Monday, December 8, 2014

Happy Holidays!


Just a friendly notice that the shipping deadlines for guaranteed Christmas delivery have passed. 
All orders made from outside of Canada can be expected in the usual 10-14 business days. 
or 5-12 business days within Canada.
Thank you all for a great 2014! And have a very happy holiday season! 

Love, 
Heather
www.needlings.ca

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Visit Needlings at Handmade Hamilton November 29th!


Stop by the beautiful Staircase Theatre in Hamilton on November 29th, 11am - 5pm for Needlings only holiday show of the year, Handmade Hamilton! 

Aren't local? Head over to the shop to get some Needlings for the holidays! Order soon for Christmas delivery!

Monday, October 27, 2014

New for Fall!



Black Cat Minous and a new batch of little dolls are now available in the shop!

I'm now also taking orders for custom Minous to match your own kitties. Email a request to heather@needlings.ca for details!



Thursday, September 25, 2014

Seven Years of Needlings!

Yep, seven full years of Needlings! Time flies!


Happy Birthday week to Needlings! 
My gift to me is to give you things for free! Or give you the chance to win some Needlings goodies anyway. 

Enter to win at http://www.facebook.com/Needlings (or directly below hereand follow, tweet, blog, on twitter, instagram, and other internetty things, etc. for extra entries (see contest tab for details).

This year the prize is one Owl Mama, a little robot, a Needlings button pack, and that cute little mini pom pom garland shown in the picture!

Good luck! A winner will be picked randomly at the end of the month!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being wonderful people, friends and customers. Sometimes I get really sappy and tear up about it with hugging involved so thanks for being cool with that. Seven years and not a bad egg among you. Thanks for that too! 




EDIT: Thank you so much for all of your entries and congratulations to the winner! 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Happy Fall!

Hi guys!

Summer is over and Needlings' birthday is coming up! Seven years of felt, fuzz and eyes that are just a bit too big and I know there are lots more to go. I can't really thank you enough for all the support Needlings has received over these last 7 years. It has been wonderful and has changed me for the better and I know that I have all of you to thank for it. Ok end of sappy birthday news (although let's be honest, there'll be more.)

This summer's shows were wonderful as usual and I want to also thank all of you that stopped by Locke Street Festival and Supercrawl, two of my absolutely favourite shows to do and two of my favourite things about living in Hamilton! Holiday shows are yet to be announced but safe to say I'll be sticking close to Hamilton this year. Stay tuned for specifics in the coming months (if you're into that kind of thing).






Yep, just a handful of some of the rainest and funnest days I have every year! Now back to sewing.

I'll see you all soon I promise!

Love,
Heather

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New Colourways!

Check out the shop for new colourways of some of Needlings' favourites!


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Happy almost June!

Hi guys! Just popping in to let you all know that any online shop purchases made between May 27th and June 6th will be sent out the week of June 8th-14th while I'm "out of the office." Sorry for any inconvenience! Please feel free to email me at heather@needlings.ca for any custom requests, inquiries, or if you just want to say "hi!"

I hope you're all having a perfect summery Spring so far!

See you soon!

Love,
Heather


Thursday, April 3, 2014

One of a Kind Spring 2014 Wrap Up (In and Out of the Workroom Recap: Weeks 331-334)

First of all, hi guys! I've been in recovery mode after One of a Kind Spring Show this week which involves a lot of extra sleep and (a little bit of) reorganizing but the show was amazing! If you haven't followed me along during the show on Facebook or Instagram, here are a few photos from the week. I regrettably didn't get pictures of the little model kiddies carrying a couple Needlings down the runway in the kid's fashion show this year but thems the breaks! It was a busy and exciting week and thanks to some workroom help and marathon production mode - I made it through with a little left to spare in the booth at the end of it! But very little! Thank you so much to all of you that stopped by! I had so many lovely visits and chats with you all. It really was the highlight of the show for me!






As soon as I'm back in to the usual workroom work mode, the workroom updates will continue as usual with store restocks and hopefully a few new things to show you! See you soon!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

In the Workroom Recap : Week 330

So we're looking at 15 days until One of a Kind Show now and I'm about halfway to where I should be so no problem! Nothing a few strategically placed 14+ hour workdays won't fix!

Last week I finished a bunch of little guys and this week is more of the same. It's all very exciting for you when the weeks are mostly identical, I'm sure.




The little owls are almost finished and I have some more kitties to add to the bunch before moving on to the next batch of somethings so things are coming along! Sleep then more sewing! 

I'll see you next week! 

Friday, March 7, 2014

In the Workroom Recap : Week 329

And by "see you next week," I meant, of course, see you at the end of next week obviously... One of a Kind Show is now officially 19 days away so there is plenty to do and the usual not enough time to do it in. So quick blog time:

Tickets arrived! It's coming!


