10/12/2013

FREE GIFTS - Happy Holidays.

For those of you that Follow my blog, I just want you to know I have a free items in my SHOP (click on shop to go there). It is free if you don't mind paying for postage that is. Go order one for yourself or pass the word round to anyone that might want something for free this holiday; check in the PIF (Pass It Forward) section of my shop. We all deserve a gift, I figured I might as well give rather than wait to receive.

Happy Holidays you all.

16/11/2013

Blog Hop

The challenge: Find an object in your home or from the outdoors and combine it with freeform peyote to make something to post on reveal day.
My inspiration: The Ocean, I have always like the ocean and anything related, even though I can't swim.
Found Object: A shell.
I wish I had considered the fact that I might have to show the creation process of this piece. I had the item made as soon as I was aware that I was included in the list of participants and thought I would be able to have a much more interesting blog for it. I hate to disappoint, but I sincerely hope that sharing this is good enough. I had fun making this and will most likely make more with variations.



19/10/2013

I got me a zipper!

So, I did manage to cut bits and pieces of this crazily stained fabric and made meself a killer mini skirt....well, not min per se, just a few inches above the knee. Heck with all the stain on that bitch it's a wonder I could find enough fabric to cover my fat a$$!! The Hubster thinks it's a gorgeous skirt; the Hubster thinks I look good in a potato sack - bless him.

The only reason why I am not modelling it and showing off is because I (silly me) forgot that I need a zipper and hook and eye to fasten that thing!!! I finally got me some this afternoon..... and LOADS of fabric from G street (Scary $h!+ you don't wanna know.....).

So tomorrow, after breakfast I will put in the zipper, hook and eye, and will have some photos ready. Watch this space in the next 24 hours.....hopefully.

18/09/2013

NOT PROCRASTINATING THIS TIME.

Hi Guys.

I have talked about being a trained and certified Sartorial and Fashion Designer countless time. I have even talked about making clothes and showcasing them on the blog, but I never got around to doing any of that! And besides  our wedding clothes I made, which the Hubster had up on his Picasa album and only a handful of friends and family had access to and saw, I don’t think any of you have ever seen anything I have made.

What has held me back has always been a lack of a reliable photographer that would capture the over-all look AND details of the clothes, so somehow blogging about it ended up seeming useless, plus I didn't feel I had enough items to make a collection. I mean what is the point of writing about clothes and fashion, and making them, if no one gets to see them, right?


Well, all of that is about to change for various reasons, one of which is, I am about to set up a home based business as a designer and a stylist, and I am building a portfolio and putting myself out there to potential clients. I am working on a collection right now. 

As a matter of fact, the Hubster put up a new hanging rack for me in my home studio and I have begun piling them already. I have been cutting and sewing fabric for my launch and I have a photo shoot date for October. That means, not only do you get to see the clothes I am making, but you get a sense of what I can do and how I do it. 

I can’t wait!!!

25/03/2013

PROJECT RUNWAY


I have so much to do right now and the last thing I can sincerely afford is to sit behind a computer, but I couldn’t help it this one time.

Andrew, the kid and I went fabric shopping last Saturday. I had this grand idea of sewing stuff in shades of blue and had in my mind’s eyes, seen the fabrics I wanted, the exact shades, the required trimmings etc, the composition, and I was so looking forward to this trip. Well I didn’t get what I was looking for or come even slightly closer to it, so in the fabric department, it was a MAJOR disappointment, although I cannot complain bitterly as all but one of them are natural fibers, so that is a plus.

After several hours or looking around, I finally came up with these fabrics; shades of blue and grey – not what I had in mind but it would do for now…… and Andrew and the kids were fantastic, they patiently waited for me to decide, without one word of complaint for the boring task of waiting…..

The plus side though is that at one of the fabric stores, we stumbled on a table of goodies and Andrew got me this bunch of beads.

It’s like ten feet’s worth of shaggy 9/0 sized seed beads! I think I have enough seed beads in red to last me the whole year now, if red is the only colour I will ever use.

Also a few feet away from the goodie-table was a bin with leather which I was so into you’d think my life depended on it. They had all textures, colours and sizes to choose from, and I tried very hard not to be too greedy so these were what I came away with.

So in the next three weeks, I shall be converting these fabrics into wearable clothes for all three of us. We’ll see what I will come up with. I have made a few sketches of what will become of them and I am drafting the patterns. Hopefully I should start cutting and sewing starting tomorrow. Watch this space and see what will come of it. I am excited!!!

04/03/2013

I have a winner

Yes, I have a winner.
CONGRATULATIONS KRKT!!!

 Thank you for your comment, unfortunately there is no email address as you mentioned in your comment so I can only hope that you will return to the blog, read the comment I left after yours and send me your mailing address so that I can mail out the cuff to you.
 Congratulations. I hope wearing it brings you a lot of good fortune.

