Spanish Moss & Gilded Leather (6/27/13

Hello all! 

    There has been so much rain here in Savannah lately, but it has it's benefits. Outside of everything looking gloriously green, it forces me to put some of my late night epiphanies into production. I am a firm believer in the shower mindset, that whenever you are doing something that distracts you or seems mindless, you come up with the best ideas. Since my last post I have finally been taking some steps into the bridal world. I mentioned in my last post that I had been thinking about, and talking out this idea back in January with my aunts in Chicago. I have been wavering between creating the bags in the bridal collection to be a one time and memorable accessory, or making them so you could use them after your special day. I want to start out with a 4 piece collection and then go into custom purses from there. The custom side seems to be growing everyday. Here's a look at the first 2 pieces of the collection. 

Savannah,GA: Tester scraps for Bridal Collection: Gold leafed & Stamped with "I DO" and filled in with gold enamel. 

Savannah,GA: Tester scraps for Bridal Collection: Gold leafed & Stamped with "I DO" and filled in with gold enamel. 

Savannah,GA: Bridal Itty-Bitty with "I DO" Stamp: I love the bow!

Savannah,GA: Bridal Itty-Bitty with "I DO" Stamp: I love the bow!

Savannah,GA: Bridal Itty-Bitty: "I DO" stamp and pretty floral lining. 

Savannah,GA: Bridal Itty-Bitty: "I DO" stamp and pretty floral lining. 

Savannah,GA: Bridal Itty-Bitty: Pale blue with hand stitched lace lining.

Savannah,GA: Bridal Itty-Bitty: Pale blue with hand stitched lace lining.

From my 4 design collection, there are so many options for really making this purse a vessel for "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue." I thought today about how the button on the Bridal Itty-Bitty could so easily be a cufflink from your father's wedding day, or a beautiful pear button off your mother's wedding dress. There are so many ways to make this little purse the perfect vessel for the love you have felt from your parents, to the hope for a beautiful future. I think it would be so great to screenprint a love note from the groom to the bride on the special day. I am so excited to put this design out there, and for brides to have this heartfelt wristlet on their special day.

    I have been crafting this delicate bridal collection and also doing my primary collection that I mentioned with swatches in my last post. I have also been working on something totally different that I have never done anything like before. I have been thinking about this idea for an event for a while, and feeling a need in my own business to help out a cause. Desoto Row is a tiny street that monthly has the Art March Indie Craft Fair, it is also lined with some great small businesses like a print shop and a coffee roasting company. I imagine Desoto Row lined with stands with umbrellas, almost like a grownup lemonade stand. Each table sells their special craft whether it be jewelry or handmade cards, and they also would decorate their umbrella to suit their business. It will be a craft market during the day at the beginning of September, and a percentage of each vender's total sales will be donated to a charity for child abuse. There is so much research to be done, and I am still in shock that this event might be a reality. I am trying to come up with some ways to start fundraising, but I really have a lot of hope that this will be a great event. There is a lot going on in the world of Well-Loved, but I love it and am amazed to have an opportunity to share love and my designs with the world.

Savannah,GA: I cannot wait to send this wrapped up Itty-Bitty to the Hercampus.com giveaway winner: She's from Chicago!

Savannah,GA: I cannot wait to send this wrapped up Itty-Bitty to the Hercampus.com giveaway winner: She's from Chicago!

Savannah,GA: Foxy Loxy Coffee Shop: Gotta love the Savannah view.

Savannah,GA: Foxy Loxy Coffee Shop: Gotta love the Savannah view.

Savannah,GA: All Well-Loved purchases come with a handwritten card!  

Savannah,GA: All Well-Loved purchases come with a handwritten card!

 

Always remember you are well-loved♥
                      -Gianina

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