Thursday, December 31, 2009

So long 2009...

Hello, friends. I hope that 2009 has been as good to you and your family as it has been to mine! The four of us plan to stay in tonight and indulge with pizza and Buffalo chicken wings and, possibly, some sort of robot action movie or Ryan Seacrest in Times Square. My husband is running a 10K on New Year's Day (it is called "The Hangover Classic"), so I doubt that we'll be doing anything very outrageous.

My shamrock green table napkins found their way into Craftgawker, and I now I have 3 submissions featured there. It is a very nice site, and a good way for me to gauge the quality of my pictures. My sister gave me a very nice Christmas gift this year - a set of lights, a light box, and digital camera tripod. I am learning - slowly - how to use these new tools!

Here is a little greeting card that I put together yesterday. I will be offering these as "freebies" to my clients, but they are also for sale/display on my Etsy site. They are sweet, if I do say so myself. (I can't bear to toss handwoven lace scraps -- these use a 2" square.)

Off to the gym this morning with the boys. Snow is forecasted for the weekend - we hope to have sufficient snow to get the skis out at least once before Christmas vacation ends.

Be well, Kate

Monday, December 28, 2009

New Pictures & 2010 Plans

Hello, friends. It has been a while since my last post! Christmas morning is always a fun time at our house. Our two boys still get very excited. (Confession: my husband and I get excited, too!).

I did a lot of "housekeeping" in my Etsy shop yesterday. I did take down some listings of items that did not perform well for 2009. I spent some time analyzing what items seem to be the most popular and will continue to make these for 2010. My spreadsheets are NEARLY completed for 2009.

I'm very hopeful for 2010 with Nutfield Weaver. The Handmade Stand booth at The Wedding Co.'s annual bridal show in Toronto is just over 2 weeks away, and I'm very curious to learn if the display generates interest in my work! I have a few new projects that I'm eager to begin, including some Scottish tartan fabrics for wedding accessories and some new tea towels in bright colors.

There are some photographs of mine that have found their way into a Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia photostream on the web, but I'm having difficulty accessing it and posting the link. I'm curious to know which photographs were selected!

The snow is starting to pile up outside. We are hoping to get some skiing in within the next couple of days.
Be well, Kate :)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Pre-Christmas frenzy

Hello, friends. Busy, busy around here. Sales from my wee shop have been good, which is surprising given that Christmas is just a few days away. I sold my first padded dress hanger with an embroidered monogram button last night. It turned out nicely! I also finished weaving a table runner for my uncle this morning. (He has been very patient -- he requested it some time ago). I also closed the sale of my Heifer fund raising effort. It didn't generate as much interest as I had hoped, but I was able to make a small donation thanks to Nutfield.

And a big sigh of relief as I learned today that my petal cone reached The Wedding Co. safe & sound and in plenty of time for the bridal show Jan. 15-Jan. 17. Whew!

ALL of my knitting projects are finished -- at least the ones that were made for Christmas. The shopping is done, but I am really behind on my baking and my house looks like a tornado went through it. Tomorrow is clean up day!

I ordered 3 new yummy colors of cotton for kitchen towels: bright orange, red, and robin's egg blue. I CANNOT WAIT FOR THESE TO COME! My next warp is a big one -- I am making more towels! These are so fun to make...I'll post pictures.

Dinner awaits! Feeding two boys is nearly a full time job in itself! And so is laundry!
Be well, Kate :)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Nutfield Weaver Featured on the Front Page of Etsy!

Hello, friends. How lovely to learn that I was featured on the Front Page of Etsy last night and that stroke of luck led to a sale. My peppermint-stick tea towel was on the front page and now it will be packaged up for a client in the midwest.

Almost done with my knitting projects for my family. It is a very snowy day here, and so I am thinking that it will be a good day to tie up loose ends.

Here is picture of my tea towel that made it to the front page! What a great day. And most of my Christmas shopping is done, too.

Be well, Kate :)

Friday, December 18, 2009

Afternoon tea

Hello, friends. What do you think of my new table linens? These were designed for a client in Australia and I made an extra set to list on my Etsy site. I can taste the crumpets and clotted cream already, can't you? Ha, ha!

I was lucky to have a sale this morning; a petal cone will be sent to a February bride in the midwest. I even had a sale in my little earrings shop this week. What?! You didn't know I had an earring shop? Well, I do and it is called "Secret Gate." I suppose it would be judicious of me to put a link to it on this blog, no?

Our boys have 3 more days of school after today. They are getting really excited for Christmas. They are also very excited to have tickets to see the new "wear-your-earplugs" blockbuster, "Avatar." They want "really good seats," so they plan on having us at the theater at least 30 minutes early. This "Avatar" movie-goer will be bringing her knitting!
Be well, Kate

P.S. A very happy anniversary to my parents on this chilly December day! :)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A charming wedding tradition from the Baltics

Hello, friends. I have decided to take a quick break from my weaving projects. I am so excited to be weaving a set of table linens for a client in Sydney, Australia. How cool is that?! They're turning out very nicely -- they are the same design as my "Yuletide Feast" table linens, except they are woven from ivory mercerized cotton.

Lots of knitting going on during the evenings, too. I'm making little mitten ornaments for my boys this year. Here's a picture. Aren't they cute? They measure about 1.5" wide by 2.5" high.

I read about a charming wedding tradition from The Baltics, and all of you knitters out there are sure to love this story. I found the story in Marcia Lewandowski's fabulous book, "Folk Mittens." Here it is:

"Mittens played an important role in traditions of courtship and marriage in the Baltics, particularly in Latvia. A maiden's worth was measured in part by her skill in knitting and by the number of mittens she had made. When a young woman accepted a marriage proposal, she sent her suitor a pair of mittens. He would drape them over his belt as a sign that he was committed."

