Why We’re Eloping…

It’s been a busy few months over here, and now the cat’s out of the bag… we’re not having a ‘proper’ wedding. And, if you didn’t know that, suprise! This has been met by a few reactions – usually either complete confusion or complete encouragement. We’ve heard both ‘I wish I had done that’, to ‘Why are you doing that?’

Let me say, it’s definitely not for everyone – but it’s definitely for us. Although an elopement traditionally means running away to get married, it’s now a bit of a catch-all word for intimate and semi-private wedding ceremonies. For us, eloping means our immediate family, an officiant, and a simple but pretty location. It’s casual and lovely, while still not losing the special feel. It’s what feels perfect for us, and that’s the most important thing to remember whenever thinking about weddings, I think!

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A Change

You may have noticed, things are a little bit different around here. You see, when I started this blog, I was barely 17 years old. I was taking my first leaps into the worlds of sewing, and soon after that, vintage style and fashion. My first project was a fairy costume, and my second, a regency gown.

But, as life goes, things change. I moved out from my house which had a dedicated sewing and arts studio, to a 600 square foot loft which doesn’t have much room for yards and yards of fabric, notions, trims, and a machine to go along with it. I began to focus more on retro style and fashion, and less on costuming and design.

Travel Laundry Bag / Lingerie Bag Tutorial

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I’m going on vacation at the end of this month, so I figured I needed a bag to keep all my dirty clothes in (so I’m not accidentally wearing dirty things half my trip!) I looked into buying one, but I realized they’re so easy to make, I may as well just whip it up myself. This is a great project for beginning sewists and advanced alike –  it only takes a few hours, it’s easy, and it’s super useful!

Fabric Haul March 2016

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I’m going on holiday at the end of April, so obviously it was time to buy some new fabric for some new clothes! I’m planning to make a few skirts and dresses that I can haul around the world with me (and hopefully won’t wrinkle too badly!) One of the fabrics I bought I’ve actually already made into a dress, but the rest are in the works!

Questions and Answers

 

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As I was starting to get this blog ready to use again, I realized the about me page and FAQ hadn’t been updated in over a year, and it was time I fix that, since a lot has changed since then! I have updated my FAQ over at my tumblr, and here in my about section,

The main question I get is about if I am pursuing fashion or costume design in college. I really did consider it, but after much soul-searching, I ultimately decided that it isn’t the path for me. Although I’ll absolutely continue design and sewing, I will be starting a nursing degree as of Fall 2016, which I’m very excited about!

I have a few new projects in the works, so expect to see stuff about that soon! I decided I needed to get my blog back into shape before I started to post projects again (otherwise I’d never do it!) There are a few more common questions below the cut, and any other common questions can be found on my tumblr.

House of Strawberries

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Probably seems like a bit of a weird title but hopefully it’ll make sense in a minute! You might have noticed I haven’t been super active on this blog, which is unusual for me. You may also have noticed that on my instagram and tumblr I have been posting a whole lot of children’s dresses!

That’s because for the last few weeks I have been preparing to open an Etsy store selling little girls clothing. This is something I’ve dreamed of for years, so I’m pretty excited. I’ll be opening November 2nd, and until then you can find me here. You can also follow House of Strawberries (the store name and the post title!) on Facebook and Instagram @houseofstrawberries to see updates until opening!

As a result, I am probably going to continue to be a bit inactive on this blog, so following me on one of those accounts is going to be the best way to keep up with my sewing adventures!

 

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A Fabric Haul, September 2015

IMGP5784Joann’s had a sale! Well, more accurately, they sent me a bunch of coupons that included 30% off the total purchase and a couple 50% off one item deals, so logically it was time for a trip to the fabric store. I’ve been feeling a bit unmotivated lately with the projects I had started before taking my hiatus, so I wanted to get fabric for some new projects that would help with that.

Costume in Detail Book Review

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It’s been all kinds of crazy this last fortnight! I feel like I’ve spent all my time running from place to place. Consequently, I have a lot of sewing projects started, but not much to actually report. So, instead of my usual sewing post this week, I’ll be writing a quick review of Costume in Detail (Nancy Bradfield), which is the newest historical costuming book I’ve bought. It’s also probably one of my new favorites (and you can find it on Amazon here).

A Coffee Cup

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This week has been strangely hectic for me, so sadly I haven’t been able to get much sewing done. However, I did find time to try out a tutorial I’ve been seeing on Pinterest, for designing your own cute mugs. However, I’ve been  hesitant to make one because I’d heard horror stories about the marker just washing off with soap.

After a few tests, I think mine is pretty lasting, so here are my tips:

– Draw on your mug with whatever designs you want. Only use oil-based markers or paints. I used oil-based DecoArt Markers. A pack of 5 colors cost me about 20 dollars, but I think it was worth it.

– You can sketch your design out with basic pencils, and use clean water to remove the marks before it goes in the oven.

– Let it dry for two hours, and put it in the oven for 30 minutes on 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Sudden temperature changes are bad for the paint! So put it in the oven when it’s cold, let it stay in there while it pre-heats, and let it cool down in there after you turn the oven off. My oven cools down horribly slowly, so it took about 3 hours before I considered it cool enough to take out.

– Still, don’t put it in the dishwasher. I scrubbed at my test mug till my hands were red with dish soap, tried very hot water, and even acetone, and couldn’t get the paint out. So I think it might last. Still, I’m not sure I’m willing to test it.

I’m already planning to go to the store to get more mugs (I got this one for about 4 dollars at Target) to make some more, because it was so fun and easy! Now I just have to improve my drawing skills…

 

Hopefully I’ll be back to regular sewing posts soon, if only my schedule would calm down!

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