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Monday, November 19, 2018

BOOM! One more Fall Fashion Fiesta





Well, after months of preparation...
and tons of work and a few sleepless nights... 
It is a thing of the Past.  

BOOM!   Done.   Accomplished.

(and, from my point of view. . . A Success!)





FashiOn ShOw cOllectiOns
 Still Feels Like Summer
SweetNaomi ReCreations
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 The ALT Fashion
A Collection by Adri CR
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 Slightly Eclectic Collection
SweetNaomi ReCreations
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Casa Turquesa Collection
Unique Designs by Dalia
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 Wedding Regalia Collection
SweetNaomi ReCreations
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Thank You to Shayna for playing along as our bride for the day. 
And, for being a great host - along with all of the Manny's Beach Club Team! 

Thank you to Gwynn for modeling the first dress I ever made.  
(I made this dress when I was 6 years old and Gwynn is also 6 years old.)
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Thank You Sponsors!
Including the fantastic teams of Lourdes Rivera and Alex and Gady from Mary Kay 
who did hair and make-up for about 25 ladies in total! 
    Thank you Tamra, Brenda, Edie & Kathy for helping me out all day! 
Thank you Sarah for being our announcer.
Thank you to everyone who attended! 





Thank you to In Focus Photo Studio
(and to the other contributing photographers)


View the entire photo album at: 
https://www.mannysanchez.photography/Galleries/Events/Fall-Fashion-Fiesta-2018/n-NC7txQ

Thank you such wonderful models.  
A few more highlights...








"Hmmm... Wonder where I left my glasses?"

Thank YOU, Russ.....

  UNTIL NEXT TIME!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

2018 Designers - Fall Fashion Fiesta


The 2018 Fall Fashion Fiesta once again focuses on the idea of Re-Creating or Re-Designing clothing. As always, the show will feature ReCycled (or what I prefer to call UpCycled) clothing styles. Why is the focus on ReCreating fashion? Well, I can go on and on about how MUCH clothing is already out there - sitting in closets, yard sales, thrift and resale shops and local segundas. 

However, let's get on with today's story! I would like to introduce the clothing designers for the 2018 Fall Fashion Fiesta:



ADRY: New guest designer for the 2018 show      

A few years ago we were planning our Pirate and Mermaid Extravaganza (finale party for the Mermaid's Market). Russ was at the bank and Adry came up to him and told him that she wanted to enter the Pirate Costume Contest. However, she had to work and may arrive late. The day of the contest, Adry came rushing into the park and had her costume and make-up with her! Her costume was amazing and she played the audience like a pro! She won the contest.

Her business name is Adry CR. She is a promoter of the culture Harajuku and presents an annual expo for the Japan, J-Pop culture. She is a designer, craftswoman and merchant. In her own words, she "designs and elaborates accessories, garments, bags, purses among other curiosities using inspiration on Alternative Fashion, Magical Girls, Pop Culture, and its surroundings." 



DALIA: Returning guest designer for 2018
  
Quite a few years ago, there was a great store located in in the Old Port, Consign and Design. I had some of my ReCreated clothing items there on consignment. When they had a fashion show, Dalia modeled a skirt that I had made from a dozen or so men's neckties.

Soon after, Dalia and Cathy Boyle opened Casa Turquesa. Both of these ladies were guest designers at the first Fall Fashion Fiesta in 2012. Dalia has continued as a designer at every fashion show since!  

Casa Turquesa is the one and only true consignment shop in town. Since moving to Puerto Peñasco in 2010, Dalia has been active in the fashion and beauty retail business. She creates hand-made jewelry and re-designed clothing along with her consignment store and nail salon at the Casa Turquesa in the Misión Del Mar Plaza on Blvd. Freemont. 



NAOMI:Founder/Creator of Fall Fashion Fiesta 
 *Written in the third person just to be Freaky... 

Naomi opened Off the Beach Workshop and Studio in 2010. The studio is an eclectic collection of arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry and all sorts of fun “eclectica” for the beach house. Almost everything in the studio is hand-made or “recreated” (up-cycled) by Naomi.    


Her Re-Purposed and Re-Constructed clothing line is called SweetNaomi ReCreations. She has hosted (almost) annually Fashion Shows in Puerto Peñasco. Her “Re-created” Flamenco dress designs have been featured in Flamenco Festivals in both Tucson and Phoenix.



Naomi and her husband Russ host the Mermaid’s Market, an arts and craft event held twice a month in Puerto Peñasco. In 2018 they opened the Friday SeaShell Museum  which is listed as a local "Things to Do” on Trip Advisor. 



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and . . .

Thanks again to Manny for our bio pics.

 

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Fall Fashion Fiesta 2018

So, I got this crazy idea to do a poster with PEOPLE on it. 
Which in itself was a pretty good idea.

PEOPLE.... as in one of them is me?
(Geez. Did not think this one all the way through!) 

Somehow, I forgot how much I DETEST posing.

For the "photo-shoot" each of us wore something 
that we had designed and brought a second item 
as a work-in-progress for the mannequin.
Dalia and Adry were great! 
 
Well, here is the finished photo
for the 2018 Fall Fashion Fiesta poster:   
I had a few other ideas. . . 
Thinking it might be cool to see us all hard at work, we 
each grabbed sewing tools and came up with this pose: 


And, finally after all that hard work
we opened a bottle of wine: 

It is a little stressful smiling and posing repeatedly. Ugh.
But, I am pretty sure that Manny (our photographer) 
had the most difficult job of all. 
He was super patient with our crazy ideas 
and somehow he made the photos work!   


