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ninjas
Posted on 2008.06.25 at 19:09

ninjas

A Surprise for Mandy

Posted on 2008.01.17 at 23:38
Well, it's not really a surprise, since I've been telling her I was going to make it for her for, what, six months now? Seven months? So I suppose the surprise is that I finally MADE IT!!!



It's my first-ever MINKEE diaper! And it wasn't as scary to sew as I thought it would be. I sewed a gift bag for my mom for Christmas using the same minkee, and it was surprisingly non-aggravating. I guess it varies from minkee to minkee, just like difficulty varies from different PULs and different velours. Some give you shit, some don't.



The fabric was cut with my old pattern, which has a little less butt coverage than my new one, but it's not too drastically different. And yes, there are nine rows of snaps, not eight. *puts bag over head* I am completely incapable of lining up snaps evenly, and there was two inches of extra room on one wing, so I added another row of snaps. No biggie.

I made it for this gorgeous little girl, Mandy's daughter Bella:



Is she not the most beautiful baby EVER?! Isn't she?? I hope it fits, Mandy!

ninjas

What a hiatus!

Posted on 2008.01.11 at 00:21
I've been having sewing machine troubles and haven't been able to get any work done for quite some time. Unfortunately my mechanic had no clue what the problem was, so I am still having occasional issues, which is frustrating for me but translates into bargains for YOU, because I have a whole lot of seconds for sale! :)

It's a new year and I have a brand new design for my cloth pads! After listening carefully to customer feedback, I've revamped the soaker to be contoured in the middle to give less bunching. It is also smaller all around so it fits entirely within the two outer layers. I've changed my 13-in. pads to 12-in. pads, and instead of two layers of terry, which some customers found too bulky, I've made my heavy flow pads with one layer of terry and two layers of jersey.

This new design is slightly more labor-intensive than the old, so I have raised my prices just $1 for each pad, bringing them to $5. Seconds are $4, the same price as my first-rate pads were in the past with the old design.

Check out some of the awesome new stuff I've got available! Stripey sets, gorgeous jewel tones, mini-wetbags too!



I also have my very first business cards! They're just free ones from Vistaprint, but hey, it beats having to draw and color them by hand! I also got a working printer for Christmas, so no more writing out addresses...I can use Paypal shipping! WOOHOO!

I'm clearing out the last of my old stock at The Mushroom Tree! Many of these items will not be relisted, so come get them before they're gone! I've got newborn and small fitted diapers, doublers, mama pads, wipes, and pouch slings, all with stress-free pricetags! Come check 'em out at my Etsy store!

Now through December 1st, take 20% off your whole order! When you go to checkout, add your Paypal address in the comment box, but do not complete payment when it takes you to your account. I will send you a revised invoice with 20% marked off your total!

ninjas

Rain, rain....get lost!

Posted on 2007.10.26 at 03:09
It's been drizzling this nasty, cold, goopy rain for the past 48 hours straight. I wanted to take J to the park sometime this week before it started to get too cold, but nooooo. Mother Nature had to get all PMS-y and cry all over me. I think whoever coined the phrase "bouncing off the walls" must have been stuck indoors with a toddler. Ditto for "climbing the walls."

I need to get to my mom's house so I can use her sewing machine to make the cloak I'm wearing for Halloween. Uma is still in the shop; I should call and see how long it will take for them to order that part she needs. I have stock that needs to get sewn soon!

Speaking of stock, I'm revamping my mama pads. The old design had some flaws: A) the soaker always wound up too wide at the wings after trimming once the initial tack-down sewing had been done, plus it felt kinda uncomfortable with the heavy pads, and B) the bulk of the soaker was too difficult for my serger to chew through. So I made a second pattern for the soaker itself, which is now smaller around the edges so the outer layers are the only ones getting serged, and nipped in at the middle to get rid of that bulk at the wings. Here's an example with my 7-in. pads:



I've got so much awesome fabric to sew up, I am really eager to get Uma back. I plan on introducing pad sets just in time for Christmas! They'll be in the 10-in. size since that's my most popular seller, with 2 liners, 3 regular, 2 heavy, and a mini-wetbag with a cute matching pouch to put it all in inside your purse. Fun stuff!

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Huge Fall Sale!

Posted on 2007.10.08 at 02:09
It's finally looking like fall around here, so I'm celebrating by having a Buy Any 4, Get 5th Free sale! Help me move this old stock out of my store to make way for all the yummy new items I have waiting!

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Wow, haven't posted in a while!

