Tuesday, June 17, 2014

What's happening at Textile Trolley!

OK so it's been a ridiculous length of time since I last posted.....I feel bad, I feel I should be putting more posts together but there are just not enough hours in the day.

Since I last left you ....

-  I whizzed by 500 sales in my Etsy shop

-  Have taken on 5 wholesale shop orders (including one in NYC and Malaysia)

-  Was chosen from many (I presume) to be involved in a new shop opening up in N.J.  It's called   Greensleeves and has it's opening at the end of this month in Flemington.  They have chosen a handful of local NJ artists to display their work in this shop, each one having their own area to display their work not mixed together.  I'll be writing a full post on this shop once I go and visit in July.  I'm excited to be a part of this organization as they are a charity that help local adults with special needs.

-  I was accepted into a Jersey City show in September

-  I was accepted by Renegade to be a part of their Brooklyn show in September...can't tell you how excited and privileged I feel to be a part of that, it's a tough show to get in to with a lot of amazing new artists....if you are not familiar check out this post from my visit last year

- Was interview by Spanish Glamour (Spain based magazine) on what it's like to be a 'Norland Nanny'.  The article is supposed to be out in the June or July issue.  I have a friend in Seville picking up a copy.

-  I got half way through re-organizing my studio, wrapping fabrics around those comic back boards...it looks great so far but that was about a month ago when I started and I just haven't had time to finish it yet.
I have more fabric than I can make bibs with - possibly 30-40 new fabrics that are just lying there waiting to be made in to bibs....it's very frustrating but hopefully I will have some time in the summer to get to them.

- Totally not connected to T.T. but my pool team won a local 9 ball tournament that qualifies us to play in the National tournament in Las Vegas in August, flight and accommodation paid for YAY!!!  Another amazing achievement.

I'm sure there's more but there are orders that need to be completed and out today so I gotta dash....I'll be back soon with new posts.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Second Outdoor Craft Fair

So I had my second outdoor craft fair this last weekend in Hoboken, N.J.  Hoboken is the last town in NJ before you cross the tunnel in NYC it's a very young, happening place so I thought I'd give the annual spring Art and Music Festival a go.  This is one of the reasons I've been a bit quiet lately....preparing for Hoboken....and it's a good job I did!!!!  It was the busiest show I have ever done.  Took me 3 hours to eat half a sandwich because every time I picked it up there was someone interested in a purchase....now I am NOT complaining it's merely to show you how busy I was....and of course with being busy comes great sales, the best I've ever done....so I was a happy camper despite the terribly windy weather.

Here are a few pics, they are not the best because I just managed to finish setting up as the festival opened and I had only brought my phone with me because I knew I could be busy and I had no help to watch items like expensive cameras.  I had to alter my display a little because of the weather.

As much as I love my handmade sign it's difficult to read.  I can't bare to redo it so I was thinking of possibly going around the edges with a black sharpie?  What do you think?  I tried to sew around the edge in dark thread but because it is all strung together it was really difficult....plus it didn't make it stand out too well either...I did the first 'T' can you tell?

This was the front table with blankets, bib and burp sets and burp cloths.  I had to take my cards out of a carousel because of the high wind so I stuck those in a rectangular basket next to the hair ties.  I didn't put out my button hair elastics or my wood and fabric tags because it was windy and I didn't want to worry about little things blowing away.

This was the side table with organic items and baby and toddler bibs.  I usually stack the wine crates on top of each other but was worried they would blow over....the ones on the other table are nailed together so they were fine.  The tent was swaying from side to side so the wine crates wouldn't have stood a chance.  I had to put a metal rod on the row of bibs that are raised because they were starting to blow away.

I kept the side wall off the right side because most people only had 2 sides up ...I figured they knew what they were doing so I just did the same PLUS I ran out of time.  See the back wall?  I learned that if you roll it up at the bottom the wind won't rock your tent as much because it comes through.

You can see the bibs blowing in the wind in this pic.  I love how they decorate the tent when they hang on the washing line all the way around.  I hung the toddler bibs at the back this time and also switched a blanket in there half way through the day, that's when the blankets started selling!!!!!  I think I may try and hang a lower line too next time if I have time this way I'll have more table space. 

