Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Liebster Awards, Pink Tunics and Navel-Gazing

Before we get started, the insomniac  would like to thank The Curious Professor Z and Lucretia's Reflection, who kindly nominated the insomniac  for a Liebster Award a few weeks ago. She really did have good intentions of following through and participating, but once she reread the eleven questions posed by the Professor, added to the additional eleven from Lucretia, then had to come up with eleven different questions and nominate eleven other bloggers each with fewer than 200 followers, right there - at that point right there - she changed her mind.

Besides, we all know people don't come here to read random facts about the insomniac  and her idiosyncrasies. You're all here to see pictures of the Little Gothic Cottage, in which case you should skip to the end. And should you actually want to read odd little facts about her, you may do so here - the one and only time she participated in an award. If you do read it first, probably some of the things in this post will make more sense. Oh, she cries at the drop of a hat? I get it now. Socially awkward? Makes sense she doesn't enjoy doing markets. Hates getting her picture taken? That's why she's not in the market vendor photo.

The last time the insomniac  was accepted at a juried show was in Cody, Wyoming way back in 2002. Although it was a fairly prestigious show, she was confident her creations for the event were top-notch. Right up until the moment she turned the corner and walked into the model's dressing room only to see them gathered around exclaiming, “I'm not going to wear that thing! It's not sexy at all! I'll look like a frumpy turnip!” while holding up one of the insomniac's  dresses she'd made and was particularly proud of. Okay, maybe they didn't use that exact phrase. But that was the gist of it.

You gotta hand it to her.
For a girl who'd obviously drawn the short straw
and had to wear the Frumpy Turnip Dress,
she managed to put on a brave face for the show.

For which she has the insomniac's  eternal gratitude.

One is embarrassed to admit she hastily backed out of the dressing room before the models could see her crying, the rest of the event pretty much ruined for her. And instead of attending the awards ceremony on the last day, she and the spouse took the offspring to a nearby lake to wade in the frigid water and skip rocks, only to return and discover she'd been awarded Best Adaptation of Materials by Manuel - the genius behind Johnny Cash's Man in Black look - who had previously visited her booth and said “I really like your stuff.” Okay, maybe he didn't say he really  liked it. But he definitely said he liked it. Although he might have said really  liked ... it was thirteen years ago - who can remember?

And the award and Manuel's kind words were a validation of sorts, that even though none of the models seemed terribly impressed with her contributions, maybe her work was alright. But other than a small purse that went to the Gene Autry Museum for their collection, none of it sold. And when she returned home to Alberta feeling pretty chuffed and sent the press release about her award to the local papers which they never acknowledged, she decided to give up trying to make any money with her sewing (which only paid her roughly $1/hour anyway) and went back to work at various odd jobs (which only paid her roughly $9/hour but helped put food on the table and pay the bills). And the dream was shelved and only thought about in a rather vague sort of way ... “Yeah, I'll get back to needlework someday. Like maybe when I finally retire and have lots of free time on my hands.”

Well, guess what. That day has finally arrived. Wow. Where DID the time go?

She decided to take another crack at it, and see whether things had changed and people more willing to pay a reasonable (not extravagant, mind) price for hand-sewn items these days. After all, Alabama Chanin seems to be doing well enough (although she hopes nobody from Alabama Chanin is reading this post and sees what horrible things she's now doing with their fabrics. **waves nervously at Kailey** So she applied to a few markets and was turned down for all except for one. **waves at Colette and Lauren**

She ordered fabrics in colours she wouldn't normally choose, as the market's theme is All Things Pretty and there were guidelines to be followed, i.e. no skulls. And none of what she made sold, except this purse.

Oops, sorry. Probably should have warned you to shield your eyes.

Weren't expecting anything this bright here, were you?

And now, one is again faced with the problem of what on earth to do with all the things she makes that don't sell. Obviously, they're not the kind of item that could go into the Attic, most of them being pastel. Some were taken to her favourite boutique in Calgary for consignment **waves to Beth and Susie**; everything else dismantled and readied for immersion into a vat of black dye to create new things with.

All except the little pink tunic you already know about if you follow the Attic on Facebook - which you really should, as it's just as entertaining over there as it is here. (Nah, just kidding. I can't stand FB and only do it because apparently you HAVE TO if you run a business. Pfffft.)

Anyway, the insomniac  decided to salvage that tunic with a graphic of Bela Lugosi from another old t-shirt and bring it with her to Horror Con. And when she finally came up for air two days later and calculated she'd spent approximately sixteen hours sewing on a t-shirt that would now be unaffordable for anyone who might be even remotely interested in it, she realized she'd stuck it to herself yet again. Never let it be said she doesn't know how to manage her time wisely.

So what the insomniac  is asking of you my pretties, is for suggestions on how to keep doing what she really needs  to do, just as surely as she needs  to breathe air and consume her body weight in coffee every day. Because needlework seems to be the one thing that quiets all those racing thoughts inside her head, affording her a bit of peace while thinking only of the next stitch (and maybe what to make for dinner) and the stitch after that (and how cool that quilted effect happening on the spiderwebs would look on Pinhead's dome **waves to Jill**) and the stitch after that (and wouldn't it be awesome to do the Bride of Frankenstein and make all the stitches look like sutures) while somehow allowing her to squash all those other thoughts racing around inside there but that aren't nearly as interesting to think about.

And she has finally decided, after much introspection and navel-gazing over the past few weeks, that what she really wants to do with the rest of her life is finally create some of those things inside her head that are screaming to be let out (Sshhhh ... can you hear them? They're getting pretty loud in there.), working in solitude at her dormer window where she can listen to the melodious sounds of the local avian population and sew in the sunshine while warming her bones. What she doesn't want to do is have to take those Creations to a market where she must watch people walk by her booth, pick up something she's made, raise an eyebrow in disbelief and say, “Hmmmph. Who'd pay that  much for that?” Because she doesn't do terribly well with that part. Nope. Not well at all.

