Thursday, June 30, 2011
If you can not attend the Etsy Meet-up this month or would like to purchase your own kit, the sock monkey kit will be available through her website for $25. Free shipping. They make great Christmas gifts.
Have a wonderful day. Look forward to seeing everyone in 2 weeks.
As always, our meeting will be in the conference room of Techshop RDU from 7-10 pm. The adresss is:
5905 Triangle Drive
Raleigh, NC 27617
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Have a great day. Thank you everyone who has supported us on the kickstarter campaign. We are loving having you follow us.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
A guy loves how a piece wears. They'll tell you at length about their favorite jeans that took them years to break in right. Ralph Lauren, fashion ion, is famous for wearing the same pair of lucky jeans for 30 years. My father has been wearing the same style of dress shirts as long as I've known him. Ask any wife whose husband still has college shirts or boxers he's worn for 10 years.
The best pieces of clothing do both. So today, I'm fixing my boyfriend's beloved Wrangler jeans. He ripped them at work, but loves them too much to part with them. And so today you get a repair design job fixing a small treasure.
Have a great day. You can continue to follow us on Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lisashay/walking-in-your-dreams
Monday, June 27, 2011
You may either bring $5 or a blank t-shirt.
Plan on at least a solid hour after you get done to allow the shirt to dry.
These are my classic favorite band shirts. Best of luck on your week and have a great day. You can see the finished shirt here hanging above the desk at Techshop starting July 12th through August 9th.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Have a great day.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
PS-This photo comes from NC State's STEM mission calling page. Li Sashay does not own the photo.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
We've been asked to help compete in a reality design show from Yoxi.tv that found us on Kickstarter to help trim the Waste in Fashion. This should be starting up as we finish our campaign so it's a nice dovetail between one event and the next. To help show the average waste, we compiled a short video clip showing the average waste involved in cutting and manufacturing 100 tote bags. It's a full 55 gallon garbage can. Plus some of our solutions for what to do with all the waste. We trimmed it all down to make a nice dog bed for the pup. We are submitting the video footage this next week and really excited to be part of the show hopefully. Tanner is helping us put the final touches on. Sirius B did the music for this piece.
This project is near and dear to my heart having worked on a factory floor for so long I've seen the sheer fabric by-product created in several hours of work is generally taken away in fork lifts. An average cutting machine can cut 5,000 pieces every 3 hrs. which is roughly 100 garbage barrels and that's before you get to serging. We are really excited to be competing and hope to bring some great ideas to the table in terms of reducing carbon footpring and waste.
To celebrate, we are selling the zero waste Totes on Etsy for $10 if you would like to pick one up. We hope you are as excited about the environment as we are. Check-out the video and please vote for Team Li Sashay.
Monday, June 20, 2011
People love to pick up business cards, small ticket items, and just generally chat with the business owners. I always have a great time.
Thanks everyone who came out. We look forward to seeing you next year.
We will also be discussing the new Google SEO changes and what it means for owners of online shops to increase sales. Guest artist to be announced.
Can't wait to see you all there.
5905 Triangle Drive
Raleigh, NC 27617
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Today's post is produced with a big thanks for my friends over at Blocklets. Gabe and Mark just finished up a successful Kickstarter campaign and they designed sweet custom gift boxes for our Li Sashay Kickstarter campaign. The boxes come assembled and can be broken apart to form anything. You can see our hat boxes on left. Now everyone who orders from Kickstarter can have the added bonus of fun packaging.
Thank you guys! You are awesome!
Please continue to follow us: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lisashay/walking-in-your-dreams
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Today's post is love story. I got asked last week to help Paul redo a beloved family leather comfy chair. His wife Shannon loves estate sales and picked it up a leather chair that with 9 kids later has seen better days. Last week he wandered in with a beat up cushion and a few days later, voila.
Thank you everyone who has been following us on the blog. Please continue to support us on our Kickstarter campaign. :-) http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lisashay/walking-in-your-dreamsTomorrow we have a surprise in store from our friends over at Blocklets.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Hello, this is Li Sashay's jewelry artist, Nash Page, speaking in place of Dara. She managed to wear herself out due to all of the excitement with the Etsy Artists and asked me to fill in for her this evening. So, today's post is not one specific design, but twenty. Tonight a group of artists from Etsy had the monthly get together to demonstrate their various skill sets while Roth Brewing Company supplied beer for the guests.
There was a wide variety of crafts shown tonight ranging from baby booties, feather clips, painting, sewing pin holders, glass painted hearts, zipper roses, and a number of other things. Jeff Sgroi even showed some of his new Corian designs with a special piece made for his father. All in all, the group had fun and, with plenty of added guests, there were a lot of friendly faces that we hope to see again in the future.
Thank you to everyone who showed up to make this night a great success, and we hope to see all the new friendly faces next month. Special thanks to Jeff Sgroi and Amber Gorski for their hard work and interesting ideas.
