Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Sale! Black Friday - Cyber Monday

Can you believe it is already Thanksgiving time again? Goodness where did 2011 go? Didn't we just have the New Year? Well, it is that time again. Time to eat tons of food and most particularly delicious carbs. Stuffing is by far my favorite and yes I would like gravy on that.
Of course, in grand American tradition after eating way too much what do we do? Shop. Honestly, who wants to wake up at 4am to go shopping? Not me. I have never once been Black Friday shopping at the mall or similar. The closest I ever got was the years I sold at a local craft show that started that weekend.
Before you head out to the mall on Black Friday and while you are hiding out from the family why don't you check out my etsy sale. yep, a grand old sale and it will start at roughly 9am PST Nov 24th and will continue through Nov 29th at Noon PST. You will get to save 20% on your order. No coupon code to remember as I am going to be using the etsy on sale app. So check out my etsy shop. All my items are ready to ship. For my holiday shipping deadlines please read my shop announcement.

Now back to that holiday meal. What is your favorite thanksgiving food?

Friday, November 4, 2011

My Latest Sewing Endeavors

Lately, I have been sewing up a storm. Mostly because that holiday shopping season is approaching and I want to have lots of ready made items to ship. There are days I wish had more hours in the day so I could get more things done. This week I made a bunch of wool iPad 2 sleeves. I must say I am pretty proud of them. For one thing I did a great job of matching the plaids. You can find them both on my own website and in my etsy shop.
Butterscotch and Mink Plaid iPad 2 Sleeve

Cunningham Tartan iPad 2 Sleeve

Purple Plaid iPad 2 Sleeve

Monday, October 10, 2011

How to put your ereader or iPad in a book style cover

This how to article is for my buyers who have purchased a book style cover from me. Remember these covers are snug as we don't want the device to fall out so it is important that you ordered the correct cover for your device. The other thing is is that my covers are made to be used on their own. The fit may not work if you have any other hard case or skin on the device already.
Step one: I find that is is easiest to place the device into the two interior corners first. As you can see the next two corners are under the device and look difficult to impossible to put into place. Trust me they are not but at first it may seem awkward.

Step two: Take one of the unused corners and with your fingers tug the top triangle shape piece of fabric back. This might cause the corner of the cover to bend back; this is alright as I use a flexible interlining materials. You may have to use some force on it. Do not worry these corners have reinforced stitching.

Step three: you are going to repeat step two on the last corner. Sometimes this final corner can be a bit awkward because it will be the tightest. Think brand new fitted sheets on a bed. Just stay calm. Sometimes, I find it helpful to place the device and cover on a table and then while pulling the fabric back, using the body of the device and my fingers or fingernail to kind of push the fabric along and over that last device corner. The image below shows me doing that.

Step four: you should now have the device in the cover. yay! Practice this a few times and you will be able to take your iPad or ereader in and out of the cover with ease. If there is puckering of the fabric at the corners don't worry. It should eventually relax and smooth out. Sometimes, this occurs when the fabric was cut on the bias which has a bit more stretch than the straight of grain.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Coffeecake - a start of autumn treat

The Autumn season has started at least in name. In many areas the weather is starting to get that crisp fall edge to it. The leaves are turning color and starting to fall from the trees. I don't know about you but for me that signals that start of craving more robust homey type foods like roasts, casseroles, soups, stews, things baked with apples and pumpkin. For the last couple of days I have really been wanting coffeecake.

That was what I made this morning. There are lots of recipes for coffeecakes. Recently I found this one on the King Arthur Flour website for their Cinnamon-Streusel Coffeecake. It is soft and dense with a center layer of brown sugar, cinnamon, and cocoa powder (for color it doesn't add flavor). Then there is of course the usual cinnamon sugar topping. The recipe makes a big 9X13 coffeecake which is a bigger amount than I ever need to make. So this time I halved the recipe. The other change I'd make, in the future, is to add more butter to the streusel topping because I thought it was a bit dry.

Recipe: Cinnamon-Streusel Coffeecake
By: King Arthur Flour (original 9X13 inch recipe)

Joanna's half the recipe changes

Streusel Topping
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
3 plus tablespoons melted salted butter (I think I'd prefer a bit more butter than the 3 TBS next time)

Mix flour, sugar, and cinnamon, Add the melted butter and use a fork to work the mixture into a crumbly mix, set aside.

