I was looking through blogs today (from the forums on Etsy) and saw a wonderful idea - get to know me better Wednesday. Very cute - I love it. I thought I would start today with some basics ~
I'm a mom. I have an 8yo daughter (the most darling person I have ever known!)
3 chickens, 2 parakeets, 2 sisters
I ride my bicycle or walk. I can drive but don't. I live in Santa Fe (right in town) so it's easy to live without a car.
I have a part time job at a hair salon. My boss opened this salon 4 yrs ago - we had worked together at another salon and when he opened this salon, I went with him... we are pretty much like family. We argue, we laugh a lot, we care about each other. It's a cool job. I basically know how he likes things to be - how to make it all work well day to day - and I know his clients and they freak out if I'm not there *they neeed me : )
I am pretty energetic - I don't sit still for long. I sew (clothing, hats, a variety of other accessories), paint, draw, book binding, lino cuts, collage, lots of other odd creations and art (I have an art blog - http://pillboxproductions.blogspot.com/, play a variety of instruments, bake pretty good pies, play cards and take lots of photos....
Coffee is very important to me.
Laughing is very important to me. I have some very funny friends - I cherish them.
I can be very impatient, a little bossy and a little edgy sometimes.
My favorite color is green (if I have to pick one, red and green if I pick two).
My house is filled with odd little things that seem to entertain guests. It's very colorful.
I love animals...all of them.
I am really freaked out by spiders.
I am not shy but a little too shy to be a clown - otherwise that is what I would be doing right now. I saw this amazing clown from Alaska - realllly cute, really cool, very funny. Not creepy at all. He made me want to be a clown.
Wow, hope that's not the most boring thing you have ever read!
My newest hats are made from recycled papers! I use several layers of newspaper for each hat and a variety of fun recycled papers as the top layer - each hat will be one of a kind. I sew them with my machine first then do all of the details by hand (sewing)and finish them with a layer of varnish. The elastic band is sewn to the hat as well. I came up with idea late the other night when I was wondering what kind of hat I could make for under $10 that would be fun for everyone! I started by making the pattern from newspaper - you would think I would have a party hat around to copy...I don't! So I just made it up and it's a bit taller than your average party hat, but I think I like it better that way. Many more to come - the two you see here are available in my shop onEtsy.
I really love the cuffs on vintage gowns...that is what inspired me to make cuffs one can add to any dress or outfit for a sweet and very retro finishing touch. I like them as a set and originally imagined them over plain long sleeves. Now I really like them with sleeveless tops and short sleeves, too. I started with sets and now I am working on single cuffs to wear more like a bracelet. My studio is full of wonderful old things just begging to be something new...the ones you see here are available in my shop on Etsy. Like everything I make, each set and cuff is one of a kind and handmade.
Antonio was my neighbor, landlord and friend many years ago in Cambridge, MA. He lived on the first floor of the house and I rented the second and third floor. Very very sweet man from Portugal - he barely spoke English but would ask if I was on my way to work when he saw me with my bicycle...then he would say "work is goood. no work is no good"...then he would hug me! I have been very busy sewing and with art book projects. I love the work (not so much for other people and very much for myself) I am working on new designs and concepts right now between other sewing projects. Very exciting to feel inspired. I love summer.
One of our wallets made it to the front page of Etsy the other day...really exciting since we just started making them! We are working with more recycled materials and will be entertaining all kinds of ideas! We have two listed in our shop on Etsy right now and have more to come. We are printing in small batches and making each wallet a little different with lots of hand sewing and special details. New prints coming soon along with larger bags and aprons!
...some of the tags I've been working on for my hats and pins. I used pages from an old book -The Strange Woman - I stitched them with my sewing machine and stapled the blue paper to the tag (I love using the stapler) I usually just make tags right before an art market or when something sells...I was in the mood to make a batch. I will make the next batch using my photos. The labels for the hats are made with tiny scraps of vintage fabrics.
Some of our newest creations are mini indie - handmade and one of a kind for KIDS! I made one little dress for my daughter and it is so flippin cute...had to make more! We just listed the little red mini tee dress on Etsy last night - the other designs will be listed on Etsy over the next couple of days and there will be lots more to come (sizes/styles for children)
Our newest dress is a bohemian style mini with a plunging neck line. Super sexy and totally unique. We use our original art for the silkscreens our original designs for each piece - no two are EVER the same! See our shop on Etsy for a variety of designs, art and colors ~
Over the last week or so we have created new pieces for our shop on Etsy. Some of the above are listed and some will be in this next week. We are now working on mini-dresses, hoods, more t's and retro reversible kerchiefs - our vision is retro-sexy yet everyday-modern....nouveau flowerchild chic! Each piece is handmade from scratch, silkscreened using our original art and one of a kind. Check our our shop on Etsy when you get a chance ~
Karen and I have been friends for over 13 years. We are a couple of crafty girls and have lots of crafty ideas. Our shop is called iheartfink. We are using our original art for our silkscreened clothing...everything is made from scratch - fabric, ink, ideas, love, coffee, laughing, swearing and sewing. We silkscreen the fabric with our designs first (by hand, at home) then make the clothes. Here are a few things we listed recently on Etsy ~http://iheartfink.etsy.com/
Saturday was all about cleaning my daughters room **alllll day** then we went to a CD release party last night at the Santa Fe Brewing Company. My friend Joe West put on a great show and it really packed the house! We had lots of fun (and a couple of beers) then made our way home. Today was sunny and very casual around the house. Coffee, cartoons, music, a little laundry and just staring out of the window for awhile. Perfect! My delightful friend Gina helped us take loads of boxes to Goodwill then ran a few errands. Mellow yet productive. I always get a little sad on Sunday evening - I heart Sundays and it's sad to see them end!
These collars are so much fun to make. I got the cooolest custom order for a collar to match one of my bonnets....I love the idea so much I am working on other matching sets tonight. Here are a few of my latest (the tartan collar sold as part of a matching set, the others are listed in my shop on Etsy)
crafty, artist, mother, aries, year of the monkey, silly, happy, energetic, impatient, love things like old suitcases, long walks, heavy conversations, people watching, crescent moon, good coffee, good stories, early morning flights, funny movies, good times, bad times, walking around, riding my bicycle around, rainy days, mist, first snow, last days, first times, old things.