Tu-Tu Additions: Some New Takes On an Old Product

A conversation about my Long Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt inspired me to create some new versions, so this is how I spent my Sunday.  We had talked about two changes: 1) making it shorter in the front, and 2) making a more “tattered” look.  My tu-tus are made with strips of tulle, so I took 1/3 of the strips it takes to make a long tu-tu and cut them in half to make the shorter part.  This results in a slightly fuller skirt, as there are more strips attached to the waistband.  Here is an even high-low tu-tu tulle skirt:

High-Low Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt Front View

High-Low Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt Front View

Basically, you have my Regular Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt in the front, and the long one in the back.  Since this uses the same amount of materials that the long one does, I’ll be charging the same amount, so if you want to order one like this before I get a new listing up, just order the Long Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt and include a note in the comments that you want the High-Low version.

Here’s a side view:

High-Low Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt Side View

High-Low Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt Side View

And here’s the back view:

High-Low Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt Back View

High-Low Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt Back View

For the more “tattered” look, I took the shorter strips for the front, and instead of folding them exactly in half before attaching them to the waistband, I folded them haphazardly at some random point, so each piece ended up with two different lengths.  It turned out like this:

High-Low Tattered Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt Front View

High-Low Tattered Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt Front View

Since this one also uses the same amount of materials as the Long Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt, you can order that one and just put a note in the comments section that you want the High-Low Tattered version.  I really love how this color combination turned out.  This is technically a three-color skirt, I just used the same turquoise for two of the colors, so there’s twice as much of it as there is of the mint green.  I think it ended up with a gorgeous water-effect look!

Here is the side view:

High-Low Tattered Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt Side View

High-Low Tattered Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt Side View

And here is the back view:

High-Low Tattered Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt Back View

High-Low Tattered Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt Back View

Then, just because I wanted to see how the skirt would look overall with the tattered effect, I made a Regular Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt and applied the same haphazard technique all the way around.  This is what I ended up with:

Regular Tattered Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt Front View

Regular Tattered Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt Front View

And the side view:

Regular Tattered Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt Side View

Regular Tattered Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt Side View

And the back view:

Regular Tattered Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt Back View

Regular Tattered Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt Back View

This version uses the same amount of materials as the Regular Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt, so if you want to order a tattered version, just order the regular one and put a note in the comments that you’d like the tattered version instead.

Eventually, I’ll get separate listings up for these versions, but I’ll need to get more pictures first.  I just wanted to get these posted so you could see what I came up with!

These would be great for several different Halloween costumes, but please remember that I need 1-2 weeks for processing and it could take another week to get to you in the mail (longer if you live outside the United States) so order early!  And if you do order one, post a pic on my Facebook page so we can all see the full costume. 🙂

Tuesday Top Ten: Favorited Items January 1st-7th

It’s the first Top Ten of the year!  Things have slowed down a little bit over in my Etsy shop and I really need to get some new stuff listed but I’ve been concentrating on cleaning and reorganizing my studio and getting ready for Birka, which is just over two weeks away now.  Eep!

There were only nine items that were favorited this past week, so I’m going to add in the most viewed item as number 10.  Here we go!

Steampunk/Vintage Style Copper and Distressed Pearls Upcycled Necklace - Handmade by Rewondered D225N-00350 - $20.95

Steampunk/Vintage Style Copper and Distressed Pearls Upcycled Necklace – Handmade by Rewondered D225N-00350 – $20.95

Blue Marble Gold-Framed Star on Gold Chain Simple Charm Necklace - Handmade by Rewondered D225N-00602 - $6.95

Blue Marble Gold-Framed Star on Gold Chain Simple Charm Necklace – Handmade by Rewondered D225N-00602 – $6.95

Blue and White Snail Enamel Simple Charm Necklace on Silver Chain - Handmade by Rewondered D225N-00978 - $7.95

Blue and White Snail Enamel Simple Charm Necklace on Silver Chain – Handmade by Rewondered D225N-00978 – $7.95

Turquoise Blue and Copper Large Bead Necklace with Turquoise Blue and White Snail Charm - Handmade by Rewondered D225N-00366 - $24.95

