Friday, April 30, 2010

The Uniform Project

Uniform Project Picture Book from The Uniform Project on Vimeo.


I found this video on the Modcloth blog and I thought it was so inspiring. Without totally copying their blog, basically this girl wore the same dress for 365 and jazzed it up each day with donated/thrift items. She used the whole thing as a way to raise money for school children in India. It's the most awesome and creative way I've ever seen one person raise money for a cause. Plus it supports sustainable fashion!

I would love to do a 365 day project like this. Although with moving to Boston, now is probably the worst time to start. Maybe as a New Years Resolution for 2011? Use it as a way to raise money for charity using a white t-shirt for 365 days while showcasing sustainable Etsy artisans with the accessories I wear....OR something... I'm really just rambling at this point.

Either way, The Uniform Project was friggin sweet.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wednesday Wishlist

Tonight my boyfriend is seeing Weezer for free. I had to work late. Tomorrow my boyfriend is going out to a hookah lounge with friends and family and I'm going to be working late. Friday my boyfriend is going to be going to a game night with family and I am going to be working late. ::Huge Depressed Sigh:: Having to rely on the daily bump and grind of working your butt off for nothing at a day job kinda sucks sometimes.

Well.... on to look at pretty things that I can't afford to make me feel better for today's Wednesday Wishlist

So I'm really digging the graphic t-shirt with floral skirt look right now. It's an easy way to be comfy and all sorts of trendy at the same time. Etsy seller SquidInkKollective has the most hilarious narwhal shirts and I have a pretty big soft spot for narwhals and narwhal related things. All of my non narwhal t-shirt picks are from Threadless and all of my skirt picks for today are from Modcloth.

Featured Seller

I'm the featured seller this week at Eni Thing the boutique in San Jose, Ca where some of my jewelry is sold! Of course this means nothing to those not living in San Jose, but I am very excited and honored to be the featured seller of the week. If you happen to be reading this and are near San Jose, you can check out their website or their blog.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Beehive-a-licious

I recently posted these cute little bumble bee hair clips on my Etsy and, while I love them, they bring a certain something to mind....


just saying

Happy Monday Everyone

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wednesday Wishlist

I've decided to start a new segment titled "Wednesday Wishlist." It will be a weekly posting (on Wednesdays o'course) featuring items from some of my favorite Etsy sellers, designers, boutiques, or any item that I demand be purchased and sent to me right away! Well..err...you know...if you want to. It won't be so much a "featured seller" post or like my "internet inspiration" segment, just more of a collection of amazing fashion and housewares finds that can be purchased right here through my blog on ye olde internet.

Today I'm going to start with some of favorite items on Etsy

The first is a Tattooed Lady Doll from Etsy seller mck254. I don't know what it is about rag dolls, but I just love them. I've always had stuffed animals and was the biggest Beanie Baby freak when I was little. I think I just enjoyed the idea of collecting little friends. This tattooed doll just speaks to the ink addicted little freak inside of me.


I believe I've declared my love
of Moo
cards on here before, but, just i
ncase, I LOVE MOO CARDS! Especially the half cards. They're just so darn cute
and perfect for including in ship outs. They're more expensive that regular business cards, but I get so many compliments on them I can't not order them. So, OF COURSE, I love this necklace from Etsy seller 3squares. It holds your Moo cards for you so you have a handy way to have them with you pass out because you never know when a business networking opportunity is going go down.

So when I move to Boston (much blogging to be done about that lovely subject) in August, I will need to bulk up on an insane amount of warm clothes. I have a few boots, one heavy coat, and a handful of scarves. I am going to be f'd in a major way. One thing I can't wait to purchase is a fake animal fur scarf from Etsy seller celapiu. It's so cheeky, I love it! They have several different animal varieties.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

First Craft Show Recap

WHEW! First craft show is over and I've gotta admit...it was a bit of a flop. It was the Bradford County Strawberry Festival in Starke, Fl which explains a lot. If you've never heard of Starke, which you probably haven't, it's well....how can I put this lightly....well it's pretty much the reason every other country hates America. Most people were wearing camouflage, had confederate flag tattoos, were missing several teeth, and have probably not shopped anywhere expect Wal-Mart in their entire lives. Yeah... not exactly my demographic. Now you might be asking yourself "Then WHY for the love of all that is holy did you participate in that festival?" Well, the vendor fees were cheap, it was right by my parents house so I have a free place to stay, it coincided with my step-dad's birthday, I figured it would be a good practice run with no pressure, and I did end up making enough sales to cover the booth fee. So maybe not a total flop. So as for my booth...
Not bad, eh? I hope by my next craft show to have enough jewelry to fill two tables instead of one. I think the tent looks a little lonely with just one table. I was also quite happy with the pom poms. I received several compliments about them and a few people even asked if I was selling them so, for the next festival I think I'll bring a few extras with me in case people really do want to purchase them. Note: have sweet decorations and try and sell those too!

