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Some sneak previews and other fun things! [27 Aug 2006|01:48pm]
I've been doing what feelsl ike very little sewing lately. Which is NOT good as I'm trying to get an update ready for the shop next week, and I don't feel like I have enough new exciting stuff! sigh!
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[04 Aug 2006|06:49pm]
Want to know the sites I'm lovin' at the moment? I'm sure most of them will be old news to all of you, but just in case:
Tiny Happy- The wonderful blog of my friend Melissa. She's ever-so-sweet, and ever-so-clever. She makes beautiful childrens clothes and shoes, as well as brooches, bags, yummy baking and other great things! And best of all she lives near me! Yay!
All sussed out - I just discovered this site yesterday, and I'm in love. There's not much on it thus far, but as far as I can remember this might be my favourite DIY clothing store online EVER. The styles are great and she drafts all her own patterns! I for one am gagging to see more.
nonuglyfats Duh. Hot chubby people telling not so hot chubby people how unhot and unchubby they are. Pure entertainment.
Dear birthday- Need I say more? Valerie is one of the cleverest seamstresses I've ever come accross. Such attention to detail! I also like to keep up with her Lj ( floridfauna).
i_seldom_do - My absolute favourite artist in the world. Her art makes me never, ever want to stop looking at it. If I won lotto I'd fill a room with her beautiful creations.
Wardrobe Remix- Of course! Want to know my top five? (flickr user names)applegreen stiches, lebonbonmulticolore,vintage soul, melovescookies, justjenny!
Pinksky- The tops aren't usually things I would wear, but I love that she's doing it, and she's doing it well.

And of course: Me!- Theres not much left on my site, but hopefully there'll be an update soooon.

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[29 Jul 2006|02:11pm]
I've been dreaming of pinafores and smocks lately. The fashion magazines are full of them, and its nice. I've always had a soft spot for them, and even though I'm not quite the right shape for them its lovely to see them about.
I wanted to make some sort of pinafore or smock too, and I found a pattern (from 1965) at the thrift store about two years ago that I thought would be absolutely perfect, so I've finally got around to making it and this is the result of the first try:

I'm really pleased with how it turned out, and apart from making the straps perhaps a little longer it's just what I wanted it to be! Yay! I'm also working on round neck knit tops, lots of bonnets and lots of mixtapes like these ones here for Juniper gallery in Wellington.

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Studio make-over part two! [24 May 2006|08:46am]
Wel.. it's done! It took Chris two days to get my shelves up, but a bit of muscle (and quite a few dollars later) they're up! wahoo!
I tidied and organised the whole room, and even vaccumed, so the room will never be this tidy again, but I feel inspired and happy with it. I'm really looking fwd to getting heaps done when I get home from our holiday!
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Studio Makeover! [21 May 2006|02:21pm]
Well, the time has officially come for a great big studio makeover.
We hmmed and harred over swapping our studio and our bedroom rooms over, but in the end decided the size diffence wouldn't be huge enough to make it worth while, and then we decided we'd wait until we'd painted it, but after the fiasco with the landlady we've decided not to paint anything until she lets us paint eveything (we're so stubborn. ha).
So, that leaves us with the little room we're in at the moment. It's not very big, and we share it. But it has its good points too. I look out a big window, which is nice for the view and for the amount of light it gives. And luckily for us our stuff usually fits in quiet nice and snugly in our little studio room.
But alas, my fabric stash has recently outgrown its little shelving, and was overflowing from the shelves, four quad crates, a washing basket and a box! hah! ( I know.. I need to do more sewing! and quick!). So the most logical solution? a LOT of shelving! So that's what's happening. I'm getting shelving in one corner of my studio! From floor to ceiling! Yay!
It should be up by tonight, and I'll tidy and re-organise the studio tonight and tommorrow, so here are the 'before' photos, which are actually 'in progress' photos, as they're of my studio as it is now, with everything off the shelves, and on the floor!
The first photo is the set of shelves I was using before, and the corner where the shelves will go!

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[17 May 2006|07:20pm]

I've added a few new things to my site! Feel free to go and have a looksie! (And remember you'll get 10% off if you add 'HAPPYDAY' in the checkout box!).

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Dresses preview [16 May 2006|10:08am]

This is the new style of dress I'm making. I know, it's winter here.. sorry to those of you who feel cold just looking at these! But I really felt like making something 'pretty'. Alot of my hoodies and things are very funky and crazy, but not so much 'pretty'.
I've almost finished these, and one other. And they'll be going to my site in a few weeks. But if you're interested, please feel free to enquire.. I'll even give discount if they're bought before I put them online : ) They're all approximate size 12's. Meaning they'd fit a busty size 10, or a smallish 14 too. Wrap dresses are so forgiving.
Lemme know what you think lovelies!


