Thursday, April 29, 2010

MayDay! Up to My Ears in Fabric!

Thursday Thoughts
Gearing up for MayDay!Underground Crafts & Art



Up to my ears in fabric, scarves, displays, etc. Been busy getting ready for this Saturday's event - MayDay!Underground Crafts & Art in Rochester, New York! Just enough time to write this, then back to work. Also, trying to get out some orders!


maydayunderground.wordpress.com

Check out this list of amazing vendors!
http://maydayunderground.wordpress.com/vendor-list/

Great article in CITY Newspaper regarding MayDay!Underground and the handmade movement! Yeah, let's celebrate handmade!
http://www.rochestercitynewspaper.com/events/choice/2010/04/ART-EVENT-Mayday-Underground-5-1/

Have a Thoughtful Thursday wherever you are!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Thursday Thoughts for Earth Day

Happy Earth Day!



Looking for more creative ways to reduce, reuse and recycle? Check out this Earth Day Carnival! You'll find SuZeFashion listed there too!
http://www.craftcritique.com/2010/04/earth-day-blog-carnival.html

I am the “Queen of Repurposing” in my family. Here are a few things I have recycled/repurposed:

I use recycled packaging materials wherever I can. I reuse tissue paper, cereal boxes (when we buy cereal) and other large boxes and envelopes of all sizes. If these materials still have life in them it seems wasteful to put them in the trash.



Old computer manuals and pocket calendars with pages painted and fabric covers added to use for my art journals.





Small tins for business card holders.



An old ugly wooden picture frame (with wallpaper remnant inserted under glass) as a table tray, an old muffin tin for a drawer organizer and metal condiment caddies to hold office supplies.



I have also used an old glass canister to hold rulers, chipped mugs for pen and pencil holders, glass bottles as vases, and the list goes on!!!

Have a thoughtful Thursday wherever you are!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wonderful Wednesday Earth Day Thoughts

Earth Day Thoughts (continued)

I tend to keep every scrap of fabric, yarn and ribbon. This has sparked my creativity to find ways to incorporate them into garments, scarves and other craft projects, such as art journaling.



Scraps and remnants are perfect for baby quilts and toss pillows. This past winter I started making crocheted ruffled scarves from ribbon and odds and ends of my yarn stash (of which a portion came from someone else’s yarn stash).


I actually started the business, which became my SuZeFashion Etsy shop because I had so much fabric. I tried to sell the fabric and people kept asking me why I didn’t use it. I said I no longer had time to sew for others and wanted to clear up the space. (I had previously had a sewing business making formal wear and accessories, then shifted to interior d├ęcor – fewer fittings and last minute surprises!)

Well, I started making journals, scarves and bags again, and the rest is history. I rarely buy new fabric or yarn because I still have a stash to work from. Oh, yes, and I make good use of every scrap of fabric, ribbon and lace as you can see in these journals.



Earth Day this year is Thursday April 22, that's tomorrow, just a day away. When thinking about what to say about Earth Day, I realized I had more to say than I have space for in one blog post. While I have more “green” practices I would like to adopt, all around me are “green” things I have done most of my life just because it makes sense.

Have a wonderful Wednesday wherever you are!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Earth Day Thoughts

Marvelous Monday Musings
Earth Day Thoughts

Today I’m sharing some photos of items from my Etsy shop that demonstrate ways I have found to reduce, reuse and recycle.


Pictures Left to Right, Top to Bottom: 1. Melon Peach Strawberry Sherbet Scarf 2. Unlimited Possibilities Journal 3. Time Traveler Vest 4. Miss Elliette Vintage Cream Lace Dress 5. Time Traveler Vest No. 2 6. Tribal Brown Crochet Upcycle Bib Necklace Collar 7. Teal Leaves Applique Cotton Scarf 8. Black and White Fabric Collage Journal












1. Melon Peach Strawberry Sherbet Scarf - Constructed from vintage melon chiffon scarf and lace remnants.
2. Unlimited Possibilities Journal - Constructed from upholstery fabric remnant, silk flower leaf, garment labels, fabric swatch and composition notebook.
3. Time Traveler Vest -Upcycled from vintage navy pinstripe vest, ribbon, shell buttons.
4. Miss Elliette Vintage Cream Lace Dress - Vintage lace dress, lace remnants, beads, ribbon, crinkle fabric from crinkle blouse.

5. Time Traveler Vest No. 2 - Upcycled from vintage brown tweed vest, vintage brown hem tape (from Mom's stash).
6. Tribal Brown Crochet Upcycle Bib Necklace Collar - Upcycled from brown crocheted kerchief, beads, shell buttons, embroidery floss, cording sample.
7. Teal Leaves Applique Cotton Scarf - Constructed from teal slubbed cotton fabric remnant (not enough to make full scarf), magenta thread and teal appliques that have machine satin stitching in magenta, gold and purple (found these years ago in a bin at fabric store that mainly carried remnants and odds/ends from factories, etc.)
8. Black and White Fabric Collage Journal - Constructed from upholstery fabric remnant, fabric samples, garment labels, ribbon, wallpaper samples and composition notebook.


This is my tribute to Earth Day, which this year is Thursday April 22, just a few days away. When I was thinking about what I would say about Earth Day, I realized I had more to say than I have space for in this blog post. While I have more “green” practices I would like to adopt, all around me are “green” things I have done most of my life just because it makes sense.

More to come each day this week.

What do you do that's "green"?

Thursday, April 8, 2010

MayDay! Underground Crafts + Art



Looking for that perfect gift for Mother's Day, Father's Day or for that special graduate! Check out MayDay! Underground Crafts + Art featuring some very amazing artists and crafters from around the Rochester area.

SuZeFashion will also be in attendance with some of my fabulous new scarves, journals and book covers as well as other products from my shop.


Follow the link for a map and other information about MayDay!Underground.

Don't miss this event!