Wednesday, December 1, 2010
I, personally, do not use these lists. I do, however, look at them because they occupy every third page of the magazines I read. I figure, why fight it??? Just look at the list...
Today, I was reading a rather popular blog and came across a Holiday Shopping Guide for Gifts Under $100. I figured, what the hay... let's check out the guide and see what they suggest. Many of the gifts were cute... lamps, shoes, the usual gift guide options.... and then I came across a gift that had me a little puzzled.
A napkin ring.
Now, I am not normally puzzled by napkin rings. I understand their function. Heck, I even own a few... four to be exact. It was not the napkin ring itself, that had me puzzled. It was the fact that someone thought to put it in this guide that left me a little confused.
The guide is for gifts that are under $100, so technically the napkin ring can be on the list since it is priced at $75. But it's ONE napkin ring at $75.... when was the last time you gifted someone ONE napkin ring???
You probably haven't.
Beacuse napkin rings are given as a set... Sometimes four, maybe six, often 8 for larger table settings. You simply don't buy one napkin ring, wrap it, and say "Merry Christmas... Hope somebody gets you the other three!" It's just not done.
Only after my mini-rant was complete, was I able to focus on the price. $75 for ONE napkin ring?!?!?! My first thought was..."you do realize this is a ring for your napkin and not your finger, right?" No wonder you're only buying one, you'd go broke buying all four. That's $300 on napkin rings.
$300 for napkin rings?!?! Geez Louise, how much did you spend on your napkins?!?! They must be pretty fancy to warrant $300 napkin rings.
Maybe I'm too old fashioned, or just flat out cheap... but I am not spending that much money on a napkin ring... or four. I am perfectly happy using my cheap-o napkin rings or *gasp* folding my napkins and laying them flat.
This is the reason I don't like to look at the gift guides in the first place... there is always some random gift that doesn't belong. An item that's sole purpose is to mcok you from its place on the glossy page or just behind the glare on your computer screen... To this gift, and its parent gift guide, I say...."My friends don't want napkins rings as a gift anyway!!!"
So, here it is. The BIG announcement.
I'm shutting down Paputsi.
Not permanently, of course, just until February. I know, it's crazy to shut down the shop during the holiday rush, but I need the break. Lots of things are changing in my life right now. I have way to many balls in the air at the moment. So, I've decided it would be best to shut down the shop for a bit, and focus on getting all of my other ducks in a row.
I've been so bogged down with what I "have" to do to survive, that I haven't been able do enjoy the things I want to do. I want Paputsi to be successful, but recently, it has been placed on the "have to do" list, and I have begun to shy away from it. This past month, I only went into my sewing room twice....
That's crazy! I used to go in there everyday. Even if I didn't sew, I did something. Not in Novemebr though.... twice, that's it. When I realized this, I took a long loo at everything in my life... work, friends, family... everything. Something needed to change.
I have made many changes... from switching jobs to cutting out toxic individuals. One of those changes included temporairly closing Paputsi. For the next 2 months, I am not sewing with deadlines in mind. (other than Christmas gifts, of course) I am creating for fun. Making things I've always wanted to, but never got around to. I'll be painting and drawing more.
When Paputsi opens back up in February, it will be with fresh new products... and a new look.
I will continue to blog during my hiatus.... I will keep you all posted on the progress I am making with all of these exciting changes.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
I try to buy as many handmade gifts as possible during the holidays, as well as for family and friend's birthdays and special occasions. I like knowing that the gifts are unique, well crafted and made by a real person who's put as much love into his/her products as I put into mine.
This year I will be getting my Christmas cards as well as gifts for my family and friends from etsy.... here are a few gifts I'm considering as well as a little wish list of things I'd like. :-)
2. Mix Tape Pillow by Diffraction Fiber
3. Good Housekeeping Half Apron by The Kitchen Roost
4. Black Pin Stripe Wool Loop Scarf by Out of Line
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Isn't it cute? I'm hoping to get it posted in the shop by this evening. Right now I am off to plan and set up my Boot Camp class for this evening. Last weeks class was pretty tough, so I need to bring it this week!
Friday, October 29, 2010
I am no longer buying bottled water!
Normally I buy a case of bottled water for home and bring a bottle to work everyday. On the days I'd forget to bring water, I'd buy one (or two) at work. Now I use my Brita filter to fill my Nalgene bottle everyday before going to work, and I drink filtered water at home instead of bottled water.
One small step for me.... one large step for the enviornment!!! (I know, I know it's corny.... )
So that's my little conribution for now... Not the biggest contribution, but I'm trying.
