Monday, May 31, 2010

Early Rising Lark

A 3 day weekend should never go to waste, at least for me, it's like having a week off , to do so many things. I'm very happy I set out to make one particular project and so it got done! My Maxi Skirt! I started it off by Saturday night but had to stop as I love to sleep and I'm not much for staying up so late anymore. I did get up early to go out with Scott the next morning on our usual hikes. This time though, we hit 5 different spots, to which I did not get out of the car for about 3 of them. I was tired, it was HOT and my head was all about finishing up my skirt. I did however ,pick some lovely wild flowers and finally made use of this mirror I thrifted .The above is a full shot of this cute little wooden mirror with a place to hold a vase for flowers or whatever else you may choose to adorn it with. It was about $2 and Scott didn't like it none too much at first. After putting it up with my flowers he took a liking to it and decided it should stay at his place, as I was actually going to take it back to mine. We came home late and tired Sunday night but I managed to pretty much finish my skirt, all except for the zipper. Now if there is one thing I detest about sewing, it's the putting in of the zipper! I don't think I will ever really get the hang of it and it always comes out rather bad, but it does the job .Below are some of the other places we hiked up to, I had swam in this lake before when it was insanely cold but not on this day. Although it was hot and the water seemed to be the perfect place to cool off in, it was filled with heavy moss. It was pretty however.
We went to a park nearby and had a nice little picnic and as I was laying on the grass -I took this picture of the tree above us with my phone. Have you noticed I just love anything with a lens flare?
Monday morning I couldn't wait to get up and put that darn zipper in my new skirt. We decided to take pictures out by this little Mexican market we always shop at for fruits and veggies and Scott's favorite :Pirujos(Basically french roll) We both love the folk type art always painted on the sides of these markets and thought it would be appropriate for a photo shoot.

I have rolls of this amazing natural trim that I have not put to use yet so I went a bit nuts with it ! I put on the wider trim on my waist band and on the hem of my skirt.

I also used two smaller natural colored trims to create a border type pattern(Scott suggested that one, thanks scoopies!)

And of course, I made it extra long so that it could be a true Maxi .  I love this skirt, it's my new favorite piece of clothing I own but it certainly will not be the last. I am in the process now of editing a short little film I made with Scott's help of course, of different outfits I put together. It will take a while, I don't know much about computers or gadgets, so bare with me! Like I have mentioned before too, I am as well working on my short Illustrated story, so hopefully that will be posted up here soon too!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Howling Sea...will claim the steps I sowed

The sea...I have found nothing more mystical and haunting as this. It is a force of nature to be reckoned with and on this day my friends ,the angry gods of the deep sea did show me just that. I have never really feared it in any way, but admired it for its calmness and ferociousness. It's thunderous waves, it's weeping winds and shifting sand.
Like most of us dreamers, we think of sea shanties , sailors and mermaids in the most romantic of ways. A great fascination mostly with these beautiful sirens luring men to their death. In part, I find that enticing enough, but which ever the reason, it's force has always lured people to the salty shores.I was out with a dear friend of mine and we were talking about making films and art in ode to these mermaids/sirens. My Scott has long since wanted to make a film of this nature, so between his ideas and my own I figured an Illustrated story would be the best way to go, at least for me. Sirens calling out sailors to their death, so sweet and pretty, soothing and calm  like the sea, their voices sing to them from a distance, enticing every bone in their body. Like the ferocious ocean, they turn and twist and take you into their arms. Their choice of weapon? Strangulation by way of a string of pearls of course! What better way to end their meet, then using the very same thing they have taken and stolen from them? All the jewels of the ocean, being claimed back , their motive you can say. I think this would make for a fun story, dark and our ocean. I had posted before, how I myself almost got swallowed by these gentle waters, not to mention I was standing by the edge of these rocks. The waves are just about starting to break at this point. I have other pictures where they came completely over my entire body. They send chills throughout me when I see them. I was lucky that day, I didn't get taken in.I only made out with  a deep open cut on my left knee and scratches all over my legs. One waved pushed me forward and I was left at the mercy of the rocks below me. Fortunately that's all I faced that day, a lesson well learned for me indeed. Below I am trying to show my battle scar, but you can't really see how bad it was, which is a good thing. It was not pretty. I'm left with a reminder of it's true force, but nevertheless, still I will roam these salty seas for as long as they and I are here.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Flower Power

Hello! This weekend has been one of the best and most inspirational moments I have had in a long time, and dangerous as well(more about that on the next Post! I was nearly swept into the thunderous ocean!) .
Went out with my fantastic friend to snap photographs and capture the thrilling beauty of nature. Is it not wonderful how simple flowers can suddenly just make you smile and giggle like a little girl again?

Our friends the Bees , Ants and Slugs were all there to celebrate the splendor of these lovely flowers too. Everything around was alive and I couldn't help but take a million pictures. It's high time I stop talkig sooo much about making new dresses, I just need to make them and I think this little outing gave me all the right spirits to really begin the process.

Remember Alice in Wonderland when she Lays in that beautiful field of flowers and takes a nap? Ever since I saw that, I always felt the urge to do just that but one look of a bee or creepy crawly and I would get too squeamish...well, not this day. I thoughroughly enjoyed everything around, including the busy bees buzzing around my head. BzzzBzzz was actually soothing to hear them close by. All the hard working female bees collecting all that pollen to take back to their Queen Bee.
Oh yeah, I bught a new Gunne Sax too! Here I am  dancing around in it below. I was able to talk this lady down from $35 to $25, it was a great find at a flea market.I couldn't pass it up, it was actually long enough for me! Since I am quite a tall girl, the maxi dresses aren't even long enough on me ,so this was an awesome find,-to actually have it drag on the floor. 
I am going to open up my Etsy shop full of blooming dresses and I cannot wait for someone out there, maybe you , who is reading my blog for the first time, to buy my designs. Whatever the outcome is, I feel excited and liberated! Things are constantly changing everyday and the opportunity to fullfill these dreams I have harbored for such a long time, might become a reality soon. Also, look out for my Illustrated short story! So much , much more ahead...stay tuned.