Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Gift Guide

The holidays are upon us and I'm already done with half of my shopping, woohoo! I even scored a treat for myself on cyber-Monday :-)

I am an admitted etsy addict. I simply love the idea of paying artisans directly for their unique work, rather than paying to keep up a retail store. There are also some good deals to be found on etsy, especially for the most competitive category which is jewelry. I'd love to promote etsy more but I do think it can be a bit overwhelming at first for newbies because there is so much stuff! So I put together a gift guide for people to check out that includes some really unique pieces as well as some good deals! Its roughly arranged to have more expensive items on the left and less expensive items on the right. The respective links are copied below the picture.

For her
For him
Child or Animal Lover
The Gardener
Fancy Schmancy Stocking Stuffer
Unique Gift Ideas

These are, of course, only single items from some great sellers. If you like something I'd definitely recommend browsing the artist's store.

Happy Shopping!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Finished product

Done duh done done DONE :-) My latest project has turned out looking pretty cool. Of course now I've been coming up with plenty of ideas to make it better. As you can see, its kinda like a kilt reinterpreted as a bustier. While I'm happy with the end product, I can think of quite a few ways to do it better next time. The most important part would be to use better fabric for the tartan outer layer so that the lining can be lighter. There is a lot of simplification that could be done as well and still keep the overall look the same... but I'll leave that alone for now. I think its time for me to move on to finishing final layer on the practice wedding dress.

I also want to get going on creating some jewelry for Christmas gifts. That should be fun :-)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Progress and Yumminess

Its been so long since I last posted! Life has taken a turn towards the crazy lately, and I've been so determined to finish the plaid bustier that I just haven't had anything to report. I've done some wood cutting and painting and fixing up the exterior of my house, but its brown and really not very visually or narratively stunning so it hasn't inspired me to write.

What I do have to show is some very awesome lemon meringue pie that I made the other day. Why? Our chickens started laying eggs so we had to think of things to make that require lots of eggs. Why on earth the first thing I thought of was lemon meringue pie, I don't know. It makes no sense because as far as I can recall, I've only made it one other time in my life in middle school or early high school. Anyway, since my inner psyche was craving lemon meringue pie I obliged and it turned out AWESOME. Other than the crust being the usual messy pain in the a$$ process it was relatively easy and quick to do. The "free range" eggs have almost orange yolks, so they turned the lemon custard a deep yellow marigold color and made for a nice stiff meringue. Next time you're looking to impress someone try this pie. Its not something you see around much and if you do, it is highly likely its the jello version which doesn't taste nearly as good. The only real tips are to use real lemons for the lemon juice, only grate the zest of the lemon not the white rind, and let it set up in the fridge for a few hours before eating it :-)

...and finally... Done! Sorry, but I don't have the completed pictures here, only the in process ones. It turned out looking cool but because of the bulk of the fabric, its not quite as slimming as I'd hoped for... but still worth it. Unfortunately it took a RIDICULOUS amount of hand sewing time which means its completely un-manufactureable and definitely not something I could make and sell on Etsy because its hard to convince people to pay for the weeks worth of time if its still made with polyester blend fabrics from the craft store. I wish there were a decent fabric shop that was closer than 5 hours away :-(

I'll get some completed pictures up on my next post.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pear Shaped

The latest and greatest creations

Black flannel bustier and pict of interior and boning

Evidently I am a pear shaped person. The supposedly size Small/Medium Singer sewing form that I'm using now (shown above) has the bust at the smallest adjustment possible and the hips at the widest adjustment possible. I've always known that I'm about a size larger on my lower half but this is just ridiculous... I'm 36C on top which is the upper half of the spectrum, yet for a "Medium" form somehow I'm at both the large and the small extreme. This is crazy. The other crazy part is that the torso can't get any shorter but it can extend longer. It works for me at its shortest, but I'm a tall person, all 5'11" of me! Who could possibly want it extended? I don't think Singer has updated this thing since 1950, and I don't think it worked very well then either :-P

Oh well, enough ranting and raving on that product. Thank goodness it works, just barely. On a high note, I've finally got a good fit on my bustier (made from the wedding dress pattern) and used it to get the dress form in the right shape! The plan is still to turn it inside out and put a plaid layer on the outside, but it hasn't happened yet. At least the important part is done! I've been distracted by so many things lately and I'm starting to lose faith on my ability to break even on my Etsy shop, but I am very certainly getting better at sewing and adjusting. Its awesome to see an idea that was in your head work out for real. Now I just have to finish all of the projects I've already started!

