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Everybody’s Doing It

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Yes, they are. I swear to you, and I can even back my words, if you push me hard enough for linkographic evidence. I think that’s the reason I haven’t done it until now. See, I have this thing: If everybody’s doing it, than I don’t. Or I do, but much much later, when it’s no longer and issue to be done by everyone. I even joined Facebook only when it became a boring, mundane thing, where you friend your parents and your in-laws (hey, G!) and really have to keep your language.

The only reason I’m doing it at all is because of all the wonderful blogging material that is going to waste by not doing it. Shin said she didn’t think I’d like it, because I’m such a private cat and don’t like to be told stuff or asked questions, and it’s sort of true, but on the other hand, I WRITE A BLOG. I mean, I guess I’m only private for a given value of “private”.

This is also a sort of a reason why I haven’t written all that often in the past few months. It’s hard to post about stuff when there’s this big lump of thing stuck in your brain with the title “not to use on the blog”. It kind of darkens the path to writinghood, sort of thing.

So, here goes.

What? What is it that everybody’s doing but me, I hear you ask? Oh, right. The thing everybody’s doing is tell the world about important personal stuff. Specifically, this:

Junior is about to become a big brother, and this time I’m not talking about getting a new cat. It’s the other kind, where you get good skin, excellent nails, and lush, supple hair, on your head as well as on the rest of your body. Yep, I’m it. Pregnant. There, the secret is told to the world of internets.

And I forgot all the funny bits I had to say about that.

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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.

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!