Thursday, January 13, 2011

An Artist That Looks Out The Window.....Studio3ten on Etsy

A couple days ago I wrote about taking a break to STOP and look out the window...this morning while browsing Etsy with my morning brew, I found this wonderful artist who says "Art is the core of my being". Then I read her comment for "I caught a Glimpse" and it really captured the essence of what I was thinking, "I am going through a bird phase at the moment - sometimes in our busy lives we see birds as we drive to work - or look out our window - but most of the time we don't REALLY TRULY notice them". Here is samples of an artist who truly does appreciate her surroundings....enjoy the inspiration and beauty of her work....

Thank you Studio3ten for your inspiration of the day!
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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Stop, Take a Break, and Look Out The Window!

Mr squirrel eating a fig off the tree

Isn't it true...sometimes we get so wrapped up with ideas and work and all the things we have to do, that we forget to take a break?? Beleive me I know...I can get so "involved" with what I am doing that before I know it the sun has come up and gone down again and all the neighborhood is sound asleep!

enjoying my begonia! he comes everyday and nibbles it...

We have to remember though that so much of our creative juices get inspired from the things around us....especially the outside and all its inhabitants :) So...that being said....STOP, walk to the window and grab your camera and see what all is going on while your busy busy's a few pix from my window from the past couple of days...this is a daily routine...

I am working and I here a thump...I look out and there's a squirrel digging up my plant! and doing a little gardening himself! or my machine is going and Mr. Blue (the blue bird) is sitting out my window on the fence looking at me...and "yelling" (thats what it sounds like to me!) at me...since I think my machine sound drives him crazy...he will stay there until I get up and go talk to him ;) Now its your turn...take a moment and enjoy your may even make some new friends! furry or feathery ones that is!

I think he's full now....

ya him too, too stuffed to run away now...
monarch butterfly
mr blue
red hat guy from my walk on the beach a little further outside the window :)
hummingbird taking a break from humming, enjoying the ocean air...
sandpipers at play..
Enjoy the day!!! Remember to take a breather, even if its only ten minutes, it will rejuvenate you and your work performance will be ten times better!!!!!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Flower Challenge, Turning Real Life into Silk

Something Teal, Pansy Bridal Sash

I just read a great article called "Make Something Every Day" on Etsy Blog ( Very inspirational. One of my favorite suggestions: "A daily project is like a marathon. It's a ridiculously daunting task, but making an original creation every day gives you an incredible sense of accomplishment. It also forces you to push beyond your mental and physical barriers (especially the ones you've erected for yourself). You'll be amazed at what you produce and what you learn about yourself in the process."

my garden

So I thought to myself.."what do I want my daily challenge to be? what fascinates me and inspires me to get chaotic in my studio??" and of course it always seems to go back to garden, the birds in my garden..all of it! I love my flowers, I am always taking pictures of them when they first bloom...the colors are just so amazing and beautiful....and somehow I cant help thinking about fabric when I look at them..the way the petals fold and! Here is my challenge....everyday, make a different flower.

one of my favorite bouganvilla....would be gorgeous if I could figure out how to replicate that!

an amazing morning glory ....

bright pink petunia

a whimsical fragrant nemesia here we go...spring time is hitting the studio!! Lets see what comes to fruition! so far I have had a poppy craze and a pansy time for some little lobelias, petunias, bouganvilla, maybe some iris....hmmmm the options are endless! stay tuned! and oh by the way..Im still dreaming of that wonderful picture I posted the other day and of the inspiration for some earrings dripping with colorful gems...just need to make that trip to the local bead shop!

Have a great one!

Something Blue Silk Pansy Bridal Sash

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Inspiration of the Day...Dripping with Color...

"Allusion" by Yellena on Etsy (see link)

I came across this gorgeous print this morning during my early morning coffee and browse :) and all of a sudden my brain kicks in!!! I am imagining colorful whimsical earrings, dripping with beautiful tiny shiny gems!!! Hmmm....lets see what a day of dreaming about this picture does ....and if it inspires anyone out there to make a wonderful creation...please send me a pix!!!! Busy day, have to work on some custom jewelry orders....enjoy the day....get those creative juices flowing and stay tuned!!!

