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Yep, You all know what that means…I’m a bridesmaid!

My best friend from High School is getting married this fall in Denver. Unfortunately, I can’t be there for all the fun planning stages (checking out venues, tasting sample menus, designing invitations, trying on bridal gowns, etc) so I’m largely in the dark. My major task right now is picking out my own dress. I’ve been told to wear “Any Blue Dress”. No length, fabric, texture, specific color restrictions. ¬†Now, I do very poorly with loose boundaries. If she mailed me a box of coffee filters, a bag of frozen blueberries and told me I was not allowed to use thread or an iron, I would be able to create something stunning. That’s what art school is great training for; doing incredible things within absurdly tight restrictions. I’d kick butt on Project Runway, except that I’m not such a great seamstress, ha ha!

Anyways, Here are a few of my blue dresses I tried on at David’s Bridal yesterday (some are not blue, but come in blue). I’m just trying to nail down what sort of thing she’s looking for. I’m not exactly clear on what to do with “very very casual, like … cocktail attire”.

My next wedding project is creating the bride’s garter and birdcage bandeau veil. Any tips or links for those would be much appreciated!

In the mean time, reminisce about your own bridesmaid dresses with this little ditty from Deirdre Flint!

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I Need Your Thoughts

Well, I always value my readers’ input, don’t get me wrong. But right now I would really appreciate your thoughts, advice, and comments as I move forwards. So, for your consideration:

Miss Eleni with the needlework I was working on from last week

I have an Etsy shop. I’ve had it for a while. I always knew that I wanted to sell my art and craft items. I started the shop before I really knew what to put in it because I knew that I wanted to reserve the name (The Knest). As an artist and crafter I tend to dabble. As mentioned in my previous post, my One True Love is knitting, but I don’t want to put my handknits in my etsy shop for lots of reasons. I have dabbled with selling my prints and drawings from art school, but honestly I know that they mean much more to me than they would to anyone else. I currently have some beaded stitch markers in the shop and I still think those are the right venue for that craft item, though I have not made any sales.

My personal notebook cover. Image Idea borrowed from SublimeStitching.com and will NOT be available for sale.

I am thinking that, as per my previous post, I want to offer embroidered items in the Etsy shop. I am thinking of putting in my embroidered interiors as higher-price-point items and putting in some lower price-point, more practical items. For example; embroidered Moleskine notebooks, embroidered vintage linens (living at my grandma’s house means that I have access to a ridiculous supply of totally unused vintage table linens), embroidered purse-lettes, notebook covers, laptop bags, etc the list goes on. I am thinking of keeping these items in the $20-$50 range depending on intricacy of work and cost of materials.

I would love to get your thoughts on this idea as I move forwards. What would you like to see in the Etsy shop? If I were to embroider an item just for you, what would it be? What would the image be? Can you find any inspiring images to share with me?

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Well, I have a confession. I have been having a torrid affair. We met years and years ago and the attraction was strong. There was an immediate chemistry that could not be ignored. Oh, it was hot and heavy for a while. A mad passion that consumed everything in our path. But, like most blazing romances, we burned out quickly. I then met my one true love; The One. I knew I would spend the rest of my life learning and growing and nurturing my relationship with The One. I devoted my life to The One. We have been together for years, building a strong and sturdy love. But, despite the deep satisfaction I find in my relationship with The One, I have always carried a torch for that early dalliance. We had our little flings over the years; a brief liaison in college here and there during more stressful times. Nothing I thought too seriously about. I always came home to my One True Love. But, I gave in to temptation last week. I cheated on The One, and I liked it. I felt an itching deep within my bones for something else…some Embroidery. Sure, Knitting will always be my home, my soulmate, but embroidery is my hot little thing on the side. She’s cheap, she’s fast, and she looks to-die-for with lingerie. Don’t tell knitting, but I like to take lots of pictures.

We even did it on my knitting notebook cover!

A tea towel set for my kitchen

My latest endeavor

Right now I am toying around with my latest artistic¬†endeavor… embroidering drawings from my personal sketchbook. I have frequently found embroidery to be a very satisfying bridge between my first love,; drawing, and my current love; fiber arts. My senior BFA exhibition was a series of white canvases embroidered with the subjects of previous screenprints and drawings. My most frequent drawing subject is interiors so now I am working on embroidering those images. I think I will use a 5 increment grey scale palette. The final products will be framed in wooden embroidery hoops, probably about 5 inches in diameter. Perhaps I will put them up for sale on Etsy? I am curious to hear what you think of this new foray into the needle arts.

