Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Living in Color! - Textiles of Chile and at Home with Our Sentimental Souvenir

Living in Color! - Textiles of Chile and at Home with Our Sentimental Souvenir 



It's fall ya'll and I'm back from a blogging hiatus. This past spring, I did a road trip adventure through a region of Chile. Of course I couldn't get enough of the textiles and art. We've started a tradition of collecting fabrics from our travels to make throw pillows for our sofa. It keeps us surrounded in our colorful memories!    


In Chile, we were on the hunt for an authentic Mapuche textile. The Mapuche are one of the most native indigenous inhabitants, and are best known for their wool textiles. Chile is home to some of the finest wool in the world and the Mapuche have long woven this wool into fine ponchos and home furnishings. 

Source: http://vidamapuche.blogspot.com/2010/
I love that this shopping instantly made us dive into the story of these native people and their craft. It gave us an appreciation for these artists and the lands they inhabit. There's a strong chance you and I have seen copies and reproductions of their work pop up in mass market chain stores without even knowing it.  
Source: http://vidamapuche.blogspot.com/2010/
We found a great market in Pucon, Chile selling Mapuche textiles. They are not cheap, but as a maker, I totally understand needing to be compensated for your work. 



So many beautiful things, I wish we could have bought them all!  



Ponchos and high quality wool everywhere! 


Color inspiration overload!



Another fun shopping stop was a cultural center and local artist collective in Licanten.



We were excited to also find an awesome coffee stop next door after being on the road all day. For a girl who enjoys a proper coffee moment, they don't really offer to-go options, hehe. You have to sit and have your coffee! They served ours in a pottery native to Chile, mostly produced in the village of Pomaire; which we later learned eating and drinking throughout our trip. 





We picked out this beautiful green Mapuche textile for our pillow.  




Floor time! I am a total floor person, so I made this pillow big and full to double as a cozy floor cushion. 



 We are loving what this tradition adds to our home. Live in color friends!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a lovely week!


*Check out this old post about our sentimental souvenirs :)
http://erinelsie.blogspot.com/2014/04/sentiment-and-souvenirs.html


P.S. Shop great new items in my ErinElsie online shop, created with special bits of reclaimed vintage fabrics, recycled denim, and leather remnants. Save 15% off  these totally one of a kind items by using code FALL15 at checkout or the shop link below!  




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Monday, February 13, 2017

A Sentimental Notion


A Sentimental Notion


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I thought it appropriate for the first blog post of this new year to be a sentimental one. If you are new to my ErinElsie online shop or this blog, then this very much captures the core of who I am as a designer, maker, and person.  

ErinElsie items are clothes and accessories with stories. The nostalgia and sentiment paid to the items I make are also extended to the tools that I use to create them. I have tools that were my grandmother's, and I love staying connected to her memory by using them. Most are not fancy or ornate, but it keeps her alive to me. 

In the past couple of years, friends and family have often handed down materials to me; Sometimes vintage fabric found while cleaning out their mom's closet or sometimes old jeans they're ready to discard. Even better, they have started to give me tools and notions as well. These are often from their mom or grandmother. It means a lot to me to inherit such a sentimental item from someone else's family. This only adds to the joy and inspiration of creating for me. Now I have notions with stories too!

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I rarely buy thread. My last big refill of thread was a box that my mom sent me from a neighbor. This beautiful array of thread pictured above is from my dear friend Lisa's family. 


This is a tape measurer I found in the drawer of my grandmother, Elsie's sewing machine. It's falling apart, but I tape it, mend it, and keep on using it!


How beautiful are these? Bits of antique lace, trims, and embroidery from several different friend's grandmothers. 


Scissor sisters. The pinking shears on the right were my grandmother's. Those on the left were from a friends grandmother. 


Blooming sequins...another from Lisa's family. 


Even hand sewing needles from my friend Aimee's
 grandmother. The packaging is pretty great.


More sequins! Shine on friends!


Everything from hooks, to snaps, to belt buckles, and buttons...
I'm so grateful to friends for passing along these sentimental notions and memories. Thank you!!! 

What cherished sentimental items have been passed along to you? 

Okay, back to work in the home studio for me. Hoping you all have a lovely week ahead friends!

xo,
     Erin

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 https://www.etsy.com/shop/ErinElsie?ref=hdr_shop_menu


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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Beanies Baby! (with a Twist!) + 25% Off in My Online Shop!

Beanies Baby! (with a Twist!)

 https://www.etsy.com/listing/496199687/ivory-navy-spotted-norwegian-wool-turban?ref=shop_home_feat_4

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It's that time of year. It's finally gone from the cool fall temperatures to colder Christmas-y temperatures! Beanies become a winter staple, so I decided to spice up the traditional beanie with a little but of style!


At this time of year, thrift stores and consignment shops become inundated with discarded sweaters. You can find a super lux cashmere sweater, discarded because of a tiny hole. Why not give this discarded cashmere a new life! Now friends also pass along sweaters they can no longer wear and I have quite the stash of cozy fabrics. 

 https://www.etsy.com/shop/ErinElsie?ref=l2-shopheader-name&section_id=15009853

I am so happy with how these are coming out! 

