Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Bring It!

The Lemon Cadet bus it trekking up to Pittsburgh to be a part of CMU's Copyright and Transgression Festival: You're Not the Boss of Me. They've added a Trade Fair to this year's event and have invited artists, crafts people, activists, art organizations and others to be be a part.

Please join me at Bring It! on Saturday, March 31 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In addition to all my onesies and shirts, I'll have some special items not available in my Etsy shop: buttons and mirros, all featuring the famous little guys.

This is my first craft show and hopefully the first of many to come. I'm really excited about it and hope to see a lot of Etsy people and familiar faces.

GETTING THERE: Carnegie Mellon University is located in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh at 5000 Forbes Avenue. Parking is available for an hourly rate at the East Campus Garage (location P5 on the campus map). The College of Fine Arts building is just a few minutes walk across the cut (location 7 on the map).

Bring It! will be held in the Great Hall at the College of Fine Arts.

This is a photo of the scout dolls in progress. They'll be used to display all the buttons.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Trading is wonderful

I did a trade with a fellow Etsy seller, theGarbageGoose. She has four super cute children so we traded four of my little guys for some of her little guys.

She made a gorgeous doll for my mom who collects primitive dolls. It's stunning. See it here.

I don't trade very often and I find it very hard to say no to people who have asked me to trade. I've had to though. Sometimes I'm just too busy. I don't think it hurts to ask.

My experiences as both a buyer and a seller at Etsy have been very positive. Seeing this photo of all four of these beautiful children was, by far, the best experience I've ever had. I wish I could see all the kids who wear my clothes. I work so hard to make each little guy unique and well crafted.

Needless to say, this photo is courtesy of theGarbageGoose and better not be reproduced.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Etsy Babyshower

There was a thread in the Etsy forums a while ago about an Etsy Babyshower. Basically Etsy shops send stuff to expecting moms who are other Etsy sellers. The mom assigned to me is waiting until the birth to know the sex of the baby. That was a challenge because at the time, most of my stuff was not really unisex. I have stuff for boys and stuff for girls. So I sent Bean Beastlyn, one of my first onesies because it was the most unisex. I was worried that she wouldn't like it.

I got a convo the other day and the mom LOVED the onesie and was super happy with it. Yay!

She sent along this picture and sent her thanks.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Feature on the Little Ida blog

Just a few days ago I was featured on the Little Ida blog. It's an amazing blog written by the owner of super cool online kidstore, Craftsbury Kids. The items they feature on their blog are really top notch. The items in the store are also amazing. What a thrill to be included!

This morning I got the feeling that I should do a Google search for Lemon Cadet. So far, only my Etsy shop and this blog have come up. Today, it was a whole new story. I'm hoping this is the first of many more to come.

Little Ida featured "Here Kitty Kitty," a custom tee I have in the shop. I made the original for Loriola, another Etsy seller and she was really happy with it. I listed this one as a custom so I could make it in any size. I was wondering why it had gotten so many hits...

Monday, March 05, 2007

Perfecting a technique

I perfected my craft with machine applique! I found it rather easy to use the machine to sew the faux fur of the yetis but at first it was a challenge to get the corners right on the cotton prints. Here are some photos of my first attempts from early last year to use the machine.

You can only rip so many times before the applique is a mess but it was fun to tear off the fabric.

I love sewing and I love making these guys but I just wasn't able to keep up the hand sewing. I want to be prolific! That can't happen when it takes almost three hours to make one piece. So far the machine stuff is doing very well in the shop and in person.