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon unsweetened baking cocoa (this is for color and wont add flavor)

Mix all ingredient in a bowl and set aside.

6 Tablespoons softened salted butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 1/2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 large eggs
1/4 cup plus about 2 tablespoons sour cream
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk
1 3/4 cup plus 2 table spoons all purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350. Grease pan. you can use a 9 inch cake pan or because I worry that this is a lot of dough I use an oval pan that has deeper sides than most cake pans.
Cream together the butter, salt and sugars. Mix in the baking powder and vanilla. Add each egg one at a time mixing to combine after each on. Mix in the sour cream. Now add 1/3 of the flour and mix until just combined, add a 1/3 of the milk and mix until combines, repeat adding the rest of the flour and milk in roughly 1/3 increments until combined.
Add half the batter to your prepared pan. Sprinkle with the filling mixture. I ended up not using all of mine. Top with the rest of the batter. you can take a knife and swirl through the batter and filling mix to swirl it if you like. Top with the streusel topping.
Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes or until edges are golden and toothpick comes out clean.
Let cool at least 20 minutes and serve. Goes great with coffee.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Pre-Holiday Etsy Sale

Once again we are all sitting here on October 1st thinking about Halloween candy but soon it will be thanksgiving and shopping and presents for Christmas, Yule, Hanukkah, and probably a bunch more winter time holidays. In an effort to help you get your holiday shopping done early I am having a one week sale in my etsy shop. Selected items, the current count is 99 things, have been marked down by 40%. This will be my best sale offer this holiday season. I have added handbags, messenger bags, laptop sleeves, wristlets, ipod pouches, covers for ipad, nook, kindle, and kobo all to a special sale section. There is no need to remember a coupon code as prices have been already marked down. Sale Ends October 8th at 12am PST.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

How to: Pattern Weights

I use pattern weights for holding my pattern pieces in place. Paper pieces can become quickly worn if pinned into too many times. Some times I actually used template plastic to create pattern pieces on and you can't pin through that. I had a nice set of commercially made pattern weights but the drawback to these is that if you drop them one too many times the seam, in them, can open up allowing the tiny little pellets to come out and make a mess. As you see, below, I have taped one of mine back together. I decided to try my hand at making covers for them. You can make these as fancy as you like or as simple and easy as you like.

For one weight cover:

** 2 pieces of fabric scraps at least 5" square (I used 100% cotton quilting weight fabric)
** cotton batting or other low loft quilting batting
** pattern weight (if you don't have any buy two 2" diameter washers at the hardware store)
** thread to match or an accent thread would be cool
** sewing machine or you could hand sew them if you are so inclined

If you are using washers you will want to take them and stack them on top of each other. It takes 2 washers per pattern weight. Take a bit of batting and fill the center hole. Wrap them in tape. I found that strapping style shipping tape worked well for this.

Cut that fabric into 2 circles roughly 4" in diameter. Cut 2 circles of batting the same size. Place your fabric right sides together with a piece of batting on the wrong side of each. so it is stacked: batting, fabric, fabric, batting. Sew around the circle making sure to leave a gap big enough to fit your pattern weight or washers into. The seam allowance for this is about 1/4".

Clip into the seam allowance around the seam of the circle but don't cut the stitches. Turn right side out and iron neatly making sure to tuck the seam opening in. It's easier to do this now than when you have the weight inside. Insert the weight and stitch the seam opening closed. I'm not one for hand stitching so I used either a straight stitch of a zig zag stitch all the way around. If you can't stitch all the way around make sure to at least stitch the seam opening closed.

You could even embellish your pattern weights with buttons and other things. Please feel free to use these instructions as you like.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Project: Singer Featherweight

Here is the story. This Singer 221 Featherweight came into my life in the last week. My mom gave it to me and she bought it at a garage sale for a very good price. It would be silly to turn down a free machine.

so here is the machine and you are probably looking at it thinking what's wrong with it. Machine-wise is it in great condition. It just needs a new bobbin case carrier as it's current one is missing an important element. It runs and the needle moves and it's working. Now if you are looking at it you can see that the decals are well missing in places. The finish on the machine is pretty much gone and the black paint below is rough, chipping, and in general sad condition. My goal is to take the machine apart and repaint it.

