Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Secret In the Shell

So whats the big secret?? The wonderful fabulous treasures found in an oysters shell! I have always been in love with pearls of all kinds and colors, but my most favorite are the oddly shaped also known as Baroque iridescent cremes and pinks...but little did I know that this beautiful creation was a result of the oyster's (pearls can also be formed in other mollusks such as clams and mussels in rare occurances) means of protecting itself from a foreign invader!


Pearls can be formed in both freshwater and saltwater, occur naturally or be cultered by pearl basically a foreign substance slips into the oyster between the mantle and the shell which irritates the oyster...kind of like when you get a splinter... the natural reaction is to cover up substance to protect itself. The man­tle covers the irritant with layers of nacre, also known as "mother of pearl",  which is the  substance that is used to create the shell. This eventually forms a pearl, which is a foreign substance covered with layers of nacre. Isn't that amazing!

by hogwildjewelry on Etsy

No two pearls are alike...each differ with their own unique color, texture and beauty...the colors vary from black found in the South Seas to grey, green, blue, peacock, aubergine, pistachio, pink, peach, various shapes as round, oval, semi round, button, coin , baroque,to semi can be seen in the wonderful collection from Etsy jewelry makers..

by surfandsand on Etsy


In literature pearls are often symbolic of tears, the Orient, the sea, and a priceless treasure and are referred to often in books and poetry ...."And precious the tear as that rain from the sky,  Which turns into pearls as it falls in the sea." --Moore

by LeeOhio on Etsy

         "See these pearls that long have slept;  These were tears by Naiads wept." --Sir Walter Scott
by Streetmade on Etsy

The making of a pearl can also teach us a life lesson...if an oyster can become irritated and yet cover over the irritant,  many many times , for sometimes even years and years, yet the outcome turns out to be so precious and beautiful, we can do the same thing...when someone does something that just "gets under our skin!" we just need to cover over it with love, maybe even lots of times, even for years....but in the end it can produce a beautiful treasure like that "secret in the shell" ---a beautiful friendship.....

by LHJewelryBoutique on Etsy

Thank you to all my fellow Etsians for your inspirations, talent and hard work!!!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Too funny not to share....SMILE!

this was on Napa Valley Properties site....

What an awesome shot!!! comical and beautiful! had to share...especially on this rainy day..sometimes we forget to smile when its gloomy SMILE!!!

Here's the lyrics to one of my favorite songs sung by Nat King know on those days when you don't want to smile? I always say, "even though your heart is sad, smile on the outside and pretty soon you will be smiling on the inside as well....."  Enjoy this cold rainy day.....


Smile though your heart is aching;
Smile even though it's breaking.
When there are clouds in the sky, you'll get by.
If you smile through your fear and sorrow,
Smile and maybe tomorrow,
You'll see the sun come shining through for you.

Light up your face with gladness,
Hide every trace of sadness.
Although a tear may be ever so near,
That's the time you must keep on trying,
Smile, what's the use of crying?
You'll find that life is still worthwhile,
If you just smile.

That's the time you must keep on trying,
Smile, what's the use of crying?
You'll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile.

Lyrics by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons.
Music written by Charlie Chaplin, 1936.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Diamond in the Rough

by Elseetee2 on Etsy...raw diamonds with steel grey pearl...(see link)

I just have to say that this ring is probably one of my most favorite finds on Etsy...the beauty is indescribable...the beauty of a diamond in its natural state.  I work with alot of brides and see alot of beautiful diamond rings, the various cuts , how many carats, the clarity and yadayadayada....but to me...this beauty far surpasses...

A diamond does not have to be perfect for it to be a beautiful find...and isn't that true of people too? I had a couple different conversations this week about different types of personalities.  We have all dealt with a "rough" type before so I'm sure we can all relate...and for some of us, we may be that "rough" type....

Sometimes we get so wrapped up in life that we begin to expect perfection out of others and sometimes even out of ourselves...even though perfection is desirable, there is beauty in the way we "just are"....just like this diamond below....look at all its rough edges...but wow! how gorgeous....we may just have to look at it a little bit to appreciate it...but the more we do, the more we see the wonderful facets of that raw diamond and it becomes more beautiful to us.....the same with people...sometimes we just need to take a closer look to appreciate them...their "facets" or qualities that make them who they are and make them a valuable gem.

by LouisaGallery on Etsy...Silvery rough diamond ring...(see link)

And just like the first diamond picture...paired with the steel grey pearl...that pearl enhances the beauty of the raw diamond.  And for people, perhaps its a mate or good friend that enhances our beauty....Whatever it may be...and whatever we have been through in life , however raw we are and whatever "cuts" we may have taken to give "facets" to our personalities...its who we are and theres beauty and value in all of it....

by 2TrickPony on Etsy...rose cut diamond..(see link)


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Poppysmic Wool Skirt!!!

must be fun and pretty on the inside too!

woooh...what a crazy sewing day!! hmmm now I do have some sage green and cream wool tooo...... :) time to get back to work!! thanks for browsing!

