Blogshop LA

Wow- July was such an amazing month! A couple weeks ago I flew to Los Angeles to attend Blogshop, a Photoshop class for bloggers, taught by Bri from Designlovefest and Angela from Angela and Ithyle. The class was crazy informative! Bri and Angela really know their stuff!

I learned so many things I can’t wait to implement on the blog! I definitely recommend this class to anyone who has a desire to learn photoshop. The past few weeks I have been working on quite a few updates behind the scenes that I can’t wait to share with you! I also look forward to sharing more of my fashion designs as well! Happy Humpday!

Celebrate Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day everyone! I just want to take a moment to say that I love my country and what it stands for. In this day and age when I see all the injustice and battles people are fighting in other countries and the rights others are desperately fighting for; I am extra thankful to be an American. As an American, take time out today and think of our country and the things we should be thankful for. Things are not perfect but they could always be far worse. I am also appreciative to all of the men and women who have fought to keep our country free! Thank you! Have a great fourth of July!

American Flag String Art by Staci

American Flag String Art by Staci

Diamonds On My Neck. Diamonds On My Grill.

I know you are asking yourself, “Ummm… Did she just quote Kelis?” Well, yes I did. And so did Daniel Kornrumpf.

In this issue of Vogue Patterns Magazine, I read about Daniel Kornrumpf, an artist that embroiders small self-portraits of others by hand. Here are some close-ups from a few of his pieces below. Pick up the August/September of Vogue Patterns to read more about Daniel‘s technique!

diamonds on my neck. diamonds on my grill (detail) 2007, hand embroidered on canvas 42″ x 36″

Brooklyn Bobby (Detail) 2007, hand embroidered on linen 50″ x 44″

Austin Texas (Detail) 2009, hand embroidered on canvas 42″ x 36″

Line of sight (detail) 2012, hand embroidered on linen 42″ x 36″

All images from Daniel Kornrumpf’s website.

A Talented Team of Mind-Reading Seamstresses

Today I received my Vogue Patterns Magazine! Yay! :) I love this magazine because it somehow magically reads my mind, inspires me with beautiful fashion images, introduces me to other creatives, and opens my mind to different approaches to sewing techniques! I was just talking to my husband yesterday about creating a sewing related app and then today I see tons of sewing apps in Vogue Patterns! I wonder if they can guess the number I am thinking of right now… :)



Rising Stars Fashion Show at Pier 5 Hotel

I am back from my week away after finishing class and presenting designs at the Rising Stars Fashion Show! The Maryland Center of Fashion Design hosted this year’s annual Fashion Legacy event at the Pier 5 Hotel in Baltimore last Sunday to honor Nataline and support the Nataline Sarkisyan Foundation. This event featured the Haute Couture Designs of the Rising Stars of the Maryland Center of Fashion Design.

The Fashion Legacy was created to honor Nataline Sarkisyan and her aspirations as a designer. Nataline was diagnosed with leukemia and lost her courageous battle on December 20, 2007. The below video tells more of her story in hopes to inform others of the disparities of healthcare in the US.

The annual proceeds of fashion show ticket sales by the Foundation, together with benevolent contributions to Fashion Legacy, provide grant scholarships to eligible students studying Fashion, Culinary or Medical School.

I’ve included a few images from the show by Glenwood Jackson, including some of my designs, and you can find more from the other designers here!



Post-show iPhone photo with Wintana (left) and Krystal (center

“This is really great. You should enjoy it.”

I didn’t have a career. I just did the next thing on the list.

-Neil Gaiman, The University of Arts Philadelphia Commencement Speech, 2012

Today I am sharing (as promised) another commencement speech that was incredibly inspiring (and funny)! I recently heard of Neil Gaiman, author of the The Sandman series (not sure how I missed him since I read quite a few comics as a kid) and he seems quite pleasant! You have to hear the part about the fraud police. He has quite a few take aways in this speech. Enjoy!

Neil Gaiman Addresses the University of the Arts Class of 2012 from The University of the Arts (Phl) on Vimeo.