I was not happy with the rings on rolls of fabric. It makes a nice display, but everyone thought they were flutes. No REALLY. People saw them and thought I was a flute vendor. Plus it makes it difficult for people who want to try on your jewelry. They had to awkwardly take the rings off and had a hard time putting them back on. Next time I'll just have a little ring tray.

Well the good news is all of my left over jewelry is slowly making its way onto my Etsy shop so go check it out!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Dead Sea Creatures

I found this great tutorial from none other than Martha Stewart on how to make tissue paper pom poms. I figured "Easy enough. I can whip a bunch of these out as decorations for my craft booth this weekend." WRONG. I figured I'd be clever and use half as much tissue paper to try and save on materials THUS the dead sea urchin looking thing you see above. Note to self, when Martha says EIGHT sheets of tissue paper, don't try and sneak by with four. Martha Knows best.
I will be spending my evening making new slightly less dead sea urchin looking pom poms. After that I just need to keep my fingers crossed that it doesn't rain the day of the festival and wash away my poms.

Btw, have I mentioned how much jewelry I've been making lately?
I just haven't been able to post any of it! All the extras from the craft show will be posted to my Etsy, but let's hope I sell everything, eh?

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Internet Inspiration Part 3..or 4?

I am rushing around like a mad woman trying to get ready for my upcoming craft show. I'm buying, painting, sculpting, and assembling everything I can to get ready and I feel like there is not enough hours in the day and..err....or money in my bank account to get it all done. In all of the chaos I'm trying to not lose sight of my vision for the morose bee. Here's a little dose of what's been inspiring me






Friday, April 9, 2010

A Day Without Shoes

Yesterday I spent the day barefoot for Tom's A Day Without Shoes movement. I love Tom's and especially love that they carry VEGAN FRIENDLY SHOES! Yay! (pssssst.... buy me the shoes above) A Day Without Shoes is where people who don't know the hardship of being too poor to even afford shoes decide to go completely barefoot for the day.

According to the Tom's website "Many children in developing countries grow up barefoot. Whether at play, doing chores or going to school, these children are at risk:

•A leading cause of disease in developing countries is soil-transmitted diseases, which can penetrate the skin through bare feet. Wearing shoes can help prevent these diseases, and the long-term physical and cognitive harm they cause.

•Wearing shoes also prevents feet from getting cuts and sores. Not only are these injuries painful, they also are dangerous when wounds become infected.

•Many times children can't attend school barefoot because shoes are a required part of their uniform. If they don't have shoes, they don't go to school. If they don't receive an education, they don't have the opportunity to realize their potential.

I did wear shoes when I ran errands for work and had to go inside of stores or restaurants, but I spent all day at work with no shoes. I normally enjoy being barefoot, but I rarely spend the entire day working with no shoes. When I came home I had to wash my feet before I did anything else because they felt so disgusting. Plus working at a ceramic/mosaic studio meant there were lots of tiny broken shards to step on during the day. It's not that I'm ignorant of the hardship in the world, but it really does put things in perspective.

Monday, April 5, 2010

First Craft Show

I have my first craft show next week April 17-18th and I am panicking about my booth decorations. You'd think I'd be nervous about getting my jewelry in order, but I'm pretty confident with my product. I guess I'm worried that if my booth isn't well organized and pretty to look at then no one will stop to even look at my jewelry. I thought my product and how I have gnomes, tea cups, cakes, whales, bicycles, ice cream, and other whimsy things and I thought a garden party oriented booth would be best. The whole country is coming down off an Alice in Wonderland high and I thought lanterns and moss and mushrooms would be current as well as applicable to my jewelry. Soo..... how do I get a fabulous looking booth together in a week and a half with no money?

Today I scoped out Goodwill, Michael's, and Target and found some cheap lanterns, over sized mason jars, some decorative dishes from Liberty of London, and some pretty dried flowers. I also got some ceramic toadstools and frogs to make a little gnome necklace display.

Considering money is tight, I had to stop making purchases for the day, but there are so many decorative elements I still want! Like a funky vintage chess board/table to display my chess piece jewelry, apothecary jars filled with moss, tissue pom poms, funky tea cups to use as displays, giant old books to use for elevation and display. For your viewing pleasure, I have created Emily's Visual Wishlist.










Friday, April 2, 2010

OH MY GOODNESS I HAVE BEEN SO BUSY THIS WEEK! I have not had time to make anything or paint anything or post anything or do anything with anything!!!! It's been terrible and I feel like the most neglectful jewelry making sorry excuse for a crafter ever. I have nothing new to report except that I am flat out pooped. However, a few days ago I was featured on someone's blog! I was so excited! It was such a nice little reminder to receive in the midst of all of my chaos.
The blog is called Bibliochic and and you can check it out here.