Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Anticipating Greatness

So here's the mess I'm dealing with this morning....

The Hulk

I'm super excited about the new printer (especially since my old one was, well,  oooolllld and is very close to going to printer Heaven.)

Old Printer

But it seems like it takes so long to install new hardware! Right?! I printed on the old one until the cartridges were out and I had lost my patience with pulling out jammed papers and shipping labels. I can't print another shipping label until I get this guy installed!!

The new printer, aka the Hulk, is awesome. I think! We got a fantastic deal (thanks Staples!) on it and I'm anticipating greatness (according the the Canon rep!), like dual paper trays, printing from my iPhone, wireless printing, double sided printing, etc.

Here's a funny...when I bought this at Staples last week, the Canon rep happened to be there so we (my boys and I) got special attention and descriptions of each and every printer that I was interested in. When we finally decided on this one, the rep whips out a camera from her pocket and asked if she could take our picture with the new printer. Ummm, sure?

So if you see me representing on the Canon website, just know it wasn't my idea! lol!

Friday, August 3, 2012

The More the Merrier!

My name is Lydia...

...and I'm a fabric hoarder. 

I always feel really bad when a customer asks what fabrics I have to select from. I know they think I'm kidding when I say, "Just tell me what you'd like; I probably have it and if I don't, I can get it."

I know it causes frustration when you don't really know what you're looking for and I don't offer up a selection of fabrics. I'm sorry. I really do mean well, but it's impossible for me to show a sample of every fabric that I have.

That's also why I try really hard to photograph most all of the applique projects so that you will see different examples of fabric selections. See? I really do want to help!

Fortunately, I don't feel the need to buy everything I like. I also don't buy yards and yards of any one item; just 1/4 yards and scraps here and there (especially if it's on sale!) I will say that I had to go to JoAnn Fabrics today and did not buy a single piece of fabric. And that's not the first time I've used self-control! haha!

So without further ado, here's my main, go-to fabric area....

And then I have smaller scrap pockets on the back of the door....

That basket is full of textured fabrics like tulle and minky...

Miscellaneous fabrics and fabrics from my grandmother's destash!

Let me share an example of the benefit of fabric hoarding. The other day I had a nice girl contact me to order another one of these:

Y'all. That was made in early 2010. I kind of panicked trying to figure out how in the world I was going to track down that same fabric.

Well, I had it in my stash. Go figure! And now baby sister gets a matching pillow!

Fabric Hoarding = Less Stressed Me + Happy Customer

So let me hear it in the you think I have too much fabric?!

Monday, June 11, 2012

What do you think?

Although the current turnaround time is always listed on the website, checkout cart, and email order confirmation, I still get many questions as to when an order will be ready. I don't mind answering these questions, but I've been contemplating a way to make it easier and less time consuming for everyone.

I know of several companies who keep a public calendar, but I've always hesitated to do this because I am a private person and also value your privacy. I'm not certain how many of you would like your name on a public document showing that you've placed an order. I would hate to spoil a gift or or surprise!

If I have enough response in favor of it, I'm willing to keep up a public calendar, showing shipping and pick-up dates. The orders would be listed on the calendar by your order number, so it is private, yet easy for you to reference.

As you know, life doesn't always go as planned and I can't guarantee that any posted shipping dates would not shift a couple of days. Sometimes I might get ahead of schedule and sometimes I might be running a few days behind. I would just have a disclaimer that the posted dates are not set in stone! :-)

If you could please take a moment to click on the button below and voice your opinion, it would be greatly appreciated. All forms are kept private. And of course, please feel free to leave a comment on this post of you have any suggestions, concerns, or questions.

Thank you in advance.