Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Today is the last day to enter and win


WHATdesigners is hosting the 2009 INDEPENDENT DESIGN BLOG OFF with $500 of prizes from Smashing Darling. We will be selecting our favorite blog posts and announcing the winners in the first week of January.

The Prizes:
One First place prize of a $250 Smashing Darling gift certificate
One Second place prize of a $100 Smashing Darling gift certificate
Three runner up prizes of $50 Smashing Darling gift certificates

The Rules:
1. Write a blog about independent design or an independent designer
2. Include a link to the 2009 INDEPENDENT DESIGN BLOG OFF in your post
3. Leave a comment on the Whatdesigners Blog original post about the Blog Off - here, with a link to your post.

December 30th, 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009

ummm ... hello

I want them all.

Look at this crazy collection of Dina Varano rings. Love them all. Just can't make it into downtown Chester to purchase one of these lovely rings? There is still time to purchase online.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009


Has found a happy home in San Francisco.

Shipped it out today.
Let me know if you spot it out and about.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Dot Sells Out at Scope Art Fair

I am so excited Dot is included in with a long list of other emerging fashion designer items in the Smashing Darling Pop Up Boutique at Scope Art Fair in Miami. Today I found out Dot was a favorite it and has already sold out in Miami. I love the idea of wearers of Dot running all around the globe. Take a peak at the other designers included in the pop up shop. Even if you aren't in Miami, you can still shop the designers. The lovely bonus of the internet.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

It's Dec. 3rd and 65 Degrees

One day soon I will be able to wear my newest arrival.

My lovely new felted scarf has arrived.

By Designer Sarah Brundage
Thistle Down Wool Design

This is my second annual felted scarf from Sarah.

... and anyone who knows me, knows I am always wearing a scarf during cooler weather.
I love the color and texture it adds to whatever I am wearing.

This particular scarf will be just what is needed on a blustery, sub zero day. It is so thick and yummy. Ain't no wind getting through this puppy.

Sarah is an amazing designer. Visit her blog to keep up with life on her farm.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A Thanksgiving Breakfast With Friends

Our breakfast destination was this beautiful, red, houseboat docked on the Connecticut River.

Thank you Jeremy for hosting breakfast.
I love your boat.
I can't wait to see the upstairs when it is done.

It was a perfect way to kick off the holiday.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Sunday Holiday Market

Join Laura and I for the next 5 Sundays, Nov 22 - Dec. 20.
We will be all set up inside of the Lori Warner Gallery.
Make sure to pop in and say hi.


Raspberry Ruffle Dress

This is the second MerGirl dress within a week to be making it's way to Texas. This one is for a silent auction somewhere in or around Austin. The other, a black a-line tank dress went off to Edinburg, TX. I'm going to start putting pins in a map of all the great places my dresses are traveling to. It's kind of fun to think my clothing is bopping all around the globe.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Jeanie's Dress From the Beginning

It all starts with a piece of muslin.

Draping the front panel.

Center front to princess seam, complete.

Each panel was cut out separately... strategically place the pattern of the fabric on the dress.
Pinning the panels on the dress form as I worked.

The bottom of the sleeve reminds me of a Chinese lantern

It's all in the details.

...and when you can't get the pattern where you want it by repositioning the pattern piece, move the pattern. Applique works wonders.

This dress is for Jeanie Rapp. She is wearing it to tomorrow night's premier of Wild Black Yonder. A play by Lary Bloom.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Don't Dream Your Life ...

Live Your Dream.

This thought is so who I am. I am such a dreamer. I try to live my dreams everyday. I will admit this isn't always easy. It has brought me to tears many times along the way. My friends and family can vouch for this. I still wouldn't change any of it for a second of it ... not one second.

It is this sentiment that lead to my most recent purchase.
It is a beautiful necklace from Sima Gilady. She is an independent designer who loves her family, her job and her life. She also believes in the power of positive thinking.
I know this because I read her profile.
I like to know a little bit about the people I am purchasing from.
It makes every item I own special.



A close up.

The saying on this beautiful silver disk written in Hebrew:

Don't Dream Your Life, Live Your Dream.

On me.

The necklace hasn't even been in my possession for a week and has already caused conversations to be interrupted by someone reaching out to touch it, tell me how beautiful it is and ask where I got it.

a gift.

Thank so much Sima.
I love my necklace
Thank you for the lovely gift.
I love my key chain.

It really is mine, it has my name on it.
I put my keys on it right away.

You can purchase this necklace from Sima Gilady through Smashing Darling.
You can view her whole collection here.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Flower Brooches

Wanted to share the new flower brooches that were recently added to the line.
I have so much fun making them.

As all who know me know...
I am happiest sitting in the middle of an explosion of fabric, feathers, beads, yarns, crystals, buttons with colors and textures swirling and twirling everywhere. Like a little kid so happy, quiet, and content absorbing every single last fray of thread.

They were kind of inspired by Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book.
A delicious, wicked little book.

Click the images to shop online.

Monday, October 26, 2009

A Lovely New Ad

Thank you Laura.
I love it.

It will appear in the playbill for the new Margreta Stage production of Wild Black Yonder. A Play by Lary Bloom. Premiering Nov. 12 at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook, CT. To purchase tickets and see other show times click here.