This week, I bring you the custom undie, care of an amazing customer, A., who agreed to let me photograph the process for you, dear Reader! :) A. took the plunge, emailed me just after Christmas asking about whether she could send me some tshirts to make undies out of. Could she ever! :) See below the amazing transformation of A.’s beloved tshirts. :)
More Cowbell? Yes, please! Keep that cowbell ringing for years!
A. and I emailed about whether to use the front or back of each shirt for the front or back of the undies (if it ever seems like it could get confusing, I include photos during the process to help clarify).
Party Fowl? Unpossible in these beauties! :)
With every customer, I encourage them to buy a pair in their size or use a tshirt for a trial pair before I go past the point-of-no-return just to make sure we’ve got the fit down pat before I cut into your most sentimental of tshirts. A. had a Maui tshirt that we used first. She was super pleased with the results so I had the green light to cut into the rest of her shirts (5 in all!).
I’m so grateful to A. for letting me photograph the process. It was so much fun to see which tshirts meant a lot to her, and cool to help her clean out her tshirt drawer and replenish her undie drawer!
Thank you, A.!
Do you have a favorite tshirt you’d love to turn into some undies? Any questions? Thoughts? Check out this listing in my shop on Etsy to learn more.
So in the spirit of getting organized in the New Years and keeping up with resolutions, this week I thought I’d share the way I keep track of all that’s going on with La Vie en Orange. It helps me manage priorities and keep from feeling overwhelmed with all there is to do and all I could be doing. Check out the video below, or read on for a more detailed written explanation with photos :) I learned this great project management system from Jeremy Lightsmith at dotORG Weekend, a Seattle volunteer event where tech professionals, grant writers and attorneys donate 30 hours over a 3 day weekend to support participating non-profits’ needs. You can use it to break down big projects (like we did during the 30 hours we spent with our 6 person team), or keep track of lots of different things over a longer period of time, like I do for my creative business, or like we do at the office where I’m a fundraiser for a non-profit law firm.
Where the Agile Planning magic happens
Essentially, each project (or task) gets a card, and a rating for its size/difficulty. I like to rate mine according to tshirt sizes S-XXL or even bigger (I haven’t met a task that big yet :)). Then, you move your cards left and right through various categories (I’ll start with the furthest right first…):
Accomplished – where all the cards eventually go :)
In Progress - what you’re working on right now
Pre-flight – tasks/projects coming up, that will soon move into In Progress
Ongoing – a category I created specifically because there were so many things going on that I needed to keep in mind, keep visible, and remain accountable for
Parking Lot – great ideas that aren’t yet ready for pre-flight, or that aren’t a huge priority wait here for their time in the lime light.
My Pre-Flight, In Progress, Ongoing & Accomplished projects
You can also put your tasks/projects/cards in priority order and move them up and down under their headings appropriately. I also keep a column for my overarching goals (both doing goals and being goals), and at work, we have columns to help keep our constituencies at the front of our consciousness.
I find this system to be very flexible, and I love how dynamic it is. I get lots of pleasure from moving things into the Accomplished category, and when I have a great idea that I want to revisit later, I love putting it in the Parking Lot, because I know it won’t get lost or forgotten.
I think this form of project management could also be super effective in a spreadsheet, but I’m a little bit more old-school :)
What do you think? Would you adopt something like this? What systems or tricks do you already use and love? Please comment below or email me at koriel [dot] jock [at] gmail [dot] com. :) xoxo
Carmen, Jina and Inky braving the cold to model Upitees!
Mandy shooting at today's La Vie en Orange photoshoot!
Whew! What a day! Met up with a photographer friend, Mandy McGee, who wanted to shoot my beloved Upitees in a vintage-inspired shoot. Carmen, Inky and Jina, three super talented and brave models volunteered to be a part of the outdoor shoot (and the high today was only 42 degrees!). Thanks to everyone for your hard work!
We had a blast, and it was so exciting to see the undies styled in an aesthetic that’s a little bit different from my own- what fun! I’m so looking forward to the final product and Sunday’s tentative indoor shoot.
Stay tuned! :) xoxo
P.S. Check out Mandy’s photo of her last shot here :)
So I wanted to bounce an idea off of you. I read a blog post from Seattle City Council member Sally Bagshaw about women’s shelters really needing new pairs of underwear right now.
My first thought was, “I make underwear! Of course I can help!” But I feel a little sheepish about it, like I’m also trying to run a lucrative business, and this feels counter productive to my bottom line. But it’s not always about the bottom line (but it is always about bottoms, with me :)). This feels so important, and I’ve been wondering how I could help ever since I read about the GotGinch program where two men drove across Canada collecting undies for shelters.
So it’s official, I’ve decided that through the end of the year I’m going to make this offer to my clients on Etsy: I’ll send a new pair of Upitees to a women’s shelter in your hometown/region for every pair you purchase.
What do you think? Have you ever bought something because it supported another cause? I’d love to hear your ideas/thoughts in the comments section below.