Big Announcement

This is probably the biggest announcement that Tawny Bee will ever make.

I’ve been struggling with this decision for several months now, but now is the time.

Tawny Bee will be closing up shop before September 2014.

With my daughter Lane starting Kindergarten in the fall, it’s time for me to go back to work. So it seems like the right time to close the virtual doors. I’m not finding any joy in it anymore and would rather focus my sewing talents on projects that I especially want to make instead of those that I feel I have to make to keep the shop afloat.

I have sewn the last item for my Etsy and Zibbet shops this week and will leave all listings up until they expire. I’ve reduced shipping on all items to “free” within Canada and the United States and have reduced shipping to destinations worldwide. I have also removed any custom-make items. Whatever is left is what is for sale.

Of course for those of you locally who know my products and would like me to make things for you, I’m still going to be doing that. No worries – you will get your minions, potty trainers, mama cloth etc. I just won’t be making any other items to place in the online shops and won’t be keeping any stock.

More details on this announcement to come in future posts.

It’s going to be a big adjustment for me but I believe it’s the right one to make for my future.

Thank you to all my fans and customers throughout these almost 6 years. I have appreciated your business and support more than you will ever know.

 

The Fun Has Just Begun

It’s April!

What are my thoughts on April you might ask?

Well….

Way back in the 1980s, my brother and I used to play a game on his SEGA system called Shinobi. This game was tons of fun and even I was pretty good at playing it.

Shinobi from way back in the 1980s

Shinobi from way back in the 1980s

Skip ahead to the middle 2000s and whoever makes that Shinobi game released a new version. This was a simpler time before Terry and I had kids. We were living together in a little apartment. For entertainment, we would go to our local Blockbuster and rent video games.

Yeah… you could actually do that way back then – what a strange and foreign ritual.

Anywho – Shinobi was rented for the weekend way back in 2004. And it just wasn’t the same. Terry played it and it had all sorts of improved graphics and difficult¬† game play.

What does this have to do with my thoughts on the month of April you are probably asking yourself about now.

Well, there was a particular level on this newer Shinobi game that Terry played over and over and never really got anywhere. The enemy boss thing kept repeating the same phrase over and over (or at least it seemed that way because Terry must have played that level about 485930485 times).

“The fun has just begun.”

I still think of that silly game whenever I think of this phrase. Now that it’s April I’m thinking about that phrase a lot.

April is my busiest month at Tawny Bee – or at least it has been in the past. And if the orders that are rolling in are any indication, nothing has changed.

I’m gearing up all of my eco-friendly potty trainers and mama cloth in order to keep up with all of the “Getting ready for Earth Day” orders. (Earth Day is on April 22nd). I’m so happy that lots of you decide to make an earth conscious switch to reusable pads and potty trainers in April and I’ll keep making em until I drop. Just for you. :D

Yeah, what he said.

Yeah, what he said.

THE FUN HAS JUST BEGUN.

 

 

Custom Potty Trainers

I just finished sewing 6 potty trainers for an order today. I’ll be mailing out to BC tomorrow morning.

 

IMG_4904If you’re looking forward to potty training (or maybe you aren’t but it’s gotta be done sometime right?) – then check out the Potty Trainers section in either of my shops for awesome handmade bamboo and cotton Easy Up potty training pants.

You can buy them in a bulk custom listing for 6 potty trainers like the photo above, or you can buy them individually or in sets of 2 or 3. So many options and they work like cuckoo bananas – no joke!

 

Potty Trainers at Tawny Bee on Etsy

Potty Trainers at Tawny Bee on Zibbet

 

 

Sometimes You Gotta Make an Apple Costume

This month is I Love To Read month at my kids’ school. It’s also Staff Appreciation Week this week.

Tawny Bee was super happy to take a custom request that would help the School’s Parent Association celebrate these two events.

An Apple costume!

I know… it’s totally not Halloween and I get to make a costume! SQUEEEEEEE!!!!!!

Costumes are my favourite.

Dawn (head of the Parents Association) handing out apples to the teachers and support staff in her apple costume.

