doodles to dolls

Around the middle of May, I received a message on Facebook about making a set of dolls based on a kid’s drawing. I said YES right away. Little did I know that it was a project that will make me question everything I know about life.

*aherm* Dramatic Meream is dramatic.

The dolls, I was told, were a going-away gift for a Dad who was leaving the country for employment. This was one of the main reasons I said yes. Another was that I realized that it’s been so long since I made softies. Since the artist (the little girl of the 3-person family) often draws using only pencils and outlines, we decided to stick to a single color and running stitch design.

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diy screen printed tags

I have always wanted my handmade items to showcase a tag of my brand.  I had embroidered tags sewn to the lining of purses, sure, but I also wanted something that could be showcased  outside each purse. This was a goal that took a long time to come to fruition, alas. This was due to several factors, including:

1. I didn’t want the tag to show the brand name, THIMBLECAP. That’s just a tad too long for a purse.

2. I wanted the tag on cotton. No company in our city offers tag embroidery on cotton ribbon or similar material.

3. Embroidered tags cost a pretty penny.

4. We asked a printer friend how much they’d charge for printing logo tags for us. They never gave us a number and we got tired making inquiries.

So we went the DIY route:

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it was a good weekend

I have been quite apprehensive about joining bazaars early this year due to several factors. One was the fact that I wanted to take a leap from hand stamped to screen printed purses but taking time to produce the new items proved difficult. But everything finally came together towards the end of April. The first two weeks of May saw a shift and refocus in our studio efforts. And we were rewarded with handmade items that embodied everything Thimblecap: whimsical yet practical, screaming stinkin’ cute but subtly showcased in Earth colors.

And last weekend, we were able to launch the new screen printed purses at the Art Market of the Behance Portfolio Review Cebu.

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