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….

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And new shots of capelets and a cincher skirt.

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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.

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What do you think?

New Babydoll Tunics

New Babydoll Tunics

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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?

Get in the Swing this Spring!

I was featured on the teatimeshopping blog yesterday! 🙂

Tea Time Shopping Guide

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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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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. 😉

Spring!

Vintage Handkerchief Skirt

Vintage Handkerchief Skirt

I’ve been working on new Spring and Summer things for the shop lately–neglecting the blog, neglecting the yard, neglecting the garden.  *sigh*

Linen Tunic Dress

Linen Tunic Dress

Just sewing, sewing, sewing, SEWING!

Chiffon Swing Tank

Chiffon Swing Tank

Also re-working (or attempting to re-work) the photography for my etsy shop.

Floral Tunic Dress

Floral Tunic Dress

While I love the editorial photography, the lighting, the mood, the setting…..it’s not as cohesive as I’d like it to be.

Gauze Gypsy Dress

Gauze Gypsy Dress

So, I decided to try a new style.

Giraffe Tunic Dress

Giraffe Tunic Dress

Went out with the lovely Nancy Jane a couple of weeks ago and snapped a bunch of new photos with new things, as well as old.

Kimono Jacket

Kimono Jacket

While I love them……they’re still not right.

Floral Babydoll Tunic

Floral Babydoll Tunic

And so, today, we’re trying this again.

Print Swing Tank

Print Swing Tank

But in the wee little photo studio I have set up this time.

Yellow Sundress

Yellow Sundress

Going for more simple.  Less distraction from the clothing.

Butterfly Tunic Dress

Butterfly Tunic Dress

But I think I’m going to miss the backgrounds.

Polka Dot Sundress

Polka Dot Sundress

Trying to get your business the way you want it is a never-ending process, it seems.

Pinstripe Babydoll Tunic

Pinstripe Babydoll Tunic

But worth it.

Linen Sundress

Linen Sundress

Happy Almost-Weekend to you!

Official Photos

The Official Photos from the Mardi Gras shoot are in!  Just in time for the season, as Fat Tuesday is almost upon us (one week from tomorrow!).

All items are now available (ready to ship or made to order) in my shop.

Photography by Underexposed Photography.

Hair & Make Up by Amanda Bravender

Models:  Yuri Sisson & Nancy Jane

Clothing & Accessories by Trapped In Time Designs

Just a sampling–the light was so perfect and the sky so blue this day!

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Mardi Gras Shoot

After a long (looooooooong) and unintentional blog-hiatus, I’m back!

Really, that was a long time to be away.

Blame instagram–it’s so much easier to post a picture with a one-liner, and go about my merry way.

Also:  business has been pretty kick ass since before Halloween, and I’ve been busy sewing (and upgrading my studio).

I figured some images from a Mardi Gras themed shoot I did this week would be in order for my first post back in this cob-web-filled space.

These are just images that I took–I’m anxiously (yet patiently) waiting for the final edits from Underexposed Photography, whom you’ll recognize from past shoots.

Hair & Makeup by AHB Hair & Makeup

Models: Yuri Sisson & Nancy Jane

Clothing & Accessories:  Trapped In Time Designs

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