More notebook covers

The shop traffic has been way up but the sales have been way down, so in keeping with the current economy I’m going to stock some more inexpensive items, including notebook covers and valet trays. I acquired a few more fun designs: the pictured Mother Dragon, another dragon skull, and a Three Wolf Moon (which […]

Dragonquest in vinyl

I looked up the history of the Cameo and was surprised to realize it’s not quite as old as I thought: it’s the pre-2014 version, but can’t be any older than 2011. It’s still had a lot of miles put on it, and today I finally let it do the thing it’s really designed for: […]

Better late than never

The Cameo may not be able to cut marine vinyl, but it can still do paper just fine. At least, fine when it has a decently sticky mat, which it doesn’t right now, but still reasonably fine. Yes, I’m aware one tire is mounted backwards. At least it’s the one on the back of the […]

Mask break

Wrapping up the latest batch of masks has sat at the top of my non-business to-do list long enough that I spent a little time last night top-stitching and elasticizing them. Most will go to family back in Kansas (where they’ve had considerably less of the Current Unpleasantness than we have here in New Jersey, […]

Mask making

Like everybody else in the sewing world, I’m on the mask-making bandwagon. The Olson mask design, provided by an actual hospital organization, is the one I’ve settled on. It is really a mask cover, being designed to hold a disposable filter. I had claimed I didn’t have much good-quality but not glittery calico for sewing […]

Social distancing bears

I made one of the Kimberbears I linked to on Wednesday just to see how the pattern works out. It’s a bit different than I would have done it; I would have tucked the arms and legs inside the body and had the embroidery machine finish them off, but I guess that could get a […]

At loose ends

In theory, with the Etsy shop on vacation, I should have nothing to do but polish patterns and get tutorial videos made. In practice, I find myself spending a lot of time fighting with grocery-order websites, planning meals, and generally not in the mood for making stuff. Other than food – I’ve made a couple […]

Another fairy dragon

The embroidery machine has surpassed the four million stitch mark. That is a pretty good milestone considering most of what I do is computer-assisted conventional sewing with a much lower stitch count. But once in awhile I mix my metaphors, and the butterfly wings on the fairy dragons are probably my favorite. This one’s in […]

Last-minute Valentine dragon

I’ve been a little quiet lately because I was bound and determined to actually finish one of the art dragons. And I did it, albeit a little later than good marketing would prescribe – Valentine items should be listed in mid-January. I picked up a couple colors of Ben Textiles Royal Velvet that looked like […]