Tuesday, November 20, 2007

all packed and ready to go

ahh the farm. the joy of sitting, conversing, reading, playing games, laughing, watching movies...all with the people i love the most. [mom and dad you see above, with little me in the middle]
my flight leaves tomorrow afternoon, but i'm going in to work for a few hours in the morning.
the excitement is all mine as i fly to the mitten state to see my lovely family.
haven't seen them since August, when i went there for Farm Day.
this will be quite different, as all the leaves are most likely gone from the trees, the hot tub is [[hopefully]] all warmed up, and i'll be seeing a lot of my dad's side of the family. joy!


in other news, i finished the lacey scarf!
this was a great pattern, easily memorizable [i think i just made that word up], and long enough to wrap it around my neck twice!

the yarn was a gift, hand-dyed a gorgeous pale blue, with hints of green. i added fringe, with tan and brown ribbon for an accent.

i think this took me around 2 months to knit. maybe a bit more.

and i wear it.

it almost looks like i don't have bangs in this photo.


ok, now for some Etsy news. in case some of you don't know, i've started a Google Group for my Etsy shop, called Pink Graffiti.

THANK YOU for those that have already joined!!! i've sent out quite a few invitations, but if you didn't get one, let me know! i'd love to add you! i created it primarily as a mailing list, but also to stay close with my buyers and market myself. i also looove feedback, so that's another great reason.

another custom order this week! a lady commissioned me to make 7 bracelets for the bridesmaids in her wedding, how cool is that??

yes, one brown, and six tiffany blue. it was fun to track down the colors, which i was almost afraid i wouldn't! i must say, this bracelet is my most popular item. i'll be posting more soon. RED ones!!

ok, happy thanksgiving everyone!! i'll be in michigan until Sunday, so until then.....

Monday, November 12, 2007

my weekend with mr. henry hudson

he is small.
he is feisty.
he is cuddly.

i had a mini-vacation this past weekend, as i stayed at my cousins' apartment on Central Park West to watch their sweet puppy dog, Henry Hudson. named for the English explorer who also named the river flanking the west-side of the island of Manhattan. not sure if he was the one who named it....but it is named for him.

not important. they live right on the edge of the park, so Hudson and i walked and walked and enjoyed the crisp autumn air, the changing leaves, being outside all day.

we walked around the park for a few hours.

then ventured to the streets, to explore the neighborhood a bit. to think, all of New York is in a 10 mile radius of me, and there are still so many parts of it i haven't seen.

we stumbled upon this gorgeous park, where a giant statue stood in the center. it looks like a fountain, but i don't think it was. behind it you can see the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. i almost felt like i could be in Europe. there are a few amazing churches like this around the city. we couldn't go inside, so just stood and gawked at the facade.

and then we rested. and i knit.

and now here i am. back to my normal life. in queens. watching pride and prejudice the A&E version and working on another custom Etsy order. joy.

Monday, November 5, 2007

on the up and up

after a nice week of sales, i'm ending my monday with a new item in Etsy!

thistles embroidered into striped fabric! i couldn't stop thinking about my dad when i was making these. his favorite flower. i'm starting a floral fabric earring series, inspired by the Flowers book i bought a few weeks ago. i've learned about so many new beautiful flowers from the book, and have already started my next pair.

i'm trying to build up my product, as i want to visit Subdivision (a boutique in Long Island City where i sell some of my jewelry consignment style) sometime in the next week or so, and bring them some goodies. you can see another pair of earrings i listed this weekend in my Etsy shop. i bought a new puzzle!

so perfect for the autumn season! i made about 9 pairs, and hope to make a few more pairs this week. C suggested that i add some 'metal' for extra durability, and of course, he was right. they look much more professional. i even added some gloss varnish to the back and sides for extra strength! i love these earring hooks. make the earrings interesting.

and in other great news, i ordered some fabric labels from another Etsy seller, JennifersJewels! i sent her an image of my logo, and she printed them out for me! great deal, and the labels are fabulous. i've been recommending her all over the forums! check it out.

i applied my first label to a sweater i sold last week! how exciting. to make things even more interesting, the lady who bought the sweater is from Michigan, and now lives in Brooklyn! so we met for a little brunch and i got to hand deliver the goods. what a treat, to see a reaction from a real live buyer.

happy monday and enjoy your week!

Friday, November 2, 2007

happy halloween!

bicycle shadows in the morning light.

i know, it's a few days late, but i finally have a few minutes to post my halloween photos!
invited to a party on halloween night, i decided to dress up. after all, it was a costume party. so i came up with a costume pretty last minute. trying to think of what i have lying around the apartment that i can use, spend as little $$ as possible.

a black kitty cat tangled up in a ball of bright green yarn! the cat costume was so easy and of course i had some extra yarn lying around that i didn't really like all that much. i think a few people got it.
face after painting my eyes and nose.

face after adding black lips and nail-polish. [[still wearing that...nails that is]]

and then the party! my friends own a bar in Brooklyn, you can see them here, with C. K was a saucy pregnant nun, and her husband J was a bishop. pretty hilarious. C was just his engineer self, holding my ball of yarn that i played with throughout the evening. we didn't stay for the costume contest. unfortunately i had to work the next morning. but it was still a blast! i'm glad i at least dodged the insane parade.


currently working on a few projects. still knitting my lacey scarf, added a few new things to my shop this week!

more fabric earrings. working on a new flower series at the moment, following illustrations from the Flowers book.

more to come....hope you all had a happy scary tricky halloween!