I've started a new blog, more centered around home decor and family life. I'd like to think of it as Whimsy Lane refined. I will always keep this blog open, but I have found that the work centered around marketing my store is just too much for me at this juncture. Between work and home, I just don't have the time to give it what it deserves. BUT that means in order to clear out inventory, everything in the shop is 50% off with the code whimsy50
(Just enter it in checkout to receive 50% off your entire order.)
image via House of Ashby
I think because House of Ashby is centered around life -rather than business- it will enable me to be more consistent with contributing and all-around more able to put my heart into it.
So you may have noticed that I've been MIA lately.
I started a new position at a new company which doesn't allow me the same amount of time I used to have. That combined with my home and mama duties- I've been seeeriously busy.
I feel like good changes are coming- so I will be back, but for now I need to focus on my immediate life and family.
I am SO LATE announcing the winner for the shop credit giveaway!
I intended to extend it out one more week, then I picked the winner via Random.org but then I didn't announce it. I am so sorry! Things are crazy over here. In addition to reopening the shop, my mom is moving in with us and I started a new job.
So with that said, the winner is...................
After all your patience with me getting time together to sew, I finally mustered up enough to start up the new collections. You'll notice slight changes in the new look: no embellishments, colored zippers instead of the former all-white, thicker interfacing for a softer feel, and extra-long zipper pulls which make opening and closing a snap! ...er, a zip! ;)
(still cheesy after all these weeks)
Here's a peek!
In celebration we're going to do a giveaway!
Winner will get $50 shop credit.
Winner will be chosen by Random.org on Friday at 5pm
And of course, feel free to leave me feedback with your thoughts.
If I've seemed MIA in the blogosphere lately and haven't visited you in a while- don't take offense! I've been a busy bee over here but I'm excited to rejoin civilization and get back to reading your blogs.
Thanks for all the kind comments and all my new friends on Instagram!
This post is really important to me, because it signifies a big change coming to my shop, and the overall look of my products in general.
For months I've been pondering ways to make my high quality pouches and bags different from everything out there and let me tell ya- it's hard. There are so many variations of what I make that every time I would think I had stumbled on something original, I would get all excited (woohoo for me! These are going to be so cute!) Then I'd see it being done somewhere else and get totally crushed. Not only because you feel defeated, but because you're suddenly struck with an ethics check. You want to adore the things you make, but you also want to respect what's already out there. I thought "Okay- I know my stuff needs an embellishment. But what? Ruffles!" So I made ruffles with printed fabric at the start of it all. But let's be real, there are a ton of other shops doing that.
Old-school photo of a whimsy lane pouch
So then I got the idea to utilize my solid fabric by making ruffles...
...but then I saw that too. At that point you think "Well damn- I've already got all this inventory made and have somewhat established myself in the handmade world- what do I do? Keep making the products the way I have been? -the way I've loved?- or really rack my brain for a more original look to love?" I decided to do the latter. The answer for me was so much simpler than I had thought. Literally. I decided to get rid of ruffles. I know. It seems so anti-climactic! But for me this was big because with all the shops out there, I really don't ever see anything comparable to what I make without them. Or at least without some variation of them.
But that also meant other changes needed to happen. Like my zipper- I had always used white. It was kind of like "my thing". But with no ruffle, I needed a pop of color (you know how much I love my pops of color!) so I ordered up a bunch of crisp, beautiful, zany, fun, (and any other great adjective you can think of) zippers from my favorite indie vendor ZipIt, and made the choice that I was going to let the fabric speak for itself with the help of a great, well-considered, zipper. Of course that also means my zipper pulls will have to be more dramatic too...
Peek of my new look via instagram
As with any company -big or small- changes happen. Things progress, things evolve and change can be good. I hope this change will be good. I'm still ironing out my options- like what I'll do for my bigger stuff. I'm not sure if items like big pouches and totes will look bare with no embellishment. I would love ideas or recommendations in the comments section on what to do with those! I often take to my facebook, twitter or instagram to get your feedback whenever I'm stuck in a rut, so chat away with your ideas! Until I am done getting some newbies made, my shop will be closed. I will keep you posted on the reopen so make sure to check back often :)
So what do you think? Could you could love a bag without an embellishment?