A long time ago someone I met who had a PhD in psychology told me she almost became a fabric designer. I remember thinking, "How randomly specific is that? How does a person even think of becoming a fabric designer?" Then, this week, I -- quite randomly and specifically -- became a fabric designer. (Ironically, one of my previous careers was as a psychotherapist, like my old acquaintance.) How? Well, in case you don't know about it, there's this fabulous site called Spoonflower, which enables anyone to become a fabric designer... instantly!
I first discovered it when a came across a tip for creating your own clothing labels on the cheap via Spoonflower. Browsing for fabrics, in favorite stores in NYC such as AK Fabrics and online, can be fun but also frustrating when I have something in mind and can't find it. For instance, I wanted to find a cute retro-style fabric to make a sleeve for an iphone, and nothing grabbed me. That's when I thought of Spoonflower. I have no special design software and certainly no computer graphic design training, but they make it so easy, that's not a problem! Here's what I designed for the iphone sleeve:
I just had to design it, order it, and wait for them to print it on fabric and mail it. (Still waiting!) As an added bonus they list it for sale on their website... fun! Let's see if any other Spoonflower shoppers want some too. (If you have any suggestions on how to tweak it into something you might like better, please share in comments section below!)
If you're in freezing cold NY (or anywhere else), stay warm... I'm trying to!
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For those of us who struggle with being hard on ourselves, I think it's important to take opportunities to be realistically positive about our contributions and accomplishments. The close of one year and start of another is a great opportunity to do just that. I challenge you, if you are someone who wishes to feel better about him or herself, to start a new tradition of kicking off the new year with -- instead of an inventory of all the ways you resolve to "fix" yourself -- an inventory of all the things you've done (and simply been) that you can be proud of in the year just ended! Please answer these questions, at least privately for yourself... although I'd love to hear any answers you'd be willing to share with me! If you want to print them out and actually write down your responses, which I strongly encourage, here's a PDF. And here they are to just read and think about:
Alrighty then! Moving on from the touchy-feely stuff to things I sewed...
These were for an etsy customer who is also a dear friend, of his 2 grandchildren:
cowl neck knits
There's a store on 39th between 7th & 8th that always has a "going out of business -- everything drastically reduced!" sign in the window. I used to walk past it as a silent protest against dishonest advertising. Then a few weeks ago I figured I'd check it out and wouldn't you know, the prices were incredibly cheap -- even if the impending closure was a ruse to draw customers! I saw some knits in gorgeous colors that really looked like sweater material (and which the salesperson said were 100% cotton, although I have my doubts) for $4 a yard. No, I am not kidding! I bought some in pink and purple and made a sweater and a dress! No pattern, just improvised using my measurements.
And finally, since Tucker kept coming home from school with one mitten (having left the house with 2), I made him a cozy red fleece pair attached by a red grosgrain ribbon that looped through his sleeves.
That's all for now! Stay warm & cozy!
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