Sunday, May 23, 2010

a top secret order

Okay so this lover-ly young lady contacted me about my Bujetta Jones ::: the Sparky Jones budget wallet. And she wasn't just wanting one.....she was wanting 7 of them, for a SUPA awesome, but top secret gift idea!!!
So i got totally pumped, picked out some cool colour schemes and got busy.

This one is totally my favourite....i called her cherry sorbet!
Mine comes in very handy as i have many a receipt and cards these days!!!

There are 2 slots for cards, which actually hold a lot o cards, i kinda put my heavy use cards in one, and not so important in the other......and then there are 2 compartments for receipts, so i put business in one, and personal in the other!!!

They even hold a cheque book and a 'always come in handy' pen

The back is actually 3 zipped seperate compartments, made to hold all your $$ for your 3 main spending habits (instead of using those credit card things which can get a bit outta control, using cash keeps you in check and old fashioned, its retro baby!!)

Although my sista actually came up with this idea!! As a mother of 2 she has to be supa organized, efficient and hey... hot all at the same time!!!
So they will be all wrapped up and ready to go tomorrow to await their new homes.....every Cherry Sorbet!!!
bye for now
little jj

Made it to FRONT PAGE!!!

Sparky Jones just made it to the FRONT PAGE of etsy!!!!!
check it out!!!!
This is a huge thing considering there are thousands upon thousands of sellers from all over the world!!!
yipppy yo yo yippy yippy WOW
bye for now
little jj

Friday, May 21, 2010

'HAVE A GREAT DAY ! ' and thats all it said.

Well i had a week of complete bizarre-ness if thats a word!! I'm not going to complain, i'm just saying it was bizarre, as i fear the only way humans communicate these days is to complain and compare woes !!!

So it started the other day, when i went downstairs to my newly organised 'packing/shipping' room when i could hear the sound of water - yeppers the hot water tank had packed it in...and there was water everywhere (thank god my ex was a master builder of shelves and therefore nothing was directly on the floor!). So i call B my landlord and he comes over and we start to mission of cleaning up and emptying the oh so funky, straight from the 50's retro tank. Then i go upstairs to the bathroom and the tap is totally running - i try to turn it off and i ask it normal when you shut off the water that the taps run??? Lets just say he had an attack of the big eye!!!
Apparently its not normal - so at the exact same time the tank busted so did the bathroom tap!!

positive take on the situation::: as a renter i didn't have to pay for it, and conveniently got both things fixed at the same time!

Later in the week, i had to get a GroWth taken out of my leg as......i don't think it was healthy and more importantly, bikini season is fast approaching and having your twin sista growing out of your leg is not so hot...giggle!!!. So off to the Dr's i go, and i love going to see my Dr, as everytime i see him, we go thru the same routine. He sits there, relaxed back into his big leather chair just staring at me. Then in his South African accent he repeats my name about 3 times.........and then....................wait for it - he says " Jemima, with a name like that you are destined to be famous "...................and i go from being sick/concerned to on top of the world in under 2 minutes!!!
But on this particular day - he was unusually flustered and stressed - he couldn't find anything, gauze pads and papers were flying everywhere, and he his eyes were darting back and forth, and his tummy was screaming out with hunger pains!!!
It was not looking good.
So as i was lying there in my underpants, i was debating whether i should just stay and have the map of Australia carved into my leg, as fast as i could half naked thru a busy waiting room, yelling " you know what, i'm just going to come back next week"
But before i new it, he had jammed the needle in, telling me at the same time it was going to hurt!!! Across came the scalpel.........and i screamed "wait a minute don't you have to wait for a minute for it to work!!" In dove the knife, he worked fast but his movements had me thinking that yes, he was infact cutting out the map of Australia!!! I was done in no time, stitched up, pants on and out the door

positive take on the situation::: it turned out to be a slit 1/2 cm long and the growth was apparently not a malformed twin sista!!

So i walk home from the Dr's feeling so relieved that i had pulled thru this major operation, and there was a letter waiting for me!!! Unusual handwriting, so i open it............................ and i was my pay cheque that i had lost in Vancouver!! I went to the big smoke to do the Sun Run with 50ooo people 2 weeks ago, lost my cheque and someone had picked it up and posted it to me - and all it said was :::

'i believe this belongs to you - HAVE A GREAT DAY!!!!'

So all in all, a week of very bizarre happenings, ending on a random act of kindness from a complete stranger ::: yes thats right, there is hope in this world!!!
bye for now
little jj

Friday, May 14, 2010

market madness

Ok, so i'm supposed to be getting organized for the Penticton Farmers Market tomorrow (Sparky Jones Accessories has a stall in the Artisan Market)..................and thats when i thought of a fantabulous idea for some mini coin purses!!! So i whipped em' up and i'm totally smitten with them!!! They fit in your cards, coins and they are definitely CUTE!!! I have to say i have always been inspired by patchwork, but haven't really the patience nor the time, so i came up with this idea !!!!
I used an Organic Hemp, which is so so yummy , and the flowers are from my Waste Wonderful remnants basket ::: and the back is from an upcycled heavy chocolate brown canvasy fabric...