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I am so over the moon to make this announcement:

I have my first pattern for sale on Ravelry!

Honeycomb Shawlette

The pattern is the Honeycomb Shawlette. I cast this on during my student teaching when I just wanted a project to meditate over. It needed to be simple to memorize but require my rapt focus. It needed to be small and smash into my purse without complaint. It needed to be absolutely beautiful. After a year, almost 2 years, on the needles I finally finished it. I wear it everywhere. It is lofty, soft, squishy and exactly what I wanted. I get tons of compliments on it everywhere I go. I have to thank Barbara, a customer at one of the shops I rep at. She went absolutely ga-ga for it. Her enthusiasm and support really pushed me over the edge to write out and code up the pattern and make it available to the public. And here it is! The first of many Knest Designs!

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Sorry for dropping off the Blog-O-Sphere for a while, I do still exist!

Part of the reason for my absence is the gone-missing-ness of my camera upload cable. Posts without photos are like decaf-espresso shots….no fun. Well, I have unearthed the errant cable and so here I am! Lets catch up a little.

The gifts, all tarted up for the big day

Due to a slow December, I did get all my X-mas knitting and quite a few other people’s shopping done well in advance. I was quite pleased with how all the gifts looked, wrapped and ready for Christmas morning! Everything seemed to be pretty well received and appreciated. It was a (relatively) peaceful holiday with precious little drama, besides my mother’s brand new, top of the line oven going Ka-Putt on us, X-mas eve with loads of family members due to arrive the next day… and nothing prepared. We managed to keep our wits about us and everything worked out just fine, though.

Mom in our classy room!

Once the holidays were over I got ready for a big trip out to Anoka, MN for a fashion show at Shepherd’s Choice. I will confess, I was more than a little concerned about this trip. The event was booked in the middle of the day on a Saturday, meaning that I would be hard pressed to either drive in that morning and immediately put on the show, or drive out right after the show, being on the road alone in the dark well into the night. I could not find any other appointments out that way so I could not justify staying overnight for 2 nights for just one appointment. Also, right before I left there was a big ole’ dump of snow right over my route, making the roads impassable, at least in my immediate area. I was more than a little on edge about going all that way in those conditions all alone.

Well, long story short, my mom came to the rescue! We drove out there on Friday afternoon, in the brand new SUV she got for X-mas! We decided to stay in Stillwater, MN, because I’ve been there before and thought it was adorable! Well, Stillwater was indeed adorable, but DARN COLD! Mom and I checked into the deal-of-the-century Water Street Inn, and were beyond grateful to be inside from the -10 temps outside.

All set up for Bubble-then-Snuggle, I guess

Besides being affordable, adorable, and warm, the Water Street Inn also had Spectacular food (the best meal I’ve had on the road to date!). There was live music in the bar and the holiday decorations were still up, making my mom feel festive and smile-y. The room had one surprising feature, worthy of photos: a whirlpool tub right smack-dab in the bedroom! We did not use it, but we were amused by it. We instead decided to cozy up to the in room fireplace to relax. I will certainly be staying at the Water Street Inn again. Mom says she would love to come back to Stillwater to shop and explore, only next time when the weather supports human life.

The next day we went over to Shepherd’s Choice in Anoka, MN for the fashion event. We were greeted with warm smiles and great enthusiasm, despite the continued deep freeze outside. The fashion event was a great success! Customers knit with sample balls from Bijou Basin, fondled sample garments, learned a great deal about luxury yak fiber, and then settled in for a SWTC fashion show… complete with volunteer models. It seemed a little silly, talking about breathable, lightweight summer fibers like soysilk and bamboo, but I think everybody found it hopeful and comforting. Spring will get here eventually, we should start preparing for it now!

I will be posting photos from this event, but alas….more camera cable capers! My mom took photos on her camera and so she gave me the camera to upload them, but I do not have her cable.

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Let’s Look Forward

Red Suitcase Brigade!

I hope everybody had a wonderful holiday full of friends, family, good food and good times!

Now that the Christmas holiday rush is behind us, let’s all look forward and re-group in preparation for a prosperous (fingers crossed) 2010!

I am planning to be in the Twin Cities area from January 6-9 (that’s Wed-Sat). I will have all sorts of wonderful show specials (like discounts, free shipping, etc) to offer for the month of January so book your appointments soon! I will be posting details on show specials on the “New and Noteworthy” tab at the top of the blog as I learn about them. Check back!

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Bun-Hug

Bunnies getting snuggly for the holidays

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