[07 May 2006|02:33pm]
After a lovely modelling session with Melissa this morning I've begun working on the new update for my site. So to celebrate, and to make room for the new goodies there's 10% off everything (including postage!) for the rest of this month! yay!
Go and have a loooook: http://www.toastclothing.co.nz (and tell your friends!)
The voucher code is: HAPPYDAY


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Sneaky peek. [03 May 2006|08:50am]
I've spent the last two afternoons having 'settling in' time at Aesop's new preschool.
It's been both neat and horribly sad. I've always been one of those people who thought she would never ever leave her child in daycare etc. (at least not until he was three.) I guess I thought daycare was for those poor kids who had parents that both had to work.
But it's actually not as bad as I thought, and those few hours a week are going to be priceless when it comes to not having an insane mother.
I'm leaving him there this afternoon for his first time by himself. I'm sure i'm going to cry, but then I'll have to get on my bike and walk up the giant hill and do some sewing, so I'll be okay.

Here's a sneaky peek at some things I've been making lately. I've mastered the screenprinting (finally), and I've been making tie-pockets using this tutorial (http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y113/replicarter/pocketpattern3.jpg) from craftster member Laurasaurus. ( she's my favourite!). well.. without further ado....
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Mapua Easter fair. [16 Apr 2006|06:36pm]

Amelia and me!
Originally uploaded by wearmystuff.
Today was my first 'real' craft fair.
And despite having to get up at 5:15 and not getting home until close to five this evening, it was really fun and really sucessful!
I shared a stall with Melissa (http://www.tinyhappy.blogspot.com) and Amelia (who's getting a website sooon!). Melissa makes childrens clothes and adorable reversible booties, and Amelia makes absolutely incredible jewellery.
The fair itself is a pretty huge event in Mapua (about 30 mins from Nelson), with approx 15,000 people attending every year. (which is ALOT when your city isn't even very big!).
We had lots of laughs, made fun of people ('what us? we would never!"), and even sold a few things! I sold two hoodies and loads of badges, and the other girls did great too!
I'm feeling much much better about my stuff, and gave out lots of cards with my web address on and told people I added stuff regularly! I'd beeter keep my word now!
You can see more pictures at my flickr account.. : )

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[13 Apr 2006|01:13pm]

Originally uploaded by wearmystuff.
I was so, so excited to get my website up and running. It took what seemed like forever to actually get it all online, and I guess I thought maybe business would be steady, like with the last site.
But alas, things so far with this site are very slow. I've only had one sale, and very little reponse at all.
I have a sneaking suspiscion that some of this may be caused by the raise in prices I made. For the longest time I charged the absolute bare minimum for everything, and everyone around me kept telling me it was too little and I was undervalueing myself. So I decided to listen to the prices they suggested, look around and see what other similar products were selling for and price mine just under those prices.
But I think perhaps people now expect my prices to be quite low, so they don't see why they should pay more for my stuff. Does that even make sense?
So I put my prices down a little bit. I lowered the prices of exsisting stuff, and of the new things I loaded on today. Finger crossed that might work.

On another Toast-related note: I'm doing my first real market this weekend. I've been running round like a headless chicken organising swingtags, and badge packaging (as seen in picture..). I was also having my ribbon labels done for inside the clothes, but alas the people who were doing them failed to have them finished, and of course it's a public holiday tommorrow and the market is on Sunday. SIGH. One day my clothing will have labels.
But it should be a good day, I'm sharing a stall with Melissa, who makes adorable childrens booties and clothing and Amelia who makes jewellery. I'll be sure to take lots of pictures!

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I'm back! [12 Apr 2006|10:21am]

Melissa reading #2
Originally uploaded by wearmystuff.
I've decided to start blogging more often.
My reasons? Well, Melissa has just re-started her blog (she's also moved to http://www.tinyhappy.typepad.com) and I figure if she, the busiest person I know, can find time to write updates on a regular basis then I have no excuses.
And also as of this evening.. we will have broadband! I'm so, so excited I can barely wait. And we have the government to thank! Thank Labour party! We knew we could put our faith in you. Ha.
So while Aesop lies in his cot fighting sleep, yelling and singing to Gromit, I'm uploading photos to my flickr and contemplating things to blog about.
I'll write a proper entry this evening, but I thought I would just let all interested parties know.. I'm back!

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[24 Mar 2006|03:05pm]
Just a quick note to say: My website is up! ( finally!!!) YAY
You can see it here : http://www.toastclothing.co.nz <3
Pretty please check it out and let me know what you think!

(it's a bit empty at the moment, but fear not.. I'm having a photo taking day on sunday and new things are just a blink away!)

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[06 Mar 2006|12:55pm]
okay, has anyone got a spare 5 mins to help me with some site related things? (don't worry.. when i say site related i mean how it looks and prices etc, not techie stuff!)comment with your e-mail address if you do and i'll let you know what needs done, and i'll be eternally grateful!

one handed typing because i'm feeding aesop.. hence the lack of capitals!

