Self Promotion

June 25, 2009

I added a twitter feed for Janmade, its on the right side of the page under the link to my etsy shop.  I also lowered all the prices in my etsy shop to 8.00 so if you are interested in a tie dye baby onesie or some soft soled shoes come and get it!  I would like to clear out some of these items before I add new items to the shop.

For anyone reading this, you can get any 4 items in my shop for 28.00 if you mention “RAINBOW” in the comments section when you purchase.  I will make the adjustment in Paypal after the sale.  Happy Shopping and thank you for reading!

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my etsy shop is open!

April 7, 2009

furry friends bib

furry friends bib

I know I haven’t posted in a month, but hopefully I will be posting more regularly in the future.  Sometimes life gets in the way, to use an old cliche.  But I am excited to announce I finally opened my etsy shop! I am very excited to have followed through on this.  I started out by posting 20 items. I will be adding new things every Monday. I haven’t figured out yet how to add the etsy mini widget to my blog, but I have added a link to the right that you can click on to go shopping!

candy stripe shoes

candy stripe shoes

new fabric!

January 22, 2009

All the fabric I ordered finally came in that I ordered from fabric.com and equilter (neither of which sent me the aformentioned wonky fat quarters).  After new years, they both had really good sales on their designer fabric, so I kindof went crazy.  I got some Michael Miller, Denyse Schmidt Katie Jump Rope – yay!, Kaffe Fassett, Amy Butler, Heather Ross and some other random things.   I haven’t yet really accumulated a stash, so this was my beginning.  I have random fabrics left over from projects, but I wanted to have more of a variety so I can do things more on the fly, giving me more options  and room to experiment.  Until now, I have worked by deciding a project, picking out the fabric specifically for the project, then making it.  But I think I like having the freedom of having options right there when the mood strikes me to start something.

I got quite a lot of “cute” fabrics because I will start making some baby quilts soon.  I’ve been drafting some patterns for some baby quilts I am really excited about and I think will be a good start to my etsy store.  I have so much to do before I can open it, but at least things are moving forward.  I’ve been reading the book Craft, Inc and it has been really inspirational as far as giving a lot of insight and direction on how to organize a hobby business.  So right now I’m in the process of picking out and having made fabric labels, creating a logo and banners with help from my amazingly talented friend Christine, making business cards, tags…and I’m sure there is something I am forgetting.

I guess I am just a perfectionist at heart, and I have been considering opening this shop for a while.  So I am committing to doing it “right” – whatever my definition of that is.  And I want to have all of that ready and done before I open the store, because for me that is the best way to do it.

feelin’ grateful

December 7, 2008

This weekend I was feeling particularly ambitious and got a lot of stuff accomplished, many of those being christmas gifts I had been procrastinating on finishing for whatever reason.  One of those things I had been really putting off is making these tye-dyed baby onesies for my friend’s kid.   Mainly because where the hell was I going to tye dye in my apartment without staining everything rainbow.  I mean, I love rainbows and all but I don’t think my landlord would love my design choices dying the carpet or countertops or the walls in the color spectrum.  But Friday night I had nothing to do so I thought what better time to try something potentially destructive!

I finally decided I would just try and do this in the sink, being the most self-contained, non-stainable area in my entire department.  So I tied up all my little onesies, and a shirt for myself, just because isn’t it mandatory to own at least one tie-dyed piece of clothing?

tie-dye-onsies-003

they havent reached their potential yet

So there they are, all tied up.  At this point the pictures stopped, because I was alone and the further I got into this project, the messier it got and more stained my hands were, because genius I am I forgot to get rubber gloves.  After all of the dying, they each went into a plastic grocery bag and sat overnight to marinate – and in the morning after a trip to the washer and dryer, this is how they turned out.

taste the rainbow

taste the rainbow

I love them.  I think they turned out really well, considering I hadn’t tyedyed anything since girl scout camp.  Writing that I realize in my last post I said I hadn’t sewn anything since 8th grade…maybe my craft renaissance is my feeble attempt at recapturing my youth considering I am looking down the barrel at 30 and have little to show for it.

But I digress, I think these onesies are adorable.  Parents, dress your little ones like hippies, its totally cute, and they can’t complain, they know not what you do.  And remember kids, wear gloves when tie dying!

dont let this happen to you

don't let this happen to you