Off to do some more weaving! I've got a growing queue of requests, which is a good thing.
Be well, Kate :)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

A happy day

Hello, friends. I have really had an exciting morning. My mum tells me that good things (and bad) often come in threes, and I really believe there is something to this!

1. accepted one of my photographs for inclusion on their website. If you aren't familier with Craftgawker, go have a gander. There really are some excellent photographs on this site.

2. My handwoven lace padded dress hangers have been featured on a lovely blog.

3. A photographer from The Londonderry Times is visiting our house today to take pics. of me and my petal cone for the newspaper. The story is about my acceptance into the big wedding show in Toronto in January.

So, yes, good things happen in threes. My petal cone is all set to go to Toronto. My new business cards arrived yesterday, so everything is ready. The only thing that remains is going to the post office and, most assuredly, standing in line along with everyone mailing holiday parcels!

Stay warm, think positive thoughts, and be well.
Kate :)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Handwoven lace garter with monogrammed button

Hello, friends. It was a very windy and cold day in New Hampshire; perfect for staying inside!

I finished a new wedding garter. This one features a monogrammed, embroidered button. What do you think?

The petal cone that will be shipped to Toronto for The Wedding Co. Bridal Show is all finished. I am trying to decide if I should send some faux petals along with the cone, for display purposes. I have red, pink, and green (in a "pear" shade). Once my new business cards arrive from Moo, I will be heading to the post office.

All set with my Christmas angels for this year, barring any big sales on my Etsy site! They were really fun to make, and I've received a request for a tree topper for next year based on the ornament design. How fun will that be?

Stay warm, and be well, Kate :)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Snow Day!

Hello, friends. It boggles my mind how my two boys need to be shaken out of bed on an ordinary day, but on a snow day they are awake and bounding around the house at 6 o'clock in the morning. I love a snow day as much as the boys, truth be told. I have lots of projects for them today -- wrapping Christmas presents, Christmas greeting cards, baking. I'm sure that they'll be excited to shovel the driveway as well (the snowblower is still in our shed, and I'm not sure I can fire it up the first time of the season).

Sending some lace samples off to a young lady in Dallas today. I'll have to shovel the sidewalk before I can get the samples in the mailbox!

I'm already thinking about 2010 for Nutfield Weaver. The idea of handwoven Scottish tartan wedding accessories keep niggling me. I think that these could turn out quite nicely.

Stay warm, if you're in the path of this winter storm!
Be well, Kate :)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

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The Wedding Co. Bridal Show, Toronto, January 2010

Hello, friends. I was so pleased to hear from The Wedding Co. yesterday and was informed that my handwoven lace petal cone will be featured at their bridal show that will take place in January, 2010. I am so grateful to have this opportunity! Here is a picture of what I will be sending. After the show, this petal cone will be given away to one of the readers of The Wedding Co.'s blog.

I am finishing up several tissue holders that clients have ordered for Christmas gift-giving this year. They are so fun to make. I think I'm on number 15 to date!

My journal has been receiving a lot of scribbles in it lately. I have some new ideas for 2010, but right now have to focus on finishing up orders that have been placed. I am so eager to weave! I love to sew, but am truly at home at my loom.

Stay warm! Be well, Kate :)

Monday, December 7, 2009

A snowy day

Hello, friends. Winter has arrived in New Hampshire. We have about 4 inches of snow on the ground, and more snow in the forecast for today and Wednesday. It was a perfect day to get our Christmas tree yesterday. See our Christmas card quality photograph!

I was so pleased to have a few sales this weekend! A tea towel is on its way to Maryland, and a Christmas angel ornament is on her way to New York later this morning. To date I have made 15 handwoven lace tissue holders! Whew! I will have to weave more ivory lace yardage after the holidays.

Hope that you all had a great weekend. Stay warm and be well, Kate :)

Friday, December 4, 2009

Where is the snow???

Hello, friends and happy Friday. Hope you all had a lovely week. We have had high winds yet unusually high temperatures for December here in NH. My boys are irritated that there is no snow on the ground. They will be appeased tomorrow, though, as we're supposed to be getting snow on Saturday/Sunday.

Busy, busy with lots of tissue holder requests! It is such a treat to be able to weave for people's gift giving this year. Here is a picture of some tissue holders that are making their way to the midwest this week. My list of requests continues to grow, but I'm very grateful as we are now supporting our local orthodontist with convenient monthly checking withdrawls for the next two years!

Hope you all have a great weekend. We may get our Christmas tree on Saturday. There has to be snow on the ground, or else it just "WON'T BE THE SAME," in which case, we will hope for the best on the following weekend!
Be well, Kate :)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Happy Wednesday!

Hello, friends. Hope you all had a wonderful St. Andrew's Day on December 1. (Our son's name is Andrew -- we make a note of the occasion here). I did a lot of work yesterday on custom order tissue holders and put the finishing touches on the ring pillow for a December bride. I worked on another ornament. I am sure that my family will see pictures of her, and I'm spoiling a surprise by posting this, but I'm so pleased with how she turned out that I'm putting her up any way. Both versions of my angels have gotten lots of views, lots of Etsy hearts, and one has been featured in a Treasury. She IS pretty, if I do say so myself.

I was contacted by a start-up shop in Manchester, NH about selling in their place. I think I will visit unannounced before committing. I don't have a lot of "stock" available, as I'm not a production weaver. We will see.

Enjoy your day. I know I will! Our family has a standing engagement at the gym on Wednesday nights -- and tonight we're getting take-out Chinese for fun.
Be well, Kate