Something new I’ve been working on:
Crepe paper bunnies in love, dressed up and ready to celebrate. I’ve got a few production details to work out but they will be in my shop very soon – you can join the shop mailing list if you would like an email notification when they are available.
update 2/27/: they are available now in the shop
I designed a new cake topper over the summer: Flamingos in Love.
I painted miles of crepe paper in very particular shades of pink and coral.
They are available in my shop now as well as at BHLDN. I’m also thinking of putting a “make it your self” kit together for these – what do you think?
I loved working with crepe paper and I’ve got something else for the cute department in the works – here are a couple sneak peeks:
It’s really just part of a gown – the lace part. I love the asymmetrical skirt – it would have floated over a longer silk skirt. I’ve already used almost all of it – every little bit. The heavier lace became ring pillows.
I have a little collection of ring pilows made from antique gowns and petticoats available at bhldn now. The rest of the lace became gowns for little brides – also for bhldn.
josephine and fritz
Inspired by this antique gown – josephine’s gown is made from the white tulle:
The little glass feet it floats on is my favorite part.
Introducing : The Shelleys! (mary and percy).
I never planned to make another cake topper, the birds ended up in the nuptials biz by accident. Earlier in the summer I discovered a vintage souvenir seashell doll at a barn sale. I love vintage souvenirs and this one hit all the right notes for me: a small and perfect memento of a special day , a time and place, a remembrance, sweet, a little bit sad and deeply nostalgic. It inspired these little figures and I tried hard to create that kind of sentiment - a memento of a happy day.
I finished several special orders for cake topper birds in the past couple weeks and I’m working on more this week as well as something brand new in the cake topper department that I’ll share soon I hope – I’m still missing an essential detail. Here are a couple photos of last week’s finished sets:
Some fancy fascinators and boutonnieres :
And a family! Everybody is going to be on the cake – pretty sweet.
I am. And getting rid of things. And rearranging. This is my newly appointed button drawer:
It was formerly my “drop in anything I don’t know what to do with and then never open again” drawer. I dumped it out and found a tiny hand-full of things I might actually need someday. It’s perfect for buttons and much better than searching in a bunch of jars and boxes and bags. Now that my buttons are all organized and in one place I’ll probably be a millionaire by the end of the week.
I’ve also been working on some special caketopper bird orders. This is the world’s tiniest garrison cap (airforce).
And the world’s tiniest boutonniere.
And a very fancy fascinator for his girl.
This was a great dress, it was ruined in such magnificent ways. I’ve been making things with it for almost two years and it still has more to give – transparent silk chiffon, a little more lace and bits of shattered silk - not sew-able but perfect for tiny corsages.
I wish I had spent more time photographing it when it arrived so I’m giving it a last hurrah now – it’s last breath in it’s original form.
Wholesale -that is what I am up to over here. I shipped off the first order for 2012 yesterday – letty and lou – for BHLDN. Here they are packaged to go. I like the idea of purchasing something from a giant retailer and receiving something so personal and direct – each unique and expressive, each made as if it is the only one I will ever make. Really. That’s the hard part. And the good part. I also like that BHLDN supports and celebrates that idea.
This set will be available soon online at BHLDN - I’m not sure if it will be in stores but I’ll find out. Over the next couple weeks I’m finishing orders for Catbird , Cog and Pearl, and another order for BHLDN – all beautiful collections I’m flattered to be part of. This is not a pace I can maintain for a great deal of time without losing my marbles though. I am still doing everything myself – every label, every package, every stitch, every word, every photo, all the book keeping, and communication etc. etc. The details are endless. My first priority after these orders ship is to get a little help with the stuff I can, should and must have help with.
letty and lou
I spent the larger part of the day packing and shipping things – that will occupy about half of tomorrow too. I secretly enjoy it.
Today was mostly birds and tomorrow larger things – ships. Later this week I’ll post my very inexpensive but effective method for shipping large -ish fragile things – so check back if that’s of interest.
And just for fun – a caption contest! A while back Lisa of a thread from the edge suggessted a caption contest. I think it’s a brilliant suggestion and if you check out the comments to this post you can see some of her caption ideas – so funny and perfect. And a prize! A winner will be chosen by a yet to be determined method - either a vote or a panel of expert judges and the best caption gets their very own bundled up bird!
Everyone is welcome to participate – just create a caption for this photo and leave it in the comment section:
(you can click the image for a larger version if that helps you with your captioning)
A winner will be chosen next Wednesday 12/14.