Greetings! Seems like July has flown by and I'm taking a little moment to reflect and share what's been happening in my world.
Labels! Yes, I finally have real labels! It may seem a small thing, but when you are working hard and thoughtfully on something, every step forward is very exciting. It has been quite a while since I've been able to devote some full time to my own work, and I'm very excited to be diving back in to the world of ErinElsie.
I first spent the week of July 4 away in lovely Charlottesville, VA. We spent quality time with friends that feel like family- eating great food, soaking in the outdoors, and laughing until it hurts. During our stay, our lovely hostess Aimee was in the process of moving in and trying to organize her stuff. She, like me, has much of her grandmother's old sewing things, and unexpectedly gave some of these things to me. I love old sewing notions, and I especially love when they are full of sentimental value. It was such a special treat :)
Also, I brought some hand sewing projects to work on during our VA trip, and these earrings are some of my favorites- inspired by the nature that surrounded us.
This trip was quickly followed by my mom and a friend of hers visiting New York, braving that crazy heat wave! We spent their time here exploring the city, enjoying tasty restaurants, and took in a broadway show - Wicked. It was fun to check out for a bit and play tourist in my own town.
The second half of July, I have been immersed in freelance work. In my experience, when you are a creative person and maker of things, it is hard to go periods of time without fully creating. Luckily, my freelance day jobs tend to be hands on, sometimes very creative, and even inspiring.
The first of my freelance jobs, was a location photo shoot at the Woolworth Estate in the Glen Cove area of Long Island, NY. Normally, my location jobs involve more extensive traveling, but in this place just 45 minutes outside of NYC, I felt transported to the Gilded Age as I walked through these great rooms- sometimes inspiring and sometimes ridiculously extravagant.
The second of my freelance gigs, I assisted dressing super fashion blogger Chriselle Lim on a photo shoot project with style.com. If you ever feel in a rut with getting dressed in the morning, follow her blog and youtube channel. I can see why she has so many followers- she is a real girl, nice to the core, instilling confidence in the everyday woman. She has a knack for showing you how to effortlessly throw outfits together. Life can feel so serious at other times, and getting dressed should not be!
Check out her blog here:
In this sneak peek- she is rocking a cashmere beanie hat that I handmade from recycled sweater parts :)
When I've spent time away from my own work, its sometimes very hard to jump back in where I left off. Feeling plagued by a creative rut, I hit the streets of my neighborhood to get some fresh air, enjoy some excellent people watching, and eventually found myself in a thrift store that I've been meaning to check out. I came home feeling creatively recharged. Check out some of the fun things I found...
Great silk prints for fall
Handmade tie-dyed fabric
Fresh wool and cotton plaids for fall
Vintage belts, leather and wood slippers
Something else I do during a creative block is try to expand my construction skills. This time I learned how to make neckties. It also is proving a creative way for me to use some remnants of great fabric.
...and onward to August!