Thursday, January 8, 2015

Hello again!! Time to catch up...

Picture I took yesterday on the way home from Philly. This was taken in Maryland. 
Hello everyone,
It has been a long time since I have sat at my computer to write up a blog post...no I have not disappeared, I am, in truth just trying to re-adjust!
A LOT has happened, and all at once it seems in the past 6 months! I graduated from school, moved into a new house, started a whole new "mom routine" (both kids have school, one at a co-op the other in college!) learning to care for our new place (it's much bigger than the last! plus all those trees make for lots of garden work) trying to decide on business details, attending social events (for schools and our neighborhood) taking care of sick family members, and getting sick with the flu myself (Merry Christmas to me! LOL) entertaining guests...and it goes on and on....I admit, it has been an overwhelming adjustment for me. I am just starting to "find my groove" again finally!

I am happy to say that we did in fact take photos of the dress I made which will be for sale (and they came out great!). I will also be taking on clients who wish to have custom garments made for them. Every so often, new items that I design will come up for sale, which will be cut and made according to order. All of this will be available starting the end of January/start of February.

As I stated earlier, my entire family was sick over the holidays. We all got that crappy flu going around. I was totally aweful. It really lingers, and ends with the sick person coming down with bronchitis, or a sinus infection! I has the sinus thing, and it was utterly horrible. This was the first time in over a decade I had a fever! It was weird. If you do come down with an illness, PLEASE STAY HOME! This stuff spread like crazy because the flu shot this year did nothing to prevent it. If you feel bad, be a good person and don't spread it by going out in public. Thank you!

I have a new blog in the works. I will be posting a link to that here in the near future. It is something I have wanted to do for a long time, and the URL has been waiting for a year! LOL! Time to get writing.

Here are a couple of pictures I took over the past three days, when my family was up north. My husband had business stuff for work, so he took us along. It was SO COLD and it snowed on us!!

I took this picture in Maryland, just outside Washington DC. I was so GLAD to see trees and nature again. NJ and Philadelphia are just way too concrete for my taste! I am a total and complete nature person.

Snow day sunset. This was taken off one of the roads near the hotel we stayed at. 


This was in the morning on Tuesday after it had started snowing.

Looking out my window in the car after we got something to eat.

You can see the snow blowing. You should see what my car looks like now!! LOL! It needs a bath so bad! All that road salt and dirt all over it. It was also VERY windy, so when cars drove down the road, it would look like a cloud of salty dust everywhere. This picture was taken in NJ, on the way to go get some food.


I am very happy to be back home again. I love all the beauty and nature all around me. I am very thankful to live in such a place. I can't wait to hit the trails on my bike again soon. It is way too cold for that today! When I last looked at the weather earlier today it said it was 18 degrees, but felt like 4 degrees with wind chill! UGH! brrrrrr!!! I was looking at my Instagram account today at the pretty and green pictures of some of the trails we ride at...soon it will be spring, and once again it will look like this!

I CAN'T WAIT TO RIDE AGAIN!!! I ride all year round, but I like it best in late spring and fall!

I love where I live!! And I love my mountain bike!
I will be posting up some garments I am currently working on, one of which is a top for my mom!
Check back soon for more blog posts, and info on my shop.
Until next post,
Amy

Monday, November 17, 2014

AUTUMN REFLECTIONS....

Hello all...
Autumn is slowly coming to an end, but before it disappears until next year, I wanted to share a few photos I have taken while out with my family...

Crim Dell Bridge at William and Mary. The most beautiful college campus!

It started to sprinkle on us here....

Carriage ride on Veteran's day

Bridge through woods to lake at William and Mary

I love Williamsburg!


Walking back to the car on Veteran's day. It started to rain on us, and by the time we got to the car we were really wet!

Classic Colonial Williamsburg...


I love Fall!

Our favorite tree where we mountain bike a lot. We call it the "spooky old tree"



Our tree in Spring and in Fall
Tree at our neighborhood park, which is now "nude" as my son likes to say!

Our bedroom...

Our Japanese maple

From my room again...

Our deck after freezing rain and wind all night.

Sunday morning coffee....

I hope everyone is ready for Thanksgiving. I am looking forward to celebrating our first in our new home. 
I am looking forward to my website launch. Almost there...SOON!
Until next post,
Enjoy the season!
Amy


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Thank you BurdaStyle :-)


Thank you BurdaStyle for featuring my Autumn Splendor cocktail dress today! I was excited to see my dress on the front page. :-)
I adore the BurdaStyle website. It is so nice to meet and communicate with like minded people from all over the world who enjoy being creative. Too all the wonderful people I have met there, I want to say Thank you for being so supportive. You guys are the best!! Love to all of you, and to the admin who run the BurdaStyle site.
I am sure others would join me in saying, "Thank you for everything! " BurdaStyle.
:-)

Almost there!!

