!
Friday, June 11, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Friday, April 30, 2010
Visit historic Stoughton, WI during their famous Syttende Mai festivities, including this amazing showcase of handmade fine arts and crafts. More than a dozen different local artists will be represented!
Many other activities are happening in Stoughton (bring the family and stay for the day)...here's the link with the scoop: http://www.stoughtonwi.com/syttendemai.shtml
Unique, locally-made and eco-friendly items will include:
Fiber, Wood & Paper Art
Flower Planters...and MUCH MORE!
Leland Anderson Wood Products
Alyssa Henry Cigar Box Art
The Painted Daisy www.thepainteddaisy.etsy.com
Prettifications. by Cynthia www.prettifications.etsy.com
Whimsy House www.whimsyhouse.etsy.com
Space Oddities www.spaceoddities.etsy.com
Little Dandelion Studios www.littledande.etsy.com
The Glitter Workshop www.glitterworkshop.com
Storyline Design www.storylinedesign.etsy.com
The Little Red Ribbon www.thelittleredribbon.etsy.com
Inges Accents www.ingesaccents.etsy.com
Address & Map:
702 Jackson Street-NW Corner of Jackson & Johnson Streets
We will have sandwich boards & signs directing you from Main Street!
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Met lots of new and super nice peeps. Sent skirts off to Oshkosh to be showcased at Dainty Daisies, owned by Michelle. (http://www.daintydaisies.com) I'll add her link - and a couple others to my sidebar.
Hope the rain this weekend leads to more flowers blooming next week!
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Also, check out one of the other sponsors: Dainty Daisies...they will be the next fabulous shop to carry The Painted Daisy products. http://www.daintydaisies.com/
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
I'm so pleased with how these special-order lunch sacks turned out! Much bigger than the prototype, ha ha! Lined in PUL (a washable, coated fabric that is water resistant and flexible) with a velcro top closure and sassy little handle...it's more like carrying a little purse than a lunch sack!
Anthology has a wonderful article about their new spring-y merchandise and feature another picture of my little skirts in their front window display!
Lovely store, lovely owners, lovely new items to inspire spring.
Check it out! Better yet, head downtown Madison to see the wonderfully whimsical store in person!
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I've been lax in keeping up with my featured seller posts! Here are some delightful ear decorations from a lovely woman named Cynthia. She is the creative force behind her Etsy shop www.prettifications.etsy.com. Her gorgeous earrings are deceptively light. I was wary about the large ones (named Jemma); but she was right, they are light as air!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Check out links to some of the other great crafters that were showcased at this event:
The windows were open today and the fresh air felt great! Has spring sprung? I hope so!
Friday, March 12, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Fudge Filled and Peppermint Patties (you get a bunch!)
Thursday, February 18, 2010
To be an HR Manager or to be a Seamstress. That was an interesting question I was faced with a few years ago...luckily I chose to follow my crafty passion and become a full-time seamstress.
How many people choose "not to be" rather than "to be" and live to regret it? An interesting question.
Here's the soliloquy in it's entirety:
To be or not to be – that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
And, by opposing, end them. To die, to sleep
No more – and by a sleep to say we end
The heartache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to – ‘tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep
To sleep, perchance to dream. Ay, there's the rub,
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause. There's the respect
That makes calamity of so long life.
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
Th’ oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law's delay,
The insolence of office, and the spurns
That patient merit of th’ unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? Who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscovered country from whose bourn
No traveler returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all,
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pitch and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.—Soft you now!
The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remembered.
Oh, and I got two more orders from stores this week! One is a new shop, The Bradley Gallery here in Stoughton. I am going to be sewing like a mad woman the next few weeks! (Don't I always say that? LOL)