Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Etsy Sale: Red and White Toile with Black Mink Tree Skirt

Merry Christmas in September!

I posted the first of my Christmas Tree skirt creations on Etsy.com today. Whew! The photographing was almost as intricate (if more immediate) as the construction. But... done now. Here are some of the pictures. If you look closely at this one...

You can see the crystals. I still haven't figured out how to get them to sparkle on my camera, but I'm working on it.

This is a 54 inch tree skirt in red and white cotton toile, sprinkled with Swarovski crystals and trimmed all the way around in red velvet piping and luxurious, black long-haired real mink. It's one of a kind. I made just this one before moving on to the next. Each of these is unique and I think that's part of the fun.

I priced it at $450, which means I lose on my time, but I enjoyed making it. I enjoyed making all of these. I'm glad I'm done, but it was an interesting, if messy, summer.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Final Touches

I'm putting final touches on some things I'm going to sell on Etsy.com.

Here's one of my favorites...

I'm sure you can see why. It looks like a giant snowflake, doesn't it? Even more so, with the final touches. And snowflakes? They're so beautiful, delicate and perfect for a Christmas tree skirt.

Then there's this one: quilted indigo silk velvet.

Wow. It's so incredibly soft and luxurious in person. Could there be anything prettier? Oh right. Quilted indigo silk velvet with silver lame and trimmed in white fluffy stuff. I actually want to wrap up in this one or maybe recut the whole shebang into a pillow.

I've also got this one.

It's going to get a good bit prettier (a few "final touches" left to add) and yes, a big gold bow, too.

So... this is how I spent my spare time this summer. Each of these were each individually designed, unique and individual, cut specifically to make the most of the fabric and other design elements. Each was made, by hand, painstakingly put together for the maximum decorative impact and holiday "feel." I'm hoping they'll become heirlooms for the buyers; proud parts of their annual holiday traditions. So they are definitely BUILT TO LAST.

I'm going to post each of these on etsy.com and then post the link here. And we'll see how that goes, I guess.