Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Mending Momentum

I left you "hanging by a thread" in my last post...
The rehab of the African textile into a tunic was ALMOST finished at the Mindful Mending workshop...
The next day, I used my mending momentum and took the materials to Otis with me -- I utilized the nice, big, EMPTY table  in the Otis Fashion Dept conference room:
I was SO EXCITED that I finished, I popped it on over my outfit and took some iPhone selfies.

There was a problem, though. The textile smelled very musty and got worse with my body heat.

Then we had LOTS of rain, so I couldn't hang it outside to air out on the clothesline.

FINALLY, the weather cooperated.
I found online a suggestion to soak the fabric in vinegar to help remove the odor.
It worked a charm.

And then yesterday I was able to wear it to work:
I liked the look of the tunic over another tunic in my initial selfies, so I tried it over my denim button up.
My Indigo and Orange Symphony!
The Fluevog Enthusiasts played along perfectly.
Linking up with
Patti's Visible Monday
Catherine's #shareAllLinkup
Shelbee's On the Edge of the Week Linkup

Sunday, February 3, 2019

On the Mend(ing)

I've signed up for a one-year mending workshop, taught by Ruth Katzenstein Souza, organized by Textile Arts LA.
Opening slide of Ruth's Power Point presentation
I haven't done a very good job at reducing Refurbish Mountain and I thought this might help me get back on track.

We met at Ruth's studio (so much eye candy!).
Our work table (a ping pong table!) was artfully arranged with sewing stuff along the center:
I made good use of some of the equipment -- I forgot a vital box of sewing gear.

I took too many items (as usual), including the huipil I mended two years ago (it needs MORE mending) at a previous workshop with Ruth. I didn't work on that though.

Instead, hoping to make something I could wear right away, I modified one of the African textiles that I bought last week. Got 2/3 done. The end of our day came WAY too fast.
I promise to get this done before we next meet in June.
It was a lovely, exciting, enriching afternoon  -- thanks so much Ruth and Textile Arts LA!

Linking up with Shelbee's Spread the Kindness

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Textile and Bead Love at the Santa Monica Airport Market

As promised, the textiles (and beads) that caught my eye last Sunday at the Santa Monica Airport Market.
Sit yourself down and enjoy!
I can get ALL THE THINGS when I shop with my camera.

I did however succumb to temptation and purchased these two gems, which I will turn into tunics:

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Clogged, In a Good Way

I went to a clog close-out sale today, at the Santa Monica Airport Flea.
Here is how most of my collection (I left out a few exotics) looked at dawn:
I took this for reference in case I needed to remember what I already owned.
It was bright yet chilly, so I piled on accessories
Mismatched hat with mock braids. It's warm.
I wore extra thick socks -- to avoid buying "Torture Clogs".
Once at the flea, I made a beeline to Zingara, who was having a fabulous sale --
Sven wooden soled clogs at $49/pair vs $100+
Aren't those saddle shoe baby clogs adorable? Want!
Zingara used to have a shop on Abbot Kinney, before it became an overpriced, overhyped international shopping destination.
I did a post about the shop (and Abbot Kinney) here.
Phase two she moved to a "container shop" in the West Adams district. (I never got there).
Now, for Phase three, she's going in a new (undisclosed) direction, without her inventory.

I bought two pairs.
Bronze backless . Brown backless 2-tone suede.
Not to worry, I DID buy pairs!
The mismatched socks came that way -- I bought them at a cute country store in Vermont.
My collection grows!

Linking up with Patti's Visible Monday
Catherine's #iwillwearwhatilike
and Cherie's Shoe and Tell

Happy clogging!

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Rainy Week Brights

Last Thursday marks my two year anniversary of participating in the workweek Colors of the Day Challenge!
It certainly helps me get dressed in the morning.

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Friday's prompt (Past and Present) sent me down the rabbit hole of searching for times I posted images of that kimono fabric tunic.

Here's the first, the OG SpyGirl:
The OG SpyGirl series

And here's the craziest combo:
from February 2013
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Hello 2019

Long time no "see".
These are my "Tiny Planets" for the work week. I make them with an app, using elements of my outfit. 
The app bends the photo into a circle.
I've been posting my outfits on Instagram.

Here's what I wore to work last week:

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As you can see, Friday's outfit was the favorite!

For this post, I learned how to embed IG posts.
So easy.
On Instagram, you go to "More, ie the triple dots" and choose "Embed".
You'll then get html code to paste into wherever.

Linking up with Patti's Visible Monday
Catherine's #iwillwearwhatilike