Robot sewing!


Workroom helpers:


Sew, sew, sew!




I'll be (continuing) finishing up more little robots, kitties and owls this week and am lucky enough to have some more workroom help this weekend so things are coming along! I am trying to be very "zen" about the show this year. Sometimes living the full-time craft life means going through a sort of panic for months before a large show because I think we never feel like we did enough but this time I'm just going to work hard, do what I can and hope for the best! (Which is always my goal anyway.) 

See you lovelies soon!

Monday, February 24, 2014

In the Workroom Recap : Week 328

Week 328! (I think) We missed a few in there but if my math is correct, I'm pretty sure we're in the 328 neighbourhood.

Things are still a little slower than usual around here but I did manage to get a big batch of phone sleeves all finished up for One of Kind Show, with the exception of a small stack that was waiting on me to restock my supply of yellow rick rack. They're next on the list!




Just packaging and 7 left to go! In the meantime I'm a little more disorganized than usual too, working on multiple stacks of things at once (it's good to have a few things ready to go that I can work on by hand if I have to head down to the hospital) so I have a few robots I've been sewing, kitties cutting, and more owl faces sewing for little owlings. There's just about one month until One of a Kind but I'm hopeful I'll manage to have a full booth with lots of goodies available!

Luckily I am lucky to have a few lovely helpers to help me along the way! Parts cutting and packaging help is always amazing. Plus we get to hang out and have tea and treats! Best job, right?


See you next week!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

February Update

Hello friends! Thanks for stopping by! Things have been a little slow around here in Needlings world but after a month of no regular "In the Workroom," updates, I thought it was time to explain myself and hopefully get back on track after a difficult month filled with days spent almost exclusively outside of the workroom.

A month ago now (wow, a whole month!), I took my dear 69 year old dad to the emergency room at St. Joe's hospital in Hamilton where he has been since, now with an unexpected dementia/alzheimer's diagnosis to accompany his other health problems, and now waiting on a long term care home. It seemed to come out of nowhere but after spending almost an hour talking to him every day on the phone and seeing the change in him now, I know he's in and heading to the safest place for him - heartbreaking as it is. If any of you have experience dealing with loved ones who struggle with dementia of any kind, hugs to you! And thank you for your patience and understanding. Life goes on and all I can do it be thankful of all the lovely support I have.

So between spending most days helping him at the hospital and getting a crash course in long term care home placement - I haven't done much sewing!


I am in the process of (slowly) getting back in to things and working on a very big bunch of cell phone sleeves for the One of a Kind Show coming up next month and will hopefully get back in to more Needlings work at a steady pace until then in between lots of hospital visits. It's definitely going to be a busy month to match the already busy year. But I can do it! (RIGHT? Right.)


Wish me luck! And give your dear ones a hug for me.


Love,
Heather

Monday, January 20, 2014

In the Workroom Recap : Week 323

Hi guys! Things may look a little different here at Needlings.ca but nothing too crazy. In fact, new things and the very first Needlings blog entries from way back in 2007 are all in the same place now. Full circle stuff! Most of them are completely embarrassing to me so read at your own risk. It is though kind of fun to see how far Needlings' has come since then.

This week, more time than I would care to remember was spent on boring behind the scenes internet stuff involving a lot of stuff I don't really love doing. But it's mostly done! Yep, mostly!

It started with a little fun cupcake order which I was happy to have the chance to make!



Then I took some time to package and ship some orders before getting back to some more studio organization and parts cutting.





So many scraps! I'm happy to say they are a little more condensed and there are a lot more pieces cut and ready to turn in to various Needlings goodies.

I hope you all have a lovely week! I'll see you when it's done!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

In the Workroom Recap : Week 322

Hey guys! Week 322 was filled with a little early Spring cleaning, which really just involved a little rearranging of the workroom, and finishing up Needlings brand new line of fancy kitties and bunnies! It was fun to work on something new before getting going on restocking to prepare for the Spring One of a Kind Show in a few months (ah!).

At least I can start with a relatively clean workroom before the stacks of scraps and parts grow bigger and bigger...


Reorganization done! Then I got back to sewing work!



Which isn't always a tidy job...



Notice the start of a schedule for all the little guys that have to come together in the coming weeks! I'll try to take my own advice and just do what I can with the time I have! This will be my second year of doing such a big show so it's nice to feel like I have an idea of what I need. Which is a lot! I am happy that I will have some new Spring-y additions to the booth in March though!