She'd like to clarify she's not interested in becoming famous for the things she makes, and neither is she interested in making a tremendous amount of money at it (although she certainly wouldn't say no should somebody offer, unless it involved selling her soul or something). She'd just like to see her Creations - her Children of the Night, if you will - end up with someone who'd be happy to own them, and not end up shoved in a bin in the basement keeping company with all those other things she's made over the years that haven't sold. The offspring would probably like to interject at this point and say they'd also appreciate not having to deal with any more of those things at the end of it all, too.

All she's asking from you is for any ideas you may have on how to make enough money to buy more fabric with which to make more things, and help keep those constant, tiring and generally depressing thoughts in her head at bay.

Plus it doesn't seem fair to spend any of our limited monthly retirement income on supplies just to make things for the sake of making them ... “So dear, I've decided to spend $200 on fabric this month to make things that aren't going to sell. You okay with that?” “Oh, for sure! I'm fine eating Kraft Dinner and wieners the whole month. Knock yourself out, love-of-my-life.” Okay, maybe the spouse doesn't actually use the phrase love-of-my-life. But it's implied.

And although this same conversation has pretty much been done to death with friends who also create **waves at Sharon** sometimes a person thinks about something so hard and for so long that they can't see the forest for the trees anymore. Except you really can see the forest and the trees out here. Provided you don't look out the sewing room window. Then you just see the outhouse.

Maybe the answer isn't as complicated as the insomniac is making it out to be, which she has a tendency to do. Maybe the answer is really very simple ...

Well, Morticia would probably wear her Creations.

But as the insomniac  seldom strays very far from
her uniform of jeans, black t-shirt and Docs,
obviously that's not the correct answer in this case.

Neither is custom work ... “Yes, I'd like to order a dress that looks exactly like one somebody else made that I saw somewhere once, and I'd like it made in these colours that you really can't stand working with, plus my budget is $10. And by the way, I need it by tomorrow. Oh, and can you make it to fit me not how I am now but how I'll be when I've lost 10 pounds?” Been there, done that.

Much thought has been given to donating finished Creations to charity ... “Um, hello. Is this the Salvation Army Centre of Hope? Yeah, the insomniac  here. So yeah, I've just created this er, outfit. Kind of a mix of Dark Mori with a touch of Strega. It's a size 12, because that's what size my dressmaker's dummy is, so it won't fit a large range of people. And you probably can't wash it in the machine because it's covered in hand-sewing and embroidery. Probably can't dry-clean it either 'cause of the beads. So um, yeah. I'd love to donate that for your next fundraiser. Lemme know if you're interested, 'kay?”

As for what to do with the pink tunic that has far too much time invested in it to ever sell? Well, it will come to Horror Con with the insomniac  and the first person to arrive at her table and say “I'd be happy to take that piece of cr*p stunning Creation you've made off your hands and give it a good home.”  - THAT person gets it for free.

Hope you like pink, dear. **waves at Jace**

And for all the rest of you who are only here to see pictures of the Little Gothic Cottage **waves to 95% of her readers**, a photo of the finished tunic taken in the upstairs Guest Bath. Happy now? 

No?

How about now?

Rear View

The back side of the tunic even looks good - kinda like quilting for the insane. Oops, that might have been one of those thoughts that should have been quashed before it was written down. See, that's what happens when the spouse is out on his tractor doing tractor stuff instead of editing the insomniac's  thoughts ...“You might want to delete that sentence, dear. Makes you sound a little unstable.” Oh well - too late now. **hits Publish**

Until next time, the insomniac  wishes you nights of blissful sleep filled with pleasant dreams. Goodnight, my pretties.

IA


PostScript: Is it just the insomniac  or is this post even weirder than usual? Yeah, it's probably time to step away from the sewing for a few days and get out of the Spooky Forest. Maybe drive into the city and meet some friends for coffee **waves at Joyce and Phillipa **, have lunch somewhere nice  **waves at Ang, Di, Kim and Pam**, and take the youngest to Goodwill where she can unload all the stuff her mother has made that hasn't sold but instead bequeathed to her, and her mother can do the same.

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  1. Well you are right - seeing the little gothic cottage is my first priority. I love your guest bathroom - the tile, the woodwork, the fixtures. Beautiful. I really have not seen enough of your needle work except I loved Nightwinds coat. Now pink and flowers are not really my thing so I will pass on those. Did you do the needle work on the cowboy vest? It quite beautiful. So how about an Etsy store? I think your stuff would be perfect there.

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    1. I know that everybody's interested in seeing the cottage, but as you can tell from the bathroom pics it's really hard to get a decent shot of little rooms! Plus, it also means I have to clean first before I can take a picture. LOL

      Pink and flowers are not my thing either, lady M. And I probably should have dyed the tunic before I put Bela on it but I was lazy. And besides, it kinda goes together and actually I don't mind it. We shall see if I'm the only one though! I did do the beadwork on the vest too - thank you. :)

      I don't know why I've never tried an Etsy store before now - I've only ever bought supplies on it. Probably because I'm so slack at keeping my website up-to-date that I just felt it would be more work. But since you mentioned it, I searched on Etsy and there's not much that comes up for Dark Mori in clothing. Etsy is so huge I've always wondered how anybody finds anything on there. So maybe I should make a few things and give it a try? Thank you for the suggestion! ❤

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    2. My first idea was etsy as well. I personally buy so much of my clothing and jewelry there. I think you could give it a shot, maybe you'd love it!

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    3. Looks like everyone thinks Etsy is a good idea, Hanna! So when you buy things on there, how do you search for it? Just so I know what tags or headings I should use on my listings to attract the right people ... and do you find it difficult to search for what you want? When I search, I get hundreds of pages and generally give up before I've gone through ... like ... five. ;)

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  2. I like to apologize - what a clueless twat I am as you already have a shop. Are you still selling the black tunic? I desperately need a black chemise to go under my renaissance corset this year for fayre and I think your chemise will do just the trick.

