This evening my husband and I went out to dinner at J. Gilbert to enjoy Columbus Restaurant Week. While waiting in the bar for our table, two lovely women commented on the poncho I was wearing and asked if I made them for kids. Yes! "but it's going to sound strange … do you make them for boys? My son has sensory issues and I think he'd love to cuddle up in one of those". It's not strange at all! We all need to be surrounded by warmth and comfort. I know the women's names are Sarah and Kathy. I gave you both my card, and I would so love to speak with you about how best to create a wearable comfort zone for your kids. I hope you're reading this and will reach out. I have much to learn and I'm sure you can teach me. XO
The threat of Winter Storm Harper was enough to make sure I had plenty of fabric and thread in my sewing studio. And bottled water too of course! Last week I had a shelf full of items ready for assembling and final quality check and I ended up with ten dog coats of varying sizes, two baby blankets with fantastic camel print, several hats with pom-poms and a statement making poncho that I had been agonizing over mentally for weeks! I mean it. I was scratching my head on how to make the design I wanted and each time I got close to figuring it out it's like a fog came over my brain and the secret to the design just slipped away. Several times I had that "oh - I got it now! I know how to do …. wait. Whaaa….?" Poof and gone. Yesterday I refused to let it happen again and studied and studied and made two wrong prototypes almost gave up and then it came to me again - this time crystal clear. And thus, the Chocolate Dipped Poncho was born. And guess what? After all of that, it's too small for me - grrrr….. but it is for sale here and now I know I can make it again. Whew! Cold weather has finally hit. Time to get a poncho to add to your layers, or just to laze around on the couch. You'll thank me later. XO.
I'm in full swing of making dog ponchos now. And because I don't have a dog always readily available to me, I bought some inflatable dog mannequins. Did you know they existed? Me neither. The "small" dog is actually an "extra-small" if you ask me. Like a pup that can fit in your purse - ha! And the large is still not as big as the big dogs in my life (see my grandpups at https://www.instagram.com/monty_penny_the_gsps/ AND featured on the home page of this site), but if nothing else, I do at least have models I can work with during the designing process. For those who may ask, no … I haven't named the mannequins. Yet. Have a great weekend all and stay tuned for more photos of my creations!
The holidays always come and go so fast don't they? I hope everyone had a great and relaxing time.
Over here it's been busy! I've completed my first Mommy and Me poncho set which is thus far one of the most ADORABLE things I've created. I've got two more in the works currently and am so excited about them.
I also created a stash of dog kerchiefs. These kerchiefs have an opening for the collar to slide through, so your pooch can get just a splash of fashion :)
And speaking of pooches - the first batch of extra-small and small dog pooch-os are complete. I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of mannequins so I can dress 'em up and take pictures. The large pooch-os I made for my grand-dogs are gorgeous and in trial now. Pictures forthcoming so they can be featured on the front page of this site.
Several hats are also ready for photographing and gloves are in the prototype phase. Baby blankets continue to entice me and I just found some llama fabric I can't wait to use!
The photographs will start looking better and better too - what with the gift of a studio light and backdrop set so the products really pop. Looking forward to posting those soon!
Be well everyone and here's to a great 2019!