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New Year, New Items, New Website!

Hello everyone, and happy New Year!! Mine was pretty awesome all around and I’m glad to start 2009 fresh and cheerful. 2008 was at the same time the best and worst year of my life, so I’m hoping this year is all the good things and none of the bad things.

Moving on, last week I changed my website around just a little bit. Check it out! It’s much simpler than it was before, it was becoming too time consuming to be constantly updating and maintaining shopping carts especially when it’s so easy to use etsy. I resisted this move for a long time since there is so much competition on etsy for handmade goods I was worried that my stuff wouldn’t do very well. Then I realized that if I just used etsy mini I could still have my own site but not have to mess around with code all the time. Easier, and hopefully as effective as it was before!!

If you go over to my handmade shop, you’ll notice that a lot of stuff is on SALE! I’m going to be switching around what I make and sell over the next few months. I’ve slowly been making the transition to using mostly re purposed and recycled fabrics and now I’m going to be putting an even bigger emphasis on that. I’m also going to be offering more clothing items, so stay tuned! I have some great winter dresses in the works which will keep you chic and warm during the winter months. So to make room for new stuff (my room is very small!) I’m going to be selling off my old goods at a steep discount so if you’ve ever wanted one of my scalloped aprons or knitters totes this is the perfect time to get one!

I’m pretty happy with how my vintage etsy shop is doing so I’m just going to keep working on it! Winter is hard for me to shop for because I’m still not quite “getting” it. It’s been a long time since I’ve been in a real winter and I’m only now (2 months into it) learning the secrets of how to dress. I’m going on a shopping expedition to a thrift store that I’ve never been to before in Cambridge later today so hopefully that is fruitful and exciting!

I did just add 2 new items to the shop, so check them out!

The first item is the best dress of all time. I nearly fainted when I saw it, it is so intricate and amazing! The bodice pattern is formed by metallic gold ribbon sewn down onto a mesh background is swirls and loops. The trim is formed the same way but much tighter and intricate. Sadly it is too small (the pic is deceiving, curse my chest) so I’m going to pass it off to a loving home.

The most amazing dress, ever

(link to the listing!)

The good news is that my other recent find, these black leather gloves from the 50’s fit just fine! I love the length and the intricate cut work on the wrist and edges. I’m trying to dress a little more lady-like which is hard considering my hair sticks out all over the place and I’m unwilling to use hair products on it. We’ll see how this goes.

This is definitely not lady like, but it’s so cheerful, fun and warm! If you are like me and you’ve been hiding inside your house, wearing too much black and cursing the latest blizzard, you should consider getting this sweater. It’s made from a wool/acrylic/bunny/nylon yarn so not only is it warm it’s also washable!

52 weeks, week 1. A great day

(here’s the listing!)

This photo also doubles as the first of my 52 weeks portraits! Instead of the 365 project I did from November of 07 to Oct of 08, this is a little less rigid. Since moving to boston and going back to working outside the house I just don’t have as much time to do a creative and interesting photography. This is something that is still very important to me and gives me lots of creative satisfaction so I figured that the 52 weeks project would be a good compromise! For some reason this blue rusty truck is parked behind my building so I thought it would make a nice backdrop.  The way that the buildings are arranged makes this spot a giant wind tunnel! A FREEZING wind tunnel, but this sweater kept me from getting hypothermia while my hair and skirt whipped all over the place.

In case you haven’t been able to tell with all my complaining, it’s been COLD COLD COLD! I am finally getting the hang of this dressing for the winter thing and I’ve been a much happier person!  I heard the saying “layers layers layers” enough times to kill me (I work in a clothing shop after all) but the advice didn’t really explain what layers and where! My basic daily uniform involves the follow as my under layers:  smart wool socks (my flickr friends collectively known as hen power recommend these whole heartedly and finally I took their advice!), thick leggings or if those aren’t cleaning two pairs of thin leggings, and a tank top or slip as a bottom layer. I then add a summer dress and cardigan over the top and I’m warm and comfy! If I get too hot I just pull the leg warmers down around my ankles (I normally wear them above my knee) and take the cardigan off.  If I’m cold, the legwarmers get pulled back up and I’ve discovered that if I belt my cardigans they make me even warmer! This is a good inside outfit, then all I need to do to go outside is my big ugly ear-flap cap and down parka and I’m gold.

This is probably very tedious to most of you (especially my readers in southern california!) but considering how often I think about new techniques then try them (often failing and getting cold) this 2 minute rant is pretty short. Hopefully now that I have a routine I can move onto thinking about something else!

Here is an example of my winter plan in action:

Wardrobe Remix

Pretty simple, comfortable and most of all warm! I’m loving this horrible oversized cardigan. I’ve never been one much for over sized things (maybe this a a backlash to all the modesty I was taught to have growing up in UT?) but this cardigan was too cool to resist! I usually wear it belted but I think I’m feeling more comfortable with this silhouette and I hope it will bring new and interesting ways to wear my cloths!