Next up.... Bringing my own shopping bags to the store. I've done it once so far. I felt so enviornmentally responsible!!! (is there such a thing as enviornmentally responsible?)
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
I put a facebook "like" box on the side of the blog, so feel free to "like" me. :-)
Next up.... figuring out how to make a button that other people can take from this blog and put on their blog...
One day... hopefully soon, I will have tamed this social media beast. For now, I am proud of my self for not giving up and continuing to work on it, when what i really wanted to do was throw my computer through a window...
Saturday, October 16, 2010
I was even able to fix the "Blogs I like..." section. The buttons were all whack-a-doodle, and now they are in a straight line.... like little ducks in a row!
Here are a few random bits o' information about Kim...
Favorite Color- This is the one question I can answer without hesitation. Robin's Egg Blue. :)
Favorite Food - (she had 6 answers to this one... A girl after my own heart!)- Unhealthy// 3 way tie between :My Memaw's chicken fried steak and mashed potatos, mom's homeade fried tacos, anything I can load onto my tray at Rudy's BBQ. Healthy// 3way tie between: hard boiled eggs, spinach salad with walnuts, strawberries, feta and balsamic vinairgrette, aaand fruit. I love fruit. I know I'm a total cheater when I say three way tie on questions. I do it so thatI can give more than one answer. hello, indecisiveness.
Favorite City - I loved every second in Seattle, so I am going to go with that. So much good shopping, fresh seafood, culture, (rain), and life pouring out of that city! Not to mention, that Pike's market is just too much to handle . Beautiful flowers and flying fish? I'm in.
Favorite thing to make - I honestly love to make anything... food, crafts, clothing home decor, cupcakes, etc. i think it's in my DNA to create/make. However, I get the most gratification out of making clothing/apparel for myself... and when I see my designs on other people I get absolutely giddy.
Kim is doing a HUGE giveaway on her blog, right now (including a super cute giveaway from your truely!!!).... Scoot on over and enter them all!!! You have until Sunday night (10/17) to enter. The winner will be announced on the 18th!!!
I hope you are all enjoying this lovely weekend!
Monday, October 4, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
I am in the process of switching paputsi.com to a different server. There was a slight glitch with the domain/host/server thingy (I am not going to pretend that I know all of the proper terms.... I'm trying and that's what counts), and my email was lost. The entire address... email@example.com was no more.
I was, in a word, devastated.
The first thing I do when I wake up is reach for the Blackberry and check my email. Throughout the day, I am constantly sending emails, replying to emails, checking past emails for instructions on projects or driving directions. Before I go to bed I email myself things I need to do first thing in the morning... as I do not trust myself to remember something I thought of right before falling asleep.
After 3 days of being out of touch, and having to send my personal email to various contacts so that I could conduct business while I sorted everything out, I was finally able to get my email adress to work. I was overjoyed. There was only one little problem... I couldn't get it to connect to Microsoft Outlook. So after calling a friend of mine and having the tech support guy in his office walk me through setting it up... it still didn't work. I read and re-read the "email set-up" tutorial, and finally, I was able to send email... I just couldn't receive them. More reading and re-reading of tutorials followed and, alas, I was able to recieve them. When the problem was resolved I had 11 messages from my friend who dutifully responded to every email I sent saying "respond if you get this..."
It took a while but I can now send and recieve email both from my computer and my phone!
I am incrediblly proud of myself. I kept tinkering until I got it to work. I have no idea what half of the numbers that I typed into various fields mean.... but they worked. I can only hope that they work tomorrow as well!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
My confession is, that I didn't finish everything.... but I did make some progress...
*I walked the dogs.
*I planned Angela and Nadia's gifts. Although I changed my mind about Angela's gift yesterday and had to go back to the drawing board. I have settled on a gift now, and it will be finished tonight and ready to ship tomorrow morning.
*Josie and Emily are getting wrapped up to be shipped tomorrow with Angela's gift.
* I did not print off the Snow Mum pillow pattern - but only because I think I want to make a different pillow... decisions, decisions.
* I also did not fold the laundry.... but I did wash two more loads so the pile that needs to be folded is now that much higher. I should get points for at least washing the clothes, right???
* and finally..... Fabric Mountain has gone from this...
Sunday, September 19, 2010
I have a TON of stuff to finish tonight... a TON.... I figured I'd be more likely to get it finished if I posted my to do list here. This doesn't always work, because if I don't get it done I just write a post saying.... "it's still not finished...." or I just don't write about it at all, and pretend that I did finish and that there are not heaps of fabric in my sewing room waiting to be turned into something fabulous.
Sooooo.... with that said. I need to...