Monday, June 13, 2011
Welcome back from the weekend. We hope you had a wonderful time. We spent the weekend with our friends at Blocklets getting ready for Maker-Faire. We will have a number of cool gifts for Dads at the show which we invite you to come see and sample. Several are made with Blocklet's inventors help. They designed some cool custom one packaging with us which you can see later in the week. Pick one up. On the right, you can see my favorite messenger bag pattern from last summer. I designed them to be reversible for an artist friend who wanted to do paintings and engravings on them. We also did a number of different models from fabrics I fell in love with. The bags sold out quickly, but it was a fun project. Have a great day. See you all tomorrow.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
This remains my hands down favorite project I've probably done because of the smile Waverly gave me on handing it to her. Most beautiful smile I've ever gotten. I wish I had a photo of it to this day, but some moments are priceless and fleeting.
I hope you get to impact someone who adds joy to your life in a positive way today. Have a lovely night/morning where you are in the world.
Link to our kickstarter project: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lisashay/walking-in-your-dreams
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Because we all love a good show. Have a great day everyone.
Thank you everyone for supporting and following us on Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lisashay/walking-in-your-dreams
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
As always, please continue to support us on Kickstarter and we thank you for reading.
Monday, June 6, 2011
All are welcome! Free to everyone!
Please bring something you're working on. And come share crafting supplies.
5905 Triangle Drive
Raleigh, NC 27617
~ Dr. Flowers, best advice I got in college.
Welcome back from the weekend. We hope you had a good time. I've decided to take a break today from talking about the shop's design successes and stop for a moment to talk about one of our design failures. It's always fun to show off one's successes, but I've found that it has been the failures that caused me to grow the most a designer. While we could just show you our successes, it seems somehow right to balance them against one of my failures.
One of my early failures can be seen here. The evening clutch. I originally designed these as a medium-sized bag made from recycled upholstery fabrics that I fell in love with at a store closing. I was so proud of the initial design and the first few sold quickly. However, once I got through the first few models, I ran into an unexpected problem. While the bags looked cute on the outside, I had not thought to put pockets on any of the insides. I invested most of my time in fabric quality selection and looks, and not very much on customer usability. Customers loved the bag, but wanted pockets! No girl wants to stand there looking silly while she digs for her keys.
This was a great lesson I've since learned and the next bag I designed that I added pockets to sold really well. And this brings me to today's thought which is that long-term success as a designer involves a willingness to learn from one's mistakes. It would be nice to be perfect, but my customers continue to surprise me with ideas and needs I would have never thought of in the first place. Answering their needs and designing for them has become more important to me than being perfect. Most good designers go through 5 or 6 designs to come up with a final product. There's nothing wrong with putting a some sweat and elbow grease in to make things work. Especially if you are doing something new, interesting, or challenging.
So I leave you today with the most important secret I've learned to successful design, which is learning to leave yourself room to fail and get back up. It's slightly messy and complicated, but also very honest. I hope you enjoy the rest of our designs we present over the remaining 20 days.
Please continue to support us on Kickstarter.
Friday, June 3, 2011
Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend and happy designing.
A big thanks to everyone who has supported us on our Kickstarter campaign so far! We are having a fantastic time with you. Please continue to facebook, tweet, and e-mail about it. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lisashay/walking-in-your-dreams
Thursday, June 2, 2011
We love to dance at Li Sashay. Today's post is for my dancing friends. The idea came from Drew who is with Fab Labs of the Carolinas. He needed soft dancing shoes that would turn easily with leather soles. Everyone needs to cut loose from time to time. Thank you Kevin Bacon's Footloose. If you haven't seen the classic, I encourage you to rent it one night for fun. Dancing shoes are great, but they have a number of requirements as turned shoes. Turned shoes are little jewels of history as they originated in the Middle Ages due to durability. They have the unique property of having no exposed stitches in the final piece so they last much longer than standard shoes which is great when you're going to be subjecting them to serious wear and tear.
Normally I post up the final product pictures, but we had an unexpected last minute job from a client today and our shop is pulling an all-nighter. You can see the final Kickstarter blue shoes tomorrow when we get more time to post them. Thanks everyone who dropped by to help.
I hope you love your pair. You can pre-order a limited edition Kickstarter pair from the website: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lisashay/walking-in-your-dreams
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
My poor brother was co-oped on these scouting exhibitions. Today, we craft a number of unique pieces for dance competitions or date night out. Our two biggest are what I lovingly think of as the Grace Kelly skirt that floats as you spin and thin leather dancing shoes that give you enough contact to pull those killer moves without landing on your face. Today our wonderful new intern Ella will be showing off the circle skirt she designed for a night out on the town.
The final proof moment came when she put it on. Lots of laughter on her part which meant success. I've always felt that the true test a piece of clothing is it's ability to make a person smile when they put it on. Today we succeeded.
Check-in tomorrow with our custom Kickstarter dance shoes. Thank you everyone who is following our posts. We hope you continue to follow us and please continue to show your support on Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lisashay/walking-in-your-dreams