Whitney Deal
Mother + wife + dress designer living in NC




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!


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...


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]


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!


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]


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]


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!


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!