Thursday, November 24, 2005

Christmas is Calling

I'm so anxious to start decorating for Christmas. I just love this time of year. It's cold outsite and supposed to start snowing at 1000 feet in the next few days. One of our neighbors put his Christmas lights up two weeks ago!... but I have to be patient and finish my projects for Mister Judy. If I get distracted, I won't finish my aprons. I also have another tentative Patache Trunk Show on Dec 10 and 11. My friend Erica at Garnish Apparel is letting me share some space with her. I didn't sell any of my felted hats at the last sale, so I thought I would try another Trunk Show venue. I don't think I had the right clientelle at the last show. The last show was more about gift type items... which has me thinking about other interesting products to add to the Patache line for the next holiday season.
On a positive note, I've almost finished my Christmas shopping. I have become rather over-organized and started an Excel spreadsheet 4 years ago. All the gift recipients are listed in one column, and their respective gifts are listed under a separate column for each year. That way during the year, if I come up with a gift idea, I just add it to the spreadsheet. Then in October when I open the file to start my shopping, I have all sorts of ideas ready to go. It's a huge time saver and gives me a consistent place to store ideas... rather than my over-abundent sticky note situation... and then the sticky goes away, they fall on the floor, or Elsie turns them into art... you get the idea.
Back to the Christmas thoughts, here is a picture from last year of our three glorious aluminum trees.... and Miss Elsie.... who no longer fits in those pyjamas... they grow up so quickly.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Trunk Show Pictures

The Trunk Show was wonderful! I had modest sales, but a great time and met some wonderful artisan women. The house looked like Christmas morning once everyone had their products all set up. There were Christmas lights and candles glowing- very festive!

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Felting Continued

When I pulled out my pile of sweaters from the dryer this morning, one of them had shrunk to a perfect 18-24 month size. So with a little modification, I turned it into a cardigan complete with blanket stitching and a vintage ribbon. I'll be taking it to the trunk show tonight.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Last Minute Burst of Creativity

Unfortunately I caught some sort of flu last Friday which made it impossible to do any last minute projects for the trunk show over the weekend. I've been incredibly tired and spending a lot of time with my vaporizor. However, after a very inspiring conversation yesterday with my friend, Mo, regarding the felting of sweaters. I remembered my sweater stash in the basement. I had not finished felting all of them, but one was ready to go. So I cut out and stitched up these jaunty little hats. I have a few more sweaters "processing" in the washing machine right now. Hopefully I can get a few more done tomorrow morning while Miss E is at preschool.

Setting Up

We are setting up for the Trunk Show, and things look great! Everything is so festive and holiday sparkly. We will hold a preview tomorrow night from 5-9pm and will serve wine, cheese, and light snacks. Please come by! The trunk show is at the home of:
Sandy Bakken
3375 Rigewood Avenue
Portland, OR 97225
It is a rather large house with cedar shakes on the outside. There will be lots of Christmas lights on the front porch.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Other Projects

If you noticed, I added an additional link to Mister Judy. This is a project that I am doing with my sister. It is a line of wonderful children's products and things. Click on the link to see all the details.
This is one of the reasons that I have not been blogging regularly on Patache.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Inspiration Trip to Uwajimaya

How much do I love Uwajimaya! The packaging is so vibrant with color and graphics. I always buy more things than I need because I'm such a packaging nut! Sometimes I buy things that I don't even know what they are. Like today, I almost bought spinach flavored hard candies because the bag was all blue and white with green leaves and swirls. Fortunately there was an English ingredient list stuck on the back. That would have been quite a surprise.... considering I thought they were lime.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Hanky Skirts

I make these cute skirts out of hankys. For the summer, I sell them with little camisole type tops with ties at the shoulders. I didn't know what to put with them for winter, but my darling daughter does. Miss E went upstairs and put on the following outfit. I like the long sleeve tee with the skirt.

Making Some Progress

Here are a couple of pictures of the new tops I'm working on for the trunk show next week. They have numbers that have been cut out of t-shirts and stitched down around the edges. The effect is really cool. I'm also making some skirts using the same technique.

...and here is the pig-pen of a studio that I'm working in. I seem to do best with the pile system, but it does start to overtake things.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Mailing List

If anyone wants to be added to my mailing list to find out about upcoming Patache trunk shows, please email me at The majority of these shows are in the Portland, OR area. I'm trying to update my mailing list right now, so if any of you have been to my sales in the past and want to make sure you are still on the mailing list, email me.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Exciting Things to Come

Work has begun on my official website I sent off the files last night. I am so excited! It will be hooked to Paypal, so I will be able to take orders from the site. This is new territory for me, so I am not sure when it will be up and running. I will, of course, put any updates out here on the blog. Check back frequently. I'm also working on a few new pieces for the upcoming Eclectic Collective show. The show will be Nov 17 (5pm-9pm) and Nov 18 (9am-3pm) at the home of Sandy Bakken 3375 Ridgewood Ave, Portland, OR 97225. There will be a wine and cheese reception the night of Nov 17. There will be seventeen artist total selling their work- everything from jewlery and paintings to scarves and baby blankets. I hope any local fans will be able to come.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Post Halloween Recovery

Miss E had a wonderful time trick-or-treating. Now we are in the candy rationing mode. Of course the contents of her pumpkin is way more interesting than the Cheerios that I was trying to feed her for breakfast. I am now trying to rank the candy in order of quality nutrients and feed her the more nutritous items in the morning. This strategy is not going so well. So she had 2 tangerines, 1 bite of Cheerios, a cookie, and a kit kat for breakfast. Unfortunately she can now open the candy wrappers, so I'm going to have to keep on eye on her. Putting the candy up high doesn't always work, since she can easily move chairs and climb on things.... oh well... eventually we will run out of candy.... just in time for Christmas.