Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

My pumpkin, carved usinga spider templates from Martha Stewart.

The spider pumpkin

The munchkin's pumpkin, designed and carved with a little help from Daddy:

munchkin's pumpkin

I have had two butterfingers, three reese's peanut butter cups, and a kitkat. *urp* Now off to watch Coppola's Dracula! Happy Halloween to you all!

Happy Anniversary to Me!

Today is my 11th anniversary as a business.

Castle Cake in Peach

On Halloween Day in 1999, I sold my wares at an event for the very first time. The show was appropriately called the Black Cat Festival, and was run by a lady who owned a candle shop. The shop is long gone now, and my wares have totally changed over the course of the last decade plus. When I started out, I was selling wire wrapped glassware as my main line, and jewelry was just an afterthought.

After about five years I got tired of lugging 6-8 totes of glass around to all my shows and breaking glass and storing 6-8 totes of glass, and decided to make jewelry my main line. And look where I am now!

Designs by Victoria on Etsy

Designs by Victoria on Artfire

Miss Victoria's Vintage on Etsy

Miss Victoria's Vintage on Artfire

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Costuming update

I've been bad! Almost two weeks and no posting. I've been busy, getting ready for Halloween and Steamcon, though.

Here's three new parasols I've finished in the last week:

batik and plaid parasols


And I have turned my daughter into a pirate:


I've also started a new outfit for myself, began the cutting tonight. Sneak preview of the fabrics:

The start of the pink and grey suit

Thursday, October 14, 2010

More costuming

Steamcon will be here before I can blink, and I am working on several outfits, plus the Halloween costume for the munchkin.

Aside from building holsters, I have one outfit complete. This cincher is a part of it!

Leather Cincher

Hubby modded two nerf guns for me:

n-strike mod

And I am in the process of making a junior pirate outfit, with Simplicity 3644. I've got the pieces all cut out for the trousers, shirt, and vest. Now I just need quality sewing machine time!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

My first Artfire collection!

Featuring members of the newly formed Jewelry on Artfire Guild, as well as some other spooky delights! That's right, some of the artists from the Jewelry on Etsy team have started a guild on Artfire, because we don't get enough of each other already.

Search "jaguild" for more jewelry from our group!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Costuming progresses

I finished another of the pieces I needed for one particular costume for Steamcon last night, a cincher. It's made from the Butterick 5317 pattern, with shoulder straps added.

Leather Cincher

Leather Cincher

Leather Cincher

It's made from elk leather, reinforced with cotton duck and finished with cotton binding. Still needs some tweaking, but on the whole I'm happy with it. Gun holsters will be attached to this when the guns are finished. Guns, you say? What guns? Why the Nerf N-Strike Recon CS guns that my wonderful husband will be modding for me:

Nerf N-strike Recon CS


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Of Bloomers and Parasols!

I am working on some costumes for Steamcon. Really I am.


A pair of bloomers for one of the concepts in development. I've got one more costume bit to make, and another that I'll be ordering from someone (*hopefully*). And this weekend the husband and I will be shopping for a matched brace of Nerf guns for him to mod for me. If all the pieces come together, this will be epic.

Finished a new parasol this weekend, speaking of Steamcon:

Steampunk Lolita OOAK Tan Parasol with Ivory Braid and Fringe