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 https://www.etsy.com/listing/496199687/ivory-navy-spotted-norwegian-wool-turban?ref=shop_home_feat_4

 https://www.etsy.com/listing/496271603/golden-cotton-turban-style-beanie-winter?ref=listing-shop-header-0

Another twist - this cozy style has plaid wool from a recycled vintage skirt, lined in soft merino wool!

 https://www.etsy.com/listing/223434666/black-jewel-tone-plaid-wool-beanie?ref=shop_home_active_9

 https://www.etsy.com/listing/496271603/golden-cotton-turban-style-beanie-winter?ref=listing-shop-header-0

How about flannel from a recycled men's shirt, lined in soft merino wool!

 https://www.etsy.com/listing/223421390/green-navy-plaid-cotton-wool-beanie?ref=listing-shop-header-3

What a sweet special gift these would make? You can shop right now in your pajamas from this blog post ;)


Have a lovely weekend friends!

xo,
     Erin 

Also, save 25% Off on all ErinElsie items, like this dress with the offer code KindnessAlways25. Lots of other great, one of a kind gift items popping up in my online shop everyday! 



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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A Farewell to Fall (with an Upcycled, Vintage Tablecloth, Wrap Dress Project!)

A Farewell to Fall 🍁🍂
(with an Upcycled, Vintage Tablecloth, Wrap Dress Project!)


 Of course I would make a dress out of a vintage table cloth...





I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving everyone. As the holiday season is here, I thought it only appropriate to share this farewell to fall, upcycling project with you!


I originally picked up this fall-feeling, oversized tablecloth while on a thrifting adventure with my mom in my Louisiana hometown. Pictured above with some of the other fun items from that thrifting trip, you'll hear more about the other fabrics from that trip in spring/summer! 

It was huge and covered in a cornucopia of fall foliage. I immediately knew I wanted to create a whimsical dress out of it! 



 I'm really excited about how it came out! It's a super easy to wear, generously sized wrap dress. While the print is super fall feeling, I think the heavy dose of green would also make this dress beautiful in the spring! The sleeves have a little bit of drama, and are trimmed in recycled denim, along with the neckline. I also tried to use a lot of the original green trim from the table cloth. 


 https://www.etsy.com/listing/495708307/farewell-to-fall-maxi-wrap-dress?ref=shop_home_active_1

The back has a gathered detail with a generous amount of fabric. It drapes so beautifully. 

 https://www.etsy.com/listing/495708307/farewell-to-fall-maxi-wrap-dress?ref=shop_home_active_1

 https://www.etsy.com/listing/495708307/farewell-to-fall-maxi-wrap-dress?ref=shop_home_active_1

Also, change the dress up by wearing it as a statement making kimono.  

 https://www.etsy.com/listing/495708307/farewell-to-fall-maxi-wrap-dress?ref=shop_home_active_1




As our harvest season comes to a close, for most, the holiday season is full on. If you're going to be gift shopping, please try to patron makers via online shopping sites like Etsy,  your local shops, or hand-make a gift!


Happy December Everyone! Thank you for stopping by,  

xo,
     Erin 

Also, save 25% Off on all ErinElsie items, like this dress with the offer code KindnessAlways25. Lots of great, one of a kind gift items popping up in my online shop everyday! 


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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Bed Sheet Beauty - My Latest Upcycling Project!

 Clothes with Stories: Bring on the Sunshine!

I'm in the middle of making a lot of more fall feeling pieces, but the stressful vibes of of the past weeks drew me to this latest project. I halted the other projects, and pulled out this bold yellow fabric that I had previously put away for the season. 


My dear friend Emilia was packing to move to California, and she gave me one of her old bed sheets. She had these fancy, beautiful organic cotton sheets with a rip in them. I think in most circumstances, this sounds super weird for someone to give you their old bed sheet; but not in my world! I love that she was discarding good fabric, and thought of me! Also, I miss her and now I have this little commemorative project. 


The fabric was great, and instantly I had design ideas popping into my head. I wanted the designs to be a little ode to the idea of being wrapped in a bed sheet and I'm excited about how they came out! 


Emilia Sunshine Super Skirt

I love a maxi skirt, and I love the idea of wearing them all year long. you don't have to put them away for the winter - just throw a sweater on top! The waist of this skirt is full of soft and stretchy elastic, making it one super generous size. The slit adds a little bit of sexiness and keeps the bold color and layers of fabric from being to overwhelming.



Emilia Sunshine Wrap Dress

It's about to be that time again, where people escape the winter months to enjoy a warm and sunny resort. I hate fussy packing. I love a dress that you can just roll into your luggage, shake it out, and throw it on! This is a perfect resort dress. The generous elastic and wrap style translate into such easy glamour. Throw it on and go from the beach to dinner!

 https://www.etsy.com/listing/478475062/emilia-sunshine-wrap-dress-reclaimed?ref=listing-shop-header-0

 https://www.etsy.com/listing/478475062/emilia-sunshine-wrap-dress-reclaimed?ref=listing-shop-header-0

Also, this reversible top was the first piece I made during the summer and it's already sold! 


Color makes me happy, and I hope it this brought you a little joy too! Keep living in the light everyone!    

xo,
     Erin 

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