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    1. Well now, clueless twat is pretty harsh, lady M!! And just because I already have a shop doesn't mean I can't do one on Etsy as well. I think lots of people sell on Etsy and link to their website, don't they? And yes, I do still have the black tunic, and I think I have it in all the sizes although I'd have to check. I know one sold but I can't remember which one. Email me at lynne@insomniacsattic.com and we can talk. ;)

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    1. Ahhhh, that's what's so wonderful about life, Debra - you can make up your own answers! Who's to say whether it's the right or wrong one. Although I'm somewhat notorious for picking the wrong one and thought this time I'd ask for help first. ❤

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  4. You sound a little depressed, my advice is there's nothing a few good drinks and a ciggie wouldn't fix, might even give inspiration , or a good feeling at least.

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    1. I wish I smoked but I don't - just makes me cough. ;) However, I have been known to indulge in a few drinks - okay, more than a few. But it always feels weird drinking by myself since the spouse seldom indulges. Don't they say people who drink alone are the ones with a real problem? Although ... if he's in the same room then I'm not really alone, am I? LOL

      It was inevitable I'd be a bit blue after this market, Chris - after two months of manic activity getting ready, I sort of expected I'd crash hard afterwards. Unless I'd done really well and then the good times could have lasted until the next show! I'll allow myself another few days of moping about and then I'll smarten myself up. I didn't realize it was that obvious from the blog post, I guess. ❤

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  5. Oh, screw the models, I love the Frumpy Turnip Dress! ;)
    The purse you sold is adorable too and I LOVE the pink tunic! :)
    But I do see you, I have the same problem: I'm full of ideas all the time, but I've run out of people to gift already...:)

    Have you tried online markets, like Etsy or Bigcartel yet? Perhaps you'd get a little more exposure there.

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    1. Hahaha, thanks Lynoire! :)

      That purse is one I always make but usually in black (and then I like it much better). But it seems to be a popular style and it's the one thing I'm almost always sure to sell. And you do? Really? Thanks! :D

      Too many ideas means too much stuff to give away - I guess I'm not the only one, hey? :)

      I haven't ever tried Etsy and I've heard of Bigcartel but never been on their site. I guess I should try at least one of them out, shouldn't I? I just look at Etsy and it's soooo huge that I wonder how anyone would ever find me. But maybe it's just because I don't know how to search properly on Etsy. Now eBay - that's a whole different story! But definitely not the place to sell handmade stuff. Thanks for the suggestions, Lynoire! ❤

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    2. *Steals the attention*

      Yes! You should really try Etsy. :) When I search for things there, I write a few words in the search-thingy, like "gothic victorian dark jewelry". I mean, I have no idea what shop to look in or search for. ^^ So yeah, what I'm trying to say is that it is simple to find what you look for. ;D

      That purse is really pretty - but I think I'd like it better in black, as you. ;)

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    3. I've been spending a bit more time on Etsy and although I have to say I don't like how their search works (because I can't put together a mile long search string that says 'include these words but don't include these words and then add these words but only look in this category' like I can on eBay, I find it frustrating. But I think most people would be able to find things easily enough - it's just me!

      Yes, it would have been much better in black. Thank goodness it sold. ;)

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  6. Wish I had some suggestions. In the same boat you are and I have my own website. My solace is that my heirs will be totally surprised (probably more horrified) at all the stuff they are getting. There is enough to decorate at least three moderately sized homes by now. Keep doing what you love though. That's the important part.

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    1. I think we're all kind of in the same boat aren't we, Debbi? Yeah, our kids already have a pretty good idea of all the work they're going to have on their hands once we go, which is why I'm trying to weed out most of it before they have to deal with it. Only three moderately sized homes though? That seems reasonable. ;)

      It's true - I think we'd all perish if we couldn't do what we love. ❤

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  7. No suggestions to offer ... just giving you a big pat on the back and my admiration for the quality and imagination that you put into your things.

    Jeans and black Tshirt here, too. Unless it's winter. Then, it's jeans and black turtleneck.

    Finally, I come here for YOU ... whatever you offer in the way of content is fine with me.

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    1. Wow. thank you Hartwood Roses. I'm tearing up here (cries at the drop of a hat, remember?) ❤

      I can't do turtlenecks, so it's black t-shirts with a black sweater or a hoodie in the winter. Looks like we're two of a kind, hey? LOL

      Awwww, that's nice to hear. I feel as if I'm not posting pictures of the cottage then everybody goes away. :)

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  8. I have to dash to my mindless merchandising job, but I will give this Thought! .....which will make my day have meaning!
    From first glance...,,you need to hang out where like minded people are!
    I will be back, as even a wrong idea is better than none! Cheer up! Your daughter has a coooool Mom! xoDebi

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    1. Oh Debi, don't spend your time thinking about this please! I'm a firm believer that things always work out the way they're supposed to. I haven't figured out where the like-minded people hang out yet, but I'm sure I'll find them eventually. They can't hide from me forever! LOL

      I'd love to hear whatever ideas you come up with, and they will certainly be much better than anything I've been able to think of, I guarantee you that! I'll tell my daughter when I see her tomorrow that you think I'm cool. She'll laugh and roll her eyes. ❤

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    2. Good News! Working with your hands! you'll never starve!
      Bad New! Working with your hands, you'll never be rich!
      Have you seen that online shop..Ragging cloths? Or something like that! One of her dresses was purchased by some royal in Sweden......,
      Her cloths are so unique, I will track this down and let you know.
      Keep your course, maybe online is better to sell than travelling ? I'm not a fan of FB either, BUT...my list are all creative hearts! So I like to visit my whimsical Facebook world! I follow you there! xoxoDebi

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    3. RawRags.......on FB.......Worth a visit xoxo

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    4. Oh yes, Debi! I follow RawRags too - she makes the most beautiful things! I didn't realize she'd sold something to royalty in Sweden though. How awesome. That's the kind of success story I love to hear. :)

      I like that quote - I'll never starve but I'll never be rich. That works for me! And I like my personal FB friends too - it's the business part of FB that tires me out. How your posts never reach any of your followers unless you pay FB to reach them. Drives me crazy. :P

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  9. Most entertaining as usual! I love reading your witty posts! Your dilemma is not new to people that craft I am afraid. I have read articles and learned first hand the same with wood working.. I've also read a similar rant on a blog from a Halloween pottery maker. There is a very small percentage of people that understand the work that goes into our art (regardless of the medium), and an even smaller percentage of those people that will pay it's worth. It is the curse of artisans everywhere I assume.

