Monthly Archives: September 2008

Etsy Couture

Etsy Couture

The thing I love about etsy is that any guy or girl can have a chance at entrepreneurism. You can go from knitting dog collars in the back bedroom to opening your very own boutique in a matter of minutes. Etsy has given a start to so many artists, crafters and designers. Hat’s off!

 

Browsing through today I see that there are so many aspiring fashion designers getting their start on etsy these days! Today, I thought I’d choose a few who I find simply amazing! Watch out for these up and comers, Donatella!

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Live Like the Von Furstenbergs

One of my favorite looks from the DVF Fall 08 line is this fantastic monochrome cabernet number. I can just picture myself sitting in this living room eating chocolates and sipping a mocha…

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Over the Weekend

 

When you think of the finest in the art of upcycling, beginning today you’ll think Erin Thompson of Dinner Time Chimes. With her love for the outdoors (you’ll LOVE her photos) and a smattering of smart-girl ingenuity, she has developed a unique approach to salvaging practically everything (including old workboots)!

 
Describe your most memorable weekend

My husband and I spent an entire weekend several months ago hitting every auction, thrift store, yard sale that we could find in our county. It was a mini road trip of the sorts, but we had a purpose… silverware! I’d run almost completely out of supplies to make windchimes, but boy did we have fun finding new items to challenge us and keep us busy for quite a while that weekend!

What is your favorite thing about the weekends?
Being able to get away from the computer and “day job” to enjoy the outdoors and do as I please.

What do you do creatively over the weekend?
I’ve got to stay busy so I’ll usually polish silverware while we watch a movie on Sunday afternoon or my husband watches football. I have to save the windchime assembly for later, since they can get a bit loud!

What is your favorite thing to wear on weekends?
Comfy clothes, but specifically ones that don’t matter if they get dirt or a little paint on them!

What do you like to eat on weekends?
Lately it’s a quick bite to eat for every meal on Saturday whether it’s something we whip up or grab at the local diner. We’ve been working hard remodeling the house we recently purchased so every minute on Saturday is packed full of projects at the house. Sundays are a much slower pace with church, lunch with my husband’s family followed by a relaxing afternoon.

What’s the best place you’ve ever visited on the weekend?
Sneaking off to the beach for a long weekend with our camper is the best! A quiet campground with absolutely no agenda for us is the perfect stress relief.

 

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Plaid Hatter

My fingers are just about numb from all the creating going on in my race to the Girlie Show. This week, the task has been to design and create pillbox hats. The goal was 10 and I’m well on my way! Sometimes these little guys seem intimidating when I first begin, but once I get into it the ideas just start flowing! I love to create something unique like the pillbox hats. So many people think they can’t wear them (especially in the Midwest where I live), but I say “Girl, rock that hat”! I love being a native Texan but there are so many days that I think my fashion eye was transplanted from London!

 

I decided to channel the fashion greats (think Oscar and Ralph) to pay homage to some of the most fabulous designs for fall! So here’s a little sample of one of that series of hat designs. I think it most resembles something from the fashion house of D&G. What do you think?

 

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Whatsy?? It’s Etsy!

So about a thousand times a week I have people ask me what I do. Generally, the conversation goes something like:

Inquisitive person: Now what do you do again?

Me: I sell vintage clothes and handmade jewelry and hats online.

IP: WOW! Do you have your own site?

Me: Actually I sell on this awesome site for handmade goods called “etsy”.

IP: Whatsy??

So for all of you who are dying to get a better idea of what etsy is, here is a great video with loads of cool etsians! It’s a bit long, but totally worth your 4 minutes!

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I heart the 80’s

I have to admit I’ve got more than a little crush on the 80’s. I was pretty much too young to remember everything on the first go ‘round so this is all very exciting for me. Now, I’m not planning on going Cyndi Lauper on anyone just yet, but there are certain aspects of that era I’m super pumped to bring back.

