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Sew What's New? 2017

Posted on December 31, 2017 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (25)
Happy New Year's Eve!  
Whew!  What a busy year 2017 turned out to be.  So much for writing an update each month.  Although I'd love to say I will follow through monthly next year, I am realistically just going to say I vow to do better.  "Better" is my word for the year.  Better is always reachable.  Better doesn't require huge, seemingly  unreachable goals, it simply means you are continually making progress  
It was a great year, attending 16 different fairs and shows around Oregon.  I love getting to spend time with like minded artisans and meeting old and new friends. The days can be long, but fulfilling.  Thanks to all of you that have purchased or received one of my hats or bags.  You are my best advertisement!  I appreciate the feedback and suggestions, it helps me be "better".
I've spent the afternoon folding, organizing and rearranging the She Shed.  Tomorrow will be dedicated to the same.  February through December are production there is just a small window to bring order to the space.  But my hands are itching to be back at the machine sewing!  
Happy New Year to you and yours!  Thank you for support of my addiction ~ first fair is in March.....unless I find one sooner.  Here's to a great and creative 2018!

Sew What's New?

Posted on August 7, 2017 at 1:04 AM Comments comments (0)
Well.......I didn't quite meet the criteria for a monthly update but I feel guilty if I'm not in front of the sewing machine, cutting out or doing the finishing work by hand.  This weekend marked the end of the summer season of fairs and shows, I think. Booked myself a little tight this year.  A show a month doesnt sound too bad until you try to get enough product done between shows.  And then there has been the heat!  The She Shed is a bit of a sweat lodge during the summer, but I'll be missing these days when I'm bundled in three layers and sewing with gloves on this winter!
I have done 9 shows in the first  8 months of the year and there are 4 more that I have booked right now for the rest of 2017, but I'm sure a couple more will pop up.  It gets to be a bit addictive!
My beautiful little She Shed looks like something exploded in there.  Apparently the hooks that we mounted for the shelving units are cheap and dont do well in warm temps either.  Went in one morning and three very full shelves of material had crashed.....but as most were winter stacks I've let them be until I need them. Unfortunately they fell in front of the material I did need, so like a good hoarder I've been walking on the stacks to get to other stacks.
After a very hot and long 4 day show., I opened the door to find the shelves that held other assorted crafting supplies had sheared off the hooks too sending things on and around my sewing maching.  I couldnt ignore this catastrophe as something had hit the sewing machine and an almost full can of varnish had emptied itself on my sewing table and all that was sitting there.  Many projects and patterns had to be tossed and my clothesline became the drying rack for patterns and instructions.  Hopefully I have some backup patterns.......but I wont know until the fabric mountain is put back on some shelves and I can get to my pattern cabinet!!!
I'm still hooked by the vintage style.  There are many artistic flares than can be added that dont always work on other, more contemporary styles.  I've been fortunate with some great material scores lately...and some of fabrics that arent that easy to come by. "Upcycling" also works great with these styles.  I was very fortunate to meet a lady at one of the shows early this summer that had acquired some vintage hats and hat boxes and asked if I would be interested in them.  Would I?!  Not only do they look fantastic as displays but they have given me a couple of new ideas and styles to try.  I also find that the 'vintage' style hats that Im sewing serve as a catalyst for memories.  I have heard some great stories about mothers or aunts or others in people's  lives that wore this particular hat and all the tales that folks remember about them.  Even the shows that may have low sales are always rich with conversation. 
Dang!  I just remembered I have another show of sorts.....this week!  We are setting up a booth to promote our Zombie Ball and a call for volunteers for this year's Haunted House t the County Fair.  So I guess I have to factor in another long and warm 4 day show in the total.
Mike wanted to make sure that I tell you that the lack of a sewing update is in no way reflective or due to his negligence. He has reminded me often that I needed to write something.  So he's off the hook and I've shared some thoughts.  The shows have been good, the styles have been fun and I'm eager to start the next project and hit some new material stores.  Can one have too much fabric?  I think not~
Hope you all have a great end to your summer and that your creative juices keep flowing.
Mary Robina

Sew what's new?

