26 April 2008

The "It" Bag and Riffs on Life

To tell you the truth....I am very discouraged...I have, on more than one occasion, in the past month thought about throwing in the towel on this whole idea. It did not help matters when my computer, like myself, decided that it was overwhelmed and bit the dust. So on top of everything else I am having to relearn updated versions of all my programs including how to get my pictures on this blog vertical...why did this work so easily before???...isn't newer supposed to be easier and more efficent?

First of all, the highlight of starting this blog was to be about "me being creative" , well in order to be creative you need TIME which is something I have very little of these days...you can't buy, list, sell, pack & ship 50-75 items a week on Ebay and have any time left.

You have to be somewhat STILL to effectively create...you have to get in the the FLOW...it can't be just, "trying to get something over with so you don't have to look at it any more". I need STRETCHES of time...I need DREAM time....and right now I NEED shopping fulfillment...according to Eckhart Tolle, that may have something to do with my "painbody"...if I just had another hour in the day maybe I could keep up with "A New Earth" reading and find out what exactly a "painbody" is...oh well...

So here I am wanting some wardrobe perks...how shallow is that?... and very frustrated with trying to find something worthy on the "resale' racks....the good news is I did find a very cute NEW Gap dress/tunic at the thrift store in my NEW favorite color of blue..COBALT!

Oh and btw...in case you didn't notice I did finish the "IT" Bag in a feverish pitch last weekend...I had one hour...and guess what...it wasn't fun...it was WORK. so for the time being ALL projects are on hold...I don't need anything else, especially self inflicted stuff, hanging over my head.

....and I still have not surrendered to the retail shopping urge...in many ways... because I HAVE NOT HAD TIME!...okay, I feel much better now....whew!

froo*gal...wiping her brow

PS....when I am in a better state I will give you the details of the bag construction...but don't you love the addition of the Marimekko coin purse?

09 April 2008

Spring Fever....

The last couple of weeks I have had the fever...the shopping fever, in a BIG way. You know that feeling where you can't wait to rip that #@$% scarf, hat, gloves, boots and ALL heavy clothing off your body and trade it in for a light weight, itch free NEW frock?...the key word here is new...I really miss shopping...like an old friend. Shopping "resale" is a lot of work and can be very uninspiring....but I have to admit, I am hanging in there. The very best reward is not seeing credit card bills in my mail box! YIPPEE! and....

Yesterday I wore the Calvin Klein skirt pictured below with a gray sequined cardigan that I bought last year at a thrift shop in Santa Fe and I had 3 people that I didn't know tell me how cute I looked....now that is the real pay off.

So...my goal this weekend is to finish the "IT BAG"...Yes!!!...I am begging myself for 2 little hours at the sewing machine...you may even see that reworked man's shirt on Sunday.

..and oh, I forgot,...my latest inspiration. While I was digging through the resale racks a couple of weeks ago, I gazed a pair of 32X30 mens trousers in a fine Italian wool crepe... the light bulb went off! Men's trousers unlike women's are made to be altered. There is this easy to open seam in the back of the waistband...BRILLIANT!...they have been hanging on the door for 2 weeks waiting for sewing time...more to come on that project.

If you have not already started watching The Sartorialist blog www.thesartorialist.blogspot.com/ you should check it out this week. There is a photo of a girl that is wearing the cutest outfit made from Marc Jacobs childrens clothes..yes, you have to see it to beleive it!