 

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Over the Weekend

Whimsy is the word when it comes to the beautiful etsy shop, Designs by Vanessa. I came upon her by chance and am so pleased for you to get to know her and her delightful wares. Enjoy!

 

Q: Describe your most memorable weekend (recent or just a fun one you remember).

DBV: A weekend that sticks out in my mind is when my husband and I spent the day at a Kite Festival here in Austin. There were tons of kites that filled the sky and it was such an amazing sight to see. I took my camera with me and got some great shots. One of those shots actually ended up on the local news for a weather photo contest…my 5 minutes of fame!

Q: What is your favorite thing about the weekends?
 
 

 

DBV: When I’m not working, my favorite thing is just hanging out in my pj’s all morning while working on my crafts! I also love dragging my hubby to local bead stores to browse their selections (this is probably my husband’s least favorite thing about the weekend).

Q: What do you do creatively over the weekend?
 
 

 

 DBV: I work full time in the foster/adoption field so I do most of my creative work on the weekends. My two current obsessions are jewelry and paper goods but I do a little of everything.

Q: What is your favorite thing to wear on weekends?
 
 

 

DBV: I’m a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl but I do enjoy getting dressed up for a special occasion.

Q: What do you like to eat on weekends? My husband and I love to try new local restaurants on weekends. Austin, TX has some awesome hole in the wall restaurants. If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend Vivo and Polvo’s for tex-mex!

Q: What’s the best place you’ve ever visited on the weekend?
 
 

 

DBV: The great thing about living in Austin is that it is surrounded by lots of great weekend getaway locations. My husband and I try to visit San Antonio at least monthly to do something different and we always have so much fun strolling along the River Walk.

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Off the Runway

So I saw this look from Dolce & Gabana and thought, “hey, I bet I could get that outfit without spending $2,000 for a t-shirt”. And so here it is, I place before you my first re-creation of a runway style, sans runway.

 

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Crafty Biz.

Announcing: My First Art Show.

Okay. Today I have some fairly exciting news. I have officially been accepted as an artist in an amaazziinngg local indie show. Debuting in 2004, The Girlie Show, as it’s called is now considered the show to be in around the area. Now I know some of the artists and crafty chicks who have been in the show and I’m flabbergasted (yes, flabbergasted) that they would even consider me.  The crazy thing is that this will practically be my first craft/art show since starting QUiD! I mean I’ve done some “just show up and sell your wares” type events, but nothing on this scale.  And now the fun begins.

 

Because this is my first show and I’m sure to learn a TON (maybe even 2 TONS) of things along the way, I thought I’d give you all a front row seat and let you watch me learn, fumble, cry, laugh hysterically at 2am while trying to stick my needle into another piece of aida with my eyes closed…you get the idea. Plus, I’m such a plan-it type girl it might be fun to see how that works out.

 

And I’m not gonna lie, I’m hoping there are a few art show experts who might be willing to lend some of their hard earned advice!

 

Well, first things first.

I decided that before I jump head on into creating I should do a little homework. Talking to some other Girlies, as they’re called, I found that they usually sell about half of their inventory. “But how the heck do I know how much inventory to make”, thought I? A seasoned crafter explained that a good way to decide is to figure out how much money you would like to make and then go from there. Based on the size of the show (The Girlie Show averaged about 2,500 people in a weekend last year) and how much my average item cost is, I can determine about how many items I’ll need.

 

So, it would go something like this:

 

Anyhow, based on that, I have a crack-load of work to do!

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Model Home – Miss-oh-knee!

I’ve always been a believer that inspiration can come anytime, anywhere. It seems only natural then that the runway should influence our lives in more ways than just what’s in our wardrobe. What about the wardrobe itself?  The challenge today is to take a runway look and turn it into a living space. I chose Missoni because I simply adore their fall color palette and thought it would make a wonderful boudoir, ah hem, bedroom. Have an idea for a model home look? Let’s hear your thoughts and ideas!

 

Beautiful Color Palette!

Beautiful Color Palette!

 

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