Tuesday, May 29, 2007

I'm Official!

It's official. Feather Falls Fiber has now become a "dot.com". That means that once I get some fiber dyed and some web work done I can show my stuff. Won't that be fun? Worst that can happen is that I'll have some pre-dyed fiber to spin up. Best that can happen is that I'll sell some fiber and have to order some more and dye more batches. That would be just too awesome.

I don't think I'll ever move up to spinning and selling my own handspun yarn. All the handspun yarns I've seen are pretty pricey and I just don't see it. I'd rather offer the spinner or the knitter the raw material and let them be the creative force after I add the colors. Besides, I'm still stashing most of my handspun for a big personal project. I only turn loose of it for special swaps or secret pals.


Well I have given alot of thought to whether or not I wanted to get into the business of dying fiber and sock yarn etc and offering it for sale. I've been really watching the different vendors who do dye and sell and it seems to me that the demand really is there and the real popular suppliers are only barely able to keep up with the demand.

I'll start out with ETSY and I'll have a blog and a web page. I'm not at all good with web page making, so that will be the most difficult part of the whole thing. If I knew how to set up the "buy" button and the shopping cart I'd be ok, but I get stuck at that point. I'll have to do some learning because I really, really need to figure out how to work that issue out.

I think I've seen other people who have blogs where they sell items. I wonder how they put "buy" buttons on their blogs? I must be missing something. If anyone knows, would you point me in the right direction?

When I get the "Feather Falls Fiber" blog up, I'll post the URL.

So much yarn-y love

Oh how I love surprises! My pal Lime told me she was sending me "something". Much to my surprise it was a fabulous skein of Lisa Souza sock yarn! In fabulous jewel tones that I just adore. If I could get my new camera to talk to my computer, I could post a picture of it. I have tons of photos stuck in the thing that I just can't get out. It's like they are being held hostage. I've got to figure that out. I guess since it's raining today and supposed to rain all week maybe I'll get to it this week. I sure need to.

Thanks Lime! You are super! Soon as I get my butt back into the kitchen and back into the soap pot, I'll have to send you some new goodies too.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Secret Pal hit me again!

I have such a great secret pal. She sent me such a wonderful Spring surprise! Besides 2 skeins of one of my very favorite yarns....Cascade 220 in a fabulous navy blue....which is OUTSTANDING! she totally loaded me up on things I needed for my garden. I got flower seeds, a darling watering can, a sweet little garden marker and some wonderful gardening gloves which I really really needed. OH! and some beautiful hand painted spring flower buttons! I can't wait to find the perfect sweater to use them on!

I lurve my secret pal! Thank you SO very much for your wonderful gift!

Friday, May 11, 2007

Back On Track

Well I'm finally back online. I'm finally back from my journey to the home coast. Boy what a journey it truly was. All of this mad, mad, mad, orchestration for my 20 year old niece who got married. It was CRAZY! For the first week, (wedding day -6) we worked like dogs I tell ya. Dogs! Literally falling, dead, into whatever horizontal soft plane we could find as soon as we possibly could after an evening meal, kitchen clean up, and shower. By Friday, the night of the rehersal, some of us were working like RABID dogs - present company included. I would find myself making lists to keep my lists organized. One of THE most important lessons I learned during the whole week prior to the wedding is this: Never EVER send someone who doesn't bake to the store to purchase a 9" cake pan for you AND not all 9" cake pans are created equal nor do all 9" cake pans measure 9". The story behind this lesson is that I was making 2 three layer Italian Creme cakes. But, my sister only owned 2 9" cake pans. So, I asked Rich, (the groom) to go up to the store and get me a 9" cake pan just like this one....and I showed him what I wanted. So off he scampered to get my pan. The pan he brought me was a full inch larger. Attempt number two - same request but he went to a different store (unbeknownst to me) - another pan, yet another size. Now I have 4 9" cake pans and they are 3 totally different sizes. Lovely. Apparently like with some gentlemen, an inch isn't measured quite the same way in all cake pan factories. I gave up sending people for cake pans and took time off from food preparation and went and got two more matching 9" cake pans. Now my sister is the proud owner of 6 - 9" cake pans. 3 the same size, 2 of another size and one single. I guess she can put a couple in the sailboat for Chip to use in the cooker.

The cake pan issue was just one of the weird-o things that happened. Thankfully, all the food that was prepared was enjoyed by all. Between myself and Chris and Erica and Patricia and Chip, I think that we all did a fabulous job of feeding the masses. I didn't get Chris's pasta recipe like I wanted, but I'll get it later for sure cuz it was outstandingly yum-o and several people wanted my recipes.

Staci was a beautiful, stunning, princess of a bride. She has always been such a photogenic person anyway that for her being beautiful on her wedding day is just as natural as breathing. The wedding dress was strapless and it had corset laces up the back for about 18" and chrystals and ruching all across the bust and waist. Groom, Rich wore his dress uniform, so he looked great too. I told him that he got off too easy.

The photographer took some great pictures. I can't wait to get the online password and website so we can see them. Everything is digital so we can order whatever size we want and how many. Even if we want it black and white or sepia. He took individual pictures of people if they wanted or groups and family photos. I had my picture taken and I'm actually surprised at how good that it looked. The hairdresser that did my hair did a really good job. She had SO many bobby pins in my hair that I couldn't believe it~! My hair made me think of Natalie Wood in Breakfast at Tiffany's. It was all ringlets and rolled up on the crown of my head and felt so weird. My kids are gonna have a fit when they see it.

It's nice to be home though. I missed my husband like crazy! I was so bad missing him while I was gone and often times I felt SO alone. Sounds nuts huh? Out there surrounded by family but feeling all alone? I had really, really concentrate on keeping my family in my "pocket" so I wouldn't get so sad missing them.

After the wedding was over and the mess cleaned and the house put back to normal, we collapsed. It took about 2 or 3 days for the feeling to come back into our feet and backs I think.

I think that is enough right now. I have pictures to post but they are in my camera still. I haven't sorted through them yet. Some are very very cool.

I'm glad to be home people. I missed everyone. To those of you who love me.......I love you right back!!