Wednesday, February 29, 2012

lovely leather

It's basically required by law that I start a blog post about leather with this video.

So now that we've got that taken care of, today I went to Global Leather with my leather apparel class.

I've never considered myself much of a leather person, but there were so many gorgeous colors and textures that it would have been impossible for anyone not to find something they loved.
Naturally, I was magnetically drawn toward the pink section...
This basketweave-embossed leather was beautiful, but....
...this bit of loveliness stole my heart.  Isn't it incredible?  I'm going back tomorrow to purchase this for the bodice of a dress I'll be making next.
Here's a close-up-- look at the detail on the acorn!  I couldn't believe my luck when I spotted this on a back shelf.
Meanwhile, I'm finishing up my utility pinafore.  I finished the pattern and cut and all the seams are taped, so all I have left to do are two buttonholes and the actual stitching, along with reshaping the pocket linings.
The seam edges are all scalloped-- isn't it fun?  My professor has kindly let me borrow her scallop-edge pinking shears for this project.  They are definitely on my list of things to purchase-- in fact, I'm not sure how I went this long without knowing about them.

I have a lot of school projects going on at the moment, but I'm so excited about all of them!

Are you working on anything exciting?

Tuesday, February 28, 2012















I am so excited that Hugo did so well at the Oscars. 

Art Direction
Sound Editing
Sound Mixing
Visual Effects

It comes out on DVD tomorrow and I can't wait to get it within the next few days.  I'm hoping for a good amount of behind-the-scenes content because the film is so visually stunning that I would loooove to see how it came together.

Monday, February 27, 2012

spring fever

It has been warm and sunny and beautiful in New York for the past few days, and it makes me so, so ready for spring to get here!

fairy swing

cottage roof

bunny with flowers

forest tea party



forest table
this is my beautiful home and I can't wait to see it again

Friday, February 24, 2012

fill-in-the-blank friday

Lauren, who usually provides the weekly blanks, just had a lovely daughter named Fern and is spending some time with her this week.  So this week's blanks are from here!

1. My favorite article of clothing is either my Lepidoptera Dress, my Braided Toggle Sweatercoat, or my Mushroom Picking Chemise (all from Anthropologie).

2. My favorite meal or dish from childhood is quiche lorraine-- my mom makes the most delicious one ever, ever, ever.  It's incredibly good.  

3. If money was no object, I would take a long weekend in Boston, if we're being practical, or Venice or Montmartre if practicality isn't an issue.  

4. I feel healthy every time I eat apples!  But only some apples.  I am verrrry particular with the apples.  I like Pink Lady apples, and I like when they're cold.  I also feel healthy and happy after my nightly cup of before-bed tea.

5. My favorite song is 'Slow Show' by The National because it's simple and honest and vulnerable and beautiful.  
I've posted it before buuuuut here it is again.

6. If climate wasn't an issue I would grow lots and lots of flowers... unfortunately, my dorm doesn't have so much as a windowbox.  But I would grow primroses and daffodils and pansies and roses.

7. My favorite hobby is craft-making because it's relaxing and at the end you have a cute new thing!  ...To be honest, part of the reason I have an etsy shop is because I love making crafts but I couldn't possibly keep everything I make.

8. As a kid, my favorite Halloween candy was Reese's Cups.  Chocolate and peanut butter, a truly divine combination.  I was never a fan of the SweetTarts and Laffy Taffy (ew) and Pixie Sticks and that sort of artificial stuff.  Although I did like Smarties because they were pretty and pastel and I liked sorting them by color.  They also made excellent little dollhouse cakes.

9. One thing I know I'm really good at is giving presents.  I really, really like coming up with something that the recipient will love and will know was created or chosen specifically with them in mind.

10. My favorite dish or mug is ....oh boy.  I have a lot of mugs.  
My collection has actually grown since that photo, and I have specific uses for each mug.  The floral one on the front right is excellent for cereal or soup, my 'j' mug is perfect for cold water or milk because it's a bit thin and gets too hot with get the idea.

Hope everyone's week is coming to a relaxing end!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

some things are awesome, other things really test my nerves.

I recently ran across the brilliant tumblr Incorrect Sylvia Plath Quotes.  Basically, quotes from various pop culture references are incorrectly attributed to Sylvia Plath.  Simple, but genius.

On a completely unrelated note, I'm not sure when sensitivity to the feelings of others became a liability, but I would guess it was around the time that reality television became a thing and suddenly people could pretend that they were the star of their own program.  It really, really bothers me when I hear someone bragging about how rude they were or how little they cared about someone else's feelings.  Individuality and courage of conviction are to be commended, but so is decency.

Speaking of things that bother me, there are a few things making their way around the interwebz that just tick me right off.  Here's one of them.
I'm sorry, stupid cancer?  Stupid.  Cancer.  As someone who has lost both my father and my grandmother to cancer within the last 7 months, the idea of sending something around that starts with stupid cancer is horribly trivializing about a disease that had a huge and tremendously painful impact on my life.  Stupid snow?  Sure.  Stupid traffic?  Mmhm.  Stupid cancer?  Nuh-uh.  Not okay.  It's not often that something manages to be both trivializing and sanctimonious, but this little charmer does.  '97% of my friends won't re-post this, but 3% will.  Let's see who does.'  How dare someone imply that if I don't re-post this, it means I either don't care about or wasn't deeply effected by cancer.  If I'm going to do something in honor of the people I've lost to cancer, it's damn well going to be something more meaningful and impactful than a purposely guilt-inducing Facebook post.  (This isn't meant to offend anyone who has posted this, anyone who wants to post this, anyone who created this, yadda yadda yadda.  It's not meant to offend anyone, but it's opinion of one girl who finds it highly offensive.)

ugh.  now I have to look at some cat photos to get my blood pressure back to normal.

there.  that's better.

Now I'm going to get back to my homework.  Thanks for making it to the end of this ramble-y, ticked-off post.

we have a winner!

The etsy shop giveaway winner has been selected!

here is the list of people who entered the giveaway
taken with my blackberry because I forgot to charge my camera... bad blogger, no cookie!

And here is what the random number generator had to say about it!

Congratulations, Vikki!  
Email me at so I know where to send your box of presents.

Monday, February 20, 2012

fairest of them all ♥

My very, very favorite collection for Fall/Winter 2012 is the Red Valentino line.

I can't get over how beautiful this collection is-- the clothing, the styling, the fairy-tale backgrounds, it's all so perfect.  I love how the models are posed, too, like paper dolls, which is similar how to how I draw the girls in my design sketches.  


 It's all so lovely.

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

fashion week favorites

Here are a few of my favorite looks for Fall/Winter 2012.


Erin Fetherston

Misha Nonoo

I love these dresses but whyyyy with those shoes?
meh.  booties in general just don't do it for me.
Oscar de la Renta 

There's one more collection with which I am completely enamored, but it is just so magical that it needs its own post.

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