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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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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.

Spring Color Palette

If you follow me on Twitter, you probably noticed that I posted a little sneak peek of what’s to come for Le Petit Hoot come Spring. In case you didn’t see it…

Le Petit Hoot Spring Collection

Think soft blues, tangerines, chartreuse, soft pinks, and fuschias. I can’t wait! Coming February 2012.

Checking In

Wow, this Christmas season has been quite the whirlwind! I can’t believe Christmas is next weekend. And, surprisingly, this year I’ve been doing very well with keeping on top of everything. In previous years I’ve been ambitious when it comes to being half (or mostly) handmade and it hasn’t always worked out. But this year it’s going great! I still can’t share the things I’ve been working on though. ::sad face::  As soon as Christmas day passes though, I’ll divulge all!

I’m feeling so inspired this Christmas by plaid.

Found via Pinterest

Found via Pinterest

Found via Pinterest

I made family stockings for Steve, Caleb, and I (which I shared on the blog last week). They weren’t hanging up yet because we were in the process of completing a fake mantel. But now that the mantel is up and the stockings are hung, I’ve got some piccies.

Plaid Flannel Stockings

Plaid Flannel Stockings

It’s hard to see them at night in the soft glow of the tree so I included the shot of them during the day. The Christmas tree doesn’t look as magical though during the day.

I’m also in the process of working on red plaid flannel dinner napkins for Christmas dinner. We’re going to Steve’s parents during the day and then we’ll be hosting Christmas dinner for my family later in the day. Once those are done, I’ll be able to share those. I’m thinking about machine embroidering snowflakes on them. So excited! I’ve also completed two flannel skirts: one for Christmas Eve and one for Christmas day. SUPER excited about those! Will share those once I’ve got the whole outfit complete.

What are you up to this holiday season? Have you been getting all that you wanted to done?

Crafty Business

I’ve been so busy lately with all kinds of craftiness. And I’m just dying to share but I can’t. Most of it is Christmas related and I don’t know which members of my family are reading. And when. So in an effort to keep things secret and not spoil anything for them, I’m going to have to wait to share details and photos until after Christmas. It seems so far away but it’ll be here before you and I know it. I can’t believe this weekend is already the second weekend of December. Craziness!

There is one project I finished that I can share though. Steve and I have some felted wool stockings from Target (one has a Santa on it, which is mine, and the other has a deer, which is Steve’s). But now that our family has expanded, I wanted us to have a set of matching family stockings. I’ve been entirely obsessed with plaid flannel these days. So, naturally, I made plaid flannel stockings.

Plaid Flannel Christmas Stockings

Steve’s is the stocking in the back, mine is in the middle, and Caleb’s is on top. I said that the project is finished but there is one more thing I’d like to do: distinguish whose stocking is whose. I just haven’t figured out how I want to do that yet. I initially thought about embroidering either a monogram or our full names on them but decided against it. I’m toying around with some other ideas so we’ll see what I come up with in the coming week. I wanna get these babies up and hangin’!

Gah! I’ve Been Gone So Long!

I took an unscheduled break from my blog. For a number of reasons.

I work part-time from home for a neighbor of mine. A few weeks ago she mentioned that she might not have much work for me in the coming weeks. Well, this past Monday my hours were significantly reduced (from about fifteen to five). In preparation for the cut, I’ve been spending a lot of time sewing so that I can kick this little business of mine into high gear. Blogging has definitely been on my mind but creating product has taken precedence right now as my income is significantly reduced and I can’t afford to not work. I need to be able to fill up my shop in hopes that I can start boosting sales to be home with my little man (daycare is expensive and, therefore, not an option). So, my visits may be a little more sparse than usual. But once I can catch up, I’ll be back with plenty of random musings. You can count on that!

Clutches in the Shop

Just a quick update: my clutches are now available in my Etsy shop. More colorways to come in the next week.

Organic Cotton Canvas Clutches by Le Petit Hoot