Friday, November 30, 2012

Tina Haller In The House!

 I'm just thrilled, I have the lovely Tina Haller, of Glitter Girl Studio, coming to do a private party and class at Chateau Grenzer!  How cool is that?! She's going to be teaching one of her lovely clay ornaments, pictured here, for a little post holiday cheer.  Tina comes to us from Nevada City, CA.  She's a great teacher with a truly whimsical style and design aesthetic.  I first met her at this years Tinsel and Treasures and knew she would have to visit us in our little neighborhood! I'll be visiting her precious little studio and store in August 2013 and absolutely cannot wait to take it all in.  Really, check out the link above, and you'll see for yourself just how BEAUTIFUL the shop and studio are!  So back to the really cool part, I actually have a couple spots available for this lovely class, and I'm welcoming you to join!  So, if you're interested, click on the Paypal button the right and sign up today!  Look forward to seeing you!!!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Lovin' Whatcha Got

My post today is all about lovin' whatcha got.  I'm a curvy plus size chica, and I struggle with finding clothing that make me feel playful and flirty.  The pieces to which I'm referring, are the tiny boutique sizes, you know the ones I'm talking about, the reeeeeally cute shabby chic styles?!  I just adore cloths like that, and unfortunately, I don't find many pieces like that in a plus size.  The crazy thing, is they're really simple designs, light fabrics, not a whole lot to 'em.  I recently found a line, Perch by Blu Pepper that is so unbelievably cute, it kills me.  Any of course the two boutiques that carry it are in Truckee and Cambria...vacation spots, but not local ones.  So, occasionally I treat myself to these oh so cute Perch pieces, but so often find myself wanting more more more.  You can only wear the same cardi so many times in a week before people start wondering if you own more clothing, teehee.  So, I've been playing with making some of my own.  I adore wearing really stylin' cardigans with simple tanks, but would love to wear more simple colored cardigans with some hot mama tanks.  So, I took a couple of my favorite dresses, that I no longer fit into (too short now), cut them and embellished them with vintage lace and eyelet.  I'm just thrilled with how they came out, and I would so encourage anyone to do the same. I think the other thing that thrilled me, was I'm re-using what I've got.  I have a ton of clothing that I love, don't want to get rid of, but that simply don't fit right anymore.  Mostly because they're just a bit shorter in the torso, hmmm not sure how that happened. Teehee.  So these are my two little shabby tops, and I'm so proud of them.  Absolutely cannot wait to wear 'em!  I'm currently in the process of making lacey flowers to add to them.  I'll make it a brooch/hair clip combo, so I can put in my hair if I want.  Love the versatility...and adore the way I feel with a flower in my hair.  As for my "skinny girl" jeans...the ones I sooo hope to get back into one day.  I'm leaving those alone.  I WILL get back into them one day:P

Monday, November 5, 2012

Sewing R Us

Anyone who knows me, knows I've had this dark history with sewing.  And if you've been following me recently, you'll know that I'm steadily conquering my fear of it.  And I'm really quite happy about it, as I've always wanted to sew.  I've long admired the stitches and projects of all my friends, and so wished that could be me.  Well, I'm here to tell you...I'm so kicking this sewing monsters butt!  I was inspired by this killer table cloth I saw in a high end boutique, for wayyyyy to much money.  I went home and literally within an hour had the same tablecloth (minus a few pleats).  It was so gratifying, and I felt so proud of myself!  So if there's something you're scared to do, start hacking away at that wall of fear, and knock it down...you can do it! On the left is the painfully expensive table cloth & on the right is mine. Whoohoo. BTW, I know my table needs pressing, teehee.



 

  The purpose of having the tablecloth, is for me to have a pretty table display when I do jewelry shows.  I've been doing about 4 a year, so I figured, it's about time for me to make a small investment in making the display purrrdy.  I was just vending at a show this weekend, at the lovely Scrapbook Island...fun stuff.  I got to use my new handy dandy tablecloth, which I adorned with 1ft large burlap and canvas flowers.  Note to self, loosen the tension when sewing burlap...my machine didn't like that very much.  Side note, I did arm my machine with a leather needle and upholstery thread, so I was at least in the right direction.   Here are some pics from this weekends show.
 
...a little blurry, but you get the idea, it's me.


The sooo cute Sonia Vasudeva, selling her truly precious paper crafted items.


In the back, the cutie with white top, is Jehn Buchanan.  She makes the most adorable shabby furniture & cards.  Talk about one active Momma, she works full time, has a kiddo and helps her hubby with their photography business.


Another "aha" moment, was carrying my display boards, with jewelry pinned oh so carefully to it.  I was freaking out that I was going to drop pieces, bump or damage pieces...it was rough. I don't know how my amazing traveling teacher friends do this while boarding airplanes etc.  You guys are rock stars for sure!  So the whole point of my babbling, I decided to sew myself display case covers.  I still have to sew on a sturdy strap, attach a snap and iron on my iron on transfer...but the bag is done.  Pretty handy man!

So, I'm one happy camper, and I think this sewing machine thing is going to be another looove for sure.  Ah yes, all the fabulous skills to add to our crafty arsenals...<happy sigh>.