How is it October (almost) already?  September FLEW by!

Over the past week, the sewing machine has remained dismantled and the parts needed to fix it are on their way (bought two just in case the problem happens again in the future).  The loaner has been great, but my bobbins don't fit in it since it is quite old - it's difficult to work with just one bobbin!
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The machines
Instead of sitting and waiting for the part to arrive, I bought some new fabrics for Halloween and winter holidays.  While I didn't have the energy to make everything today, I certainly made progress with making patterns and cutting fabric today.  Here are the fabrics:
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Festive fabrics
All of the shop's Halloween toys should probably be done by now, since it's almost October, but there are still a couple in the works.  I finished a candy corn toy, which is the first toy in the shop with one of our new fabric tags sewn into the seam; looks pretty cool!  My camera is on loan, so I can't list this one yet, but here is the basic idea (it's not blurry in person!)
Photo of candy corn cat toy
Candy corn catnip toy with our label!
I realize the color order choice is non-traditional when it comes to candy corn (which is usually yellow, orange, and white), but I am really happy with how cute this came out, and think the message of "hey I'm a piece of candy corn" still comes through in the design colors.  Also, I'm confident cats will have fun playing with it!
Photo of pumpkins
It must be fall
Here's hoping that the parts will arrive this week so I can get my sewing machine back up and running... time to get a move on the Christmas toys in October!  I guess that sums up all the odds and ends over the past week in the shop. 

Looking forward to a great new month ahead (and a working machine!)
10/1/2012 02:50:47 am

hope everything works out for you just the way you want it to!

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10/1/2012 10:56:04 am

Thanks, Caren (so do I!)

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10/1/2012 02:59:35 am

Sorry your machine has been down - working with only one bobbin is an extreme pain. The candy corn is very cute! Even if some of the Halloween toys are listed a bit late in the game for this year, you'll have them ready to go next year. And I still think you should make kitty Christmas stockings :)

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10/1/2012 10:58:11 am

Thanks, Ariella. I might switch out the middle candy corn stripe (currently yellow/gold) with a solid orange I bought yesterday. Or make an additional one with the orange so people will have two options to choose from!

Don't worry, stockings (stuffed with a matching toy) and stocking toys will be available soon! I have a bunch of stuff building up on my assembly line... just don't want to start yet with the old machine!

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10/1/2012 05:48:19 am

I love the candy corn one! How cute!

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10/1/2012 10:59:26 am

Thanks, Jamie! I think it came out pretty cute too! Just need to get my camera back (this weekend) to properly photo it and list it. Stay tuned!

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10/1/2012 09:20:13 am

Looks promising! :D

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10/1/2012 11:00:19 am

Thanks, Dianda! I hope it all has a good final result (the machine, the new toys... everything!)

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Hi! Had to come and visit after seeing your post on the BlogPaws Community. Your cat toys are cute and original... and the Lizard, that made us HaHaMeow!

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10/3/2012 02:18:52 pm

Thanks Teri and the cats!

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10/7/2012 11:00:25 am

The candy corn catnip toy is really cute!

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10/7/2012 12:44:39 pm

Thanks! The candy corn actually is now listed in the shop, yay :)

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