Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Long Time Gone

So, I ran across this long defunct blog of mine and thought I should let you know about my current blog!

I'm not soaping too much these days, and knitting just a tad, but I'm sewing quite a bit!  You can see all of my crafty escapades over at Wordpress on my blog I started in July 2012 called The Sometimes Sewist.

Hope to see you there.  :)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

A New Day Dawns in the Etsy World

Good morning!

I'm proud to announce the grand opening of my newest crafty business venture - Purple Peacock Soapworx!

Check it out at , or look to the right for a small gallery of soaps available.

I have 9 soaps listed so far, and will be adding a few more every day this week until I get caught up on listing inventory.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Webisode 1

After realizing I have a webcam on the laptop I bought last Black Friday, I decided what a better way to blog than to just say it! 10 takes later, I came up with this itty bitty webisode.

You can view it on YouTube here:

Monday, March 2, 2009

Detour: Shirt.woot Ad

So, while my intentions were to keep this blog on the straight and narrow about my crafty and business ventures in general, I have decided that just won't do for me. Gotta throw some random observations in here and there, and thus "Detour:" has been created. Whenever there is a post not directly related to either of the above topics, I'll use this as a heading. And now, sit back, and please enjoy your very first Knit Sew Soap Repeat detour.

I happened to be checking out the shirt of the day on http://www.shirt.woot.com/, because I have a weakness for cute and artsy designs that are printed on T shirts. I've bought one so far and have worn it several times, including to the lone craft fair I have done so far (Holiday Craftacular in Madison, WI which is organized by Naomi of The Glitter Workshop). While looking at said T shirt, I happened upon the ad above.

Now, take a look at these pictures. According to them, I am in the June Cleaver age range. Yes, that 25-29 age is full of Leave it To Beaverness. And 30-34? You're Kathy Bates. But hey, at least you have some funky glasses. 35-44? You're kind of spacey and a little greasy. Yeah, I said it. Greasy. According to this depiction, women are only really attractive in their early 20s, despite the angularity of their skulls and matching flatness of their hair. However, guys seem to look good at any age. Come on, people, really?

Friday, February 13, 2009

I went out last night...

...to the fabric shop. Which is a bad thing. I mean, I love buying fabric and notions and doodads to help me create things more efficiently, but me going to the fabric store is like sending a pill popper to the pharmacy. Which is why it's a bad thing.

It's mostly bad because of the resolutions I made for myself. I could say that they were New Year's resolutions, but I decided on the 6th of January that I wanted to do certain things for the wellbeing of myself and my pocketbook (hellllllo crappy economy!), at least until the 6th of March:

1. Clean my apartment for 1/2 hour every weekday, or 2 1/2 hours a week (crap, just remembered this one...should try to keep this one up. Ah, lapsed promises)
2. Not buy any makeup or bodycare products for 2 months. For instance, I have enough shower gel to last me for a year, if not more - I kid you not. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. I already broke this one...broke down and bought some Bare Escentuals concealer (bad!) but it's the wrong color so I have to return it (good), as well as some new nailpolish (bad!) because I've been breaking my bad habit of picking my nails down (good).
3. Not buy any fabric or clothing. I can have new clothes if I make them for myself, but must make them from fabric in my stash.
4. Floss nightly. This should be standard procedure, but I just hate flossing for some reason. I could brush my teeth all day long and it'd be fine, but flossing is just a p.i.t.a.

Now that you have some background info, back to the hitting up the fabric store last night. I have decided that I want to make my boyfriend a messenger bag for Valentine's Day. It's a little last minute, but I think I'll be able to hack it. And I know it's not very romantic, but I think he'll love it, and he doesn't like candy and is indifferent to flowers, so I had to think of something! I also have a book and a handmade valentine ready for him. :)

3/2/09 Update: I didn't end up getting this done in time for Valentine's day - looks like I wasn't able to hack it like I thought I would be able to! Hehe. Working under pressure can get a little difficult - especially when the person you're trying to surprise lives with you! I did manage to make him some PJ pants that were a surprise for Christmas, though - but that was sewing here and there when he was gone, and I had a lot more than a couple of days to make that happen! I haven't officially cut out or started sewing this bag yet, but I'll get to it really soon, and have something to share with you.

However, to find all of the things I needed for the bag, I ended up having to hit up 2 fabric stores. Got the fabric for his bag (it's amazing how I can have 6 rubbermaid containers full of fabric and nothing that will quite work) and ended up looking around at some other fabrics, as well. At Hancock Fabrics I took a look at a certain home dec fabric I've been eyeing for a while that would be perfect for some spring bags for my shop. It was a fantastic deal (60% off!) and I had to go for it. I figure, can't hamper my business buying even if my personal buying is frozen ;). I'm so excited about it, though - can't wait to get some bags and possibly skirts made!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A new day in the blogging world

Here I am, starting another blog - third time is the charm, right?

A little about me - I have 2 apparel design degrees and a burning desire to make things. I tried to get a job related to my degree, but there just isn't much here in the midwest, and I don't really want to head for New York City again.

And so, I decided to start my own business to fill that need to create. In May of 2007, I opened my virtual doors at jreneedesign.etsy.com and have been working at it ever since. Slowly but surely I'm honing my craft, my business skills, and my products.

More to come!