    Do not underestimate the power of the "pink tunic" among the horror crowd! If anything I'd say consider embracing the colors! Based on the recent fight among the Florida Haunters over the color of our group T-shirts ( black, right?), apparently quite a few of the horror bunch tires of black! Apparently purple, orange, and even purple have become desireable colors among some haunters! I had to politely explain that "big and tall" men do not wear yellow or purple unless they are going for that Big Bird" or " Barney" look. In the end black was selected but some were not happy about it. Maybe the " pink tunic" with it's horror artwork says, " look I'm a lady, but I have a creepy side"?

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    1. Hah - thank you, Mark! I know it isn't a new thing, and I'm not sure why I expected it might have changed by now. I guess I just read the few success stories on the internet and I think it should be like that everywhere! And I totally understand it, too. I went to a craft sale the other day and the guy had AMAZING sugar skull mugs but they were $45. And I KNOW how much work they were, but I can't afford to pay that for a mug. Still, I think it's the snarkiness about the work and price that bothers me most. I'd be fine with people saying, “I love it but I just can't afford it.” I totally get that.

      Hey, maybe I should design the Florida Haunters some t-shirts, but I'd totally insist the main colour be black and only the accents in purple or orange. Good grief, the yellow and purple and orange t-shirts are the ones that end up at Goodwill! At least they were sure there in abundance today. LOL

      I like that - I'm a lady but I have a creepy side ... that's good. ;)

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  10. I actually enjoyed reading this post and looking at your creations. Admiring your bathroom and bathtub was just icing on the cake!

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    1. Awwww, thanks Sylvie! Seeing the bathroom was icing on the cake though? Huh. Who'd have thought. LOL

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  11. I actually think the pink tunic is pretty amazing and depending on the size, I would buy it and rock it and it would live in a good home.

    I buy all kinds of things that I don't need from Etsy. That's my only suggestion... except maybe encouragement. I think you should make what's in your head.

    "The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls." ~ Pablo Picasso

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    1. Gee, would you Goth Gardener? Now that you mention it, I think it would look excellent with your new ring. I'm going to come over and comment about that, because I just about fell out of bed this morning when I looked at it, plus your other two! Tell you what, if Jace doesn't take it at Horror Con (and I think she's going to go for a Nosferatu tee if I can get it done in time), then I'll send it to you. It's a Small/Medium, although I haven't been able to get the youngest out here to tell me if it really is or not - all I know is it's pretty tight on the size 12 dummy. :)

      You and Etsy and me and eBay, I'm afraid. I think I'm going to give Etsy a try though - what can it hurt?

      Thank you for the encouragement and the quote. It really helps. ❤

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  12. Since you're a t-shirt person; as am I, perhaps you would consider creating various t-shirt designs and offer them for sale. You could include some long-sleeved shirts as well. You'd have to acquire some one shade shirts in various shades, such as all black or all white, but then you could let the artist loose! Of course, you could do the same thing with various types of clothing for the ladies as well. In my mind I can already envision a Little Gothic Cottage t-shirt with a jack o' lantern burning in front of it. Then, I can see a Spooky Forest design on another. Perhaps a scary owl is gazing down from a tree branch as other pines linger in the background. Anyone for Dracula or even an Ozark Howler?

    The possibilities are endless.

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    1. Well now, there's something I hadn't thought of before, Nightwind! I was leaning towards clothes made from black organic t-shirt material since I'm so comfortable in that and I'm sure others would be too, but designing tees with LGC's and Spooky Forests sounds kind of exciting! You'll have to help me with the Ozark Howler though - I wouldn't have a clue what he'd look like. :)

      P.S. If I make long-sleeved tees, I'll put longer arms on them. ;)

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    2. I can help you with the Ozark Howler. Actually, you'll see one person's version of it when I send you my book, whenever I finally get it finished. I'd have to get one of those t-shirts. I definitely like the idea of black organic t-shirts.

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  13. Socially Awkward - Please.... I am thinking Etsy Store for sure but maybe you have tried that. Otherwise somehow (and I don't know how) get a smaller boutique store to carry your line permanently on a consignment basis...
    PS Love your blog
    Joyce

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    1. Thanks for coffee and your good ideas this morning, Joyce. ❤

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  14. I'm right there with you so I have zero advice to offer. It seems like the things I'm able to sell are pieces that I personally wouldn't hang in my house. I make something I think is amazing and I hear crickets.

    And I am loving that pink tunic!

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    1. You know what? Although it sucks to know we're all having the same issues, it's kind of nice to know that I'm in very good company! You hear crickets ... that cracks me up. LOL

      Wow, maybe I am going to have to make more pink tunics! Although that Dracula graphic was pretty rare, I think. At least I sure haven't been able to find anymore online yet. Thanks for visiting and for commenting, terminal distraction. :)

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  15. Like almost everyone else up above, I suggest you try an Etsy store, if you haven't already. I get TONS of stuff there! And I used to have two different shops, so I can tell you that it's not expensive at all to maintain, and the seller fees are reasonable (at least they were when I was selling).

    And I second (or third) the motion that I read your blog to hear about YOU, not just to admire pics of your new home! Speaking of which, that first bathroom pic had me laughing. It's a cool bathroom, but anyone using that toilet had better be SURE to lock the door, because if someone came rushing in while it was in use, they'd be crushed by the door being flung open! Sorry, weird thoughts like that happen to me fairly frequently... ;-)

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    1. Okay - I definitely see an Etsy store in my future, Lucretia! As soon as Horror Con is over, I'm going to get started making stuff. Hey, now I'm excited again! Anyway, it couldn't be any more expensive than maintaining a website and I pay hosting and PayPal fees on there too.

