Thursday, May 16, 2013

Inspired by Spain - Stunning Skirt and Princess Top

Hello Everyone!
Hope your day is going great... 
But before I get to the point... don't forget to participate in the give-away to win a $50.00 Shabby Apple gift certificate. Give-away is on through Friday.

So...
Every once in a while I will notice that some of my items in my Etsy shop are in need of a makeover.
I look at the listing/item and wonder...
What does the shopper see?
Or even worse... What does the shopper not see?

The same thing happened last week.
I had listed "this" skirt a couple months back... when studying the photo's I realized that the model was wearing a Corduroy Jacket and the skirt seemed stuck to the legs - because it was a cold windy day.
So I guess what I am trying to say...
"The photo did not do the skirt/item any good :( "

And... so we did a new shoot and the light was great!




When I first saw this fabric I fell for its warm colors and they brought me back to warm memories of Spain.
The Cote d'azur, a vacation to Torrevieja and Salou.




Gorgeous boulevards, Flamengo dancers and Great Matadors - Bull Fighters with their Bright Colorful outfits.  

source: Pinterest





source: Pinterest





I love how the Sunset made her skin look like gold and the Turquoise hat and the Turquoise and Red in the skirt and top really pop! Of course I had to add my own Cowgirl Western swing to it...
And instead of a Red flower in the hair we decided on a hat!

I have the skirt... but the more I look at these photo's I really want the top as well.
So... guess what I will be making soon for Moi? This top!
And... shirring is so figure flattering and feminine.
Summer here I come!
What are your favorite colors to wear? Do you like neutral, vibrant or softer colors as pastels?
Or are you a lover of all things in Black?

Before I go...
You have till tomorrow midnight to have a chance to participate to win a $50.00 gift certificate
from Shabby Apple!
Yes a Fifty dollar gift certificate!

Go to their site and check out their wonderful line of Vintage Clothing!
You will find the link to the give-away post in my side bar (to the left and scroll down).
Click on that and it will take you directly to the post!

Have a wonderful Day!
I will be back on Saturday with a winner!

XOX

Sandy

Friday, May 10, 2013

Shabby Apple Vintage Clothing - Give Away

(edited: May 18th. 2013)

Give - Away now closed

Hello gals, 
Are you enjoying your Friday?
Well, I hope to make your Friday even better...
I promised I would have a give away and here it is.
Do you love Vintage Clothing?


Shabby Apple is giving away $50.00 gift certificate (fifty dollars) to a winning comment here on my blog.
How is that with Mothers day right around the corner?
Husbands and Dads... you can even participate.
'Cause... wouldn't it be great to be able to use it as a gift to the wife, mother to your daughter or to use on a special little Girl?

 I love vintage clothing, thrift store clothes and all clothes, jackets, coats and shoes or boots and accessories that look old fashioned or "Vintage".
Finding that Vintage look is hard in a "normal" store so I love thrift stores or online shops that have that particular "look".
And if I can't buy it I make it!
But not everyone has the gift to sew...

For quite some time I have been "eyeing" all the Vintage Clothing that Shabby Apple has to offer.
The shoes, oooh la la
The tops, tres bien!
The skirts, hey... what can I say? 

 Scalloped tiers of openwork lace in a soft pink  hue descend from a dainty grosgrain ribbon that defines the waist of the Alice dress. The charming shape--cap sleeves and a high boat neck, nipped at the waist and full through the skirt--lets the color do all the talking (or is that your next door neighbor wishing out loud that she knew your style secrets?).  Dress it up with dainty kitten heels or bold tights for a perfectly eye-popping look.

And it does not stop here!
Shabby Apple does not only have Vintage Clothing
Shabby Apple also has a wide assortment of Accessories as well.



Just Love it all!
The lucky winner can use the $50.00 gift certificate on their gorgeous website...
Don't we all love to have a little bit of extra money just to spend on ourselves?
Yes?
Moms?!
Are you with me?

Peony dress


For those that still can't get over it and have that:
"I want to get something for my child" kinda feeling...
Shabby Apple also has the cutest most gorgeous Vintage clothing for kids,
and some of the fabrics they used I actually recognize. 
And  I can tell you honestly (being an addicted seamstress)
that those are high end quality fabrics.


