Sunday, February 28, 2010

Two weeks without my own Computer, But I'm back!

Hi Everyone!  It's Sunday Feb 28.  Time flies.  Brent just got my computer up yesterday.  Lost lots of pictures which is really painful, but I keep telling myself, it is only Stuff and stuff can be replaced.  I'm anxious to get some new things posted up in the shop after a 2 week hiatias.  Actually, it's 2 weeks today.  So, I'm back, minus a few things but still in good shape.  So off to take some pictures and get posting.  Have a great week ahead and God Bless!  Sandy

Sunday, February 21, 2010

I am very pleased with this bag.  It turned out really fine and is quite chic with lots of detail work and three coordinating fabrics.  Plus an applique rose, ribbons and a ruched strap. 

Friday, February 19, 2010

New Towels Coming to SewSassyEtsy

These a just a few of the kitchen and bath towel sets I have been working on this week.  I am planning to offer them in SewSassyEtsy for a very reasonable (Bargain!!!) price so new customers can get to know the quality of my work without spending a bunch of money.  I hope I can get the pics taken this weekend and posted up on the site. 

I Really Have Enjoyed Following the Blogs

I really have enjoyed following the blogs I have recently signed up to follow.  I never thought I would be a blog person, however I am rapidly turning into a fan.  It is stimulating to see what other creative people are doing and thinking.  It's a boost to my creative process.  Thanks guys and gals.  You each know who you are!  Sandy

Thursday, February 18, 2010

More Money than Brains?

"Authentic brand new Gucci for only $355… you better believe it! Seems nearly impossible especially since I’m referring to one of the latest tote bags to hit Gucci headquarters. Let me introduce to you ladies the Packable Nylon Tote, available now for pre-ordering and for only $355! So this roomy tote doesn’t feature rich all-around Gucci leather, hardware, or some kind of sensible structure, but I’m more than sure this can come handy someway or another". (It darn well better be for $355)  Blablablaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

I bet if I made a knock off and put it on Etsy for $20 it would never sell.............. There is absolutely nothing special about this bag I found on a blog today.  Are ppl crazy?  More money than brains it appears, and oh what a bargain!  Sandy

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Computers Addicting

Have you ever wondered what your life will be like if your computer goes on the blink? Mine did. It started acting up on Saturday, really weird symptoms. So I did all the usual stuff that most computer geeks tend to do, run the virus checker, defrag and clean up the hard disk, check the registers, reboot, check all the cables and the hardware stuff. This was all to no avail. So hubby, our home computer builder and network administrator comes to the rescue. No matter what he did, he still could not hook up to the network, local access only, even after reloading the network software and working on the system for two days from the software perspective. Matters kept getting worse. I could type faster than the computer would put the words in the system. Now that is bad, because I'm an average speed typist at best. Tuesday morning comes around and I start to work in the sewing/computer room. The system is dragging, like a bad holiday hangover. I reboot. My baby totally dies. No response what so ever from the power button. I say to myself, this is an intermittent power supply failure. Being the experienced ex computer business owner that I am, I decide to pull the power supply to take it down to the local shop to be checked out. Hubby calls home, I update him on the status of my sick "baby". He tells me just to take the whole system into the shop because he won't have time to work on it til the weekend. He knows I will be climbing the walls by the weekend without baby girl.

The computer shop is very professional, has the new power supply in the system and up and running again in a couple of hours. So, I pick it up, put it in the car and tell myself the day is already shot for work so I go to the grocery store for my Mom and take her lunch and the groceries because she is not feeling well. I get on her computer (a hubby build for her too), check my Etsy, Google analytics, look at the blog, and am satisfied that nobody really missed my constant online attention for three days.

Hubby comes home, plugs baby girl in and WOWzy, flames shoot out the back of the new power supply. I am sullen and disappointed. I call the computer shop which is closing in ten minutes and they all their years in business nothing like this has ever happened. The house smells acrid from the burning components all evening as a painful reminder that baby girl is dead. Hubby feels sorry for me and lends me his work laptop to check up on things at Sew Sassy Shop. All is well at the virtual store and I am still not missed. In fact I am agitated that my shop looks and hearts are way down for the last couple of days, and dropping rapidly. Down from 80 some visits on Saturday to a low of 14 on Tuesday. Just goes to show you that if you don't promote for even a few days, you dry up and wither away. I don't know what to do with myself and I finally resign myself to watching the boob tube.

Wednesday, morning, today, I sneak into hubby's office, and get on his computer after he is off to work. Can't stand it without my regular routine of coffee and internet. Baby girl is packed in the car, ready to go back to the hospital. I drive her over and drop her off. They will call in a couple of hours.

Guess I will take some time to do a bit of laundry, make the bed, dust and run the vacuum. How boring. I've outgrown housekeeping. My online life is much more exciting than spending the day alone cleaning. What has my world come to? I'm an addict. Computer addict that is. Life feels discombobulated without baby girl. I hope the news is good later today. Off to clean. Sandy

Friday, February 12, 2010

This Tote is 3+ Years Old

Well Made
Well Used
Well Liked

I made this tote for myself over three years ago.  It has been well used on many occasions from traveling with me on the airplane, to carrying my fabric swatches to the fabric store, to going over to my Mom's for a slumber party, and as a purse to match my many outfits in this beautiful teal color.  Not only is it functional, it is useful and pretty.  Plus I have monogramed my initials on it to make it very personalized.  No other will be made like it again, ever. 

You may think that $50-$75 is a lot to pay for an item like this, however if you look at the price over the long haul, it costs fractions of a cent a day to own and use.  For instance, a bag or tote that is $60 today, costs a mere $12 a year to use and enjoy over a five year term.  I plan to get many more years of use out of this tote than five because, wheather I make it for myself, a friend, a family member or a customer, I make it to last a very long time indeed. 

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Mess Fairy

See this sewing room mess?  I can't blog another word, list another item, or send another email until I get this mess cleaned up!  Creating is a MESSY business!  LOL.  I clean up my work space, start sewing again and within the week......OMgosh, the MESS Fairy has visited me again.  What to do?  Shut down for a day and organize once again. 

Has the MESS Fairy visited you lately?  If your creative space starts looking like this after a few days of total immersion in the creative process, post a comment and a link to a picture of YOUR MESS.  Maybe we should have a competition to see who is the MESSIEST.  Sandy

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

My Friends on Etsy - FlyLikeHermes

A fellow Estian has asked me to mention her shop on this blog, and I will gladly do it, because she makes beautiful one of a kind pieces.  She specializes in unique jewelry, crochet and knitted items, paintings, drawings, and prints! Please take a minute and Visit FlyLikeHermes Shop.  You won't be sorry you did.  Thanks Sandy

Wednesday, February 3, 2010