      It's nice to know you come here for me. I do feel lately (and the stats seem to prove it) that when I'm not showing pictures of the LGC, the readership goes way down. Although I should be writing things I want to write about - just as much as I should be making things I want to make, right? LOL

      Hah - you nailed it! If you supersize that first picture of the bathroom you'll see a little thingamajig on the top hinge. We put that in after I threw open the door (it's an old one from the Gothic Mansion and VERY heavy), and put a huge dent in the slanted ceiling. I spent a day mudding and painting to fix that afterwards! And we don't have locks on any of the interior doors, believe it or not. Never put them in the Gothic Mansion because we didn't want to put any holes in the beautiful wood doors, and just decided not to bother here either. If the door is shut, the room is occupied. The whole family knows that rule. ;)

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  16. I haven't read through all the comments, but first up, I'd definitely try Etsy. My second suggestion would be Instagram. I haven't been on there all that long, but I've seen people posting pics of their wares and then directing potential buyers to a link in their profile to buy (usually from an Etsy shop). I haven't tried it myself, but it appears to be quite a successful way of selling. Instagram is very visual... it's all about posting pretty pictures. I could imagine you posting pics of your Little Gothic Cottage, interspersed with pics of your creations.

    Now, regarding the pink Dracula tunic... it's freakin' adorable!! Pink is not exactly my colour, but I think it works beautifully in this case. It's surprising and kinda subversive. I'm positive there would be market out there for clothing like that. If you do start up an Etsy shop, and you decide to list it, let me know... it would be my pleasure to post a link to it on the (dreaded) Facebook. ;D

    And finally, a pox on those rude people, who make rude remarks, as they stop at your table at markets. How dare they!!!

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    1. It seems to be the consensus that Etsy is a good place to try, so I'm going to! It's funny you mention Instagram, Emma - I just read something the other day about how powerful it is. But sometimes I feel like I spend more time on FB and Pinterest and all those other social media sites than I do actually making stuff, you know? But I do love Pinterest because of the visual aspect - maybe Instagram wouldn't feel like work as much as FB does to me. ;)

      Haha, thanks! I actually am trying to find a nice tee with Morticia on it so I can make a black one for you. I'm hoping to find the picture I used in this post, actually. Maybe you already have one you'd like cut up? ❤

      Sometimes it feels as though people think you can't hear them when they're saying those things ... or maybe they just don't realize how hard it is to put yourself out there with your creations and then hear those kind of comments. Or maybe people are just rude. I can't decide. ;)

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    2. I quite like the gallery feel to Instagram. Facebook posts disappear down the timeline after a couple of days but Instagram pics appear as a display on your own page. (Here's my page if you want to get an idea of how it looks: https://instagram.com/littlegothichorrors/) Also, people CAN always leave comments with spammy links on Instagram (which you can delete, of course), BUT no one can post spam directly on your page, the way they can on Facebook. I could see myself gradually moving away from the LGH FB page to Insta.

      Aww... you are such a sweetheart! ♥ xo (Makes my blood boil even more when I think of you being hurt by the comments of horrible asshats! Some people are simply just mean and ignorant. It's no reflection on you or your work, whatsoever.) I actually do have an old Morticia tee. I just went and dug it out, but sadly, the image is flaking off (worn too many times, I guess), otherwise, I would have sent it to you. I actually bought it from Etsy, several years ago... which just goes to show, there is a market out there! :)

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    3. I just got an offer today from a wholesaler I purchase from to attend a free Webinar next week about Instagram. Coincidence? I think not! So you may see me on there shortly Emma, although I do worry about how small that phone screen is. Soon as I figure out how to get set up, I'll follow you - assuming I can follow just like on FB. They offered a Webinar about FB last month ago, too. Maybe that's why I'm kind of disgusted with it. LOL

      Haha, I'm HAPPY to make a shirt for you, and I'm doing it because you are also a sweetheart. Dammit, why can't more people like us shop at markets? ❤

      It's funny - I bought a magazine yesterday called Artists & Makers and there's an article about introverts and markets, and just how thoughtless with their comments market goers can be. Again ... coincidence? I doubt it. The universe is sending me a message maybe. ;)

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    4. Ha! I don't believe in coincidence! ;D A free Webinar sounds like a great idea! You do need a phone or tablet to upload to Instagram and check notifications, but I actually browse my Insta feed on my computer. My poor little phone is just one step up from 2 cans connected with a piece of string (something the Flintstones would be proud to own), so I actually do my Instagramming via a hand-me-down iPad. By the way, I don't want to come across as head marketer for Instagram... Haha... it's just that I've noticed people on there having a lot of success selling their products.

      Thank you, Lynne! ❤ ❤ ❤ And why stop at markets? More people like us should be running the world! Mwah hahahaha. :D ;)

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  17. How did you get in my head and write it all down?
    I paint and sketch and fark around and I can't think about sales. If I need to spend money on supplies, so be it. And it's the job of heirs to take care of all that stuff. (Of course I keep telling myself that.) Clearly you (we) have a need to create so you (we) have to do it. Just keep doing it and repeating that positive comment by Manuel. People often don't recognize genius. Heh. My thought was Etsy too. You are clearly an artist and you must obey your heart.

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    1. Jeez, I don't know, Melanie ... although it just occurred to me that while I was in there I probably stole the word Turnip from you. Eeeep - sorry!

      I'm glad you pointed out that it's the offspring's job to take care of that stuff - that takes some of the pressure off. They need to earn their inheritance somehow, amirite?

