Sunday, June 19, 2011

Fabric Wristlet Cuffs and a BIG update!


Vintage barkcloth, clothing labels, buttons, baubles and beads... an alternative to a bracelet, plays nicely with jeans and t-shirt, or a romantic blouse for work, bohemian, gypsy chic style, romantic prairie style...
This leaf trim is very delicate - from a vintage necklace, handstitched onto the barkcloth, trims, bead, elastic closure with a great old button. I also handstitched some faux mercury glass beads to give it a bit of sparkle.
Brown denim and lace, a vintage label, a millinery flower from an old hat and a vintage upholstery button. Ties closed around the button - and strands of ribbon hang from your wrist and add movement...
So my BIG UPDATE is two-fold... first you may have noticed, I just announced that I was too busy with the softball schedule and apologized for neglecting my blog again. And I was really unsure about why I should keep making more stuff than I could ever use when I really didn't have a good solution to sell my stuff. And bottom line - I am not a salesperson. I love to make stuff. I find it painful to sell stuff. I feel like I'm apologizing the whole time. And, I'm not doing shows with a group which means full vendor costs and WORSE - no one to man (WOman!) the booth for bathroom/shopping breaks. So, in a moment of clarity last weekend I packed up my station wagon with as much inventory that I could squeeze in and headed for the local flea market...Not, THE major flea market which is only on FRIDAYS and an insult to us M-F creative souls who are stuck in offices. But, this is the one I go to for vintage earrings and baubles without an inflated price. My stuff was greated enthusiastically especially with the rock bottom give-away prices.And then I complimented a customer on her cool Madonna/religious icon (not pop star!) belt buckle and she approached me with selling at her store in one of the busiest retail blocks in the city of Pittsburgh. One week later, I visited her shop which is one of the most fabulous stores I've seen between here and France - not your big name retailer fabrics - hand-picked with a discerning eye for her trendy location and clientele, decadant trims and tassels, kitsch and, let me tell you, it is worth the trip just to see the unique touches. Yesterday she purchased more of my stuff and I'll be using her fabrics in my new projects - how cool is that!! So, I get to do what I love - make stuff! And not worry about the selling aspect - wahooo! Next week I'll bring my camera - her website is under construction and doesn't show some details I know you'all will enjoy! If you're a local follower, her shop is in heart of the Strip district at Loom! Can't wait to share more! Off to Father's Day lunch at Ditkas for my Dad...

1 comment:

LiBBy said...

I want a cuff ! If you come across a label with "Mc"-anything, save it for me !!! Still havent finished the tote I started with my scottish fabric.