Dawn (head of the Parents Council) handing out apples to the teachers and support staff in her apple costume.

The head of the Frontenac School Parents Council showed me a photo of the costume that she wanted. Normally I wouldn’t agree to knock off anyone’s handmade work – but this particular costume came from a mass manufacturer-type place and you could tell it wasn’t the best quality.

It was a basic felt apple costume with a bookworm sticking out of the front that you could use as a hand. (I put an extra hole along the edge of the apple costume just in case Dawn felt like using her arm without the worm as well).

 

The worm holding the basket of apples. Adorable!

The worm holding the basket of apples. Adorable!

I totally love requests like this! As I said before – costumes are my favourite! :D

New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!

I bet a lot of you are busy organizing? Am I right? No? Just me?

Well… I’ve been busy for the past few days – basically since the 1st – organizing the Tawny Bee studio. Taking stock, ordering supplies and getting everything ready for 2014.

Phew! Let me tell you, that studio was a DISASTER!

And now it’s nice and clean and fresh and ready for another year of creating awesome stuff.

I put all my fabric on mini bolts

I put all my fabric on mini bolts

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All the quilter’s cottons are on this shelf

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All the fabric that was too small for a bolt is folded in neatly put in these two baskets (with bracelet snakey on top!)

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I even hung some stuff up and placed my box full of shipping supplies neatly underneath.

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All my knits and fleece are also on mini bolts and stored in bins under my cutting table.

 

And that lovely pile of upcyclables you see on top of my shelves is slowly getting cut up into the cutest little potty training pants you ever did see! Now just to sew them….

 

PileHere’s to a fantastic 2014!

WEST Holiday Pop Up Shop

Last year I was lucky to be a part of an awesome last minute holiday shoppers handmade and vintage sale.¬† And this year I’m doing it again! :D

POPI’m very excited about this show. Since I haven’t been doing too many local sales this year, this is the perfect chance to come out and meet me and pick up some last minute holiday gifts.

I’ll be bringing my left over minion stuff – I have 2 one-eyed Stuart stuffies, 1 two-eyed Dave stuffies, 1 purple minion stuffie, 1 each of Stuart and Dave youth winter hats, 2 adult purple minion winter hats left.

Here is a photo of a few of the fun minion items:

Minions Kids(Cute Kids not included.)

I’m also very excited to introduce a one-time only new Tawny Bee holiday item:

IMG_4496Caroling Dolls! They are loosely based on the shape of Ukrainian nesting dolls and they are the sweetest little things. I weighted them each at the bottom with either rice, popcorn kernels or beads so they stand up. Purchase a whole choir or just one special caroler for yourself or for a really cool handmade gift. They are $8 each and will be for sale only for this show. If there are any left, they will be put away until next year when I’ll be giving them away as holiday gifts. :)

 

So hop to it and come join me for the hottest shopping experience around. No malls, no long line ups, plenty of awesome music and treats and a relaxing environment. What more could you ask for?

Join the Facebook event here so that we know you’re coming – or just stop on by, we’re all hoping to see you.

 

The Greatest Party that No One Showed Up For

Five years ago, way back in 2008 I was in the throws of some serious hormones. I didn’t know back then that they were pregnancy hormones and that little Lane was going to be born 9 months later.

All I knew was that I was antsy and willing to take a risk that would prove pretty awesome.

I thought up a name and opened the Tawny Bee Etsy shop. I listed one thing on November 28th, 2008.

For that 1st year, I only had 6 sales. Which was good because I needed my business knowledge to catch up with the fact that I was starting one so spontaneously.

This past weekend I had a little birthday/holiday shop at my house in celebration.

No one came… well… not no one… but it was a pretty dismal turn out. It was Grey Cup Sunday and it was miserable outside…

Oh well… it was also my 37th birthday, so more cake for me.

Here are a few photos of what you missed:

 

Logan helped put up the Tawny Bee banner and get the cake and punch ready.

Since there weren't many real guests, the kids decided their stuffies would shop. Bear is buying one of the last video game coasters I have.

