Success!

Print Tank

Print Tank

The new shoot was a full success!

Oversize Crop Top

Oversize Crop Top

I mean, I know I’m the one saying it, so maybe take that with a grain of salt.

Kimono Jacket

Kimono Jacket

But, I think the new look really makes the items pop in the listings.

Oversize Crop Top

Oversize Crop Top

What do you think?

Babydoll Tunic

Babydoll Tunic

I already have the next shoot scheduled, and hope to have the majority of the shop switched over to the new style within the next few months.

Swing Tank

Swing Tank

I commented to G the other day that the only things I have to talk about–indeed, the only things I think about–are all work-related.

Oversize Crop Top

Oversize Crop Top

I must be a true bore.

Babydoll Tunic

Babydoll Tunic

I need to get out into the garden this weekend!

Go fishing! (we totally got our fishing licenses this past weekend–both of us love fishing, but have never fished down here!  G grew up fishing in the Bahamas, and I grew up fishing in MN.  So, it’s a new adventure)

Maybe then I’ll have more to discuss…and be a tad more interesting. 😉

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Lately

It’s been busy-busy-busy around here with orders.

The garden is still going–though a little heat-affected. 

Cucumbers and basil are thriving.

Pesto is in the near future.

I’ve been working on some really fun new projects, and can’t wait until I have some things to share!

Until then, I’ve added a few new items to the shop lately–trying to get things photographed and listed slowly–one a day.

Prepping for the Endless Nights Vampire Ball as well as Halloween!  (and some fun bits here and there)

Striped Bustle

Striped Bustle

Velveteen Capelet

Velveteen Capelet

Floral Tunic

Floral Tunic

Velveteen Capelet

Velveteen Capelet

And, because I was a TOTAL slacker (blog-wise, at least) Friday, I have my Project Runway favorites today, too!

I was SHOCKED at the win for the week.  I like Amanda’s look–it’s in my top 3, actually–but I felt like it wasn’t polished enough for the win.

It was like Emilio’s hardware store challenge bikini and Wendy’s grocery store bikini had a Cyber-Punk-Goth baby….but done better than either.

That probably doesn’t make sense anywhere BUT my head.

On with my picks!

Amanda

Amanda

I really do love the IDEA of this dress.  The fact that she had to rely so heavily on the muslin under-lining should have taken it out of the running for the win, though.

Samantha

Samantha

Love the top–really cool technique.  I just wish the top had been extended into a dress. I really wasn’t diggin’ on the film strip usage.  Though, it is kind of jellyfish-y….and I do love me some “Princess Jellyfish”….

Kristine

Kristine

Kristine’s would have been my pick for the win.  I really like the usage of the letters.  The bust bothers me, but I love the letters SO MUCH.

Did you watch?  What did you think?  Are the judges totally smoking WAY MORE crack than usual this year?

Embroidered, Embellished, Pinterest Favorites

Things have started taking off in the shop this week.

Working-working-working!

Orders rolling in–early birds for Halloween are my favorites.

When things start taking off, and I start getting so busy, I always find myself getting enamored with techniques that force me to slow down.  That invite me to take that comfy seat and grab a cup of milky tea.

Embroidered Pan Collar by The House that Lars Built

Embroidered Pan Collar by The House that Lars Built

Hand-detailing suddenly obsesses me.

Valentino Resort 2015

Valentino Resort 2015

Anything that forces one to slow down, to take their time, to focus and to relax.

Embroidered tent dress

Embroidered tent dress

Hand-work, ahhhhh–always relaxing.

Embroidered, re-purposed bag

Embroidered, re-purposed bag

Am I crazy?

1920s Party Dress

1920s Party Dress

I thought I’d share some of my favorite embroidered and beaded beauties on the Pinterest Wednesday.

Vintage cardigan

Vintage cardigan

What calms you in times of stress and busy-busy-busy?

White on white--lovely!

White on white–lovely!

Beaded chiffon

Beaded chiffon

1890 Wedding Gown from the V&A Collection

1890 Wedding Gown from the V&A Collection

Vintage skirt detailing

Vintage skirt detailing

1800s muslin embroidered gown--*swoon*

1800s muslin embroidered gown–*swoon*

Pinterest Wednesday

I have a few orders in and a stack of stuff to sew up, so let’s do this!

