And the Winner is…

January 31, 2009

And the Winner Is...

Congratulations Roxy! You are the winner of the embroidered squirrel coffee cozy!

Thank you to all who entered the contest! I really enjoyed reading all the comments about squirrels. I have some more give-aways coming up soon, so stay tuned…

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Last Chance!

January 31, 2009

Squirrel Coffee CozyDon’t forget! Today is the last day to enter my National Squirrel Appreciation Day Give-Away, so get those entries in by the end of the night for a chance to win one of my embroidered squirrel coffee cozies. I will announce the winner tomorrow afternoon. Good luck to everyone who entered!

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il_430xn52604790il_430xn52604625Now is the time to get your Valentine’s Day shopping done early! I still have some pinup valentines, cozies, and jewelry up for grabs at rock bottom sale prices. But hurry because tomorrow is the last day of my store-wide Etsy sale. So if you have your eye on something, be sure to snatch it up!


Baragain Hunting 101 This Sunday!

January 31, 2009

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Hey Portlanders, do you love shopping? I thought so! Do you love bargains, too? Well then you’re in luck, because Bargain Hunting 101 is this Sunday, February 1st at the Crystal Ballroom.

No, Bargain Hunting 101 is not a class. It’s a huge shopping event featuring a big ol’ handful of local designers and boutiques, who have slashed their prices just for you. From the BH101 website:

Bargain Hunting is an opportunity for shoppers to find rare, one-of-a-kind, samples and limited run clothing, furnishings and more. Shoppers can expect to see apparel, art supplies, home and garden furnishings, local designs, unique fashions, premium denim, handmade hats, and other fabulous accessories all at discount and clearance prices.

Want a sneak peek on what who’s going to be there? You can find a list of the local businesses participating in the sale here.

All this plus a full bar and free hourly raffle! Are you excited yet? I thought so.

Bargain Hunting 101, Sunday February 1, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 12-6pm, FREE ADMISSION.

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I’m a Farmer: Part 3

January 27, 2009

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Today I finally transplanted the rest of my little seedlings to their permanent pots, and arranged them underneath our one sunny window. I don’t know if these plants could survive anywhere else in the house. Most of the rooms stay pretty shady (which is awesome in the summer, believe me).

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I checked out this book from the library to learn more about how to care for my little plants, and from what I’ve read so far I can tell it’s going to be a big help in keeping these things alive (and tasty).

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So far, Cilantro is taking the lead as the plant that has grown the fastest & biggest. I picked one of its leaves today and nibbled on it. It was delicious!


National Squirrel Appreciation Day Give-Away

January 21, 2009

I love squirrels. I mean, what’s not to love about them? They’re small, furry, cute, have fluffy tails, and make adorable sounds. And I love the way they eat with their little hands. We have squirrels all over Portland, and I always enjoy seeing them scurrying about the trees and sidewalks.

So of course I was pleasantly surprised when I found out from Sarah over at Girl Land that today is National Squirrel Appreciation Day. Sarah even featured my pink squirrel coffee cozy on her squirrel-tastic Etsy finds blog post.

So in honor of this little holiday, I’m giving away this Flapper Girl coffee cozy featuring an embroidered squirrel.

Squirrel Coffee Cozy

This cozy can be used again and again, and will help keep your hands cool while handling your favorite hot beverage. It’s small enough to slip into a purse or backpack pocket, and fits any standard size to-go cup. Plus, it’s an eco-friendly alternative to the cardboard cup jackets they offer at coffee shops.

There are three ways to enter, and you can do as many of them you like, for up to three chances to win. Just leave a comment on this post that meets one of the following criteria:

1. Leave me a comment telling me something squirrel-related.
2. Subscribe to the Flapper Girl mailing list, by leaving me a comment with your email address and the words “Subscribe me, please!”
3. Blog about this give-away and leave me a comment with the URL.

The contest is open until 11:59pm on January 30th. I will choose a winner at random, and announce who it is on January 31st. Good luck!


Interview with Rachael Adams of Nouveau Motley

January 21, 2009

il_430xn50854505Rachel Adams of Nouveau Motley makes wonderful vintage-inspired jewelry and accessories. I was first attracted to Miss Adams’ work because she is able to make everything so elegant, yet rebellious. With these two forces at play, her line is simply mesmerizing. Take a look at one of her necklaces, and be enraptured first by beatuiful beads and an antiquated chain. Take a closer look, and discover the pendant features an image of a nude jazz-era flapper. Miss Adams’ usage of clock movements in many of her pieces simply amazes me, and indulges my enthusiasm for steampunk aesthetic. These are the sort of surprises I love about Nouveau Motley. Wanting to learn more about these lovely creations, I contacted Miss Adams, and she graciously agreed to an interview.