Turquoise Blue and Copper Large Bead Necklace with Turquoise Blue and White Snail Charm – Handmade by Rewondered D225N-00366 – $24.95

Rainbow Connection Beaded Necklace with Star Charms - Handmade by Rewondered D225N-03980 - $24.95

Rainbow Connection Beaded Necklace with Star Charms – Handmade by Rewondered D225N-03980 – $24.95

Hockey Skate Simple Charm Necklace - Your Choice of Black Cord or Silver Chain - Handmade by Rewondered D225N-25101 - $7.95

Hockey Skate Simple Charm Necklace – Your Choice of Black Cord or Silver Chain – Handmade by Rewondered D225N-25101 – $7.95

Hockey Wine Charm Set of Four Wine Glass Markers - Your Choice of Team Colors - Handmade by Rewondered D643W-00006 - $14.95

Hockey Wine Charm Set of Four Wine Glass Markers – Your Choice of Team Colors – Handmade by Rewondered D643W-00006 – $14.95

Long Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt - Custom Made To Fit With Your Choice of Colors - Handmade by Rewondered - $39.95

Long Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt – Custom Made To Fit With Your Choice of Colors – Handmade by Rewondered – $39.95

Spiderman Glass Pebble Ring with Adjustable Band - Handmade by Rewondered D225R-00009 - $5.95

Spiderman Glass Pebble Ring with Adjustable Band – Handmade by Rewondered D225R-00009 – $5.95

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And the most viewed item last week was:

Hand-Tied Knotted Fringe Fleece Boa Scarf - Handmade by Rewondered D201S-00001 - $24.95

Hand-Tied Knotted Fringe Fleece Boa Scarf – Handmade by Rewondered D201S-00001 – $24.95

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I was wearing the orange and pink fleece boa scarf that matches my Animal hat and the woman cutting fabric for me at Jo-Ann asked me how I made it.  When I told her that each strip is individually cut and tied together she said that I must have a lot of patience!  Yes, they can be a little time-consuming to make, but I’m able to do them when I just need something to do with my hands but my concentration is elsewhere, like when I’m watching a movie or doing my radio show.

Also, I’m amused that two pieces of my wedding attire are in this week’s Top Ten.  I wore a Long Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt underneath my dress and the Rainbow Connection necklace.  I still need to get Rewondered dresses, ribbon veils, and Bow-quets up for sale!

Gratuitous wedding photo! See, long tu-tu and Rainbow Connection necklace. I’m holding the ribbons from our handfasting, rather than my Bow-quet though.

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Speaking of getting things up for sale, I definitely need to get back to work.  Tons to do today before I go on the air for The Cape Radio at 4pm!

Five X Fifty: Day 12 – Tu-Tus

And now for something completely different…

I made a multi-color tu-tu petticoat to wear underneath my wedding dress, and I’ve been meaning to offer them in my Etsy shop.  Finally got around to making enough samples to do so!  They are available in three sizes: Mini, Regular, and Long, but can also be made to any length via a custom order.  But three is not five, and this is a Five X Fifty, so I made five different color combinations with two samples for each size, repeating the Rainbow combination for both the Mini and Long sizes because hey, rainbows!

Rainbow Mini Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt - Custom Made To Fit With Your Choice of Colors - Handmade by Rewondered - $19.95

Rainbow Mini Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt – Custom Made To Fit With Your Choice of Colors – Handmade by Rewondered – $19.95

Fire Mini Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt – Custom Made To Fit With Your Choice of Colors – Handmade by Rewondered – $19.95

Water Regular Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt - Custom Made To Fit With Your Choice of Colors - Handmade by Rewondered - $29.95

Water Regular Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt – Custom Made To Fit With Your Choice of Colors – Handmade by Rewondered – $29.95

Rock N Roll Regular Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt - Custom Made To Fit With Your Choice of Colors - Handmade by Rewondered - $29.95

Rock N Roll Regular Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt – Custom Made To Fit With Your Choice of Colors – Handmade by Rewondered – $29.95

Autumn in New England Long Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt – Custom Made To Fit With Your Choice of Colors – Handmade by Rewondered – $39.95

Rainbow Long Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt - Custom Made To Fit With Your Choice of Colors - Handmade by Rewondered - $39.95

Rainbow Long Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt – Custom Made To Fit With Your Choice of Colors – Handmade by Rewondered – $39.95

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And here’s a close up of the Long one I wore underneath my wedding dress:

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Yes, I wore Converse under my wedding dress.  Outdoor wedding, uneven ground, standing in one spot for awhile… not an occasion where I wanted to wear heels!  And just because this is MY blog, how about another gratuitous wedding pic of me and my handsome husband?

