Thursday, December 24, 2015

2015: A year in review at Off the Beach Workshop and Studio

Well, here we go... Just a photo album
A review of what happened throughout the year at my studio
And some of the events I attended.
Added my daughter, Bethany's paintings in the shop

Started off January ... Mermaid's Markets ready for another year

Took my "Swim the Sea" table cover for Quartasite RV Show

Made a few t-shirt skirts

Opened retail nook "La Cueva" at Sonoran Spa with Tony and Judy

April's Pirate and Mermaid Extravaganza with outfits to match

Special order dresses for summer cruises

Specialty signs for the RCPM June show

Out to the beach . . . therapy and creating

(Tried to) organize the secret stash...
Russ made me a stack of sign boards.... time to get busy!

Fabric painted "New Life" recycle clothing items

More skirts ... plus, the Upside-down-sweater-skirt

This n that ... Sea Debris items in the studio

Repainted my dining set to "stage" the Cholla Bay house  
 Sea Debris on the furniture plus ocean hues added to the desk
ReCreated t-shirts - from drab men's shirts to fun, stylish and artsy

A special order... fun swirling dance skirt 

Off to Rosarito Beach to exhibit at the Baja Blues Festival
Brought home treasures from Rosarito . . . new props for the studio

A very sentimental and sweet special order
New paint on the workshop/studio
Plus new signage for the place

OH MY! What fun at the Junk in the Trunk. Would love to display here!

November came and went without inspiration (no fashion show this year)

Off to help remodel our daughter and her husband's new home! 
Fun stenciled signs made of roof boards at the Cholla Bay house


Made special items to sell at the Rocky Point Motorcycle Rally

Missed the Rally, with my mom in the hospital  (she got a trendy haircut)

Back to work with more Signs to be finished

New Funky Nancy Displays made with vintage sheet music

Surviving morning wind and then a great day at Art in the Park
Fun update on the old boring black jewelry displays

December at the studio.... ladies in waiting

and, there you go . . . 2015

Sunday, October 25, 2015

On an Autumn Afternoon

A Sunday afternoon project.
I gathered up some autumn colors. . .

Sunday project. When all else fails, be creative.
So, here goes.... what will I do with these items?
I am thinking something vintage.
Here are the pieces:  A sparkly india-style kurdi tunic.
A cut velvet scarf. A velvet textured skirt.  A bunch of fringe and beads.

And, a search for inspiration.

Here we go. . .

The first cut.

Making the sleeves 
Bodice and cummerbund are complete

Cutting the skirt

Attaching the skirt

The Dress

Adding detailing at the neckline

Cutting out some extra embellishments

Ok. So let's see how it turned out.
Front view 

Front detailing 

Back view 

Back detailing 
See this dress and more at my studio
and at our local Mermaid's Markets.

And, ending with my favorite "Downton" quote: