Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Anyone out there that has a gentle giant of a large dog, or a Great Dane in particular like Matt and I do, know what it's like when they are always giving you the look. That pitiful "I'm dying because you're ignoring me" droopy eyed look. And Zeus has it down pat. This is the day in the life of Zeus. When 'mom' is working and he has to just sit around and watch. Rough life, eh?
Photo shoot time means Zeus' fat lip and droopy face come out to complain. My favorite is when he stands between me and the mannequin and thuds down on the ground. I wasn't lucky enough to catch that today, but he sure was a ham for the camera. Enjoy some silly sweet Zeusy pics. He's the best dog in the whole world.
"Oh geez, another photo shoot where I have to sit and chew on ma's socks. Life is so hard..."
His '100 yard stare'... I think he needs an agent with these poses. What do you think?
"Ughhmph. That woman made of stone gets all the attention from ma," as I photograph purse after purse on my mannequin, Ursula.
You'd think he was forced to lay on hardwood floors all day from this face, as I literally took him for a car ride when I had no place to go, because it rained all day and he didn't get to play much, as he's drooling on the couch next to me while we watch The Following. He is definitely not miserable like he looks in the photos, that is surely not the case. Sometimes, I take a step back and laugh at how much of a dog person I've become since Zeus and Matt came into my life. And since Matt is out of town, I can guarantee Zeus will sleep under the covers tonight, snuggling like a big ol' mutt. Talk about spoiled. He's the best.
New listings up in the Etsy shop, y'all. Check. It. Out.... 'Night!
Monday, March 3, 2014
As the beginning of spring approaches, so does my weekly market. Riverside Arts Market reopened this past weekend, and I wanted something new for Shelby and my booth. I'd been wanting to make these triangle fabric banners for a while, and I didn't even know what they were called. After some typical googling, I found they are "Bunting Banners". I knew they would serve well to draw people in, and make a defined space for my booth.
They turned out to be a big hit, and my booth was beautiful! Don't you think? I'm so in love with them, I can't believe it took me so long them! It's been in my head for months and months. I made two 15 feet banners with scrap fabric from my sewing room, and with double fold bias tape. Here is a nice and quick tutorial, great for any skill level of sewer.
Materials and tools you will need:
- a triangle cutout on cardstock or thick paper or the size you desire
- one yard of fabric or scrap pieces
- cutting tools
- double folded bias tape or trim for the rope of the banner
- matching thread
Cut about 30 triangles, but here a quick trick. Fold your fabric good sides together before cutting. Cuts the work in half and cut two at a time. Sew the two long sides of the triangle. Turn right side out and top stitch along the edges for a crisper finish.
Using two strips of double sided bias tape, place the triangle between them and top stitch from one end to the other. I spaced the triangles out with the gap between them as the same width of the triangles.The first line, sew the top side.
Double back and sew along the bottom edge of the bias tape. And BAM! All done. String them up and hang them wherever your heart desires.
Aren't they just too cute? I wish I had more excuses to make them and drape them around the house. I'm sensing seasonal bunting banner coming soon in our home!
What kind of bunting banners would you make? Where would you hang them?
Friday, February 28, 2014
Okay, so you're wondering, what is One Spark?One Spark is the world's largest crowd funding festival, and it just happens to be here in Jacksonville. It is the second annual One Spark this year, with over $300,000 in crowd funding to be dispersed to small businesses and big ideas, and over $3 million in potential investments. This year, we are submitting an amazing initiative. We want to open a local sewing lounge. Read more about it below, and how you can help out!
About Our ProjectMy name is Sally Keiser, and I am a Jacksonville based clothing designer. When I first moved to Jacksonville in 2013, the creative scene blew me away, with creative spaces for artists, but none dedicated to sewing. This shop would offer sewing machines, tools, cutting tables, dress forms, lessons, rentable machines, and everything necessary for any sewing project. A one-stop shop for all things sewing, with a local fair-trade feel, setting itself apart from the big chains stores. Even a communal fabric area, to recycle unused fabric. A coffee house / creative sewing space feel for locals to drop-in, sew, collaborate, chat, receive sewing lessons, rent machines, buy and trade fabrics and notions, and build a community presence with sewing. Offer locals to teach sewing lessons, giving back in their own way, as well. Sewing is quickly becoming a lost art, but at the same time a sought after skill with social media sites like Pinterest reigniting interest in sewing and home decor with young women. We will bring the digital presence to the shop as well, with iPads at each station, to refer back to online favorites.
