Archive for February, 2011

I had a lot of ideas for this weeks pillow but at the last minute decided to go a totally different direction. Remembering this wonderful book I’ve had and browsed and drooled over for years, I decided to make one of the pillows from its pages. Front cover, actually! The pattern is for a Japanese style Obi wrapped pillow. Looked than it actually was and now I wish I’d made one sooner… Here’s my take on it, and consequently, Pillow #5…

Even though the workmanship isn’t at the level I prefer, I think I’ve made up for last week’s disappointment.  = )

Until next week…

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‘Wear Red for a Healthy Heart’ by LunaPetunias

February is heart health month for women. It is common in the USA to see the color red worn often to aid in the raising of funds for women’s heart research. Red is a powerful color and speaks to the strength of the wearer.


Red Velvet Lips Shaped Decor…

$50.00

Bohemian Princess Lingerie

$34.00

DREAM ON HER HAIR-free shipp…

$150.00

Red Hot Sexy Shoes…The Tan…

$142.00

Rose brooch pin – Made to or…

$12.00

Estate Style Vintage Glass R…

$16.00

Ruby Red Shoes Machine Appli…

$3.75

Heart Shaped Valentine Butte…

$36.00

SALE – Red Straw Mad Hatter …

$24.00

Lake of Fire eco friendly si…

$119.00

Sexy shoe

$16.00

ON SALE Sexy Lowrise Boyshor…

$42.46

SCRABBLE TILE PENDANT – PARI…

$5.00

A Night At The Opera Wrap, S…

$160.00

charming red chinese style w…

$109.00

RED scarf with a hood

$72.00

Treasury tool is sponsored by Lazzia.com A/B image testing.

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‘An Ode to Tea’ by Dear0ne

Who doesn’t like the allure of tea time?


Cup of Tea Embroidered purse  

$24.00

green tea with lichen  

$40.00

Grandmother’s Tea Fine A…  

$22.00

Your Family in Mugs – Call i…  

$26.00

Brown Mug Cozy, Chocolate Cu…  

$17.50

large chai tea kit. a perfec…  

$40.00

Fabric Basket Tea Time Strip…  

$17.00

Bird Feeder-Hanging-Apple Sh…  

$22.95

Set of Four Pretty Little He…  

$20.00

Tea for One  

$10.00

Glossy Ceramic Teapot With B…  

$11.50

Mustache tea cup set – se…  

$12.95

Black White Damask Teapot co…  

$32.00

Treasury tool is sponsored by Lazzia.com.

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What do you get when you mix 2 days of beautiful sunny 60 degree weather sandwiched between weeks of 30 degree days and 6″ of fresh snow AND unpopular brooch ribbon I’d pulled from inventory and didn’t know what to do with? Well, this week, the result was this…

Admittedly, not my favorite, but disappointments are part of the process… Until next week…

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Check out these handmade kitchen items in black, white and red by Painted Butterfly Studio. Everything from aprons to oven mitts to pottery. It’s worth the look if you to cook!

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I’ve been working on cleaning out this big cabinet now for a few weeks. In Part 2, I’d gone from this…

… to this…

Shelves - in progress

Closet top shelf - in progress

Baby steps, right?… So now I tackled the rest of the cabinet, the closet area below the top shelf. I’d been avoiding it like the plague. I had a lot of emotional attachment to what was in there and I didn’t want to deal with it.

To begin with, though, I just took everything out and just got the facts about what I had. I didn’t try to evaluate its worth or anything, just made a mental list of what was factually in there… Very interesting! Here’s what I found…

A sample and pattern from school (over 5 years ago) made in half-size

A custom wedding dress pattern for a client I had almost 6 years ago.

Many other patterns from school, before school and recent patterns as well.

LOTS of reminders of my past artistic abilities…

A charcoal drawing I did years ago

Photography I did shortly after high school

A stipple drawing I did in college (in the late 80s) - one of my favorite techniques

A favorite contour drawing - another favorite technique

What else?… LOTS of art supplies I didn’t know I had.

An earwig and another spider (eew).

My wedding dress which I designed, plus several other dresses and outfits I made over the years, like this dress I made in the early 90s (I love the fabric!)

