Friday, July 29, 2011

Staying organized!

I watched an "Etsy Success" livestream video yesterday. It was hosted by Michelle Ward. It was the first livestream video I'd ever watched. :)

Something really resonated with me and it was about index cards.

Just index cards.

Here's why:
I've been fortunate to watch my Etsy shop receive more traffic. The downside to this is that I frequently have too many irons in the fire.

Am I disorganized? I didn't think so. I have Excel spreadsheets and online calendars and several spiral-bound notebooks floating around between my loom and sewing machine. My problem was this: I wasn't organizing my work in a way that suits me. I am a paper and pen person. I did not grow up with a home computer. I took handwritten notes all the way through graduate school.

I realized yesterday after watching the video discussion that it was OK to rely on an organizational method (paper/pen) that suits my style and abilities. I'm a tactile and visual person and it is no longer enough for me to rely upon a keyboard stroke - or worse - my memory to complete the work that I have in the queue.

So here's the PDF worksheet I came up with to help organize my custom order requests

It is just a simple worksheet. But I think that it will work better for me. In fact, I know it will work better for me. Maybe it will work for you, too.

Tweak as necessary for your own shop.
Be well,
Kate ;)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Yellow and white farmhouse plaid

Hello, friends. There is a new addition to Nutfield Weaver this week:

More yellow! I love this yellow cotton and it is perfect for a sunny kitchen towel, don't you think?

You may have noticed the watermark on the above photograph. I am going through the painstaking process of placing the little copyright symbol and my shop name on each new picture and also all of my older ones. I have unfortunately discovered several of my pictures here and there on the internet; in the worst cases credit for my photos was given to the wrong party (i.e. not me). Nuts. Heavy sigh.

Ah well. The internet is an experiment in anarchy, is it not?
Be well,
Kate

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Friday, July 22, 2011

Honeybees and Black-Eyed Susans

Hello, friends. Nutfield Weaver has been continuing her love affair with yellow. There is a new dishtowel in my Etsy shop today. Here is a photograph:


My husband thought that the yellow weft emphasis in the cloth is somewhat reminiscent of a honeybee. While this next towel reminded me of a fried egg, it seemed more appropriate to name the colorway after a the black-eyed susan flower instead:




More yellow is in the works - a lovely warp in sunny yellow and white is being put into the reed as of today and a new warp in ochre (goldenrod, harvest gold) and natural cottons is all set. Now all I need is the time to weave!

Be well,
Kate

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Garden inspired wedding decor part 2

Hello, friends. My hands still smell faintly of sage, which I snipped out of my herb garden today. I used the sage along with some of my other herbs to photograph a burlap petal cone that will be making her way to Australia this week. Here is a peek...



I have a new warp ready for the loom - my yellow and white threads will eventually become farmhouse plaid towels. I love yellow and white for a kitchen!

Be well,
Kate

Monday, July 18, 2011

Garden inspired wedding decor

Hello, friends.

How does your garden grow this summer? Ours is doing quite nicely, despite the presence of guilty-looking chipmunks and other garden-loving critters. One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to photograph my Nutfield Weaver creations with our fresh flowers.

Here are some photos of a khaki burlap flower girl cone with moss green ribbon:

The flowers used here in the burlap cone are our "Apart" rose, French lavender, and calendula. The calendula was grown from seed which I purchased from a lovely Etsy shop, TheLittleRagamuffin. Be sure to stop in at this Etsy store -- it is enchanting!

Be well, Kate

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Yellow

Hello, friends. Wedding season is in full swing, and I have had the opportunity to work with some lovely brides-to-be recently. Pale yellow seems to be a popular color this summer. Here are some photographs of some pieces I put together for a bride recently:



And here is a new kitchen dishtowel, also with yellow! I am calling this "Bumblebee plaid." (Actually, I can't decide what to name it - maybe it is more of a "lemon pepper plaid.")


What do you think? Bumblebee plaid? Lemon pepper plaid? Iowa Hawkeyes Plaid? (Wink, wink).

Be well,
Kate