I had so many wonderful compliments on my bibs, display, the fabrics I had chosen etc it made me feel really good by the end of the day and I wasn't quite as exhausted as I usually am.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Telling a story in gifts

There are many wonderful things that I love about running a business, making your own hours, your own designs, no one to answer to etc but one of the greatest perks is the contact with my customers, I love hearing the individual stories behind their purchases.

I had a wonderful lady contact me tonight.  She is putting together a present for fantastic friends of hers that are expecting a baby.  She was so delighted at the range of bibs in my Etsy shop because she found exactly what she was looking for, items that represent who the parents are.....I am so thrilled to be a part of this.

Here's their story (mini version)

the mother is french
Baby Bib and Burp Cloth Set /FRENCH baby gift set/ Bonjour bib and burpie /3months to 2 years

the father is from Wales  (get it....whales...don't worry, took me a moment)
Bib and Burp Cloth / Whale Bib / Whale Burp Cloth / Newborn Gift / Baby shower gift

they used to ride bicycles around the Netherlands
Baby bib / Bike Baby Bib / Bicycle

they love to travel
 Baby bib and burp cloth set / World Map Baby / anchor / gift set / 100% cotton / fits 3 months to 2 years plus

NYC Bib and Burp Cloth Set / New York baby / NYC / NYC Skyline / baby gift set/

And have settled in Fiji for now.....can't manage a fiji bib  :o)

How cool is that?  Their story has been told in bib and burp cloths!!!!!  LOL  LOVE IT!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Custom Order for new Navy Parents

Hi Guys

Just thought I'd swing by to show some pics of the latest custom order.  Bit of a challenge this....my friend asked me to put together a blanket, bib and burp cloth for friends of his that had just had their first child.  Both parents were in the Navy so he wanted something nautical....only problem is that it was for a girl!

I had so many 'boy' fabric ideas and I know it really shouldn't make a difference but sometimes it still does.
Anyway after much searching Michael Miller solved my problem with his 'Out to Sea' collection...phew!

Here's some pics of what I made

A selection of burp cloths

World Map Blanket....it will be available in white soon too

Bib 'O' the world....or mostly South America

Everyone loves mermaids right?

.....and Narwhals

Love this collection, so glad I stumbled across it.  Check out the shop for availability if you would like to purchase anything  Textile Trolley Shop on Etsy

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Hoboken Arts and Music Festival 2014


I'll be in Hoboken May 4th
11am to 6pm

Look for the tent with bibs on washing lines and stop by and say hello.

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Viking Blanket and it's 5 minutes of fame

Over the past 2 or 3 days I've been experiencing quite a lot of activity in my Etsy shop on a sold out item....curious....very curious indeed.

My best seller the Organic Viking Blanket!

Organic Baby Blanket / LAST ONE /Viking Baby Blanket/ boat blanket

Sadness of all sadness they have discontinued the fabric and I can't find it anywhere!!!!

Anyhoooo I traced my links back to http://www.brit.co/

Check out #31 on the post 33 Must Haves for your Baby Registry!

The one and only Textile Trolley Viking Blanket.  How cool is that?

OK I am off to write to that fabric company demanding that they reprint the Viking Fabric.

Saturday, March 29, 2014


Yep...I'm still alive....this is the longest that I have gone without writing!  I am swamped!  And what takes the back seat?  THE BLOG!  Darn it!

I've been getting ready for my first craft show of the season....it's tomorrow if you live in Norther N.J. check it out and come and say hello.

March 30th
Paramus High School 10am to 5pm
99 East Century Rd, Paramus, N.J. 

You would think I would be more prepared with having done 4 shows last year but there are always ways to tweak displays and items you are not happy with.  Add new items and then comes the pricing and signs for them.....not to mention that my stock was quite depleted so I have had to do a lot of sewing. 

Anyway this was just a quickie to say I'm alive and kicking.  I'll post pics next week of my display.