Moments With Anime And Music

I like to use You Tube as a radio when I'm working on the computer, or while i'm working out. Today, I was feeling the music from Queen of the Damned. One of my favorite songs is Forsaken. Add that to a cool anime` (yes i'm an anime' nerd), and you're set!


Music For The Terminally Lonely

Today I was feeling a bit lonely. I miss friends and family, the hustle and bustle of daily life. I was on You Tube, and found one of my favorite songs from the past from this anime' called Chobits.



Japanese Inspiration: Valentino Glamour

Beautiful gowns from Valentino. They make me swoon, and are reminiscent of the Art Deco period. The architectural details, intricate beading, ethereal surreal shapes and romantic colors...I love it!






Inspired By Culture: A Pinterest Mood Board

As a designer, I'm inspired by what i see around me. Sometimes, we have to dig deep and look outside of what we can see. These lovely women I discovered through people on Pinterest and Flickr. I might use this later for a clothing line.

Source: flickr.com via Aja on Pinterest

Source: flickr.com via Aja on Pinterest

Source: flickr.com via Aja on Pinterest

Source: flickr.com via Aja on Pinterest

Source: flickr.com via Aja on Pinterest

Source: flickr.com via Aja on Pinterest


Source: flickr.com via Aja on Pinterest

Radioactive Retro Ornaments

Inspired by retro radioactive signs from the 1940s and 1950s, I came up with these cool ornaments. They are made from wool felt, and comes in a variety of colors.







They are available in my shop here

Japanese Inspiration: Geometrics

Geometry, I hated that subject in school. When my teachers used to tell me that i would need this later in life, I laughed and was like: I'm going to work in the fashion industry! 


My Grams kindly reminded me that she used it all the time with quilting. Also, that I might need it for making patterns and such.


This post is a celebration to geometrical shapes, which seems to be a popular choice.





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Re-Branding

After much consideration and thought, I am going to re-brand myself. Not that i will not sell the same type or style of items. it's just that sometimes to be successful, you must be ready for change. I am ready for that change. 


Next year, in January, my goal is to have my new brand launched. This is going to take much time and planning, research and sweat,lol. I have many ideas, I just need to see which one will work for me.



Apropos Roasters Chocolate Spiced Chai Review

 I love shopping online for unique items. I know that some are hesitant to try food online, especially from those who sell handmade products. I actually trust hand made food and beverage sellers because the ones that I go to I investigate. I use the same methods as i would any e-shop, even major retailers. 


I had a hot beverage craving, as it is getting cold out. I found this wonderful shop called Apropos Roasters. They sell coffee subscriptions, gourmet hot chocolate, flavored sugars, and more. 




   


Here are my results of the drink:





The taste was better than any instant chai I have ever tasted! There were rich notes of the blend of dairy, spicy pink peppercorns, and a mellow taste of cinnamon. The chocolate was the flavor that tied the others together, and rolled on my taste buds like silk. It was not overpowering, it was more like a siren beckoning me to drink and then....POW IN YOU FACE SPICE ATTACK!


P.S. Fashion Month is cancelled...due to many reasons out of my control...like projects and work.

Indie Craft Experience and More

These past few weeks have been quite busy! I completed the project finally, and now i'm just hoping that everything, or most, of my goods will sell and find a good home. Sorry i don't have any photos to show you...I rushed and forgot. 


In other news, I did not forget that this was supposed to be fashion month. Usually, when I get tied up in a project, I forgo everything thing else, including sleep, to get the job done. Now that things are close to normal...still have to finish stocking up my shop, we can continue for the rest of the month of inspiration.

Fashion Month: Random Retro Inspiration

Finally I am posting something about fashion, lol! Usually, I am inspired and I organize it. But this time, it was quite random. I am feeling these scans.


Cute denim peg-leg rolled cuff
pant with front pleats! I love plaid

Airy, breezy chiffon. Hmm I might
have some solid pink chiffon around.

Everyone that reads this blog knows my
obsession with the fashion of the 50s.
Stay tuned for what I will make and draw from this inspiration. 



So it's officially Fashion Month on my blog. So my project of the week will be inspired by chili peppers. I made a mood board on Pinterest. You can check it out here. I have a few pics below to share. By the end of this week, I will have it completed!!! Well, I work Friday, so hopefully I will be able to finish.





Source: babyssb.co.jp via Aja on Pinterest

Source: etsy.com via Aja on Pinterest

ICE Pop-Up Shop 2011

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I'm super excited! Two weeks ago, i attempted to get my work out there on a wholesale gift level. After a week of no response, I contacted that company again, only to get politely turned down. It was a company that sought out handmade goods, but they said that they were too full for my goods. I wonder if they had responded the week that I contacted them, would it have been too full then?


Oh well, so I was a bit disappointed from that. Then my best blogger and crafty buddy Pattie at Structured Chaos contacted me about the ICE Indie Craft Experience Show. They were doing a pop-up shop inside Criminal Records for your holiday shopping experience! From December 1-24th folks! Perfect for those who are a bit last minute. They were  calling all artists, and had an application set up. The deadline was tight, so I filled it out as soon as I got home last Friday. I thought to myself, "I wonder if i will get rejected again?" 


On Sunday evening, I received an e-mail to my Blackberry. It was from them. I hate opening e-mails sometimes, in fear that it's bad news. I opened only to see that...I HAD BEEN ACCEPTED!!!!! And they wanted certain items. I know that this is Fashion Month at my blog, but I have an extremely tight deadline to get all of this ready! For more details about the event, check it out here. ^_^

Bold and Beautiful

Bold jewel tones are powerful, and perfect for fall neutrals. Here is my gift guide based off of jewel tone colors, and bold colors in general.



November Plans

I'm working this new job now, and it is NOT easy. Instead of quitting my day job, I needed to get one, lol! The starving artist look is not sexy.


At any rate, i'm trying to balance life, work, and my dream all at the same time. I've been a bit bored lately, and had so much fun doing Vintage Month that i decided to do another themed month! 


November will be: Fashion Month! Doesn't sound too cool? There are many fashion blogs you say? That might be true, but next month will focus on fashion- not the snobby fashion that you're used to. But it will be filled with inspiration, fun,  and I don't even have to go shopping. Curious? I hope you all are. Stay tuned for my version of Fashion Month ^_^

Rockin' Out Dolls

I am finally ready to sell them in the shop. I am so excited to release them into the wild! I'm not much for words today, so enjoy the pics!







I've Got the Blues

I realize that not everyone likes the color red. I honestly planned on making more than red bows for the shop. Really, I promise. Actually, I set up the color ways in advance for the entire starter collection. 


I was inspired by the ocean and the beach in general for this line. Fall is here in the states, and people that live in warmer states are trying to get their last minute beach time in before it's gone.





Japanese Fashion: The Runaways Rock