Now you are probably thinking can you repaint them? Aren't they old and rare? The singer 221 is not a rare machine. Old yes but there are lots out there and so repainting it is not going to decrease the value any because it's current finish is bad. I wouldn't even think of repainting had it's finish been in excellent condition. Yes, you can repaint them. You can pay to have it repainted which can set you back between $300 and $500 or you can do it yourself for under $100 probably even under $50 and just put in time.

One of the things I learned is that automotive paint is the best choice. When I was working on the restoration of my 1971 VW bug, back in the later 1990's, I found out that you could get auto paint mixed into spray paint cans for touch up work. So that is what I am going to get. It will cost more than a regular can of spray paint but you get many more color choices. Plus it is base coat/clear coat application. I haven't decided on the color. So many choices. I will after I pay a visit to the auto paint store in town.

Today, I have taken the pics you see of the machine in it's current condition. I have also made a list of all the parts that I need to replace like decals, the rubber feet for the bottom, the felt pad of the pan, the bobbin case carrier. This is a good time to take stock of any parts you will need and get them order. Might as well only tear it apart once. If you are thinking of starting this type of project I would highly suggest that you do the same.

Which of course brings me to books and manuals. If you are interested in doing your own servicing, repair, and heck repainting of your singer featherweight you must get David McCallum's book "The Featherweight 221 and I" which you can get on his website along with some common parts and things needed for servicing your machine. The book is very well written and will walk you through step by step on maintaining your machine. Things learned it it can be applied to other vintage sewing machines.

In the coming weeks you will see me take this machine apart enough for painting. I am actually planing on building a temporary paint booth in my garage so I can get a nice clean finish to my paint and I really want to do a nice job with this. In many ways it reminds me of vintage car restoration only not as costly.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Revive the blog from the dead?

Yep, somehow I will revive this blog and well actually make it better. The hard part is finding anything I want to blog about. Some people know already what it is they want to show the world. Me? I haven't a clue so I sit here and do a bit of this and a bit of that and none of it has really clicked for me yet. I know it will soon.
Part of reviving it is having a new banner which I quickly made myself and even took the picture myself as well. I collect vintage cameras rather they work or not. This one is non working and I think I got it at a thrift store for only a few dollars.

Friday, June 3, 2011

New Bigcartel shop

I always liked the clean look of big cartel's format for their shops. I decided to give it a try and in fact opened my new big cartel shop just a few days ago.
To celebrate this fact I am offering 10% off any order in my bigcartel shop from now until June 5th 2011...just in case anyone finds this a few years from now. Just use the coupon code: welcome.
Gothic Creations on big cartel

you will find some of my handbags, messenger bags and my new line of iPad, nook, kindle and kobo covers.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

New Fabrics!

I went to the sewing expo today. Now I am a master shopper at this event. I have a couple of booths i visit and that it it. there is no wild wandering and spending for me. I like to say I am a discriminating shopper. :)

Plaid wools from Pendleton Woolen Mill. I am actually going to get more here in a few weeks because I am planning a trip to Portland, OR and they have store there that carries all the yardage fabrics and things like blanket headers and such.

Traditional Yukata fabrics for Kimonos they are only 14" wide.
these are 100% cotton from Kasuri Dyeworks.

Now I have to figure out what exactly I will make with these. bags obviously but what type.....

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Tarotscopes Feb 20 - 27th

This weeks picture isn't mysterious or tarot related. My favorite flowers are the cheery gerbera daisies. Some people like roses and roses are beautiful but there is something sweet about the daisy. I thought it seemed like spring and in theory it's just around the corner; If the local news would quit talking about possible snow.

Aries - 9 of wands (reversed)
You have been fighting an up hill battle for some time and now you are not only tired but just about ready to say no more. Take a break first before giving up completely. You can always come back to your battle another day.

Taurus - Ace of Pentacles (reversed)
try to stay within your budget this week. remember if you don't need it to get by and survive than chance are it will still be in the store next week. Don't needlessly put a strain on your finances in the week ahead.

Gemini - Ace of Cups
New love may be coming into your life in the form of a new person, new pet or even a new art project that is going to make you feel all warm and fuzzy.

