Thursday, November 24, 2011

40% OFF @ Etsy & Artfire

NO coupon codes to mess with!!!  Free US Shipping!
Prices have been reduced so are as marked!!

ALL items are on sale!  Even if they aren't ready made.  BUT there are quite a few ready made items in the shop!!!  25 yard skirts~ 10 yard skirts~ Bloomers~

GIANT Sale Friday On My Etsy Shop!!!

There is going to be a HUGE Sale on Black Friday!!  Sale will run through Cyber Monday!
Support SMALL Business!  Support Handmade! 

Prices are going to be slashed pretty low and its all going to be taken off WITHOUT needing a coupon code!!
I will be using Etsy On Sale for this!!

All items listed are on sale, even if they are not ready made.  BUT~ There are alot of new listings that ARE ready made!!  Trying to go through and get rid of all of my stock!

So, Be sure to Join me on Friday Saturday Sunday and Monday!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Paypal Update~

Woke up today and had an email waiting letting me know that the money that was taken from me had been returned.  HUGE weight lifted off of my chest!!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Paypal Theft~

Woke this morning to find that all the money had been taken from my paypal account as a 'mobile payment' to someone.  I don't have access to mobile services.  I did NOT send this payment.  The person who received it is a 'verified' member but there is ZERO info about them.  I got a hotmail email addy and a  name. 
I have filed a dispute with Paypal and they are investigating.  BUT~ the earliest I'm going to be seeing anything is 10 days.  That's 10 days without funds to do with what I need.  10 days that I'm essentially screwed.  Thank goodness that I have some cash funds so that I can pay for shipping for the few orders that I had.  So angry about this.  I've NEVER had issue with paypal.  Every dispute had been taken care of same day, same time.  I cant believe that they cant see that someone came in and took the exact ammt of money out of my account as was the balance!?!
SO~ Make sure that you have a difficult password and if you DONT use paypal mobile, make sure there is no mobile phone listed on the account so that there is also no pin listed on the account.  
I'll fume about this for a while, and will be sure to update everyone so they know what's going on with it. 

I HATE thieves and Liars!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Giveaway Update, Sale and New Skirt Listing!

Use coupon code DELIGHT and get 15% off of ANYTHING in my etsy shop!!! 
Strumpets Delight Etsy Shop

There are 225 likes on my Strumpets Delight page on Facebook!    Share the page with friends!!  125 more likes before I give away Double Ruffle Bloomers in Any Color and Size!!

Bloomers are amazing for cool and cold weather! They keep you warm under skirts like a slip cant, and give an extra layer of protection from the elements.  The peek a bloomers help eliminate the cold toilet seat and honestly keep you just as warm as the others!

Bloomers are available in FLANNEL!  Can make them in corduroy as well!  In fact, I can make them in almost every fabric out there!  They can be super fancy or super rustic!  I adore my bloomers and ruffle pants and wear them on an almost daily basis.  I find them more comfortable than jeans and the shorter knee length ones show off my boots or stripe socks perfectly!  (favorite place to buy them is Sock Dreams!)

 Finished a pink 20 Yard hem 4 tier skirt~  Should have had 25 yards, but there are a few yards missing.  There are over 20 but not quite 25 yards at the hem.  100% cotton in a GREAT pink that goes with SO many costuming options and colors!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Settling In

I've had a difficult year.  I like to think of my years starting over in October/November.  Last year in October we moved and I never really settled into that house, We moved again in June/July here to our current home, and I've settled in much faster I think.  Today, 3 months after we moved in, I decorated and cleaned my bedroom.  HA!  I had ENERGY today! (My last hemoglobin was 11.4, closer to normal!)

 As some people know, my bedroom is an inside the house addition.  My home was built in the late 1800's.  So, on one side of my room is the laundry room, the other side is the bathroom and behind is the utility room/shed.  I have ZERO windows. The room was a closet or office we think, and was made larger to be used as a bedroom.  We sleep with the bedroom door open and with a fan blowing fresh air in.  Its been pretty messy in there since I was sick and laundry was piled up, clean mixed with dirty and blah blah blah.  Got a few shelves put up a week or so ago (we dont have a dresser), so most of our clothes are now stacked on those.  Today I put a curtain over our closet, because there was no door.  Feels a bit more homey and less cave like in there. 