My son as we took a break on the bridge from riding
Hello all...
I have been hard at work with making samples for my website, and soon my storefront will be online. I am using my OWN website, and URL. Items will be added all the time, and there will be changes here and there along the way. Stay tuned for announcements! :-)

After being in front of my sewing equipment all day, I look forward to getting outdoors for a bit of fresh air. My family and I like to reconnect over a good bike ride. When I took these photos, we had a bit of rain roll in on us. We were soaked by the time we returned to our car. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have already seen these photos...
My husband looking at a group of deer off the bridge

Lots of leaves falling! There are even more now since I took these photos

Soren watching the wildlife

The "watermelon" leaf as we call it. This was laying at the bottom of the stairs coming off our back deck.

I can't believe we are already into November. Time to start planning for Thanksgiving dinner, and Christmas shopping.
I have a feeling this coming holiday season will be jam-packed with action! :-)

Until next post,
Amy
PS-check out the link party below today for great ideas and inspiration:

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Autumn Splendor Cocktail Dress

Hello everyone!
It has been a while since I last blogged about anything, and in one of my previous posts I had mentioned that I made a dress, but was waiting until there was more color change before I would shoot the photo's for it.
The time has finally arrived. Just as I predicted, on or around Halloween we would receive more color, with November 1st bringing peak color.
I made this cocktail dress to wear on Thanksgiving. I wanted something fun and a bit retro to celebrate our first Thanksgiving in our new home.
Without further ado...Here is the dress...
IT WAS COLD!!! and Raining on us!! I brought warm clothes and fuzzies (fuzzies are like ugg boots from JustFab) to put on in the car after we shot these. It snowed in Western VA, and today it was sleeting outside here!

All I kept thinking was "WARM!" Lol!

Orange shoes from Shoedazzle. I love autumn, so of course I loved this fabric. I think it works for this 1960's cocktail dress silhouette. 

I love how the color from the dress leaps into the trees behind me...or is it the other way around!

This was a few days ago when we were taking some test shots around my house.


So there it is. My fun vintage like Thanksgiving day dress. It really matches the trees around our home right now.

I hope everyone had a safe and fun Halloween! We had a great time here. I posted pictures up on my Instagram account here, as well as some scenic photos from our freezing cold/rainy bike ride yesterday...it was fun!

Until next post,
Have a great coming week,
Amy

Monday, October 13, 2014

Working on my samples, updates, and my autumn cocktail dress

SAMPLE GARMENTS FOR MY WEBSITE...
I have been working on perfecting some sample garments for my website. As you know, the "cherry sprinkles dress" was a "franken-dress" and it was made of two previous projects that I re-fashioned, and there wasn't a pattern... I just sort of pieced things together as I went along.
I am happy to say that there is now a pattern, I have made a sample, and I changed it yet again! I have to make it mine after all. It looks a million times better now!
I also taught my husband and daughter to cut out a dress. Ciarra is so precise and good at it. John was having troubles with the scissors because they were so uncomfortable on his hand (his hands are big and the scissors handles are too small) They both did a good job. Now I just need to train them on how to use the serger.

Ciarra cutting out the dress. She not only models them, but she makes them now too!
My goal is to have these dresses up in time for holiday shopping. I will have a limited amount in the various prints I have picked out (yes there is more than one!) so get yours before they are gone!

I am also working on getting the rest of my line together. I have patterns for a few pieces, but I am always editing and adding more. It's a process for sure.

AUTUMN COCKTAIL DRESS...

On top of all the sample making, I whipped together my "autumn cocktail dress" that I will be wearing for our very first Thanksgiving in our new place. It's a cute 60's inspired flirty little dress. I have a couple of pairs of shoes that can go with...I just can't decide which ones to wear! LOL! decisions...decisions....
I am waiting for a touch more color to come into the trees before we shoot the pictures for it. I want a good pop of color in the background!

SPEAKING OF COLOR...

The fall color is really starting to come in now. Yesterday my family and I went for a bike ride on our local trail here. It rained lightly on us the whole time. It was actually chilly too! Here are a few pictures I snapped with my phone.
Remember pictures of the tall corn I posted in the past? Well this is what the corn fields look like now! You can see some color there in the distance in the trees.

A pond off the side of the bridge from the trail

The family taking a break while I quickly snap some pictures! I didn't want my phone to get wet.


My gear shifter broke as we were returning to the trail head! So I took a minute to take some pics...

Ciarra waiting for John to finish examining my bike shifter. We need a new one.

As you can see the larger trees have barely starting to change, while the smaller trees are pretty colorful...

Younger trees change color first.

All of these photos and more are located on my Instagram and Twitter Accounts.  I am just starting to get more into using my Twitter account, and I will be posting more updates and garment info there, as well as on Instagram.

I hope everyone out there is having a fabulous start to the week.
Until next post,
Amy