Cancer - Knight of Wands (reversed)
Burning the candle at both ends these days? all the running around isn't getting you any place in the long run. Take some personal time this week to get your energy and fire back.

Leo - The Tower (reversed)
Looks like some surprise this week wont be such a surprise when it happens. Seems like someone may actually let the cat out of the bag a day or two before the big news. Try to look surprised.

Virgo - Ace of Swords
Talk, talk, talk, talk.....yep, that is what you are going to be doing this week; talking, emailing and so on.

Libra - Queen of Swords
You are going to be using your keen logic and the natural Libra desire for balance to help keep the peace this week at work, at home or at school.

Scorpio - 5 of Pentacles (reversed)
You are going to feel more optimistic this week in areas concerning money and your health. Things may not be perfect but they will feel better. Just know that you don't have to go through anything alone.

Sagittarius - 3 of Pentacles (reversed)
You are letting to many people stir the pot these days. Stand up and do some of that work yourself. You really don't need outside approval to feel proud.

Capricorn - 8 of wands
You will finally see some major progress in an aspect you have been waiting on for some time. Some form of news is really going to push this forward from now on.

Aquarius - King of Pentacles
You may be dealing a great deal this week with a person who is very business minded right now. If not someone else then you will be spending more time thinking of your own business or your job.

Pisces - 7 of wands
Know when to hold em and know when to fold em this week. Stand your ground on the battles you feel are worth fighting for and be willing to let other battles drop. So pick your battles this week or else you may make a mess of things.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Tarotscopes Feb 14 - 20th

In honor of Valentine's Day this week I decided to focus in on love/romance and use that Heart Tarot. The Heart Tarot is a unique heart shaped deck by Maria Distefano and published by Lo Scarabeo. The heart shape leads to interesting shuffling.

Aries - The Devil
You are strong and in control and you already know that. There is no need to go out of your way to prove how passionate and alluring you can be. Just be yourself.

Taurus - 7 of swords
You may find yourself feeling a bit alone this week even when spending time with your loved one. Winter blues is what it is and feeling like things are just leaving not coming into your love life. Don't despair because things will get better.

Gemini - Knave of Pentacles
Love can come at a burden. Make sure the love you carry is something you want to burden yourself with and not something you HAVE to carry.

Cancer - The Star
You may not be feeling any love in your waking life but you dream life is sure to be inspiring and also give you hope that you will find and have the love you so desire. It's not a silly dream to go after what your heart wants these dreams may be helping you figure out what it is you do want.

Leo - 6 of pentacles
Quit hoarding your heart. Keeping it to yourself isn't going to help you find someone to share your joy with. Try to be open and giving this week.

Virgo - 8 of wands
You will be sharing sweet words with your sweetie this week. if you don't have one this says you will go out there and may find someone who could one day be your sweetheart for next Valentine's day.

Libra - 9 of wands
Are you missing someone you love right now? It could be distance of geography or emotional distance. The wall you have between you is mostly one of your own making. bridge the gap and send them a quick message saying you care.

Scorpio - 10 of wands
You may begin building a home and a life with someone this week. if you don't already that is. If you have someone with whom you share a home you may find yourself needing to makeover your home. For those who are single don't worry you will find someone with whom you are going to want to build a life with.

Sagittarius - Strength
You are the one in control of your relationships this week. Don't let others fool you into giving up your own power.

Capricorn - The Empress
You are going to be in a very giving and care taking role this week. You will also be using your creativity to spark some romance this week.

Aquarius - 8 of pentacles
Rather you see it or not right now you have already shot the arrow of love into someone's heart. Well, in this card it is an apple but apples are heart shaped...sort of. Seems like you have been trying and trying to get your message out there. It's been working but right now you just can't see any of that work paying off.

Pisces - The Chariot
You are finally going to be going places this week in the world of romance. maybe even a romantic get away is ahead for you this week. If you have someone in your life already you will see some more improvements on how you communicate with each other. If you are looking for someone you will be getting out there and having some fun this week.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

How To Tuesday - Simple Tied Headband

I am hoping to write a how to articles on Tuesdays. It probably wont be every week but I am setting the goal of at least once or twice a month to present to you a how to project.