Project Showcase Proposal
A 1973 Shasta Compact, my mobile boutique, with a few tables with sewing machines out front, with small scraps and little sewing projects for attendees to sit down and sew. They will see just how easily they can sew, building interest in sewing and lessons.
What sets your Project apart from what is currently available?
There are no sewing studios in the city. Sewing is quickly becoming a lost art, but at the same time a sought after skill with social media sites like Pinterest reigniting interest in sewing and home decor with young women.
Why are you and your team the best people on the planet to handle this project?
Sally Keiser, a seamstress of 20 years and designer of handbags and clothing. Working exclusively for myself for the past 6 years, I am very knowledgeable in sewing and business. I am very passionate about paying it forward with knowledge and skills. I want to be the go-between and teacher, bringing people together and teaching others how to tap into their creative brain. I have been a mentor and sewing instructor, a bridal seamstress, a self-employed designer, and more.
View our project here, and learn more about One Spark here. The festival takes place from April 9-13, 2014 in Jacksonville, Florida. Interested in being a part of our team? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below. Ideas? Suggestions to make our project better? Let us know what you'd want from a sewing space!
More into coming soon! We are SO excited to showcase this year!
More into coming soon! We are SO excited to showcase this year!
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Since shaving my head last May, I've completely changed my hair regimen. It's a little unconventional, so keep an open mind. I'm so excited to share my gradual transition into, get ready for it, NOT washing my hair. That's right, I don't wash my hair anymore, and before you judge, read on. I swear it's not gross.
It all started when I shaved my head. My hair has been super long and paper white blog and I absolutely loved it. The maintenance, well that was another story. Naturally dark brown hair, the blonde was about $150/ month to maintain, and that was getting a very great deal from the best salon in Augusta.
Then Matt and I got the news we'd be moving to Florida. We were beyond excited to start a new chapter in our lives. Because of his new job, I'd be able to quit my part-time bartending job to be able to do more than full-time at design, and Matt would be moving up in his career. Win/win. Well then I had to think about my hair. Continuing with blonde was extra money I knew we wouldn't want to have to spend, so I went magenta and short. Spontaneous Sally got antsy and that didn't last more than a few weeks before taking to Matt's clippers 6 days before we pulled out of Georgia. I woke up one morning and the pompadour that I had cut my bob down to was really annoying me. Bam. I shaved my head. I didn't even tell Matt I was going to do it. He was surprised to say the least.
Common sense can even tell you, it's quite silly to wash a shaved head with shampoo. I'd use a pea sized amount of shampoo a few times a week, no conditioner, if I even remembered. It honestly wasn't even worth the time to do that. Sometimes I'd use Matt's pomade. Since we had moved, I did a giant purge of hair products, giving a friend literally ALL my hair products and tools save one or two brushes that I really adored.
As my hair start to grow, and even retain the littlest bit of water in it after showering, I'd start playing with it. I'd chop at the back of my ducktail here and there, letting the top continue to grow. When the time came for a flat top, I was so excited and happy with short hair. Not to mention being in Florida with no hair in the summer, it was phenomenal.
Well as it grew, I was still only shampooing it once or twice a week, all the while holding off on the conditioner. My naturally thick and slightly corse hair was loving it. It was full of body and movement and like a sculpture on some days. It started to feel like it had it's own mind and personality.
Then I met a fellow vendor at Riverside Arts Market that sells natural plant based soaps and lotions. Her shampoo was next on my list to transition into a natural regimen. Around that same time, Matt ran out of pomade, and I thought agh, what the hell, I'll just not wash it everyday and rinse it with hot water, and see what happens.
