Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Falling for Fall again


While selecting images for this Etsy Treasury I had this old Marlene Dietrich song "Falling in Love Again" in my mind.

"Failing in love again
Never wanted to
What am I to do?
Can't help it"

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Something blue sash, headpiece

Something old, something new
Something borrowed, something blue
And a silver sixpence in her shoe.
The "something blue" is like this sash or headpiece I created this summer.  It's a fabric collage with different kinds of fabric, embellished with peyote stitched beads, embroidery threads and acrylic yarn.

On the other hand this week I'm feeling a little bit blue. My kids are back to school and I do miss them. Suddenly, I find myself in a too quiet house, after a whole summer surrounded with their noises. Yes, with them around I had less time in my studio, and it does seem like I have spent half of my time just in the kitchen cooking and serving their hungry appetites. But I love cooking, so it was time well spent.
This year they have three different schedules since they're in three different schools, and this week has been hard to adjust to. My oldest one is a freshmen in high school and has to wake up quite early, before 6 am. Since she's a vegetarian, I have to wake up too, and make her lunch. That also means changing my usual late night working in studio routine and going to bed about 3 hours earlier. Everything is shifting, and result is that  this week we're really sleepy and cranky.   
I'm actually looking forward to these new hours, change might be good to break the monotonous routine, and bring a boost to my productivity.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Fall memories

Yes, I know it's a middle of the summer, but I got this idea about a fall collection. I live in Florida,  and of course here one can be totally oblivious towards changing seasons. Actually we have only two seasons. The summer season starts as early as March and lasts till October, sometimes even well into November. Whatever is left, those three or four months of Florida winter are the best months to live here.
    I lived in Croatia until I was 28. I really don't miss Croatian winters. All the snow shoveling, frozen sidewalks, brutal northern winds. Occasionally being sprayed by a  dirty splash of melting snow when a passing car hits a puddle on the road, and you're dressed up nicely going to a date. But I miss Fall and Spring. Strolling through the city parks in the foggy Fall mornings with paths covered by little pileups of dry leaves. Noble quietness of the trees preparing for their sleep.
    Fall was my favorite from the fashion point of view. One can finally wear layered clothing, sweaters and scarves. I loved knitting and Fall was the showcase for all of my new designs.
    These leaf brooches and the necklace are little mementos to my past life in Croatia.