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Okay, now back to business!  A Mini Tu-Tu Tulle Skirt can be chosen as your free item for a $20 contribution to my IndieGoGo campaign, a Regular one can be chosen for a $30 contribution, and if you want a Long one, you might as well spend the extra $10 and go with the $50 contribution and use that $210 gift certificate, leaving you $170.05 still to spend.  So for $50 you could get 5 Long Tu-Tus and still have money left over!

And my apologies for getting the post out so much later than I had wanted… I took the wrong exit, then went the wrong direction, and in the process of turning around managed to completely lose my sense of direction so I ended up going the wrong way AGAIN!  I finally got on the right road going the right way, only to realize as I passed another exit that I probably should have gone that way instead, so I drove through town rather than going around on the highway.  Then I drove right past my destination, so I had to turn around yet again!  As I left there, I realized I should probably stop at that store that was in that same complex, so I ended up going out one exit and back in again the next.  I was doing better for awhile, but on the way home I drove right past the exit I should have taken, so I had to go up to the next one and back around again.  *sigh*  It’s been a “going around in circles” kind of day.

But tomorrow is a new day!  What surprises do you think it has in store for us?

Thursday Thoughts: OMG! I Got Married!

I think I have a pretty good excuse for not blogging for a few weeks.  The days leading up to the wedding were full of last minute planning and DIY projects, running around trying to find all the supplies I needed, making sure everyone had the information they needed, and general craziness.

Last Thursday, I packed up my car with all the things we would need, and headed down to where the wedding was being held.  Then began the whirlwind of connecting with out of town guests, getting everything in place, and trying to remember to breathe.

I was pretty bossy on Saturday, making sure everything got done, but I don’t think I crossed the line into Bridezilla or Bridethulhu territory, just my normal workaholic self coordinating an event.  My hair-dresser/DJ had to practically shove me into the shower and then tie me to the chair so she could get my hair braided.

My guests started arriving, and were probably shocked to see me running around in shorts and a white button-up top, with my hair looking fabulous but the rest of me so obviously not ready for a wedding.  I assured them that nothing would start without me!

Wondie Before the Wedding

I’m going to go get dressed, really I am!

The ceremony was full of fun and laughter, joy and love, and everything turned out wonderfully.  I’ll have a big write-up for you all later, but you can watch it here:

 

We spent Sunday hanging out with our out of town guests, taking my parents up to our house in New Hampshire so they could see where we live, and having dinner at the amazing Dim Sum place in Concord.  Monday, we took my mother to the airport, played miniature golf with my Best Man, then got caught in traffic as we drove down to Providence to meet up with my Dad and his wife and our caterers for dinner.  This was the worst part of the whole weekend, and our levels of cope had completely run out, but we eventually made it down and had a nice dinner.  We changed our original plans to stay in Mansfield another night, and took Tuesday easy, including an unscheduled 3+ hour nap!  We got home again late Tuesday night and I spent Wednesday going through photos and videos and getting them posted online.

So now I’m sitting down and writing this and thinking, “Wow, we did it!  We got married!”  It doesn’t necessarily feel any different, after all, we have felt married for the past year, so the only real difference is that piece of paper that makes it all legal.  But it is an amazing feeling to see how all my hard work in planning and making things for the wedding paid off.  And an even more amazing feeling to see the outpouring of love and affection as our friends and family came together to make this day happen for us.  We could not have done this without their help and support, and I do not have the words to fully express my gratitude, so I will just say “thank you” for now.

If you want to see pictures, I have about half the ones I know were taken up on my Flickr, and will add more as I receive them.  I’m attempting to put together a set with no more than 50 photos so I can submit our wedding to Offbeat Bride, but there are so many great ones, it’s hard to decide which ones best tell our story.  This one sums things up pretty well though, I think. 😛

Who Invited All These Tacky People?

