Wednesday, February 27, 2008

sweet Militario

The in-the-works top of the last post is finished!

I did the button-shopping mentioned, and found these really cool dark blue ones that are just perfect. Its a shame there were only these six left... as I'm desperately fighting the urge to make myself one just like this!

Also, thanks to this latest project I now know the lady who runs the local "merceria" (sewing shop?) too, which is great, as I have a feeling I'm going to be popping down to visit her a fair bit now we're properly settled in the neighbourhood. Great to know theres a shop-load of buttons, threads, zips and other goodies just round the corner ;P

EDIT: sold! ... To say I'm thrilled is an understatement!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

this next

This is what i've been working on today. Its still just the front piece, and pinned together, but hopefully you get the idea?

Its another new pattern idea that I've been toying around with of late, mixing contrasting styles: military with the baby-doll, or harsh geometric with soft flowy, etc.

We'll see how it turns out!

Hmmm, may need to do some button-shopping in it's honour ... What d'ya think?

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Congrats to TortillaGirl, fellow European Street Teamer!

Well, that what I said!
Becky, the hands and heart behind Tortillagirl, made Etsy stardom just recently as the Featured Seller on the Etsy front page! Great stuff! Read the full interview here ... and where do I leave my vote for the currency-converter on Etsy too?!

You can check out more fantastic European shops by visiting the EST (European Street Team) Blog here.

As for Katsai, I'm not managing the item-a-day I'd hoped to be listing on my return, but the shop is slowly but surely filling up again :) This dress is the latest addition.

Friday, February 15, 2008

UFO/WIP no-more :)

So knitters speak of WIPs and UFOs... and what might these be, you ask? And what do they have to do with Katsai?!

During the packing/unpacking stages of the recent house move, I realised I was accumulating a suprisingly extense collection of WIPS ("works-in-progress") and UFOs ("unfinished objects"). Pair this up which with my slight "hoarding" affliction (ie: never throw away what you could find useful in the future), and you get the embarrasing situation that my fabrics/clutter/recyclables/tests/prototypes/small family of mannequins, etc. were possibly the largest chunk of volume in the removal van!

Hence the title of todays post: one down, just a "few more" to go!

As you can see, I recently finished the top I had planned for the fabric printed (and blogged about here) way back when, and i must say i'm over-the-moon with the results!!

I'm really quite taken with the finished piece, and it seems I'm not the only one, jeje... I listed the top in my shop just 10 days ago and it has already been honoured with 26 (yes, 26!!) "hearts" all awarded by generous Etsy folk!

Truely encouraging stuff! WHat can I say? It really gives me the enthusiasm to continue with my vow to reduce the rest of the UFO casualties lurking in my studio. Thanks to all who shared their Etsy-love around!!

Sunday, February 03, 2008

stocking up.... after a little hiccup

Well the first few items are now up for sale in my shop!

Its been so long since I last listed anything that I'd forgotten half the steps and info needed on Etsy ...and also how really BAD i am at the descriptions!

Aside from from re-listing a couple of my old favourites, I also added a brand new tote and another version of my Urban Chic jacket.

The "little hiccup" mentioned was being left without internet AGAIN for a few days. The new router broke, can you believe it? And after only like 3 or 4 days of use... Maybe, in our desperation after such a long wait, we burned it out! Luckily we've still got the old router from the last ISP/flat, so we've hooked that up until they get round to replacing the "new" one.

Its at times like this that I'm pleased I hang on to so much clutter...