Sunday, October 27, 2013

Everything counts.


Halloweenie Haul 1
Originally uploaded by Nix Sidhe

I suppose deep down inside it never really goes away, this struggle for balance. I work my full time day job and do my best to remain motivated to create in any off time I have. Do I not want it enough? Am I not motivated enough? Bukowski wrote about how when you explain away how conditions are not perfect for you to be creative you're just making excuses. If you want it badly enough you'll make it happen not matter what stands in your way. A local artist who's work I very much enjoy recently passed his 5 year anniversary of quitting a call center job and working full-time at his art and illustration. That seems so amazing to me. What a leap. To walk away from the place where you're renting your time, your body, your energy. To no longer spend more time wasting away for an employer and instead do what your heart wants to do. The thought of it makes me feel giddy.

Though, I can't help but worry, even if I were afforded that luxury of no longer having to get up every single morning and spend 10 hrs of every week day at a desk renting my body and energy, do I have the will to make my hobby my "Real Job?" I can't help but mentally list off all the things I'm awful at; pricing my pieces based on the amount of work I put into them, standing firm on those prices, remaining motivated when I have a large number of tedious tasks, staying positive.

I then wonder if I would want my sewing to become my job. Would having to work on items versus wanting to ruin the joy I feel in making them? Is that another excuse? This cyclical process is constantly running through my mind, along with a chorus of "Just shut down your online store, stop trying, just stop."

I don't really know where I was going with this entry, other than just a stream of consciousness and an attempt at getting some of this out of my head and out into the open to better review it.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Little Zomb-me on the Prairie.






There is such an amazing sense of wholeness when I complete a Zomb-me order and send them out into the world to meet their owners. A swell of true pride when I get that email of excitement from them after they've opened the package and have seen the little undead versions of themselves, their wives/husbands/partners/children/grandparents whatever. I love making people smile with these little plush monsters. There isn't a part of this process that I don't love. It can be stressful when I'm under time constraints, but I'm always happiest when I'm sewing.
The two Zomb-mes in this picture were the first ones made with Prairie Point Junction felt. I spent a long time researching and shopping around n the Internet and Etsy to find somewhere that sold consistent quality and colors of wool felt. They use a blend of either 20%/80% or 35%/65% wool/rayon. It's thick, even, and vibrant. I've had issues in the past with wool blends where the felt would pull thin or pill very quickly. The plush I make are stuffed with fabric/felt scraps and not fiberfill, so they're heavier and require a stronger felt. Prairie Point delivers this and then some. Their customer service is great, prices are fair, shipping is quick, and the quality is great. I highly recommend picking up the sampler box if you feel you may be picking up lots of different colors and want to be certain what they're like prior to your purchase.




Other than my desire to promote such a great small company, I also popped by to mention the Plush Pittsburgh Pierogi Pins are now on my Etsy store over at Plight of the Living Dead.




I've wasted enough time in the vast inky blackness of the internet, it's time to get back to sewing. Till next time, creeps.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Alliteration.


Lately my life has been a plush peddlin pierogi pin party. What on Earth does that mean? Let me explain! My friends run a local (as in they are located here in Pittsburgh, AND the ingredients are local) bicycle fueled pierogi business. You can check them out here http://www.facebook.com/peddlin.pierogies, the flavored are delicious and fresh and the guys are great. It's really something I believe in, a food that has a long history in Pittsburgh (During our Pirates games Pierogies race around the field!),a small locally owned business, local natural ingredients, and the human power of a food cart pulled by a bicycle! I was lucky enough to be asked to make a huge batch of these wee little felt pierogi pins for a big tasting party they'll be having this weekend. The flyer is below.


I'm so stoked be be a part of this, even if it is a small part. The prices are as follows: $5=beverages, 3 pierogies. $7=beverages, 5 pierogies. $10=beverages, 8 pierogies & handmade pierogi pin.

If you're in the area and want to hangout, get some delicious local food and silly crafts please stop down.