A Sister Sewing Day

Image

My lovely sister Skylar (who blogs over at Relish Living) came for a visit this week.  We traveled up to Tennessee to pick up my sewing machine (YAY!), visited a sweet old lady who gave me a  butt-ton of sewing patterns, and then came back home and sewed sewed sewed!

ImageImageImageImageImage

First we made these amazing, beautiful little house slippers from ithinksew.com.  They are called the Olivia Shoes.  OMGosh.  Sew cute, and so easy and fast to make! And the pattern was only $6.  I made mine out of an old pillowcase. 

Image

Next we went through the HUGE box of patterns that the sweet old lady gave me, and found this adorable pattern for little stuffed animals.  We had to make some.

ImageImageImageImage

I made a horse.

ImageImage

Sky made an elephant.

Image

Aren’t they precious? 

ImageImageImage

What a great way to welcome my dear little Bernina back home.  By the way, if any of you live in the Chattanooga area, I highly recommend the Chattanooga Sewing Machine shop.  They did such a great job, and had wonderful customer service.  I drove all the way up there because I had such a bad experience with a local Bernina repair center, and it was totally worth it.

Image

Well, now baby E and I are off to the pool!  I hope you have a lovely day!

~Bessie

Goaties

While we are waiting on my sewing machine to be repaired, I figured I’d entertain you with some pictures of my sweet goaties. 😀

DSC_7643DSC_7652

This is Hana.  She is about a year and a half old.  Hana was my very first kid (which was an amazing experience!)

IMG_2568

(This is me at Hana’s birth.  Obviously I was totally cool, calm and collected…)

DSC_7651

This lovely lady is Irma.  Unfortunately I can never seem to get a good picture of her face.  She is too wiggly.  But here you can see her fluffy fiber that is coming in!

DSC_7656

DSC_7665

DSC_7662

And this handsome fella is Major Tom. 🙂  He is my newest goat, and a very wonderful addition to my little herd.  He is a purebred Nigerian Dwarf goat, with really great milking lines (i.e. his momma had a big milk bag!).  That last picture cracks me up.  His previous owner must have had him very well trained–he just hops right up on the stanchion all by himself, no coaxing needed!  “Ok, I’m ready to get my hooves trimmed!”  My girls would never do that, little divas.

And there you have it, my friends.  My little goat herd.  I love them.

Have a wonderful day!

Bessie

DSC03332

One of my favorite photos from our recent trip to California.  This was taken on our lovely sunset stroll down Pismo Beach. 🙂

She really is a cutie!

~Bessie

 

My First Antique Show: Fail

photo-82

 This past weekend I had a booth at my very first antique show!

Many weeks were spent preparing for said show–sorting, tagging, counting pattern pieces, designing my awesome booth, packing everything for the show.

And…

The show was a dud. 😦

The show itself was very busy, but I’m telling you what, 90% of the customers who passed by my booth did not even glance at it!

They did not glance at the awesome vintage eyeglasses…

photo-83

Or the hundreds of beautiful sewing patterns…

photo-84

Or the racks of vintage shoes and purses…

photo-85

Or the racks full of awesome vintage clothing, or even this AMAZING 50’s plaid bathing suit (which is listed on eBay right now, in case you are interested :D)…

photo-86

I was shocked!

At first I was extremely disappointed, as I was really counting on this show to be a success.  The things that I sell are things that I love–things that I would keep for myself if I had the space and didn’t need a little extra income.   I mean, I really have some great items, and figured other people would think so too!  But alas, the majority did not.  In fact, a lot of the middle-aged ladies that passed by my booth laughed at me and made fun of the stuff I was selling!  “Wow, this really is a bunch of junk!”  Made me feel a little like a loser, if I am completely honest.  I thought, Geez, am I really that much of an oddball?  I thought there were more people out there who liked this stuff.

But you know what?  I think it wasn’t so much that I had crappy stuff or that I am a weirdo as it was just a bad venue for me.  Not the right sort of customers, not the right area of town.  So I am not going to be discouraged!

The plan right now is to keep working on my Vintage Home Sewist shop on Etsy–listing lots of new sewing patterns, starting some new sales, really building the shop up–and find another venue (perhaps downtown?) for my clothing and accessories.  What do you guys think?

I hope you are all having a lovely summer so far!  By the way, sorry no sewing posts in awhile.  My machine is broken. 😦 I’m taking it in for repair next week, so hopefully we can get going again on some of those projects soon!

Love,

Bessie