Tuesday, September 29, 2009

I've Been Stalked!

Stalked!

Today I got an email from Violet of Etsystalker letting me know that I've been stalked! Etsystalker is a blog curated by Beatrice and Violet that features their latest Etsy finds. My corduroy Offbeat Messenger was stalked for their recent post, Fall Purses: Men Will Never Understand. The post discusses womens' need to change purses as the seasons revolve and features a selection of beautiful purses for autumn. Check out their blog for lots of fun posts and great finds. So it seems that being stalked is not always a bad thing!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Etsy's List

I was away from my computer all day on Friday so it was a nice surprise to discover that my Downtown Bag had made it to Etsy's front page earlier that morning. Thanks Etsy! I got quite a lot of convos in my inbox and lots of hearts because of the feature. It definitely made my day. I'm wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Autumn is Here!


Yesterday Autumn officially arrived here in NYC while the weather remained summer-like. Today the temperature is 81F and I ran my morning errands wearing a light t-shirt, jeans and my comfortable Wolky sandals. I went to go to the UPS store, the Union Square Farmers Market and the hardware store. After arriving home I realized I also need cat litter, cat food and groceries. One of the disadvantages of living in the city is that you have to carry all your groceries home since driving and parking is such a hassle. The advantage to living in the city is that you can order anything you want by phone or on the internet, including groceries and have them delivered to your home in an hour! So I ordered everything I needed and waited patiently for all to arrive by eco-friendly bicycle. Now Anni has her essentials and my partner and I have groceries for dinner. Tom is already cooking the brussel sprouts, my favorite. I didn't get much done in the studio today but I did add two new handbags to the Pesky Cat Designs shop. The shoulder bag posted above was a little experiment with a new design. I think it's a perfect bag to celebrate the fall season with!

Monday, September 21, 2009

The Last Day of Summer


Long Beach, NY circa 1923

Today I spent the last day of the summer in Long Beach, a city in Nassau County, New York on a barrier island off the South Shore of Long Island. The trip started with a 20 minute walk to Penn Station from where my partner and I boarded the 9:37 AM train that took 50 minutes to arrive at our destination. A few minutes later we were walking along the beach. The weather was a perfect 76F and sunny. Unlike the photo above, the beach was pretty empty with only a few people here and there worshipping the sun and a few surfers trying to catch a wave. We sat in the sun for a while and watched the waves coming to shore and the seagulls basking in the sun.
Later in the day we ventured into town for a meal of pizza and coca cola. Cheap but filling. We returned to the oceanfront to walk along the boardwalk which is about 2 1/4 miles long. There's a bike lane on the boardwalk and many cyclists were out enjoying the beautiful weather, even a mom and dad on a two seated bike towing their sleeping child in an attached trailer. At 3:07 PM we boarded the train headed back to Penn Station and arrived home a hour later slightly sun burned but content. Hope you had a wonderful day!




Wednesday, September 16, 2009

It's a Birthday!


Today is my birthday! My plans are to take a nice walk through the city with my partner Tom and have sushi for lunch. The rest of the day is not planned as I want to keep things spontaneous. This morning Mitsy from ArtMind tweeted me with birthday wishes and a link to her Mini Art Feeling posted above. Aki of Oktak also sent me a birthday tweet and several friends and family members already sent me early morning birthday wishes via email. Thank you! I am truly grateful to have such wonderful friends and family in my life. That's the best gift of all!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Thanks Etsy!


Last Sunday and and this morning my work was selected for Etsy's front page! The treasury shown above made the front page Sunday morning. My Classic Carryall was featured and sold! The treasury below was featured early this morning and was also created by Etsy. Thanks Etsy for selecting my work for your lovely front pagers!



Friday, September 11, 2009

Sewing up a Storm


Custom orders have kept me quite busy this past week so I've been a little behind in my blog posts. Today I finally finished up my last handbag, a custom order going out to Switzerland that will be shipped tomorrow. It's a gift for a September birthday. About a month ago I decided to officially take on custom orders and it has been a success. So far this month half my sales were custom bags. They take a bit more time in the planning stage as I often need to send several emails back and forth to a potential customer to make sure to get all the details correct. I also have to check my stock of fabric and make sure I have enough yardage to produce a bag before I commit to an order. In the end it is satisfying to know a customer is getting exactly what they want. Custom orders rock!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Labor Day Front Pager!

Today is Labor Day, a United States federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September. According to Wikipedia, the first Labor Day in the US was celebrated on September 5th, 1882 in New York City. This morning I had more to celebrate when I discovered that my newest handbag design, The Classic Carryall, made it to Etsy's front page! Thank you RunninginPlace for creating such a beautiful fall inspired list and Etsy for selecting it. It was a nice surprise. Wishing everyone a wonderful day!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Gray is the New Black

There was a time in my 20's that I only wore black, sorta like Johnny Cash, but as I got older I learned to appreciate a more color infused wardrobe. I still have the staple black turtleneck and trousers but I also own items in chartreuse, salmon and fuchsia. When I shop for fabric I am definitely drawn to bold colors but I realize that many women also look for more neutral tones when they are purchasing a handbag. So I make sure my studio is stocked with a little of both.
In my recent search on the internet for the latest fall color trends I found a lot of gray tones. According to an article I read, the key to refreshing your fall palette is pairing brighter colors with today's neutrals. I had some gray pinwale corduroy in stock so I decided to create a purse using this fabric. In the meantime I got a request for a custom order messenger bag in this fabric as well. I think the Wayfarer Purse posted above would look great with a vibrant fuchsia colored jacket or perhaps one in citron. Of course a classic black coat would be a perfect match as well!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Lucky Wednesday

Etsy in Polish by Hare and Drum

Yesterday I was quite lucky to be featured in two front pagers! The treasury above was created by the very talented Agnieszka of Hare and Drum and features Etsy artists that are either Polish or have Polish heritage. I was born in the USA but both my parents were born and raised in Poland.  Agnieszka is originally from Poland and now lives in Montana, USA. She has an amazing shop that sells fiber jewelry, hand embroidery and home decor. The works are whimsical and beautiful and I am the proud owner of two of her creations. Thanks Agnieszka for including me in your wonderful treasury!

Beckoning Autumn by NansGlam

The stunning treasury above was created by Nan of NansGlam and was inspired by the upcoming fall season. I love the vibrant colors and all her selections. Check out Nan's Etsy shop, NansGlam,  for gorgeous classic, romantic and vintage jewelry. Her work is dreamy! Thanks Nan for including me in your beautiful treasury!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Shades of Sapphire

Yesterday I discovered my Wayfarer Purse featured in Etsy's gift guide titled Shades of Sapphire. It celebrates the hues of sapphire, September's birthstoneI am always perusing Etsy's gift guides to keep up to date with what is popular and to see if any of my items might fit into a gift guide. If one of my works fits into a category I will tag my item accordingly. I will also consider creating an item that will fit into a guide. If you are a seller and want to see if you have been featured go to Heartomatic and just type in your shop name. Below I posted some more lovely items featured in the Gift Guide. By the way, sapphire is my birthstone!

A Selection of Items from the Shades of Sapphire Gift Guide