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.

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Giovanni, detail

Giovanni, detail

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Ann Mansolino by Blood Milk

Ann Mansolino by Blood Milk

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 **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.

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.)

This Week

It’s been a good week–still a little slow on the orders-front, but that’s normal for June.  A few come in here and there, and so I get those done immediately, and then back to new items, new styles, new adventures.

A pair of ruffle leggings was made and shipped off to Canada:

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A capelet found a new home:

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A new style of dress was created (and I’m in LOVE)–it’s a lovely lightweight black gauze over a black cotton lining, and I CANNOT WAIT to get it onto a model for fit and better pictures:

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Another stack of crop tops for the upcoming lakefront shoot:

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The second of three shirts for a friend’s order:

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A new tattered lace collar:

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And a tattered fabric boa:

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(also a couple of new shirts for myself snuck their way in)

As I sewed away, I listened to:

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–“Doctor Sleep” by Stephen King–this is a follow-up to “The Shining”, one of my all-time favs of King’s.  You find out what happened to Danny, and it’s a fabulous story.  Lives up to the original, and satisfies all those “I wonder what happened to…” questions from the first.  I really enjoyed it–having a good book on cd to listen to makes ALL the difference when sewing.  Makes me more anxious to get back into the studio every morning!

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–“Edwin of the Iron Shoes” by Marcia Muller–I had no idea that this book was from 1977, until the lead character put on a “tailored denim pantsuit” to go to an interview.  That had me wondering, but what REALLY got me was when another character was described to be wearing a leisure suit.  Good story, kept my interest.  Not on the same level as “Doctor Sleep”, but interesting nonetheless.

 

Pinterest Wednesday

As another Wednesday has dawned, so has another weekly installment of Pretty Stuff I Pinned:

In no particular order, and credited where possible (side note: wow, is it HARD sometimes to hunt down sources–and this week I failed more than succeeded, sadly).

Photographer: Reylia Slaby Model: Anna Barrera

Photographer: Reylia Slaby Model: Anna Barrera

Sorcha O'Raghallaigh

Sorcha O’Raghallaigh

Untitled--Katerina Plotnikova

Untitled–Katerina Plotnikova

unknown....maybe the Blondes?

unknown….maybe the Blondes?

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draping technique--unknown source

draping technique–unknown source

 

**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.

Where I’ve Been

Or, rather, what I’ve been up to, since where I’ve been (the studio and the garden) hasn’t really changed.

I’ve been sewing up a few shirts for a friend’s order (that blue jersey is one of my FAVORITE fabrics of all-time.  I made myself a shirt with it, and it’s just sooooooo comfy and soft!):

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Turning a big ol’ stack:

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Into a bunch of these:

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And sewing up a pair of shorts (WHAAAAT?  I never sew shorts!):

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The shirts and the shorts are being made for a soon (I hope) shoot I have in the works with one of my amazingly talented model-friends.  Just a low-key shoot, probably along the lakefront.  I’m in love with the shirts, and want to have a whole slew of them up in the shops soon–but they just look so lackluster on the dress forms!  They change dramatically when on a human form.  Also–a great excuse to get out of the studio and go have some FUN!

I have a number of shoots in the works right now–can’t wait to get going on them all!

Happy Monday–I know it’s not the norm to enjoy a Monday, but I always kind of do (don’t smack me).  It always feels a little like a fresh start, and I have an extra bounce in my step as I go about planning the week.

Circus Shoot

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The final images from the recent Circus Shoot were released!

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(which, if you follow me on facebook, you would TOTALLY know by now, seeing as I repeatedly posted the pictures over the weekend)

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I’m happy with how they turned out.  Each shoot is a learning experience, and each one is more fun than the last, somehow.

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Models: Amberleighhh (http://www.modelmayhem.com/2598688) & Erica Boss (https://www.facebook.com/ericabossmoran)

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Hair: Peggy West

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Make Up: Laurin E Hart

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Photographer: Underexposed Photography ( https://www.facebook.com/#!/brittsmithphoto )

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Clothes & Accessories:  Trapped In Time Designs (duh)

Pinterest Wednesday

Orders have slowed down around here, allowing me to catch up on some projects as well as plan some new ones.

And spend more time online.

My favorite pins of the week, in no particular order, and credited/linked when possible.

"Angel 5" by Zena Holloway

“Angel 5” by Zena Holloway

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"A New Friend"--Lissy Laricchia

“A New Friend”–Lissy Laricchia

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"young lady with teacup, piglet and attention"~Margo Selski

“young lady with teacup, piglet and attention”~Margo Selski

 

**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.

 

A Favorite

Having spent a weekend doing….well, not too much of anything (other than watching the hubby lose himself in the new “Wolfenstein” PC game—whoa, boy, that game is INTENSE), there’s not really a good picture recap to share.  There was a little gardening, a massively horrible headache, some sparkly-pink nail polish, and…..that was about it.

So, instead, I’ll share my #1 All.-Time-Favorite artist, John William Waterhouse.

St Eulalia, 1885

St Eulalia, 1885

I don’t recall when I first saw a Waterhouse image.

Ophelia,  1889

Ophelia, 1889

But I can say there’s just something I really love about the beauty in every single painting.

The Crystal Ball, 1902

The Crystal Ball, 1902

I guess I’m a romantic at heart.

The Soul of the Rose or My Sweet Rose 1908

The Soul of the Rose or My Sweet Rose
1908

A Pre-Raphaelite lover.

Ophelia, 1910

Ophelia, 1910

I even cross-stitch Waterhouse images.

The Shrine 1895

The Shrine
1895

They take YEARS to complete (mainly due to my sporadic interest level and only working on them in the evenings).

Miranda -- The Tempest 1916

Miranda — The Tempest
1916

I’ve made this one:

Juliet, 1898

Juliet, 1898

And I’m currently working on this image:

Boreas, 1903

Boreas, 1903

Next on the list is this one:

Hylas and the Nymphs 1896

Hylas and the Nymphs
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I can’t remember if I’ve already done a post on Waterhouse…..so, if I have, apologies.  Just bask in the pretty.

The Mermaid, 1901

The Mermaid, 1901