Saturday, October 17, 2009


In an effort to get a near perfect fit on the dress I'm making (and to get a bit more practice in before sewing on expensive silk) I've used the dress pattern to make a bustier/corset style top. I'm doing it in two layers, a lining with the boning attached, and an overlayer. Last night I finally thought I was finished getting the perfect fit... and today I put it on and it looks a bit baggy. AUGGGGHHH! Baggy on a fitted top does NOT look good, so I've still got more work to do. I guess I will just fit it on a good day and hope to god I'm not bloated on a day I want to wear it (or plan three days in advance to avoid ALL salt in my diet... would that work?).

My creative work has been few and far between lately but I did put together some new earrings for my Etsy shop. My favorite is this cluster of moostones. Moonstone has a VERY light blue and rainbow iridescent shimmer that is really pretty but its so subtle that single little moonstones by themselves tend to simply look off-white most of the time, which is ok but not really very impressive. In these earrings I've clumped a lot of moonstones together which means that at any given angle at least a few of the moonstones will be reflecting their blueish rainbow creating an overall milky, glowing effect. The other earrings turned out nicely but I haven't been able to get good pictures of them yet.

My project for today is a telescope cover for my fiance's very large (like six feet tall) telescope which can't leave the living room and go back to the shed until it has a cover :-P That and readjusting the bustier so that it fits perfectly (and applying those changes to my practice wedding dress pattern)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Apple Pie!

Ever since fall started to hit I've been thinking of apple season, cider, and apple pie. Growing up we lived near orchards so in the fall we'd go through and pick the apples that had been left on the trees unripe at picking time and were now ripe and occasionally a little bit punchy with fermentation. Unfortunately I'm not in an apple orchard area now, so I have to wait for the grocery store shelves to overflow with the onslaught of apple harvests.

This is usually the only time of year that I make pie. Its a lot of work and for most things a crisp is just fine, but for apples it is just so much better as pie. I learned how to bake when I was a kid (I went crazy for a few months when I figured out you could MAKE candy!) so I figure it'd be charitable of me to share my essential tips to those who don't do it often enough to perfect their own technique, not to mention my secret ingredient for ultra yumminess :-) I think my main motivation for sharing is that I downright hate badly done apple pie. Apple jelly + Crisco crust does NOT make a real apple pie and shouldn't even be allowed to bear the name "Apple Pie". If you intend to use this as an actual recipe, please read to the bottom before starting.

First off is the crust. Most recipes are pretty basic: flour, shortening, water, salt, and maybe a touch of sugar. Here is one that is close enough: http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/perfect_pie_crust/. I always use butter instead of shortening. It makes a huge difference in the texture and flavor. A half and half mixture of butter and shortening is also acceptable. The IMPORTANT thing in making a crust is not to knead or process it too much, as it loses its crumbly flakiness and becomes tough. The first step to make sure it isn't over kneaded is to very thoroughly cut in the butter to the flour (with a pastry cutter, fork & knife, or food processor) until the whole mixture has a bit of crumbliness to it. When adding water in the next step, I end up using more water than is called for (depending on the recipe) to avoid kneading the dough. Mix the watered dough very carefully until at least 95% of the mix is sticking in what usually looks like shredded clumps. Gather everything together and press it with your hands a bit to get it to stick together. Knead the dough 3-4 times (DON'T over knead) before putting it in the fridge and eventually rolling it out, rolling the flattened circle back onto the rolling pin, and then unrolling the dough over the pie pan. Be careful to have lots of flour on the dough as you roll it out, because the extra water makes the dough slightly stickier.

Now for the apple filling. The best apples for pie are Jonathans, Jonagold, or similar. They are also great to mix in with other apples, such as Golden delicious. Do NOT use Granny Smiths or Fuji apples. These varieties are too hard and take too long to cook, leaving you with a potentially burnt crust (they can be used if you cook them down a bit first on the stove like you would apple sauce). Peel and cut the apples into roughly quarter inch slices (the harder the apple, the thinner you should make your slice). If you make pies more than once a year, an apple corer/peeler/slicer is a great little tool to make this go faster. If you aren't sure how many apples to use, pile the apples into the empty pie pan until it looks like about the height you want it. Put all the cut apples into a large bowl and add about a teaspoon of cinnamon, a teaspoon or more of nutmeg (I LOVE fresh ground nutmeg), sprinkle in a quarter cup or so of brown sugar (the brown sugar gives the apples a bit of caramel flavor but you can use white or turbinado sugar if you prefer), and a bit of flour or corn starch (guess 2 Tbsp flour or 1/2 Tbsp corn starch). Mix it all up, then add a half cup of a sweet whiskey (Crown Royale or Seagrams work well, no smokey whiskeys though), toss, then cover and let sit for at least an hour, though I like to let it sit overnight.

