Thursday, April 21, 2011

Senior Collection...

I'm so excited to show you these...finally. I spent some time editing photos and one lonnngg day in the dark room. Hope you like...
ps. I'm announcing the Giveaway winner at the end :)
These are just a few of my revised sketches.


Baby Spice
Waiting to go on for rehearsal
Back Stage
Hair and Make-up... Thank you to all the stylists, everyone did a wonderful job! 
There you have it, my girls. 
I'm so in love with this picture
Interview with Laura
My dresses on the runway!
So happy to have found her!
So happy to have found all of them!

The following are some of my favorite prints from the darkroom.
(For the rest of the photos)

The winner is Lindsey! Please email your address at Thanks for entering!

Have a great night! I'm off to go dancing!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Getting ready to head into the darkroom for the evening. I'm so excited to see what turns out! Until then, I wanted to show you a few sneak peeks from the "Inspire" fashion show this weekend. It was so much fun and everyone did such an amazing job. Truly inspiring! 

These are just a few behind the scenes shots. I'll be back with more of the complete collection and color later. Have a great evening! 

Oh, and don't forget to leave something you're absolutely excited about on the post below to win one of Chris Gerringer's sweet T's! The giveaway is over tomorrow :)
To comment, click on the title header of the post and then scroll down to the bottom of the page

Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wednesday Giveaway!

My blog got a make over... have you noticed? I quite like it, but I can't take credit. His name is Chris Gerringer. He's awesome and here's why.

                                       1. Super fresh illustrations
                                       2. Super nice
                                       3. Gives you free illustrations because he knows you like it

Check him out. He does custom website and blog designs along with wicked illustrations. Here's two of my favorites from him. 

Thanks Chris!

WAIT. It's not over... Paperbeatsscissors (Chris) and I are partnering in an original illustration t-shirt giveaway. His shirts come in S M L and are available in all countries.
Kyoutan Tochi Tee
 Moutain Man Tee
Pretty sweet huh?

Here's how to win:
Leave a message in the comments about something you're really excited about and your name and I'll choose a winner at random.  Easy as that!
This contest will be open for one week only :)

Have a wonderful day!

ps. I'm super excited about seeing beautiful girlfriends and family this weekend for the show! Cannot wait!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Bike Ride

While I should have been working on my finishing touches for the collection, I decided to go on a bike ride. Sometimes, you just gotta get out and enjoy the weather when you can, you know? 

Here's the deal with my bike's life..
I was given this bike from a wonderful friend. 
It sat in the hallway all winter, and ended up having a flat tire. Christiano fixed that for me and now I can give this wonderful little thing life again! 
Master Tire Pumper Upper
At first, I was pretty intimidated by it because I can't reach the ground when I'm on it...thus making it really hard to get going... and making for some really ungraceful landings. But I'm determined to not let this gift go to waste. 

I had many break throughs.
Newest Trick
This is me using the curb to get started. This only works when I'm going against traffic and the curb is on my left side. I figured out that I can just use the wall when I need to hop on from the right. I have to hold the breaks tight and then remember to let them go when I want to take off. Sounds silly, but you have no idea how many times I fell off because I just kept squeezing the breaks! 

One time I was leaning against a fence and the sound of me moving the fence woke up four ginormous dogs that all came running at me and barking... Ferociously! It brought back really bad memories of being terrified as a child. That same fear when you run out to the car at night and you feel like someone's going to be under it waiting to grab your ankles. Pure fear got me peddling harder that time. 
Yay for baskets!
After all that trauma though. I like it. I had to blow a spider off my arm. A bug landed on my glasses and I felt like a nerd. I got to smell honeysuckle in the air. Stop signs don't apply when there's no cars. At one point I just gazed off and felt the wind against me. 
Inner leg protector aka head wrap from the trunk of my car
Here's to having a hurt tuckus and feeling free! Cheers!

psst... my first giveaway is coming soon... stay tuned!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

It's A Wrap!

I wanted to share a list of things I would have done differently with my natural dyeing adventure if I had known what I knew now. Here we go...

1. When you're in the mordant process.. don't do it in an enclosed house with no ventilation.. for example, in the middle of winter at 2 am in the morning when you really don't want to open all the windows in the house.

2. Using the same mordant for all fabrics. Do your research and find out what colors you really want to achieve. Different mordants (alum, copper, chrome, tin) will produce different results regardless of your dye bath. Also depending on the fiber you're using, you should use a certain mordant. (ex. alum + wool = sticky wool) Certain mordants can also break down the fibers causing them to become brittle.
I used alum on all of mine, for two reasons.
 First because it's the least toxic of all. 
Second, I needed to get this show on the road!

***With all that being said, don't plan on achieving any certain color, because there's a good chance you'll be disappointed, unless you're a pro or something. Natural dyeing is exactly that.. it's natural and what will happen, will happen.***

I've learned that it will be beautiful regardless.
Remember this? I had no idea what I was getting in to!

