Monday, April 28, 2008

And then the kitty said WTF?

First, she was all "what's she doing..holding me like this?"

Then she was all, "WTF? This has gotten out of hand. She's still holding me here."

You may need to click on the above photos to get the full effect. And, I'm sure this makes me the "cat lady"...first, personifying my cat (you do it, know you do), then posting photos of my cat on my blog...seriously, next I'll have millions of cats and be sewing little booties for all of them, while drinking tea and being wrapped in long fringed shawls.

Also, I've added another adjustable strap Market Bag to Supermarket and Etsy. It is tan canvas lined in light red cordura with brass hardware. Take a look!

p.s. wrinkles are totally in.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Jeremy Boyle as told by Nick

I know, I never ended up posting photos of Jeremy's show at Hudson Franklin (which ended today). I do apologize. Somehow they all ended up on Jeremy's computer and I kept forgetting to put them on mine...excuses, I know. But, perhaps it was better I didn't because this evening I sat down to read a review of the show. It was posted today and written by one of Jeremy's students, Nick.
I am constantly reminded of how amazing Jeremy is, but to hear how he's affected one of his students really makes for a nice evening. If you're interested in reading it and hearing about the show, you can find it posted on Artist Organized Art, or click here. It's well worth it. Nick is funny and intelligent and right on with his interpretation...enjoy!
(and then, nick and i (and jeremy's mom, if she's interested) are going to start a fan club...jeez! sorry for being so gushy!)

Friday, April 25, 2008

lights and fishes

We went to the Aquarium last weekend. Parker thought it was pretty great. Her mom (me), however, felt those giant fish and lonely looking penguins needed much more space to roam.

And, who knew? Glitter fish do exist outside of kindergarten classrooms!

My first lobster roll. I've lived in New England for almost 2 years and had never had's a right of passage, I'm sure.

This has nothing to do with the aquarium but I thought you might be interested in seeing Jeremy's tiny flourescent light. I was enamored by it.

Monday, April 21, 2008

The Adjustable Strap

You all have been patiently waiting and the Market Bag with the adjustable strap is finally in the shop! woo hoo!

You can find it along with the new totes in the Etsy shop and on Supermarket.

Initially, the adjustable strap will only be available on the cranberry red Market Bag. I have been trying to find nickel hardware for the other colors, so hopefully I'll have it soon!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Moop on Flickr!

I just started uploading photos to Flickr! It's probably the easiest online service I have ever used. I really can't believe it took me so long to join! I've been taking photos for years and muddling around with building websites in clunky website programs (if only I knew dreamweaver!) but, the whole time I should have just been using Flickr. Thanks to all you wonderful people out there who inspired me with your photostreams!

If you visit my Flickr page, you will see images from yesterdays photo shoot. I'm just about done photographing the market bag with an adjustable strap and the new tote bags. I'll be doing the product shots on white backgrounds today and hope to have them available for sale by tomorrow (maybe tonight if I get anxious).

In other news, I've been meaning to write again about Valerie from Dear Birthday. She has the most fabulous undies for sale in her Etsy shop. They're all Liberty of London can't get much better than that for your little tush. She's also having a trunk sale today! If you're in Brooklyn, head on over to Sodafine and see what she's up to!

Friday, April 18, 2008

a stock of bags

I have been trying since November to have a stock of bags sewn. And, it has finally happened! It took me almost three days to do so, but I have a stock of new tote bags in Sage, Navy and gray corduroy. They will be photographed this weekend and available in the shops on etsy and Supermarket by Monday. I'm most excited about the sage. It's a light sage green canvas and lined in a heavyweight cordura in a foliage green color. This is seriously heavyweight. It's 1000D cordura...that what they use in bullet proof vests! I'm not saying the tote could take a bullet. But, it could take anything else you might think of putting it through. And I think it's one of the best looking bags I've made. It's simple (meaning it's simply complicated to every Moop bag). But, I think you'll love it, too. Here's a sneak peek:

p.s. things have been intentionally sparse in all the shops for the last week or so. i'm desperately trying to switch from made upon order to ready to ship. it won't happen with all of the bags (the Fraulein Totes will still be made upon order..they're the most complicated and time consuming to make). but, the market bags (with a fixed strap) will be ready to go along with the totes and soon the hip and small pouches will be made and ready to ship. it's big progress and we're thrilled.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

4 in red corduroy

Spring organizing in the studio has uncovered *just a few* yards of the burnt red corduroy. So, I'll be posting four red corduroy Market Bags in the Etsy shop this morning. Get them while you can! This is the end of them..for real!

And, for all of you typing your email right now asking if they will have an adjustable, they will not have an adjustable strap and cannot be made with an adjustable strap. There is not enough material left. But, if you order today they will ship out on Friday! They are in the final stages of being made right now, so just about ready to go.

Take a look!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Some new bags and an adjustable strap

Tonight I leave you with some photos. They are of a few new bags I'm working on. One looks complicated with all the straps and stuff, but it's not. It's actually very useful (and uncomplicated). It makes a whole lot of sense when you're using it.