Better get back to making some white Milly Jones Headbands - A lover-ly young lady gave me the idea last week, so i told her i would make her one (pretty cool idea for a bridal headpiece and it lasts forever!)
.............who cares that its already 10pm....who needs sleep!!!
bye for now
Little jj

Thursday, May 13, 2010

just a quicky

So i just made some new sizes in the Cricket Green Kepp Jones after receiving some mail about sizes other than medium!! Yeppers thats right, my head is a medium!!! So naturally what sizes do i make???? medium!!! So i think from now on, i'm going to make small, mediums and large in each hat i make......coz sure as eggs ::: you don't make one size and thats the only one peeps want!!! giggle.

There is a large - but it has a hold on it!!!

This week i'm working on a STACK of Bujetta Jones, the Sparky Jones budget purse - as i have had a big order for some fantabulous colours picked out, so i hope there are some left over, so i can put them in my etsy store!!
bye for now
little jj

Friday, May 7, 2010

whilst the muffins are a bakin'

While i'm waiting for my muffins to cook - that leaves me under 20 mins to post my updates!!!
Just finished up the latest Waste Wonderful wristlets today in ' Too cute Tealy denim'

one with a gorgeous lil purple button

One with a bubble gum button

squares and rectangles

perfectly patched

The flipside is made from the hem of my of course....overly long cargo pants

And i have changed the insides a bit now, as i just got my new labels in and they work perfectly in the lining now!!! A big thanks to Phil from Zink Ink my eco silkscreener for increasing the seam allowance on my labels, so now i don't have to have the smell of bacon as i burn my lil fingers on my old fold n' press regime !!!!
Oh i have under 3 mins left!!!
So good news on the SHIPPING on these babies ::: I have changed my packaging, so now it is even cheaper to send them, like as in
Canada: $4
U.S : $5
International : $6
and if you buy them with something else, the shipping cost for all destinations will be $2, on top of whatever else you buy!!!
Opps there goes the timer!! My buckwheat banana muffins are ready to eat!!!
I'll be posting these on Monday as i am away for the weekend in Vancouver doing the 10 Km Sun Run!!!!! Lets hope my new sneakers make me run faster!!
Bye for now
little jj

Thursday, May 6, 2010

busy busy busy.........

Well the great thing about working from home is............ you never get bored!!!
My bestest friend Amy is a bridesmaid for her sista's weddin, so i offered to make Amy's dress(Thats my present for Shannon, to make here sista look just beaut-i-ful) - its the most gorgeous vintage dress, and she is having it in a rich chocolate brown silk ::: i'm just making up a dummy first, to make sure everything is perfect, before i cut into the 5metres of $$$$$!
Then i took some photos:::

a small ' Anyone for Polo' Organic Kepp Jones.............i made it out of this old man jacket
A medium size 'Cute as a Button' Kepp Jones with red trimmings, that i made outta my fatso winter jeans!!!

I wanted to re-take photos of this kitschy lil number.............really trying to LEArN how to take better photos, feel like i'm getting there!!!

Have to get as much use as i can outta my Canadian made Soia & Kyo jacket before it gets to hot!!! Wow i just checked out there new collection..............i think i want them all!!! I'm going to have to work a bit harder i guess - giggle!!
By the afternoon, i nearly finished my new batch of Waste Wonderful wristlets in Teal and Navy, which i will post in the shop tomorrow - they are really really cute.....lots of stitching and buttons!!!
Bye for now
Little jj

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Spot of Polo anyone??

When ever i make a Kepp Jones hat - all i can see is someone saying in an english accent ' Fancy playing Polo or Cricket!!' Maybe not a selling feature:: but gives me the giggles!!!
Anyways just added some hats in my etsy shop, i do have different sizes, but need a head to model them on as they are each slightly different - which is great as this means they are 100% OoAK (which stands for One of A Kind = took me a while to figure that one out!!!)

Bye for now
Little jj

Monday, May 3, 2010

Finally posted

Ok so i finally posted some Milly Jones in the shop - silly me always has to wait until everything is just ummmmm perfect - i think its called A....... retentive??? Anyways i finally got the kraft boxes that i ordered so that i could ship and display Milly and she would still look beautiful in the end.......i didn't want her to get to her new owner like a beat up bit ..of well....... threads!!!
So i took some pretty cool photos of the packaging - i'm using old patterns for tissue, cool hey!!

I'm really getting into this packaging stuff too. I have now turned the downstairs empty space into my shipping and packaging area, which is great to be and feel supa organised instead of covering the kitchen table or my cutting table with bits of ribbons, paper and tape and then some more tape after i have attached everything to that bit of tape instead of the paper!!!!
Anyways have a look see in the shop and i'll be adding some hats tomorrow!!!!
bye for now
Little jj