Got my pictures put up, all of them are vintage early century nudes in sepia tones. 
The largest is A very famous Storyville Photo by John Ernest Joseph Bellocq.

I am inspired by Storyville in many many of my creations.  I reach from that era into the late 1800's Victorian times.  I've always been inspired by the stories of these women.  From the wild west to the refined brothels in New Orleans.  Its a fascinating culture. The oldest of professions I believe. 

I lust for her stripe stockings. 

Got tons done today, Listed some new items into the Etsy Shop~  And have been working on my website a bit.   Tomorrow is sewing day, I've got a few projects to finish and get mailed out and then I'm caught up and can start working on my own projects that I've got planned. 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

My Daughter is a Creative Being!

My daughter Marie is a beautiful girl, super smart and so CREATIVE!  She has always loved art.  To make things with her hands, to draw pictures, color and make little sculptures. At the age of 12  She has creative talents that don't come from me that's for sure.  Lately she has been making headbands and hair clips with my mom (Who is also a creative genius) with broken jewelry, beads, charms and feathers.  My Mom has been collecting glorious vintage jewelry for years, and has made some amazing things.  She started with shadow boxes, and moved onto decorating picture frames, and now has started making hair clips, pins and necklaces. 

Marie, my daughter, has two new listings in my Etsy Shop~ Click on the pictures to go to the listings.

 Beautiful Bolo Ties in a vintage Victorian yet modern style.  The first has Pink as a theme~  I can see these being worn for a wedding, as a hat band or as a statement piece that is bordering on a bib type necklace.  Fully adjustable in length to be worn as a choker or further down the neck as a longer necklace.          


The second piece is a triangular shape that is a bit simpler with black, silver and a touch of gold and bronze.  It features a key, clockworks, a clock face, beautiful butterfly, glass rhinestones and dangle chains!  This one is on an adjustable braided leather cord, and can be used as a hat band, pin, hair clip or whatever your imagination calls for!

I am blessed with a daughter who understands the creative aspects of life and isn't afraid to express herself. 

Etsy Treasury~ Pink Steampunk Breast Cancer Awareness

New Etsy Treasury For Breast Cancer Awareness~  A little different than most!

Find it here~ Steampunk In Pink

Monday, October 24, 2011

Ruffles and Pockets

Had a rush custom order the other day~ Woke up the morning of Brocc's birthday party and made a new style of ruffle bloomers!  then express shipped them so that they would get to the customer in time for her camping trip!  I got Marie to model them for me.  DAMN CUTE!  Cant wait to make them in different colors and fabrics for SURE!  Lace will add glorious touches to them as well!   They are so FOOFY and Glorious!

 You can purchase your own pair right HERE!

Had a custom request for POCKETS! So, I think that I am going to start offering Pockets on bloomers, and perhaps even in skirts.  The ones she opted for this time were the patch type pockets on the back side of her bloomers.  I added a cute mini ruffle to each one, making sure they would lay pretty flat so there wouldn't be any extra poofing, unless she wanted em to!   I LOVE the pockets!  Will be offering in seam side pockets, patch pockets, either in the front or in the back!  Singles and doubles.  Pockets make so many things easy!
AND~ I finally got an order for ruffle bloomers in Navy Blue! Not just Black!  I need to get some other colors made up I know~

I have some other projects that are in the works, and will be getting some more photo's of older custom projects that I haven't listed on websites.  I'm slowly catching up. Almost there! 

I have decided to change my giveaway #~  350 likes on my facebook page and I give away a pair of bloomers in ANY size!!!  These can be made for kids and adults alike!  PERFECT for wearing under skirts in the chilly weather!  So SHARE SHARE SHARE!

