Saturday, December 27, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Etsy has been an amazing place to sell my goods in addition to my website. I am very grateful on this Thanksgiving for the success it has given me. I have "met" so many amazing artists. I find myself only wanting to shop there for the quality and uniqueness the artists offer...I'm doing the Handmade Pledge this year. All (or almost all) of my holiday gifts will be bought on Etsy.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I'm really bad about keeping up on this thing! So i've decided to just start adding a bunch of stuff I like :).
Todays theme is Holiday Cards. I've been on the look out for some awesome cards that are unique and of course handmade. I seem to always have good intentions of making my own but never quite get to it...
Here's some of my favorites...
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
I just found out my Springtime Bird Coin Purse was picked to in the weekly theme posting on the Eco Etsy Blog. The theme was "little birds" and Fisheye was so sweet as to nominate me...Thanks!
Search keyword TeamEcoEtsy to see work by some of these eco-conscious artists.
We also have a website www. Ecoetsy.com
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
I spent today doing sketches for a new clothing line, updating my "About" page bio on the website (please look), laundry and then the day was gone...
Oh this is cool...I did check out Co-Op America, an amazing organization dedicated to good ol' eco-action!
Then I was just reading this Etsy Storque article on getting ready for the holiday season. Time is just flying. Kirsten (aka La Femme Monkita) and I got into the Detroit Urban Craft Fair. An awesome opportunity to share our hand-craftiness with some fellow Michiganders. I have confidence I'll get it together at some point though.
I do have sketches and all :)....
Thursday, August 21, 2008
So in order to save money I booked us a flight leaving at 5:30am out of Flint which is about a 45 minute drive. Being the procrastinators we are, we didn't finish packing until 12:30 am, passed out for 2 hours then got up, hopped in the car and drove to the airport. We landed in Atlanta at 7 am and had a ridiculous 3 hour layover most of which I slept on the benches. From Atlanta we flew to Denver.
My good friend from high school was getting married the next day (saturday).
Ok so from the airport we rented a supposedly compact car I reserved but it really ended up being an SUV so that was funny. Drove to my friends house, said Hi for like an hour then drove 3 1/2 hours north to Glenwood Spring Colorado. Totally the most beautiful drive I've ever been on! Overwhelming a bit on my 2 hours of sleep but beautiful. We arrive in town to meet the suppliers of my hemp fabric.
Hanging out with them was so amazing and informational I can't even explain. There's nothing I love more than knowing my fabric comes from good people doing good work. We ate dinner at the Hotel Colorado nestled in lush gardens with mountains towering everywhere! I crashed early cause I thought I was gonna die if I didnt.
The next day, Jason and I explored the town, took pictures and ate breakfast at a tiny little diner. We went back to the hemp compound for some more awesome conversation with our host and then hopped back inthe truck to go to a wedding!
We had exactly enough time to get to our hotel, check in, change and get back into the car for wedding. We arrive just as they are saying the last of the vows. Everyone cheers then we hit the reception (it was literally that fast). Do all the fun reception things like drink and dance, then get back to the hotel and crash.
6 hours later...we hop back in the truck, get to the airport for the second leg of our journey...
We land in Seattle at 9am where my cousin and her hubby pick us up. We explore Pike Place market for a few then head north to Anacordes, Washington. There we hopped a ferry to San Juan Island. My cousins hubby's family has a condo on the island. There we just lounged, ate too much, explored the island, ate more and drank wine.... for 4 days. Just the perfect way to ease out the insanity of the first half of our vacation. We even saw a whale fin!
We had so much fun. I forget how fun exploring is! You can see pics from the trip at www.holidazy.blogspot.com
They are camera phone shots so the movies are a little low res. If you go to the oldest posts first, its in chronological order.
All of you who support us through my business and otherwise made this vacation getaway even possible...So a huge thanks to you all!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
I had the joy and pleasure of making my first wedding dress. My best friend Carmen asked if I'd do a dress for her reception and I agreed, albeit a little nervously. Normally brides scare the crap out of me. They are all tense and angry and generally scary. Carmen on the other hand was none of those things. She wanted only a dress created by me for her most special day. We talked about design, bouncing ideas back and forth till we came up with a great general outline. From there it was up to me...
Carmen loves shiny so I chose hemp/ silk charmeuse...absolutely amazing fabric. Soft shine on one side and raw silk looking on the back side. I wanted to try dip dyeing for this dress in the worst way. The trick was (A) I had only enough fabric to make the dress once, (B) it had to be finished before I dyed it so there was no weird lines, and (C) me being the big chicken procrastinator I am, waited till it was 3 days before she was showing up for a fitting :).
All went amazingly perfect. This dress was made for her, fit perfect and was flattering. Best of all I got to put all the love for my best friend into it....
I also made the little flower girl dress that Ari is wearing. There were 2 of those sweet little girls walking down the aisle. They made sure to get every last rose petal out of that basket.
The bride and groom took care of their guests with lots of good food and great music. But best of all, they took care of each other. They wrote vows that brought everyone to tears. Peter (the groom) had all of Carmen's friends records love songs for her on her wedding day. Each guest got a cd to take home. And my little Ari, who is extremely shy, got up on the dance floor and sang a song she made up on the spot in front of 100 people! Truly the perfect wedding....
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Next I'll have to show you Ari's work with the Bow Staff, I won't mess with her when she's got that thing!
Monday, July 7, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
So my friend Kirsten and her boyfriend Dan wanted to take us out for our anniversary which I thought was really nice. They live in the Detroit area and I thought it was awesome (if not a little weird) that they wanted to drive all the way up here for dinner with us. She told me to make sure we got someone to watch the kids so we could go get drinks and just relax...
