And then I disappeared for a few years.


In my defense, this happened:

Families Red Tea Photography Photo

Baby James caused all sorts of upheaval in my world, prompting one long and a few short vacations from the shop and sewing.  He’s almost 2 now, and I’m slowly getting back into the shop.  I’m working on the weekends and evenings, and a full time stay at home mom the rest of the week.  I’m exhausted on a level I didn’t realize existed.  Some days I cry a lot.  I question my decisions. But every day is full of laughter (sometimes through the tears), and I’m ever so slowly finding a balance, finding my way back to myself and my work.

This new situation has prompted a change in how I run my business.  I made the decision to stop taking commissions, and to instead focus on creating full size runs (in limited quantities) of costumes and dresses.  It allows me to have a bit less stress, and to work at my own pace.

I’m currently working on a small Halloween release, and I’ll be sharing sneak pics soon!

Weekly Wrap Up

Let’s just jump in, shall we?  As if 3 months hadn’t passed…..

This week:


I (finally) jumped into 2016 and upgraded to an iPhone.  First thing my sister said was “download Neko Atsume immediately”.  I’m in love with the kitties!  Obsessed with the kitties!  Games that are adorable and require very little from me are high on my list of good times.

A few Mardi Gras pieces yet to finish up, a complete over-haul of the studio (I hope) and a new online shop are all on the horizon.

Happy Friday–weekend here I come!  (after I finish this stack of orders….)



Weekend Blues

Well, not really a blue weekend, per se, but all of Sunday was lost to being ill, so I feel a little robbed of my full weekend potential, you know?


Saturday brought the local Farmer’s Market, where I picked up this week’s CSA offering. This is the first year we’ve participated in a CSA (having wanted to for years, but never having made the deadline for signing up before).  Absolutely loving it!  The first tomatoes of the season were part of the offering this week–along with eggplant, cucumbers, zucchini, green bell peppers, carrots and potatoes!  Big Summer Stew coming up for tonight’s meal.  Nom!


Worked on some sequining & beading for one of the bustiers that will be part of the upcoming shoot.  In retrospect, I’m not sure how well SEQUINS will show up in a photograph, but….well, it’s done now, lol.

Then Sunday rolled around, and I was in bed battling a severe headache and body pains until around 1pm.  It was awful.  Once I managed to drag myself out of the bedroom, onto the couch (still in pj’s and with half the headache hanging on), the Husband and I binge-watched the entire season of “The Devil is a Part-timer!” on Netflix–and loved it!


Here’s to the week starting, my head not trying to kill me, and a productive week ahead!  Happy Monday!

This Week

Weekly wrap-up:

I’ve been working on orders as well as items for the upcoming photo shoots–still SO excited!!

Husband has been out of town, which allows me to stock up on junk food get a lot more sewing done, since I am able to sew into the evening hours–I don’t really cook when it’s just me.




While I work, I’ve been listening to “The Tudors: The Complete Story of England’s Most Notorious Dynasty” by G.J. Meyer, and I have to say–I’m loving it!  I love history, and have always loved reading about any of the Tudors, but sometimes the books can be, let’s just say, a wee bit dry.  Not the case here–it’s so interesting, and I’m even learning things I’ve not encountered in other books!  Really worth it, if you’re a history nerd like me.


Have a fabulous weekend!

Inspiration and a Sale

My sister is coming into town next month, and we plan to (finally) get to do some photo shoots together–which is awesome and exciting and has been keeping me full of MILLIONS of ideas (at all hours of the day and night)!  She is a new photographer, focusing so far on wedding, maternity, engagement, family and senior photography.  With a big sis like me, you KNOW she has to gets to try her hand at the world of fashion/costume/editorial photography!

I have a few shoots that I’ve been planning in my head for months and those are finally getting to the “make it happen” stage.  I’ve been gathering ideas, writing (too many) lists, losing said lists, writing NEW lists, cutting out, imagining, re-imagining, drawing and just generally being a crazy pants.

Inspiration for a couple of the shoots–I feel like both are departures for me, being that neither focuses too much on costume-costumes (it’s a thing in my head).  I’m so excited for these!!!



*Images gathered via Pinterest–I do not own or claim ownership of ANY of these.  By the time I found them, no artist names were associated, so if you see your work please contact me with info so that I can properly credit you.  I love Pinterest, but it makes it entirely too easy for someone’s hard work to get out there on the net with no link back to the creator.

Also–I’m feeling the need for a bit of a clear out and have been adding new items to the shops Clearance section–and I’ve put EVERYTHING in that section at 50% off original price!


I Know I Just Said I Wouldn’t Do This….

Didn’t I JUST say that I wanted to break the cycle of posting just photo shoots?

Ahhh, well–this is new!  And I wanted to share it before I forgot ALL ABOUT IT!  (which I’ll do over the weekend, most likely)

Just a little product shoot with the beautiful Yuri, who I’ve gotten to work with a few times now–you’ll recognize her from the Boa Shoot and the Mardi Gras Shoot.  She lives down the road–how lucky am I?

A few new pieces, a few new shots of older pieces.

Some new Swing Tanks, a new Crop Top, new Babydoll Tunics, new Sweetheart Neckline Bustiers….


And new shots of capelets and a cincher skirt.


We had so much fun, even though I had hoped to have more to photograph–as I mentioned, orders have been rolling in, and that means less time to create new things.


What do you think?

New Babydoll Tunics

New Babydoll Tunics

Changing Things Up

I’m hoping to break the recent cycle of my only posting when having a photo shoot to share.  I’ve actually been thinking on this for awhile–feeling constantly overwhelmed with all the things I “need” to do everyday.  So much of it seems to be online!  Stressing myself out over how many Instagram followers I have, making Facebook posts interesting, remembering to post to Tumblr regularly, posting here more than once in a blue moon, changing up all my Pinterest boards (and posting to THAT regularly),  wondering if I really DO need to get on Twitter.

I don’t want to live my life all stressed out over such silly things–even though they mean the success (or failure) of my business on a certain level.  I don’t want to drop any of them–I really love each platform for different reasons.  I love feeling connected, and getting to see what other people are up to out there in this wide world.

So I’ve decided to schedule my week better–and this includes regular posting over here, as well as a Garden Day each week, which I’m REALLY looking forward to.  My poor garden is languishing, with only some fennel and one chard plant that made it through the winter.  I haven’t even BEGUN to get the spring garden going–AND IT’S ALREADY SPRING.

So, the new schedule started this week, and it’s a raving success as of Day Two!  lol.

I’ve been busier than ever this year with orders–and that amazes me every day!  All the hard work is starting to pay off!  But it means less time to create NEW things.  Less time to grow food and flowers.  Less time to get on the treadmill or the bicycle.  Less time to just……BE.

I love what I do, and I love my life–I just want to be a little more relaxed through it all.  😉

We’ll see how it goes–I’m prone to STARTING THINGS!, and then kind of…..fizzling out on them. I think that’s normal?