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We all know how much I love to bake. And who doesn’t love a good pie. And for that matter, who wouldn’t want to make pies in France with Kate from Art of the Pie. I’m just saying… if you’re looking for an early Christmas present or a late birthday present for me, here it is, straight from the Art of the Pie newsletter.
“The really big news is that I will be teaching in France in November! Pig, Pie & Eye will take place Nov 11-13 in Gascony. We’ll be exploring farms, markets, kitchens and baking, baking baking in Gascony! Our days will begin at Kitchen at Camont, the beautiful culinary retreat of Kate Hill. For photo friends, Tim Clinch’s expert eye will be our guide. Come laugh and learn with us as we experience the French joie de vivre. Contact either Kate or me for more info.”
I’ll be sure to have my passport at the ready!
So after doing nothing but working and barely giving myself time to relax, I have a nasty cold. Either that, or some serious allergies that are kicking my butt. But on the upside, I can still find a minute to laugh. For example, I was doing a little internet search this evening, looking for a supplier for flour sack towels when I came across this site. This is why you have someone who speaks the language, spell check your website. Just look at the left side navigation, the next category under shirts. That made my day.
This weekend was the first weekend I’ve had to really do a whole lot of nothing. And by nothing I mean, do some well needed housecleaning. Unfortunately the big spring cleaning I planned was sidelined because of a broken hot water heater on Saturday and then a dead vacuum cleaner. So I did as much cleaning as I could. And spent the rest of the time unwinding. Well, unwinding as much as you can without a hot shower or bath 🙂
I finished reading the two books that I had been reading and I was even able to finally get in to see a massage therapist for my shoulder. So all in all it was a good weekend. And now I’m starting a new book – The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff. I started reading the preface and she talks about Cooperstown! She was born in Cooperstown. Cooperstown is a place, that if I had endless amounts of money, I would want to live there. I love the idea of living in a house that has so much history in it. And Cooperstown and that area have a lot of history. Oooo, there’s probably even ghosts…. Perhaps all this love of history and things that have a past came from my parents taking me antiquing when I was little. Or that we never did the theme park vacations. We did more museum type vacations. That sounds kinda dull. But it never was. You learn to appreciate everything around you. Even when we would go up to Camp (Grandpa and Grandma Beauregards “summer home” up in the Adirondacks) we’d still go out and hit the antique stores and Grandpa would take us hiking to all sorts of cool and somewhat hidden places that had a history to them. I remember hiking to a blast furnace in Newcomb, I think. And then Grandpa would wait until the sunset and then he’d drive us out to the dump and we’d watch the bears. Ok, now I know that sounds crazy. But when the rest of Minerva, Olmstedville, Irishtown and any other folks within a 100 mile radius was there, it was a fun Saturday night. Especially if you were 7 or 8.
I suppose it’s all those memories that helped shaped me and my design style. Someone recently told me that the things I made for Sunday Drive Designs was more country and I got really offended. It took me a long time to figure out why. I guess it’s not so much country as my way of remembering where I came from and that, 9 times out of 10 we had way more fun without computers, cell phones and ipads. I’ll admit, a couple of times a gps would have been nice. But other than that, it’s nice to disconnect from technology and enjoy life… in the slow lane.
I know it’s been a long time since I last posted. I’ve been busy cranking out products, and loving every minute of it. I was in the studio for 7 or so hours on Sunday and time just flew by. If it hadn’t been for my stomach telling me I needed to eat something substancial, I probably would have stayed for several more hours. And just a few minutes ago I found out that we got into the Crafty Wonderland Spring Show on May 7th in Portland! I’m so excited and so nervous all in one! I’m not sure I’ll be able to sleep tonight!
Today I went down to Tacoma this morning to hit the Madrona Fiber Arts Marketplace. Thankfully I kept my spending in check. If I didn’t, it was going get ugly. I did a quick walk thru first to see what was where and who has what. Then it was time to dive in and get to it. I immediately went to Lollipop Cabin. As Ialiuxh, says her yarns are “400 yards of organic wool sock yarn. Each skein is one-of-a-kind, individually hand-dyed in a wee little cabin with collected rain water from the Pacific Northwest Cascade Mountains.” Her yarns are so yummy and the colors are so amazing. And she’s super nice. So it makes buying yarn from her worth it! Then I wandered around a little more and I stopped at Black Water Abbey Yarns. I couldn’t tear myself away from their yarns. Marilyn and her crew import their yarn from Ireland and it is incredible. I ended up walking away with 2 skeins of their fingering weight yarn. But I will admit that I almost called my parents to ask them to refinance their house so I could buy all of their yarn and patterns to go with it. So just in case you wanted to see the yarns that I bought, here’s the photo:
Toots LeBlanc & Co had the most beautiful and softest sweater I have ever seen. It was the Kelmscott pattern and I wish I had asked what yarn of theirs they used for it because then I would have had my parents refinance the house so I could buy all of that yarn. After drooling for a few minutes over the sweater, I moved on. I ended up at the Rain Shadow Yarn booths. She uses all natural dyes and the colors she gets are just amazing. I may have to try dying some muslin for the sachets with some natural dye combinations other than tea. I also went to the Habu booth. They just have too many unusual yarns that I just get overwhelmed and can’t decide. I also decided that since they are so nice if you email or call, that if I did find something of theirs that I couldn’t live without, I’d still be able to get it.