Please remember to follow my blog and keep up with my facebook page for upcoming sales and specials! 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

You ever hit a point in the midst of a project that it would be easier to just cut out NEW pieces rather than rip seams?   ya... I'm there... Its only going to be one side of a pair of beek a bloomers, but I apparently sewed the crotch open where the legs were supposed to be... *WHOOPS*  HAHAHA
So, I'm going to re-cut that half of the bloomers out and use the other part as scrap for other projects.  I feel like an idiot. 

I am apparently getting a cold of some sort.  Have a sore throat, apparently was coughing all night and today I just feel *ugh*.  BUT~ I refuse to let it stop me from getting everything shipped by saturday.  I know I said friday last week, but life seems to kick my ass and let me know that I cant rush myself.  (hence the sewing wrong parts together on bloomers...)

Guinea pig home/bedding is being washed today.  I need to get another set made up so that I can just swap em out every few days.  the new setup seems to be working quite nicely.  I sectioned off 1/4 of the pen with a pre-made gate with ramps and have the food and hay on that side with shavings~ they tend to go to the bathroom over there more often~ I haven't smelled them at all!   And they sit directly next to my computer desk.  That way I can lean over and grab one whenever I feel the need to cuddle!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Its Monday!

I was going to have ALL of my sewing done this weekend, and alas~ NOPE!  So~ I got up this morning and am going to start working on getting everything finished.  Its all cut out and ready to sew, sitting next to the serger. 
I went through and found piles of unfinished projects!!  Some pink, red and white pleather hip skirts, some ten yard skirts and even some 25 yard skirts.  All cut out waiting to be turned into wonderfulness~  I will be listing these on Strumpets Delight for sure.  
Still have fabric for the trumpet skirts, trying to figure out, in my brain, the best way for me to draw out the patterns for these.  I was thinking that 4 panels would be enough, but that wont work if I want to make a 'fishtail' type of skirt~  so... there may be more than one style I come up with.  We'll see where my brain takes it!

Had another wonderful Belly Dance class last night!  Had a stand in teacher and it was super fun for sure!  Quite happy that I had to have help tying my belt tighter!  (it ties on each side).   Next week I need to remember to re-attach my shoestring tribal belt to it so that I've got extra jingles!  
Ended up goofing off a bit~ alas, it was nice.  Learning a whole new style of dance and trying to re-train my body and brain to relax a bit. HAHA!
ATS and 'fusion' dance have taught me different postures and different ways of doing things! =)

It's some good stuff~

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

New Listing! (and more coming!)

Working on some sewing and getting some pictures taken!  I'm working on getting some hip scarves photographed as well!  Perhaps some more bloomers! I've got LOTS!

Just listed a Black 18" lolita petticoat to my etsy shop!!!  See it HERE!
This one is READY TO SHIP!  for FREE!

 I also took a few pictures of how versatile they are!  Can be tucked into the back for the bustle effect and still have more than enough length (the full 18 inches) to cover your knickers with! Hem is a FULL 10 yards~ that's 360"!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Yes, Exhibition!  not exhibitionist~ though that can be fun too =)  

One of my FAVORITE etsy teams has a  monthly Exhibition of members that goes along with a Theme~  October's was Haunted House!   Check it out  HERE!!   There are crafts, clothes, photographs and all sorts of creepy and fun things! Check out their Countdown To Halloween As well! How to's, costume ideas,  creepy makeup Tutorials and all sorts of wondrous things!!!

Do a search on etsy for EtsyDarkTeam and find all sorts of glorious gory goodies!

I'm getting super excited for Halloween!   I've also been working on getting caught up on orders this week.  Got a few things into the mail today, will have more for tomorrow and by Friday I plan on being caught up!

I'm open and willing to take custom orders right now as well!  I'm also going to try to get some more pictures of ready made items up so that you can shop shop shop!

And dont forget about my 500 Fan Give away!
Free Bloomers to a Random Fan when I hit 500 fans on Facebook!!!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Double Ruffle Bloomers

DONT FORGET ABOUT MY BLOG GIVE AWAY!!!  I will randomly pick someone from my facebook fan page once I get to 500 Likes!!!  I can sew for kids and adults alike!!!  Double ruffle bloomers in any color and combination of colors!!