Still blow drying it everyday to be able to control some of it's wild nature, my hair was getting better and better. Eventually noticing a slight buildup from the natural shampoo, I cut that out two weeks ago. I haven't washed my hair since. I simply rinse it with hot water everyday when I shower, and it's good to go. I shared my method on Instagram the other day, and received an overwhelming response from internet friends that are on a similar path as I.
Some people may be grossed out by the whole thing, thinking unwashed hair is dirty, oily, unclean. Well think about the other, 'normal' method that most take to. Using a detergent (shampoo) everyday that strips the follicles of their natural oils and protectants, to then douse it with a lotiony goo (conditioner) to put some semblance of oils and moisture back on the hair. Seems a little silly right? Unless you are using a ton of product, how dirty does one's hair really get everyday. It's like reading the label of Chapstick to see that it has drying agents in it. Lotions that contain alcohol. So many products on the market are designed to make our bodies need them. Use antiperspirant so you don't stink or sweat,.. but when happens when you quit using it? Your body's levels will readjust and you will stop smelling when you sweat (I also quit antiperspirant a few years ago). Same goes with hair.
My hair's chemistry is a world away from what it was when I was shampooing everyday, and I mean when it was long and natural, not just blonde and chemically altered. My natural curls are back and my hair is still short. I never would see these curls until my hair would grow more.
In the past two weeks, I've used baking soda to give my hair a good scrub just once. I placed about 1/2 cup of baking soda in a custard cup and scrubbed my roots in the shower. Now that was an interesting experience. Maybe I won't stick with it forever, well that I don't know. I'm just enjoying the transition into something different, and exploring new options. It is definitely something I will stick with while I can manage this crazy main being a short coif. I think it may be more difficult as my hair grows.
What's does my hair feel like? You know what hair looks like in period movies, when it just kind of falls into place, curls seem more coarse and defined… that's what it feels like. I don't currently use any product in my hair either, aside from baby powder late in the day to give it an extra oomph if we're going out.
While the "no poo" method isn't for everyone, I encourage you all to step back and reevaluate your beauty method and routine, opting for more natural and chemical free products. It's amazing what the human body can accomplish all on it's own.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Oh Florida, I truly love you. I don't mean to boast or brag, but this weather lately has got me really loving life and the plans for our future. Matt and I spent the day yesterday in Amelia Island, a super ritzy island north of Jacksonville. It's wild to think something so different than our everyday life is so close by. A quick 45 minute drive and we're in another world. I swear we were the youngest people on the island, aside from people that work there. It's mostly older wealthy retired people and the community that works to support it all.
We shot a video for his job (MattAboutJax) in the morning while hang gliding, oh man it was so amazing, and then spent the afternoon exploring the downtown area while coming to some great conclusions about out career that have been lingering in the forefront of our brains for some time now.
Surrounded by retired people enjoying their days with absolutely nothing on their agenda, you'd think we'd be thinking, "hmmm, better start thinking about setting up a retirement." Au contrare. If you think about it, most people work 30+ years to be able to someday, maybe, retire in to nice warm place.
With money in the bank, kids grown and moved away, and little worries, retirees are able to spend their days how they please, dining in open-air restaurants in February, eating ice cream on the sidewalk, and debating weather or not to go to the beach. Well we decided, why wait? Why work and save and then enjoy ourselves? I don't wait to be 60 and then experience places like Amelia Island. We're going to do it now. A dream not feasible for most, Matt's job would be the vehicle for that. And the potential for a nomadic lifestyle a few years down the road seems an idea too good to be true. But it's a dream we're hoping to make a reality.
Cliche, yes, but life is too short to spend behind a desk. And we will not. I mean, look at this view ^^. Just another Wednesday for us. Check out Matt's videos for a little look at what we've been up to lately, and add it to your bookmarks. With about 3 per week, there's always something new and exciting. When you watch his videos, you can always assume I'm behind the camera, as I'm shooting Matt getting into some shenanigan's and showing off our fair city. Also, I am now writing for another blog, about Jacksonville, called JaxSpeax, where I'll show you what's good in town. Even if you aren't living in the area, check it out.
Now time to dive into my OneSpark planning. We're getting off the ground with opening *fingers crossed* a drop-in sewing studio in Jacksonville. More soon on our plans.