No, this isn't going to make your apple pie alcoholic (it all cooks off) nor will it taste like whiskey (kind of like fondue doesn't taste like kirsch). What it does is help to soften the tartness and sweetness and bring out the caramel and thick cider-like flavor. Put it all together and bake at 350 F until a butter knife can be easily inserted into the apples. Take it out, let it cool a bit, and then enjoy! (Mine is cooling on the rack right now :-)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Thinking on Color

I looked out my window a little bit ago and admired the blazing pink, orange, yellow, and green clinging in a dazzling display to a spindly brown stick. That's right, its fall, and I'm in the country. The colors are really amazing, showy, and bold. Normal people don't dare to compete with these displays. Urban fashion, I've come to realize, reflects all the glory and splendor of asphalt and concrete. Really, it does. The "new black", ie the trendiest color of the moment, seems to shift constantly between white, gray, and black. They should just call it "the latest monochrome". All the pictures of the high fashion "it" girls in NYC are surprisingly the same: black leggings or skinny jeans, a black leather jacket, usually an off-white shirt underneath, maybe a few studs or rivets scattered about, and the usual sallow and cold model stare. Couldn't they be a little bit more lively?

Perhaps its that I've got the travel bug and I'm thinking of the amazing colors that the Peruvians wear, or the neon jungle colors in Brazil. Maybe its too cold too soon, and I'm missing Summer though its barely gone. Either way I find that the latest trends are quite boring. I picked up some red tartan plaid the other day to liven things up. I have an idea for it, but I'm still ruminating on the actual implementation. It seems odd to me but now that fall is hitting, I'm actually craving color more than ever. I'm not ready to lay down and succumb to browns and muted tones. Maybe I'll make up for it by cooking dinner in a red dress (I'm sure my fiance will appreciate it). I know, its very '50s' housewife but this way I can be a part of these crazy fall colors without having to be though of as literally crazy by the local townies. What a strange life I do lead...

Up next: my secret to Apple pie

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Home Improvement and the Boots Obsession

I haven't been blogging much lately because I haven't been doing much crafting really. It all started when I convinced my fiance that we could get the vanity+sink in the bathroom replaced in 1 day. When he asked if he could just rip out the old one, I didn't see why not, so it got destroyed in the process and is now firewood. Of course then we discovered that the new one we'd picked up at a steal of a price on craigslist was a tad taller than the measurements given, had a bit of a different design, and wasn't compatible with the old faucet. So now, instead of just replacing the vanity+sink, we had to get a new faucet, redo the electrical wiring, and redo the plumbing. Mind you when I say "we" I mean "him" (my fiance) since I'm really not comfortable that I would blow up or flood the house messing with that stuff. The house and kitchen have been a disaster area ever since. Its finally 95% installed now so I can clean up the mess and go back to 'work' on a dress or two, or maybe making a necklace.

On a side note, I am forever searching for the ultimate in over-the-knee leather boots and my latest find I would scoop up in a heartbeat if it wasn't out of my price range (someday soon I'll get a real job and a better purchase price range). The 'Candela NYC' boot is best in the black leather, but the brown gives you the idea:

(Oddly enough, both Saks Fifth Ave and Urban Outfitters sell these boots... strange bedfellows)

I like them because they are flat (I'm too tall for 4" heels) without having a funny, bulbous look to them (ala the cheap Chinese Laundry boots http://www.amazon.com/Chinese-Laundry-Womens-Turbo-Leather/dp/B00186T2L8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=shoes&qid=1254699167&sr=8-1 ), aren't 'slouchy' (a style that makes my thin calves look like they are swimming) and have a nice natural sheen to them without being patent leather. I've come to the conclusion that a good boot is like good cooking... if you can't do the basic pieces right then no amount of heel, platform, or studding will fix it (as elaborate spices and presentation can't cover up a poorly cooked steak).

Monday, September 28, 2009

The Remodeled Dress

This is the dress (taken apart already) that I tore down because I wanted it to be just a skirt. Its hard to tell here, but the white top is gathered and scrunched so I couldn't just put a shirt over it because it was too lumpity-bumpity.