Daughter had her birthday party this weekend.  12 years old.
She got some great cute things, and I've got things I've got to finish for her.  A pair of flannel pajama bottoms for one, I've got to make a pair for Brocc too!  I've also got the fabric to make a fleece body pillow cover for Brocc's body pillow that he inherited from me when I got my new one.
Wish it was as cheap to make them as it was to buy them!  I made both of the ones for Joe's and Mine~  Zippers and all~  we each use one.

Witch hats @ Full Knitted Jacket
Got out my spinning wheel this last week.  I've been doing a bit of spinning.  I am going to be needing to get my hands back into 'shape' They start to cramp after about a half hour of drafting and pinching, I'm thinking that I'm pinching too hard while drafting.  THOUGH the yarn strands seem to be spinning nice and soft as well as evenly!      Was inspired to spin again by a friend who is making the most ADORABLE goodies!!!  Check out her lil witch hats!!!  Full Knitted Jacket  (picture is also a link)

Have a new desire to make some wool dryer balls!  They are for sale all over etsy, and I've got extra yarn and stuff that didn't turn out the way I wanted.  SO~ I'm going to make myself some!  and some for my friend!

This is also a link directly to the shop! AND this silk!

I am a link too!!!
She has an amazing Play Silk shop on Etsy~   Called The Purple Tangerine!  I love her silks, my kids love THEIR silks, and they have lasted forever and go through quite the process of play here at home.  Think of them for your kids or grand-kids, nieces and nephews and just KIDS IN GENERAL! 

Friday, October 7, 2011

My sweet son, who will be 6 on the 19th, asked me today "Mama, do you get money for your job?"  I replied with "What job do I do?"   "Giving people BEAUTIFUL clothes!"~    Such a sweet boy!

He knows how to work it~

I've got some great orders, and went to the store and got some great fabric to get some prototype-esque mermaid/trumpet skirts to get listed up on etsy.   Trying to figure out how long and how big or small to make them!!!!  Is 40" a good size?  I can always make them smaller... and making bigger ones is not an issue.  But for a prototype?
Some super cute stretchy fabrics were picked up at the store! =)

Tried to purchase some WHITE cotton~  couldnt find any. was all GREEN hued!  Really???
And... Of course I bought patterns that I will never use.  *sigh*  Why do I do it? 

12 year old Birthday party tomorrow! *oh wheee*  

Apparently there will be about 6 screaming girls running round.  Hope the weather is nice. 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Give Away!!!

I'm thinking about doing a give away!   A pair of double ruffle bloomers in someones size and choice of color~  I can make these child size or as big a size as possible =)

What say you?    I would LOVE to have 500 people like my Facebook Page!!   Share It with your friends and family!!!    I will randomly pick 1 Winner when I hit the 500 people mark!

AND for those who need to know~  Those of you who shop with the Etsy Dark Team may get a 10% off coupon as a promo with an order!  (we send promo's in a swap every month)
I have also been randomly sending them out with orders that come through!  And now that I've got some super promo's from other shops, I'll be sharing those as well!!

I'm still working on getting pictures of everything ready to list and up for sale!  Feeling a bit under the weather yesterday and today, and Daughter's birthday party is Saturday!!!  Must clean the house!!!

So~ Share with friends and other shops!  GIVE AWAY HERE WE COME!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Lots of New here In Strumpet Land!

First and foremost, I've got new listings in my shop!!!  StrumpetsDelight   New Hip Skirts and Bloomers!  More coming as I get pictures taken, and then will update pictures as I get better ones so that people can SEE what the items look like on real bodies! 

I've already sold one pair of bloomers and ad one hip skirt!  There are LOTS more coming and I've still got a tote of 'almost done' items that need to be finished and photographed.  Its a never ending spiral with me!   These should have been listed MONTHS ago, but with my health being the way it was, that was impossible.

We are enjoying our new home, the kids have settled in well, and we've 'adopted' our neighbor lady.  She lives alone and the kids love her and her dog Molly, and it seems that the dog as well as Trish our Neighbor love the kids.  I've started inviting her over for dinner on a regular basis, and sometimes she accepts, others she wont.   She's a sweet lady and has been putting Joe and the kids to work helping her fix up her yard. 