I guess I’ll wrap up my post with a few goals for the new year since that seems the sort of thing to do, and it’s nice to have a record of things so I can be held accountable. So in no particular order, here we go!

Blog more frequently! At least once a week, possibly even 2 or 3!
Go back to working full time on creative things. Working at a clothing store is fun but I’m happiest being my own boss!!
Work on making my wardrobe more compact, versatile and interesting. This means purging and buying new, classic items (with a twist! I can’t have BORING things!). I’ve gotten really good at purging so that’s a good start!
Finish my bedroom/studio. I have a lofted bed now which make it easier to work in here. I still need to finished the walls and floors, build steps to my bed for the dog, build in more storage and figure out a good closet solution and keeping as much free space as possible. This is going to be difficult, but I’m up for the challenge and I know it will be amazing when it’s all done! Did I mention I’m going to have glitter floors? which brings us to….
When my room is done have an open studio shin-dig during the day and at night transform into the party I’ve been dreaming up: The Disco Ball! I want to fill my house with as many disco balls as possible, every will dress is sparkly cloths and we’ll dance til the break of dawn! No loose glitter allowed, sorry!
Get and art grant for the Firefly Arts Festival again this year to do another costuming workshop! Last years tutu making was a BIG BIG hit and I want to do something just as big this year! (check out the flickr set here)
Start teaching classes and hosting wardrobe swap and chops!

I have many more goals that I’m determined to work on, but these are the most pertinent to this blog! I want to share more with the world, make more tutorials and spread happiness, color and joy around the internet (and the world!) It’s time for me to get started, one again..HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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2 comments January 6, 2009

New Crafts and New Outfits!

It’s been a while since I’ve had a nice big post, sorry! It’s been busy for me and I still haven’t adjusted to the weather here in boston. More often then not I go out looking more homeless than glamorous.  It was seriusly affecting my mood so a few days ago I thought I’d think a bit more about what I was wearing and see if I could do warm and cute!

My first attempt was this outfit:

Wardrobe Remix

Detailed Shot:

WR details

What I’m wearing and where it’s from:

slip, cardigan, leggings (2 pair!) legwarmers: all from dollar a pound
shoes: naturalizers from my girl Dara in Seattle. Apparently it’s too steep there for her to wear them. My ankles are grateful, I twisted my right ankle 2 months ago during a misguided Blondie Conga line on cobblestones, the larger more stable heel makes these much more stable and of course more comfy, yay! I was a little chily in this outfit when I was outside, but only because I wanted to wear my cute pink/blue kids coat instead of my giant orange ugly puffy parka of hugeness. Once I got inside the restaurant (Grasshopper, vegan chinese!) i was just fine!

Moving on to my Christmas Eve outfit which isn’t really an example of how to stay warm in winter but a good example of how to be either very festive or very inappropriate (depends on the party, yah know?). I always say, or ever since 2 days ago I always say, red sequined bustiers are ALWAYS appropriate for Christmas Eve. Here we go! The outfit complete with goofy face!

Christmas Eve Wardrobe Remix

Last week I made a stir-fry with deep fried tofu. I turned around to get something and I had an EXPLOSION and got hit on the neck with flaming hot tofu! I didn’t think much of it until I took this pic and could see the burns from where it hit me! Oops! I photoshopped them out for your viewing pleasure. Lesson learned: make sure your tofu is dry before putting in the oil. Anyway, pic of my hairdo!

My Christmas Hairdo

The nice thing about damaged Barbie hair is that it’s very easy and fast to style. This is a bit sloppy but I’m no good with styling the back of my head, or protecting it from flaming tofu for that matter.

Here’s another more artistic detail shot. Look at me, I’m emo!

Christmas Closeup

Here’s the details of my outfit

slip: dollar a pound
skirt and bustier: garment district and both pretty damaged. I added d-rings to the back of the top because the zipper was broken AND it was too small.

People really loved it I was definitely the most decked out person there (this is not a new thing) and I’m so glad I realized 2 hours before the party that I had these in my “to fix” box.

Anyway, that’s it for now! I need to get ready for work. I’ll be posting again soon with some of the crafts I’ve been making recently!

Add a comment December 26, 2008

Boo hoo, rain!

Oh boo, it’s raining today. There goes my plans to ride my bicycle around, go to the thrift shops and take pictures. I could do the first two, but I don’t feel like getting cold considering the delicate state of my constitution.  And taking pictures?? No way is my new camera going out in the rain. No. Way.