      A person only needs to witness your incredible style and how you decorate your clothes to know you are an artist, too. Next time I can afford to come to Vancouver, I'd be honoured if you would show me all your favourite thrift haunts. And we could drink our body weight in good coffee. ❤

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  18. Oh dear Lynne. I´m sure many more of your readers than 95% like to reads about your thoughts, including me. Please follow your heart and do the creations you like. If they don't like what you sew they won't buy it but I'm sure there are people out there who would like to buy your stuff. A tip to you, dye your pastel creations in grey to save the pattern of the fabric but with more dusty colours. I bought an apron dress from the 50's once in white, bright green with orange flowers (not my colours) but after sewing a longer frill on the dress to make it longer and dye the whole thing in grey I got a spooky rag doll dress. Those small pieces of fabrics lefts from your projects are perfect for accessorie making. Sell your stuff at your Attic and I'm sure you'll make a success. I have often been told to sell my creations but I have the same feeling about trying to sell things to critical customers.
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    1. Awwww, thanks Therese. You probably have no idea how much it means to me to hear you say that. ❤

      Have I ever seen a picture of the spooky rag doll dress? Because I'd sure love to! Do you know I have a picture of you in your black combat boots and stripey Ewa i Walla skirt on my private Pinterest board? I love that picture - you look so beautiful and so comfortable in that outfit (I hope me having a pic of you on Pinterest wouldn't be considered creepy!) Anyway, that's exactly the kind of thing I want to make - clothes that people feel comfortable in and make them feel beautiful. I agree with everyone who tells you to sell your things. But I also know that it's hard to make time when you have a full-time job. Maybe by the time you retire, I'll have figured out how to sell things without having to deal with critical customers. ;)

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  19. I really hate that the models comment made you miss out on a well deserved award. She was only thinking about herself and what she will look like on stage. She forgot that she was just the model and without designers like you she wouldn't have had the chance to be on that stage! A friend of mine made a not so nice remark about one of my tops recently and it sent me on a really bad tailspin. Ordinarily I am very confident about my sewing and designs but her off hand remark made me second guess and reevaluate everthing I was making. What a mistake. I sell better when I follow my instinct and just make what I love. I was finally able to let it go a few weeks ago because I realized the top was just not her personal style. That was all.

    I haven't jumped on to Etsy either yet but I will soon. I think it is worth trying out at least. And I love the idea of Dark Mori and Strega. They are very wearable and pretty. Everyone looks good in a layered dress or skirt. And your handwork is what makes it special. Someone once told me that people buy my clothes because I put a it of love and energy into them. I think she was right. Just do what you love to do and don't second guess it. :)

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    1. You know what, Mary? If I had been at the awards ceremony and my name was called, I probably would have wet myself having to walk up to the stage in front of all those people. Probably just as well I wasn't there. ;)

      Yeah, I guess you're right about the model. I never really thought about it that way before! I can't believe a friend made a not-nice remark. Sometimes I think people say things and don't realize how awful it can make a person feel, but then sometimes I think they know exactly the effect their words will have and just don't care. It makes me happy that you're confident about your sewing, and you seem to have figured out already what works best for you better than I have - and at my age! LOL

      I was going to ask you if you were on Etsy. Please let me know when you start up your store because I'd love to see your creations. I think I'm so attracted to the Dark Mori/Strega style as opposed to Goth/Steampunk because there are less corsets and tight-fitting clothes involved! At my age I'm looking for styles that are comfortable but still kinda out there. If I'm going to go to the trouble of dressing up, I really have no desire to blend in. And the handwork is what I live for; the machine sewing is just a necessary evil for me.

      I think whoever told you that people buy your things because of your energy was right, too. I think there are some people out there who are actually astute enough to pick up on that. Not everybody, mind. ;)

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  20. re: pink tunic---there is that colorfully Frankenstinian "pastel goth" movement courtesy of Japanese street fashion...perhaps your more bright creations could be redirected thataways?

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    1. Oh for goodness sakes .. Pastel Goth? I must go Google that right now. Although I think I'm probably done with pastel creations after this market, Tilda. It might just be all Horror Con and maybe even Comic Con next year from now on. Unless I get accepted at the Christmas Market. I love Christmas. ;)

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  21. Yep, I think Etsy and Instagram (free advertising) too - and let everything out of your wonderfully brilliant brain, Melanie is right, you must create, unleash it! the dress you made is absolutely beautiful btw, I would have cried only because I would have had to take it off and hand it back (I cry too, I've started talking to my plants too, it's all terribly civilised) and I do like reading about you a lot, I think you are all kinds of amazing - and I don't understand people who choose go to markets, which sell lots of lovely things to be disparaging (mind you, when we sold our house years ago, people came round specifically to nose around!! when I spoke to my brother he admitted he did it to get ideas for his house) I digress, please create and make what you want to x x x

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    1. I'm feeling a lot more optimistic today, Sandra. Everybody's comments have been so helpful and I appreciate you all so much! I'm thrilled you think I'm all kinds of amazing, as I do you. Of course, I only read blogs of those I think that of. ❤

      I talk to everything out here. I'm sure the birds and animals think I'm a whack-job. The spouse has known that for years though, so no news to him. :)

      I was very glad it was only a handful of people who came through our house when it was up for sale. I know there were a lot that were interested, but the realtors did a good job of screening out the looky-loo's. We did hear some of the comments, but since I heard them second-hand it didn't bother me nearly as much. LOL

      You know, I feel bad that I haven't been able to find a shirt for your husband yet. I haven't forgotten though! :)

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  22. Seriously! Best use of materials by Manuel? OMG!!! That should tell you something!!! You are the bomb! I've done a few art/trade shows for myself, my last boyfriend, and husband. When you sell something creative that you make with your heart, soul, passion, and talent, you are putting your heart on your sleeve. Which can be kind of hard. My husband makes wine and sells it for a living. He says you just got to keep soldiering through. The wine he makes is more French in character, delicious and supple, perfect for pairing with food. California wines were becoming noted for being huge blockbuster flavor bombs and so for about 30 seconds I think he considered altering his style of winemaking. But he stuck to his beliefs and now California wines are dialing it back a bit (ha! Vindication!). He gets lots of accolades (like you) but there are so many different wine styles and preferences, so while our wine is featured in the French Laundry, it's not in everyone's kitchens, much as we would like it to be. Don't even get me started about being a performer/teacher. I am quitting that at least 5 times a year. We won't even dance at bellydance festivals – too sensitive to dance in front of peers. Scary!!!!