26/02/2013

FREEFORM PEYOTE





I made this piece for a demanding customer and ended up getting stuck with it. I'm not crying my eyes out though as I enjoyed the process of creating it. Here's what happened. I bid a request on Etsy's alchemy. Someone wanted freeform peyote at $55.00, I was surprised when she got in touch to ask me to see the materials and what method I would use. Then she sent me samples of what she wanted (colour-wise). I told her I could do it for her as I had beads in those colours.

Usually when I bid on Etsy, they complain about my shipping rates, understandably so too, it'll be cheaper for a buyer in the USA to buy from a fellow American as shipping would be a fraction of what I'd ask (shipping from Italy). Anyway. I didn't hear from her for about two weeks and forgot all about it, but she got back and said she was interested in working with me but she wanted the piece to be a lot heavier than the pieces she had showed me. She then sent me fotos of even more pieces, something that I would probably charge at least 250 for the work that goes into it alone! Not to mention and additional 200 for the materials as they were covered in gemstones. I pointed that out to her (she wanted it that thick and in gems too).

Finally, she sent me a lovely yellow piece that she wanted me to recreate. I told her I could use the colours as a guide, but for ethical reasons, I didn't feel comfortable recreating another beader's work (I later found out is a creation from the Etsy shop of a fellow beadweaver - an EBW member!

Anyway, when I began creating, I realized, to be able to create anything as close as her description of what she wanted (thick), I'd have to improvise with materials (which I did), in order to be able to be within the price range agreed on. In the end, it didn't turn out as the piece she wanted which shouldn't have been a surprise, because I had already said I was NOT going to recreate another artist's work....and she didn't like the 'orange in it' lol. But she did say it was otherwise lovely.... so that gives me on more thing in my shop, Hurray to demanding customers.

GIVE AWAY

(I am re-posting this because the original post wasn't correctly done... ) 
I can't count how many times I have stumbled on blogs with give -ways and I would think, I ought to do that someday. Unfortunately every time I set out to create something for the give away, it wouldn't come out right and so I would throw it in my 'recycle' box (where I throw all my faulty bead work for dismantling and re-creating). And when I get to make something that was give-away worthy, I would sell it right away because I needed the money. It finally dawned on me that if I continue at that rate, I would never give away anything!!


Anyway, earlier today, i wrote a blog just because I needed to. It has been awfully quiet around here and I know that I won't be creating anything until mid April, and because I didn't want half the year gone before I blog I decided to. Then it dawned on me that I can keep the activity here by offering a give-away. I simply need to pick something from my stash.

So, the piece I will give away is not (in my books) worthy of a give-away, but I hope the receiver will not mind it. I have decided my first give-away will be an item I created for me. Yes, I didn't give it the sort of attention I would, an item I would sell or would give to someone as a present. But I like it as it is and would wear it comfortably because It is like me 'durable but imperfect'.



So here it is. The bracelet that is going to one lucky person. It is adjustable so don't worry about it fitting you. It is free.....well, sort of; there is a catch.

All you have to do is:
1. Drop a comment, tell me  (a) how you found this blog, (b) why you stopped and (c) what you would want to see featured in future.....Then humour me (although you don't have to); tell me why you want this bracelet.

The offer stands from this minute till March 2nd 2013 21:00 GMT+1 (Rome time). If there is more than one participant, I will randomly pick one person and send this bracelet on it's way. Your location is irrelevant. The winner will be announced here.

Warning: It is not a perfect item, but it is wear-able

P.S. You can follow this blog or follow me on facebook if you like; it will make me happy (this is not a requisite for getting the bracelet, you will make the draw if you make a comment as requested above, even without following me.

13/01/2013

FOE - Revised.


The project below, was initially began a year ago but was put on hold because of unforeseen delays on my part being the project manager. All is cleared now; I am ready to commence and monitor, so here we go.....

"I would like to create a piece of art together with other artists. I would want to call this piece FOE (freedom of expression). The reason is simple: it is aimed to challenge participants to portray their individuality in a group scenario. I want the item produced in the span of 12 months hoping that by the end of it, we will have the finished product to showcase.

The idea is simple, I will have, for each project (I hope we create more than just one), 11 participants, including myself. We will begin with me sending out the start of each project to the next participant, each person will have 2.5 weeks with the project to add to it, then mail it to the next person on the list until at the end of the project it is returned to me to showcase it here on this blog (update and progress will also be featured here bi-monthly).

The proposed start date is 1st May 2013.

If you are a bead weaver or a bead embroiderer then this is yours. The project is open to bead weaving/embroidery artists everywhere regardless of age, nationality, gender etc. This of course is only the summary of it. I think it will be fun!

So off I go to search for willing participants. Stay with me and you most likely are about to have the 'funnest' ride of your beading life with this project."

P.S. If you are interested, drop me a line with your email and I will contact you with details. If you know any bead weaver/artist that might be interested, send them this link. And do watch this space for updates of the project. Find and join us on FACEBOOK