Who Invited All These Tacky People?

Monday Musings: Busy As A Bee

I haven’t posted in awhile, because I’ve been extremely busy.

Black and Yellow Beaded Necklace with Silver Bee Charms by Rewondered

Black and Yellow Beaded Necklace with Silver Bee Charms by Rewondered

My current term at CSCC ends on Wednesday, August 15th, and I just have one final exam and one final project left to complete.  I’m taking care of all the details for transferring and will begin working on my Bachelor’s degree at Granite State College on September 8th.  I am so ready to begin the next chapter of my education, and really looking forward to attending Granite State.

Golden Bumblebee on Gold Chain Simple Charm Necklace by Rewondered

Golden Bumblebee on Gold Chain Simple Charm Necklace by Rewondered

The wedding is now less than two weeks away and I still have tons to do, but I’m also getting tons of help.  We went last Friday to apply for our marriage license, and Lorne will be picking it up today.  We are taste-testing cupcakes (oh the horror!) this weekend while we attend the Festival of Fireworks and hang out with our friends.  The forecast right now is not pretty, and I’m hoping it will be clear on the day of the wedding.

Yellow and Black Beaded Necklace with Silver Bumble Bee Charms by Rewondered

Yellow and Black Beaded Necklace with Silver Bumble Bee Charms

And of course through it all, I am trying to keep the business going and growing.  I am offering 25% off in my Etsy shop with the coupon code WEDDING through the end of August, to help recoup some of the costs of the wedding.  I also have items (many not available on Etsy) up on eBay with the Best Offer option, so feel free to make me an offer!  I do charge shipping and handling on eBay, as they take a greater percentage of my sale than Etsy does, so I can’t afford to offer free shipping there.  I’m hoping to find time to add more items to each by the end of the week, but we’ll see how that goes!

I’ve been working on a few other plans as well, that I will implement after the wedding.  I want to start Weekly Wrap-Up posts that let you know what I’ve done that week to work toward my dreams, like I did in my last post.  I want to offer a consignment service to other artists who only make a few things and don’t want to go through the hassle of setting up their own store.  I’m looking at other venues where I can sell my items.  I’m considering another crowdfunding campaign to help with the Reconnect and Redesign phases I have planned.  And I still have all these ideas in my head that need to be translated into new products.

So you will be seeing more of me, I promise, but if I disappear a bit between now and the wedding, don’t be too surprised.  I’m just tending to what needs tending. 🙂

Pink and Silver Beaded Necklace with Gardening Tools Charms by Rewondered

Pink and Silver Beaded Necklace with Gardening Tools Charms by Rewondered

Rewondered: Before and After – Prom Dress To Wedding Dress

The Rewondered: Before and After series will feature some of my favorite transformations in rewondering.  I’ll show you what I started with, tell you what I did to rewonder the item, then show you the finished piece.  We’re starting with my wedding dress.

I picked up this silver prom dress at Goodwill for $5.  It didn’t look very exciting on the hanger, and I figured I’d use it for the fabric or something.

BEFORE - Silver Prom Dress on Hanger - Front

BEFORE – Silver Prom Dress on Hanger – Front

BEFORE - Silver Prom Dress on Hanger - Back

BEFORE – Silver Prom Dress on Hanger – Back

It’s not easy to see in the pic, but I like the gathering on the back around the zipper.  I decided to try the dress on and was amazed at how well it fit me, and I began to envision what I could do to it to turn it into my dream dress.  I had originally planned to do separate pieces: a corset top, layered skirts, a shrug to cover my shoulders, etc.  I (badly) drew my idea in a notebook while I was in Florida last March:

Wedding Dress Design Idea

Wedding Dress Design Idea

So with a little tweaking of my design I got to work on a lot of tweaking of the dress.  First, I fixed the halter strap, which was missing a hook and eye to keep it together at the back of my neck.  Next, I sewed elastic under the front seams of the skirt, causing it to gather.  It didn’t end up as short as I wanted, so I tacked the edges of the hem up at the waist underneath, forming more of a bubble skirt.  I decided to leave the back as is, but the front needed something, so I took eye pins from my jewelry supply stash and made hooks that I hand sewed to the bodice along the front seams, then threaded a dark grey ribbon through them, corset style.  I found this adorable white tulle with silver stars on it and made “sleeves” instead of the originally planned shrug.  I ended up with this:

AFTER - Finished Wedding Dress on Hanger

AFTER – Finished Wedding Dress on Hanger

Add the multi-color tutu petticoat I made earlier underneath, and this is what it looks like on me (without my hair done or any makeup on… I’m a great model, huh?)

