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I’ve been letting things slide

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Yeah, I know. It’s horrible. 12 days since my last post. You’re all probably thinking I offed to some distant Caribbean island with my latino lover. No such luck, I’m afraid. Have just been working on my men’s bag, doing some housework and cooking, since my kitchen is no longer as clean as it was 12 days ago. Also, inspired by the best of the sets, I decided I’ll try to do a video post. Upon trying my webcam, I came to the conclusion that it’s not that I’m such a video-monstrosity as the webcam makes grainy and yuck videos.

Anyway, stay tuned in a day or so for another installation of my life, including bags and Purim costumes, and in the meantime: Peace, dudes!

“I’m blogging this”

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My kitchen is too clean for me to cook in it. There, I said it. I am now officially the greatest excuse-inventor in the world. AND a lame blogger.

The day after.

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So I’m back from last night’s sale. Well, I’ve been back since last night, obviously, but it took me until now to defrost my extremities. It was SO cold last night, and the heating broke down and was cooling instead. Some of the people came over to my little table and looked at the bags, some of them even took cards, and I even managed to sell a bag! Too bad, it was one of those I had just finished a couple of days ago, so there is no picture of it to show.

So, to summarize the last week: three bags and a coin purse sold. Hurrah! I hope it continues this way.

And on to a burning question:

Why is it OK for people to send me mass emails with huge pictures of stuff that can be categorized as “cute. ok. next”, but it’s not ok for me to ask them to stop doing that? Why do they get offended? It’s not like I used any rude language and they sure didn’t compose that email with the humongous pictures themselves! So why are they insulted? and why can’t they simply send a link to whatever cuteness roams the net at the moment? Just saying.

Oh, and if any of my readers thinks I mean specifically them – then no. I mean more than half my close friends. Nobody specific. I love you all.

OK, can’t help it. Have some bag pictures. Why am I hiding these anyhow? As usual, thanks to the house photographer. He sure knows his work!

Look at that button!

You all have a good week, will you? Keep warm, stay away from dangerous roads and don’t sink in the snow!

The economy is flourishing.

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No, I still can’t believe it happened so fast. I had just opened my business officially, and what do I get if not a phone call from a friend of the family who wants to get a bag. “Friend of the family doesn’t count”, you say, but I say, she didn’t have to pick the not-so-cheap bag, and she most definitely didn’t have to get herself another one! Oh, the joy! But I’m telling the story backwards, because the house photographer and I are disagreeing  about whether the FIRST sale I had counts or not. Well, to start from the top:

1. Thanks, mom! Your “I want you to be lucky” purchase worked like magic! Because:

2. Thanks, B.! I hope you enjoy those bags. It was fun for me to make them, and I hope you have as much fun toting them around.

Here, let me show you what she got (I hope you don’t mind, B.):

The pre-Micki bag

and also this one:

The Beagle bag

As my late grandfather used to say, “only tomorrow is not the day after tomorrow”, and that means I have tomorrow left for making an updated  inventory list, ironing of the bags, packing of the accessories, acquiring of the small change etc. before Saturday night, my big début.

Wish me luck. I hope I don’t faint before then.

Don’t piss me off on a Sunday, please.

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A poem:

9AM.

You – in elaborate make-up,

hair, dress, boots.

Me – in excercise whatnot, hair, bag.

Can’t you find something

better to ask

than

“Don’t you have a job?”

P.S. I know you’re jealous.

Also, happythoughts: More bags are up in the shop, and 6 days to the Amit women sale countdown.

Layla Tov!

Rest in peace, Catcher.

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Last night the news said J.D. Salinger passed away, at the ripe old age of 91. Like many other teenagers, I was also captured by his “Catcher in the Rye”, spent many nights reading and re-reading it, finding my own meanings in it and being certain the world is wrong and it’s up to me to fix it. Later on I found other things he wrote: “Nine Stories”, “Franny and Zooey” and “Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction”. I discovered a very sad man, with little belief in the goodness of life, and with that a great sense of humor.

Now the man who helped shape the darker parts of my mind is gone, and all we have left with are bananafish and a sweet Scottish song:

(feel free to start listening at time point 1 minute, if you just want the song)

It’s here!