Thank you Manny! 











Friday, July 27, 2018

Let's just call it August.


Here in Sonora, the humidity has hit. 
It is almost August and we can look forward to 
about two months of hot and humid weather.
sitting under the air conditioning is the go-to daily activity. 
Get the outdoor work done early in the morning and evening. 
I am happy to have an indoor project to get busy with! 

    


Last year (2017) I didn't organize a fashion show because 
our first grand-daughter was due in October. 
She just turned 9 months old and is a little sweetheart.  

 

O. And, I was also planning a very special family event -
A 55 year anniversary party for my parents. 
SO...
We are already more than halfway through 2018 
. . .time to start planning! 

Check out the FASHION SHOW Page on this Website 
to see photo albums from all of the past shows.



Stay cool this summer.  
"Sewing Forever; Housework Whenever!"





Friday, June 8, 2018

Summer 2018

SUMMER 2018

Wow! This "snowbird" season flew by.
Getting ready to close up the studio and the Seashell Museum for the summer at the end of June. So, if you are still in town, come by and visit on any Friday through the end of the month!
(*STILL OPEN BY APPOINTMENT ALL SUMMER). 
July, August and September are appointment only. 




We had so many visitors to the Seashell Museum (which is an addition to the studio). It was fun researching new things.  Someone asked where seashells come from and I loved finding out how a shell is "born"....and then coming up with a new display. Click here to see of the research: 
http://www.seashellmuseum.com/p/blog-page_14.html

Looking forward:  in August we will pack up the shop and head over to Rosarito for the Blues and Art Festival! This year, I have two spaces.... so lots of room for displays....

And, I have tentative plans for a Fashion Show this November. 
So, my sewing machine will definitely be "whirring away" upstairs in the "sweatshop" this summer! 






June 21.....



NATIONAL SEASHELL DAY
The first day of summer, National Seashell Day reminds us to put our toes in the sand and admire the beauty of seashells.

Shellers get ready to shellebrate and start shelling! To those not in the know, shellers are beachcombers who collect seashells by scouring the beaches for the gems left behind by snails and mollusks.  National Seashell Day is here to tell you all about it and make sure you check out your local beaches during the prime shelling season.

For a sheller, the true tulip or lettered olive is almost more mesmerizing than the ocean sunset.  Or maybe it’s the hunt for the rare or the unique specimen.  These jewels of the sandy beaches, the kings crown conch, the apple murex, or even a pear whelk dazzle beachcombers.  Their names are as musical and colorful as your adventure will be, so grab your bucket and head out around sunrise or sunset. Seashells are waiting for you!



TIPS FOR SHELLERS:

Never collect live shells. When in doubt, always put them gently back in the water.

Check local ordinances. Only take a small number. Shells are part of the ecosystem helping to preserve and create the beaches we enjoy visiting.

The best time for shelling is one hour before and one hour after low tide.

Follow the high tide shell line where the largest waves stop.

Watch for the full and new moons. They have a higher gravitation pull on the tide and reveal more seashells.

Storms churn up the ocean floor sending more shells to the surface and the shore for collection.



HOW TO OBSERVE
Make your way to your favorite beach to collect your treasures or schedule a shoreside vacation to start your seashell collection.   Use #NationalSeashellDay to share on social media.

HISTORY
The Beaches of Ft. Myers & Sanibel founded National Seashell Day on the first day of summer in 2016 to celebrate seashells and the extraordinary shelling found in Southwest Florida.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Seashell Day to be observed annually in 2017.  

DATES:

June 21, 2018
June 21, 2019
June 20, 2020
June 21, 2021
June 21, 2022
June 21, 2023
June 20, 2024

Information from: www.nationaldaycalendar.com


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

And, it is already 2018






 So, I guess you could say 
that I have been just a bit 
distracted lately.

There was the anxious awaiting 
for our first grand DAUGHTER to arrive.

She arrived early 
and is our latest LOVE Affair!

  


Then, a second distraction
was getting all of the seemingly "last minute" preparations made for the SeaShell Museum.

This is the latest addition
to the Off the Beach Workshop property.
It is now open and
I am nick-naming it the "Friday Museum"
to remind everyone that the hours
for the museum are Fridays from 10 to 5.
Of course, just like the Workshop/Studio I will always try to accomodate any
requests for appointments on other days.








So, here are a few of the latest ideas that
I have been working on...
Inspired by the new baby, I think.





 


The taco and tequila themes 
are - of course - pretty popular
here in northern Mexico! 

 


Salty Pirates
and Mermaids
...another proper theme for us.






Still working on a few t-shirt re-designed 
dresses and tunics.
I especially like this one with its
bright. colorful traditional looking Mexico colors.

O. there in the background is my
Flamenco Dance poster...

A souvenir from Spain.
Ole'






A couple more re-Creations.
My friend told me these look 
a lot cuter in person.
I am just a horrible photographer.

They are pretty cute with some
fun detailing and pockets.

(Everybody loves pockets).





Russ is still making his
Re-created lights.
Here is one that is a
Havana Cuba cigar box.
Made into a vintage look lamp.
Check out that super cool old switch.

Plus other great little gifts. 



I am always working on a few 
items for the "Sea Debris" collection.
A few embellished mermaid frames.

And, even though she is a new mom,
Bethany continues to provide us with some great little oil and watercolor paintings.
These two are a set,
simply lovely, delicate seaweed studies.
Framed up in authentic rough wood 
frames we purchased in Tonala.



So, that brings you up to date on my 2017-2018 Winter 


 Check out the Seashell Museum here: