Friday, February 27, 2015

Little Ginger Babushkas

Isn't she lovely? Isn't she Wonderful?
the Irish Russian. Hanging out with the Native Russian, and the Old Sleeping Russian. Party Time.

My boss at the Thrift Store texted me just as I was putting the finishing touches on this little mama. She's a Ginger Mama, and I was thinking of her! It's an Irish Russian Doll. Oh yes I did.
She's just so flippin cute. It is going to be hard to see them go, but a pleasure that they'll bring someone else joy too!

I have a sale at the Native Friendship Centre on March 21st, and I'll bring these beauties. All the others you'll be able to find at the Tiny Art Shack in Tiny Ontario in May 2015. 


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Russian Dolls Have The Best Advice

I've been making a tonne of these ladies over the last week. They take an enormous amount of time for stuffed dolls, but I just ADORE the end results. And they SPEAK to me. In the times of quiet when I get to embroider little faces and aprons, I get the best ideas.

I have about 4 more cut up and in various stages of completion. However, it's slow going. My sewing machine is at the 'end' of the kitchen. And I have to completely dig out the machine and desk, spreading the crafting joy all over the dinner table. I also open up the ironing board to sit in front of the buffet and hutch that houses all the practical and impractical dishes. (I have a bit of a Pretty Tea Cup problem. And a vintage set of dishes, complete with tea pot, creamer, sugar, dishes... that I do not let children touch without supervision.)

Creating in Chaos. It's a thing.

Anyway, it feels like it's time to tidy up to make dinner. (if that's what you can call piling all-the-things back onto and around my sewing machine.)

Still, I adore the process of seeing them come together. These little beauties for the most part will be available for sale at the Tiny Art Shack in Tiny, Ontario, in May 2015. Unless I manage to get it together enough to attend a craft show myself sometime soon.

Little Scotia Lives!


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Free Square Credit Card Processing for Craft Shows.

Yesterday, I recieved my Free SQUARE! 

A Square is a device that plugs into your android phone, and allows you to take credit card payments anywhere. Which is fantastic for me and my businesses.

Ofcourse, the first step was that I had to get an ANDROID phone. I had been using an old one with a sliding keyboard. And I loved it. But I really wanted this SQUARE. So, I finally upgraded. The kids welcomed me into "modern times."

I took my first credit card transaction on the Square yesterday, after downloading the app ALL BY MYSELF. (I did have to ask my personal tech support if I was doing it right though, and a question about my phone settings.) It was very easy! I have friends who have been using this for AGES and have had no problem recieving their earnings the next day, deposited right into their bank account.

So, what does this mean for Little Scotia clients? It means that you'll be able to take home dolls and art and all the FUN Little Scotia stuff that you weren't expecting to fall in love with from my booth set up at Farmers Markets and Craft Shows. Convenient! Square can also be used as a regular payment system, you can hook it all up in your office to record ALL of your transactions.

I checked out the backoffice, and there are lots of options for creating your store, with all your items and options.

If you've been thinking about it, no more putting it off! They'll send you a free Square for Credit Card processing HERE.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Craft and Stuff.

Sigh. I WANT a ROOM. One that is well lit and dry and spacious. One that is just MINE, to create in and display all the little curious THINGS that I have to resell. I have a collection.

There is so much crafting stuff and THINGS hidden in boxes in my dark creepy basement. My sewing machine is shoved into the back of the kitchen, and will most likely need to be moved before too long anyway. (Once the nicer weather hits, we'll all want use of the door to the back yard. Not easily accessable with my mountain of craft back there.)

I also was thinking today, about how this house will only be mine for about another 6 years or so. It's a rental, it's a social housing unit, meaning as soon as the kids are grown and gone, I'll have no need for a 3 bedroom house.

I have been here for 11 years. I basically have for all those years been WORKING on having a place of our own. Instead, we manage to just get along. Can I do what I need to do in 6 years???

Today I brought home an enormous amount of old magazines that I have plans to do some fun stuff with. They will go on a shelf in my basement.

Gods and Goddesses... help a sister out.