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Cinco de Mayo, a History

Just thought I would share with everyone the history of Cinco de Mayo, as it was explained to me at work today.

Person 1: Cinco de Mayo! Cinco de Mayo! Why does everyone keep wishing me a happy Cinco de Mayo! I don’t get it!

Me: The fifth of May is a holiday in Mexico.

Person 2: Yeah! It celebrates the end of the war between the Spanish and the French.

Person 1: Oh! The Spanish-American War!

So, as I understand it, Cinco de Mayo celebrates the end of the Spanish-American War. Which was fought between Spain and France. In Mexico.

 

Also, I’ve been working on a major shop restock (here’s some draft listings waiting to become active)

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New business cards (something that mentions what I make, aha)

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and some pretty exciting changes for me! More on that as it unfolds :)

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Wednesday Whale Love

I’ve been scouring Etsy for whale-print fabrics and lemme tell you, there’s more to choose from than ever! Nowhere close to the number of owl prints out there. Still cute but, I mean, it’s not The Tragic OWL. Am I right? Anyway, here are the ones at the top of my “buy” list (as soon as fabric intervention ends).

This one has to be my favorite. I love the different whales and the all the details!

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These whales are just precious. And if I ever decide to stock the shop with holiday-themed bags, this print would be great for Independence Day!

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This print feels spring-ish to me. Don’t get me wrong, I love snow. But I don’t love the cold so I’m all ready for spring.

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If you come across any great whale prints, be sure to let me know in the comments or by email! Thanks!

Shop update.

I have all these projects I’m supposed to be working on, which makes me feel like I can’t sew for my shop. That doesn’t mean I don’t, mind you. I’m just more sluggish with it because I know there are other things I should be doing.

Which is why I spent a portion of this this weekend reworking some of my expired listings. While I didn’t retake any pictures, but I did rework some of the descriptions so my listings have uniform descriptions. And I  updated the search terms so these items would show up in more searches. I added a couple of new bags, just things I hadn’t gotten around to listing yet.

This also gives me an at-a-glance look at my stock, and what sections I should focus on building up.

I feel like this post was kind of boring. Hopefully I’ll have some exciting things to share soon :)

Wednesday Whale Love: Squid Ink Kollective

I’m always on the hunt for some great whale finds (obviously), and anytime I can find a shop with multiple whale-related items for sale I get super excited! Because 1) if I can get all the things I want from the same place, even online, I know it’s going to save me time and money (be it travel or shipping or whatever) and 2) I like to support shops that sell things I love by buying things .

Or, as is usually the case with Wednesday Whale Love, make a list of things and cross my fingers for the next holiday or birthday.

Anyway, last weekend I happened upon Quid Ink Kollective. I found a cool shirt, then realized they had a narwhal thing, and then I poked around a little more and they have so beautiful creations! Oh, and most of the t-shirts are on sale :)

Have you seen a happier narwhal?

I bet not.

This shirt looks similar to a tattoo my friends and I are planning on!

And this tea towel is so precious:

How could I not want it for my imaginary future kitchen?

I didn’t include sources because all of these wonderful things can be found right in Squid Ink Kollective’s etsy shop. Go! Check it out! And have a great Wednesday!

One successful giveaway!

The Tragic Whale giveaway on The Waiting was a success! Emily said it was her best one yet, which is awesome for the both of us. I’m really excited about it because I love contests, and giving things away.

Just ask my brothers’ about this. They tell me I’m “doing it wrong,” relatively often.

But whatever! A big congratulations to Emily from The Okayest Mom! (So many Emilys, right?)

Go check out both Emilys’ blogs because they are both fantastic, while I work on a couple new sections for my shop.

Have a great Tuesday!

Pencil Case Madness.

In the last few months I’ve really started to stress one of a kind for my shop. This is in part because it’s more fun for me to make everything different, but also because I like one of a kind things. I like buying something and knowing that no one else has one exactly like it. And I’m not just talking patter placement. I’m talking zipper color and lining fabric too. Something that’s actually unique, not just out of the main stream. And if I like things like that, other people must too!

On top of this, I’m trying to hone in on making things that I need and use, because (again) if I need it then someone else does too. This led to one of a kind pencil cases, and they are killing it in the shop right now! I’m guessing it’s because school is coming up, obviously this is something I’ll have to watch and track. If I’m going to try to grow, I’ll have to figure out if certain things sells better at certain times of the year and then plan my inventory with that in mind.

I spent all my free time this week on pencil cases:

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I ran out of room in my “things that need to be photographed” box! I really like taking pictures outside against our shed, and I can only do that on the weekend. This can be a pain because if we have a few overcast weekends in a row I just collect, collect, collect things but can’t add them to the shop.

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I’m hoping that I’ll have enough stock to add a few new items every day for the next week or two. New items every day keeps things interesting for browsers!

I hope everyone has a great weekend! And if you’re in the market for a pencil case, I might know where you can find a few ;)

 

Hello summer!

Summer is finally (and officially) here! And to celebrate, we’re having a Hello Summer sale in The Tragic Whale shop! Just use coupon code HELLOSUMMER at checkout to save 20 percent off any order now through June 30th :)

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