Alrighty. This weather is screamin’ Fall at me, and I’m getting ready to order the innagural batch of TexasNorth hoodies. My question is, whether you order one or not, which logo do I put on the front? The head shot or the full-body shot? It’s very possible we’ll make some of both, but I’d like to get a feel for what the people can’t live without. I love this cream and rust color-combo, but I’m not sure it’s very practical for clothing… particularly here on the farm. I dunno. I really love it. My first thought is to go witha dark chocolate brown sweatshirt and a cream print. Opinions are welcome.
::epiphany:: This past weekend, I attended (as a crafter) my 2nd craft show. You know, where the school opens up its hallways and millions of ladies flood the scene with cases of crocheted towels and American Girl Doll clothing and handmade soaps. I went to split a table with another gal who was new to the craft-world… 1/2 the price + a little company + a lot less pressure = good times. I love these things. I love garage sales, too. I could be a professional ‘table sitter.’ In fact, I may put up an ad on Craig’s List for that. I can sit all day long, chat a little, wander a little, people-watch A LOT, order Subway for lunch. Love it.
Here’s the thing, though: I never sell a thing. Not at the ‘craft’ shows. And, I’m over it. My stuff is too expensive, too folk-ish, too hand-sewn for the masses. My stuff is word-of-mouth, custom stuff. It doesn’t fit into the craft world. It doesn’t always fit into the etsy world, either. I don’t take super-great photos. I don’t have a regular sewing schedule. I’m not a mass-producer. And, I’m ok with it. I didn’t used to be (Like that sentence Jami? Laura? Shanna?). But after this past weekend, I completely, 100% am. I’m a table-sitter. A circle knitter. A creator. But, I’m not a crafter. And, I will not adjust my prices or quality or ‘feel’ to sell at shows every weekend. I make enough through friends and friends-of-friends to continue to try new things and buy new (or new-to-me) fabric, and that is perfect. So, to all of you who have supported me in the past or will in the future: thank you. You are so very appreciated and encouraging and wonderful. With money or with words, you are inspiring to me and you have made me brave.
There is a new option in the etsy shop this week: I whipped up some homemade bean bags and a carry case for the show. There are 10 bean bags in a set, all made with different fabrics. The carry bag has no exposed seams, and the fabric was brought over by a friend from Africa. It closes with a leather drawstring. Bean bags are great for little hands… matchbox cars drive over them well, hopscotch becomes instantly colorful, and baby dolls need teeny little pillows. I think they’re darling and a necessity in any child’s classic toy box.
Y’all have a fantastic weekend. We love you here at TexasNorth. Next week: The Chicken Coop Reveal! I’ll give you a moment to scoot to the edge of your seats 🙂