Archive for October, 2010

October 26, 2010

I’m not the only one who can’t get enough of fashion sketches

Fashion Sketch

New York Magazine loves them too! They’ve posted a slideshow of some famous works of art in the fashion world that will be making an appearance in Masters of Fashion Illustration by David Downton (coming out next month).¬† He’s got some of the greats tucked in here; everything from 19th century portraitist Giovanni Boldini to Andy Warhol and even Downton’s own work. How sweet is that?

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October 20, 2010

Hello? Any artists out there?

We’re redecorating over at chez C., and my newest obsession is framed sketches as wall art. Check out the sketches on the far wall of this photo (image from¬†Classic Bride, but she doesn’t know who took the photo either):

While I don’t really want sad faces staring out at me, I’d love some 1920s fashion sketches to frame. I haven’t found any to buy yet, so any artists out there want to help me out? I’d love a copy of this, from the Brooklyn Museum:

Or this one:

Really, I’m not picky. I’d take any sketches, as long as they look beautiful on my photo ledge! Seriously, I’ll commission you to make these. Any takers?

October 20, 2010

K&P’s wedding details

Hopefully I’ll have more photos soon, but these are just a few I took the day after the wedding.

First up: mad libs cards! We thought this would be fun for guests to fill out during the cocktail hour. I started the original design, then the groom took over and created the logo at the top.


I also created this cute little favor tags, which hung around bottles of Cheerwine (how cool is that for a Minnesota wedding, where most people had never heard of it?)

And I didn’t make these cute little pins, but they were so darling I had to share them with you. The bride drew both these images to make these pins, and set them up beside a sign that said, “who did you meet first?” Great conversation starter for guests who don’t know each other, right?

October 18, 2010

Congrats to K&P!

Whew! It’s all over! K&P are married!

In all the excitement (and the anxiety over making my toast), I didn’t take ANY photos at the reception, so I’m holding out for the professional ones. But I did get some fun shots of the bride and groom before the wedding and at the shenanigans in the days prior.

Going to the chapel and she's gonna get married.

T-minus 15 minutes.

Remember those 80s bash invitations I showed you in my last post? The party was amazing.

I need more reasons to crimp my hair and wear lace gloves.

Yep…that veil is couture (I made it). Check back tomorrow for some shots of the wedding details (including some things I made for K&P!)

October 11, 2010


“Today is Columbus Day in the United States. Do you know about Columbus Day?”

“That’s when you celebrate killing all the native Americans!”

This is a real conversation I had when I was teaching English at Lycee Gambetta, a public high school in Tourcoing, France. The students were serious. They knew all about Columbus, sailing the ocean blue in 1942. They also knew that he “discovered” land people were already living on and claimed it for Spain, tried to convert those inhabitants to Catholicism, and murdered them while searching for gold.

I kept trying to tell them we certainly weren’t celebrating genocide; that Columbus Day was more a celebration of the discovery of a new world to Europeans, but it didn’t sink in. These kids had already been taught that we ran around rejoicing in the destruction of indigenous cultures and people.

Scary, isn’t it? This is what children in other countries are learning about us? Maybe it IS time we reconsider.