Do you hear that? That's me, breathing a sigh of relief. I just finished my last order for Christmas and it feels amazing. I've been sewing morning, noon, and night (literally), sometimes meshing those together and skipping the sleep completely. I got pounded with holiday orders and realized that if I didn't take control of it, I was likely to really disappoint someone on their holiday. Now I'm finally done. It feels so good. SO. GOOD.
In other news, Jay McCarroll from Project Runway featured my own little Nels Narwhal on his favorites list, and since I've been getting lots of Etsy love. Too bad my shop is closed. I've had to disappoint a few people. I promise, though, I will be back as soon as I have time to stretch out and relax, and I'll be ready for tons of sewing. That is, if the government doesn't shut us all down with the new CPSIA thingy that is soon to go into effect. Here's an idea-- be neglectful of safety regulations and allow China to poison a bunch of our kids, then overcompensate by reaming toy makers with ridiculously high costs to test their products, so much so that you put the little guy out of business. Ah, America. The land of opportunity, right? No, I realize that is unfair. I'm just a little bitter about what could happen to a lot of really talented, amazing artists that can't afford the cost of this regulatory testing. Keeping kids safe is an important goal, I completely agree. But there has to be a way to do so without running entrepreneurs out of business. Then we just allow corporations to completely take over. I will be contacting my congressman and signing every petition I can. I would encourage you to do the same.
Anyway, to step off of my soap box, when I return to my shop in January, I will have new photos and (hopefully) new products. Here a few to satisfy your taste buds for the time being :