Monday, December 27, 2010

Blizzard 2010 Continued

Here are a couple shots from around my home town, it's crazy out there!

Blizzard 2010

With this blizzard wreaking havoc on the north east I settled in next to the fire and got to knitting. Within a few hours I whipped up new hats for my mom, my dad and myself, belated bonus Christmas gifts if you will.




All Three

Me and my new hat, love the giant pompom!

So hopefully this weather will clear so I can get back to NYC. I have big NYE plans and need to create something show-stopping to wear!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Boston Revisited

My photo from Beyond Boston Chic made it into The Cut Blog for NY Magazine online.

Congrats to the lovely Martini on her blog mention in The Week in Street Style!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Because I Was Cold

...and bored, I went ahead and made myself a cape to layer on top of a jacket I often wear for extra warmth. I pulled out some thermal quilted sateen I had in my fabric trunk, draped right onto my form, eyed and cut a doubled collar then added a woven rope toggle for closure. To achieve the shape there are no side or back seams, simply shoulder darts. All edges are finished with clean rolled hems. Not only does it supply extra warmth for these cold NYC days but adds that extra jaunty flare I so often go for!

Not to shabby for a quick idea and a little over an hour's time, what do you think?

Friday, December 17, 2010


On a quick visit home with two of my absolute favs, John and Marlon, I got style blogged while strolling Newbury St. by a lovely lady named Martini. Check out her work here.

A "Say Something" Hat

With Ginny's triumphant albeit short return to New York City came a dinner with friends and the need for a look worthy of such an occasion. I decided on a Louis Vuitton bridal button shirt, vintage Gianni Versace trousers and crowned the whole look with a hat I made special for this very event.

I started with bright yellow feathers sold in packs of 4 on sale for $1.15 each at my local craft store. To jazz them up a little I gave them a gradient splatter effect using watered down black acrylic paint purchased for $3.

Once I completed all 16 feathers I let them dry and began sculpting the base from 2 packs of black sculpey clay at a whopping $1 a pack. Once molded to the desired form I evenly spaced 16 holes using the end of a round end of a crochet hook. I then heated the oven to the 275 degrees, placed the mold on foil on a baking sheet and let cook for the instructed length of time.

While my mold was hardening in the oven, I decided for just a little more flare, to tip the feathers with gold glitter. Easily achieved but applying Mod Podge with a paint bush, gently laying glue side down in a mound of glitter and tapping off excess.

Once the mold finished baking and had cooled, I one by one placed each feather in it's coordinating hole permanently cemented by a dollop of hot glue. I then measured a length of waistband elastic I had in my supplies and applied it to the base using a generous amount of hot glue. I covered with with black satin and my Say Something Hat was complete.

I'm pretty sure I made a splash.

Fabric Manipulation Experimentation

Say that 10 times fast!

Just messing around with some muslin, coming up with ideas for future projects.

The creative juices are flowing.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

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