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[28 Feb 2006|09:37am]
Well, well. I've been waiting for someone to notice I was gone. Sort of.
Truth is I have stopped blogging ( well obviously!), but fear not for it will not be forever.
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[29 Jan 2006|04:39pm]
I'm NOT pregnant! Thank bloomin' goodness!
I didn't think I was, but I almost let everyone else talk me into believing I was! Luckily I got the big red flag yesterday. Just thought I'd let you know.
Thanks to everyone for their kind words/ concern/ support etc!
mwah! <3

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[26 Jan 2006|10:26am]
On a lighter note:
EVERYTHING on my Etsy page has been reduced by at least 20% in anticipation of my new website! yay!
I'm going away on the 1st, so everything bought after then will ship on the 14th of Feb, but will include a valentines gift! : )
Please help me make room for new goodies in my studio!

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SP- erm Thursday again! [26 Jan 2006|08:53am]

This is what I looked like this time last year. I was hot, bothered, sore and uncoordinated ( but thats not that unusual for me!) but also pretty darn excited.
I've been thinking about how to write this post for a few days now. You see, I've been feeling exhausted and a bit woozy lately, and as soon as I mention it to anyone you can see this look creep accross their faces and they seem to shout ' Pregnant?'. Now don't get me wrong, I miiight be, but the chances are very slim.

But it has got me thinking. I've spent the last few days deciding how to write this entry. It started off as an entry about how disappointed I would be if I was pregnant again already and about how I almost wish I believed in abortion ( Ido, but just not for myself), then I found out one of my friends is expecting, and was going to write about how it might not be so bad afterall. Then I took a good look at my life and realised I was right with the first thought.

We're not exactly as happy families as we might look to anyone walking past us on the street. We have a lot of little squabbles and my 'motherly patience' hasn't quite kicked in yet. I still can't really handle a whole day by myself with a teething baby. I still struggle to cook dinner and play with Aesop at the same time. I struggle with looking after him if I'm not feeling well, or if I've not had enough sleep.
And well, thats what small babies do! Take away your sleep, make you feel unwell (at least when they're growing), and cause compulsory multi-tasking. I have absolutely NO idea how people can do it. It's hard enough with one, I'm not sure I'll ever be ready for another one.

But even if we're not pregnant, and I don't think we are, and hope we're not, it won't be long before it will be time for another one. Because Abraham doesn't want them to be too far apart, and well neither do I in a way. I want them to be close enough to relate to each other really well, and well to be selfishly honest, I want them close enough so I can start doing things for myself sooner. So perhaps being pregnant now wouldn't be the end of the world? I'd be sad because we're not the perfect family, but then again we might never be, and who is? And I'd be sad that we didn't spend more time with Aesop by himself, but I suppose he'll also have someone to play with soon enough, and he'll still get loads and loads of attention, espceially when he's the talking walking toddler and his sibling is still a little pink lump!

I just don't know. I think this might be one of the few times in my life I'd be happy to menstruate today.

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[23 Jan 2006|01:17pm]
Things I should be doing:
* Sewing for my swap parcel
* Sewing in general
* Tidying the house
* Eating fruit.
* reciving the badge parts I paid for over two months ago : (

Things I am doing instead:
* feeling sick
* knitting something that reminds me of snotty bananas.
* LJing. And doing other various internety things.
* Eating big fat left overs from out dinner with melissa and family last night. ( I had such a lovely night, thanks guys!)
* did I mention feeling sick?

I really hope this sewing block is swept away, or sweated out (duathlon) during our trip up north. OR ELSE.

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[20 Jan 2006|06:18pm]
I'm having a sewing-block. You know how writers get writer's block? I'm having the seamstress's version on that. And it's very, very frustrating.
Everytime I sit down to sew I lose all inspiration and all motivation. I've got page full of ideas, but lack the energy/ zest to bring them to fruition.
I'm so lacking in sewing enthusiasm at the moment I've started knitting! Imagine that, me who cannot even knit a scarf, has picked up the knitting needles.
So far I made a ('shocking pink', but a khaki green version) coif from knitty, and I'm planning on making a bigger version that doesn't have any holes, and actually fits my big head next. But seriously ,it came out half decent! I'm even going to consider trying out another pattern soon! ( That's only if my sewing block doesn't budge anytime in the near future!). I thought it might be something good to do while I'm up north for a fortnight or so next month, as block or no block I'll not have a sewing machine to play with.
I've been thinking about all the courses I'd love to take, although I'm never going to have time ,and well.. I'm not sure you can even take courses on some of these topics. But these are some of the things:
* Screen printing
* Pattern drafting (mostly just altering them)
* website developing
* Maori language
* Dutch
* Fashion design
* baking

Haha and add 'doing a better job of putting up with my annoying boyfriend' to that list too. Because hooo-damn I'm about to throw him out a window. And it's not even his fault, despite telling me how much of a crap housewife I am, he's done nothing wrong. It's all this frustration from not being able to sew that is turning me into a cranky fishwife. I'm even constipated, which is too much information ( TMI for all you internety fiends), but I swear its from not being able to get my crafty ideas out of my head and into reality, but even if thats not the case, its certainly not helping with the crankiness.

So it looks like the rest of the month will be spent knitting, watching television and doing other such unproductive activities, and the last remaining s'n'b nights will be spent ironing fabric. crappity, crap, crap.

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