Things my gramma knit – no way am I getting rid of these but I wanted to show you how beautiful they are…

And last but not least, and certainly the most emotionally charged…

Art-to-wear samples made over the past 15 years, my heart poured into them for hours and hours, some of them published…

Most recent, a matelasse jacket with brocade and silk accents at neckline and sleeve hems

A velvet evening gown I made in college (about 8 years ago)

A jacket I made in the 90s - I call it "Spiral Sun" - published in Belle Armoire magazine

Here's the back

My "You Are The Sun" jacket, made in the 90s and published in Belle Armoire magazine

My "Face Jacket" also made in the 90s and published in the Chicago-Sun Times

All right, there are the facts. First off, I went through the art supplies – least emotionally charged. Asking the questions again – when was the last time I used this? when will I use it again? – Of course I have had these supplies for YEARS and they’ve occupied space in my closet – without my even knowing! – so what is the point in keeping them? But my inner voice kept asking, “But what if I throw them out and then I need them or want them?” Good question… What if? Are they replaceable? Yes. All right then, I throw them away and clear my space and my mind.

Next, all my artwork. I went through ALL of it and believe me there was a lot. Photographs, drawings, paintings. I found a lot I didn’t like and had no attachment to (easy to throw out) and a lot that I did still like and would love to frame someday when I can afford it. So there’s still quite a bit of artwork in my cabinet but it’s less than before and more organized now.

Next, patterns. I went through ALL of them. The half-size pattern I showed the picture of – I kept that JUST IN CASE I might want to make it a full size pattern and/or need reference material for pattern making. But really, do I need it? No. I have pattern making books I can refer to and if I want that dress again I can look for a pattern or make a new one.

The wedding dress I made custom for a client? I kept it JUST IN CASE she might want it re-made. Ha! What are the chances? Unlikely.

Patterns from school, same thing, keeping JUST IN CASE. Replaceable? Redoable? Yes to all.

Recent patterns. If I’m using them or have in the past 2 years, I kept them.

So I have this huge garbage bag of pattern paper to recycle now.

Next, dresses and outfits I’ve made over the years. The multicolored dress I showed above I made in the early 90s. When was the last time I wore it? MAYBE the mid-90s. It doesn’t fit anymore, but I LOVE the fabric. What to do? First I took pictures of it, front, back, details. And somehow just documenting it released something in me. I felt able to let it go after all this time. Yes I feel wistful, but now I have pictures. Hopefully someone else will enjoy it now.

The matelasse jacket I made a couple of years ago. I put a lot of effort into it and it doesn’t fit right. I’m so disappointed yet it’s pretty. I’ve held onto it, well, I’m not sure why. Maybe I’ve been hoping it will suddenly fit right – ha! So I took pictures again, and again felt the ability to let it go. Maybe it will fit someone else like I’d hoped it would fit me.

The velvet evening gown I thought I had more attachment to but when I got it out, I realized there was none. It was easily put into the charity bag.

All my other art-to-wear pieces, well, I’m keeping those. I haven’t worn them in years, but who cares. They’re art. Maybe I’ll hang them in my studio. I’m thinking I’ll make the You Are The Sun jacket into a pillow or something. But the rest, I’ll keep as is.

With that, I am finished (for now)…

I started with this…

And now have this…

Plus – BONUS – a clearer mind! Woohoo!

 

Artwork and art-to-wear designs ©2011 Tiffiny Appelbaum dba TiffinyDesigns

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I found this jacket in my studio closet.

Front

Back

I made it in the late 90s, created the pattern and the stencil designs, invested hours of time and effort into it. Published in the Belle Armoire Magazine, I’m very proud of this jacket and have found it hard to part with inspite of its being terribly outdated. BUT it’s been using up valuable storage space so something’s gotta give. What to do? Give it a new purpose…

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How to Make a Jacket into a Pillow

Lay the jacket flat, then fold the edges in to approximate the size and shape of pillow you want…

Mark roughly, with a removable pencil or pen, the dimensions of the pillow on front and back, if needed. Then take out the lining either by unpicking or cutting…

Unpick the hem, then take out the side seams either by unpicking or cutting…

(You might also need to take the sleeves off depending on your jacket or pillow)

Now mark off the dimensions of your pillow with a ruler and removable pen or pencil. (Mine is 18″ x 18″)

Then add a 1/2″ seam allowance using your ruler and removable pencil/pen…

(Do these steps for both back and front of jacket)

Lay the jacket front flat and pin through all the layers of facing/lapel to stabilize…

(The front button closure will serve as your opening, where you will insert the pillow form)

Cut around the outer line you drew, both front and back, keeping pins in place. Then BASTE where you’ve pinned to stabilize all the layers.

Undo the buttons. Now place front and back pieces RIGHT sides together and pin…

Then STITCH 1/2″ from raw edges all the way around. Use the front button area to turn the pillow right side out…

Use a point turner to push the corners out, press if needed, then insert your pillow form…

Button the buttons and you’re done!

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