TRA'shion fashion sneak peak!

i am getting SO excited about the fashion show i am designing for. the fashion show is TRA'shion fashion, the idea is to use unorthodox items, anything used, recyclable, trash... and make it into wearable art. my theme is chains, so i have been finding old junk jewelry from thrift stores and making amazing edgy "new" jewelry pieces out of them. i also thrifted all the clothes they are going to be wearing, with an exception of some items that the models contributed such as the shoes they are wearing.
i had the girls over for a little rehearsal. they are all amazing and beautiful and unique and i couldn't be happier with the models i have for my very first show! not to mention, i found an awesome makeup artist to do the makeup and a very trendy salon has offered to do their hair. SO.... it's going to be such a fun night and i cannot wait! july 11th is the day :)
here's a tiny sneak peak of my designs.


"Ole!" to you nonetheless

lately i have been in anguish over my creative career. always wondering if i'll be good enough, live up to my potential...be accepted or even praised. it's always been hard to convince myself that my work is worthwhile enough to take seriously. or make into a career....what?! people will pay me for being creative??!! and i have been trying to just truck along. not ignoring these nagging concerns, but listening and then doing it anyway. i found this video of a talk from the author of "eat, pray, love". someone who is was basically an overnight success. but, she also has fear of her work being "good enough".... i love knowing i'm not alone!


so i'm a blogger now eh?

welcome to my blog! here i will be sharing my designs, thoughts and experiences as i journey further and further into my independent creative career. i have always wanted to be an artist since i was a child. i even have a school project from age 5 filled with questions and answers, one being "what do you want to be when you grow up"? and my answer was "artist" and always has been. however, it's been hard to figure out how to make a living as such. coming from an upbringing of conventional sorts, i was raised to believe in school, degree, resume, job, ladder climbing, overtime, salary, raises, 401k.... ETC! and as i was in college as a fine arts major, i was conflicted with the belief that i would never have a "job" as an artist. so i went into graphic design, because that was a "job" within the creative field. i grew to like graphic design but after college i was very disillusioned about graphic design and design JOBS. they weren't anywhere near as fun as design projects in school, that were much more personal. after about 6 years working full time, climbing the ladder and hating every minute of it, i quit my full time job and went freelance. i wanted my own schedule so i could make time for ME and my life instead of my job being my life. it has been an extraordinary journey since then....so much has happened. so much has changed and keeps evolving and i love it! as scary as it is to be independent, not having a set salary, benefits, etc... i have never regretted it. it's a challenge but in the end it is so much more rewarding because it is "me".... i am doing my work, expressing my ideas... not someone elses just to make a paycheck.
so i have started up my own jewelry line and currently sell it on etsy:
i also sell vintage, which is also one of my interests, at:
thank you for being here!