witching hour decisions

It has been a little over a year since I decided to resurrect my handmade shop. The ride has been steady and fulfilling but at the back of my head, I was certain that I could do more. The answer came to us one restless 3AM (with the help of popcorn, I should add).

This leap happened right around my birthday. For the last couple of weeks, we have been slowly working on beefing up our plans with tangible and workable strategies. Our studio is currently littered with more than the usual amount of doodled receipts and calculations on random notepads.  There have been fist bumps aplenty, too. Yes, yes, we are dorks.

Today, we took the first concrete step into making this plan fly. Giddy!


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toil, meream! toil!

And toil I did. Over the Labor Day long weekend, too. How apt, right?


The following are some of the items I stamped and sewed for various customers:

The Little Prince tote bag for a huge The Little Prince fan. I met the lady who commissioned me to sew this bag during the Medieval Fair. She was carrying a The Little Prince canvas bag then.
TLP tote

This Targaryen handstamped purse is also for her.

targaryen purse

And below is Artemis the cat. Artemis as in Sailor Moon. Do you remember the lady who commissioned me to sew a Luna cat bag? This white version is for her as well. Again, a huge Sailor Moon fan.



The weekend also saw me sewing these coin purses. These are birthday party giveaways. I made these for Zoe (of Zoe and Anais).

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So… er… This post is basically a “show and tell.” And while we’re at it, I want to say that I am currently accepting stamped coin purse commissions. They make for great giveaways!

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You what’s one thing that’s also VERY important when you join craft fairs/bazaars? Business cards. And do you know how long it took me have official ones printed? TOO LONG. As in “after five fairs/bazaars” long. I used to give my customers sheets of paper home-printed with my contact details. Oh, the shame!

Okay, there is a reason for the delay in printing the official business cards. Make that about a dozen reasons. I had no idea whether I wanted to represent Bored & Crafty or the handmade shop, Thimblecap. And don’t get me started on the design, font, background color, and layout.

It only took me over a year but I finally had some made. I love them; so crafty and cute.

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crafty business card 1

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The upper part of my business card showcases a painting by the boyfriend. The original can be seen in one of our bazaar displays HERE. It is too large to scan; to be able to work with it digitally, we took a nice photograph. We erased the wood background on Photoshop:

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I played with the placement and colors of the business card before I settled with the vintage-looking final design. Because I am the biggest noob that ever noobed, this took me about three days. I change my mind a lot.

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Fonts used: My name – Arno Pro | Contact details - Champagne & Limousines

We couldn’t bring the painting above to our most recent bazaar so the only way to go was to make a tarpaulin. A tarpaulin can be rolled while a painting can’t, you see. I did the design myself and yes, this took me a gazillion years, too. But once I settled on the vintage label idea, things fell into place. The inspiration were deliciously darling packaging of vintage sewing supplies. You know, those cute packaging for needles, sewing machine oil, etc.

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The background is Pantone 7475 C because my tarp has to have a background in the teal family. It’s imperative.

crafty tarp 2

Fonts / images used: Thimblecap – Arno Pro | Ribbon label and frame around sewing machine - KG Flavor and Frames Five | Handmade whimsy – Pompiere | Antique sewing machine – Graphics Fairy |