Monday, March 22, 2010


So spring is officially here, although you wouldn't have known it around here this weekend.

None the less, I began working on my spring line of reusable coffee sleeves.  I selected fabrics that are the colors of spring & playful patterns.  They are still a work in progress & I may add more styles as the season plays out, but here's a sample of what is going to be available.
Time to get back to work.  These sleeves won't finish themselves, and I have other products to work on. I will post photos of finished items!!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Accounting Day

So today was the day that I designated to get caught up on all of my accounting.  YUCK!  However, it has provided time for my mind to wander...

Have you ever pondered what it would be like to be handed a printed transcript of all of your thoughts for the day?  Every little flash that passes through your brain.  What would you find out about yourself?  Are you generally a positive or negative thinker?  Were there moments of genius that otherwise would have passed you by because it came & went too fast & eventually you forgot?  Are you truly concentrating?  Or do you day dream all day?

I suspect that the majority of my thoughts are day dreams.  Or wonderful creations that I need to make... but won't ever because I forgot.  My husband probably disagrees with my suspicions... he would say that my mind is filled with worry all day.  I'm sure there is some truth to that, but I think I dream more than he knows.  Perhaps I should share all that a little bit more... or do I keep it for myself?

Anyways... the creation station will be back into full production mode this weekend (especially with the impending snow predicted for Saturday).  This has been a great week for getting organized & caught up; but I am soo ready to make things again.

Tell me what you think about?

Sunday, March 14, 2010

An introduction...

My name is Mindy...

That's me.

I am an avid designer & maker of stuff & things.

It all started about a year ago.  I had a day off from work & my husband was at school, so I was all alone with nothing but free time.   I attempted to watch some kind of daytime television, but was sooo bored.  I went into my studio (I am a painter by nature), found some fabric I had purchased a couple of years before (knowing I would find something to do with it... it was too cute I had to have it), and started sewing.  I wound up with several NOT SO GREAT reusable coffee sleeves.  When my husband got home I proudly showed him the wonky little things.  He thought they were a great IDEA.  So I went back to the drawing board, researched materials, and finally figured out the magic combo.

I was hooked!  I started sewing them in every spare minute I could find.  I could not be stopped!  One day I looked around and found that I had a very large bag full of these sleeves.  They were great to look at, all different colors & patterns.  It was like candy!  But what did I need with all of them?  They were just fun to make.  So I packed up the bag into the ole car & headed down to my coffee shop.  I started giving away my sleeves.  The owner of the coffee shop took notice & asked if I would like to sell them there.  My business was born.

The sleeves are the bread & butter of my business.  They are sold in 14 different coffee shops locally & I sell them online at my Etsy store,  They pay for me to experiment making other things: clutches, stuffed owl & bird pillows, cards, Christmas ornaments... the list keeps growing.  So that brings us up to date.   So I welcome you to come on this journey with me.  Be my friend, witness the highs & the lows & the total freak outs.  Check in to see what new creations I have made, fabrics I have found, buttons I have added to my collection, or even just if my adorable beagle has done something amazingly cute that day.  Hope you enjoy!!!