Posted on 2007.10.08 at 01:55
I've been taking a bit of a hiatus from "work" and just catching up on lots of personal sewing. I always have a stack of clothing that needs some kind of alteration: holes that need patching/closing, things that need new elastic, skirts that need to be hemmed...oh, it goes on and on. I finally made it to the bottom of my stack today, and I've been working on a few other things in the meantime as well:

Here's a pouch sling I made for J to carry his "baby" in. Good thing I decided to make it adjustable, cuz I didn't realize that fake babies aren't quite as pliable as real ones. 



I also made him a new pair of longies. I'm working on a matching hat for them right now. I've finally mastered the crotch, although the concept of short rows still escapes me. Oh well, practice makes perfect!



Wearing them at Spaghettifest last weekend.



And today, I finished something that I actually started working on several years ago and forgot about till now. I bought a plain navy jumper for $1 at a secondhand store, and although it was cute, it needed some jazzing up. I didn't have a sewing machine at the time, but I'd bought a Handistitch at Goodwill, and cut up a skirt I had that didn't flatter me so I could make the jumper a little more interesting. The Handistitch turned out to be a horrid piece of crap like most "seen on TV" stuff, and the jumper looked awful once I was done. I shoved it in a bag with a bunch of other miscellaneous craft items, put it in my mom's basement, and forgot about it.

I recently went down to her basement looking for some of my yarn, and rediscovered the jumper. I took it home, took off the crappy embellishments, and put them back on properly. Although it's still far from perfect - hey, I make diapers, not clothes, okay? - I'm pretty pleased with how it came out. I got to use one of my decorative stitches (the patchwork stitch) for the first time. Whee!

Front:


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Closeup of top:


On me:





ninjas

My first longies!

Posted on 2007.09.12 at 02:24
Made from an unravelled Goodwill sweater and some leftover purewool (doubled up since purewool wicks like a mofo). The dye from the purewool bled when I washed them, but I don't think it's too noticeable.



Most labor-intensive thing I've EVER made. Note to self: don't ever make another pair of longies using single crochet stitches!



I tried doing short rows on the bum and royally screwed it up somehow. It got really weird, so I tucked in the corners and sewed them down inside. It looks goofy as hell when they lay flat, but you don't notice with a diaper underneath.



They're a little baggy, but I made them to grow into anyway. And yes, the pockets are crooked. They were too much of a pain to attach for me to bother going back and taking them off so I can align them better.


ninjas

Pads, pads, pads galore!

Posted on 2007.09.06 at 17:22

Been waiting for a chance to try cloth pads without breaking the bank? Wait no longer! I just stocked a TON of pads in all sizes and absorbancies at my Etsy store! Only $4 each, and seconds for only $3.50!


This will be the last time I will stock pads for a while, and the last two stockings sold out in no time flat, so be sure to get 'em while they're hot off the machine!

I also have available a totally new Mushroom Tree item: pouch slings! I have one available each in M, L, and XL. Only $15!

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Where the magic happens

Posted on 2007.09.05 at 04:00

I tidied up my "fabric wall" and my sewing desk today, and it looked so nice that I decided to take some pics. I love looking at pictures of people's sewing rooms online; I like seeing how other sewers organize things and utilize/decorate their space. Like this one, for example: I just wanna scamper around that beautiful room and quiver with glee! (And I don't even quilt!) I, however, have a slightly more Dumpster Chic look going on....

This may look incredibly messy, but it's actually very organized. I could sit here and label everything in the picture with a number and write out a list of what each section is, but nobody would read it and the people that did would be bored to tears. The trunks underneath it all hold some of J's outgrown/yet-to-be-grown-into clothing, and the gray totes hold my current store stock. With the exception of the totes, I got all this stuff for free, hence the mismatched look. Those apple boxes are KICKASS for storing things.

It's rare you'll see my desk looking this tidy. The milk crates on the left not only store things I am working on or about to work on, but they also keep that end of the desk up, since it is old and the leaf droops pretty severely. It is a classic sewing cabinet with a hole in the middle part, so I put a board that I think came from Adrian's computer desk over the hole. It works out pretty well, because I can move the machine back and forth this way if I need some space right in front of me for trimming or pinning. The orange shoebox sitting on the shelf in front of the chair holds my rolls of Velcro, unopened thread cones, and my eight thousand plastic craft organizers that I keep my twenty billion snaps in. That's my computer desk to the right....no, you don't get to see it, it's still a shambles since Adrian hasn't done any more work on my computer after we found out the power supply I just bought was broken.

There you have it. I'd like someday to have all my craft stuff in one room, organized in matching cabinets without a cardboard box in sight, but for now, I'm happy that I have enough room in my bedroom to store all this stuff. Yay for spacious apartments! And really, it's more practical to have my sewing desk out in the common area: I can't be holed up in a back room with a curious toddler running all over the house, plus, I can watch TV while I sew.

Tomorrow, I'm stocking TONS of new mama pads, plus some pouch slings! WOO-HOO!!!

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