Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Years Resolutions

I'm not really a fan of New Years Resolutions.  If you are going to quit, change, or start something new why wait until one day a year to try it?  And really, how many of you can say you have successfully kept a New Years Resolution?  I know I haven't.  I think its better to try something new when it feels right for you.  Don't try to quit smoking if you really love it; think about all those thin gorgeous French women, the ones from France.  They eat cheese, and bread, and sweets, and drink wine, and smoke cigarettes and are beautiful and happy.  They love their life.  So this year do not listen to the pressures of society, you do what you want, and keep those dirty habits until you are ready to quit.  (I am not supporting smoking, I don't smoke, its gross).

Play your video games guilt free my love, I will be in the bathtub with a book.

I've been thinking of taking up sewing again.  I used to love drawing and designing clothes, more often for a Doll than human, but that was more a lack of supply of fabric than anything else.  Now that I can set up my own studio-like room, I am so excited to fill the cupboards.  I have been drawn to the Steampunk style of clothing, and since the most unique aspect is the antique clock or watch parts, I can search for parts while Tower and I visit the many, many local flea markets.  It's amazing how easy it is to find exactly what you have been looking for your whole life if you just take the time and ask the right beer-bellied vendor. You want your vendor to look exactly like this man:

He should have his eyes open, but it's not necessary; the bottom lip does need to be less... droopy?

Old men that look like they spent their life on a bike, in a truck, or at a dump are the best to buy from.  They have everything you want, and don't really care the price it goes for, just as long as they don't have to worry about it anymore.

Tower started me on this crave of creating Steampunk.  He wanted to make Steampunk jewelry; so we went to a flea market, and bought a bag filled with every loose part imaginable.  He lost his desire after a couple months so now I am taking over.

I shouldn't lie, this UK Designer has played a role in my steampunk decision.

Another great designer is Elena Sanders.  Although her work is less functional and more decorative.  Great for a photo shoot.

I would wear something similar to this at a Christmas or New Years Party.  I love the puff of Tulle on the back.

Get ready for my version of Steampunk clothing!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

2. happening or existing by necessity: a necessary change in our plans.

I wish I could say I have a reason for waiting two weeks.  After that last post, things have definitely changed... Our home of 2 became a home of 3.  And not with a baby or a new pet, but with a16 year old.  With that said.  The newest post is Necessary: 2. happening or existing by necessity: a necessary change in our plans.

Vintage is very necessary. 

I picked up this amazing hat at the local thrift shop.  Paired with a pair loose knit scarf or wrap makes a perfect winter-warm set!

Being on a budget makes shopping based on a necessity rather than a want!  I have managed to pick up a beautiful vintage rabbit fur coat.  ($6.99 same thrift shop).  Before I continue on; If you were a fur harvester what makes your fur worth more, a fine silky coat?  What type of animal produces a fine silky coat?  A happy, well nourished animal.  While I do agree some commercial animals are not treated well take some time to Google, "Commercial Chicken Farm" and "Commercial Rabbit Fur Farm"  (make sure to use the quotation marks to ensure accurate images.)

Commercial meat rabbit farms are not a happy sight, but there are few images for commercial rabbit fur farming, and most of these images are NOT from Canada.  The majority of people who have house cats and dogs know the signs of a sick, unhappy animal.  They usually start with dry skin, course thin fur, runny nose, drippy eyes, etc.  You cannot have a quality fur coat from a sad, unhappy animal.  Death is another story, but its all or nothing folks; You cannot fight fur with a KFC chicken burger in your hand.  Be responsible.  Buy from a Native American Company that uses as much of the animal as possible.  Buy used.  And same with meat, buy from your local farmer, buy free range chickens.   Education is Key.

And to match the fur hat?

My used combat boots: super warm, super comfortable, super durable.  And being made for the Canadian Army the quality of craftsmanship is top notch. 

And in closing, the newest independent artist.  This woman is from the UK and specializes in Steampunk Couture.

 My first pieces will include these,  unfortunately my closet does not have any yet :(

Check out and buy her work on Etsy!
Have a great weekend, enjoy the snow, and any Christmas festivities in your town!  Keep the cosmic shift in gear and try something new!


PS. A little something special from SteamPunk Couture
A brooch for Sally.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

New Beginnings

Apparently there is a huge cosmic shift, a change in energy, the leaf is being turned over, whatever phrase you want to use.  I don't know if anyone else has noticed it or not, but it seems every slightly unstable relationship, whether it be with a family member, friend, or partner is changing (for the better).

People are standing up for what they need, leaving relationships, following their dreams.  I think this is the time, if any, that we all need to follow our hearts.  With this much going on in the universe, why not take part?

Like this woman,

 These two are my person favourites from her collection so far.  I met her at the Montreal Tattoo Convention, 2010.

She buys the silver in sheets, designs, and cuts it herself.  Another artist works with her do to the stamping; like the ring below.  And my first piece by her.

I bought a book today.  There is this amazing little bookstore in Smith's Falls on one of the back streets.  I don't know which street, or what the name of the bookstore is, all I can tell you is that the owner stocks her shelves with used books and the occasional new book she feels is too important NOT to own.  As well, none of the books are priced higher than $12.  But most stop at the $7 mark. 

The book I bought today was new, its called The Indian Luck Book

I'm not going to lie, I haven't gotten too far in it yet, but "There is a saying in India that if only hard work were needed for success in life, a farmer would be king." (pg.6)  And growing up a farmer's daughter I definitely have to agree with that!  So here to too Good Luck and jumping in with two feet!!


Thursday, November 11, 2010

And life goes on...

This week has been a week to remember.  Yesterday at work a Veteran came in to pick up a wreath we had displayed in the front window.  He was just like every other grandpa you see, except for his hat, "1944, Survivor of Juno Beach".  It looked like the typical American Eagle hat; in fact I had made a double-take to read it properly... and the other distinguishing feature, that again, required a double-take.  From the tip of his nose, to his lightly pink lips, the scar was barely visible.  A scar the size of a baseball, one time mangled, now healed and barely there.

Juno Beach


 They fought with their weapons, their hearts, and their loyalty.  Now it is our turn.  We need to fight with our hearts, our love, and our dedication to the future.  Doing something right doesn't feel good -- it actually feels great.  Do your best.  Others will follow.   

  And lets not forget, the military inspired fashion this fall... a time to wear red confidently!  My personal favourite is Number 1.  I love the clean classic look.