Chaotic leads to Poppysmic why "chaotic" ? Just a few days ago okay I wrote about being all inspired by the "Grey Morning" and wanting to make silver grey clutches.....hmmmm did I???!!!  Well I started too...I did make a pattern and made some silk flowers...were they grey?? uh no!

See I think thats how the creative mind works sometimes...or at least mine...but really I know most seamstresses, artists etc go through the same process! Chaos!  We get this fabulous (or we think so) ideas and we tear up our studios until we finally do some "hands on" amongst our mess...half the time we come up with something very different than what we originally intended. 

yesterdays blossom....

But I really believe that some of the best "works of art" come from chaotic minds...the mind is constantly getting so bombarded by inspirations, scenery, sounds, texture...and now in this case for me movies!!! I do get alot of inspiration from movies and music...soooo how does the "Chaotic" lead to "Poppysmic"? and what in the world is "Poppysmic"????  

Well if any of you have seen the chic flick "Love Happens" then you know...the carefree whimsical florist character "Eloise" has a fascination with crazy this case Poppysmic was one of them....which means "the sound produced by smacking ones lips, as in showing approval".    But for me made me think of poppies...then I came across this picture on Etsy of red poppies which I love!!  I used to grow red poppies that had black spots on them and reminded me of lady chaos began.....
Courtesy of Raceytay of Etsy.... (see link below)

Yesterday i started tearing up my studio....I had this crazy whim to make simple wool skirts with the whimsy red poppy!!! and here is what my chaotic mess led to.....a red dupioni silk poppy....

and here is the beginnings of a black and white wool A-line skirt...simple with a little stay tuned for pix of the final product!! lets see what today my far...chaotic has led to me smackin my lips in approval!!! POPPYSMIC!!  :)

Enjoy the day!!!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Grey Morning

"So you sailed away....into a grey sky morning...." --Veritical Horizon

It is a grey morning today...but sometimes I just love these kind of days, especially for a Sunday...makes me want to sip my coffee and work on a new project....I made some bridal sashes a few weeks ago and surprisingly the one that people seem to like most is the silver grey one! Perhaps today I will work on some silver grey bridal clutches...hmmm lets see what this morning brings....stay tuned!  Curl up and enjoy your coffee, tea or hot cocoa...put on your fav rainy day movie and create something new!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Poetry and Plumes...a little feathery inspirations.. my latest treasury ....

When I ask you a flower,
You give me a bouquet.
When I ask you a stone,
You give me a statue.
When I ask you a feather,
You give me a peacock.

What is An Artisan or Artist Anyways???

I have always wondered the meaning of this.. always admiring the creative person when I was growing up, always wishing to be creative like never occured to me that in many ways a seamstress or person who enjoys sewing is,  in their own way an artist. I never connected the two.  Then I happened upon the perfect definition of a seamstress in the Vogue Sewing book of all places...and here is the comparison that was made. In a way, it was my beginnings of believing that I had become what I always admired in defined what I had been doing all along and perhaps it will define you as well...

In a nutshell here is what was compared....

Fashion sewing can be compared in some ways to the classic art of sculpture.  The sculptor is involved with the medium-manipulating clay or carving stone into a form...sewing demands the same involvement with a medium.  Working with fabric that will be molded and shaped into a 3 dimensional design.  The creative forces necessary are no less important than those required to chip marble or mold clay.  Inspiration as both artists know comes only after attaining a good working knowledge.

A person who sews is a creative artist because she individualizes fashion to her own special preference and requirements.

She is more than just a seamstress, she is an artisan....

So enjoy this creative inspired by everything around you, carry your camera always and don't be afraid to snap at random images, birds, flowers, sunsets, driftwood, whatever it is that gets those wheels turning, collect things that make you smile...surround yourself by beautiful things that inspire you...and become the artisan that you were always meant to be....

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Fiona's Dress in Brigadoon

Amazing ... a walk amongst the cows is making me want to make this dress!!!
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Momma and baby cow

The baby was very curiously watching us
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Morning walk....

Felt like I was in Scotland! The hills were so green and there were cows everywhere! Reminded me of one of my old favorite movies...Brigadoon. Ive always wanted to make the dress Fiona wears in that movie with the awesome orange petticoat...hmmmm maybe I finally start making my version of it??? :)
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Monday, December 13, 2010

Saying Goodbye is never an easy first sale on Etsy...

Well, after two months of trying figure out how to run an etsy happened! My first excited! but also a bit sad? Why?! I think for every creative know there's the process...the inspiration, the shopping, brainstorming, and the final hands on..and each step along the way, you create a of course, you get attached! Whatever you create has a piece of you attached to it..and you wonder..will someone else appreciate that piece of you? what memories will they create while wearing your piece..and so you do finally wrap it up and say goodbye and hope that you have brought a smile to someone else when they open up your pretty little package...
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