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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

blogger fighting back ... I'll fix it in the am...

Can't Sleep... perchance to dream

Good Morning,
I still can't sleep.  I worked very hard today (the 27th).  Still no sleep.  Just keep thinking about business possibilities and listening to Luna snore.  Let me explain.  There is a potential Retail/Work Shop space in Alameda for my cap business.   Can I afford it?  How long of a lease?  Would I need insurance?  Would I hire an employee?   Would I need an alarm system?  How much does that cost?  Up front, per month?  What about health insurance?

However, I could make a greater selection of hats and caps.  More space = More room for customization of caps.   I could even have a "haute couture" fitting room...  fitted caps to match your kit or your bike or both.    I would have room to dye fabric...  Silk screen images  I create   ... make patterns ... Sew and alter clothes for the bike commuter -- Tweed and non tweed alike.

Can I afford it?   Sometimes I wish that I could have a little capital to get things going...  alloneword is going so well at this point.  Even with the state of money these days.

That settles it.  If I am still awake in one hour I'm going to Peet's for Hot Cocoa.  And no one is going to stop me.

But for the grace of Hot Cocoa and bikes go I,

Sunday, July 25, 2010

philly bike expo -- getting ready

Hi All,

Joie in earflap cap 2009
I am getting caps ready for the Philly Bike Expo in October.  Every time I get nervous about it I sew some more caps.  I need to get my winter caps up and running too.  I want to have two types of warm earflap caps.  One the traditional style like I made for Joie last year (see photo), and one with a twist (to be seen soon).
Daruma-San Silk Screen Print by me

Fabric has also been bought for a messenger type bag.  Like the one I made for myself (if you have seen it:)  Only the new bag will be made in this nifty black, gray, and white cotton that I am going to silk screen Daruma-San on top of.  The big question is flap or no flap?  I have this beautiful plaid wool that is for bags too.  That one will definitely get a flap to keep water out!  (A problem I had last winter with my current flap-free cotton bag.

I can't decide if I should bring my earrings to the Philly Expo.   Or to the Hayward, Days of the Dead show on the 16th of October.  Humm

See you around town,

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Shop Move...

Hi Everyone,
I have been so busy.  Just running around trying to keep up.

The retail shop where I work moved last week.  "The Shop" is Needle in a Haystack" and I love working there.  Now I love working at the new there.  Come by and check it out.

Also, I have been sewing up a storm.  Lots of new caps and new styles coming down the pike.  I have been making trim from yardage.  Everyone seems to love the new look.

I hope to see you soon,

Friday, July 9, 2010

two turn tables and a ...

Hi Everyone,
It has been a while.  It is always strange to me how it seems nothing and everything has happened at the same time.

I have been house and hound sitting for the last week.  The hound busted out of the back yard. She came right back.  I was in shock for a bit.

I bought more fabric and thread.  I have almost all the fabric ironed and ready to sew.  I got 10 yards of batik fabric ironed and cut in to strips for the cap head bands.  Nice.  Now I have a gray/black and purple binding.

Just in the last few days I received via Etsy 2 orders for Just the plaid man caps.  One to the East coast the other London England.  If I get them done tonight I can mail them in the am.  So, even though I worked very hard all week -- more to do.   Lets get it done and then we can play a bit before sleep.