Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Annual Earth Day at ACUA Atlantic County Utilities Authority April 2016

The family and I went to the Atlantic County Utilities Authority's Annual Earth Day Festival Sunday (4/24). The weather was beautiful, and they had lots of things to see and do. They had exhibits, vendors, tours and activities... indoors and outdoors.

One vendor who was selling soap and lotions that had goats' milk as an ingredient. Here's one of the goats. She was a couple of months old, and was wearing a dress.

I got to network with a really talented and cool artist, William Clark, of Futuristic Sculpture. He loves making sculpture out of "old junk", I admire the way his mind works. His twitter handle is @4Miracleman. The pieces below were really evocative, showing movement, attention to detail, and a sense of humor.

We saw more goats....

We saw a Screech Owl.....

And..... a Barred Owl....

They came to the Earth Day event with Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge. I want to go there sometime!

We also got to see turtles from The Turtlesinger. We've seen them every year, and it's always enjoyable.

The last thing we did while visiting..... the hay ride to the top of the landfill. It's the highest point in Atlantic County, NJ. 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Repurposed/ Upcycled Punk Baby Doll Leather Top

I admit it. I'm a Project Runway fan. I've been a devoted watcher since the beginning. I had a glorious night in August 13, 2013, when I met Jay McCarroll. Yes, Project Runway is my crack, my drug of choice. I'm not ashamed to admit it.  So..... when I stumbled upon these two tops in a thrift store, I knew I had to put them together to make a punky "Baby Doll" type top.

Front view                                                                 Back view

Front view                                                                 Back view

I decided to make a top that would evoke a feeling/ homage to three different Project Runway looks:

Alexandria von Bromssen (Season 12)

Andy South (Season 8)

April Johnston (Season 8)
 All those photos were from (none are available through the website anymore).

I started the process by disassmbling both tops. I took the sheer part of the top away, and left the studded harness part.

I pinned the shimmery part of the second shirt to the sheer top.

Then, I sewed the sheer top and the shimmery part together.


I took a trip to NYC on April 4, 2016, and while on the trip, I bought braided leather trim and thin suede trim from Mood Designer Fabrics

I hand-sewed the thin suede and leather trim to the neckline..... and the woven leather to the shoulder/ armholes, and under the bust line. I really like the contract between the "hard" edgy trim with the "soft" flowy fabrics.

Here's the front, full view.

Here's a close-up of the top of front view.

Here's the back, full view.

Here's a close-up of the top of the back view.

I'm wearing it. Sorry about the pic.... I was tired...

Thursday, April 21, 2016

My Solo Trip to New York City: Mood Fabrics, Vintage Manhattan, FIT Museum on April 9, 2016

I took a "pilgrimage" type of trip to NYC on April 9, 2016. I had a few targets in mind: The Manhattan Vintage sale (it's held every spring and fall), Mood Designer Fabrics, the Garment District, the Fashion Walk of Fame, and Fashion Institute of Technology's Museum. Sadly, it was raining and raw outside, so I stayed with the plan as closely as possible.

I started by driving to the NJ Transit's Middletown, NJ station.

I took the train to Penn Station in NYC. I took a lot of pictures of their map, to minimze using my phone's data. 


I decided to "hoof it" to the Garment District first.


I stepped out of the freezing cold rain, and stepped into a place I've been yearning to visit for a LONG time..... Mood Designer Fabrics

Guess who I got to meet???? The one, the only, the famous Swatch!!! He's such a sweetie pie!

Yes, folks..... Season 15 of Project Runway will be coming. I love you guys! 

I made three purchases. Leather braided trim, suede trim and a "Thank You, Mood" t-shirt! I'm such a nerd! I will use the trim on an upcoming project and I can't wear the shirt.


I got to see the Garment Worker by Judith Weller statue, despite the cold rain. He sits near the Giant Button & Needle Sculpture in the Garment District. It's near Parsons School of Design.

I strolled down the Fashion Walk of Fame. I saw many familiar names, including Halston.

I walked down to the Manhattan Vintage event, and "hunted" a little bit. I bought two pair of vintage earrings. I saw a lot of other things I liked, but they were either not my size, or not in my budget.

My last stop before going back to Penn Station, and going back to NJ.... 

I saw two exhibits: Denim: Fashion's Frontier

I was a tired, but very pleased traveler. I can't wait for my next fashion-gasm in New York City.