This week is a simple tied headband.
You will need a few supplies and some basic sewing skills. I'd say that this entire project took me less than 15 minutes total.

**Fabric strips you will need two pieces at least 45" long but the width is your choice. you can either have a print and a solid like I have used or you can use two different coordinating prints. You can choose cottons, which are easier to work with, or you can use a fashion type of fabric. I'd probably make sure that one of the fabrics was a 100% cotton though.
**Thread to match
**scissors or olfa cutter and mat
**sewing machine or you could hand sew this if you are so inclined and skilled
optional a pencil or chalk for marking

step 1: you will need to figure out how wide you want your band to be. I wanted a fairly wide band that finished at around 3". Mine has finished at 3 1/4". I cut my fabric at 4". a good rule of thumb is to consider your seams will be about 1/4" and that is for each seam so with two side seams you will need to add 1/2" to what you want your finished width to be.
Now this is a longer simple tying headband so I wanted plenty in the length. I left it at the width the fabric is on the bolt, which is for most bolts of cotton quilting fabric 45".

step 2: you will now cut your pieces to the width you need them to be. Use sharp scissors or a clear ruler like Omnigrid and an olfa cutter and mat. If using scissors you may want to mark your fabric with pencil or fabric chalk so you can cut on a straight line.

Step 3: place the right sides of the fabric facing each other. You may want to pin your pieces together. Make sure you leave a several inch gap on one of the long sides because you will need this opening for turning out your headband. a gap or 3" or 4" is sufficient. Don't worry we will close this gap later.

Step 4: Sew all the way around your pieces except for the few inch gap that I talked about in step 3. You will want at least a 1/4" seam along all sides. I made mine a bit bigger as my main fabric was a slightly stretchy fashion type fabric.

step 5: This is an optional step but I wanted to add a bit of something to the ends of mine so I decided to give an angle to those edges. I used my ruler to make sure I started at the same measurement up and then I used chalk to mark a sewing line that ran from that measurement up down to the corner. Just sew along this line and trim away the excess fabric leaving 1/4" allowance

step 6: to make crisp corners you will want to clip the corners of you pieces. Make sure you don't nick the seams but you can cut close to where they meet in the corners

step 7: turn your piece right side out through the gap left in your sewing. Pay careful attention to your corners; if they seem too rounded you can use a point turner or even a sharpened pencil to help your corners seem more clearly defined.

step 8: use a steam iron to press your headband and make those edges look neat. Make sure to tuck in the fabric at the open gap inside the same amount as your seams because next we will add a bit of accent top stitching and will close that opening.

step 9: you can use a straight stitch as I have done or if your machine has some fancy stitches you can use one of those. We are just going to top stitch around all 4 sides This will help your headband look neat and crisp but will close that opening we left because you want this set of stitches to be close to the edge.

Now you should be done with your simple headband.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Tarotscopes Jan 24 - 30

I'm in the mood to try these again. They're kind of fun in a relaxed sort of way. I have been feeling a bit retro this week so I used the Housewives Tarot for this week's draw. It's quite the fun deck and they even did the packaging to match. The theme is 1950's retro kitsch. The cards come in a recipe box complete with recipes and the little book with it is actually very funny and not bland like LWBs (little white books) usually are.Learn more about it here.

Aries - 3 of wands (reversed)
You may find yourself slacking this week on you chores. Quit putting stuff off and just get it done already the sense of accomplishment will be worth it.

Taurus - Queen of Swords
You really do rule the roost but try to relax a little bit things don't need to be Martha Stewart perfect. Most of all this week watch your choice of words because a harsh word can cut deeply.

Gemini - 4 of cups
Even good things can be bad for you when you accept everyone's inquiries and requests. It's okay to say no. Try it this week when the PTA or the office calls again for help with just a small little project.

Cancer - 6 of wands
You are going to be on the top of your game this week and not only that but people will actually be taking some notice. Perhaps even singing your praises.

Leo - Knight of cups (reversed)
Someone is going to try to impress you and just fail miserably. A case of trying a bit too hard and not even acting natural. if you can get them to relax and have a laugh I bet things will work out better.

Virgo - 9 of swords
Be careful this week of sharp implements and of letting your imagination get the best of you. Don't let those pesky troubles work you all up into tizzy.