Iron the fabric mountain. ( I know I said I was doing that days ago.... don't judge me :-)
Finish "Josie" and "Emily" (See statement in parenthases above)
Print "Snow Mum" pillow pattern
Plan gift for Angela
Plan gift for Nadia
Geez Louise that seems like a lot to get done tonight..... (I think I can, I think I can.....)
I'll post on my progress tomorrow.
Wish me luck
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Here is why I am beyond giddy....
My favorite author is Jen Lancaster. She writes hilarious memoirs... "Bitter is the New Black", "Bright Lights Big Ass", "Pretty is the New Plaid" and "My Fair Lazy". She also has an ultra funny blog. She's a hoot.... HI-larious.... In short I love her, and secretly we are best friends. In her books she writes about her husband, Fletch, dogs, Masiey and Loki, and her cats... the only cat's name I can remember off hand is Chuck Norris... and the crazy goings-on of their everyday life...
I read her latest book, "My Fair Lazy", whilst recovering from abdominal surgery. It kept me thoroughly entertained and more it than helped to pass the time. I had to keep a pillow handy to press on my stomach while convulsing into fits of laughter.
In the book she writes about her new found love of the pinapple soda found at the cuban market near her home in Chicago. She asks her husband, Fletch, why we don't have any in America, as it is a delicious invention.... A normal person may have read this... and just continued on with the story... but I am no normal person!! especially when hopped on on pain meds! I immediately thought.. "I must write her at once, to inform her of the wonders of Pinapple Big Shot!" For those of you in the New Orleans area, you know all about Pinapple Big Shot. If you live in New Orleans and you haven't heard of it, then you're not from here. If you have heard of it and don't like it, then you have to move. Period. Pinapple Big Shot is a pinapple flavored soft drink (New Orleans for soda), and it is, in a word.... fabulous. Nothing makes me happier than a Hot Sausage po-boy (with Cheese) and a pinapple Big Shot.
Back to the story.....
I, in all of my medicated glory, took to my laptop, to write my favorite author about the glory of Pinapple Big Shot, in an email entitled..."Pinapple Soda..... Not just for Cubans anymore" (I warned you... I was loaded) The email went on to say how fabulous the drink is, and that I am a huge fan, and was reading her book while recovering from surgery.... It was a cute little email complete with good information, and lots of spelling and grammatical errors. I did have the wherewithall (is that a real word? should it be hypenated? it seems awfully long...) to warn her that I had just taken my pain meds and to please excuse any spelling or grammatical errors....
I sent the email in late May......
I don't care that it's 3.5 months later, that's not the point people... She's a super busy fabulous author/secret best friend... she could have responded next year and I'd be just as excited!!!!!
I am off to do a little happy dance and call/text all of my friends and tell them that Jen Lancaster emailed me!!!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Photo Courtesy of Going Home to Roost
Bonnie, at GHTR, has created a wonderful blog with tons of info on the handmade life... great articles on ways to go green, gardening tips, diy projects, receipes and business tips for indie biz owners like myself. It's an all around great blog, written by an all around great gal! (and she has a super cute dog named Toaster, who if she lived closer, would make a fabulous friend for Abby and Lola :-)
Hop on over and check out her blog!
Monday, September 6, 2010
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Better blog post tomorrow... complete with pictures!!!
Sunday, August 29, 2010
In an effort to expand my little business, I had a chat with my friend Emily about the set of burp cloths I'd just given her for her adorable little boy, Luke. I am always curious if moms find my products useful as well as pretty. I was overjoyed when she said she used my burp cloths more than any of her others, because they are more absorbent. She also went on to say that she uses them for more than just burp cloths.... she lines her Nap Nanny with them, uses them with the carseat, etc.... and then she said "...and they're cuter than my other ones" :-)
I was beyond happy!!
In other news..... my mom's birthday is coming up, and I have no idea what to get her.... none. Not even a tiny clue.... she's incredibly hard to shop for. She wants nothing. you ask her what she'd like... the reply is always "nothing".... I'd ike to make her something, I'm just not sure what. I could bake cookies, and ship them to her, or send her something found on Etsy... I have about a week to come up with something. No pressure.
Also on tap for this week.... 3 baby gifts need to ship out. 2 of my cousins had baby girls (Josie and Emily), and my college roomate, Nadia, had a baby boy, Collin, recently. Most of the gifts have been cut out and pieced together, and are now waiting to be sewn.
It has been raining here all weekend, and the dogs are driving me insane. Not nearly enough "outside" time to help them burn off some energy. As I'm typing this, there is the tiniest ray of sunlight peeking through the clouds. Crossing my fingers that by the time I get home the sun will be shinning and I can take the little monsters on a loooong walk, and just maybe, that will deter them from turning my living room into a race track....