    Etsy, of course is great! That gal Katwise was able to buy land with her sales (recycled sweaters). I have purchased stuff there – just enter what you're looking for and their algorithms deliver. Turkish vest? Got it. Assuit bra. Yup. Taxidermy. Insomniac's attic.

    I agree with Linnea-Marie – 95% of us love your thoughts, observations and wit and would still be reading you if you were in the boring beige rental. Ahem, but we still love seeing the gothic cottage!

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    1. You know who he is, lightning x! Generally when I say Manuel I get a blank look. :)

      Did somebody say WINE? Wow! I'm such a dolt about all things wine, so when you say it's more French you probably get a blank look from me. ;) But good for him for sticking to his guns and not getting on the bandwagon to be more popular. Is French Laundry a store? I must go Google that. What's the name of your wine? I wonder if I can buy it up here? I'd love to try it and serve it to friends, and then I could be all like “This wine is very French in character, delicious and supple, perfect for pairing with food.” and people would be SO impressed. Heeee!

      I don't blame you for not dancing in front of people. I would be terrified. Seriously, I'd probably have heart failure.

      I read about Katwise, and I think I may have even seen some pictures of her house. If it's what I'm thinking of, it's very storybook with lots of bright colours. I also read that so many people stole her ideas, which is a problem with the internet. Not that I'm worried about it. Everybody adds their own unique touch to their creations that others can't copy, even if they wanted to. Like your husband's wine. :)

      You'd still be reading if I was in the BBR? Wow, you're dedicated, lightning x. Soon as I get the other guest bath done, you'll get to see that next. Only one bathroom to go after that and then we can move on to more interesting parts of the house maybe! ❤

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    2. True confessions: I had to click over to Manuel and then boy was I impressed! I think that idea stealing is rampant and almost unavoidable. Katwise and her crazy groovy house almost encouraged it because she sells an instruction booklet and even welcomes others to sell their creations but to give her credit. Folks are always going to copy a good idea, so you might as well prepare for it I guess. The name of the wine is Farella. We are small so not likely to be in Canada, but you never know. The French Laundry is a lovely, pricey Napa restaurant that folks go to as a once in a lifetime sort of thing. The food is very good. I did fall into blithering wine speak didn't I? The long-suffering spouse just sent me to wine school Tuesday so I think the winespeak was still in my brain!

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    3. Hey, at least you clicked! :)

      I did read that Katwise started selling instruction books. Good for her. I think stealing of artists' ideas is rampant, and I've read the worst offenders are some of the bigger stores. :(

      I Googled Farella and I think I found your vineyard - oh man, it looks so beautiful! And then I think I actually found a place in Calgary that sells it (Farella and Farella-Park are both yours?) If I ever get to the very far south end of Calgary, I'm going to buy some! Blithering wine-speak is awesome - I wish I knew the language better. No, I wish I knew even a little of it. LOL

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    4. Yes, that's us! The spouse had no idea that it was being sold in Calgary, so that's great! He was happy.
      Okay: mouthfeel, oak, full-bodied, dark berry flavors. You know all I know now.

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    5. Woohoo - thanks, lightning x! I know some wine-speak, I know some wine-speak. People shall now find me fascinating. Oh, who am I kidding ... I'll never go anywhere and get the chance to use it! ;)

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  23. It's not just you - this post is a little weirder than usual :) But that's a good thing! When you write about your creations, I feel the need to own them all. It so happens that I am a Dark Mori size 12, with a flair for beads and embroidery... And everything you post pictures of is beautiful (even though the ruffled pastel isn't my thing either). I must hop over to your shoppe and see if you've posted your clothing there. Maybe I can help you unload something...

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    1. Haha, I knew it, Ms. Misantropia. It was a gloomy couple of weeks there after the market. Probably no way I could have kept all that inside without some of it showing up in the blog. ;)

      The fact that you are a size 12 Dark Mori seems to be another in a series of signs from the universe, that have occurred since I wrote this post, that maybe for once I am on the right track. So I'll dump the idea of a purple pillow for you and concentrate on clothing instead! What are you thinking? Tunic? Skirt? Dress?

      I haven't put anything on the website because I haven't made anything yet. I'm waiting until after Horror Con (end of June), and then I think I will start with putting some in a new Etsy shop. So Etsy might be for my handmade stuff, and the website for the regular retail stuff. Once again, life is good in my head. And I hope you pull out of your slump too, although I can just imagine how difficult it is closing your store. :(

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    2. I'm sorry to hear about the gloom, though it didn't quite come across that way in your post. More like...delirium..? ;)

      Oh, if it wasn't so very sweet and generous of you wanting to make me something at all, I'd say it is an unfair choice between a Dark Mori dress and a purple pillow :) Knowing you (even if just virtually) I'm sure it would be swoon worthy either way!

      Yes, closing or selling my store has been a source of great distress for me. Mostly lately because it's just no fun going to work anymore, and I dread the work week all through the weekend. But hopefully we'll have some good news soon that will make the transition easier.

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    3. I'm keeping my fingers crossed (both virtually and literally) that you'll get the good news you're hoping for, Ms. Misantropia. ❤

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  24. I had to take a nap before launching myself into reading this post. I think, and correct me if I'm wrong, you are looking to make a little money with your God-given talents? I say God-given because trust me, He's never flung it around like candy. I can barely draw a straight line so someone who can create, regardless of profitability, has me pea-green with envy. I think the problem with handmade anything these days is it has to compete with the mass produced tat that has overtaken the Planet. Add to that the fact that most of us are trying to make ends meet on yesterday's dollars (or pounds in my case), so said Tat looks like a bargain. Do I get the $200 handmade, will probably last a lifetime with care sweater or the 2 for $20 Costco ones that will start looking shite after the first wash?

