Madly Popular Labels Our most popular label is the fold-over, 1" wide, sew-on label. It wraps perfectly around the edge of a crochet or knitted cap. It works for all styles and laundry care instructions can be added to the back of the label—the part that wraps to the inside when you attach the label. This has become popular in part because we are seeing them on retail manufactured caps and partly because they have been featured in the tutorial for using custom labels over at our friends at Sweet Potato 3. Stop by the shop to order this item and we can work together on a label for your handmade items. www.madmadgraphics.etsy.com Madly Organized People Are Mad My husband is organized, after a fashion. He keeps everything in neat stacks; i.e., his socks, his golf shorts and his mail. He's very neat. But doesn't dust. But he does pick up after himself and is a dream to share a bathroom with. He even picks up after me. My daughter is organized, to an optimum degree. She has everything she owns folded as tight and as small as it will go and tucked into a bin of some sort with things of like kind. You have to use a crowbar to get anything out of the bin and heaven help the soul who doesn't put it back in the right order. I'm organized, in my own way. You see it's a matter of perspective. I can get my sewing corner organized and neat as a pin. Sorry. I can organize my desk in my studio so that it's ready for Studio Beautiful. And my kitchen can gleam! But ... I'm a creative. A clean sewing corner is an invitation to start a new project. A clean studio is a siren's call to sit down and re-design my logo. A clean kitchen is a solemn mandate to bake something messy and exotic. Well, we can't all be organized. Two out of three isn't bad. Soon To Launch I love programmers and software engineers. I love web developers and blog designers. They all operate out of the left side of their brain. They like to box things up, stack them in a column and place them in a grid. They call “dark coral” something like #ed6736. Their word for rule is “separator.” It’s organized and beautiful! I, on the other hand, am a right brainer. I start in the middle and work my way out. Sometimes in a spiral and sometimes in waves. Coral is coral and a rule is a rule. So while I learn the language my blog is on the drawing board and gathering strength to launch itself. Madly Clever Customers One of the things that I enjoy about working with other creative folks is how clever they are. Let's face it, if you turn yarn and fabric into something beautiful and useful ... you're creative! It's their label names--sometimes shop names, sometimes just a comment of sorts. Names like "StepStitches" for that stepmother that sews for her children. Or others like "Hooked" for the crocheter, or "Sew Much 2 Love" for the lady who sews children's clothes, "Happily Hooked" or "By Hook or by Crook." I think my favorite was "Paths Well Raveled." I never know what I'm going to run across as a shop name, but the cleverness of creative people is a special treat. What to do? What to do!? I retired a couple of years ago and it's exhausting! There are so many things to do with your free time! I'm a genuine homebody. I'd rather be at home than anywhere else. Which is good, because I've always worked from home. But now ... yikes! I like to sew ... a lot! It's just fun and I end up with things to give as gifts. I have one whole corner of my den devoted to the "sewing area" and it can go from neat-as-a-pin to oh-my-goodnes-what-happened-here? in under three minutes. I like to knit, crochet, paint, and do anything with a hot glue gun. I'm a DIY fanatic and can't watch enough YouTube videos on new ways to deploy a wire coat hanger or an empty plastic bottle. Those don't all work, by the way. I love to bake! I have to control that one, though. I don't need to get any rounder. But what fun! And with three grandchildren, if I time it right, I can bake a batch of goodies and pass them along for consumption. They're gone in under three minutes! I love being retired. Spending my days doing just what I want when I want. But sometimes I long for the days when all I had to do was work for eight hours. 'Bye! I have to go sew something.