Hope you all have a lovely Sunday!
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
So what's the problem???
I'm the only one who believes in it. Well that's not completely true; I do have a few friends who believe in my vision and talent. But the people closest to me, think this should just be a hobby. That I'm wasting my time trying to grow Paputsi into a "real" company. Some people would take this lack of support, turn it on its heels and work even harder to become successful. I am having trouble with that part. Throughout my life I've always just gone with the flow. If my needs did not get meet... no worries, it woud happen sooner or later. I have spent much of my life doing something I didn't want to do because someone else thought it was best for me. If you were to meet me, you might be shocked by this. I am a pretty independent and strong individual... who on the surface looks like she goes for what she wants. The truth is, I do go after what I want... until someone, a major someone, discourages me. I fight back for awhile and then give in, thinking... no worries, it'll happen eventually.
I am ready for that to change. It won't happen eventually. People are always going to discourage you... mostly out of their own fear. So today, Wednesday August 25th, I am changing my outlook. I can not make the discouraging, unsuppportive people disappear, I can only disregard their negative words. I can not make my dream company appear out of thin air, but I can set realistic goals, and work everyday to turn my dreams into a reality. I don't have to let my day job (and career that everyone seems to think I should concentrate solely on) interfere with reaching my goals. I don't have to sacrifice one for the other. I can successfully do both. Some things wll have to shift, in order to accomplish that, but it can be done.
This post is the first of many changes, and in an attempt to hold myself accountable, I am posting those changes here.
~ Everyday I will work on a Paputsi related project for 2 hours.
~ I will blog at least 3 times a week. Blog posts need to contain more substance. Gone are the "here's what I listed... and that is all" posts. The posts should be interesting, visually stimulating and fun to read.
~ I will take better pictures... or better yet, learn more about photography so I can take better pictures. I would also like to take more pictures of everyday life. I am always envious of people who have wonderful pictures on their blog of what they did that day, or their garden.....
~ And of course I will continue to tweet about what's happening in my day.
I think that list is a good one to start with. Realistic, attainable goals. Of course, I will adjust as time goes on.... but this is where I will start. And I will start today.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Next week I'm working on a few gifts for family and friends who just had adorable little babies. Those will be posted as soon as they get done. Until then..... enjoy the upcoming weekend! :-)
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
All of these will be posted in the shop tonight..... Who am I kidding? This is me we're talking about..... They'll be posted tomorrow. I get off from my "real" job late tonight, and there is no way I'll be able to update the shop tonight. I am trying to set boundaries and realistic goals so that both of my businesses (is that a word) will be successful. It is proving to be a bit of a challenge.... to say the least. I'll do a little post soon, with more info about me, my "real" job, my life, etc soon....
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Oh..... I have abandoned the no caps whilst typing.... at least for now.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
I think... I know, that I am back on track. More blogging and sewing to come.
This week, I have to...
* finish a new bib and burp cloth set
* finish new burp cloth set
* figure out what to make with super cute new fabric i just found at hobby lobby
here's the new listing i recently posted in the shop. a custom order for the "elephants on parade" set, but in the "margot" fabric. i iked it so much i'm offering it in the shop.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
I have been insanely busy, sewing for my very good friends wedding, sewing for another friends pageant that benefits the ACS, and sewing for another friends clothing company.... I'll post pics and more info on these projects in the near future....
I promise. :-)
Monday, March 8, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
sample of Arbonne baby product
Monday, February 8, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Here are the stocking hung on my bookcase. (I don't have a fireplace) Mine is in the middle, obviously. My favorite is Abby's. I love how the "a" came out with the circles around it.
I can't wait to make more goodies with felt. I have a list of pillows I'd like to make for around the house. As soon as I make them I'll post pics. Of course I am horrible at making the time to make things for myself, so I can't guarantee they'll be done soon.... but I am trying to get better about that. :-)
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
I can not wait to try to make these!
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
The little monsters, (Abby and Lola) have been keeping me busy... The temperature dropped her recently, and they have been going nuts running around the house. My house has an open floor plan, which pretty much makes one giant circle, perfect for two active dogs to run laps.... and thats exactly what they do. They steal each others toys, and then chase each other.
All. Day. Long.
Here they are in action.... Why play with a toy when they can steal my sock?????
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Saturday, January 2, 2010
You can tell by how blurry it is that I'm still learning!
Kasey did a review of the Cowboy blanket, backed with navy blue minky. Both she and her son loved it! I am very glad that they liked it as this was my first time offering the blanket with a navy blue back. The original blanket, with the pastel yellow minky back, can still be purchased. Check out what she had to say, here.