Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sunday, March 13, 2011

New charm style

This is the prototype for a new version of the steel and resin charms that I've been making for a while. The square pans that used for the older style were a surplus shop find and were limited in quantity, so I needed to find another solution. (This new 1 inch steel round pan is also a limited-quantity salvage find) I apologize for the odd angle, but I wanted to show a bit of the bail. I should have a few of these in the shops by the end of the week.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Gainfully employed!

I nearly forgot to mention...I have a new job! (or at least, I will as of 3/21) A liveable wage! Health insurance! A 10 minute commute from my front door! YAY!!!!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

March treasury project

My goal for the month of March was to create an Etsy treasury each day. We're now at the 9th (still need to do today's!) and thusfar, I'm managed to accomplish this. I'm really glad that I decided to take on this project. It's given me a chance to check out a lot of artists that I might not have otherwise run across.

Treasuries to date:

March 1st: Forward MARCH! (An assortment of nifty military and military-inspired bits)
March 2nd: Oh The Places You'll Go (A collection in honor of what would have been Theodor Geisel's 107th birthday)
March 3rd: She Used to Have a Carefree Mind of Her Own, With a Devilish Look in Her Eye (In memorial of my grandmother, Arlene Margaret Gamble)
March 4th: You Make Me Melt... (Everything is thawing out there!)
March 5th: Orange You Glad? (Spring's "hot" color)
March 6th: I Love Mary Jane(s) (Not a gal...and not the ganja...SHOES!)
March 7th: Nawlins (Yes...ANOTHER Mardi Gras treasury, but who could resist?)
March 8th: Thanks For All The Fish (On this date in 1978, BBC 4 broadcast the first episode of The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Of Another Fashion

The ever-awesome Raechel Henderson of Idiorhythmic shared a link to a fascinating blog today and I wanted to share it with all of you. Of Another Fashion is "an alternative archive of the not-so-hidden but too often ignored fashion histories of U.S. women of color". It's just chock full of wonderful photos of women, from the Victorian era through the 1970s, in everything from their Sunday best to daily attire in the WWII era internment camps. Even beyond the pictures, the accompanying text brings insight into the lives of the subjects and context to the photos. An interesting site to explore for anyone interested in vintage fashion or the social history of women of color in the U.S.

Howard University chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority (1945)