September 26, 2019

Current pouch stock

All the recent pouches have been listed and are availbale in my SHOP
I have 3 Care Bears ones...all OOAK as they're made with fabric pieces from my own collection.

 With a little teddy bear, everything is cuter :)

And one perfect for fall!

Get them HERE Prices from $15.50 to $18.00. Fast shipping.

September 06, 2019

More pouches

I regularly add pouches to the shop, so keep checking, there might be one you like ;)
No fabric is safe in this house, I have started using fabric from my Disney and Alice collections.
My shop is HERE.

August 29, 2019

Some pouches in shop

As I keep making pouches that I have no use for by now, I caved in and listed some in my shop...
Lots more to come as I now have even more zippers ;)
Find them here: DinaFragola on Storenvy

It's fun to make any crazy ideas I want as there's no pressure to sell...

July 11, 2019

Pouches galore!

The other day I was half-heartedly tidying the workroom. I have lots of fabrics from when I started my shop 10 years ago and was still planning to sell clothes back then.
And I started wondering what I could make with all that, so I checked the web as one would ;)
I stumbled across a pouch tutorial on Youtube and decided to give it a go.
It turned out to be fun.
So now I am in a pouch-making-frenzy, replacing the apple-eating obsession.
I love pouches, I have gazillions, but you can never have too many pouches, nor stationery, nor pens nor school supplies in general (funny I am so obsessed with school supplies as I never enjoyed school much...).
As I don't really have any intentions of selling them (I kind of gave up the idea of selling now, I suck at marketing and you have to be more of a marketer than a maker these days...) so I just put everything in pouches :'D Soon I'll be making pouches for pouches.
I have ordered 100 zippers (because it cost the price of 2 store bought zippers here).
Not sure yet what I am going to do with all those pouches...

 The first one I  made.

The labels are also from 10 years ago...I never did anything with them...

 I gave it to mom, she organized the mess in her purse...

A gothic haunted mansion one...

 I made it big enough to store my little notebooks and some pens...

I tried a square one and stuck my cat patch on it.
I store my medecations in it...

The last one for now, with Ikea fabric.

I am keeping all the little stuff that were at the bottom of the sewing box.

June 07, 2019

New look

I have FINALLY come up with a new style for my business cards and sites. Took long enough.
Not that I have much to promote these days.
But I am really happy with the result.
I still have to rethink my packaging...but all in good time.
I still haven't decided what to do next. I am really disheartened right now and have not much motivation for anything.

I ordered the cards from Moo. I am really pleased with the quality.

And I have also got a new look for myself. I really wanted a new pair of glasses as my previous ones kept falling apart (to the point I had a litle screwdriver in my bag). They were barely one year old and not cheap at all.
Then I heard of an online brand called Polette. They have recently opened a showroom in Brussels. and they're really cheap. I decided to give it a try.
The process is rather easy. You go to the showroom to try the frames (or you don't but I wanted to find a pair that really suits me). If you don't have a doctor prescription, they can check you eyesight there too.
Then you either order online or there.
The glasses are made in China and shipped to you. Mine took 2 weeks to arrive with the cheapest shipping method.
I am lightly near-sighted and very astygmatic and don't need special lenses.
The new pair  costs 52 euros...including shipping...when my previous pair was almost 500 euros...with supposedly thinned lenses...which I just found out is COMPLETE BULLSH*T for my prescription. The Polette lenses are not thicker NOR heavier than the supposed"fancy" lenses.
I've only had them for 2 weeks but so far I am happy. I'll probably order some sunglasses from them next.
And this is NOT a sponsored post ;)

April 05, 2019

End of an era

Just a reminder that my Etsy shop will  be gone by the end of the month and if you want something now is the time to buy it ;)
Some items will be in my shop  and on Storenvy but I am discontinuing lots of items.
I could have set up a discount code, but quite frankly I can't be bothered :'D

April 02, 2019

1001 things

So, I am in that phase where I start 1001 things.

-skillshare photo classes
-designing business card
-reworking my resumé website
-moving my main shop from Shopify to Smoolis
-add stuff to my storenvy shop
-think of new Instagram strategies...which include creating 2 or 3 new accounts so my interests are     not all mixed up as they are now...
-designing new pins and patches
-look for new camera lenses
-making new jewelry for shops
-spring gardening

Oh and I still need to replace the flooring in that bedroom but still waiting for news from the roof guy (what a surprise...not)

As you can imagine, not much gets done...

I have fixed the garden swing fabric yesterday, as it'll be soon warm enough to go read outside...and though the stitching was really not that hard, one of my fingers is completely numb, like I've crushed my nerve endings or something :'(
Also, I have installed a add-on in my old Photoshop so I can now open Raw files.

Oh and that QR code may be pretty but is not working ><   (might just be a contrast thing though...not that I care enough to try LOL)

March 28, 2019

My nohohon life

Nohohon, also known as Sunshine buddies: Solar powered bobble head figurines supposed to have a relaxing effect.

The other day I was listening to a Ted Talk podcast about changes. We may not be aware of it but we change all the time. But are we all changing?
It is both strange and interesting. That blog I loved and checked every day for several years, I have not opened it for the last 2 years…I went to have a look, and wow, so boring…always the same stuff… So is that person not changing, staying just exactly the same? Or does he/she  feel he /she has to keep the blog the same for fear of losing readers?
We all know people who are stuck in their teen year era when it comes to hair and fashion style. Lack of change is comfortable but does it make you happy?
I know comfort doesn’t keep me happy very long…yet as years go by, I find it harder and harder to implement changes. So right now I am physically comfortable but my mind is going crazy. Not good.
 I have been doing the same things for ten years, nothing worked, I see no end to the tunnel. Have I become that person stuck in the past?
I used to hate neutral colors…now I’m all about neutral colors…so I have changed, but have I become boring? I know I am bored.

I am overwhelmed by stuff I have no control over. House stuff with things needing fixing and replacing. And that crazy amount of gardening I have to keep up with. Family stuff with me having to deal with sick people and mean family members. Having to deal with my increasingly difficult mom. Unemployment stuff, will I keep my benefits if I don’t keep applying for jobs I have zero interest in?  In the last year I sent about 200 applications. 200. I had one in-person-interview (didn’t get the job because I didn’t qualify for enough state salary subsidies) and 2 over the phone (I didn’t qualify because I was overqualified…). Will they force me to go follow some stupid classes again? Oh, which also reminds me I have to entirely re-make my resume website as it was in Flash and Flash is no longer supported by major browsers. I SO DON’T WANT to do it, yet know I will.
I am sick and tired of doing the same things over and over again. It’s like being stuck in a nightmare.

I want out.

I still haven’t been able to come up with a new business cards. Now I am thinking about doing something green LOL
And I have decided to move my shop from Shopify to Smoolis (because it allows several languages)

I am into photography classes right now…but just realized that my old Photoshop won’t open RAW files. So that overwhelms me a little too too (but have not reached the editing classes yet, so hopefully I’ll know what to do then). I need a new lens but can’t make up my mind.

But it just feel like I’m bobbling my head from left to right and right to left…

March 26, 2019


Mercutio's impeccable leg work

A gratuitous cat photopost was long overdue ;)

Chloé, tiny but sassy

Mercutio has had enough with my BS

Pookie's paws...look at his little feet *_*

And what about Bunny's paws...and chipmunk tail? 

Just look at that little feet...

Eugénie enjoying the sun with bodyguard. 


Bunny making sure my leg doesn't go anywhere


Pookie needs to hold my arm to fall asleep...

Frank, grumpy Frank

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