So, instead will talk about yesterday which is photography day.  I have a traditional film class in the morning, and a digital class in the last afternoon. The classes are in the same room, and in between it’s open lab so I can just stay there all day! Yesterday I was there from 10 am to 7 pm! We’ve been making prints for the past few weeks, but with lots of supervision from the instructor.  Yesterday was my first time solo in the dark room, I have a partner but she must be sick (there’s a nasty bug going around, nasty).  Printing went fairly successfully, I had to call the teacher in a number of times for tips on how to improve the print.  I managed to produce 3 nearly there prints from a shoot that  I did a few weeks ago in an abandoned house. Here’s one of the digital pictures, definately not one of the good ones. Those are being massaged and edited for a show, hopefully 🙂

Mirror Mirror

This is one of my top secret houses, not telling anyone where it is!! A gals got to have a few secrets.  Hopefully they don’t tear it down, it’s a house and barn and both are divine.  It’s in the country, though, so I don’t think there are overzealous developers out there. Yet. I give it 5 years.

Anyway, without going into super super boring detail…we’ll just say it involved voodoo and lots of dodging and burning.  I’d still going to try them a few times more, but I feel very satisfied with the depth of my highlights and detail in the shadows–especially since it’s my first time!

Here’s my not that nifty self portrait from yesterday, I didn’t get outside to do a self portrait and by the time I left school, the light wasn’t that great:

365 In the Darkroom

The print I’m holding is the one I feel most satisfied with, even though it can be improved. When I posted this picture, I was surprised at the response! So many people loves dark rooms and printing and the like!  so hurray!

Despite not getting outside to do a self portrait, I did do a wardrobe shot.

Wardrobe Remix day 131

All thrift, except the tights which are from Target and the earrings which were from the now gone Magpie Boutique in San Diego.

Well, I’ve been on the computer for long enough today (I’m organizing the past 4 years photo files. Why? Because I’m nuts) and I think I’m going to soak in the tub and listen to Johnny Cash.  Have a great day folks!!

Add a comment March 7, 2008

Why bother apologizing. . .

Okay, I feel like every other post is me apologizing about not writing.  So, sorry. School’s been busy, we bought a VW Bus, been to New Orleans and back, and joined the Hash House Harriers.  The reason I’m writing now is because, yet again, I am sick. This time I don’t feel that terribly, but I haven’t spoken in 2 days and I’m desperate to communicate in some way with the world beyond squeaks, gestures and whispering to pass my message along.

I really should be enjoying this down time to catch up on all the homework I’ve neglected to do, but although I’m well enough to blog…the concentration required to study the art of ancient Greece is far beyond my reach.  Note exhibit a:

Art History

This was not today, nor at my own home. But it does show what happens to me as soon as I crack that book open when I’m not feeling so hot. This time it’s a cold, that time it was the effects of drinking my body weight in beer in New Orleans. Similar feeling. Thank you to Dara for capturing this moment forever.

For some reason I can reliably post to flickr, so I think I need to start spending the extra five minutes to post a picture and a story over here, too.  Let’s start now with a few of my favorite things:

Raindrops on Roses (aka, the coming of spring to my front yard)

365 First Flower

And whiskers on kittens (Marilyn being totally adorable, but totally nuts)

Marilyn Sleeps Uncomfortably in a Basket

Bright copper kettles (okay, this is really stretching it…voila, le VW Bus Tanky)

365 Spot the Loony

Okay, that’s enough of that funny business.  I think I’m going to tuck in for the night. I need to get up early to call the doctor! No wait, I can’t call the doctor. I’m mute! I’m going to sign off to go write a note with very specific instructions for bf on who to call and when. Joy!

Oh yes, one last photo. Leap year!

365 LEAP Day

3 comments March 3, 2008

Whoa dudes, it’s been a long time!

Hey, sorry I haven’t posted in so long! It’s been a busy 5 weeks or so.  Did some traveling (Pittsburgh and Boston) and started school again! I’m taking 2 photography classes, sculpture, and art history and that’s got me pretty busy. In the past week, I’ve gone from owning 1 camera to owning 3 (regular digital, Canon Elan 2E 35mm, and a Holga from Dara) which I find very exciting and fun. In a few weeks I head off for New Orleans for a few days.  It’s nice to be busy until then which I like.

I need to go get film developed before school starts, so I’ll leave you with my most recent costuming project: The Tutu!  First, the glamor shot:

365 Wish it was tuesday so I could title this "tu-tu-tuesday"

Now the goofy shot, but you can see a bit more of the tutu here:

Another Tutu Shot

Maybe if you are good, I’ll write a tutorial.  Just kidding, I already wrote an incoherent tutorial on the description of the photo so just click away. If you come back in about 12 hours I’ll have one that makes a little more sense.

The final picture is, of course, Marilyn in a tutu. It’s not really a tutu, just a piece of tulle draped over her. I’m cruel enough to take pictures of my cats in pretend tutus, but not cruel enough to actually make a cat tutu. Yet. I don’t know the limits of my depravity.

Tutu Cat

Truth be told, she didn’t mind it at all and posed like a champ for about 10 shots, and probably would have stayed for more!!

I never used to believe it when people said that about dressing their animals in costumes, but now I know from personal experience. I wouldn’t dress up an animals that wasn’t total into it.

Okay, this has been your tu-tu-tuesday post. I’ll be back later with better instructions!

3 comments January 15, 2008

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