Since the skirt portion originally hit just under the bust it was a little too wide, so I put elastic in the back side of the waistband.

The final result, worn with a black top and fake pearls:

The picture is at kind of a bad angle, with poor lighting, but you get the idea. I'm already finding other tops that will go well with it, and I'm thinking of making a bustier style top to go with it for a more formal look.

Also, fyi, very few people evidently read wedding webpages, as the attire at the wedding I attended was most definitely NOT "classy casual" but closer to semi-formal. I would have fit in fine in a cocktail dress, but luckily this was fairly versatile and worked out well

Last but not least, I finished redoing the dresser! It turns out that even though its made out of pretty solid wood, the top, sides, and drawer fronts all had a very thin veneer on them (probably cherry I'm guessing) which didn't take too kindly to me sanding it down through the previous stain. Painting it became inevitable but there are definitely some lessons learned from this:

* Do not take the sales lady's advice and use a primer. Its much too thick and dries too quickly leaving a globby and uneven surface, not to mention it quickly fills up all grooves that might be cut in for decoration. If you must use it, use on completely flat surfaces only and apply in a cool place (to keep it from drying too quickly).

* I'd probably use an outdoor paint, as the indoor latex paint is a bit sticky, scratches or peels easily, and doesn't dry very flat (paintbrush lines are obvious)

* Lastly (this should have been obvious to me but I missed it) don't paint the underside or sides of the front of the dresser drawers. It adds thickness and may make the drawers stick to the dresser or one another.

It feels so good to have "new" dresser and skirt :-) On to the next project!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Up Next...

I've got a friend's wedding to attend this weekend and I've been stumped over the recommended dress code of "classy casual"... huh? For guys, this means no tie or jacket required, pretty easy. For girls, I'm not exactly sure what this is. Less than cocktail party and more than sun dress (or maybe not). Due to the word "casual" I'm assuming anything goes but jeans, however I also find that East Coast weddings tend to be more formal than West Coast, and the dress code was on the website but not the invite, so not everyone will follow it... It all comes down to this:

I don't have much of a "going out" or "night life" lately and my vanity demands that I look good but not over or under dressed. Really, my harshest critic is almost always myself.

With this tangled mess of reasoning in mind I decided to do something very nerve wracking: rework a dress that I already like, EEEK! It was tough to make the decision to pull apart a dress I really liked (but couldn't wear for much) and turn it into a skirt that could go with so many things. As I took out the stitches, I worried about whether or not I'd be successful and make it work in time for this weekend, or whether I'd end up ruining one of my favorite new dresses. I'll save you the suspense: IT WORKED! Mind you, I have some editing to do later to make it just right, but for the moment I've got an outfit that is close to perfection. Pictures will come later, but I now have a skirt with tiered champagne chiffon ruffles and a black band at the top with a tuxedo-esque bow in the front. It hits at the true waist and I've got a black shirt and a long strand of fake pearls to finish it off. Very 20's retro, less "cocktails" and more "dinner party".

Well then, I'm off for the weekend. Pictures to come early next week!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Step 1: Done!

Step 1 is done: the practice dress has been "finished", at least as far as getting it to the point of being able to try it on. Yay!

Unfortunately there is a bit more work before I can start adding the chiffon/tulle layer. My inspiration for the top layer is a custom Alexander McQueen wedding dress shown in Vogue back in 2005 and the concept of puffy clouds. Um, we'll see how that goes. For now I need to make the base work. I was afraid the wimpy pseudo corseting on the top wasn't going to be enough, but now I'm pretty sure it'll be good enough (no full/separate corset needed). However the fit is still a bit large, so I need to pull it in a bit and alter the pattern for the real dress. I'd also like to put in a semi-sweetheart neckline and make the back a whole lot poofier (its kind of a sad drape right now).

It definitely feels good to have something that I can try on and have it look almost like a real wedding dress. Sewing the netting really felt like it took forever, and that's even with a ton of shortcuts! Shortcuts include not sewing a small stitch before sewing the basting stitch for gathering (that saved ~32 yards of sewing), tacking separate netting pieces together in three places rather than along the whole length, and using masking tape as a backing for sewing the netting in spots (then ripping it off). Here are all the pieces before coming together:

Milestone 1 down. So much more to go ;-)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Projects

My most recent project, a necklace, was caused by a gray rainy day. It just seemed like there should be some way to capture the look of dark water droplets. Luckily I had picked up some Czech glass beads a while back that had yet to inspire me. With a few architectural acrobatics in wire I was able to create this:

I decided to call it 'Waterfalls' because of the two separate clusters of beads (I couldn't put beads in the middle because they deformed the shape of the chain, making it hang at angles rather than draping). Overall I'm happy with the effect.

