Listen, Do You Want to Know a Secret?

By |2019-01-21T07:21:47-04:00January 21st, 2019|Art made by Tracy McElfresh, Costumes, Early 20th Century Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Fashion Shows, Uncategorized|

Born into this? I believe we all enter this world with something that gives us a little sparkle in our eyes. It’s something that motivates us to keep wanting more, to charge ahead and create meaning. For me this has always been the art of fashion and I’m about to share my secret. So sit […]

Fire Dancing Performance Wear with Astrea Taylor

By |2018-12-31T10:06:55-04:00December 31st, 2018|Formal Wear, Interviews w/Sewists, Uncategorized|

Magic, fire dancing, witchcraft, published author, blogger and elf ears, Co-Curator of Blessed Be Boxes! When I met Astrea in 2012 I immediately knew she would be someone I would admire. I have been watching her perform since 2009 and I have a lot of questions about the clothing she wears. This was […]

No Wrong Moves with Iris Van Herpen

By |2019-01-10T20:06:37-04:00December 24th, 2018|Costume Fashion Art Exhibits, Interviews w/Sewists, Uncategorized|

Iris Van Herpen is a Dutch fashion designer that manages to balance technology, femininity and nature in her amazing works. I caught her show, “Transforming Fashion,” last December when it appeared at the Cincinnati Museum of Art. I was left breathless from her incredible, uncaged talent. The show included some earlier pieces that she made with […]

A Chocolate Covered Cherry Holiday

By |2018-12-17T06:15:17-04:00December 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|

I love chocolate! I love cherries! And I don’t need a class to make these wonderful, yet simple, chocolate covered cherries. I’m about to share my process in hopes you too will try to make your own holiday chocolates.

Supplies and ingredients for roughly 20 treats.

Luxardo cherries and […]

Quick Sew Handmade Ornaments

By |2018-12-10T06:20:38-04:00December 10th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Do you need an easy handmade gift for the holidays? After watching a couple hours of youtube, I combined a couple of techniques and came up with something that only takes 10-20 minutes to make from start to finish. I did not create this idea or project.

Supplies:

2 Yards of contrasting fabric – makes 23 ornaments […]

Sewing for Him or Her, Easy Lingerie

By |2018-11-26T06:25:39-04:00November 26th, 2018|1990s fashion, Uncategorized|

Sewing, making art or crafting a lot may mean your partner might suffer from neglect. You can change that. And if you do, the rewards are well worth it. This is the year that I have given Jeffrey so much love through the joy of my craft and I am going to share why you […]

The Keys to Defining Success

By |2018-11-19T07:04:37-04:00November 19th, 2018|1970s Style Fashion, Early 20th Century Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Heirloom Sewing, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

My Secrets to Turning My Hobby Job into a Success

The first year I went into business I got a good bit of negative feedback. People would say, “Good luck with that” or “Good luck with your business” and “People actually pay you to make clothing?” My favorite though, “If there’s ever a zombie apocalypse your […]

The Arts Meet Education w/ Lindsey Gustafson

By |2018-11-12T06:21:17-04:00November 11th, 2018|1960s Style Fashion, Interviews w/Sewists, Today's Fashion, Uncategorized|

I met middle school art teacher Lindsay Gustafson through Rosewood Art Centre and quickly grew fond of her.  The first things I noticed about Lindsay was her flare for quirky artsy looks, her smile and her positive personality. Besides looking like a ton of fun, teaching and making art, Lindsay is also passionate about […]

Interview w/Professional Costume Designer, Ayn Wood

By |2018-10-29T06:24:52-04:00October 29th, 2018|Costumes, Interviews w/Sewists, Uncategorized|

I got a chance to speak with Ayn Wood about her amazing work, what inspires her and if she is living her dreams. Here’s what she has to say.
Please tell us about what you do and who you are?
My business cards used to say AestheticallyPromiscuous: Eclectic Trappings for those Predestined to Thrive in Obscurity. Not much […]

A New Set of Problems, Leather pt2

By |2018-10-15T06:20:39-04:00October 15th, 2018|1990s fashion, Uncategorized|

Learning something new can be so stressful. I suggest doing your research first or finding a mentor to help you. When you just have ambition this doesn’t always happen and sometimes lessons are best learned from mistakes. I am willing to share mine here today with you.

This year, for my August birthday, I wanted to […]

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