The above image is with the straps wrapped around like a big version of the duffel. The bottom image is with the bag all full up. They're the same bag. Nice, eh?

Above is the wool tote. It looks camel brown here, but it's really gray. I just couldn't get the color adjusted properly with the combination light (compact fluorescent and daylight..a bear to balance). Below is the new red Market Bag. I would describe the color as cranberry red. It also has an adjustable strap. A feature that will soon be available as an option on all of the Market Bags.

They will be available in the shop quite soon!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

It is eighty degrees here

The last time I was in Florida, Parker was 18 months old and I was running away from an overbearing family. I was 19 when I had Parker and living with my parents. I desperately needed some space..for clarity or independence or who knows what. So, I packed up the car one evening and she and I drove from Northern Virginia to Miami.

Somewhere around North Carolina she started to cry. I can't remember why..too much time in the car seat maybe? Regardless, she cried so hard she threw up all over her car seat (think Monty Python). We were on the road. It was just the two of us, hundreds of miles from anything we knew. I pulled off to a gas station to see if I could clean it up. It was a lost cause. Given the situation, I decided the best solution was to ditch the car seat and buy a new one. So, I found a dumpster (then a Target), tossed the car seat and her clothes and we ventured car seat, new clothes.

Our trip ended up being just what was needed.

Yesterday, I left my house. I was a little nervous and pretty excited and heading (alone) to a fabric show in Miami. I didn't know what to expect. Would anyone take me seriously? Would I ask the right questions? Would I have "newbie" written across my forehead? It's so easy to drum up anxiety where anxiety is not needed. But, I didn't throw up all over the convention center and I didn't need new clothes. I did, however, stick out like a zebra in the neon factory. I was the only person dressed in a skirt, tights, boots and a sweater. I knew it was going to be 80 degrees down here, but it snowed last week in Western Mass. and I guess I just didn't believe that it was actually going to be warm...and tropical...and that I would look so...northern.

Anyway, the trip has been everything I needed. I've come away with a whole new energy about making and designing and where I want to go with Moop. Things are really good.

So, venture on...there's going to be amazing things ahead.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Belated Christmas Gifts

Parker and Jeremy teamed up to give me some wall racks for all of the fabric in the studio. This was their x-mas gift and it was installed this weekend. I can't quite put to words how excited I am about this. I have been battling landslides of fabric that come tumbling down and falling over with every attempt to get a bolt from the piles that have been precariously perched against the wall. And, didn't I always need the one in the back of the pile!?!
But now, I have an amazing wall of linear color and texture. I love it. It's a huge step towards making a studio that works for my everyday needs. My daytime hours (while Parker is at school) are intense sewing times. On a good day I sew 20 bags...on a mediocre day I sew 10. It gets rather crazy in here during the week. So, organization is crucial.  Organization, however, had been kidnapped by busyness...but, it's slowly returning. We'll be doing a few more building projects (custom shelves and such), I'll post the details as they develop.
Now, it's almost midnight and I'm going to turn into a pumpkin. I've been sewing non-stop for the last 7 days (and will be for 2 more days). I'm preparing for a short trip Tuesday through Thursday of this week, so I need to get ahead on orders. Once I return, you'll see some new bags and, I'm rambling (and so exhausted).

p.s. In my tired typing, I tried to switch the 'y' to 'i' and add (n)es(s) while typing busy-ness...but that spells business. So, business (how I tried to spell busy-ness) is usual.
If that makes sense to you, you deserve a shiny gold medal.

Friday, April 4, 2008

End of Week Masses

So, I managed to complete 23 Market Bags yesterday (I messed up two of them...bah!) and 15 today. I'm pretty well exhausted.
I'll be packaging up all of them tonight and mailing them in the morning. So, if you've been waiting for a's on its way! I do apologize if you are one of the few who have waited a few extra days. I've been so swamped with orders and had some travels over the last two weekends which slowed me up a bit. Thanks for your patience!
Now, I'm off to get some food with my little family...then package up boxes for the rest of the night. If I'm still with it later, I'll be looking forward to finally reading my most recent issue of Wallpaper that came.

p.s. ignore the blue cast in the images...i'm too tired to adjust them...

Thursday, April 3, 2008

morning messes

this is the studio in the morning.

this is the studio all a mess, in the morning.
this is also my house.

today's plan:
sew 25 Market Bags
go out with Jeremy tonight.

it should be a good day.

p.s. we have run out of many of our favorite materials.  so the shop is sparse at the moment.  but, do not worry!  times like these usually result in finding lots of fabulous new colors and textures.  we'll be re-stocking over the next week or so.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Venus Zine and Moop!

This is apparently the week for us to talk about our little business. There's another article about me and my process of starting Moop and running an Etsy shop posted in the DIY section of VenusZine today. I was totally thrilled when Amy from Venus got in touch to talk shop. She was a perfect conversationalist and gave a great representation of what goes on here. You can read the article here!