From the world of design:
At the moment, I'm sewing netting and rapidly learning that it sucks. The pattern instructions simply say to sew it, but the fact that its made of more air than material causes headaches for the sewing machine. I've decided to use scraps of muslin/plain white fabric along the seams, though its made the pinning process quite slow. After sewing it I trim the scraps very close to the seam so that there isn't a lot of excess fabric. It just isn't a fun process, but I'm hoping the end results are worth it.

The other project is a dresser. I picked it up for $50 intending to repaint it (the green is godawful ugly) but the wood underneath (see the picture of the drawers) is actually very nice, so I'm thinking I might change my mind and refinish the wood instead. Its quite a bit of work sanding things down. I've already done quite a bit of it and got a great workout for my arms :-) Most of the information I've read on the web about refinishing was VERY intimidating, mostly because of the sanding, but I really don't think its that bad. I also haven't worked with paint stripper yet though, which I will likely have to do if I want to get rid of all the green. Dilemma... I already have the cranberry red paint to change the color. Should I really go through all the work to refinish it?

Oh boy, so many things to work on. I also picked up the cheapest dress form I could find to make the designing/sewing process a bit easier. We'll see how it goes.

Until later...

Saturday, September 12, 2009

I Found A New Starbucks Flavor!

I've just found/invented the best new coffee flavoring for the cold weather season, the Hot Buttered Rum Cafe. So yummy! Add a tablespoon of hot buttered rum mix to your coffee plus (optional for morning) a little bit of rum (or whiskey) and poof, you've got a gourmet drink!

Of course there is the slight issue that most hot buttered rum mix you buy in the stores sucks, and also the slight detail that I prefer my hot buttered rum with a sweet whiskey instead of rum. In order to solve this conundrum I will provide you with my hot buttered rum recipe which, rumor has it, was coerced out of a soux chef for a fancy hotel by one of my aunts and passed around the family. It doesn't taste like other hot buttered rums... its SOOOO much yummier!

This recipe makes enough hot buttered rum mix to last two people through a winter if they are drinking hot buttered rums often. If not drunk often, this is years worth of batter or a good amount to put in containers and give away as Christmas gifts. If you just want to try a small amount, 1/8 of a recipe is a good idea. Nothing about these ingredients is healthy, but combined (and in small amounts) it is so yummy!


1 quart ice cream
1 box brown sugar
1 box powdered sugar
1 lb of butter
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla

I find it best to soften the butter, cream it with the sugars and spices, and then mix in some slightly softened ice cream. Store in a Tupperware container in the fridge or freezer.

For a hot buttered rum, put 1-2 Tbsp mix in the bottom of a mug and add boiling water, leaving room at the top. Stir until dissolved then add a shot or two of rum or whiskey. A sweet whiskey, like Crown Royal, is what I prefer. Also, if you have fresh ground nutmeg, its excellent to grind a dash of that on top!

I'm thinking of submitting this idea to Starbucks. It definitely beats the pants off of the eggnog latte!

More about my projects later. The brief rundown: I'm in the midst of sanding the paint/finish off of an antique dresser, I just purchased a dress form because designing a 'Goddess' dress (see previous post) isn't working by pinning around my own body, I've got more sewing to do on the practice wedding dress, and I'm in the middle of a necklace design. Too much stuff at once, I know, but I'll post some pictures soon :-)

Monday, September 7, 2009

Obsessed with boots!

I love all the tall boots this season! I want all of them :-)


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Friday, September 4, 2009

Creativity On Hold

Wow, the days have just flown by and I can never get as much done as I wanted to. I'm about halfway through creating a dress similar to the "Goddess Dress" from a previous post, but right now it's laying in a pile calling me to come back and finish it! Sadly, it'll have to wait, as the housework has taken over and company will be here this weekend. Hopefully I'll have a picture I can show here early next week. I'll make Wednesday my goal :-)

Happy Labor Day to all!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Wow, the etsy treasury activity is going wild! :-)

Check out my current treasury! (image above)

Thank you so much VickiDianeDesigns for including me in your current "Artist Up Front" treasury! I'm honored :-)

Also, thank you ViviansRomeo for including me in your fall wedding treasury!

