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!

Get in the Swing this Spring!

I was featured on the teatimeshopping blog yesterday! 🙂

Tea Time Shopping Guide


With this gorgeous Black and White Swing Tank from TrappedInTimeDesigns – $20.00

The newest in their Spring line, the Swing Tank!  This style is adorable.  A little shorter, a little full in the body, it has great movement and great drape.  It’s both flattering to the figure and comfortable. Great layered with a form fitting tank top, bathing suit or even over a dress. This is a great top for those warm days to come!

Black with a woven white triangle print. Slight scoop neck, straps thick enough to hide bra straps, shorter length, and side vents at hem.  It’s extremely versatile and extra comfortable.

Model: Nancyjane ( http://www.modelmayhem.com/2403245 )

Feature by Jfay, Studio 3B

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Pinterest Wednesday

Another Wednesday? What?  This week is flying by.  Had a little photo shoot Monday morning, and I’m still editing images from that.  (if you’re a fan of my facebook page, you’ve seen some of the new images and items for sale)  Hope to have some to share in Friday’s post.

Until then, you get my favorite Pinterest finds of the week!

Antoinette Meets Austen {Sarah Gawler Photography}

Antoinette Meets Austen {Sarah Gawler Photography}

The Ghost Woman, vintage sideshow performer.

The Ghost Woman, vintage sideshow performer.


Giovanni, detail

Giovanni, detail


Ann Mansolino by Blood Milk

Ann Mansolino by Blood Milk



 **As these are images found on pinterest and similar sites, credit may not be associated with the image–if you see anything mis-credited or not credited at all, and you have more information,  please let me know.  And, of course, I claim no copyrights or rights or involvement in any of these images.


I’ve been feeling overwhelmed of late.

I was down for the count last week.  Mardi Gras week.  No parades or beads for this gal.

This week, I’ve been attempting to play catch-up.  Catch-up with emails, convo’s, questions, orders, back-orders, housework, yard work, gardening…the list keeps going.

I’ve become rather overwhelmed by all the online things that need to get done each day, taking me away from the real-life day-to-day business of living my life and running Trapped In Time Designs.

With etsy, artfire, rebelsmarket, facebook, tumblr, pinterest, and the blog, I spend easily 2 hours a day online.

Not to mention the side-trips I always end up taking–the cool new shops I have to browse, the treasuries I have to make, the blogs I have to check, the fabric that needs to be purchased.

It feels like it’s all bogging me down this week.

I know it’ll get better, and I’ll get back on top of it all.

Oh, and the time change?  The time change can suck it.

Here’s to hoping YOUR week is going well, and that I’ll be back, refreshed and happy-to-be-here next week. 😉