Category Archives: Shop Updates
I was working on a local customer’s order for All in One diapers at Wallypop, and somehow cut and assembled two extra AIO insides. I decided to just make two extra AIOs and list them at Etsy. They’re completely awesome diapers – touchtape closure, bound with foldover elastic. They are quick-dry with an edge-sewn soaker. Built-in cover. One is black corduroy, the other is red taffeta. Sweet!
These can be found in my shop right now. Thanks.
Wow, I forget every year how clunky I feel on the first day open after vacation. It’s like I forget my routine. Normally, I’m pretty efficient with the order-processing process, but this weekend was a bit, well, clunky.
Nonetheless, I did process all the numerous orders that arrived Friday, Saturday, and today, shipped out the instock ones, sold out of a few things, finished a MTO order from June, started another one, got 20 items ready to send off to one of my contract sewers, and I don’t think I screwed up anybody’s order. Yay me.
Yes, yes, I’m on vacation. But I wanted to make myself a new pouch for the upcoming new baby, and decided while I was at it, I may as well restock pouches for the store. (Particularly since I seem to have lost the ability to make just one of something. I work best in an assembly line, it seems.) I was taking some pictures for the website of the new pouch inventory and Wally wanted to help model. That’s not the world’s best pouch placement on my shoulder, but we were quite comfy.
You can see the uber-fun pouch I made for me over at Boulevard Designs.
PS, this photo also serves as evidence that:
1. Fleece pouches are not too hot for toddlers during the summer. (Babies who have most of their bodies covered by the pouch – yeah, probably too hot.)
2. Wearing a four-year-old in a pouch is not too terribly uncomfortable, even at 6 months pregnant.
3. Sometimes, four-year-olds just want to snuggle into a sling.
I am more caught up right now than I have been in MONTHS. Since December, when my mom first went into the hospital, actually.
I have every single “made to order” order completed and out the door.
I have a stack of wool covers all cut out, waiting to be sewn next week.
I have one repair job that I need to go shopping for, and one instock order that I’m waiting for more information from the customer before I can ship. And one wholesale order of MT carriers. That’s IT!! That’s IT!!
Don’t get me wrong, I totally love having orders and taking care of customers and making stuff for you guys. But being so far behind has been such a burden on my shoulders. I finally feel like I might be able to get caught up before July!
So if you’re wondering, here is my PLAN.
Week of May 25: restock wool covers
Week of June 1: wholesale order, MTO orders (if any), gift for my niece
Week of June 8: restock pouch carriers and pail liners.
Week of June 15: MTO orders (if any), restock Mama pads, some clothes for me
Week of June 22: restock mama pad bags. Work on some new products (secret!)
Week of June 29: Restock doll dipes
What’s missing? All in Ones. I’m saving them for later. Please keep in mind this is JUST a PLANNED schedule. Not a promise. Things get bumped all the time.
OK, I’ve changed the way that Fitted Diapers work. Now, all fitted diapers are made to order. I have several fabrics that are pre-cut, reducing the time it will take to make your diaper and saving you some money, but you may, as always, choose from any of our available fabrics if you wish.
This change doesn’t necessarily make things easier for me, but is in response to consumer demand. Very few people are buying the instock fitteds, most have preferred to choose the options they want – an edge-sewn soaker and snaps, or a lay-in soaker, or whatever. We’ll see how this works out for now!!
I’m sorry to have to do this, but Wallypop will no longer accept Money Order as a payment option.
The reason for this is simple. Over the years, I’ve had two customers who have actually sent in a money order. I’ve had approximately 20 customers order with a money order, but never send one in. 8 of those have been in the last three months.
This creates somewhat of a paperwork hassle on my end, as well as constant unstocking and restocking items, and I’ve decided it’s really just not worth it.
And I know that only a very few people read this blog, but I wanted to pass along a tip:
If my website says that I won’t be processing orders for a week or so, because I’ll be out of town for a few funerals, there’s a good bet that I’m also not going to be processing email, phone messages, or anything else.
I’ve gotten dozens of phone calls and I’d guess numerous emails that are basically “hey, I called/emailed/placed an order/set up a registry yesterday/a few days ago and you haven’t responded.” Yes, it’s because I’m not home. I’ll get back to you promptly when I return home and re-open. Thanks.
Machine’s in the shop this week (just for a tune up), so I’m turning my energies elsewhere this week. Prepping a few projects for myself that I’ll complete when the machine comes back. (like this quilt’s bigger sister)
Lots of cutting in anticipation of sewing binges when my machine comes home. Some scrapbooking. Knitting. I’m trying to finish up a pair of baby pants so I can get started on the three-hour sweater.
I haven’t forgotten about the promised package of goodies for a delurker. I’m putting together the package this afternoon, then I’ll post a picture as well as the randomly-drawn winner.
I finally have my shop updated with the items from Craft Saturday that didn’t sell at the event. I believe I promised I’d do that on Monday but, hey, it’s only five days later, right?
I have a few things left here that I haven’t listed yet, those might trickle on over the next few weeks.
On a personal note, both my mom and my grandfather have been admitted to the ICU, so I might be posting a bit less frequently for a few weeks.
I finished the pockets and AIOs today, and will list them yet this weekend.
This weekend and next week, I will be working on the custom orders that came in during the past week. I have approximately 3 days worth of worth there. Then I will start on the next round of instock items:
- Cycle Pad Bags
- Pail Liners
- Small Wet Bags (actually, these are out with another sewer)
- Onbuhimo Carriers
I hope to have the Cycle Pad Bags and Liners listed by next weekend, but we’ll see if I make it!