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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Sneak Peak at New Corsetry!

Hi guys, here is a sneak peak of a piece in progress. I am just adding the finishing touchs to this deconstructed vintage inspired corset! I just love the eerie undertones in this. I have hand dyed it too which gives it gorgeous soft shade changes.

This will be available soon from my etsy shop too!

Another Vintage Jeans Jacket

This will be the second jacket in my vintage inspired jeans jacket series, coming soon to my etsy store! this jacket is a blend of many vintage/antique textiles and has a really romantic deconstructed layered edge, not to mention those gorgeous shiny gold antique buttons! quite a find from my etsy pals vintage supply store! A must visit for vintage fiends! but hey don't go buying up all my faves either ya hear!



Tuesday, April 29, 2008

New Stock Ahoy!


I have gotten around to working on some new stock for my etsy shop update which will be happening soon. I have being working with some vintage spring influenced fabrics as the season draws in. I wanted to create a jacket that could be worn any day with a pair of fab jeans but yet kept that designer/couture appeal. So here is a sneak peak at whats in store for the first of the vintage jeans jackets, which will be available soon from my etsy store.


hope you like!


Sunday, April 27, 2008

New York, New York! Part 1

So............where to begin describing my recent adventure to New York City! it was exactly that, I Adventure!
I have so much to tell you all about that I have decided to do it in a few parts. I am going to describe the highlights in bullet point format as to keep from rambling on (as I often do once excited about something! lol)

* Note to self ~ Do NOT, I repeat, do NOT try to bleach your own hair the night before you fly out. yes my friends, its true the very worst that could possibly happen any blonde the night before her holidays! A bleaching accident. I was doing it myself to save on time and money and all I managed to gain was a big curly mop of yellow hair. did you get that guys Y E L L O W. it was the colour of a little chicklet and my face was the colour of snow when I saw it. No hairdressers opened that late at night and no time in the morning to get it fixed. So there I was hysterical the night before our big adventure and my bf and his mum plastering tomato kethup all over my hair in an effort to take the sting out of it! Well lets just say I got a lot of interesting looks at the airport, no doubt people were trying to figure out which starship enterprise I had just come down from. I had decided (mostly without choice) to embrace the yellow fro and head off and enjoy my vacation! But it was an interesting start to a week that got even more strange!

* The flight was lovely ( coming from someone who is petrified of flying) they just filled the time by playing nice movies and feeding us quite regularly. what more could a girl ask for! It was blissful to have to spend those hours without a phone, without work, without anything really, so I have decided now that I rather enjoy flying!

* Upon arriving at our hotel the receptionist informs me that I have this point Im looking at my bf in sheer shock wondering what the F%&*. I was really thrown by this, kind of expecting to be pretty anonymous in New York having travelled halfway round the world to get there! But alas, it was my very clever, resourceful office buddies who had sent me a birthday card to the hotel I was staying BEFORE I had even left Ireland! And they managed to find a card in Waterford, Ireland with a fabulous picture of an awesome building called the Flat Iron in New York, a building I was later to find myself sitting in front of and giggling at the sheer ingenuity of my office buddies! It was to be a lovely gesture to start the week!

* The first night there we made the subway journey into Manhattan to get a taste of the big city. We were knackered after the travelling but somehow adrenalin kicks in and your ready for everything once your excited.

* After the 2 day of absolutely walking me arse off I had to give into buying very dull but oh so comfortable soft walking shoes (the kind I wouldn't be caught dead in at home, and the kind of pair that are already covered in shite and paint from using them to diy with as soon as we got home) however, these ugly foot thingy where to become my best friends that week and all glamour was chucked out the window having realised just how much walking we did on a daily basis. On some days we would calculate that we had been walking non stop for 7 hours, that this deserved a trip back to the hotel for a nap and a wash before heading back out that night for another excursion! Im pretty sure we should have gotten a few sponsorships card filled out before we embarked on such lengthy walking adventures as many people have raised funds for less effort!! lol

* We ended up eating lots over there too as there was so much choice and we were so keen on trying so many things that meal times became quite plentiful over there! Even to the extent that my dear bf commented one evening that the ol BM's where making quite a regular appearance! that made me laugh as I had to agree with him too. I questioned whether perhaps it was the change in water, or the pressure of the air in the air cabin, (deluding myself of course) to which he laughed and replied, as only he could, " For feck sake, I don't suppose its all the eatin were doin, no ?" guess it makes sense, what goes in must come out right! lol

I will keep posting about my observations of NYC but for now, just know that it was an awesome trip with much fun to come.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Variety is the Spice of MY life!

One of the things I adore about being a designer is the variety in my life. I love how I can be making a mother of the bride outfit one day and the next day, grappling with thousands of diamantes on a dance costume. Well this week was a week of a first of a kind (if you get me meaning)

I was asked by a super nice etsian to create something "in my signature style" for a doll! I have to say making something in minature is a bit of a challenge for me , its as if my brain is used to one dimension of spacial awareness and sizing! I gave it a lash as I firmly believe challenges are there to push the boundries as a designer and sometimes the results are surprising.

I tried to keep it very whimsical and romantic. ;)

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Inspiring Ulla!

Ok, before I ever stumbled upon etsy and got my boutique up and running I used to spend endless hours scouring google for anything remotely related to design, fashion, craft, romantic, deconstructed, baroque, renaissance.........yada yada yada, basically all the things that I enjoy and find inspiring! one of the things that kept coming up in my searches was a blog by an absolutely inspiring lady called Ulla! I spent a long night reading through her entire blog (and trust me guys this lady is a prolific blogger person), I was totally blown away by the abundance of inspiration throughout the blog not to mention the fact that Ulla seemed to blog about all the things that I am really drawn to but can never quite manage to find!

Well a short while ago I was just shocked to find a message from this very same lady in my inbox in my etsy store enquiring about a couture scarf to be made! Its such an awesome feeling to be asked by someone that you look up to, to make something of your own for them! This was definitely a highlight for me and made me think about how small the world is! In particular the crafting community online! which is fantastic!

For sure if you appreciate fine design and whimsical inspiration go check out and don't blame me if you become an addict! (I know I am!) ;)