Saturday, June 14, 2014

I'LL ALWAYS HAVE MY STARS.


 
In photo: Handsewn "Best Dad Ever" design for a custom-made Father's Day pillow gift.

I've encountered a number of stories, in books and films, that are worthy to share this Father's Day. Among all these stories, a father-daughter conversation from the memoir "The Glass Castle" by Ms. Jeannette Walls will always stand out. Here is the excerpt from the book:

“I never believed in Santa Claus. None of us kids did. Mom and Dad refused to let us. They couldn't afford expensive presents and they didn't want us to think we weren't as good as other kids who, on Christmas morning, found all sorts of fancy toys under the tree that were supposedly left by Santa Claus.

Dad had lost his job at the gypsum, and when Christmas came that year, we had no money at all. On Christmas Eve, Dad took each one of us kids out into the desert night one by one.

"Pick out your favorite star", Dad said.
"I like that one!" I said.
Dad grinned, "that's Venus", he said. He explained to me that planets glowed because reflected light was constant and stars twinkled because their light pulsed.
"I like it anyway" I said.
"What the hell," Dad said. "It's Christmas. You can have a planet if you want."
And he gave me Venus.

Venus didn't have any moons or satellites or even a magnetic field, but it did have an atmosphere sort of similar to Earth's, except it was super hot-about 500 degrees or more. "So," Dad said, "when the sun starts to burn out and Earth turns cold, everyone might want to move to Venus to get warm. And they'll have to get permission from your descendants first.

We laughed about all the kids who believed in the Santa myth and got nothing for Christmas but a bunch of cheap plastic toys. "Years from now, when all the junk they got is broken and long forgotten," Dad said, "you'll still have your stars.”

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Happy Father's Day to the men in our lives who always seek to make their children happy. And to my dad, @Mario Camaclang, thank you for always helping me catch my stars so that I will always have them in my pocket wherever I go. Your love is as unfading as these falling stars we've caught together so far. I love you. 


With handmade love,
 

Monday, June 9, 2014

MAKE DO & MEND: From an "I don't have anything to wear" drama queen into an "I'm ready for tomorrow's event!" supergirl.



I believe that the charm of the word 'treasure' is in the idea that it's supposed to be found. There is a sense of thrill that envelopes the word, that when people come across such word, they imagine things that are rare or worth (more than) a fortune.

In the #byLouberry philosophy, a 'treasure' is any moment or story or even material that sparks new creations. Take for instance scrap fabric that seemingly have no use, but are actually potentially beautiful in themselves as these can be used for applique design, for flowers. or maybe a quilt!
A treasure can also be old clothes given new life.

I recently transformed my mother's 80s skirt into a something I could wear to a wedding. I literally was scouring the closets the day before the event for something to wear! I had made clothes for the wedding (i.e. bridal gown, the little ringbearer's suit, mom's gown), and I, hosting the event  he next day, did not even have anything to wear! lol. I would look at my sewing machine from time to time while thinking over this fashion emergency, and was contemplating whether I should just sew a quick dress for myself. But with the studio empty (it was scheduled for repainting), it was going to take me longer than I would hope for to finish the 'quick dress'!

So while I was studying the stash of fabric I have, I found the long Michelle Stuart skirt that I have kept away from my mom's closet. I had long wanted to alter it..and I figured that it was the best moment to do it! Oh it was indeed a treasure to find it!

Bye looooooong hem!
How can I say no to this lovely button detail?! :)
With just the long table in the studio, I carried Zooeey and a few of my sewing materials to the room to sew the dress. It took no longer than 20 minutes to transform this long forgotten skirt into a treasure...and to transform myself into an 'I don't have anything to wear drama queen" into an "I'm ready for tomorrow's event!" supergirl!

With my mom, who is also wearing a lace dress with silk belt I made for her. :)

 
So which items in your closet can you transform today? Look! There may be more than you think! :)


With handmade love,

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Monday, June 2, 2014

AFTER 25 YEARS.



I love this photo of ACM's dress that I took on the morning of her last day of fitting. It is facing the window, and the sunshine embraces the dress beautifully as if it was aware of the light in the heart of the woman who was going to wear the dress.

As if it was aware of how she is looking forward to welcome more mornings with her husband after 25 years of marriage.


January 7, 2014

Wishes of another 25 years (and more!) filled with love,