The Brunch Dress

When I was about three years old, my parents allowed me to watch a John Waters movie. It was a copy recorded from television. I’m not sure if it was recorded specifically for me or if my parents recorded it for themselves to watch later and I just happened to get my sticky fingers on it and ram it into the VCR one day when I got tired of shoving Hot Wheels in there. It seems quite reckless of them now, but perhaps they didn’t know who John Waters was or perhaps they were too busy with my new little brother to notice at the time.  What ever the reason, I sure am glad they did decide to show me / didn’t stop me because that movie has been my very favourite ever since. Good thing that movie was Cry-Baby, it could have been a lot worse.

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The Jawbreaker Dress

I’ve been very busy sewing, planning and preparing for Heirlooms Artisan Market for the past few weeks. I’ve put off hair cuts, house cleaning and human interaction to make this the best and biggest market I’ve ever done. It’s the last day before the market – the last day of spring – and I just found time to get a sorely needed hair cut and photograph my last spring dress.

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The Sophster-Toaster Shop Turns 2!

I’ve been peddling my wares for two years now! I’ve learned and changed so much since the day I stumbled forth and opened my shop without a clue as to what to do with my dresses once they left the sewing room. I feel like every day I learn some new sewing trick, photography technique or sales and marketing tip that I can use to improve my product and my shop, but overall, I think the most rewarding part of this journey has been all the great customers, fans, bloggers and fellow artisans I’ve met along the way.

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What I’m Working On This Week: 17/03/14

I tried to embrace winter this year, even though I’ve always hated it. I thought it would be easy since I’m currently living somewhere warmer and less snowy than where I grew up, but then this year turned out to be the coldest, snowiest winter my landlord, who has been living in the area for 50+ years, can remember! With this terribly bleak and bitter winter, filled with snow storms and freezing rain, having followed a particularly brief and cool summer, I can’t remember a time I’ve been more anxious to see spring return.

Though spring hasn’t quite appeared in my part of the world yet (the husband had a snow day last week) this Thursday is technically the first day of spring. I will be marking the vernal equinox with the end of The Winter Clearance Sale and the introduction of the new shop and social media theme for spring. Come Thursday, the icy pastels of post-Christmas winter will be replaced by bright and vibrant colours for spring.

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