Over the holidays I came across an old dance recital video (yep) where baby Needlings was dressed as a ballerina bunny hopping around the stage to "Cats and Rabbits" from Alice in Wonderland. I guess I was super inspiring. I also haven't been able to get that song out of my head so I may have sang a bit about cats and rabbits residing "in fancy little houses" while I sewed these little ladies up. We'll see what happens Needlings-wise when I come across that "I'm the Scatman" jazz dance performance from a few years later...

But until then, cats and rabbits! Or Beatrix Bun and Madeline Minou. Now available in the shop!



Speaking of cats...



Gus decided he found a fancy little house to reside in himself after I made use of some new shelves on my worktable. And when I closed the door on that one...



He just found another! 

I will say Gus normally does a really good job of staying clear of all the Needlings goodies but he just couldn't resist these ones. I can't really blame him. I guess I'm stuck with hiding things away in these drawers now which seems to have solved Gus' problem of deciding if he should sleep in his usual favourite spot or check out the new soft spots I seemingly created just for him to sleep in. You're welcome, Gus.

Cats!
(and rabbits.)

See you next week, friends!
 

Monday, January 6, 2014

In the Workroom Recap : Week 321

Hi guys! The very first week of 2014 is already over and I spent most of it finishing up some jobs that were on the list for the end of the year, most of which involved a bunch of organizing, paperwork and putting away of things. It is safe to say, after almost a month, that everything is all back in order after the One of a Kind show last month - pretty much. I still have some workspace organizing and rearranging on my mind but nothing pressing. Little things like a new spot for buttons and trims and reorganizing the "doll wall" above my worktable - fun stuff!



What's left of my inventory is definitely not taking up as much room so lots of stocking up for store restocks and the Spring One of a Kind show in March is definitely in order! For now though, I took some time to get a few things up in the shop that weren't there before and to revamp (I hate that word but edit sounds super boring) some shop photos and other little things. These are kind of boring always on the list jobs that I just have to do whenever it comes to me. Things don't get better unless there is at least a little change so there we go. I can thank my dear mother for that lesson. There is definitely never an end to that kind of stuff but you get to hear about it this week anyway. (Fun, right?)

So after a few little photo shoots, two little dolls and three large dolls are now up in the shop!







I hope to add more little Spring ladies to the collection in the coming months so stay tuned for those. In the meantime I am working on a new little prototype for a series I might potentially work in to the line depending on how I like the first one. It's only just in the works now, but I plan on getting at least this new one done before starting on stocking up on more of the old favourites. As a break for myself and also just because it was on my mind and now's the time to do it before I realize how little time I have left for everything else!




I'm sure you'll see the finished product soon! Not too difficult to come up with a guess as to what it may be though! 

I hope everyone is staying safe from all the winter weather we're having lately if you're in my part of the world! And if you're not, lucky you! (Although generally this is a pretty great place to be.)

I'm off to cozy up with my sweet little puppy and kitty and get some sewing done. See you next week, friends!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

In the Workroom Recap : Week 319 and 320

Happy New Year! Almost anyway. The last two weeks were pretty eventful as far as Christmas and power outages go so I thought I should get one last blog in before 2014 starts so I can pretend I had a spotless record of updates instead of one spotty month of a few updates all mashed in to a couple. I'm sure you guys don't mind! 

I spent the week before Christmas doing general work stuff and taking some extra time to make some gifts and do some holiday baking.





It was so nice to do some knitting for a change. I love sewing too but I went back to my craft roots and knit a couple thank you mittens and slippers for all the cutting and packaging/pricing help I had before the One of a Kind Show earlier this month. And Christmas shortbread cookies of course! My mom always made these as kid and I always hated them but somewhere along the way I decided it was pretty silly to not like shortbread. Kids!

I also managed to get the last of the Christmas orders out before we had a big icestorm that caused big tree branches to fall all over the place which left the Needlings headquarters without power for almost four days.





It was really pretty beautiful and calm with everything coated in ice but the short Winter days are made even shorter when the sun is down before 5pm so there wasn't a lot of daylight. I don't think I'll take the electricity for granted from here on out. Luckily it came back on Christmas Eve so the lights came on and so did the Christmas movies. 

As soon as the power was back and the Christmas celebrations were out of the way (in a good way I mean), I finished a custom fox!



I have made a small bunch of these guys in the last year and I hope to have more of them available at shows and stores in 2014. One thing that is hard to do when I get to make and sell lots of the same old favourites is spend time working on new things - but I'll fit it in somewhere!

After some work was out of the way, Lisa of Nerdbiskit and I made a visit to a new supply store not far away which was exciting and went pretty well - bulk stuffing found and lots of other goodies relevant to our interests.







Yep! I'll definitely be working this place in to the supply shopping when needed! Next year of course!

I hope you all have a safe and fun night ringing in the new year and I'll see you again next week, friends!

Thank you all for reading and for all the support in 2013 - it really means the world to me!