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!
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…
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.
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?
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”.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!