Category Archives: Everything Else

90-Minute Keynote

Posing a few questions to fellow speakers, fellow audience members (current and former), and fellow easily distracted people. Next month I'm presenting a 90-minute keynote address at a conference (subject: new-media marketing/youth markets) and I am terrified. Looking to my friends for a little guidance and reassurance on this.

Le Big Sale: 50% all shoes!

All of our fall deliveries are starting to come in and the boxes of inventory are piling up in a labyrinthian maze around the common areas of the office. We're hauling the shipments in, unpacking them, and checking quality as fast as they're arriving. It seems like we always have way more coming for fall than for spring, so this is like Christmas for me. My entire wardrobe for the next year is arriving!

The Sewists: A beautiful new craft & design book by Josephine Perry

After over two years in the making, crafter/artist/author Joesphine Perry's beautiful new book The Sewists: DIY Projects from 20 Top Designer-Makers is available for pre-order! I'm incredibly excited and honored to be one of the featured designers, along with several of my crafty design idols including Julie Jackson of Subversive Cross Stitch and Jaime Jennings and Amber Corcoran, the girls from Fancy Tiger. When I received the book in the mail today I was first struck by the beauty of the cover and elegant simplicity of the project layouts. It even comes with a CD with all the templates.

Letter from a reader: Changes and consistency

I am a long time reader of your blog and have seen it through its various incarnations. I wondered if you might find inspiration one day to discuss the changes, i.e., the changes in you. For example (and these are purely from memory, so I may very well be misremembering things or just plain getting things wrong):

Mother’s Day Gift Alert! Love these Liberty designs from The Apron Shop

I love The Apron Shop because like all the best little businesses, it has a great story. The owner who goes by the moniker Apron Babe is a fashion designer in New York and she runs The Apron Shop as her extracurricular evening project–something I totally understand myself. She loves to make things for her…