What a surreal season we are living in right now. Had you asked me a month ago that this is where we would be right now I wouldn’t have believed it.
Well, here we are now…. altering how we live life and do business. Thankful I live above my shop along with employee Jamie where her and her husband also live in the building. We have been doing work separately. Me in the back room fixing, sewing, photographing, posing to Instagram/Facebook, repeat and Jamie working from her home to photograph and post on Ebay and Etsy. I miss seeing and visiting with her as we have become good friends since her first day of work day 8+ years ago. Thankful for modern technology that allows us to communicate and send pictures. The outsides of our apartment entrances are starting to look like a vintage bridal salon as ‘Wedding’ themed items are going online next week.
In all my years of creativity whether it has been a photo gallery show, Couve Couture Fashion Show, collection created for said fashion show, photo shoots for the shop, First Fridays, holiday events or really just any special event, I have found myself wishing for just another hour, day, week, month, year or just to have the WORLD STOP so that I could keep going and finally get caught up! Well, in this very odd way I guess I got my wish. Didn’t imagine that it would mean my business would have to lock its doors, so many other local business would suffer, loss of jobs and so much illness. Thankful for an incredible community that is rallying however they can to survive this time in life.
Trying to keep the business running in the virtual world and so thankful for all our amazing clients who have encouraged and supported us through on-line purchases especially on Instagram along with purchasing gift cards and placing an occasional bottle of wine on our doorstep. It’s definitely been a challenge. So far we have been able to keep Jamie employed. Couldn’t imagine doing all of this without her!!! Things are so different at the shop…I went down to work today and as the lights and heat have been turned off for a week I really had to bundle up!
Remember the Soap show “As the world turn”, well, as the world has suddenly stopped I am trying to get as many projects done as possible. Lots of fixing, modifying and creating from spare pieces.
Many years ago I had done a 7 week summer series call ‘Transformation Thursday’ where I transformed 10 pieces per week. These were items that nobody wanted in their current state or just unwearable. Thought this would be the time to bring back this series as my back storage room has become overflowing with ‘fix it’ pieces.
Here are my first 11 in the series… hoping to do another 20 by the end of the month. I absolutely LOVE doing these and grateful for the time to do them.
All of these sewing projects are keeping me busy but I was feeling bad that I couldn’t use my sewing skills to help make masks for our medical professionals. In doing research I learned that they had to be made of 4 layers of 100% cotton. Due to me using recycled materials I can’t guarantee 100%. This last Friday I was tagged in an image that was a call for help from a nurse in Seattle needing caps. I knew I could help with this one. Put a call out to our Instagram and Facebook family to see how many home sewers I could get to help me. Proud to say I just sent out an e-mail to 25 sewers who will be making 10-20 caps each. The first 150 will go to Seattle and whatever comes in after will be divided between Vancouver and Portland. Making some special ones for my clients that are nurses.
The original email that came from the nurse had patterns so I assumed that they were ready to go….. After many emails and messages from sewers I soon learned that they were just patterns with no instructions or instructions with no patterns. Spent yesterday printing off patterns to figure out how to make one to work with some tweaks. Lots of trial models and lots of scraps but finally worked out a pattern. Thankful I have many nurses in my life that I can send images to for feedback!
If you would like to help out with our nurse cap project there are a few ways you can help:
1. Be a home sewer and commit to making 10-20 caps.
2. If you love to encourage I would love to attach to each cap encouraging notes to our nurses.
3. If you have children who love to draw, paint or write notes, we would love to add their notes to these caps as well.
4. If you don’t have a creative bone in your body but you still want to help, you could help us with shipping costs. Guessing that 150 caps will cost us $20 to ship. In this initial stage hoping we can ship to Seattle, 2 x locations in Vancouver and 2 locations in PDX
Please feel free to text me if you want to help in any way. 503-453-9180
Once done with this cap project will take my scraps to make protective masks for my neighbors and business neighbors. Doing what I can to get us all through this season. Thankful for an old sewing machine that just keeps going, lots of scraps and most importantly the ability to sew that came from my amazing mother…. grateful…
Hope you and your family are doing well through all of this.