How and when did you get started with creative arts?
As far back as I can remember I was always interested in creative arts. I started making dolls at a very young age, and that led to making miniature accessories to go with them. I have always been rather independent and interested in how things work and the way they are made. If something looks intriguing to me, I will more often than not try my hand at making it.

nouv3What inspired you to start Nouveau Motley?
It was a bit serendipitous, actually. I came up with the name about 8 years ago when dreaming of opening up an antique and antique reproduction jewelry shop. Then when I finally graduated college (I was a perpetual student who changed majors 4 times), I decided to pursue my life long dream of supporting myself through my art and my crafts. Nouveau Motley actually began as a soap making business and sold pocket mirrors and pendants that used a lot of risque imagery from the 1880s to the 1920s. Then it quickly blossomed into antique-style jewelry. I still enjoy making soap from scratch, all Fight Club style, but no shaved monkeys or apocalyptic aims.

nouv1What really inspires you the most in your work?
The name Nouveau Motley is actually quite poignant in the fact that my inspiration comes from a very wide motley of sources and then adapting that inspiration into a modern or Nouveau design. Reading a book or cleaning a closet, I will find a sentence or a fragment that will get my head spinning with ideas. I gain inspiration from anything and everything, really. Antiques, history, anthropology, fashion, art, literature, doll houses, friends, acquaintances. I’m quite obsessed with Victorian Curiosity Cabinets, taxidermy dioramas, & doll houses, and these three influences are quite apparent in my Kafka Clocks, which are essentially itty-bitty versions of curiosity cabinets housing insect specimens, gemstones, and antique clockwork bits.

nouv4What do you do when you sit down to design your jewelry? What are your rituals in the process?
Two words: Creative Chaos. I make a mess. A really big one. I like to have everything I would or could need within an arms reach, as to not be hindered in the creative process by having to get up and search for that one special component. Many of my clockwork pieces begin with me really looking at a single plate from a pocket watch or an empty pocket watch case. When you really look at something it kind of guides you as to the next step as to where to go with it. It’s like what Michelangelo said about his David, and how when he received the block of raw marble, he simply let David out of it.

What’s next for Noveau Motley?
I have many desires as to where I would like to go, but the most immediate adventure is going to be the move into feathers and fabric in a millinery sense. I wish to begin creating hats from scratch to incorporate my Kafka Clock hat bands in, and to use jewel-toned velvets and plumes to further highlight the splendors of Nature’s handiwork as well as the beauty of human invention.

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Craft Space Revamp

January 20, 2009

On Friday evening I came to a sobering realization: My craft space was in serious need of some major organization!

I wasn’t quite sure what to do, though. My main problem was that I had no space to put away unfinished projects. I always end up stacking them on top of my fabric storage bins behind the couch. The projects would end up in paper grocery sacks, and any other kind of container I could find. It was the type of thing that got really messy really fast.

I can’t install shelves where I live because the building is old, and has plaster walls. So anything that goes on the walls has to be extended on wire, and hung from a hook on the picture rail that’s up by the ceiling. So shelves were not an option.

Oh, did I mention I wanted to spend very little money (less than $150) on this project?

While I started a brainstorming session (in which I realized pretty quickly that I wish I had a budget that would allow me to make this awesome thingie featured in Martha Stewart’s Living awhile back), I started cleaning out all my big plastic boxes of supplies that I have in my craft space and in the coat closet. I went through everything. Every bin, desk drawer, & wild pile I had lying around was gone through with a fine-toothed comb. I organized what I was keeping & tossed out what couldn’t be given away or sold on my destashing Etsy shop.

Then I took a quick trip to IKEA yesterday, and now this is what my revamped craft space looks like:
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Here is my sewing desk & new main shelving unit. I decided to go with the EXPEDIT bookshelf and four LEKMAN boxes. Total price: $138. The boxes are holding projects, and the other shelves are housing supplies.

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This is what you see if you’re sitting at the sewing desk and turn around. Since my living room is pretty huge, the couch separates the front 2/3 of the room (which we use as the living room) from the back 1/3 of the room, which is where my craft space and our bookshelves are.

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Finally, my clean, uncluttered sewing desk.

I thought about posting photos of the space before I organzied it, but seriously people, it was bad! I don’t want to remember how messy it was.

I still need to go through a few things in the front closet, and my shelf of jewelry supplies in the hall closet (Isn’t it funny how quickly craft supplies spread throughout the house like weeds?), but those will be quick, easy tasks. Then I will truly feel like my craft world is finally organized and accessible. In other words, I will feel like a new woman!