Thursday, September 27, 2007

It's time for Crafty Bastards

I know you've been wondering why it's so quiet around here. I've been super busy making stuff for Crafty Bastards. It's this weekend! Sunday, Sept. 30 from 10 - 5 at the Marie Reed Learning Center on 18th and Wyoming in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

They sent us all interview questions for their site. My interview is up right now on the blog.

What's new for Lemon Cadet: a whole bunch of bean softies in lots of different fabrics, of course those fabulous yeti tees I wrote about here, and finally, some long-sleeved t-shirts and onesies perfect for Fall and Winter.

Find directions and all the info you'll need to stalk me on their website. I'll be in spot 28 right next to Ms. Tina Seamonster.

I hope to see those of you within a reasonable driving/walking distance sometime on Sunday. It's not just all shopping. They've got some great entertainment planned, some cool crafting workshops, and food.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

A crafter's list

I made a big trip to JoAnn's last weekend to stock up on supplies for all the stuff I'm making for the shop and Crafty Bastards. I either have to drive 30 - 45 minutes south to the town where my parents live to shop at one or drive 1 1/2 hours up to Pittsburgh for a really big JoAnn's. Our house always needs a lot from Whole Foods or Trader Joe's so if I can get Mr. Lemon to come along, we head North.

I always make lists like this for my shopping trips. I take scrap pieces of paper (whatever is closest to me when I think of the first thing I need) and go crazy. There are always swatches of fabric stapled or taped here and there, my weird names for things, and ideas -- where I know what I need but I don't know what it is yet. If you're a crafter, you know what I'm talking about: I need something beige-ish and cotton and about 1/2" wide but....

My list was particularly nuts this week so I thought I'd share it with you. I support my local quilt shop whenever I can but they don't have the faux fur.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Journal Modiste Designer of the Week

Lemon Cadet is the designer of the week at Journal Modiste, an online guide to children's couture and handmade clothing. It's a great site that gets loads of hits so it's wonderful have been chosen.

There are a lot of unique shops featured and it's a very informative site with lots of links and interviews.

Read my interview here.

Friday, September 14, 2007

The Yetis have invaded!!!

Finally, after weeks and months of drawing and revising and drafting and revising again, I have finished the Yeti drawing.

I'm really happy with the way the little beast turned out. And despite some harrassment from the Vets at my friend Dorsey's print shop, The Locker Room, here in Morgantown, I DO NOT think it looks a boy in a chicken suit.

I'm thinking of putting them on the shirts like this:

I ordered mostly toddler and kids sizes in black, cardinal, kelly, and jade. I also ordered a few ladies shirts (Bella brand) in chocolate. The yeti will be white. I can't wait to premiere them!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

An Etsy Stalker

So people find you on MySpace all the time. Or they do a google search and somehow get your email address. Or a long lost friend sends a bulk email to everyone they know and someone you haven't heard from in years contacts you.

But how often does someone you've lost touch with find you on Etsy? This is a first for me. A couple of days ago a very good friend of mine sends me and email saying, "I found you on Etsy!" I was like, "How did you know it was me?" She writes back, "You live in Morgantown and your shop is full of beans. Plus you have that bit ...always smoke free."

Go figure.

She has a pretty cool blog. She has an MFA in Creative Writing and although I don't like reading books of poetry, her taste in literature is impeccable. Take her up on any reading suggestion.

This is a screenshot of the post she wrote where she talks about how rad Lemon Cadet is.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Yeti Loves Seamonster is Alive!

I'm super excited to announce that the Yeti Loves Seamonster site is up and running. Tina Seamonster and I have been working really hard to whip our baby into shape. There are still a couple of minor details to work out and we'll always be making improvements but it's ready to rock.

The home page highlights the YLS Team member shops. We've hand picked the best designers for children's stuff on Etsy including cool clothing, well-crafted toys, and amazing art for your kids' walls.

So check it out. We have a blog with cool new product features, a sidebar pointing to some of our favorite items and best of all, a downloads page! Artists from all over have been contributing coloring book pages and designing postcards. Soon we'll even have fun recipes and tutorials.

We are always welcoming submissions so please let us know if you're interested in giving us coloring book pages. We'll add your shop URL and give you credit on the site.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Hey look! I'm on the front page.

Ever since Etsy started scrolling recently listed items on a 4 minute delay for their front page, I've doubted it. I never once saw an item of mine show up. Today I went to finish up a convo then thought I'd go see what treasury was being featured and there I was! Cute little yeti head on a pair of panties. I recycled some old pics to create a custom listing for a special order. Cute.

Yetis are happiest when they get some attention.

Craftiest Bastard of the Week Again!

The Washington City Paper has once again featured Lemon Cadet as the Craftiest Bastard of the Week!

This time one of my yeti onesies made the cut. That's Ryan. He's a custom order onesie.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Oh no! Pat Pat!

Every time I get a custom order to do one of my little guys on a different size, I'll print out the picture of the original item and cut it out to use as a pattern. Such was the case with Pat Pat (above).

So I used old Pat Pat to make a new Pat Pat and left the pattern on the living room floor and went to bed (because it was late and I was tired).

When I got up the next morning, that was all that was left of Pat Pat. The cats had found a new toy. Where is Pat Pat's arm? Is Pat Pat in pain from the bites? We may never know.

R.I.P. Pat Pat pattern.