Friday, May 23, 2008

Rain, rain go away!

All week, I've been waiting for a sunny day to take more pictures of my vintage scarf tops. Finally after brunch, I decide to take my camera and tripod outside. Here's a summary of my day:

Sun shining - Take camera and tripod outside. Go inside to change.

Starts to rain - Go back inside

Sun shinning again - Back outside. Able to take 3 photos

Rain again - Go back inside and change back into normal clothes

Suns out again - Change again. Able to take 12 photos before BF comes outside to tell me it's time to go visit SIL. Sigh! Maybe I'll have more luck tomorrow.

I was able to take pictures of these 3 new tops. These will be availble in my Etsy shop shortly.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Rare Birds blog

A few weeks ago, I was chosen to be a guest writer on the blog Rare Birds. It's basically a blog that features unique gift ideas. I am so excited since I will be writing on women's clothing. You can view all my picks by clicking on Cathy's pick in the category section or view them here. It's been a lot of fun so far. I had some technical difficulties in the beginning since I'd never blogged on Typepad before but since I downloaded Firefox things are going great.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Featured on fashion blog

On Saturday, I was featured on the blog Fashion, evolved. I had never heard of this blog but it's really great. I'm so glad that the writer contacted me since now I have a new daily blog to read.

They featured the following scarf top:

May goal

I'm so excited!! I've almost reached my Etsy May goal of 30 sales and it's only May 18th. I really didn't think I was even going to get close but I guess with Spring in the air people are buying some of my summer styles.

You may also notice I've been giving my shop a new look with the brick background (aka my house). Since I no longer get good daylight in the house, I am forced to take my pictures outside with my new tripod (which I keep calling a tripot for some odd reason). It's time consuming retaking all the pictures again but I think the new style looks a lot better. Here are a few of my favourite new photos.

Black halter top with gathers - small

Summer skirt with pink ribbon

Jersey dress

Friday, May 2, 2008

Tutorial - collage on a canvas

My walls were still bare after living in the same house for 2 years. It was time for a change so I decided I would make my own art. I started by buying a blank canvas at Micheals, some Modge Podge and a book from Salvation Army I got for 35cents.
The canvas was already primed so I just needed to do 2 coats with some leftover basement paint. I realized that I was out of paint stir sticks so my handy boyfriend improvised and found me some chopsticks.

While I let the canvas dry, I started cutting out various circle shapes.

Once the paint was completely dry, I started gluing the circles in various positions.

I decided to leave a bit of the canvas blank and honestly at this point I had had enough! The very last step was applying 2 coats of Modge Podge all over the canvas. At this step, I learned lesson #1 - paper circles need to be properly glued to avoid bubbling and curling. Thank god the paper is old so it kinda blends in.

Lesson #2 was a bit more difficult. As we were hanging the canvas on the wall, I noticed that the canvas was warped. I'm not sure why I didn't notice this earlier. After an hour and a half, my boyfriend finally figured out a way to hang so it wouldn't show. Phew!

As you can see, I'm no expert at making art collages but it's still a great way to add a bit of character to your walls for under $30.


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