Making space for the small things

This past weekend, my lovely friend Kristin came over and did a little modeling for me so that I could have pictures to list some of my small and extra small items in The Fainting Goat’s Etsy shop. We had so much fun! I had forgotten how it feels to just be behind the camera for a day and not have to worry about how my own hair looks. I can’t wait to get these awesome pieces listed so that you smaller ladies can shop too! I’ll be adding pieces over the next few weeks, but in the meantime here are a few behind the scenes shots from the shoot. (I’ll think you’ll be able to tell how much fun we were having!)

The wind kept blowing the backdrop up. I love Kristin's " Wind, you best go home" look in this pic.

This outfit looked adorable on Kristin, but was SOOOO not her own personal style! I kept laughing whenever I looked at her!

She even made this Jersey Shore/Sopranos wedding dress look amazing!

Project ReStyle #7: Royal Blue Grecian Gown

I’m back in the ReStyling game! After a few weeks off, I thought it was about time to get back into the Project ReStyle gang and share a new project with you. I may have missed a few weeks there, but I have every intention of catching up and have 52 new projects before 2011 is over.

This week’s ReStyle is one of my restyled formal dresses that I made for the charity fashion show I participated in earlier this month. Originally, this dress was a shapeless, bland plus size gown that a church lady or grandma would wear. Now it’s a fun Grecian inspired gown that a plus size (or not so plus size) lady can wear on a hot night on the town!

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First, I removed all decorative buttons and baubles from the dress. I removed the original long sleeves and transformed them into robe gathered shoulder ties that drape elegantly on the backside for an extra bit of back arm coverage. I also separated the top layer of fabric up the back seam to better accommodate the overall flow. After adding a simple gold lame rope belt, the transformation was complete! Originally a size 30 dress, now even a size 6/8 like myself can rock this look!


Click to view Etsy listing



Things I Love (& already have!)

Hello all!

Sorry I’ve been a little MIA lately. That seems to be a reoccurring theme whenever I finish a 30 for 30 Challenge. It didn’t help that I was hit with a serious cold/flu bug last week and pretty much slept 24/7. This week, I have no excuses, unless I just never seemed to get around to it counts as a valid excuse.

So to break the silence, I thought I would share a quick little Things I Love (& already have!) post. I’ve been collecting these photos for a few weeks now and I figured that even though it’s not much, it’s definitely enough to share!

1. Free Magazines!

On a recent purchase, I saw a code to enter for a free year subscription to Vogue magazine. It was a few days past the expiration date, but I entered it anyway. I didn’t hear anything for a while, then one day I was surprised with my first issue in the mail! I’ve gotten two now, and I love being able to peruse all the wonderful fashions at my leisure. I’m a huge magazine fan but have had to let all my subscriptions lapse due to budget cuts so this is great!

I also got a free one year subscription to Women’s Health from a workout thing I bought, but it’s only good for online viewing, which with my internet service isn’t a fun task. Still, free is free, right?!

2. First blooms!

These first signs of spring always make me sooo happy! Bye bye winter!

Which leads me to…

3. Cute dresses!

Click to view listing & purchase!

Click to view listing & purchase!


These are all from The Fainting Goat’s Spring & Formal Collections. I’m soo in love with how both of these lines came out, and I get so much joy from sharing them with the world! Don’t worry though, i kept several little gems for myself, so stay turned for some awesome spring outfit posts!

4. New pals

This little pink piggy joined our family a few weeks ago, and I’m proud to say that he still actually resembles a pig, even after being chewed, bit, and carried around in my Annie’s mouth. He pretty much goes wherever she goes now, which so incredibly cute!

That’s it for now! Time to go enjoy some yummy guacamole and a tasty margarita! Hope wherever you are your world is a bright and sunny as mine is today!

hibernation (& other necessary evils)// remix #26, #27, #28

Well I’m back, and I’m still alive! I can now proudly say that I have participated in my first Fainting Goat fashion show and I have also launched my first seasonal collection for The Fainting Goat, two items on my to do list for this year! Since both lines (the formal wear collection & the Spring collection) include restyled vintage pieces sewn by moi, I can also check that ambition off the list! I know I’ve been light on the blogging lately, but now that those two huge projects are past the work hump, I’ll be back to posting this week. Even though I haven’t been posting them, I have been taking pictures of my last few 30 for 30 remixes. I’ll be sharing three looks in this post, with the last two coming later today (when I figure out where I saved them on my computer).

The show was on Saturday and Sunday was the day I had scheduled an Etsy showcase, so I had to have about 20 new items added to the show by then. After finalizing the lineup at 11:52pm Saturday night, I officially went into hibernation mode. With the help of a heavy sleep aid, I went to bed and woke up around 2:30pm the next day. After a long bubble bath, I went back to bed for the remainder of the day, finally getting up for real around noon on Monday. After a few hours of cleaning my house, unpacking my car from the show, straightening up my studio and napping, by the end of the day I felt rested, regrouped and ready to start working on my next big projects today.

This week my main focus is setting up my showroom at Main St. Antiques. My parents run the shop and have been very helpful in launching (and re-launching) The Fainting Goat. This week I’ll be working to get my new room set up and transformed from an empty room with wood walls to a space that evokes the fun & whimsical vibe of The Fainting Goat. I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

I’ll also be working this week on getting more of my spring collection photographed and listed on Etsy. Now that the show is over, I’ll be listing some of the restyled vintage dresses on there as well. I’m not super happy with how the first round of photos came out but since I was short on time I had to make do with what I had. Hopefully the second round will be more in line with what I envisioned.

The show. It went great! The girls who modeled for us were so amazing. Not only were they beautiful, they had the best attitudes ever! The name of the show was True Beauty, and they each truly embodied that. To see pictures from the show, head over to our Facebook page (and Like us while you’re there!), I’ve shared a few there.

Time to get up and get going! Lets all go have a great day and I’ll meet you back here tonight for my last two remixes, k? 🙂

yesterday’s clothes// remix #24

I could also title this post “the outfit that wouldn’t post.” I tried posting it while I was at Starbuck’s working this morning, thinking that I could save time uploading the pics while I had a faster internet connection, but it kept stalling out. It wouldn’t post yesterday because I was too busy painting, sanding, painting, sanding, painting, distressing, and staining my new clothes rack lovingly built by my wonderful father. I needed a few racks for my new “shop,” and since I had a few metal poles left over from our last place he offered to build me a stand out of some extra wood he had handy. I jokingly sent him this picture a few days later of an awesome one I found on Etsy:

It had already sold, and was in Philadelphia, so no way for me to get that one (unless I moved to Philly… I hear it’s always sunny there…) but I thought it would be funny to send it to him along with my order and anticipated delivery date. Again, I was totally joking, but he built it anyway! Here’s the finished product:

Incredible, right? He’s making me another one, but we both wizened up and decided to used old porch posts for it (already painted, naturally distressed, and partially assembled). I’ll share pics of it when I finish setting up my space next week.

So in all honesty, I didn’t wear this outfit too long. For one, the sweater was way too hot for the 70 degree temps we’ve had here. Two, I changed into my painting clothes for what I thought would be an hour or two and wound up wearing them (and painting) all afternoon. Still, it’s a remix, so it counts. 🙂

Got to run now and get back to sewing. I’ve still got several formal dresses to finish up before the big fashion show on Saturday (more about that later). Hopefully I’ll be able to get back and share today’s outfit later tonight, but if not, there’s always tomorrow, right?