ClothesCaptioned.com

So, I finally took the plunge and created a crowdfunding site to try to make a go of a home based business. I have been thinking about this for some time and it just seemed like it has to be now or I will never do this.

It all started a few years ago with me and The Kid watching television, or rather, streaming and bingeing on Netflix and Prime, and all the other premium channels. We started watching lots of European series and we always had a tough time trying to understand those accents… and the further north you go in the UK the tougher the accents. So, we turned on Closed Captioning.

The first time we saw [SCOFFS], we both laughed. I am not sure to this day that The Kid knew that sound even had a name, let alone what it was. So, it became a familiar lexicon in our vocabularies and we both were quick to point it out whenever it came on screen.

Then it branched out. It was an interesting experiment to see which Closed Captioning writers were actually including in the CC, and often times, very funny! I made some off-hand comment about putting them on t-shirts.

I tried to make t-shirts from iron-on fabric, but it didn’t work well. I thought embroidering would be classier and longer lasting and I did make an effort to try to do this with my home embroidery machine, but it became an exercise in frustration. About that time, I had a tee made for a friend that had embroidered words, but it cost a fortune. (A different startup idea.) I remained in touch with the gentlemen who did the embroidery and he has been gracious enough to share with me some trade secrets. If the funding is successful, I will be purchasing the machine that he recommends. (Hi Steve!)

So, a few minutes ago, the IndieGoGo campaign went live. I hope it looks polished enough… after being in the computing business and looking at hundreds, if not thousands, of websites, I hope that it stands up to the test.

I am naming the company: ClothesCaptioned.com. We did get the domain registered. We had to base the name on what was still available. But I like it. Our icon is simple and will appear on the right sleeve edge.

ClothesCaptioned OriginalWe’re starting out with ten captions:

If these are successful, we hope to branch out and include additional captions. We’ve been collecting them ever since the idea to do this as a business was born. I think I have something like 250 or more of them in a Db, but some I think will be too long or will not appeal to many (any?) customers. Every single caption we do present, however, is required to actually come from a real Closed Caption session.

So, if you’re curious or would like to donate, go here: https://igg.me/at/cctees

I will keep everyone posted on progress here as well as the IGG campaign page.

Thank you for supporting my dream!

julie

A Baby Gift When the Recipient is No Longer A Baby

By being such a prolific piecer, I tend to create quilts that take a long time to get finished. As some of you may remember, I had a huge box full of quilt tops that I had sent off to my long arm quilter (Hi Gloria!) some time ago. She had some issues with her machine (I swear I didn’t mean to break it!) but somehow in all of that, the baby that this first quilt was intended is by far no longer a baby.

A good friend and former colleague, I had made a quilt for his first daughter and she received it promptly. So even though we no longer worked together, we kept in touchish through Facebook. And when his second daughter was born, I whipped up a baby quilt complete with her name embroidered in the center. 2015-04-30 17.54.09If memory serves, I think Maxine is probably 3, maybe 4, now. But today, I finally got it completed.

2015-04-30 17.53.57 The center blocks are hearts embroidered in various shades of orange. Well, you can see that the whole quilt is a variety of shades of orange, this is the color they had picked for the nursery. And of course, the center heart has her name.

2015-04-30 17.54.40Now I just have to just have to get the address and get it sent.  I hope better late than never. Right?

The next one I finished today is this experiment with stars. It didn’t turn out bad, but it was an experiment for me and I really am not all that happy with the result.

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So many of the star points ended up being blunted with the next block. I really need to work on my technique. 2015-04-30 17.56.19

I love the colors in this quilt and I like the way that it shows brightly with the dark background.2015-04-30 17.56.24

It is really much too small for a bed quilt and much too dark for a baby’s quilt. I don’t really know what I will do with this one. I’ll have to think about this one.2015-04-30 17.56.34

2015-04-30 17.57.58Well, that about covers today’s projects. I’ve been working on creating the supplies for another project, it is great fun to sit and punch one inch circles out of paint chip cards. Does that spark intrigue?

And speaking of, the toy horse is still being worked on, slowly but surely. 🙂

julie

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