Thursday, November 29, 2012

Dear Santa + Preview

Have you started Christmas shopping? I haven't. I'm the person you see rushing around at 8:30 pm on Christmas Eve tying up some loose ends.  I have to buy for about 10 people, not including the little gifts I'll get for my coworkers.  I have 1 gift and 1 on the way..horrible, right? It doesn't help that I'm extremely indecisive.  "Maybe he will like this, but maybe he doesn't need it though.." I'm a big supporter of " one for you, one for me.." at this time of year.  I ask people what they want for Christmas, but I don't really listen.  I like the suprise from people when they get something they didn't expect.  I put a lot of thought into what to get people.  Thankfully, this year..I've thought a lot about what I'm getting people.  This isn't usually the case, especially not this early.

So I mentioned a big announcement last post, and that was that I am coming out with a clothing line! It's exciting for me.  I'm not big on making clothes but I wanted to give it a shot.  I've never done anything like this before.  I've been so inspired by certain fabrics and some DIY projects I've come across (thank you Pinterest..).  It's going to be comfortable, and classy.  I want you to be able to wear it to work and then wear it out on a dinner date, but most important -- to feel like yourself in it.  It is going to be flirty, and sexy.  It is going to involve pieces made from scratch and repurposed/upcycled pieces.  Everything deserves a second chance!

So, with that being said..I have a sneak peek for you! It's not much, but I'm already in love with this piece.  It's flirty and fun with a little ruffle at the top.

The tank is just for show.  I love the ruffled detail at the top, and a very easy piece for first time sewers! I hope you like it.

What you can't see in that picture (thank god..) is how much of a mess I've manage to make the spare room.  Thread attaches to everything.

I finished a custom pillow last night, and I'm in love.  I can't wait to make myself one!  The oversized buttons from The Hickory Tree, is exactly what it needed! 

Goodluck with your Christmas shopping,  and maybe I'll cross paths with you rushing around last minute.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Window Shoppin'

Hey everyone! Again, I'm horrible at this.  I need to learn to blog more, and better.

I'm doing a little better than I was the last time I blogged, so that's good.  But once again, time has manage to slip right through my hands. 

This blog has a very appropriate title for me.  Window shopping, I've been doing way to much of it lately.  Sure, it saves you money and you don't buy things that you don't need -- but a girl can only handle so much of it before she caves.  I may have caved a little tonight and hit the mall with my bestie. 

So on Sunday, the 18th...I had a craft show.  I put hours in on my sewing machine to make sure that everything was just right and that I had enough inventory to fill my table (which I loved...).  Well, the downside..was that I was scammed.  Not only me...but about 40 others vendors.  It sucked..big time.  Because of the lack of advertising and name change last minute, there was hardly any visitors.  It didn't get my down though, because I get to share more with you guys!  I've been slow to get it all uploaded, but I've got almost half of it up there.  I hope you get the chance to head on over to HASinspiration and do some window shopping for yourselves! I've added a couple new touches to some products like the amazing scent of lavender in both yoga eye pillows and new sachets to show your top drawer some love ;)

That's my table at the show.  I loved it! I was lucky to have some mirrors to add to the table.  My brother recycled some old fence wood  and barn wood to make these amazing mirrors. 
I'm sure a lot of you are going to be busy this weekend, especially tomorrow being "Black Friday".  Retailers have tagged that name on their sales over here in Canada.  I'm not complaining -- I plan on doing some Christmas shopping tomorrow.  Which is why I've been doing a lot of window shopping this week.

I hope you can get over to my shop and see the new inventory!  Happy Thanksgiving over there in the U.S.!

Talk to you SOON. I'll have a sneak peak of the piece (of clothing) I just finished!

Monday, November 12, 2012

One Year + Announcement

Just when you think you think you couldn't possibly love something more, care for something stronger or miss something harder, you can.  Sometimes it takes a loss to see that.  For me, this has never been a problem.  I love with all of my heart and I care just a little to much.  I love so much that I feel my heart and body will explode if I take on anymore.  I'm sorry I was MIA this week, I suffered quite a shock of a loss in my family. It came and went in the blink of an eye.  It really makes you see just how capable and how much you could possibly love something.  I don't want to blog about this just yet, I'm not quite ready. But thank you everyone for waiting so patiently.

Happy (belated) 1st Birthday to HASinspiration!  I intially intended to do a video blog for this one..things just didn't work out quite right.  It has been an amazing year and I owe it to you guys.  To the people that read my blog, buy my things or even take the time to look at my shop.  In time of sadness, it's important to surround yourself with the people and the things that make you happy.  That's exactly what this is to me. It is something that makes me very happy.  I am aware of all the people and locations that I've sold too.  If I could thank each and every one of you I totally would.  I feel I owe a lot to 2 specific people in my life.