A blossom of white swirls atop a pistachio banded floral print skirt.


Patterned tuxedo little girl’s dress with ruffles on bodice and three quarter length sleeves.

So this is what you do:

You leave a comment on this post.
Even if you have participated in previous Give-Away's on my blog...
Do not shy away and just enter!
The more comments you leave the more chances.
Everyone here in the United States can participate.
(I am so sorry international readers)
- You have to leave a comment in the comment section of this post.
- You can also share what you would love to pick if you win.
- Go to my Etsy shoppe and follow my Shoppe/boutique.
- become a follower of this blog
- subscribe to this blog
So, there you have it already 5 ways to have more chances/enters
Just make sure that everything you, you have to come back and leave a comment letting me know.

So go now!
Go...
Visit Shabby Apple and swoon over all the gorgeous 
Vintage Clothing they have to offer.
Because you might just be a winner!
Just click on any Shabby Apple link in this post to check out their gorgeous
website with all the amazing Vintage Clothing and more.

A swath of soft jersey gathers at the hip for a twist on the comfy day dress in El Dorado.  The fennel-colored frock features a v-neckline and elbow length sleeves, with a knee-length circle skirt.  Effortlessly comfortable and chic on its own, or dolled up with a shrunken blazer and boots for cooler weather, this dress will soon be traveling with you wherever your next adventure takes you.

The winner will be picked by someone else not me.
I will post the winner here on Saturday May 18th.

Please note:
This is a sponsored post by Shabby Apple.
And not paid for by the owner of this blog, "hello - c'est Moi..."
Winner has to claim her/his prize by coming back and leaving a comment on the "winner post"
Please leave comment within 3 days or new winner will be picked.
Do make sure I can e-mail you.
You will be receiving your certificate by e-mail.
The certificate will be e-mailed to you especially by Shabby Apple.
I am so sorry, but please no international participants this time!
This give-away is for United States residents only.

Have fun and may the best Gal win!
Have a wonderful Mothers day Weekend!

XOX
Sandy
 



Wednesday, May 8, 2013

My Work Space...

Hello Everyone!
How is your day going so far?
Mine is going well especially since I love Wednesday's...
It is the halfway through the week mark...

I have always wanted a big kitchen... 
One that you can basically live in.
And also functions almost as a gathering room.
I am a kitchen person so I love to sit in the kitchen at our big farm table and have the amenities of being
near the fridge, stove and pantry.
So I can serve the kiddo's without having to go too far and catch all the spills while we are at it.

One of my wishes for having near my kitchen is the garage attached to it.
I thought it would be so nice to just drive the car in and that way immediately carry my groceries in.

Well, as my sewing hobby grew and grew... 
I basically needed a whole room just for my "stuff".
So hubby decided that I should take the garage.
We would share the garage.
His work on the one side mine on the other.
Well, that never happened... I quickly and systematically took over almost the whole two car garage.

Yesterday I had a friend over and she had her lovely children with her as well.
The oldest is a girl that is a curious pre-teen/tween.
She peeked into the garage and was in total awe.
I quickly said that that was my messy work space... (oops - did I feel caught)
And as her eyes widened and her mouth was wide open she said... "wow this room is so pretty, the colors, so lovely and it makes me feel happy".

I have often wondered what someone's work space looked like.
And would love to take a peek behind the scenes.

So...
Well...
Here it is...

I took the pictures exactly as the space is today, (I did not hide the messes for you...)
and what you see when you open the door in my kitchen.



One of the favorite chandeliers hanging above the big sewing table.
The Chandelier I found at a thrift store and was only a few dollars.
I painted it with chalk paint and the rust happened instantly 
while painting.
From then on I knew I wanted to keep this one.
My sewing table is about 7 feet long.
The hubby made it for me.
It houses a cricket machine and sewing machines.
Computer and a mirror.




 I don't always have roses in my space...
But the hubby gave these to me last week, paired with a huge box of chocolates.
The chocolates are gone... (they were so good!)
But the roses would not have survived (since Micaiah constantly tries to pull all its petals off).
So I decided to put them close to my sewing machines.
And that way added some beauty and inspiration to my space.
I actually get to enjoy them longer since I do not have a lot of sun light coming in - which is bad for the fabric




This gorgeous fabric is a taffeta with embroidered gold fleurs de lis on it.
draped over the bolt is a rhinestone belt...
I am still not sure what to do with this fabric... 
But I think it is pretty for some added glam to my table.



