There’s a lot of talk about Slow Fashion right now but I think it can be difficult to figure out exactly what that means to each of us. I think it is about a lot more than just fashion, but fashion is one entry point into a way of thinking more about how we consume and how we participate in the world.
But specific to fashion what exactly is SLOW? I recently found Fashion Revolution on instagram (@fash_rev) and starting following them for their interesting posts and when they offered the second print issue of their magazine I snapped it up.
This zine turns out to be a great guide to finding your place in Slow Fashion. It contains all kinds of helpful tips on recycling, caring for fabrics, mending and editing your wardrobe. As well as info on the life cycle of garments, the truth about the secondhand clothing industry, and new designers making a difference.
They really focus on mending and cleaning clothes to make them last longer and that is great, I’m all for that. But I wish people would talk more about handmade. Weather you learn to make your own clothes or you hire a local sewist to make them for you, handmade is a great way to find clothes that express your style, last longer, fit your body and have a deeper meaning. Rather than the short lived high you get from shopping handmade clothing is an experience. There is nothing slower than handmade!
Earlier this year I sold on of my vintage linen sleep masks from my Etsy store.
The purchaser asked me to ship it as soon as possible because it was going to be used in a TV show. I figured it was a local show and sent the mask off without another thought about it.
Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago when my daughter and I sat down to watch one of our favorite shows together. My daughter loves horror movies and zombie flicks so of course she loves American Horror Story. Coven was our favorite season so far and we even bought matching black hats so we could feel a bit witchy.
So this season starts and it is SCARY. I almost can’t handle it. I have this problem where I empathize with fictional characters way too much. So I’m watching episode 2 and hiding my eyes and cringing when all of a sudden I jump off the couch “that’s my eye mask!”
One half of Sarah Paulson’s character is trying to sleep while her other half is trying to have a conversation and she is wearing, you guessed it, my sleep mask that I shipped off weeks ago and forgot all about.
My daughter was thrilled to think that something I made was in such close proximity to Evan Peters and I was pretty excited to see my work somewhere so unexpected. Their costume people must spend an enormous amount of time looking for unique items that can fit in with the time period. That sounds like a fun job doesn’t it?
…and I am going to keep watching this season even if my eyes are closed sometimes!
I made this little collage right before the Holidays and used it as the image for some postcards and tags for the holiday craft show I did. I also added part of it to my Etsy store as a new banner.
This is my little set up at the craft show.
My daughter and I love The Walking Dead and one of our favorites Quotes from Rick is “…I’m doin’ stuff Lori, (long pause) and things”. So with that in mind, I made some jars to hold your precious “stuff and things”.
And these are the Lost Souls rescued from obscurity and ready to be taken home.
I love making little things for a craft show every once in a while, it gives me a chance to just play and have fun.
My super talented friend Margot Madison designed these amazing new business cards for me. They are so lovely. I am really NOT a graphic designer and I just couldn’t figure out how to get great business cards, so I asked for help and the results were perfect. I have finally learned the lesson to get help with the things that are just not in my skill set.
When we moved into our new house last July I couldn’t wait to get started decorating. Then I panicked and just sat staring at walls trying to figure out how to it. Oh, and I realized that my budget was tiny to say the least. So, I’ve been doing one little thing at a time slowly collecting the bits and pieces and planning for the big stuff that will come much later.
Then I got this crazy idea to do a wallpaper collage in my entry way. I thought it was an amazing idea that could either turn out great or totally awful. I took it to my super creative kindred spirits, Margot Madison and April Combs to find out if they thought it was crazy too. They didn’t hesitate, their answer was a resounding “you must do this” and they even offered to help! So I spent the next few months collecting wall paper samples from friends and ebay.
The wall I chose to cover is just inside my main entrance at the bottom of the stairs. Note the horrible off white color that our entire house is still painted in…ugh.
I never could have done this without help; I tried putting up a few pieces before everyone got here but the pressure to get it right was overwhelming. Margot stepped in and just went for it! We started by putting up a few of our favorites first. As soon as the first dozen or so pieces were up I knew it was going to be even better than I had imagined.
Ignore the hideous hanging light fixture, it’s not long for this world.
I panicked a little when it came time to paste it all in place. I took tons of photographs then took down the pieces one small section at a time. I used a roll-on wallpaper adhesive and a small roller to apply it to the back of each piece. The paper bubbled up a lot and I was resigned to live with the lumps but Margot was right and the next morning they had smoothed out almost entirely. It took me 2 gruelling days to paste all of the pieces and I think I got most of them back in the right spots.
My vintage mirror and step stool fit perfectly, and my husband refinished this old ironing board for me to use as a key table. This is now my favorite wall in the whole house. I especially love the way portions of it can be seen from the other rooms in the house and as you come down the stairs. And the whole thing cost less than $50.