Game Changers

It’s been a busy month (as, errr…is reflected in my blogging activity – sorry guys!) and March has flown by!  However, I’m so very excited to show (and tell) you about some of the reasons for my absence. With all the supplies I’ve acquired (thank you rare and amazing NY closet space) I really decided to go full throttle with Fritz & Fräulein, my vintage redesign biz.

Part 1: I joined The Etsy New York Street Team (no, not a gang of knitting needle wielding ninjas roaming Williamsburg keeping the hipster population in check – well, not yet at least). ; )  The team is an amazingly talented group of handmade Etsy artists from the New York area that meet online and off to share information on everything from markets to sell at to tax tips and supplier recommendations (yes, for my never ending “trim sourcing” quests for the perfect zipper, chain, buckle, leather, whathaveyou) or just attending handmade events like the upcoming Etsy Symposium and an Etsy-focused taping of The Martha Stewart Show.  We also host our own team blog (which I’m a writer for – yay!), Twitter, Facebook and are launching a Pinterest shortly (and you knowww I’ll be a part of that) ; ) to share anything and everything related to the handmade movement and growing a small business. In the short time I’ve been a member, it’s blown me away with how active and helpful this community is that I’m so very proud to be a part of.

Part 2: This leads me to…the fact that I’ve been desperately needing to acquire an industrial sewing machine to replace my sad little home sewer that just isn’t up to snuff to efficiently sew my Garrison Clutches (and soon-to-be released upcycled iPad/laptop sleeve line). I spoke to Parsons, FIT and my old fashion department at Syracuse for advice and then scoured craigslist, the fashion district and spoke to more fast-talking dealers (sewing machine dealers people, sewing machines) than I care to remember. Just when I was totally over the whole search and about to pull the trigger on a used Juki from the least shady dealer I could find, Etsy New York came through. =) Fellow team member, Rosi, from Rosi Rouge, was moving her studio and needed to sell a vintage industrial Singer 95-10 for a steal. I did my research and learned it was one of the original Singers, Made in America on August 5th, 1920 in Elizabeth, NJ (yes, the “need to know” researcher in me actually called Singer with the serial number), is highly regarded in the industry as one of the best machines ever made and still used by designers today, particularly preferred for it’s “elegant stitch.”  Needless to say, if it ran good, it was recommended that I snatch it up.  After testing it out and being in utter amazement of its gorgeous work and whisper quiet whir, I did. =) Aaand here it is…

I have yet to name her/him but suggestions are welcome.  Maybe this will be the Fritz to my Fräulein (at least for now). =)

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Winter Wanderings

We’ve been living in Fort Greene (a gorrrgeous little tree-lined, brownstone-filled neighborhood in Brooklyn) since September and wanted to give you a peek into our little slice of NY.  I’ve found it to be such an inspiring, beautiful place, especially on crisp winter mornings.  Before settling into work in the studio, Tank and I do our usual spin, passing the 9 to 5ers headed to the bus or train with coffee in hand, freelancers en route to the local cafe to settle in for the day and our fellow dog owners heading home from the park as the stroller crowd trickles in. It’s peaceful and lovely and home. Here’s a few shots from some of our strolls as of late. Enjoy and hope you’re having a wonderful start to your week.

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-Stacy & Tank

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With Love, From Brooklyn

It’s no secret that I absolutely love supporting and working with the bubbling entrepreneurial community of artists and startups in my little town of Brooklyn.  Needless to say, when I heard about With Love, From Brooklyn (thank you Daily Candy), I didn’t need much convincing.  Darla Furlow is definitely my kind of people, recently launching this online shop selling carefully curated care packages filled with only the best local sweet and salty treats, grouped by theme and shipped to your foodie friends, family or clients.

Of course you could always schlep around the city putting together a care package yourself, but when her baskets don’t break the bank and each product has already been taste-tested by a panel of local food lovers, how can you go wrong?  Check out Darla’s rotating selection of goodies at  With Love, From Brooklyn and let your people outside the borough know where it’s at.

My co-worker…

falling asleep on the job again…
As I grow this blog, I thought I should introduce my partner in crime (and CPO – Chief Persuasion Officer), Tank.  I adopted him back in 2009 via The French Bulldog Rescue Network, which is an amazing national organization dedicated to helping and finding new homes for abandoned and unwanted Frenchies.  How you could give up this face is beyond me, but their loss was definitely my gain.

Some random facts you should know about Tank:

  • his favorite hot spots are Fort Greene ParkSmooch Cafe and people watching on Venice Beach.
  • he’s a total sun worshipper.
  • favorite foods: chicken, cheese, broccoli, carrots and brussel sprouts (yes, he’s definitely my dog)
  • likes: cats, squirrels (see also: dislikes), his peanut butter toothpaste,  Nylabones (what boy doesn’t love bacon flavored anything?), “killing” squeak toys in 30 seconds flat
  • dislikes: having to sleep in his own bed, squirrels (queue whiplash), non-squeak toys
  • he will also be guest blogging on here from time to time, so look for his posts / rants / raves in the coming weeks on his role in the studio and adventures in New York.

I’ve just been reminded it’s dinner time, but hope you all are having a great week!

– S & T