Posted on March 2, 2017 at 11:06 PM Comments comments (97)
Sew What's New?
March, 2017

A day late on my second newsletter!!!  I was going to throw Mike 'under the bus' and say he didn't get the computer set up for me....but I'm too nice.  Though not related to sewing, I spent last evening attending a bee keepers meeting.  I'm not looking at donning a suit and netting and go capture a swarm, but we would like to create an area that attracts the bees and bats (learned that last night!) to help pollinate our garden and wherever else they may roam....possibly find someone that would like to put some hives out here.
Okay,sewing summary.  Spring is almost here....which means the start of the shows and fairs and the reason I'm starting to wake up in the middle of the night feeling like I should be sewing rather than just sleeping!
I'm pleased to say that I have been having relatively good success putting in zippers.  I think I avoid them more out of fear of the unfamiliar....I can put them in, but it doesn't come easily.
Another success was making a hooded vest to be worn during pregnancy and then can be changed into a vest/child carrier.  I love a pattern that can morph into several outfits throughout pregnancy and beyond.  I applaud Simplicity for offering this pattern, vs. 3 separate patterns.
Not as successful...making some cosmetic and toiletry bags.  If my goal was creating an origami frog, then I mastered that skill! I've not given up on them,
simply have set them aside while I've whipped out some insulated lunch bags.
If I had the technology skills, I'd have included a selfie I took one cold day up in the She Shed.  We have put insulation up on the walls but the ceiling is still open.  It has been quite nippy at times. It can create a sewing challenge when you're wearing a coat, vest, hood and mittens! The one day was glorious when I was able to open the door and let the fresh air in when it hit 45 degrees.  Okay, not exactly tropical but if you live in Oregon you recognize that as shirt sleeve weather!
The next few weeks I put the Haunter's Convention production on hold and work  at getting sun hats and all things 'Spring' made.  Three weeks until the first Craft Fair.  Sleep?  Sew?  Sleep?  Sew?  Sigh.  
Have a great month....go create something!
Mary Robina
She Shed Creations

Sew What's New?

Posted on February 2, 2017 at 12:48 AM Comments comments (1)
This started out to be my first attempt at a monthly blog....but I crashed the computer, so we'll call this 'first attempt, take two'.
Today marks a year since we closed the doors to our shop and Artisan's Boutique and moved to a home based business.  I now have my own She Shed, nestled in a the trees, to escape to at the end of the work day.  There's something soothing about the hum of the sewing machine and being able to look out the window and watch the birds and wildlife stroll by.  
My New Year's resolution, of sorts, is to produce at least one item a month that I have never sewn before. In January I completed several, so I'm ahead of the game if I should fall behind one month. With a niece due to have her first child this month and a nephew becoming a first time father in January I had the opportunity to try my hand at baby clothes.  I learned there are lots of little, tiny edges and seams in those little outfits.  Our  oldest is expecting her first child this spring and it seemed like a great reason to whip up some maternity outfits.  These I have to place in the 'attempted' column.  Even though they haven't yet been a success I did reach the conclusion that I will NOT be sewing much with slinky knits!  I have a whole new appreciation of the seamstresses out there that focus on women's attire.  Without them I would most likely be wearing a lot of burlap sacks.  It takes far more patience than I possess!
Millinery continues to be my favorite by far.  Purses and bags are fine and serve a purpose but a hat makes a statement!  This past month I added a few more styles to my inventory.  I have now made a few pillbox hats, complete with netting, which have been a lot of fun to make.  There are several more waiting to be put together.....straying some from their standard look as I prepare items for the annual Haunter's Convention in Portland, OR.
My other goal for the year is to do at least one fair/show/festival a month..  In January I had a booth at the local Bridal Fair.  I'm looking forward to opportunity one day of create the hats for an entire bridal party, but I'm also wanting to do more wedding planning and floral.  Something I have done informally for folks over the years, but would now like to take it a step further. I started working on my calendar of events last night and have 8 shows scheduled between now and August.....still need to find one for February if anyone knows of one in our area!
Computers and technology are far from my area of evidenced by me crashing the earlier attempt.  Thankfully my husband is patient and skilled and is able to take over for the technology section of my brain that is missing.  Which is fine as that allows me more time to go sew.  With luck I'll (he'll) be able to post photos of my new items each month, but as of today I have met my January goals and completed my first monthly blog. 
Go create something!


I Rule!

