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So I decided to open up an Etsy Shop (official launch in July). It will feature both handmade pet accessories and home goods; I figured that I should utilize my design skills, my desire to make tangible stuff, and my love of my dog into a singular hobby that I can share with the world at an oh-most-affordable price. Initially, I’m going to make dog bandanas and collars using fabric I find pretty cool and fashionable — essentially chic (in my eyes) patterns that have a young, New York or Los Angeles sensibility. Hell, after my freelance design stint at Macy’s fashion department, I’m trying to reestablish myself as someone “who works in the fashion industry” — albeit for dogs. Eventually, I want to transition into home accessories, like glassware and pillows, but with a sardonic “I’m a graphic designer” or “I’m in the creative tech industry” sense of humor.
So, sewing is pretty fucking easy:
I learned to sew with a simple needle and thread at a very early age, thanks to my mom. Between her earliest job as a work-from-home medical transcriber and a stay-at-home mother, she would mend clothes and sew in her free time. At age 4 or so, I watched her repair a shirt or pair of pants, and it was then that she taught me to sew by hand.
In 6th grade, my classmates and I took a home economics class as part of a rotating curriculum of lifestyle courses (art, shop, and computers were also included). It was there in home ec that I learned how to properly use a sewing machine. I remember our first project was to create a standard, square-shaped throw pillow, and I recall that my teacher Mrs. Schwartz applauded at such a fine looking pillow (for what it’s worth). I think I even kept that pillow throughout high school.
The pillow was a constant reminder to press the sewing machine pedal and stitch forward then backward to create a secure closure (a back-stitch).
I think with my most basic knowledge of operating a sewing machine, my aesthetic as a print and web designer, and my fascination with social media trends, I can probably profit a few bucks. Wish me luck.
Happy Halloween — from Ash Ketchum, Pikachu, and Jigglypuff.
…or “I’m Now One Of Those Tech-Assholes Who Own An Apple Watch.”
Ever since my favorite Nooka watch broke, I was in the market to buy a pretty cool, design-forward watch. I was about to buy another Zub Zot Nooka watch, just because I loved the design, and it’s an alternative way to read time (ie: LCD dots for hours and a bar that fills up as each minute passes). However, just as the irreplaceable band snapped in half, the new Apple Watch was released. I figured I had some money to spoil myself, and I bought one.
Now despite all the Mac products I own, I consider myself far from an Apple fanboy: I’m not going to wait in line for hours or days when the new iPhone comes out, and to be honest the energy and chaos of any packed Apple Store gives me a mild panic attack. Still, I appreciate the design aesthetic of nearly all Apple products, and as someone whose career and hobbies fall within the creative and technological sphere, I have no choice but to rely on Macs.
So during my lunch break, I bought the 38mm Apple Watch Sport with a black band — primarily because it was affordable, it resembled closely to my old Nooka, and the smaller face size looked more like a regular watch than a typical, standard Apple Watch (it’s more conspicuous and doesn’t shout, “HEY, MUG ME!”).
After wearing it for a few weeks, here’s my quick review…
- It’s a very expensive organizer for $300+, but it’s nonetheless a great organizer. I’ve synced up my personal and work calendars, and it’s nice to get alerts on a smaller device that’s constantly on me than in my phone alone.
- The interface is beautiful, and despite the menu icons being so small for my fat, stubby fingers, the touch sensitivity is pretty accurate.
- Speaking of accuracy, the voice dictation is spot on. When sending a message on my watch by speaking into it, it’s almost exact. It even records swears.
- The battery life of my phone lasts a lot longer, despite having my Bluetooth on. I think it’s because I’m not constantly checking my phone for the time, emails, or messages. During the course of the day, before the watch, my iPhone would drain out completely by 5pm if on a full charge. With the watch, however, my phone is at about 50% if I left it uncharged.
- You can mute any sounds on your watch by covering it with your palm.
- Instead of looking at your phone during meetings, I can check messages just on my watch and no one is any wiser.
- The ability to send drawings and your heartbeat to other Apple Watch users is cool, despite the fact I only know one other person who has it.
- No one else has an Apple Watch, so that last “pro” point is moot.
- One of the main reasons I wanted the watch is to control Spotify from my wrist during my subway commute, rather than pulling out my phone all the time (I tend to carry a coffee in one hand and my phone in the other). Unfortunately, because of Apple Music and Spotify’s apparent feud, Spotify has yet to create an Apple Watch-specific app and I don’t see them doing it in the near future. Of course, when I asked the sales reps at the Apple Store if I can control Spotify through the watch’s native player, they said yes. Liars.
- Also, as many of you were aware when the new iOS was released a few months back, the iTunes library on the Apple Watch comes pre-loaded with U2’s “Age of Innocence” — despite the fact I deleted that goddamn album when I updated awhile ago.
- Although the mirrored, camera feature of “what your iPhone’s sees, the Apple Watch sees” is pretty cool, it does not support video. Still, I like how I can capture photos on my phone using my watch.
- You can’t view webpages, but I’m sure that will change.
- The watch faces are pretty limited at this point. I would have loved to customize it with my personal photos, but I don’t think that feature is available yet. Mickey Mouse dancing is kinda sweet, though.
All in all, I’m pretty satisfied with the Apple Watch, but it’s up to you if you think you’re going to buy it. That’s my two cents if it’s worth anything, which is probably less than two actual cents.