Saturday, November 30, 2013

Planning a wedding? Need Something blue? Need a gift idea? Love the beach?

Then come have a look around SomethingSeaBlue

From jewelry for those who love a bit of the beach or something blue for the bride....we may just have something to make your day special!
Wire wrapped sea glass, moonstones, pearls, shells and more add that touch of nature to sea side weddings.  Even have sea glass and beach stone cuff links for the beach loving guy!
From sashes & earrings to leather & some vintage items.  I even have a few things left from my Bernina "de-stash".
So have a look around.  And remember if there is something that you like but you would like it  customized for you.  Or perhaps earrings to match one of the necklaces, or any idea that you have that I can help come to fruition, please just let me know! 

Like if you are having a wedding and want custom jewelry for the bridal party?  Just ask.  Or need some gift ideas?  Perhaps custom jewelry rolls or sashes ?   Just ask!  I am more than happy to assist.

Have a happy Wednesday!!!! and keep smiling :)
of SomethingSeaBlue

Breaking All The Rules, Upcycling Vintage Clothing

Vintage velvet coat turned into pants
Well, Coco Chanel did it so why can't I??  These thoughts racing through my head as a stare at this lovely draping, supple velvet coat adorning my mannequin.  When Lynda Flynn said, "Oh I would just love it if you could turn my velvet coat into bloomers"  I took one look at the princess seams and flared bottom and said "Hmmm I don't think so!"

the process
For one, I spent 9 years on the design team for the Bay Area Showcase Chorus as their sole seamstress.  I thought after making over 150 blouses out of velvet for one of their costumes, my velvet days were over forever!!!  I never wanted to touch the fabric again!  But when someone looks at you with designing and dreams going on in their's just too hard to say NO! 
I'm not going to lie....there were moments I wanted to throw the coat out the window! (sorry Lynda :) But as you can see "the process" above, that didn't happen.  So, back to breaking a dressmaker you are well acquainted with the rules of "the grain".  So as I am trying to work around all these princess seams I could just hear my instructors and mentor from the past like Kenneth King,  cringing and "huhhhhing"  as I completely go against the grain!!  Then to top it off I hear lyrics of a song in the background saying "when everythings meant to be broken" !!  Haha!  my sewing conscience bothering me :)   

not your average way to wear a dress...
So, Coco....I loved watching the movie of her life story and how she changed fashion forever....she broke the rules of fashion in her time and made new rules, remnants that influence style for women today.  Sometimes you just have to think outside of the box.  Upcycling is all the rage today.  So why not try it??   Go ahead break some rules!  Have something that was once a favorite but now seems out of date or your friends got tired of you wearing it???  Take it and upcycle it.  Use parts of it to make a blanket, pillow, table runner....turn an old ruffled skirt into a handbag! whatever you want....the options are endless.  Go ahead!! Break some rules! I'm giving you permission!  and have fun doing it!  :)  send me a pix!
or average way to wear a skirt and top!
Keep smiling!  Keep creating!!  Have a beautiful day!!!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Vintage Linens & Lace

a touch of vintage lace applied to silk
There's nothing like grabbing a cup of coffee from the French press and diving into a basket of yummy linens from the past! Well...perhaps not simultaneously...unless your goal is coffee dyed linens! Hmmm now that's a thought! :) 
a peek of what you will find at Willow Nest
That's just a usual morning for me as of late.  Sun shining brightly through my upstairs window overlooking the grandest oak tree, filled with blue jays and black birds that squack at every hymm of my sewing machine.  But as you all know my love of birds....I view them as my companions or perhaps "co-workers" adding to my inspiration.

supple shams to die for!
I have always had a deep appreciation for vintage textiles, especially linen.  There is absolutely nothing like them.  The quality, the texture, and the color.  Nature at its best.  I spent many hours of my life diving into Victoria magazine clipping out pictures of remnants of the past, ideas and inspirations for me to dream upon.  And then my all time favorite find and buy.  A huge book cataloging all of the vintage garments of Kyoto Museum in Japan.  Oh the men's vintage waistcoats!!  The fabric, the embroidery, the details!  and all by hand! 
custom made shams with a touch of the past
So here is just a glimpse into my last couple weeks of inspiration and creations for Lynda Flynn at Willow Nest. She has wonderful ideas that I try to make come alive.  If you have not yet had the opportunity, you must pay her a visit.  And plan to be impressed with their finds from Belgium and France.  Linens from the 1800's delicately monogrammed, some of the shams you see above (if they are still there!)  Also you must see the gardens.  You will feel like you are in another place and time.  Especially if you go around noon time the mission bells will ring.  Its delightful.  Oh and please be sure to whistle and tweet to the sweet dove friends of mine in the garden :)
Hmmm about that cup of coffee....!  Time for me to get back to work!  Stay tuned...and enjoy this wonderful day!
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