Closing the door to Wicker Works

Posted on November 30, 2015 at 4:51 PM Comments comments (0)
It’s hard to believe that about this time 6 years ago we started to formulate the idea of having a shop that featured the talent of local artisan’s. In March of 2010, we opened the doors and have had a wonderful time meeting and getting to know so many customers that appreciate the arts.
But as with all great adventures,we’ve come to the end of the journey. We will officially close the doors for the public Dec. 31st 2015
Come into the shop this December for special sales on select Items.
Mike and I want to thank our Artisan's as well as all of our customers over the last 6 years,THANK YOU!!!!!!Wicker Works will continue on as a home based business. Mike and I will still being attending many of the art and craft fairs in the area, as well as future Farmers Markets.We will still be offering Mary's beautiful custom gift baskets, as well as her home sewen items.....from SHESHED CREATIONS as well selling items online. ( Mike says he is looking forward to all the online sells)
Our face book page and our website will remain up.
www,wickerworks-aab.comThanks again for you patronage over the last six years, and Happy Holidays to you and Yours!!!!!Its been Great!
Mike and Mary

Canyonville Farmers Market

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 1:09 PM Comments comments (1)
  We have been attending the Canyonville Farmers Market on Wednesday Afternoons from 4-7 pm. Located in the south parking lot of the Seven Feathers Casino. Thanks for your support!!!!!!!
  A big thank you to Mary Jean and the crew!!!! For this being thier first year, you are doing an excellent job. From a vendors point of view things have ran very smoothly, except for the keys in the truck thingy. ;-)
  The market is full of  fresh produce and crafts from local artisan's, with more coming each week.
  If you have not made it down to the market, come on buy.  See what I did there?
Some times I crack me up.......

Lent is really long!!!!!!!!!

Posted on April 11, 2011 at 1:07 PM Comments comments (223)
Before Lent started this year, someone at the shop asked me what I was giving up for Lent.Now a few years ago Mary and I purchased a at home soda maker from Sodastream USA. Best thing since sliced bread.
Since that time I have developed a taste for the diet orange soda they have. Addicted is the term Mary uses.  So I, thinking Lent was like Two weeks long said ,
" My Diet Soda."
After two weeks ,I asked Mary when Lent was over and she informed me that it ends Easter Weekend.
So far so good, but Lent is Rrrrrrrrreeeeeeaaaaaalllllllllllllllllyyyyyyyyyy Long this year.

The Big Snow

Posted on February 23, 2011 at 1:52 PM Comments comments (0)
  As I sit here and type this ,waiting for the snow to start, I got to thinking about the "Big Snow " here in Roseburg. 
  How many of you can remember "The Big Snow"?   January 1969 , 44.20" per the archives from KQEN . Almost 14" in one 24 hour period.  
 What I mostly remember from that time was something like 7 snow days , maybe more .Seems longer. Snow everywhere , nobody going anywhere in a car. I lived on Currier St. out in Winchester back then, I was 11 1/2 years old. When we were children it was important to always add the 1/2 , oh to have all those  1/2's back. 
  We spent countless hours trudging up the hill with inner tubes and sleds, building the sliding course through the trees. putting in three jumps, making it just right. Must have walked up and slid down that hill 75 to a 100 times a day, hands and feet so wet and cold you lost all feeling in them.  
 Running home and putting our hands under the hot water faucet to get our fingers unfrozen enough to change clothes and eat a peanut butter and honey sanwhich, then back out the door for more sledding , till it got so dark we could not see the bottom of the run from the top.  Good times!  
 I remember by friend Bobby's Dad ,Joe riding his snowmobile down the street and around our willow tree then shooting up the street. he even got my mother to go for a ride, him laughing and her screaming all the way.  
 Some of the older kids got an old junker car rig up with chains and the pulled an old rusty car hood on a rope behind them , and us all piling on  and going for a ride. Good times.! 
   Anyway, dreading the thought of 1-4 inches of snow on the valley floor, I try to think back to when snow was a good thing. 
  What is your favorite memory from "The Big Snow" ?

Valentines day is almost here.

Posted on January 28, 2011 at 2:36 PM Comments comments (2)
Valentines is February 14th!
I was sitting here this morning trying to think of  a nice gift to give Mary for Valentines. It's quite hard to give a gift to someone who owns a gift shop believe it or not. I have done flowers in the past and that went well, there are several nice flower shops in Roseburg to choose from.
The best advice I ever received about giving  gifts to a loved one , was from my sister Retta. What she told me was" Never to send gifts to their home."
" Women love getting gifts, but they really love getting them in front of other women."
Since then, I have always sent Mary's gifts to her work place.
This year instead of sending your love flowers , why not give something as unique as your love.
A Custom made gift basket from Wicker Works. Mary can put one together to meet any color or theme you may have.  Call or stop in after 4pm (Thats when Mary gets here) and discuss your idea with Mary.
Oh ..... we can deliver on Feb.14 as well.

The New Year.

Posted on December 27, 2010 at 1:01 AM Comments comments (0)
As the Christmas season draws to a close, it's time to look forward to 2011. We at Wicker Works are looking to continue to offer excellent customer service, as well as the variety of Items to keep you coming back to see what's new.