Since there weren’t many real guests, the kids decided their stuffies would shop. Bear is buying one of the last video game coasters I have.

Owl modeled some comfy potty trainers.

Owl modeled some comfy potty trainers.

Logan helped put up the Tawny Bee banner and get the cake and punch ready.
Toy Hammocks and Bookmarks

Toy Hammocks and Bookmarks

The kids danced around a little to work off some energy. They had super fun setting up "shop" in the livingroom.

The kids danced around a little to work off some energy. They had super fun setting up “shop” in the livingroom.

I was working on getting a photo of the cake and punch (and my stress reducer - a Slurpee) when Lane decided to pull a classic photobomb.

I was working on getting a photo of the cake and punch (and my stress reducer – a Slurpee) when Lane decided to pull a classic photobomb.

The kids and daddy set up some holiday music under the display table. Spongebob's "Don't be a Jerk, It's Christmas" was among the awesome tunes on the Rdio playlist

The kids and daddy set up some holiday music under the display table. Spongebob’s “Don’t be a Jerk, It’s Christmas” was among the awesome tunes on the Rdio playlist

Another shot of the music set up. This was probably the kids' favourite feature. I highly recommend Rdio by the way. Terry and I both have subscriptions and we use it all the time (like right now as I'm making this post).

Another shot of the music set up. This was probably the kids’ favourite feature. I highly recommend Rdio by the way. Terry and I both have subscriptions and we use it all the time (like right now as I’m making this post).

I think the minions are trying to assimilate Terry and Lane. We had plenty of minion stuff on sale at the party.

I think the minions are trying to assimilate Terry and Lane. We had plenty of minion stuff on sale at the party.

A photo of the set up. The kids were all ready to show any children who arrived an awesome puppet show. Maybe next time....

A photo of the set up. The kids were all ready to show any children who arrived an awesome puppet show. Maybe next time….

And another shot of the set up. I would have loved to leave it up there until people were ready to come, but unfortunately I really needed my laundry sorter back and the cat wanted her space at the window. Oh well.

And another shot of the set up. I would have loved to leave it up there until people were ready to come, but unfortunately I really needed my laundry sorter back and the cat wanted her space at the window. Oh well.

So I learned my lesson. Birthday/Holiday shops at home are a no go. I’m just not at the level of promotion that I need to be in order to pull this sort of thing off. Maybe as Tawny Bee grows, we’ll work something out that will end in success.

But if you never try these things, you just never know. So I’m glad I at least attempted something like this. even if it didn’t turn out as hoped.

 

Happy Birthday Tawny Bee!!!! :D

Tawny Bee is Turning 5!

I can’t believe it, but Tawny Bee is turning 5 on November 27th.

(and I’m turning 37 on the 24th – but let’s not dwell on that too much)

In celebration I’m going to have a little holiday shop set up at my house on Sunday November 24th from 1:00 – 4:00.

I will have all my stock on display in my front room. There will be minions, minion hats, Christmas aprons, princess dresses, potty training pants, mama cloth, teddy beds, nursing pads, make up scrubbies, macrame friendship bracelets, and much much more.

TrainersI ordered a cake from Harvest Bakery on St. Anne’s and they were kind enough to make it for me even though they are closing their doors permanently on Sunday :( So I suggest that you come and enjoy a piece with me, have a look around and maybe pick up a few things for your holiday list (or for yourself).

All the details are featured in the Facebook event (including the address of course!) Add yourself so I know how many yummy goodies I’ll need to put out, or surprise me on Sunday – I don’t mind that either.

And if you can’t make it on that day but would still like to pick up a few items, let me know and we’ll work out another day for you to come on over :)

Now Accepting Credit Cards

Tawny Bee is proud to announce that we are now accepting credit card payments for local sales.

So if you see Tawny Bee at a local craft sale, or you visit the house to pick up your new Tawny Bee handmade items, you don’t need to worry about stopping at the ATM first. Yay!

As always Tawny Bee accepts credit cards through Paypal and Direct Checkout on Etsy and Zibbet.

 

Accepting Credit Cards