Here she is, my little piggy trinket I spoke of the other day. Why this little oinker gives me so much happiness is completely beyond me.
It was just like any other thrift store trip. I made my usual rounds based on order of importance. Fabric racks 1st, dishes second in case any Melmac turns up. Round on back to the picture frames and outdoor section and on the way back up to the front to check out, breeze through the knick knacks.
While on that breeze through the knick knack section, there was a pillar of light shining down into a dusty corner..there she was..this adorable little piggy stapler. You've had these moments I'm sure, where your blood pressure rises, your breathing increases and you made a viper-like snatch for that diamond in the rough. Even when everyone around you is staring so obviously that you can read "it's just a plastic pig, lady" acreoss their faces-it's ok, because you got it before anyone else.
Anyhow, she makes me happy, even her back. Piggy got back and it is cute! I don't know what to name her though, I'm not very good at the naming of things. That would be Amelia's department. Or yours-got any suggestions? Maybe a prize to the name I pick? Let's see, piggies like scraps so how about a baggy of Ginger Blossom scraps? Pick your best name, only one! I guess you can enter one name a day until I pick one, but only one per comment, give me your best.
On other fronts, thank you for all your incredibly kind comments and emails after my last somewhat deeper than normal post. It felt good to talk a little more about who I really am and what is important to me, I so enjoyed chatting with you all over the last few days. I know there are a couple unanswered photography question emails out there, it's only because I'm writing a section for my FAQ's devoted to photography because it really is not something you can just answer by telling the type of camera you use. (Nikon D50) It will be coming soon, with links to all my favorite photo actions that I've had the chance to try out, the tutorial I recommend as a miracle worker and all the things that I feel need to be answered when the question of photography arises.
We're busy getting ready for market, I am working hard after the kids go to bed to get the first pattern line completely drafted so they can go off to the various printers etc.. that they need to travel to before entering your hands. Time frames are looking good though and the debut for Portabellopixie Boutique Patterns is still set for May 16th at Quilt Market. It's slightly scary for me to put that in print, but if it's out there then maybe I'll just have to make sure it happens then huh? :) I've got a good support system though, Dustin is helping me make the freebies for our booth. Have you ever embossed anything? Super easy and makes something look super fancy! You can use any craft rubber stamp or you can be snoody faloody and go down to your local printer and have them print out your logo on a custom stamp. (And yes, my new logo is actually my signature, now you can all forge my checks, but please don't.)
Make sure you buy pigment ink, it is oil based and holds the embossing powder that you sprinkle over it. You have to apply heat to the powder-I don't think a hairdryer will work. You could hold it over the stove, but you'd have some mighty toasty fingers. The easiest way is to just buy an embossing gun-it shoots a targeted jet of hot air where you want it and will turn the embossing powder all shiny-like and pretty. You too can have hundreds of little white boxes with your name embossed. What's going in the boxes? Little squares of fabric with a pattern for a fabric flower. So if you're planning on attending quilt market (in 3.5 months) make sure to stop by and get a little box of fabric from us. Whew! One thing down, 800 to go.
OK-go name my piggy! She's too cute to be name-less.
Oh-also! My friends in town have started up an etsy fabric shop! If you knew these two girls, you'd want to buy them out of house and home, they put together beautiful fabrics and have excellent customer service. I hear talks of some really cool kits and new things for their store, so make sure you mark it in your favorites. JM Fabrics (Jessi and Mel)