2b. Ratios. Along with doing your research, ratios of mordant to water to amount of fabric are important. They can be the cause of stickiness and other problems. Fortunately, I didn't run into these problems because believe I am one with the fabric .. :)  ... But it's possible, so just be aware. Possibly more conscious ratios would have given me a better gauge on predicted outcomes?
3. Time. If you're going to do it, make sure you allow a few months for all your colors to be realized. Some roots need to soak for weeks before you begin.. and some fabrics need to soak for weeks to achieve the color you're wanting. You should also be aware of the season you're trying to dye in. Winter is very hard for obvious reasons. See Iris roots for an example of a failed root probably because of the season.

4. Be Careful! Some dyes are light reactive. Your product can fade on you, or become deeper. I really think a pair of pants I made, dyed with madder root, have done this. Only, it's not all over, it's turned to a blend of peaches, pinks and light oranges. Looks like Sherbet really. Happy Mistake! I love Sherbet.

5. You might want to have a cheap-o blender exclusively for dyeing. My madder root was not blended well enough so that could be one of the reasons I didn't achieve red. One of many reasons. I could make a whole post on what I did wrong with Madder root. Out of all of the dyes, I feel like it was the most touchy and sensitive of them all. It's all pretty touchy, though.. even the type of water you use can effect the outcome (well, tap, purified).

So, there's some of the biggest things I learned during this process. I could go on for days, but I think five is a good number.

One really awesome reason to Natural Dye Fabric...
It's really fun to talk about dyeing in everyday conversation. Example: Confused cashier at Dillon's, "Well, why do you need a bag full of just onion skins?" My response, "I'm dyeing."

I'm thinking madder root might, after all, deserve a post of her own. I'll get to work on that. Hope you enjoyed seeing my process and mistakes! I can't wait to share the end result of all of this.. my Senior Collection! Coming soon!

Thanks for reading! If you have any questions, shoot 'em at me!

Saturday, April 9, 2011


Spring is here and I am absolutely in love with it! I hope you find time to get out and soak up some sun. Ladies, you know we gotta get that base tan goin' on!  I'm going to tackle the daunting laundry pile soon so I can assess my Summer wardrobe.... Maybe some alteration posts in the future of clothes changed for Spring? ...first I think I'll go out and ride my bike. She just got a new tire from my lovely Christiano.. fun!

Have a great weekend, wherever you may be!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


I started a caffeine detox Sunday. I slammed my last Americano right before I walked into Jury (a panel of industry judges come in to critique our collections and ultimately decide what passes to go onto the runway.) It was good. (the Americano and Jury for that matter)

Why? Well I always drink coffee, but for the past four weeks, I've almost become a little espresso bean. Sometimes, you know, you just feel the need to restart, clean it up, cleanse. However, that's not always fun.. and definitely not as fun as a quad Americano... definitely not. I digress.

Day One: Woke up with a headache and took some Advil. 
Day Two: Really wanted a coffee.. drank a flat Sprite instead. 
Day Three: (Today) Really not doin all that bad. 
haha! just kidding. I had to be awake enough to take the picture duh!

Worst part: I'm like 1:00 in the afternoon and I've got stuff to do. That's hard. 

I do have to say I've done much better than I thought I would. I spent six hours in the dark room today without a lick of caffeine and I didn't fall over.
My favorite photo from the dark room today...Meet Mona

So now I guess I just have to decide how long this detox needs to last. I've been drinking lots of water and telling myself that will wake me up. 

I would like to go a whole day with the same amount of energy I have when I am drinking coffee.  I haven't really set a length of time on this detox, but I didn't get a headache today :)

Are you doing any kind of a detox right now? If so, why, and how's it working for you?

 Anyways, I'm hoping to get together all my Natural Fabric Dyeing notes soon and make a conclusion post to my whole project. Just what I learned and what I'd do different. 

Thank you for reading!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Best Hair Cut Ever...

Ok so I know I cheated on my hairdresser.. and now I'm making it public. But I have to say something about Rod at Blu Styles on C-St. Excellent.
I don't think I've ever had a thinning like Rod's

I asked him if he liked cutting women's hair. His reply was, "I'm not going to say I like it better than cutting men's, but as long as I'm doin' a good job I like it." Perfect answer to hear from the man that's cutting your hair right? What a sweetie!
This is me waiting for my deep conditioner to settle.. or whatever it does, soak I guess. This thing was fun. Couldn't hear a word anyone was saying...dootodoooo

Of course, I have to give you after shots. 
The man behind the camera

Have a great hair day.
Yo doll,

Friday, April 1, 2011

First Time Gailey's Go-er

in a lil jon voice...."whhaatt! You mean to tell me you've lived in Springfield how long and you've never been to Gailey's?" 
This is basically what I said to Christiano when I realized what this breakfast lover had yet to discover.. oh, hey, yea! lover had yet to discover.. ha! 
Snug As A Bug In A Rug
From our booth
Can't take credit for this photo. This is all Christiano. I would imagine if he were to add a caption to this one he'd say, "purdy dang good." I would agree. 

I guess the lesson of this post is.. if you' haven't been to Gailey's before, get on up and go! I like The Executive.. hey don't judge me. I'm a hungry girl. Not that you were anyways. I'm just talking to myself here after all.. oh I like the Michelle too. 

Hey you have a good April fools day. 
Another kitten shot because I can't get enough.