A few days before she's like um are you ready for this weekend? did you get someone to watch the kids? Oops of course I'm forgetful and did not. I call my mom and she agrees (rather quickly I thought).
Kirsten and Dan show up to take us out, we're just relaxing on the couch watching Terminator 3. We mosey out the door to Beggars Banquet (which Kirsten picked).
We walk through the back door and Kirsten steers us into the banquet room and "HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!" everyone yells (well it sounded like everyone but it may have just been Carmen).
I honestly don't recall ever being so surprised. I don't think anyone got pics of us but I can honestly say my jaw was to my chest.
My amazing friend Kirsten has orchestrated the most amazing surprise party every. All of our friends, my family, Jason's work friends are there. Nothing makes me feel happier or more complete when all my loved ones are in one room.
Kirsten made the most amazing cheesecakes, Carmen made tiramisu and blueberry pie and there was more I'm sure. The food was beautiful. The extent to which this party was planned still amazes me. Kirsten actually contacted Jason's work to make sure he got out at a reasonable time (yes she scheduled his work day) as well as made sure they got invites there. She contacted my family and made sure my kids would be watched (which caused some panic since I forgot and called so late). Dan made this beautiful Happy Anniversary sign by hand because he thought we deserved and would appreciate it being handmade. They made a box for cards and asked for donations for us to go on our upcoming trip out west. She thought of everything.
We ate, had drinks (too many I think, for some, *eh hem Kirsten*) and we had the most fun in forever. My gratitude is so huge its overwhelming. I have thank you cards coming to everyone I just have to figure out what to say (sometimes that takes me a while).
And Kirsten, you are the best, most kind generous soul, and most organized person I know. You should honestly be an event planner, you'd kick ass.
This picture is ridiculous but see how much fun we're having!
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
I just got a really nice email to let me know my Cherries Skirt has been featured on the Rare Bird Finds Blog...check it out.
Monday, May 12, 2008
From my little girl Ari, age 5...She's quite the artist! Notice the ray of sunlight, and all the other amazing details. She's 5 and drew elephants for goodness sake!
And from my sweet little boy who's going to be 9 this summer (how can that be!)
His little note says
"The important thing about Mom is She's Loving
She is also reassuring
But the most important thing about Mom is she's caring
What mom wouldn't bawl at that?! Then he sewed me a kleenex holder that looks like a guy. I may have to put him to work soon...
Jason, being the amazing human he is, let me work all day with no interruptions. Then we all piled on the couch to eat pizza and watch a movie all snuggled under a blanket. The best day ever!
Monday, April 28, 2008
Cute little mini purses just the right size for your phone, keys and a small wallet. I love big bags but I may just have to make myself one of these.
I just joined Eco Etsy, an awesome Etsy street team dedicated to promoting all that is green and good. Look for more recycled packaging from me. There are so many amazing sellers that belong to this group...
Alright my 3 hours of freedom is almost up and I have to run get my kiddos...then run, then run some more :)...
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
which spun up in to "Midnight at the Oasis" mmmmm pretty...
Next I tried the hot pour method from the Twisted Sisters Sock book. You heat your roving on the stove with water and a bit of vinegar then pour the colors. It softens the colors but you have to be careful to not poke it too much or it felts. Well what I didn't realize is that some dyes split into different colors...so my well intentioned earthy brown, burgundy and plum mix did this...
What the hell? Where did yellow and green come from?! All I could think of was salamander (not that I don't like salamanders but I was hoping for something a bit more romantic)...
Now here comes the cool part...I snagged some of these from Loop on Etsy... in that collection of fibery goodness I found this beautiful black alpaca and firestar batt. Tons of sparkle and color...So that little tiny batt mixed with my ugly roving gave me thisAll the warm earthiness I could ever want with some sparkle to boot. I love happy endings....
Monday, March 3, 2008
has videos on YouTube. I love how to videos...I've learned various knitting and spinning techniques. Its pretty exciting.
Here's the latest amazingness I found...
Fusing plastic grocery bags...
This worked out perfect since I never seem to have first class mailing bags or boxes. My first attempt ended up a little melty...
Here's the final one. Looks pretty cool and is stronger and thicker than the PO's tyvek bags. I just sealed the edges with packing tape and voila!
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I also added a new pair of pants to my site...
I've been experimenting with block printing a little bit. Here's a great tutorial if anyone is curious....I love her work...Here. For these pants I decided ginkgo, yet again. I really love the shape of the leaves. And I love the idea that ginkgo is said to increase concentration and memory...I could use some of that!Up next dyeing some fleece! I got this today...Big Fun!!!
Sunday, January 27, 2008
This is an absolutely amazing story and the illustrations are stunning...
It has refers to early french film making by director Georges Melies. He did this beautiful film called The Trip To The Moon....I'm using it as inspiration for my next top....I can't wait to share...
I've been thinking alot about how much I just love my job. I get to stay home with my kids and make stuff and make a little money. I've tried doing "lines" of clothing but I get so bored with it, that it takes away from the thing I love. I know this is the way to streamline and be more efficient but it literally drives me crazy. Jason is always like cut out 10 of such and such and you can whip them out....I've tried and the result always seems less that what I like my end product to be....so my goals are to continue making one-of-a-kind pieces and try to make them cost effective. Its a work in progress.....
Here's some recent work...
Oh I took the plunge and applied to my first festival, Wheatland Music Festival.
Its a juried show so I'm waiting to see if I got in...I'm crossing my fingers...although I may have to reconcile making multiples of things if I want to fill a whole booth!