Whitney Deal
Mother + wife + dress designer living in NC

 

Wednesday
Feb272008

E-zine

Erin - over at Design for Mankind - has released her second e-zine, and yours truly just happens to be a contributor! I feel so honored to be a part of such a unique and genuine project and I can't wait to check it out. The topic of the issue is, "what inspires you?" So go ahead, click on over and download an issue and prepare to be inspired!

Monday
Feb252008

So I got a Gocco...

...and boy am I excited! For those of you out there who are Gocco virgins, here is how save gocco! describes the Japanese machine:
"Cleverly combining the basic priciples of screenprinting and rubber-stamping, "print gocco" is a clean, easy, and fully self-contained compact system that exposes and prints all in one unit. Using flash bulbs similar to those found in old cameras, an original image is thermally imprinted on a master screen. Next, colorful prints are made by pressing the ink-applied master screen against a sheet of paper placed on a sponge pad."
[Above] This was my first run where I slowly began to learn the capabilities of my PG-11 model. I was so excited that I decided to print thank you cards right away! Below is my first real print. Oh the possibilities to come...

Friday
Feb222008

Shopping for Clothes: Etsy

I've never been to keen about online shopping but when I found a couple of shirts on etsy that were hard to pass up, I started to reconsider. There are so many interesting, vintage, refurbished, fresh, articles of clothing on etsy...that I had no idea even existed. I suppose I could have just ventured to the "clothes" tab sooner, but like I said earlier...I'm not much of an online clothing shopper. However, I love some of the items I found![Very top of page: SRB Designs] [Above:Makool]
[Above L-R: Shaybelle, Rose la Biche] [Above L-R: Meeniak, SRB Designs]

Tuesday
Feb192008

Wedding Wednesday

I've mentioned previously my troubles of finding the perfect wedding dress....the solution: make my own! :-) Things are going well with that so when it came down to it, I decided to go ahead and make the bridesmaid dresses while I was at it. With the help of my Mom, we are going to churn out 8 super cute dresses, with different patterned fabric of course!
I have bridesmaids all over the country (and world!) so in order for the dresses to fit without having formal "fittings," I have composed a newsletter to send out that includes their own measuring tape with instructions. I've also attached swatch samples of fabric I am thinking about. My goal is to use different fabric that is within the same shade of orange. Anyway, below are the swatches I have picked up thus far.Of course for "Wedding Wednesday" I couldn't help but make another inspiration board! It is one of my favorite things...collage together beautiful details!

Tuesday
Feb192008

Flickr Group: Cupcakes Take the Cake

You may have gotten enough of flickr groups with my previous post but I couldn't help but share with you this super fun group I found!! Cupcakes Take the Cake is a mouth-watering array of cupcake photos...yummm..So please enjoy!
[Photo from t-b: lynettegg, paula hennig, super gail, pink coffee beans, shams d]

Tuesday
Feb192008

Flickr Group: Domino Magazine

It's Tuesday - which means I am sharing with you a new Flickr group that I have found of interest. Domino Mag is one my favorite publications, so when I found the mag's flickr group where they invite the readers to share photos, I came across some great stuff.
[Above from t-b: poopscape, bella seven, whitney english, day at a glance, saidos da concha, chez larsson]

Monday
Feb182008

Print Shop Auction

Dustin spent this past Saturday at a print shop auction in Virginia and boy did he win us a few prizes! [Above] He landed a furniture case to store our wood furniture pieces in, as well as a paper cabinet to organize and sort all of our paper. We purchased the filing cabinet a few days prior at the university surplus sale. I highly recommend finding out if you have one in your area. Surplus sales have cheapest finds!
[Above]..One of the best deals he got was this gently used corner rounding machine. Crazy, right?! I love it! And...It came with spare blades of different sizes!

Friday
Feb152008

Elle Moss Photography

I love the new etsy shop I found today!! Elle Moss Photography uses TTV (through the viewfinder) photography to create her little masterpieces. I love the juxtaposition and the color combos are just fabulous!