Right after we moved, I started feeling fatigue.  Having a never ending headache.  I could hear my heart beating constantly in my ears and my heart was constantly racing.  For a few weeks, I thought it was dehydration.  I guzzled down water and Gatorade like no tomorrow.  The fatigue and other symptoms kept getting worse.   It was so bad that I was out of breath walking across the house to the bathroom.  All I wanted to do was sleep and eat.  Then, there was the loss of desire to eat.  I wasn't hungry.  My hands and feet started to tingle.  I went to the dr~  Ran next to every test possible for health reasons.   All tests came back normal to good~  we had left out Anemia because I had zero symptoms or pre-cursors.  The next week, I made another appointment.  Hubby had to go with me this time, I was unable to safely drive or walk any sort of distance without being light headed or faint. Out of breath was becoming the norm.   The night before the appointment, I couldn't even dry myself off after a shower.   Talk about scary.

Hubby and dr discussed it, and Dr talked himself into doing an Anemia test.   Only because I was more pale than usual.  We came home and waited for test results.  Got a phone call about an hour later, I had gone to lay down and take another nap, so Joe answered the phone.   It was my Doctor.  We needed to get to the hospital asap, I needed a blood transfusion.  At LEAST 4 pints.  I am apparently a super woman.  My blood counts were the lowest he had EVER seen.   Homiletic Anemia caused by who knows what? (my body had stopped making blood cells)  I spent the two days and one night in the hospital.  4 pints of blood, could have used 5, but they had only ordered 4 (I've got special blood... Type O+ that has to have the antigens removed.... nice).  I was reminded over and over that had I gotten a nose bleed or anything of the sort, I could have DIED. 

Weeks, dr appointments and bone marrow biopsies later, My body was making blood on its own.  There are 'ideas' and 'theories' as to why my body stopped making red blood cells, but no one knows for sure.  All they know is that my bone marrow is working again.  I'm feeling better and better each day, but I've still got days that push me over my limit.  I spent three months almost dying, its going to take some time to come back from that. 

I'm hoping to keep up with the blog more.  Updates on what I am sewing and creating.  I've felt pretty creative here in the last few weeks. 
Still getting in over my head with what I commit to, but one of these days I'll figure it out =)

Just glad to be feeling good and not worrying about being so sick.

Monday, June 27, 2011

First night in our new house.  Its lonely without the dog =(  but she was in heaven when she drove away with my brother in law in the back of his pickup truck! I cried... =(  After a few snags we got our U-haul, got it loaded and headed over here.  Yesterday we had TONS of help unloading.  Joe's cousin even came from the next town over to help out!  Friends I hadnt seen in YEARS came to help!  My back yard is still full of crap, things we need to bring in because it apparently is supposed to rain today.  BUT~  There is more than enough room for my sewing stuff *YAY* our living room is pretty much set up and things are starting to come together. 
Slept like the dead last night.  Didn't even hear the train till this morning after Brocc woke us up because he was awake.  He woke up at about 230 this am screaming in the dark. =(  We need to get a sound monitor out in the front part of the house because we cant hear what's happening in our little cave of a room.  No windows!
Borrowing internet from someone with an unsecured network... the modem that came on friday wont work.  *argh* SO, they are sending me a new one.  Should be here tomorrow. 
Alarm system is coming today. It will add a HUGE ammt of security knowing that its there to let me know whats going on!

My entire body Hurts.  OUCH~ and I cant find anything I want to eat for Breakfast.  Need to get my kitchen put together.  there are still lots of boxes of crap that I need to empty.  LOTS OF THEM!  I sure have allot of food!!!   Moving is hard hard work, and we've been at it for a week. There is still stuff that needs to be taken care of at the other house.  A few things picked up as well as cleaning.  I'm not too worried about cleaning, I'll vacuum the floors and mop downstairs. Clean the bathroom and kitchen.  Get rid of a PILE of garbage! Love being able to have a giant burn pile out there.  Something I'm going to miss here, ALAS~ I will have recycling and garbage service here.   Its different being in town, but I dont see us having too hard of a time.  We've already 'saved' $10 in fuel and super high prices by living close to a convenience store! 