AFTER - Me Wearing My Wedding Dress

AFTER – Me Wearing My Wedding Dress

I still need to do a few more tweaks to it.  A couple of the hooks came off (as you can tell in the picture if you look closely) so I need to fix those and rethread the ribbon, and work on the sleeves a bit.  I’m thinking about removing some of the tulle or making a new petticoat that is a little less full.  All in all, I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out.  Also, for any of you superstitious folks that are going to freak out about Lorne seeing my dress before the wedding if he reads this blog (which he does), it’s far too late, as he’s the one who took the pictures.  We don’t believe in any of those superstitions, and we already feel like we’re married, we’re just making it all legal and sharing the day with our friends and family.  Besides, if he took a picture of me doing “I’m a Little Teapot” while wearing this dress, and I post it on the internet, it must be love, right? 🙂

I'm A Little Teapot

I’m A Little Teapot

The Final Countdown – 1…

One day left in my IndieGoGo campaign!  You only have until 11:59pm Pacific to make a contribution!

I think I saved the best video for last:

Last day… only about 10 hours left as I finally get to posting this.  So the next countdown from 10 starts now, but I won’t be posting for each number, mostly because I don’t want to stay up until 3am my time!

I wanted to get the last six new products done before I posted, and I’m happy to say I did it!  I made 50 new items in 50 days!  And I still have tons of ideas and half-finished products.  I’m going to continue to try and make one new item every day, because it feeds my soul as well as my business.  I don’t think I’ll be able to keep up this posting every day though!  I’ll be taking a break next week as I head down to Columbus to pick up some of the supplies I have in storage and take care of some other business there, but after my return I plan to post new products on a regular basis.

So here’s the last of the new products!

I had a bunch of these scraps of white fabric, all cut exactly the same in a vaguely triangular shape.  I decided to sew them together and make a wrap skirt, using silver blanket binding as the sash/belt.  It’s just folded up on the hanger here, I’ll have to get a pic of it actually on someone.

White Scrap Wrap Skirt

White Scrap Wrap Skirt

I used to be very into scrapbooking, and actually had someone pay me $750 to do a 50-page custom scrapbook as a gift for his parents’ 50th wedding anniversary (and I’d be happy to do more custom scrapbooking, just email me).  I even decoupaged an album cover, like I did with this new product, which will be the front cover of my own wedding scrapbook.

Wedding Scrapbook Album Cover

Wedding Scrapbook Album Cover

I’m amused with the “Once upon a time” paper, as the story is “The Princess and the Frog.”  I still need to seal it and make the back cover, and get page protectors for the inside.  This next item will be the first page of my scrapbook:

Wedding Scrapbook Page

Wedding Scrapbook Page

I know the cover and page don’t seem to go together, but our “theme” is An Eclectic Hodge-Podge of Happiness so we’re just throwing everything we love together and having a mash-up wedding.  Which is appropriate since this princess is marrying the King of the Mash-up. 😉

Our colors are pretty much all the colors, and I have a huge storage tub full of odds and ends of ribbons, so I decided to make this Bow-quet.

Bow-quet

Bow-quet

I love puns.  And it was a lot of fun sticking bows all over this!

