Saturday, November 19, 2016

My Line is Up!!!!!

after 3.5 years and more hours than my @$$ wants to think about
(if my @$$ could think)
on Friday November 18, 2016 at 10:23 AM my fabric line was finally hung up and ready for sale!!!!!!!!!
This is how the fabrics are displayed at design centers, so decorators can see a full length of fabric.
(and yes, for those of you who asked, this is only available to the trade....sorry)
I have finished the website.
Here is the link: 
it is at:
but was taken.
I tried to reach the woman who owns it, to ask to buy it, but she hasn't returned my email.
I can't understand way someone wouldn't want to have an email conversation with me!!!???!!!
Maybe I'll email her again.
She'll think I'm one of those crazy internet stalkers.
Or you guys could email her!!!!!!!

To recap.......
I worked my butt off to get these fabrics ready for the spring launch 
(we made the fall.......)
That's when I met with Josh to make the final colorway choices and lay out how the wings and waterfalls would hang in the Design Center.
We had a real meeting of grownups!!!!!
There were 4 of us in total.
3 grownups and Josh.
We used the floor of my living room as a large conference table to lay out the fabrics.
Anyway, last Friday, I went into Boston to the design center to work on making up the first batch of samples.
I worked with Jessica in the samples department.
We had to staple 870 labels onto 870 samples.
That is 
870 #$% times using a stapler.
As you can see, Jessica is lovely.
She claims her hands were fine after all that stapling.
and don't get me started on my shoulders.
Here they are tucked all cozy in their boxes.

Before the wings were hung, Josh spread the waterfalls out on a table in the showroom.
These will be pinned to the wings to show all the colors for each pattern.
Before we could get them all installed, someone walked off with one of these. I am hoping that means that they will be placing an order, as I had to sew up a new waterfall and add the labels to the back.
I was not happy.
I had a workroom make all the samples and waterfalls and wings, so luckily I had the skills to quickly redo this.
But this means that folks like my stuff!!!!!
We are already getting low on some of the samples and the fabrics were just put up.
I may have created a monster.
We may have to reorder more samples soon.
Which means more stapling........

When I tell my dad about this, he keeps asking if I've sold anything yet.
Good point.
But it has to be for sale before it can be sold.
Now it is for sale.

Josh thinks in a couple of years I may have to hire some people.
I don't want to.
He will have to handle that.
I am too old for this #$%.
Be careful what you wish for.

Besides all my bitching.
I am thrilled beyond words!!!
maybe not beyond words.
I never seem at a loss for words.
They fall from my lips like pearls.....
or cherries.....
or road apples......

on that note,
Latah, Gatah

Sunday, November 6, 2016

My Fabric Line is Almost Ready!!!!!!!

Before I get to today's post about my fabric line.....
just a quick comment about some of the most recent comments to my blog.
Some of you guys got annoyed (angry, pissed off, offended, enraged, ......) because I dared to go off topic from decorating and voice an opinion.

WELL LADIES (and the occasional gentleman) 

This is a blog, not a magazine article.
It is my blog.
This is where I get to spout off.
For those of you who have been following my ramblings for some time, you know that once or twice a year I find something that really fries my goat, and I vent.
That's what blogs are for.
They are personal expressions.
If some of you don't like it, 
There will be no test.
It' very simple, just don't read me.
I don't get paid for this.
I still do it because I have been asked to.
I started writing this after my last book deal was canceled due to the collapse of the decorating book publishing industry.
But since I started my fabric line, I am very
BUSY AGAIN!!!!!!!!!
Designing fabric is a full time job.
Plus I now am designing my own website!!!!!!!
This is because Traditional Home Magazine is featuring my fabrics in the February/March issue, and I realized I better have a website.
So now I am obsessed with designing the website.
It's really fun.
So if any of you are trying to make your own website, I am using the Square Space service.
I spent a couple of days watching YouTube tutorials and now I am just like a pro.
(sort of)
(not really)
The site should be up and running within the next month or year.
(see how I did that????)
(The year ends in 2 months!!!!!)

my fabrics!!!!!
We have FINALLY gotten the wings and waterfalls so we can hang them up at the Boston Design Center.
We have had all the samples shipped, so this week I will go into Boston and help attach my labels to all the samples.

After 3 1/2 years this project is going live ladies!!!!!
Here's a shot of my living room as we were figuring how to hang the samples in the showroom.
This room was like this for 6 months.
I used it as a reference as I designed the next collection.
Here's a close up of some of the fabrics.
This pattern is called Small Diamond Batik.
 it is small
diamond shaped
and looks like batik......
I am very imaginative with my names.
It also comes in medium and large!!!!!
Because it is medium and large!!!!!
Don't get excited, but here it is in the medium size.....
I have worked on these fabrics in colorways so that they will work together.
I have been collaborating with a person in his early 40's, so was only allowed one cabbage rose pattern.
I love this bouquet.
It's called Gypsy Bouquet.
I have custom colored it for my living room and am doing it in a scale that is twice as large as the one shown.
My collaborator, who will remain anonymous (Josh) won't let me do it that way in the collection.
He say's it's "Old Lady Fabric".
What I said to him, can't be printed here.

On that note,
Latah, Gatah 
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