Sunday, October 30, 2011


My heart feels so heavy because it is inevitable that my elderly father, currently on hospice, will leave us.  Several times this past week it felt like his passing was imminent.  And then he would show resiliency. We all would embrace hope, only to have it dashed against the rocky shore of reality when he would decline once more.

This journey through hope and sorrow with my mom and my siblings has been so poignant and painful.

I haven't posted much lately and wanted to write something, but I cannot much think today of fashion accessories . . . so here are some of my sweet photo favorites and one sweet little dress from Etsy sellers whose shops I recommend when you are looking for the perfect holiday gift for someone you love.

Playful Red Fox in Winter by levimitchellphotos

Red Rose Photograph by FirstLightPhoto

Red Bike by Raceytay

Mississippi River Sunset by LaCanforaPhotos

Accidental Heart by RobinPanzer Art

Horse Photography by EyePoetryPhotography

Girls' Dress Vintage Inspired Jane Austen in Shabby Roses by vintageprecious

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Time Flies While Working with Beads and Fiber

Well, actually I find that time flies even when I am not working with beads and fiber. Especially at  this time of year the days pass so quickly. My studio is filling up with hats at the moment. (There will be some more chapeau photos soon.)

Meanwhile, please enjoy some eye candy from some very talented fiber and bead artists. The palette of this collection recalls Spring, but each item could easily be worn year round:

Cavandoli Spring Pendant by JoanBabcockDesigns

Long Soutache Earrings by DILETTANTEsoutache

Crochet Organic Bracelet by Fillis Seitisleam

Wrapped Wool Necklace with Felted Balls by mellisam4715

Beaded Bracelet Set by TamaraScottDesigns

You can see some more wonderful work by bead and fiber artists in this collection I curated on Etsy.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Mrs. Chaplin's Cloche

Valerie is so excited to be back home modeling hats again, and loves to show off this new design of mine:

The classically-shaped two-color cloche has a brim that can be worn down or turned up on one side. A simple button-flower decorates one side:

This hat design will be produced in two sizes. The smaller size (women's Sm/Med) will work best for head circumferences 21-22 inches and the larger size (women's Med/Lg) for a 22-23 inch measurement. I'll be listing some in the shop by this weekend. Be sure to stop by and see some of the color combinations. The one featured here is in burnt orange and plum.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Midnight Girl 1880

In the mood for a little modern Victorian eye candy? Some lovely accessories, just perfect for the season:

Blue Wool Asymmetrical Three Snap Cape by milocreativestudios

Vintage Style Enameled Silver Brooch by splendent

Goth Style Lace Wedding Fan by kroowka
Midnight Ballet Velvet Tulle Cuffs by MySecretFace
Bolero by angelinadesign
Denim Jean Spats by Fabulize
Asymmetric Ruffle Bag by Stacy Leigh

Best Cookies by Portland Peeps!

I recently won a delicious giveaway on the Portland Peeps blog--these amazing chocolate and sea salt cookies:

Cindy, the genius cook, baker, and photographer who writes the blog has generously posted the recipe.

Go visit her blog and drool over her amazing photos of mouthwatering food. You might just want to follow her!