I would try to paint a picture of the last 10 months of my life. But as you can see from the photos none of it really matters. Only the end result is shining bright. I’d like to introduce my miracle child, purposely named Samuel. Move over leather! I’m making babies now. Ha! He is my best creation, my new “accessory.” He makes my life exponentially better.
I took a few shots of us this afternoon. And of course I HAD to make him a leather visor (my sis says it looks like a circle on his face) to ward off the sun. A perfect addition to his white onesies and gDiapers. This kid is so cool.
On the flip side, Freshly Given is still alive. I mean I’m alive, although my blog and shop may not show it. After months of bed-rest (yes, months) I’m eager to begin making things, like baby visors hehe, blogging, and who knows what else. I’m taking suggestions.
Summer is officially ovvver this weekend. And for the first time in a long time, I can honestly say I milked it for all it was worth. I’m not a home body, but I will leave these hips in this seat for a long while. True, I said that before I made a quick trip to NY. But now, really, this time I mean it.
In my absence I made a neat, to me, pair of sandals. Just to see if I could pull it off. There’s leather hanging on my walls people, so there was no shortage of materials. Apparently people close to me were tired of seeing me in them. ha!
The hubby and I jetted over to the Philippines for the month of July where we made new friends in Tondo, Manila. I personally worked with a group of ultra talented women on a new handbag collection. And if the kiddos hadn’t been so darn cute I would have been able to focus more. It’s More Fun in the Philippines!
The 12-hr time difference and yummy Delta food kicked my butt. I stayed home for 2 weeks straight during which I don’t recall eating or showering. At the end of August, we took a quick trip to NY, freestyled with the BK cool kids, & witnessed a beautiful christening before making our way back south and hitting the beach one last time.
A few month ago a dear friend asked if I’d like to work on sewing projects with a small group of women in the Philippines. YES YES YES! I love entrepreneurship, and the goal is to create a working product that can be produced well after I leave.
So I’m heading out for 3 weeks. My little shop will still take orders, but they will not ship until the week of July 29th.
This past week I had the pleasure of shooting my friend Grace for my new collection. With only a 2-hour advanced notice, she naturally gave me her best in every shot. We scouted a lovely location and were elated to find the homeowner willing to allow strangers to roam around his property.
And so, without further adieu, I present my latest work, The Essentials, with hopes that you will also appreciate the spontaneity that went into it.
Simple shapes and classic styles inspired the collection. Minimalism in mind, I wanted to build a repertoire of fundamental elements. Building blocks for a timeless wardrobe. Adding to this, the underlying message that sustainability can be beautiful.