Monday, January 3, 2011

To Make or Not to Make?...How to Find a Good Bridal Seamstress!?

Okay the big day you were waiting for!!! He said you are pulling your hair out trying to plan the special day!! With so many options for dresses you are now confused. You have dreamed about this day since childhood, with a drawer full of cut outs from bridal magazines, you think, "but I want something different, unique..that no other bride has...I know! I will have it made!"

So how do you go about finding the perfect seamstress? And the real question you really want to have it made?? or do you just want a dress that is unique to you?

Working with brides for the past 20 years, I have seen the struggles that a bride will go through and thought I would jot down a few different ideas that hopefully will make this decision making process a little bit easier..

Before "Googling" the perfect seamstress here are a few questions to jot down and ask yourself.

1) What is my budget?

2) Do I have an idea in mind of a style of dress?

3) Do I know my body type? and what styles go well with my type?

4) Have I been to bridal shops to try on different styles to have an idea of what looks good on my body type?

Once you have answered these questions, you will have a better idea of whether or not to have one made. After trying dresses on at a bridal shop you may realize that there is a perfect ready made dress for you out there already. Granted it may need alterations but the big part is over, you have found your dream dress. We will talk about alterations in a bit...

If you have tried on dresses and you just didn't find one that made you sparkle with you can take the next step of thinking about having one made. Pour yourself into ideas now....clip out pictures that give you something to work with..."the top of this one, the hemline of that one...the sleeve on this one the train on that one"...etc etc...and put them together in a journal...making line drawings or notations where needed.

by Vintage Scraps on Etsy

Next, ask your girlfriends and neighbors if they have a personal seamstress, dressmaker or tailor that they know of and trust. Referrals are always a good first step. If no success in that, then try googling one, if you can't find one local, look for online recommendations. This can be a bit scary at first, but once you find one, begin communicating whether it be through email or on the phone. See what "feel" you can get just through the initial communication. She may be a good seamstress and know her craft, but if you do not get that "good vibe" that she understands you right away, then keep searching. You have to get the good feeling for you to be able to trust her with something so special to you.

Once you find the seamstress...whether it be one local, or online...present your ideas to her and be open to her suggestions. You may have an idea that cannot be done actually in fabric...she will know and can help you firm up the design. But remember to make sure she understands all your wants and desires for this dress. Keep the communication open. Ask her what her policy is for payments, deposits, fittings, timelines, contracts, design changes, embellishments etc....and any other question you want answered, remember to ASK! dont be shy...this is YOUR DRESS FOR YOUR SPECIAL DAY...

A few things to keep in mind for taking initial measurements..

1) Wear a proper fitting bra, preferably one very similiar to what will be worn on the wedding day, if not the actual one.

2) Even if you are planning to lose those "extra" pounds...better to have the dress a little bigger than to small..a bigger dress can always be taken in, just in case the diet plan doesn't go as planned.

3) If not the actual bridal shoes, wear a shoe that is very close to what you will be wearing the wedding day.

4) Keep in mind if you will be wearing an extra petticoat, let your seamstress know as this may affect the final hem length.

Etsy Bridal Seamstress, Tova of Etsy's Weddingdressfantasy

Now if you have found that it is too out of your budget to have one made, perhaps you can find a dress very similiar to what you want and have it altered up a bit to look more like "you". Maybe adding a sash, or some beading...again discuss this with your seamstress...the options are there...just ask if it can be done within your budget.

This seamstress can also help you if you just need alterations done to your existing dress. Remember to wear proper fitting bra, shoes, and petticoat if necessary.

I hope this helps narrow things down for you and helps you decide what to do or not to do! And remember, is full of wonderful seamstresses with ready made dresses or ones that can be custom made for be sure to search through Etsy also when searcing for the perfect seamstress! I have included a few references I found when searching through Etsy myself :) Happy searching! and always be sure to do your HOMEWORK first!!!

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