Shop Re-Opened!

I’m very happy to announce that I am now the mother of a happy, healthy 7 week-old baby boy.

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I am also very happy to announce that the shop is open again, just in time for the holiday rush. I am still adjusting to motherhood, but in the next few days I plan to list all of the products that I made and photographed while preparing for the arrival of the baby, which include many new holiday cards. I’ll be featuring the new items here as they go up, so stay tuned…

New Items in the Shop

The past couple of weeks have been insanely hot! The upside is that it makes it easy for me to justify staying indoors to work on getting new items up in the shop.

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First up, new constellation cards! Most people don’t recognize the constellation of their zodiac sign, but Orion and the Big Dipper (Ursa Major) are two constellations that are among the easiest to identify. I had gotten a request at a market awhile back for Orion, so I thought I would add a couple more constellations to the constellation series of cards.

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I’ve also expanded the selection of notebooks to include these sketchpads. Due to the popularity of the bike mini-notebooks, I added bike sketchbooks. There are also flower sketchbooks and other designs.

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I’ve also listed the black and white notebooks that I premiered at the Handmade Cavalcade. These include the small and large versions of the notebooks inspired by the earth houses of Burkina Faso and modified chevron design.

I’ve shot pictures on several more items, and I’m working away on other projects with a big impending deadline, so hopefully I’ll back soon with updates on those!

Koto Showing at the 2013 Spring Handmade Cavalcade

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Apologies for the long silence, following a long break after the holidays, I am gearing up for the next big project for the shop. I am very happy to announce that Koto will be showing at the next Handmade Cavalcade on May 4 at The Space in Williamsburg (503 N 3rd Street).

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I’ve been designing, poking and sewing away trying to roll out a variety of new products for the show.

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Since Mother’s Day is the following weekend I prepared several cards that would be appreciated by moms.

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Above you’ll see a mother and baby owl card, a trio of flowers, and geometric MOM text cards.

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I’ve also expanded on the super popular bike mini-notebooks and enlarged them into sketchbooks.

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In addition to the bikes, you’ll find a variety of geometric patterns on sketchbooks.

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These notebooks are inspired by the decorations on the earth houses in Tiébélé, Burkina Faso.

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After the show I’ll be updating the Etsy shop with new listings for everything, but to get first shot at these products (and to avoid the wait of me making new inventory), come check out the Spring Handmade Cavalcade, this Saturday, May 4!

Getting Ready for the Cavalcade

I’m planning on posting some more complete information on what I’ve done to prepare for the upcoming Holiday Handmade Cavalcade. Unfortunately I’ve been so slammed trying to get everything done while working and taking care of the rest of my life, that I’m not able to sit down and properly photograph and record what I’ve been working on. Until then, here’s where I’m at:

I acquired a table over the weekend, an old fold-up one that I got from some veterans of the street fairs. Yes it’s covered with a bed sheet. That giant frame on the left is something I’m working on turning into a display, we’ll see how that works out…It’s far from finished but it’s on it’s way!

 

New Items for the Holiday Season

I’ve finally finished photographing my last few items that I created for the holiday season and posted them in the shop.

Bike Mini Notebooks

I thought these would make a nice stocking stuffer for all the bike lovers out there. I also thought that since I’ll be selling in Brooklyn bikes had a good chance of selling well.

2013 Calendar

I thought calendars would be a great option for the shop, but it turned out to be a bigger project than I anticipated. I designed and printed out each of the months, and then went and hand embroidered each design on the top half of the card. However, what I didn’t think through was that each image is the time equivalent of a card (more actually) and so I won’t be able to make many of these. I have an initial version that didn’t work out color-wise that my sister has already laid claim to!

D.I.Y. Embroidery Kit

This is a product I’ve been working out the kinks on for awhile. I wanted to create a kit so that anyone could make their own embroidered project without the headache of lining up and punching out your design.

I settled on a design of two concentric circles and included instructions so that people would have some flexibility to be creative with the designs. I felt that some degree of customization was important since part of the fun of D.I.Y. is putting your own personal touch on the item.

So that is the very last of my new products for the holiday season. I have a couple of things that I don’t plan on listing on Etsy, that I’m holding back specially for the Holiday Handmade Cavalcade. We’ll see if I get a chance to photograph them!