Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Autumn Mood

The Flying Clubhouse: Autumn Mood
The Flying Clubhouse: Autumn Mood
The Flying Clubhouse: Autumn Mood - Fall Fair
We both got colds this weekend, so regardless of the weather our plans for apple-picking turned into sipping soup and watching tv! Still, it's already the middle of September, and I'm definitely getting in an autumn mood, so I thought I'd share some of my favorite snapshots from autumns past. 

Stay well!

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Purple Roses

purple rose print dress with layers
mixing prints - rose dress, ikat bag
ikat bag by malia designs
colorful september leaf
purple roses outfit
portrait with leaf
september leaf
mixing patterns fall outfit
fall outfit - purple tights
I'm mixing patterns today. I don't do it often enough, but the patterns and colors aligned, and I'm very happy to be wearing them together in one outfit. Incidentally, this is another way to wear the Hello Dolly dress from Mata Traders. It layers so nicely - I also have plans to wear it with a white collared shirt underneath. I forgot to photograph the inside of this ikat crossbody bag from Malia Designs, but it has a pleasant pumpkin-spice colored lining. Call me a pumpkin-spice fool, but it makes me smile every time I open it!

I have my fingers crossed for good weather this weekend - despite the forecast. We have plans to go apple picking. Do you have plans this weekend, or are you going to play it by ear?

dress: c/o mata traders
shirt // shoes: thrifted
bag: c/o malia designs
necklace: c/o ember arts
tights: shop ruche (old)

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Goldenrod and Friends

Fence, tall ironweed, goldenrod
Red berries
Goldenrod lake
September wildflowers
Red leaf on rhododendron
I just wanted to share a few shots from the very end of August and the first week of September. I've recently felt compelled to document all the goldenrod and other September-ish things I see!

A big thank you to everyone who sent submissions for WWMTA II. Although I didn't get as many submissions as I had hoped, I believe the ones I was sent will make this project extra-special. I've decided to delay the release date to January or early February, so I have time to create additional material. Also, who doesn't need a bit of autumn cheer in the middle of winter?

I'm keeping poetry submissions open for the next three months, so anyone who feels inspired by the season is welcome to send in their work! I am sorry about the delay of plans for anyone who was looking forward to this sooner, but sometimes plans must be adapted. I'm very excited about this, and grateful for all the support from you. In the meantime, have a wonderful September!

Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky - The Seasons, Op. 37b - September: The Hunt

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Thorn Hollow

Hello Dolly dress by Mata Traders
Thorn Hollow
Tall ironweed - end of August
Worn ankle boots
Wildflowers - tall ironweed, sneezeweed
Black dress with purple roses
This post is the first part in a series. Mata Traders kindly asked me to wear a piece from their fall collection different ways, and I was eager to take part. The simplicity and vintage-inspired prints and colors of this fair trade collection are right up my alley, and I can't help but love that it's dedicated to the grandmothers of the folks at Mata Traders. I really can't say enough nice things about the Hello Dolly dress in black. It's made of a soft cotton, and it has just the sort of romantic dark floral print that's flexible throughout the year. I have all sorts of plans to wear it with different layers soon, but my first look is quite basic and summer-y - just a necklace and a pair of very beat-up boots. I also have my backpack bag - which has become much more than just an accessory. I take it on hikes and walks, and it can hold my camera, a few snacks and sometimes a water bottle. I was actually on a hike just before I took these photos - hence my fluffy bangs. :-)

I'm loving this time of year - with all the goldenrod, sneezeweed and tall ironweed. I hope you all have an enjoyable September, and get to spend some time outdoors.

dress: c/o mata traders
locket: vintage
boots // bag: thrifted

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Summer Evolution

Purple Coneflowers
Purple Coneflowers at Dusk
Yellow Flower
Dying Coneflower
Dried Coneflower
Sweetgum Pod
Summer Rain
Purple Mums
Flowers at Golden Hour
Purple Mums at Golden Hour
Rose of Sharon
August is one of my favorite months. It's still summer, but less busy than June and July, and there are exciting things to look forward to, like cooler weather and falling leaves. I've enjoyed chasing down and shooting flowers all summer - it's taught me a great deal about my camera. I started off using my point-and-shoot (up until the 6th photo), and then switched to my DSLR exclusively. These are some of my August favorites, presented here in chronological order starting on August 3, and ending yesterday.

Have you been learning anything new and fun this month?

Also, there's still plenty of time to submit your art, writing, comics and photography to Walk With Me Through Autumn, Vol. II. I'd love to hear from you. Also, if you have an idea for a submission, but can't get it in before September 5, I'd still love to hear it.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

A Secret Message

Back to school outfit - jade dress and maroon cardigan
Back to school outfit - jade dress and maroon cardigan
Fair trade necklace
Ember Arts necklace
Back to school outfit
Ember Arts Solana necklace
Although I'm not going back to school this year, I still get that back-to-school feeling in late August. It may have been too hot for cardigans outside, but when school started up I always brought plenty of layers with me because the classrooms were so frigid!

I gave this cable-knit cardigan a little makeover recently. It had a tiny embroidered sporty logo that just wasn't working for me, so I removed it and gave the cardigan a dye bath. It was previously a light chocolate brown, but after using Rit in wine, it's a really nice maroon, and 100% better than before.

This nifty paper-bead necklace comes courtesy of Ember Arts - purveyor of beautiful fair/sustainable jewelry. There are two things I love about wearing it: 1). it's absolutely the perfect length and 2). the letters on the beads look literary and mysterious - almost like there's a secret message hidden in the necklace.  It's composed of recycled paper beads and it's made by the artisans Ember Arts supports and partners with in Uganda. It the perfect sort of causal jewelry I can see myself wearing often and with almost anything.

I hope all of you students and teachers who really are going back to school this month have a great semester!

dress: curator (old)
necklace: c/o ember arts
cardigan: second-hand
pumps // bag: thrifted

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Patterns and Pointed Collars

Navy blue shift dress, 60s pattern
Navy blue shift dress, 60s pattern
Simplicity 7852 - pointed collar
Simplicity 7852
Simplicity pattern 7852, 1968
Here's my first attempt (that isn't a costume) at a made-by-me dress. I used Simplicity 7852 from 1968. It was quite a learning experience, and there was a murky time during the middle of this project where it was looking grim and I had to put it away for a few days. I had great trouble with the sleeves, and I could tell they were going to look pajama-ish and wrinkly with the fabric I chose, so I decided to finish the armholes with bias tape and call it a day. Also, I thought this dress would be more flexible without sleeves, since I could go ahead and wear it in this humid August weather instead of waiting for fall!

The fabric is lovely. It's a sturdy washable blend of rayon and linen I picked up at fabric.com. At first, I wanted to recycle fabric from thrifted clothes, but I soon realized that was a huge challenge and a project in itself. I still want to give it a try, now that I have a little more experience.

The really appealing thing about this project was all the options. The last few articles of clothing I've purchased online have all had issues, and for a long time I've been saying "I can do better than that." And well, I can't. But there are some aspects I can improve on, like using quality fabric, creating a custom fit, and finding a perfect 60s silhouette in a vintage pattern, and that made this project rewarding. I also learned a lot about sewing! I'll definitely be using this pattern again - following it more closely and giving the peter pan collar a try.

By the way, I didn't get a close-up of them, but I'm wearing my vintage screw-back earrings. I didn't notice that the middle girl on the pattern envelope was also wearing pearl earrings until I put this post together!

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