I knew there was going to be a little hiatus from this space while I finished up the school term. Generally, I promise myself that I will not procrastinate on marking so that I won't deal with a huge backlog at the end of the term and then, every single time, I procrastinate on marking and have to deal with a huge backlog at the end of the term. So that was okay and I knew to expect it. But then I also had an unexpected opportunity arise.
Basically, friends of ours had a booth at the local farmer's market where they sold really lovely handmade wooden items and they found themselves with the option of renting a storefront along the main business district in our little neighbourhood. Being brave, clever, and possessed of singular vision, they scooped it up and renovated a long-neglected shop (in less than a month!) into a chic and beautiful space.
In addition to featuring their own products, they sourced a variety of items from small producers across the country (all sorts of lovely things - seriously, I covet them all from the West Coast Sea Salts, to the witty cards from an indie company in Toronto, to the all-natural incense). They asked my friend, Jenna, who makes really lovely sewn purses And then they asked me.
So, I went for it. As you can see above, things I made (over a crazy period just after I finally submitted final grades, but less than a week until opening day), are up for sale in a genuine shop.
I named my little company Old East Village Textiles after the neighbourhood I live in (and love!) and these are my initial offerings:
Sweet baby bibs with hand-embroidered pears and a layer of flannel.
Nice and big receiving/swaddling blankets (they're 39" x 41"- I hate a skimpy blanket) in a single layer of flannel (hurrah for the warm weather!) and embellished with a hand-embroidered owl.
Squishy little owls - about as big as an adult's hand - made baby-safe with appliquéd features.
And, finally, pretty bean bags made from quilting cotton and backed with a really interestingly textured hemp/cotton blend.
If you're in London, Ontario, you can visit the shop in person. It's called Miller and Co. and, yes, they are open!