My Momma.  She taught me everything I know.  She introduced me to sewing at a very young age, and let me follow her around while she taught lessons.  She continues to teach me new things to this day, and I look to her for input and opinions.  She always just seems to know what she is doing. She radiates strength and I hope to be half the mom she has always been.

My boyfriend.  He said to me just over a year ago "why don't you sell your stuff??"  I probably laughed right in his face.  In fact, I'm almost positive I did.  Of course, once he had put that idea in my head, soon enough I opened HASinspiration.  He's always believed in me.

It has certainly been an interesting year.  I have learned SO much.  It has been very slow, and very fast.  I'm okay with the slow times, it gives me time to stock up again!  Never did I think that I would be in the position I am today, selling my things to people all over the world.  People know about my things in Australia, London and in my hometown country of Canada.  I didn't know the world I had stepped into. More specific, what Etsy is able to do for a shop owner.  From labels, to shop banners..I was able to make my business something considered professional. 

I've also been introduced to a whole new world of DIY.  I made these all myself, using transfer sheets, an iron, Word, and some ribbon! Easy peasy.  You'll be seeing these labels on my new products!

So I guess I'll be getting to my annoucement now.  I'm going to be coming out with a clothing line!! I'm thinking it will just be a one time thing..not something that I will upkeep and replenish like I do my current line of things.  I'm so excited about it.  Some items will be completely handmade, and I'm also going to incorporate some upcycled pieces of clothing.  I came across this lovely floral fabric on the weekend, and I've decided that this is going to resemble one of my first pieces.

And that's all she wrote!  I'm working hard this week to get some new pieces ready for my Christmas craft and gift show.  I hope to see you there. 

Kitchener, ON at the Holiday Inn on Fairvew Rd from 10AM-4PM.

Until next time. XO

Monday, November 5, 2012

One Year Giveaway!

In celebration of my ONE YEAR!! anniversary of HASinspiration, I`m doing an amazing giveaway!  This is my biggest giveaway yet, and I'm so excited about it!

Ready for it??

A HUGE overnight bag! Perfect for the beach and travelling too!

The contest will take place ALL WEEK and the winner will be drawn on Friday, November 9th! Keep in mind, once this contest is over, the bag is made to order. 

Do ONE of the following to enter!

1.  Like my Facebook page;!/pages/HASinspiration/265714200156273
2.  Comment on this blog!
Can't wait to announce the winner! Thank you everyone for your continued support, this isn't possible without you.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Happy Friday!

I haven't blogged in a few days, and I wanted to say HEY!

Well, Halloween is officially over.  What did you dress up as?  I love Halloween, but for the past couple of years, I haven't had the chance to get all dressed up.  Maybe next year I'll plan things out a little better!  The part I really enjoy about Halloween, is the candy! I hope you let yourself indulge as well ;)

The next "holiday" is Christmas.  Through the experience of selling handmade goods, I've come to realize how important and rewarding it is to buy and support handmade.  This Christmas, I plan to buy as many handmade gifts as I can.  Of course, there will be lots to choose from at the One-of-a-Kind show! What's on your Christmas list?? Let me give you some ideas!

Yoga eye pillows! These cute guys can come in any colour.  They are filled with flax seed and lavender (if you wish).  At a cheap $3.00 each, they are a great stocking stuffer.  They can be used for the yogi (ya, made that up) in your family or for that special person who deserves to relax once in awhile.

A makeup bag! Not only a makeup bag, but this can be used for just about anything.  You can use it as a clutch for a night out, or to carry your pencils in!  $18.00 each! 

This one is my favourite.  It makes me very happy to say that I came up with this from scratch.  I never use patterns, which makes each thing completely one of a kind. I have given a few away for gifts and sold a couple, and it has gotten great reviews. It's perfect for that person in your family who likes to travel or who likes to hit the beach.  Also, its the perfect size for an overnight bag!
I hope I've made your Christmas shopping just a little bit easier.  If you're in the area on November 19th, I'd love to see you!  I'll be at the Holiday Inn on Fairview Road in Kitchener from 10am-4pm for the Christmas Craft and Gift Show!  You will be able to purchase all the above items and maybe even some new things ;)

Some news I'm really excited about -- it's almost my one year anniversary of HASinspiration!! I'm thinking another giveaway! What would you like to see??

Would love to hear from you!