Ideas and Musings

Credit: Shopbop

I picked up some very soft, creamy white jersey fabric on sale the other day but it isn't enough to make a dress with. I'm thinking something along the lines of this shirt, kind of a soft tee + chains combination though I don't think I'd do the 'fringe' but maybe do more of a built-in multichain necklace. A skirt is also a possibility, but I haven't been inspired by any skirt shapes lately. Hmmm.

Monday, August 31, 2009

The Mondayn Details

Yesterday was spent, in part, cutting out endless yardage of netting and muslin for my 'practice' wedding dress and today, I'm learning the complexities of cutting jersey (for a different project). Knits just do not like to stay in one place, so what seems like a strait line may curve on you once you let it go. I'm wishing desperately that I had the setup and years of tools that I know is just hanging out in my grandma's place, but since she lives no where near here, I'll have to improvise as usual. Wish me luck!

Oh, I also found the link to some boots in a style that I've been wanting for over a year: black, leather, over the knee (at a minimum) and no tall heel (because I'm tall enough). They're being added to my Christmas list :-)

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Theme Song

I thought my blog could use a theme song :-)

:-) Just found this comic and thought it was fitting:

Inspiration - Non Sequitur


Goddess dress by Alexander Wang
Credit: Net-a-porter (http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/41253#)

Restricted 'Sasha' boot
Credit: Piperlime (http://piperlime.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=49314&vid=1&pid=701560&scid=701560002)

Post numero dos

I'd like to explain my title. I have an undergraduate and graduate degree in engineering and engineering management respectively, thus the 'Smarty Pants'. Not exactly the ideal training for fashion design of any sort but while I'm unemployed I'm reverting to my roots. Growing up I spent plenty of time with my seamstress grandmother, made most of my own clothes for my dolls, drew horses since I can remember knowing how to hold a crayon, and took private painting lessons up through the beginning of high school. Now I'm letting loose all the craftiness that I've neglected for so long.

On top of all that, I'm addicted to fashion. I love magazines like Elle, Vogue, and W for the crazy clothes and occasionally awesome photography. My wannabe couture fix is sponsored by gilt.com, where I occasionally splurge on a designer piece for 10-30% of retail, and my window shopping is sponsored by net-a-porter.com, where I dream of being so hip. Currently my love, however, is for Etsy.com, which is an amazing place to get some really cool things, support artists, designers, and crafters, and pay a lot less for most things :-) I've yet to really fall in love with the clothing options offered there, but everything else, especially jewelry, is amazing.

The images at the top are my current love affairs. The amazing dress by Alexander Wang, which is no longer available (not that I could afford it anyways) is the dress equivalent of the t-shirt and jeans outfit. I'm going to try and recreate it, or something very like it, myself. The boots are something that I think would go awesome with the outfit, and perhaps most importantly, are in my price range. Also, considering that they are light suede and worn on the feet, keeping them clean probably isn't easy, thus making it difficult to justify any real expense on this style of boot. My other covet, a black leather over the knee boot from topshop.com, are on my wishlist (I'd share the link but topshop is misbehaving right now).

Now I'm off to get some crafting in. I'll let you know how it goes :-)

Friday, August 28, 2009

First Post!

I don't even know who is going to read this blog, but what the hay, I'll do it anyway :-) It is my new addiction to Etsy.com which has driven me to blog, as evidently its good for business, and, more specifically, MY business: AubergineCat.etsy.com. Check it out.

This whole mess started with my fabulous idea to design/create my own wedding dress while I am unemployed, looking for work, and living in the middle of nowhere (due to my fiance's job here). A couple months and innumerable tangents later I'm barely 25% done with my practice dress and I've made a crazy array of jewelry and am now going to try out making a few dresses, skirts... more tangents :-)

So, what is this blog going to be about? I'm going to make it about everything wearable (with the occasional tangent), including things I make, things that inspire me, and items I covet.

First off, lets start with my good news from today: my treasury made it to the front page of Etsy! For those not familiar with it, a treasury is basically a mix of 12 products picked from etsy sellers that go together either photographically or along the same theme. The administrators at etsy occasionally pick people's collections and post them on the front page for probably about 10 minutes (I haven't measured so I don't know if there is a more precise timing). I'm totally excited that the admins at Etsy like this mix of products as much as I do!

Here it is:

More later :-)