After my friend and I had had enough yarn shopping, we headed back home and grabbed lunch at Mawadda Cafe. I had never eaten there before. I’ll probably be heading there tomorrow for dinner. I’m normally not a big fan of middle eastern food, but this was hands down, one of the best lunches I’ve ever had. We got the chicken shawarma sandwiches (spicy to order) and greek fries. After we finished eating and went up to the counter to pay, the owner and chef, gave me a sample of their fresh hot chai tea. If they were open in the morning on my way to work, I would stop there grab my lunch and a chai to go. And everyone there was really friendly and nice.
And, of course I had to do a Goodwill run this past week and I hit the jackpot again! I got yet another irish aran knit sweater for $8. It’s been so cold here that I’ve worn it almost every day. It was the best $8 I ever spent. Then I decided to hit the “craft section” of Goodwill. Occasionally I find some good stuff. This was one of those times. I found, what I think is Zephyr lace weight yarn. I got 6 cakes of this for $3! Here’s the picture of 2 of the cakes before I put them all in the freezer, to get rid of possible moths.
And lastly I went to Big John’s PFI today to pick up semolina flour (75 cents a lb, so I got 3 lbs) so I can test out my cavatelli maker that I got for Christmas. I also picked up some amazing olives while I was there. In case you plan on a trip there, I got their Bella Donna mix. And check out the cheese library. And I think the next time decide to make pizza I will head down there and pick up some Molino Caputo Tipo 00 Pizza Flour. I wish they were open on Sundays so I can go back and get some more olives. Oh well. There’s alway next weekend!
I’m putting the finishing touches on the last little bits of product for the Valentine’s Day show this weekend. So come on down and support local etsy sellers. Help us make it a great show so that next year we can make it bigger and better! Don’t make me get my mom to guilt you all into coming. She’ll do it. She’s good… real good.
Now onto my big find at Goodwill. Again, I scored big at my local Goodwill. I found an irish knit sweater for $8. It needed a little bit of love so I washed it (hand washed it, of course).
Here’s what it looked like after I washed it.
I will admit it’s a little big, but it’s now my warm comfy sweater. After I washed it, I realized there was a small hole on the back. Right before the raglan on the left side. So I decided that I would give it a shot and try and fix it.
So here’s the hole.
As you can see it’s not a huge hole. It was basically just one stitch that broke. So I found some yarn in my stash that was similar and just darn the thing. I used the swiss darning method which is basically the duplicate stitch. It took me a minute or two to get the hang of it but I got it done. Here’s the darned hole. I tried to high light where the hole is so you can see it better.
I don’t know how much this sweater cost originally, but it was well worth the $8 I spent on it.
Today was one busy day! First I started the day off by wishing my Dad a happy birthday. After that, it was right to work. I had burned a few screens a while back and the plan was to use them on the tea towels. So today was the day to get some of the printing done. Here’s just two of the designs:
and here’s the other design
I also wanted to design a couple new launder/care tag instruction cards. Something that was a bit more modern in style. I came up with two designs. Not sure if I like them yet. I plan on doing one or two more designs and going from there.
Here’s the first design:
and here’s the second:
First let me start by saying, Facebook is not my favorite but I find myself checking it often… And being a business owner and wanting to get my business name out there and get some fans on facebook and try and pick up some sales. I took me a bit of time but I finally figured out how to finally get my facebook page to not be so flipping long. If you have a facebook account, want don’t you hop on over to the Sunday Drive Designs Fan page and become a fan! The part I can’t seem to figure out is getting this blog to be seen on the Sunday Drive Designs fan page. I followed all their directions and I get some doofy error message saying, ” Import Failed. We couldn’t find a feed using the URL you provided.” What does that mean? If anyone out there can help me figure this out, I will be eternally grateful.
Aside from that, my Washington CASH business class is going really well. It’s been a huge help and I feel like I’m getting a much better understanding of the things that i need to do or hand off to someone else to do, to become a business that has staying power. This week’s homework has me figuring out the cost of goods and such. It’s something that I think I needed to really focus on and I just never did. Probably because I was afraid that I was really charging way too little for what I was doing. There were two other things that really stand out as something that I need to keep reminding myself:
- I am the CEO. I can make whatever decisions for my business that I feel are right for the business.
- My time is worth nothing. Meaning I should not be factoring in my time into the cost of goods. Sounds contrary to what all other books say, but for what I do, my time shouldn’t be factored into it.
I’m also working hard on some new products and designs. And here’s just a little taste.
I’ll also be at the 1st Annual Valentine’s Day Artisan Sale on Feb 12th from noon to 4 at Cascade People’s Center, South Lake Union, 309 Pontius Avenue North, Seattle, WA. You should be there too!
I am an avid reader. When I was in junior high and high school I barely read the required reading, now I go thru about a book a week. And I do most of my reading in bed, right before I go to sleep. I saw this on Daily Candy and I think they were thinking of me. It’s a book rest lamp! Genius!
For the past couple of days I have been trying to install an Ikea Lack shelf. Let’s just say, I dislike Ikea. That stupid little “tool” they give you is impossible. Not to mention I need to find the batteries for my drill because trying to hand screw screws into the wall studs is painful. Needless to say, the shelf is still not up. I will probably have to borrow the drill at work and finish the job. I’m hoping that is the end of it. If not, it means the shelf ripped the dry wall right off the studs.
In other news, I’m currently working on a full website for Sunday Drive Designs. Here’s a little sneak peak:
Now, does anyone want to program this baby for me?