It'll settle down...

Friday, June 24, 2011


We Were notified today that our U-haul wont be ready untill after 5 pm on Saturday!  We were going to pick up super early saturday morning, load drive to town, unload and give the truck back the same day!!  ALAS~ its not happening that way.  They did give us a free extra day as well as free mileage! *YAY*  that will cut our cost WAY down! 

I am vending tonight at Clockworks (click here for Event Info)  I'm quite excited!  I dont have piles of stock ready, but enough to show people what I can do! =)  I'm also going to make a slide show of items that I've sewn in the past! 

Must start getting things ready to load again~  I have two pairs of bloomers that need to be put into the mail~ Alas I also have two pairs of bloomers to be made so that I can sell them tonight at Clockworks! =)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Moving Moving Moving!

Crashed last night at about 9pm! Stupid migraine!  I thought I had kicked it!  Excess stress does not do well for me!   ALAS!  I feel better this morning!  now to keep my back and neck from seizing up on me!!!!  There is only so much percocet and muscle relaxers can do!   Too bad I never got to the shower... *whoops*

Taking a load to the new house today, and then onto the food bank to get food order for Alsea Gleaners~ This afternoon is going to be pack pack pack, as is tomorrow afternoon, I do have Gleaners in the am AND a Belly Dance Guild meeting in the evening~  Friday is pack pack pack and then make sure that I've got everything ready for vending Friday night!

Hubby was mildly irritated that I chose to go to the show on Friday, but I ASKED to be there!  I'll figure it all out!  Hope to make a few bucks too!  We need it!

Off to get dressed, get the kids dressed and hubby outta bed so that we can get moving!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Day One~

Day one~ 

I have decided to take steps in my life to make a better me.  A better Me for everyone around me. Myself, my Husband and my two wonderful children that love to make me insane!

Thursday, my husband and I drove to Klamath Falls, 300 miles away, to take my remaining horse to live in a horse rescue/senior Sanctuary!  A month ago, My daughters horse Gracie, and Ty's companion passed away unexpectedly. She was 25 years young.  Ty had been so depressed and upset about it all.  Lonely and not eating like he should. 
I reached out and had some amazing help to find him this new home.  He's in heaven there in the Senior center!
I left a piece of my heart when I drove away, but knowing that he's going to get the care and love he needs makes it hurt less.  He is with other horses, and HAPPY!  I am in touch with the rescue, and can find out about him daily if I so wish =)

I've made my decision to make myself healthy again.  Start dancing and doing yoga, both things I adore and stepped away from almost two years ago because of a pretty severe injury to my ankle.  I'm just going to have to work through and around the pain it still causes me.  Perhaps if my body gets a bit healthier, my ankle will heal better.   A new way of life is in the works for me.    Bringing my head above the water line is my goal.  I need to be happy.  Dealing with my day to day mood swings and inability to cope with some things is eating at me.  As is the idea that I'm burring problems with unhealthy choices.  Here comes the new ME!

I'm also making steps to move forward with my Sewing Biz.  I've got two.  The bellydance one seems to be fading into the background for me, but I'm still going to keep it going for now.  My *everything* shop seems to be picking up some more.  I've been working on making some new items for ready made, and am quite pleased with the results and feedback that I've gotten.  I've made an active choice to make what I feel like making, spend time on things I find beautiful and not worry if someone believes that I am doing a copy cat version of something.  I am going to make items that let me express my creativity as well as let me make money!   Helping to pay the bills is a huge goal for me.   Before my sewing funds went into the horse feed, care and upkeep.  Now that they are gone, I've got other things that can take the extra funds.  Like the power bill, or the phone bill!  

I'm taking a stand.  I will not be told that I cant make something because its already been done.  I will not allow my creativity to be stifled because someone released something similar to what I had in my head or was working on.  I will create what I see in my head.  My brain and hands need the outlet!  Creation for me is Key~ It holds my sanity.

for now~ its time for bed.