And last but not least, I’ll give you a sneak peak at my wedding dress.  I’m planning to do a Before and After post, showing you what I started with and how the entire dress looks finished, but I need to get someone to take pics of me actually in the dress.  And it’s 91 degrees out right now so that’s not happening today.  I’d rather wait until my actual wedding day to sweat in my dress!  But anyway, here’s what it looks like on the hanger:

My Wedding Dress

My Wedding Dress

But wait, that’s only five things.  Where’s number 50?  Well, I think it’s so awesome that it deserves a post all to itself.  So I’ll be posting that a little bit later.  I think it’s going to become one of my signature pieces.  I told one friend of the idea and his immediate response was “I want one!”  Don’t worry, I won’t keep you in suspense TOO long. 😉

Hope you’ve enjoyed seeing all my new products as I’ve made them.  I need to get some better pictures and create the listings for my Etsy shop, which will be next up on the agenda.  Thanks for taking an interest in my IndieGoGo campaign and your support!  I’m still $290 from my goal, which would go a long way toward getting these products up for sale (Etsy fees, packaging, store subscription, etc) and getting more supplies from storage so I can create even more new products.  I know I have a bunch of steampunk ideas in the works sitting in that storage unit in Columbus, and the more I can get from my IndieGoGo campaign, the less I need to borrow for gas money to get things here where I can actually work on them!  So please, make a contribution, even $5 will help.  And don’t forget to tell all your friends to make their contribution before the clock runs out tonight!

The Final Countdown – 3…

Three days left in my IndieGoGo campaign!  Since yesterday’s video said the arrangement was from the Laibach version, I had to go find the Laibach version for comparison.  What do you think?

Three days left, and I have three new products for you!  First up is another Rewondered skirt.  I took a plain skirt that was too small and added a plaid panel to the front.  I have more of the plaid fabric, so I’m planning to make a matching top.

Rewondered Panel Skirt

Rewondered Panel Skirt

Next we have a new bracelet design featuring charms and beads.  This one has a music/rock ‘n’ roll theme and my favorite colors of red, silver, and black.  It’s available as one of the choices for the $20 Recreate perk!

Rock N Roll Bead and Charm Bracelet

Rock N Roll Bead and Charm Bracelet

And now something for the wedding… bride and groom champagne glasses.  I made charms that say “bride” and “groom” and added a frog charm to his and a mouse charm to mine.  The frog and mouse are nicknames of ours and refers to the song Froggy Went A-Courtin’Here’s a version by Suzy Bogguss.

Bride and Groom Champagne Glasses

Bride and Groom Champagne Glasses

Speaking of the wedding, I’ve been trying to figure out a hotel for my out of town guests.  There are concerts going on nearby that weekend, and all the hotels closest to the wedding site are booked up.  I’m looking at ones that are a 15-25 minute drive and it’s so hard to decide on one when the online reviews seem to go from “bug-infested hovel” to “this placed is awesome!”  Which is it?  I’m afraid to trust the good reviews in case my guests get there and experience the bad ones.  I may just have to roll a die and trust the powers of chance.

And to add to my hair-pulling, my desktop computer decided to go belly up last night, which isn’t as big as a deal as it could be except for one thing: the wedding invitation.  I didn’t back that up to my laptop because I don’t have Publisher on it.  I’m tempted to just forget invites and send everyone the code for the wedsite instead.  Or perhaps postcard invites with “You’re invited! Go to the wedsite for more info!”  That’s what I get for procrastinating on sending them, I guess.  *sigh*

On a brighter note, my IndieGoGo campaign is doing well, and I’m up to $210 in contributions, with just $290 left to reach my goal!  I’m hoping for more last minute contributions, which will help me get to Columbus to get some of my supplies out of storage, and get more items up in my Etsy shop and online store.  All contributions will go directly into the business and be split among phases one and two as best I can, as those are the most imperative right now.  I will update by the end of July with an exact accounting of how I spent/will spend every penny contributed, so you’ll know exactly what I did with the money.  And I’ll continue to update this blog with new products and how the money is helping Rewondered.

Thanks again for your contributions and help spreading the word about my IndieGoGo campaign!  You all rock!

The Final Countdown – 5…

Five days left in my IndieGoGo campaign!  Today’s version of The Final Countdown comes from the Twang Gang.

Five days… how time flies.  And how easily it seems to slip away from me.  I get working on a project and the next time I look at a clock, I’m amazed how much time has passed.  I have alarms set to go off at various times throughout the day to help me keep track, but that doesn’t always help.  Sometimes it just makes me nervous about how long something is taking me to get done.

