Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Home Studio Stage 2

The store is emptied and cleaned, despite my landlord not showing up for the walk though , several people not returning to pick up large pieces or furniture they had bought, and several customers project that didn't get picked up either= me having to move all of this to my house. the move went smoothly and very fast.

done and done!

Setting up the studio seems to be alot easier then i had projected, there is a lot to be said for organizing everything while you pack. I believe I learned this from watching my mom pack, as an army wife I think she has packed and moved her family a total of 18 times!!! I'm still in awe of how she does it when all 10 of us plus the 8 grand babies head to Corolla every summer.

This move did open a few can of worms, moving the desk from the studio room out into the dining room= cleaning out the entire desk, which Dru did while I took a 3 hour nap. What to do with the furniture that wasn't picked up or didn't sell that I cant bear to just donate to Diversity= sitting on my front porch until I post it all on craigslist

my front porch

Another dilemma, I have so many custom orders to fill i have to start sewing now, even though the room is only half set up. Shelves need to be hung, fabric needs to be put away, and the books have been a wee bit neglected. It will all get done maybe not today or this weekend, but eventually.

I think she looks good with the pink!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

...and the bride wore organic silk

Congratulations to Sarah and Doug who were married last weekend! I'm so glad to that I was able to make your dream dress a reality!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Home Studio Stage 1

Ok, mentally I have closed the store and have been planning how to arrange my home studio in my mind. Small steps have been taken already, certain pieces of furniture have been allocated to stay in the studio, aka the sewing room or the cats room ( thats where Kevin Gene spent most of him time before passing this winter). Ive got all the key players, cutting table, swivel chair, bookcases and storage bins, cute Ikea draws to hold knick knacks, etc... if you have been in my store you feel my aesthetic, lots of wood simple design Its gonna be a tight fit! So Im going to share with the process with you !


Its your typical "catch all" room, its an office,music room, storage, ironing room.Its always been kept clean and tidy and everything is up against the walls so the middle of the room is bare. Oh ! and there is a great walk though closet with 2 doors. Right now its full JZ's music equipement! Most of what is in the pictures has already or will be put in the attic. and yes yes its pink, I know I wanted to do a whole Parisian pink, black and white thing in there, I was 5 months pregnant when I choose the paint colors in the house, needless to say each room is being re painted one by one. Unfortunately I probably wont repaint this room, its actually not that bad!

Anyone have some great studio organizing tips? send them to me with pics and I will post em up!

Cheers Jenny

Monday, June 15, 2009

Ninny's products now available at Ellwoods!

Oh I'm so excited!! You can now purchase Ninny's Naturals women's pads and liners at Ellwood Thompson's. Saturday the family and to visit my products and how happy were to find them on an end cap displayed really lovely next to Diva Cups with lots of great info posted about the sustainability of bamboo fibers!

Brix and I sampled some Acai juice then went off to get some dinner. Brix loved his coconut rice, curry tofu and mashed sweet potatoes! He was so full he even refused the last bite of vegan chocolate cake!!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Swim Diapers are HERE!!

My 1st batch of swim diapers are here. Nicky and Mary Helen were nice enough to test them out at Emmy's Pool this weekend. They past the test!! Good fit, "contained" well, easy to remove, and did not soak up pool water. They come in small, med, and large 16.99 each, right now I have 1 large and 3 med. I will be taking special orders just shoot me an email....speaking of orders soon very soon there will be a new etsy site up just for Ninny products!! I have dreams of a website but they might happen for a while a girl can dream right?

Side snap!! 100 % organic Hemp knit lining
Yes they're twins, and red heads just like their mommy.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Bare Necessities of Life

Don't spend your time lookin' around
For something you want that can't be found
When you find out you can live without it
And go along not thinkin' about it
I'll tell you something true

The bare necessities of life will come to you- PH

I'm feel'n a bit like a phoenix today, its all going going out the door and I couldn't feel more like Ive made the right decision even when my landlord offered me half what I am paying in rent WOW!

Burn it down till the embers smoke on the ground
And start new when your heart is an empty room
With walls of the deepest blue -DCFC

Friday, June 5, 2009

Lighten the Load

Ok people its time to get move 'n literally! I need to sell as much stuff as possible in the next 3 weeks. I dont have room for a quarter of this stuff in my house.

Heres the deal all the fixtures that are for sale are priced at what I bough them for . Im just trying to break even not a profit! Deals can be made if you purchase multiple items.

All merchandise is 20% off if you buy the whole bolt 40% off!

You have until the 30th to pick up you items but you must pay for them to hold them. Emailing me is not enough to hold it!

Go to my flickr page to see some of what is for sale but there is a ton more. I will also be selling all my samples and displays.

Who whats 50 sugars skulls????

THREAD THERAPY starts July 23rd at Rumors 7-9pm sign up details coming soon....

Cheers Jenny

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Closing up shop

I have been dreading this post, but the time has come to let all of you know that I be will closing my store front June 30th. It was a really tough decision, & those of you that have helped and supported me this past year know how hard it was to make. I went back and forth about it ( sometimes minute to minute!)

I want to be clear though, I am closing my store NOT going out of business. I will simply be working out of a studio in my house. My etsy store will remain up and running and I will continue to teach sewing classes starting in July at Rumors Boutique. My diapers and womens pads will be available at Ellwoods in 2 weeks, and at Alchemy Boutique, ( hopefully Wholefoods soon!!) I will also continue to do custom work and alterations. Plus you can come see me every tuesday at the Bryan Park Farmers market and occasionally at the South of the James Market.

EVERYTHING in the store is 20% except diapers and accessories. Most of the store fixtures are for sale as well, including my much coveted custom designed cutting table. Fixtures will be posted on craigslist next week, so if you want something come in this week to put it on hold! Email me to find out about pricing.

Having my store has been such an amazing positive experience I have meet so many incredible people. I have enjoyed teaching you to sew, and seeing /hearing about the things you have made with my fabric. I have learned though this last crazy year that my passion truly is creating, I need to create to be happy healthy and alive, while the store gave me an opportunity to do this, the 'extras' involved in running a retail business steered me away from my passion. This time last year I new very little about cloth diapering, I never dreamed that I would love making them and talking about them.

I want to thank Katie and Rupa for getting me organized and keeping me company I don't think you will ever know how much you both have helped me and kept me sane. Thank you Lia for all your advice and being truthful even if it hurt a little, I am so glad to see you so happy. Thank you Tom for our long,long talks and stories, and my awesome business cards. Thank you Sarah for all the design work you have been doing, your not off the hook yet though!!

I have some really great ideas for my blog its going to get better and a bigger!!

Cheers Jenny

PS as I was typing this blog to you a huge fly flew in my wine I took a sip , noticed something chunky and spit it out. I am traumatized, the only thing that can make it better...more wine ( in a clean glass)