My favorite finds on Pinterest this week (credited and linked where able):

"Blackie" --Emmanuel Bobbie

“Blackie” –Emmanuel Bobbie

Gaultier

Gaultier

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Chloe Prefall 2013

Chloe Prefall 2013

Abandoned Chateau Clochard

Abandoned Chateau Clochard

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Dior

Dior

Elie Saab

Elie Saab

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**As always, I’ve credited where possible.  If I’ve missed something or linked incorrectly, please let me know.  I claim no rights to these images, nor have I had any hand in creating them.  I just love them.

Lately

At least it’s Friday.

I was up most of the night.  For no reason, other than I do that sometimes.  I wake up in the middle of the night, and proceed to worry and think and brainstorm and toss and turn and stay awake for hours.

I felt like someone poked me in the back twice, when no one was around, this morning.

And then an old, broken, and unplugged surge protector started making horrible, loud, long beeps.

So, it’s been…..interesting around the ol’ household this morning.

I’ve been sewing away over the week, and slowly editing images from Monday’s shoot.

I’ve made ruffle leggings (now on their way to Austin, TX), a couple of child’s capelets (headed to Alberta, Canada) and a bustier (on it’s way to IL) for customer orders.

I’ve sewed up dresses and bustles and bustiers for listing in the shop.

And, as mentioned, I’ve been editing images from Monday’s little shoot–and listing the new items in all THREE of my shops (Etsy, ArtFire, & RebelsMarket).

A little peek:

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Model:  Amberleighhh  (https://www.facebook.com/modelamberleighhh)

These are my absolute favorite tops right now.  I wear one almost every day, layered with a tank top.  So comfy, and easy to wear.  I hope I’m not the only person in the world who likes them….though then I’d have a LOT to choose from…..

I still have quite a few images to edit and more new items to get listed, but I’m only doing one per day.  To save my brain.

While all this sewing has been happening, I’ve been listening to:

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The Dead Room

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Happy almost-weekend!

Swing

So, I missed Monday’s post…..and then I missed yesterday’s post. For no good reason, I assure you. I’m not out enjoying the sun (gah! too hot!!). I’m not out enjoying my garden (gah! too hot!!). I’m not even out doing glamorous photo shoots (gah! too hot!!).

You may have noticed a theme here.

I moved down to Louisiana almost 7 years ago, from Minnesota. I’d spent my summers here since I could remember, and spent my first few years of life here (which I DON’T remember), so the heat in the summer was not a surprise. And, while I hate sweating (which I do in copious amounts, I assure you), I hate 7 months of un-ending tundra-like, nose-hair-freezing, trying-to-kill-you cold even MORE.

But, still. You guys, it’s HOT. It’s go-out-to-turn-the-sprinkler-on-so-the-garden-doesn’t-die-and-come-back-inside-a-sweaty-mess HOT. It’s “hey, do you want to go out to dinner?” “Hell no, I’d have to go OUTSIDE FOR THAT” HOT.

So, maybe it’s no surprise that my mind, and thus my inspiration of late, has turned to flowy, loose fitting garments.

I’ve sewn up a few fabulous retro designs over the last couple of days (and will share more tomorrow). I hope I’m not the only one out there dreaming of trapeze dresses, tunics and tent-dresses. Cuz, if so, I’m going to have a lot of stock on my hands pretty soon.

Some inspiration, found on Pinterest:

(P.S.  WordPress has apparently changed how I can add pictures, and it’s making me cranky.  CRANKY.)

Shhhhh

It’s been awfully quiet around here lately.  I wish I could say it was because I’ve been doing exciting and fabulous things….but, really, it’s just been a lot of sewing and painting.

I did manage to sew up a few things for myself that have been in constant rotation.  These oversize t-shirt style tops are pretty much my go-to for the summer (and, MAN, summer is here in the South!):

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I also ordered a ton of jewelry, both on etsy and forever21 online, so I’ve been playing with new necklaces and earrings.

I rarely buy anything new for myself, and it’s even MORE rare for me to sew anything for myself.

Of course, I was WILDLY optimistic in my cutting out of things for myself and still have 3 entire skirts that need to be sewn–but those will have to wait for evening and weekend work.  Orders and photo shoots come first. 😉

Speaking of shoots–I finished up the second painting for the upcoming shoot:

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AND I found a good deal on the PERFECT SHOES for the models:

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Luckily the model who will be in the red pair has the same size foot as I….so those will most likely end up in my closet.

Off to package the weekend orders, hit USPS and then SEW-SEW-SEW!  Have a fabulous Monday, my friends!