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Le Petit Hoot’s New Home

Le Petit Hoot

I’ve probably hinted at this a few times in the past 2 or 3 months but there’s something new and exciting for Le Petit Hoot!

I have a whole new website and blog! If you follow this here blog, please be sure to update your bookmarks, rss readers, Bloglovin’, etc. The new address is lepetithoot.com. To directly access the blog, click here.

I’m so, so, so excited for this new little venture. And a million, no a bazillion, thank you’s to my amazing and wonderful husband for putting so much work into designing AND coding my new site. It’s a total dreamboat (just like him)! It makes stepping away from this blog so much easier to do.

If you’re wondering, you’ll still have access to older posts through this new blog. I can’t wait for you to see it!

Le Petit Hoot | Home of handmade totes

Lately

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The past two months have been SO BUSY with preparations for the Art Star Craft Bazaar in Philly. And now that it’s only 3 days away (I can’t believe it!), I’m so extremely excited for it. I have no idea what to expect which makes me nervous and excited and happy all at the same time.

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Overcoming Discouragement

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I’m a little late in sharing this but I had a post up on RevolutionizeHer yesterday about overcoming discouragement. Have a read and let me know what you think! Also, if you have any tidbits to share, please do. Enjoy your day!

Yes, I Am Alive.

This post is going to be the mother of all updates! How long have I been MIA now? …Where to start? Ok, well, a lot of my time has been taken up by sewing. I applied to be part of the Art Star Craft Bazaar in Philly this Spring (which is a juried craft fair) and actually made it!

Art Star Craft Bazaar

Not that I’m not confident in my work but I try not to get too hopeful about things because, as much as I hate to admit it, I can let defeat get to me sometimes. I’ve been saying for YEARS that I wanted to be a vendor there. Steve and I discussed it and decided that if I really want to take the next step with this business venture of mine, the investment would be worth it. It could go extremely well or horribly wrong; I’m not really going into it with any expectations because, like I said, I let defeat get to me. I’d say I’m pretty neutral about the whole thing which I guess would sound bad to some of you but I’m neutral erring on the side of positive. Ha!

After I found out I was accepted I went on a hunt for fabrics to create all new bags for the show (same designs– with one new one to be revealed at the fair– but different colors and prints). My mom, who used to hand sew things back in the day, told me about this gem of a fabric store. Needless to say, I scored big time when we went there!

fabric warehouse

I’ve been working on the new pintuck bags and bow clutches to get all of the smaller stuff done and out of the way.

Pintuck pouches

Le Petit Hoot tags getting sewn on

I’ve made a decent amount of progress but boy is it HARD trying to prepare for a craft show with a (nearly) 15-month old who is now interested in walking and is zipping around the house and getting into everything. Suffice it to say, I get pulled away from projects midway through to tackle him down before he dumps the cats’ water bowl all over the floor or unrolls the entire roll of toilet paper.

Sewing progress for craft fair

Because it’s becoming harder to cut fabric and sew during Caleb’s waking hours, I’ve been allocating that time to work on smaller, less involved things. Like displays for my booth, which is number 62 if you’re planning to stop on by.

Tissue Tassels

I’m sharing my booth with the lovely Sarah-Maria from Meerwiibli. I can’t wait to meet her in person, she’s been so lovely to speak to through email. She makes super fun clothing and you should check out her site. She’s also from Switzerland, which has THE BEST chocolate in the world and just makes her even more alluring than she already is on her own.  ;)

The Art Star Craft Bazaar is taking place on Mother’s Day weekend at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia on May 12th and 13th from 11am to 6pm. If you live in the area, or will be visiting the area that weekend, stop by! It’s truly an amazing fair and literally gets better and better every year. Come stop by booth #62 and introduce yourself! I’d love to meet you.

ASCB photo via. All other photos are from my Instagram feed; if you’d like to follow me as I microblog my adventures, my username is lepetithoot.

Wednesday Wants: Handmade Pottery

I love handmade ceramics and pottery, especially when they’re functional. I’m in love with the following items, in particular:

 Blue Rain Candy Dish by ZuppaAtelier

Village Wall Plate by ZuppaAtelier

Floral Berry Bowl Berry Colander by vesselsandwares

Stitching Cake Stand by vesselsandwares

Lovebirds Polka Dot Teapot by Ninainvorm

Super Festive Serving Set by Ninainvorm

Top two images from ZuppaAtelier; middle two from vesselsandwares; bottom two from Ninainvorm.

Newly Revamped Shop

I’ve been working hard since 9am this morning with very few breaks (except of course to feed, change, play with, and otherwise take care of the wee little one). As far as my own needs go…I didn’t eat my first meal until 7pm. I was a busy, busy little bee today. I’ve been working on photo concepts for some time now for my Etsy shop and I finally came up with a look that I love! And also one that I feel is versatile and I can grow with. But, because I’m such a perfectionist, I didn’t want to start with my new products. I wanted the whole shop to have a cohesive look so I retook photos of ALL of my inventory. Then I had to edit and also fiddle around with my Etsy banner. Then, I felt like my blog and shop should kind of coincide so I worked on my blog a bit. But there are greater plans for the future of my blog ::wink:: so I didn’t go all out. Here’s a little screenshot of what the shop is looking like:

Le Petit Hoot: New Look

I’m like that book…If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Except it’s like, If You Give a Jill a Project. And I said on Twitter almost an hour ago that I was going to relax and watch Downton Abbey. So, now I am. Nighty night, folks!

Wednesday Wants: Full of Hot Air

Thanks for stopping by for this week’s episode of Wednesday Wants! Last week I shared my love for all things foxy. This week I’m sharing my obsession with hot air balloons. Take a peek at these lovely items (all from Etsy sellers)!

Float Away with Me Wood Square Box by Mmim

Vintage Locket Necklace Hot Air Balloon by jpbeads

Steampunk Hot Air Balloon Print by theFiligree

Hot Air Balloon Invitation by AnAprilIdea

Elephant with Hot Air Balloon Plate by BlackBaroque

From top to bottom: 1. Wood square box by Mmim; 2. Hot air balloon necklace by jpbeads; 3. Hot air balloon print by theFiligree; 4. Hot air balloon invitation by AnAprilIdea; 5. Elephant with hot air balloon plate by BlackBaroque

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