I have decided to close the shop temporarily after the shipping deadline for Christmas mail out (middle of December) and stay in vacation mode until late January. Lots of reasons why, but good reasons this time.
Firstly, I have a lot of personal stuff that goes on during December besides just the holidays (my extended family has a lot of birthdays, too) and in January I have girl scout cookie business.
Secondly, I have plans. The store and product desperately need a revamp. I am still deciding if I am going to take the store off Etsy entirely, and start my own website. Etsy has been stale lately, but I do enjoy different aspects of it, like vacation mode and not having to deal with credit card payments.
Third, I need to re-do a lot, A LOT of my product. It's not the flowers themselves, it's the mounting job. Most of my early work is pretty terrible when it comes to attachments. I have learned so much in the past year with regards to mounting and thread wrapping, it makes my old product look terrible. Not to mention I have product I haven't listed much less photographed. I also have several projects that are half finished, like washi jewelry, kumihimo, and ornaments.
So its going to be time for a big update. Not planning on changing graphics though.
Now its time for work updates :)
|Almost finished!! YAY!!!|
None of this part of the work is easy. Mounting takes a strong grip that wears out the muscles in your hands, often leaving to cramping since I haven't done this in a while. Also, its a lot of wrapping. It took like 2 hours to wrap just the left side. I also have to finish the wrapping on the right side which needs to come down another couple of inches.
The shidare part is the part that, I find, to be the most difficult. Getting the petals to come together over a thin piece of nylon twine, without getting glue EVERYWHERE, and still managing to cover the high contrast colors underneath the white so they don't show down the middle....it's a lot to handle. But these two I have managed pretty well. I find the double layers are bigger and easier to deal with than the singles, so I went ahead and did that since it would give me a chance to lightly add some color, while keeping the white prominent. (Her kimono is mostly white)
When it't done, though, it is going to be FANTASTIC!!!! I know she will love it, although it is very delayed. Like a month overdue.
Also, if there is anyone reading this who likes Facebook, I strongly suggest you check out the Immortal Geisha group, the Immortal Geisha Marketplace, and the DIY kimono group. The Immortal Geisha people are AMAZING, I have grabbed some INCREDIBLE finds off the marketplace, and the DIY kimono group has some really great ideas for alterations and work arounds for wearing kimono!!!! They are wonderful, caring people, and I don't say that often about people in groups.
Lastly, I am still collecting donations for Dimitri Conde to help his parents afford the burden of his Leukemia ALL diagnosis. The local community helped her restore her house after it flooded with sewage, 3k in damages total. But because of Demitri's condition, they have been back and forth to the hospital on many occasions, the last one requiring a two to three week stay in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Both parents are working minimal hours to provide around the clock care for Dimitri. Please, please help in any way you can. :)