Why hello there! I am back and almost rested after my week in New Orleans. It was a WONDERFUL time full of family, friends, celebrations, and fried seafood. OH, THE FRIED SEAFOOD! I mean, take a look at this beauty:
Is that not the most beautiful thing you have ever seen? It hurt so good and after eating things like that for a whole week straight, I need to detox and lose the 5-10 pounds I gained on the trip. It was so worth it, though.
My friends’ wedding was absolutely beautiful an I am so glad I was able to partake in their special day. I made a cool matching clutch to go with the dress I made, but that’ll be for another post!
Now, the reason for THIS post is that there’s some major love going around the sewing world. I was nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award!
Say whaaaaaaaaaat? Totally cool, right? Becky from SpringyStitches nominated me, showing love for my Sneaky Khaleesi Dress and the many Monetas I have been making. Thank you so much, Becky! You should check out her blog – she makes beautiful, feminine clothes from the best fabric ever! I seriously need to go to the UK and shop with her – I have such fabric envy. 😉
Now, there are a few rules I must follow:
- Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog
- Display the award logo in a blog entry
- List the award guidelines so your nominees will know what to do
- State seven hidden facts about yourself OR three things that inspire you.
- Nominate other blogger friends for the award.
1-3 are done, so I’ll move on to #4 and list three things that inspire me.
1. The sewing blogosphere, of course! You guys make the coolest things and I can see how new patterns look “in person” before I dive in myself.
2. Japanese fashion magazines. My favorite is VIVI magazine and I just recently purchased the Summer 2015 Gothic Lolita Bible. Some of the styles are a bit wacky, but that’s what I love about Japanese fashion! Although most of the styles don’t work for my body type, I could spend all day looking at Japanese fashion. It also makes me nostalgic for my time in Japan. Whenever I would visit cities like Tokyo or Osaka, I would just stare (trying not to be too creepy) at the cool clothes and shoes people were wearing on the train and streets.
3. Big city fashion. I talked about Japan, but I love visiting other cities and gleaning inspiration from everyday people. Tucson, AZ is not a fashionable city AT ALL (think retirees and lots of elastic pants), so I soak in inspiration when I travel. I’ve been to Washington, DC frequently lately and I liked the “business chic” feel. I liked the “party” clothes I saw in Las Vegas this past April and wish I could make some cool clothes to get out and party more! Also, when DD and I went to Europe last summer, I was obsessed with Belgium’s fashion and all of the cool leather jackets I saw.
I bought a Moleskine sketchbook not too long ago, thinking I would carry it around with me everywhere I go in case inspiration struck. I’m bad and have been leaving it at home, so I need to pack it up and get out there!
Now it’s time to nominate other bloggers. This is really difficult because I find inspiration in every single sewing blog I come across. But alas, I cannot nominate the entire sewing blogosphere, so I’ll cut it down to a few:
Compulsive Seamstress – Anne makes the coolest clothes, especially for her daughters! I have the Bellatrix Blazer pattern and am waiting to make something as cool as her “Le Bellatrix Blazer Francais.” Viva la France!
Mac’s Crafts – Jamie’s cool work clothes inspire me to get-a-movin’ making my work wardrobe more fabulous. Those purple Thurlows, gah! I also am digging her platinum pixie hair which helped me take the plunge (imitation is the best form of flattery, right?).
The Quirky Peach – I love ALL of Sally’s clothes! She makes some everyday wear but throws in quirky pieces now and again. I love how she made her Bronte top into a dress and I am planning on copying one of these days!
Life In A “Mad’s” House – Mads is one of the coolest people in the sewing world I virtually know. She goes into major detail on all of her projects and I am totally envious of her Spankin’ New Springtime Set. First off, that fabric – gah!!! I totally tried copying but I think that fabric isn’t sold anymore. 😦 Secondly, I love the idea of making separates from the same fabric to either wear together for a “dress” feel, or separate to get even more wear out of them.
Saturday Night Stitch – I don’t know how Hila does it – between having a small army of children, working, and busting out new projects weekly – she must be superwoman! I’m digging her TNT (Tried ‘N’ True) patterns like Vogue V1440, Sewaholic Granville (especially the sleeveless variety!), and her many Monetas. Keep ’em coming, girl!
SparkleNeedles – Rosie has such a fun sense of style and a fun blog! She’s very witty and has some awesome taste in quirky fabrics. I am inspired by her Southport Dress – a dress I wouldn’t have looked at twice until I saw how cute it was on her! She’s “new” to the sewing world but she is rocking out some awesome projects! Keep it up, girl!
As you can see, I could go on and on but alas, I must stop before I spend all day typing and linking! Thanks to all of the ladies above for providing me with tons of inspiration to keep on sewing. 🙂
Oh, and a bit of exciting news! GirlCharlee.com featured my Peacock Maxi Dress on their blog for June Knit Picks! Squeeee! I love their fabrics (I actually just made another 20-yard order yesterday!) and am super stoked they liked my dress enough to share.
I’M TOTALLY FEELING THE SEWING LOVE, YOU GUYS!! Between nominations, features, and your everyday positive comments, I am just glowing! Keep spreading that sewing love, y’all!