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Studio Shaming – December 20th

There were some images of perfect studio spaces floating around on Pinterest yesterday.  Neat open shelves and large empty tables photographed in soft natural light all made me think that not a thing was actually made there.  So here I give you my work space five days before Christmas.  I would call this a successful season!

Spongetta Studio December Christmas Rush

Part of the process of creating is to have the fabric visible and accessible. For that we set up tables and lay everything out.

Spongetta Studio December Christmas Rush

My mom discovered that mushroom boxes are the same size and shape as the stockings and perfect for containing and transport.

Spongetta Studio December Christmas Rush

The cutting table is amazingly uncluttered for this time of year. One great addition has been the Pampered Chef spinning caddy my mother found at a garage sale for a dollar. I still bury the scissors under piles of fabric, but it helps.

Spongetta Studio December Christmas Rush

Not looking forward to untangling the rolls of loop cord. We really need a better system.

Spongetta Studio December Christmas Rush

Lot of colorful scraps to kick start the vegetable season!

Spongetta Studio December Christmas Rush

Actually looking forward to reorganizing the cuffs.  We have many more to cut for next season.

Next week, time to clean and make it pristine again!

Make it an Heirloom

I love feedback.  My favorites are always the private messages that let me know the stockings are part of a family tradition.  With that in mind, we offer the following suggests to keep your stockings looking like new.

  • Lightly stuff the stockings with clean plastic bags to give a full shape when hung as a decoration before Christmas.
  • On Christmas Eve, place the stocking on a chair for Santa to fill. Only lightweight items should be put in the stocking while hanging.
  • Store stocking wrapped in tissue away from moisture and moths.
  • Spot clean as necessary.
  • Enjoy a very merry Christmas!


Handmade Large Christmas Stocking - Falling Arches - Heirloom Holiday Decor for Men Ready to Ship

Thank you for including Spongetta in your holiday traditions!





A New Look

A handmade beaded clutch repurposed from a placemat.

A handmade beaded clutch repurposed from a placemat.


A gorgeous purse created from a remnant of tie silk.

A gorgeous purse created from a remnant of tie silk.


A fabulous double knit polyester makes a cool retro purse.

A fabulous double knit polyester makes a cool retro purse.


A sweet little upholstery remnant purse sits perfectly in a round rattan handle.

A sweet little upholstery remnant purse sits perfectly in a round rattan handle.

Sarah and I had a blast reshooting some of the Spongetta photos.  From a photographer’s standpoint, she is a dream to shoot.  Here are some of our favorites.



Today was a bad day.  Nothing special, just one of those days when nothing seems to go right.  The big cliche kind of day.

When I returned from the post office, Luna greeted me at the door, tail wagging with the garbage can cover around her neck.  Instantly everything was better!

She really is the sweetest, mellowest dog ever.  Anyone else would have been wiggling, whimpering and trying to get out.  She just waited, while I took pictures, for me to save her.


This week is my favorite when it comes to gardening. The soil is fresh, perennials are emerging and the worst weeds are crab grass and dandelions.  For the first time in years, the spinach and peas are both in the ground and sprouting.   Inside tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, herbs, zinnias are showing their second leaves and beginning to look like real plants. Anything is possible and my head is full of big ideas!

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The challenges are coming.  Along with the hosta, the weeds are beginning to pop out. The three spearmint nursed through the winter need a home sequestered from anyone else but safe from the weedeater. Luna has already helped by digging in the compost and spreading it across the lawn. Rob demonstrated the new power trimmer turning our front bushes into stick sculptures.


Let the fun begin!

How Google Has Changed How I Write

When I first started on Etsy, I would write the descriptions stream of conscious, not really worrying how they would be picked up by search engines. Not only did it not occur to me, I did not have to either. My first sale was within two hours of posting the purse followed by over 300 sales in two years. Then Etsy changed. The competition grew, the search changed to relevancy, and I lost my client base during a couple year hiatus. I had to pay more attention to the words I used in tags, titles and descriptions.

When it was time to update the spongetta webpage, I did not just write. Rather, I compiled a list of thirty terms that had to be included in the text. This exercise made me realize how many obvious words I have missed in the past, such as homemade and heirloom. Even now as I write this passage, I am going back to be sure I have not used an oblique term or preposition when I could use something more descriptive.

It is resume time again. Before I even started the cover letter, I identified 14 key words from the job description and am structuring my central paragraph around these terms. The writing is definitely stronger and makes for a better application package. I feared that compiling ideas so strategically would take some of the fun out of the process. Instead, being deliberate with my word choices gives me more control over the process. There is no doubt now that I have presented myself in the best way possible.

All Dressed Up

One of my favorite things about Etsy is making treasuries.  My husband laughs, but there is something so satisfying about finding 16 items from other shops that harmoniously mesh together to form a cohesive image.  And sometimes we are rewarded for our effort and the collection spends an hour on the front page of Etsy.  In the middle of the night, one of my collections enjoyed that privilege.

Vintage Cotton Canvas Laundry Bag – Rite-Way Laundry Co. Inc – Brooklyn pre-1950s

A great find that could have been a fun project, but has remained intact.  I guess we are back to the cut it or sell it question.  This time sell.  But it is a really cool item that could be used in a very cool way.   Already had some calls from set designers looking for the perfect laundry bag for a shoot.

Sara is cleaning out her extensive collection of fabric and found this amazing cotton canvas laundry bag in very good vintage condition with no wear but a few stains. The Brooklyn based cleaner’s canvas laundry bag is dated based on the New York City exchange phone number. Natural canvas printed in black on both sides. Overall dimensions are 25 1/2″ x 38″ (64 x 97 cm). The printed area is 16″ x 15″. The bag is sewn from two rectangular pieces of canvas with a selvedge at the opening.

Yes, it was once a placemat!

A friend picked up these beaded placemats to use under the centerpieces at our wedding.  They had been floating around the studio for years since.  Sarah Jo took them and created these stunning clutch purses.  Each one has been reinforced with a cotton lining, then hand sewn to form the purse body.  She finished them with a pocket and magnetic clasp. There are three each in orange and pink and one turquoise clutch.

How perfect would these beaded clutches be for bridesmaid gifts?