These are my mood boards...
They are right there above my machines.
If you look closely you can actually get to know me a little better...
To not loose my postage stamps I tuck them on the board... 
(they are the wedding stamps - for the romantic in me :).
You will find buckles...
pretty pins...
article clippings of cowgirl boots and pieces of fabric...
and a photo of a model in "my wedding gown".
a Cross... 
(to always work with my Savior in mind and remember where the ideas really come from)
a sweet Bible verse given by a friend...
And so much more.



Oh, this is the lady that I share the space with.
Yesterday I tossed another blouse resting on her.
I do have that at times...
...that I just pile things onto her to hold things for me.
I dress her up and down almost every day.
Here she is wearing a crinoline/wedding petticoat
And the latest top that I just finished in the last 24 hours.


I have angel wings and cowboy hats. Added nostalgia...
And here (above) you see some of the newest tops that I made.
Phew... I made more then I thought. lol




My Machines...
Where would I be without them?
My serger is the beast.
An awesome must have in a working sewing space.

Actually there is more in the space but then I would be overloading you with photo's
I still have a huge drawing/cutting table and a dresser with drawers for all the lace and ribbons that I collect.
There is also another chandelier. Actually there are 3 in this space.
I love pretty things around me...
They make me happy and inspire and help when I am working.
The chandeliers reflect a happy light.

There are also 2 armoirs in my room where I hang all the garments when they are finished and ready for the online shoppe or to go with me to the next Vintage Marketplace.
There are two big racks filled with containers full of luxury fabrics and pretty papers,
 to protect them from dust.
All that for another post...

I hope I made you feel a little bit at home in my workspace.
All and all this is pretty awesome for me for now.
Especially when I think of where I first started with my sewing.
Just like most people, simply on the kitchen table with only one machine. 
(And I did that for several years).
Do you have a workspace or a spot that makes you feel happy and where you call the shots?
The best thing is...
When I need to quit I turn of the machines 
and just close the door behind me.

Blessings and wishing you a wonderful Day!

Sandy

P.s. In case you were wondering about the Give Away...
I am aiming for this Friday - God willing.
Thanks for understanding...





Thursday, May 2, 2013

Back with Black... - a Princess Top

Hello Everyone...
Well, I am procrastinating as always and have been so super hooked to putting new garments together for this year... Yes, my Etsy is filling up - finally I got that going at a speed that I can handle and are pleased with.
But with that said...
Something has got to give, and I noticed
that I am not updating my blog as often as I would want to.
So... that means "Make-Up time".
"Give-Away time".
More on that in a bit...  

But we also have a date coming up again soon. 
No not with the hubby - I wish!
The Vintage Marketplace is right around the corner and "I gots" to be so ready!
And with around the corner I'm saying, May 31st and June 1st!
Yes! Again...
in Rainbow! 

And here a sneak peak of what you will find...
At our booth!
We are going totally 
Cowgirl and super Romantic!
and a tad bit Vintage... 

  
Oh before I forget,
we ordered our hats on time...
And they are already in.
So I guess, I did not procrastinate that bad!
And they are gorgeous!
  





Even though it was freezing cold (cause I like to do shoots when the Sun sets)
And she (Cheyenne) had a cough... 
(that she took with her from the Philippines)
But, hey didn't the pics. turn out gorgeous?
If I may say so myself...
Love it!



Princess top is available in Black Shantung.
Super easy in care... (Love that)
Has elastic at the neck and shoulders to get that super 
Romantic, Flirty, Girly on or off the shoulder look.
I have one and wear it with my favorite Levi's!

You will find this listed within 24 hours on my Etsy shoppe!
Just click on the link in my side bar.

Stay tuned...
I will be giving more sneak peaks...
Told you we have been busy here.
Also...
a wonderful Give-Away is coming up!
One you do not want to miss.
One that is not too "Shabby"
(there is a hint hidden there...
get it "Shabby"
Hope you love Apples)
Enough said lol 

Now I just wish I had a horse...
Swooooon.

Sending 
-XOX- 
your way

Sandy