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little happenings

I feel the need to share some little happenings that are mildly embarrassing but making me real happy.

I bought a wooden, camera-shaped washi tape dispenser.  I am a practical and mostly frugal person that has, I repeat, bought a wooden, camera-shaped washi tape dispenser.  I had to pace the store twice (anthropologie, duh) before I let myself drop it in my basket.  It’s adorable and I love it.  two different people have told me “I needed it” and I think this says a lot about my people because really nobody needs a wooden, camera-shaped washi tape dispenser.  I like my people for that reason, they obviously get me. if you are looking at this and thinking that you need one, you do.  I will be your people.

washi tape dispenser

there is more.  I followed the joy and set up a pretty random photo shoot.  It was motivated by a desire to capture the cute, sweetness of some of my vintage fabric and a few wooden spools given to me by my grandmother.  pretty soon, I was dragging in my look-alike fisher price doll and other around-the-house critters.  I just wanted to do this, it had no rhyme, reason or intention.  my recent mollie makes magazine came with similar postcards and I was curious if I could do something like it.  It looked like so much fun and, guess what, it was!  I’m trying to get to know my camera a little better so I can justify it in those terms, I suppose.  but it is safe to say that things get a little weird over here some days. many of the photos are scattered around the website (can you find them?) and I made a new etsy banner but these are some of the outtakes.

looky likey

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general mill run

in all, it was a fun hour of photo-taking, to be sure, and I think it spruced up the site.  score one for a bit of january whimsy!

a happy stitch teams up with zero bound to solve some economic problems.

I’m so excited to be involved in a wonderful, new thing that is taking off right now and is tackling the humongous problem of student loan debt.  I know I sound like one of those emails from a political candidate, which are crowding your inbox right now, but this is for real.  an amazing woman, who happens to also be a friend, has crafted a genius solution to help students crawl out from under the student loans that threaten to keep them financially strapped for the foreseeable future.  it is called zero bound and it will work by providing a network for donors to give money to students in exchange for their donation of services to non-profits or volunteer organizations. the idea is to utilize all the great potential of debt-burdened graduates and college kids to make the world better and pay off their debt at the same time. aha. see…GENIUS!  the world has taken note, too.  zero bound has been featured in the boston herald and fox business and word is they are set to be covered by forbes and even on pbs.  check out their idea:

right now, they are working to raise funds to launch their website and are asking for donations to make that happen. I was approached to get involved in their latest, very exciting crowdfunding effort and I happily agreed.

so, here is how it works: if you donate at least $1 (but please consider giving more…what they are doing is really great) between midnight tonight and midnight tomorrow night you become immediately eligible for lots of discounts to online shops including 20% off everything in my etsy shop!  I have even added new iPad sleeves to the old standbys.  also, my 20% offer also runs to the end of the year so if you give to zero bound tomorrow you will have almost 2 months to shop at a happy stitch and lots of other online shops! what a deal.

so…do it! curb student loan debt and  get your shopping on.  what a warm fuzzy.

arts in the park

it was (mostly) a great day for a festival.  the sun was sunny and folks were stroll-y. I got to see tons of friends of the big and little variety.  my own kids came swooping in on their bikes. C insisted on buying something from me, a task he took on very earnestly and I had to bite my lip to stop from smiling too hard lest he think I wasn’t taking his commerce seriously.

that said, I haven’t done many festivals so I learn a lot each time I head out with my garlands, tablecloths and bins of stuff.  this time the lesson learned was “bring tarps in the case of rain!” because out of nowhere came a torrential rainfall that soaked some of my things and certainly dampened my mood.  I had to rush home to get everything dry and had to leave the fest early.  despite that, the good times were very good.

there is very little that compares to the wonderful feeling of watching others delight in and enjoy something that I have made.  look at these little faces!

other highlights include the jar of homemade nectarine-lime jam that landed in my hands as a thank you from a friend who felt inspired and the wonderful people that volunteered to tirelessly help me out (thank you sarah and jenn!).  it’s easy, when you work independently, to find self-doubt creeping in and the antidote turns out to be smiling, helpful faces at a festival.  thank you.

kettle corn, cotton candy and me

I’m so excited to have a booth at our town upcoming Arts in the Park festival at the end of the month.  it has always been one of my favorite town events because the considerable number of artists and art lovers that live in the town (and surrounding ones) seem to come out of the woodwork.  and, this year I get to be in the thick of it.  yay for me!

I’m sewing and sewing away to get it all done in time but, in the meantime, here are some teaser shots of things that I will be selling.

{brand spanking-new iPod holders, some with grandma’s vintage buttons!}

{playful marker and paper holders for artists-on-the-go…little artist or big ones, too}

{tucked and buttoned-up swing bag}

 I hope I see you there!

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