    Having said all that Tat, I still think there is a market for really good quality, handmade things. The suggestion about online markets like Etsy or perhaps iCraft which is Canadian I think.

    I really like the pink Dracula top but that bag ...........ummm.......right. And yes, like everyone else I love photos of the LGC and its inhabitants.

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    1. Haha, a nap and then a REALLY big cup of coffee to stay awake, right Ali? :D

      Yeah, I need to make just enough money to keep me in fabric for the rest of my life. And I totally get that it's really hard to compete with the mass-produced stuff. I think most of the world is in the same boat; we're all just trying to make ends meet, and even though you know the handmade stuff is probably worth it in the long run, it's really hard to justify spending that money on something that isn't really necessary. Like an awesome pink Dracula shirt. ;)

      I'd never heard of iCraft so I checked it out this morning. Absolutely nothing came up when I searched for Dark Mori or Strega on there, so I'd probably really stand out! But since I'm already on Etsy, I've started creating a store and once I get a few things in there will actually open it up for business.

      Yeah, that bag. Well, it was beautiful vintage barkcloth and obviously it did appeal to somebody because it sold, but it gets harder and harder to switch my style to make things I think might sell rather than just make things I want to make.

      Hey, I might post a picture of the spouse on his tractor doing tractor stuff, but you know that you're probably never going to see many pictures of me, right? Unless we get a good one at Horror Con or something. ;)

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  25. I would like to be able to offer actual Solutions that don't sound absolutely Insane, but the racing thoughts in my own head can't be quelled enough to respond in a meaningful way. I see absolutely no downside to Creating for the sake of merely Feeding your Soul my Friend and to hell with how the outcome is received by the masses! I'm a rather Militant Artist myself since I like what I like and I already know it's rather Strange by most folk's standards and completely over-the-top enough that only the most unseemly would prance around happily with it. *winks* Perhaps a Sign saying, "Only for Sale to the Unique Soul" might help? Seems when I DON'T want to Sell something and make it almost unattainable is when everyone is clamoring for it anyways! Folks can be strange like that, yes, even stranger than us! *LOL* Hugs from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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    1. Oh no, you suffer from Racing Thoughts Syndrome too, Dawn? It sucks sometimes, doesn't it? I guess there really isn't a downside to creating to feed one's soul, other than what do I do with all that stuff after I've created it?

      Well now, there's a good idea - I'll make that sign for Horror Con! Although the attendees for that market are all Unique Souls and I'm not quite as worried about that one. I feel I fit in better there as we're all a little Strange. ;)

      Hope things are as good as can be expected in the Arizona Desert, Dawn. Hugs right back at ya. :) ❤

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  26. Aaaahaha, I love your comments on custom work. I know exactly what you mean. Generally now I say no when people ask me to make something because they just end up buying something anyway and raising my hopes for nothing.
    The pink Dracula tunic is so cute!

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    1. I found custom work totally sucked all the joy out of making something, Grande Dame ... by the time someone explains EXACTLY what they want, there's no room left for you to input any of your creativity. And if they end up not even taking it, well then you're left with something you nor anybody else wants. I know some people thrive on doing custom orders, but it's definitely not my thing!

      Awwwwww, thanks! :)

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  27. Ooohh, now that seals it, I'm officially going to ask myself WWMA do from now on, when in doubt about a situation. She's one of my favourite fictional characters ever (and, fulfilling something of a lifetime dream, I went as her for Halloween 2013) and a true role model of mine.

    It was fantastic to hear from you this week, dear lady. Thank you so much for your wonderful impute and for saying hello. I hope that you're having a great spring!

    Big hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

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    1. I love Morticia, especially as played by Carolyn Jones. She was just so sweet! Ooooh, did you ever post a picture of yourself dressed as her on your blog? There's another idea to add to my other maybe not-so-good one! LOL

      And we are having a lovely spring in the new house! The sound of birds this morning is almost deafening - I love it. I hope all is well with you and yours, too. ❤

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  28. Your quilted t-shirt is lovely. My son had a skull tee shirt from Cozulmel, as he grew I would cut it out and quilt it onto the next larger sized black t-shirt, lots of tiny stitches made it look all the more pirate-y. Suggest trying Etsy or E-bay to reach a larger audience with a similar asthetic. I wish people would be more kind or at least keep their cutting thoughts to themselves.

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    1. Awww, thank you. ❤

      I wish I'd have thought of your idea to sew a favourite graphic onto larger sized t-shirts when my kids were little. I still have a Skeletubbies t-shirt the youngest bought when we were in New Mexico. Might be time to try and find that sucker ... I can give it to her for her birthday! LOL

      Popular consensus seems to be Etsy, so I'll be giving it a try as soon as I can get a few items made. It's almost like people don't think you're real when you're standing at your booth, or they think you can't hear what they're saying. I don't know, tess ... I can't figure it out. :)

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  29. I have no ideas on running a business but I wish you the best of luck! The comments about eBay and Instagram are good, though with Instagram, you kind of need to keep posting quite often. :-/ I loved the delirious vibe of this post! ^^

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    1. I have no ideas on running a business either, especially when it comes to Social Media. Probably why I'm not doing so well, Jade. LOL

      I tried Instagram ... in one week, I have only managed to upload three pictures because I can never get internet service on my cell here in the cottage, and when I'm in the city I have a million other things to do and generally forget. So I'm not sure it's going to work that well for me - but it is a good way to put pictures of the cottage out there when I don't feel like writing an entire post about it!

      Delirious Vibe - hey, maybe that's my new thing? ;)

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  30. That t-shirt!!! I would definitely wear it even though pink is not my colour of choice xD

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    1. Haha, I know what you mean, Ellone - I'd totally wear it too if only I could find that graphic in black and grey! :)

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