Libra - 4 of pentacles (reversed)
You are going to start branching out and doing things you probably would have thought unwise to do last week. Just keep in mind that is it a fine balance between being adventurous and being foolish.

Scorpio - 10 of wands
You are going to be taking on ALL the tasks. You may be thinking I can do it all at work and have that spotless home. It's okay to let a thing or two slip by so you don't go shall we say crazy.

Sagittarius - 3 of pentacles (reversed)
I have a feeling you will end up putting your hard work and energy into nothing this week. No recognition and not only that but there may be a few screw ups along the way.

Capricorn - Queen of Pentacles
You are thinking pretty highly this week of everything you do and achieve. Just be careful not to be condescending to those you think are below you.

Aquarius - 8 of swords (reversed)
You will no longer be held back by fear and your own worst thoughts about outcomes this week. In other words the time has come to make those decision and get out there and get those desires fulfilled.

Pisces - 2 of pentacles (reversed)
That juggling you've been doing lately will be over. Unfortunately I don't think it will get better just more like it will come crashing down. Try to stay focused and things might improve a bit.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

My dog is needs therapy

Patient name: Spanky
Breed: greyhound
age: 7 almost 8
issue: obsessive need to keep toys "safe"

I have come to the conclusion that my dog is probably insane or suffers from some form of canine OCD. He loves his toys and like a child loves to be surrounded by them. Although he doesn't play with them all that much unless you count trying to chew eyeballs of them as playing. What he does do is spend his time insuring their safety.
The first rule seems to be that toys do not belong outside....ever. Whenever I have had a visiting greyhound or other dog in my home that has packed a toy outside; Spanky has gotten visibly upset. He will follow the other dog and wait for them to drop the toy so he may of course bring it back inside.
Rule two is a little odd. If the home has two stories; all toys belong on the second floor no exceptions. He will spend countless hours collecting the toys and taking them upstairs where they belong. This happens in his home as well as the homes of other dogs.
I have managed to keep the toy allotment to a minimum in my office by keeping them in a basket next to the sofa. for whatever reason he will not take them from the basket. If I put one on the floor. There he is moments later, rescuing it and taking it to a safe zone. I guess it could be worse he could be bugging me to play fetch all day. Good thing he doesn't know how that game is played.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Feeling Girly

I am 30 years old...almost 31 and for the first time in my life since as long as I can remember I have long hair. As a kid my hair was always in a bob style hair cut about chin length. A few times it was even shorter. As I got older and through my teen years it was rarely past my shoulders. It's been every color of the rainbow but just not long until now. I love the red color it is now. I know this will sound strange coming from someone who had magenta hair but I was nervous to go red.
Okay, so back to the topic; my hair is currently past my shoulders now. I have been growing it out since 2008 when I had a short spiked pixie like haircut. I don't know what to do with it though at this length. I don't care for braids or for ponytails. I was thinking I should make myself some headbands and other small hair accessories. Perhaps, it can be a bit of a blog challenge for me.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

where do we go from here?

choice can be a great motivator and probably my worst enemy. I have all these new plans and ideas swirling around in my brain on what it is I want to do. Now that I am faced with actually setting them in motion it's almost too overwhelming to get started.
I know that the most logical thing is to figure out what I can do first and what needs to be done first. Then go from there. Logical isn't always what I want to do. Thus I torture myself with possibilities. Maybe this is all my Tuesday night angst filled rambling going on. The tortured soul of the creative. oh woe is me....

Monday, January 3, 2011

The future is now!

Here it is 2011 already. I sit back and ask how did we fly through 2010 so fast. This is also a time in which I make new plans and goals for the new year.
One of my goals is to spend time on my business getting it more focused and directed. I've kind of been letting my focus and artistic choices wander all over the place and I really need to bring it back in. A few months ago I had thought of and even announced giving up jewelry making. Now, I want to come back to it with trying steampunk jewelry. What funny is years ago I started collecting watches and gears before it was even a trend. The whole idea of working on steampunk jewelry as given me the idea of incorporating more of those style choices into my bags.
There will be lots of changes and then again some things will stay the same. My quality of workmanship and great customer service will still be here. The worst part about this is having my shop go through what I consider an awkward phase. I wish it was more instant instead of a growing process.
To the new year and to the reinventing of Gothicreations.