Speaking of time and nervousness, today marks two months until the wedding.  *flails like a Muppet*  I still need to get the invitations out, get measurements of the guys in the wedding party so I can make vests and jabots for them, figure out what exactly we’re doing about the cake and cupcakes, decide what songs we want and make a playlist, finish my wedding dress, make the decorations and favors and bouquets and and and…

*deep breath*  Okay, it sounds like a lot, but it’s doable.  Some will even be done by the end of the week.  I still need to add 17 new products by Friday to reach my goal, and several of those are things I’m working on for the wedding, so that kills two birds with one stone.  The weather is cooling down again so I can get back into my studio, I’m nearly done with my playlist for tonight, and taking NyQuil last night seemed to help with the snot-brain.  I’m still snotty, but my concentration is much better today than it was yesterday.

Which is good, because I have a ton to do.  And I’d better get to it!

Monday Musings: Milestones

Last night, I watched the streaming video of Oregon State University’s commencement ceremony, hoping to catch a glimpse of my Dad, who graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in History (will be upgraded to summa cum laude after summer term grades are added in).  As I watched, I worked on my wedding dress, and it struck me how surreal this all was.  Seven years ago, I was living with my Dad and his wife after I got divorced, and neither one of us could have predicted we’d be where we are now.

My Dad turned 17 a couple of weeks before I was born, and graduated from high school a few months later.  He joined the Air Force but left two years later when his own father passed away.  He took a few college courses, but time and money were in short supply and he didn’t really have any idea what he wanted to be when he grew up.

I took a handful of college classes between my junior and senior years of high school, and another handful after graduation, but like my Dad, time and money and any idea of what I wanted to do with my life just weren’t available.  I got married, worked a variety of temporary jobs, tried a couple of those home party sales businesses, and finally tried college again just before I turned 30.  But everything got shook up when I asked for a divorce.  My nine years of marriage had left me with a distaste for the institution and I vowed it would take someone very special to convince me to try it again.

So in 2005, I started my life over.  I eventually ended up in Virginia, working in a call center as a customer service representative.  In 2008, I moved to the Chicago area and started working for a non-profit agency.  In 2009, I decided to give college another try, and began taking classes online through Columbus State Community College, majoring in Business Management – Entrepreneurship, with the idea of starting my own business someday.  That “someday” came sooner than I expected, as I was laid off in June of 2009.  I’ve had some fits and starts and lots of trial and error to get to Rewondered and upcycled fashion design, but I feel I’m on the right track now.  I’ve decided to take another year at CSCC to take some classes that will specifically help me with my business, then transfer to Granite State in Autumn of 2013 for my Bachelor’s degree.  If my plans work out (and we know how well my life goes according to plan!) I should graduate after Summer term of 2014.

Unfortunately, my Dad also got laid off in 2009, but that was the catalyst for him to go back to college.  His wife asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up, and as he sat down and seriously thought about the question, his love of history, particularly World War I aviation, took the forefront.  He’s worked very hard over the last three years, and that all paid off yesterday as he sat in a crowd of nearly 4000 other students waiting to be handed their degrees.  I caught a glimpse of him when the camera panned the crowd already at their seats during the processional, but he wasn’t facing the camera.  Then the first shot of the crowd when they asked everyone graduating with honors to stand was centered on him.  I yelled out “there he is!” even though I was the only one in the room at the time.  Lorne and I tried to catch him actually being handed his degree but with six different cameras to watch and no idea where he was in line, we weren’t able to.  But I stole this picture off his Facebook this morning:

My Dad, the Grad

My Dad, the Grad

The ceremony was pretty long, and afforded me the perfect opportunity to work on the hand sewing I needed to do for my wedding dress.  I have it mostly done, but there are a few tweaks left before it’s perfect.  I’m still planning to make it the first entry in my Rewondered: Before and After series, so you’ll get to see pictures.  My vision is definitely coming together!

So my Dad is now a college graduate (woohoo!) and I am getting married again in about two months (eek!) and I’m still sitting here in a bit of shock and awe.  We’re growing up so fast!  😛

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