Opal! by cobalt123 on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
A large specimen of natural opal on a dark matrix stone, this image was captured through the glass of a display case. Opals contain alot of water, anywhere up to 20%. Rings featuring a large opal gem are delicate and must not be exposed to temperature extremes or accidents that can crack them. Opals are often displayed in water so the iridescent glow called “play of color” appears. Not all opals have the color flash. This piece measures about two inches, a very large specimen.

For more information, this wikipedia article is good:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opal

5 fun facts
  1. I was obsessed with playing bass guitar in highschool. I’d rock out on my limited edition Mark Hoppus bass, in powder blue, with white pearlized pick guards and white leopard strap. (I quit after a couple years to pursue art with complete focus).
  2. Can’t stop dreaming about buying a plot of land and building a tiny house. (If you’re not familiar with the tiny house movement, google it!)
  3. I live and breathe art. So as a teen i worked many jobs to save up money, to travel Europe and see some Art History in person. Most of Art History is too Eurocentric, so i’d like to travel Asia soon. (I was yelled at by my dad, because in his eyes that money should have bought my first car. But i was content in walking/ biking/ carpooling ;)
  4. Living in constant sunshine drives me nuts, and i miss rain so much.
  5. My parents are fairly uptight and not as progressive as they try to make themselves sound. Politically i’m the black sheep in a family of black sheep. A belief in equal rights for all shouldn’t be special or rare.
Favorite Sewing Techniques / Effects / Materials

Here’s some of my favorite techniques, effects, and materials used on/in costumes.  Note: I may like the effect of certain techniques, but not necessarily creating them - they often require a lot of tedious labor!!

Not  in any particular order.

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Ombre. Anything.

An ombre effect is my favorite thing in the world.  I wish I had it on everything.  And it appears a LOT in the Phantom masquerade costumes, which I always appreciated.

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Pleating

It’s so crisp and neat, compared to a more “sloppy” look of gathering.  Note: I don’t think gathering looks bad! I just like the effect of pleats more.

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Iridescent Elements

Give me iridescence over silver or diamond or pearl any day.  I love it - it’s like pearlized pastel rainbow!  But cameras just never do justice when taking photos of iridescent stuff :/

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Embroidery & Beading

Oh, how I love embroidery & beading!  The average person would never understand how much time it takes to do both.  It’s such a rich, royal, intricate addition to any costume.

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Appliques & Gems

I love bling-ing things up with shiny sequined or beaded appliques and rhinestone/crystal gems!

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TASSELS!

Maybe it’s my inner-cat, but I literally have an obsession with tassels, and I will use them wherever I can (I’ll sneak them in, like on dressing gown #3 below).  They’re just FUN and they move and they are fascinating *bats them*

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Sheer and/or Lacy Drapery

I love how delicate the effect is.  And sometimes ghostly :)

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Burnout Effects

Especially on satins and charmeuse, and sometimes velvet.

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Tulle Edging/Trim

I love a sheer edging made from tulle.  I don’t get to utilize it a lot in replicas but I used it in my custom evening gown :)

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Metal Findings

I love mixing metal with soft fabrics, or decorating something and giving it an armor-esque and ornate look.

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Ribbon Flowers

I don’t know why I love these things but I just DO!  I’ve loved decorating costumes and accessories with them ever since I started sewing.  Perhaps it’s a kind of woodland-fairy-esque element of wearing something natural like flowers.  They’re just kind of magical.  

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Lacing & Mock Lacing

I like this element because it adds intricacy and a… historical element into a garment.  Whether it’s for function or fashion, I love the sense of the past and the historical look it gives.

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Jacquard Trim

This woven trim reminds me of embroidery that I love so much.

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Feathers

Another thing I don’t get to utilize very often unless I’m doing a hat!!  Another cat-like interest :)

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Intricate Lace

Embroidered, beaded, colored… especially ones that combine all these techniques!  I love just staring at embroidered tulle lace on eBay.  It’s so pretty.

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Photos are all from costumes I’ve made, or stuff I’ve stashed away for new costumes :)  From top to bottom: Star Princess #3, Wishing Gown #2, Movie-Version Dressing Gown [abandoned], Mandarin Robe, Star Princess #2, Hannibal #4, Wishing Gown #1, Dressing Gown #3, Blue Striped Victorian Gown, Elvira Gown, Black Evening Gown, Dressing Gown #11, Red Evening Gown, Triton #1, Hannibal #2, Serafimo Maid, Red Death Bear, Aminta #2, Serafimo Maid, Wandering Child Hat, Countess [not started], Aminta #2.

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Please, marvel with me over the beauty that is the Disney Jewel Tangled line of jewelry out of Disney Store Japan. 

Oooh.  Aaah. 

Here are some of my recent jewelry acquisitions out of Japan, and oh goodness the wheezing sounds I made when this line hit the website.  From what I’ve heard, the line sold out SO fast in the stores and then disappeared from the website for awhile, and only in the past week or so has it resurfaced back on the DSJ website - Japanese Disney fans sure have great taste! 

The pendant is stunning and such a great weight - one side features the Corona crest, the other features Rapunzel and some lanterns against a purple pearlized background.  I just adore the tiara motif across the top of the pendant, too, and the beautiful faux pearl and rhinestone detail on the chain. 

I don’t even think we need to talk about the ring set - these two beautiful rings come packaged together on one card - the tiara ring is sized, but the Rapunzel silhouette ring is adjustable, which is probably my ONLY complaint with this lineup.  I was so enthralled I ended up buying a duplicate set to string on a necklace.  Bye money.

Lastly, look at the bracelet.  I mean, come on.  This is actual perfection.  I love the rope colors and THERE ARE BEADS FOR LANTERNS.  Stop it Japan.  Stop. 

Don’t stop.  Ever.

Rapunzel WISH Disney Jewel Collection
Spotted:
 Disney Store Japan
MSRP:  1,620 yen (ring set, necklace), 1,296 yen (bracelet)

The Edison Pen Company 2014 LE Glenmont group buy is happening now!

The Edison Pen Company 2014 LE Glenmont group buy is happening now!

The Edison Group Buy only happens once a year and it is the only time that you can get an Edison Pen at any kind of discount. The pen for 2014 is the Glenmont and it will come as a cartridge/converter filler in either Cumberland Ebonite or Pearlized Wine Acrylic as shown below.

The basics of the group buy work like this:

You have until September 5th at 11:59pm to place your order and you have…

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Val Max, the Milan-based collection, is for the girl, or the girl’s mother, who doesn’t just purchase clothes, she curates her collection. These are wearable works of art, with an emphasis on “wearable.” There’s nothing so precious in the line that a girl would feel uncomfortable wearing it. A favorite: The gray dress pairs knit and pearlized leather for a play of matte and shine and the skirt has a molded, architectural feeling. New York Showroom: www.lccollectionsltd.com

I told you once and I’ll say it again I want my message read clear by cranberry-witch featuring Pier 1 Imports ❤ liked on Polyvore



Short sleeve dress / Hooded jean jacket / Mint shoes / Crystal necklace, $23 / Byredo travel perfume / Nars cosmetic / L Occitane body moisturizer / The Body Shop body cleanser / Tom Ford body cleanser / Tocca gift sets kit / Alterna hair care / Essie nail polish / Bloomingville acrylic throw, $315 / Ella Doran Artist Tools Journal - 150mm x 215mm, $17 / Navy blue wall art / Black wall art / Rosanna pearlized flatware / Opinion Ciatti round shelf, $1,070 / BLUE ESSENCE blue abstract wall art / Pier 1 Imports kitchen dining

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