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Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to announce that my ETSY shop is now open to the public!

Right now there is only one item for sale, but more will join it in the next few days. It’s hard to decide what to put up in the shop and what to keep for the local sale I’m having in a week and a half, or didn’t I tell you about that?

Well, on Saturday night, February 6th, I have a small table at the Amit women gathering in Rehovot, where I’ll be selling my bags and purses out in the open for the first time. I’ve amassed a pile of my bags for the very occasion, and as the time nears, it feels less than adequately enough. Kind of like when you’re cooking for guests, and as the time comes near you just KNOW there isn’t enough food, and you start warning your family members not to hog all the meat, and for heaven’s sake, don’t take seconds of anything. You know what I mean. So for every item I have, there’s this long internal debate: Will the Rehovot ladies buy this? does it have a better chance on the WWW? Who knows? I just know, since the first one is up, the others will follow much more easily.

I also know I need to sit down and make more bags. I have hardly enough.

Shear pleasure

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So! Hello! Any lefties in the audience today?

I gotta tell you, I’ve spent my entire life being a proud lefty. Not talking about political inclinations here, just about strong-hand orientation. Beside that, I’ve spent almost all my life using wrongie scissors (that’s not-lefty scissors for you, righties). I’ve got used to it, not seeing the line I’m cutting, sort of guessing the right place, and if precision cutting was necessary, I’m also the expert on cutting from the right.

Well – no more! (well, not the absolute “no more” but a more specialized field “no more”) I finally bought myself a pair of left-handed pinking shears (zig-zag scissors) for my sewing. I’m telling ya, cutting the fabric from the left to the right is down right (ahahaha) uncanny! I never knew the line I cut looks like that!

I could sit there, cutting for hours, just looking at where it’s actually cutting. Of course, the scissors are exceptionally heavy – I’m not used to cast-iron scissors, and if I’m trying to cut very thick fabric it just gets stuck and crumbles the fabric edges, but I’m still excited.

And in other news, lookit my new business cards! I’m so very proud of them.

Tomorrow I’m going somewhere for some inspiration. Not telling you about it yet, but I hope it proves worth the going.

G’bye!

Great things are afoot!

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Hello there, friends!

I sort of disappeared after my last post, but so many exciting things have happened in this time!

As I hoped, I spent many happy hours (OK, a couple) matching fabrics for another round of coin purses and evening bags. Right now I’m already done with the purses, but the evening bags are somewhat of an experiment (or ten), so they are taking me much longer, but are a fun challenge to my mind. Beside that, I am now also an officially legal business, complete with tax reports, receipt booklets and fancy business cards – the latter will actually happen once the online ordering system of that website comes back to life.

And another exciting thing: Did you notice my fresh header? Up there ↑↑↑ at the top of the blog! It was designed and executed by Vicki Boykis, an economics consultant and a very talented blogger and Photoshop wiz. Thank you, Vicki! I’m loving it!

So, my ETSY store will open soon, where you can see and even (gasp) buy some of my fine merchandise, but for now, I am leaving you with some pics of evening bags. So’s you have a nice evening. In satin and crystals.

Purple elegance

Pearl-grey chic

These pictures were taken at Maya’s Kitchen (Thanks, Maya!).

That’s all for tonight. Back to the sewing machine, me!

Ah. Finally.

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So Mr. photographer came home, and I made him fix the camera and take the pictures. As you can probably guess, this whole camera-not-working thing was just a big hoax, run by the evil camera, made to expose me in my complete camera-ignorance.

Here they are, my sweet creations:

the Micky bag

Micky's closeup

The Micky bag! complete with a space divider and a snazzy zipper. Check out my label. It rocks. For those of you who can’t read Hebrew, it says, well, Fabrications. I actually made a pun that works in English as well as Hebrew. I’m so sharp, no wonder I keep cutting myself.

Next up, my coin purses:

coin purses for your tea money

and some purses made with vintage floral cotton. The Pink striped things inside them are more coin purses. Pink. Striped. Fun:

aren't they adorable?

There they are. Now they’re done, it’s time for new fabric-matching. I love fabric matching. I’ll probably be at it for hours. Joy!