Saturday, August 28, 2010

Cornucopia..Rebuilding the American Economy, One Woman at a Time

A Beautiful Line..Link
Just Rereleased Darla Rose...Link
Skye Reve Fabrics's.........Link

Thursday, August 26, 2010

A Vintage Fall...First Photo

Indian Summer...Link

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Cornucopia..celebrating the Artist under the Mommy...Big Sister/Little Sister Give Away

Introducing Cindy! Love this new hat.  Will you be selling hats?  Yes going to get some autumn yarns today.  Browns, creams, Burgandys...Basics to go with everything.

These hats are the perfect finish to any outfit!

So first tell us where your from and who you are

I am Cynde Clark aka ~hipchic~ and the day I was born the World had to made room for a little more FANCY! I live and create in a perfect, one traffic light town on top of a mountain...but 10 minutes from the boat dock in Grant, Alabama. My day starts and usually ends with a steaming cup of Cinnamon Spice Coffee with Cocanut Cream in it. If it is a perfect day...the in between is filled with SEWING!
We built a small garage apartment 3 years ago right next to the town park, seriously..I can watch little league
baseball from my deck! Then my wonderful, hubby built me a fantastic and HUGE sewing studio on the first floor of
our home (he gave up two garage spaces for me and put in a spiral staircase!) This is where I love to spend all

day...when time allows! I am one lucky girl! I love sewing anything and everything I can dream up and loose all track of time when in my sewing studio.

That sounds Lovely...a mountain top Sewing room and Cinnamon Coffee. When are you inviting us over?!

So this is your first time trying to "SEW and Sell" as a business, what made you jump into this--did you always think about doing this?

For me it came down to "do what you love, love what you do" I love sewing and that is what I want to do! I had wanted to have a business for a long time, one day I just took the plunge and started HipChic Designs from my studio in AL about 2yrs ago. A friend actually told me about ETSY because of all the things she saw me making. Shortly after that I opened a shop for my bags and accessories, but then started playing with some fashion just for fun. I love making my own clothes and there was some interest in them.

My hipchic Etsy shop came about actually from the patchwork was the start of it all. Adult clothes take a while to make, but the little versions are so fast! But I still love making both....therefore you will be seeing much of the Mommy and Me listings. You see....anything I make small...I would soooooo wear, and do! Yes I do get, "I couldn't pull that off, but I love it!" alot. I usually respond...thanks, you might be could pull it off...It's all in the Attitude! I will just tell you...I am 37 yrs old and will probabaly never really grow up. I want my designs to have a flair of funky and whimsical to lighten up the day and make you want to twirl and dance.

Your clothing designs are funky and different , what happens if you get swamped with orders, any thoughts on how you would handle that?

When I get swamped: Freak Out totally in excitement! Hire my wonderful seamstress daughter, (yes at 14..she almost ready) If HipChic Designs became a way to bring back a small portion of sewing industry back to the US it would be incredible. It could happen...

I actually have a dream of a Large Old's already been picked out for many years, in which I would open a retail shop for my designs, a fabric shop, classrooms for instruction....oh and of course coffee lots of coffee! aaaah some day :)

Any advice for woman getting started in boutique clothing or anything you have learned so far. Never give up on a dream....ever!! You will want to some days, but don't! Always be creative and do what you love. I take some time to sew just for me to keep it fun and not always about work and growing a business.  Keep putting your ideas out can be scarry, but you just have to push yourself to do it. And find someone or someones who are successful and learn from them.

Look to see me adding some more Mommy and Me items. Working on some dresses. And then because my designs take on a life of their own look to see the "whole look" pulled together...accessories and all!

Thats great advice Cindy and Very Inspiring. I have to say it was a real pleasure meeting you and I wish you much success with your new business.

And Now for The Give Away!

  Mommy and Me Matching Skirts! Link

What a great give Away!  Mommy and me or Big Sister/Little Sister!  This is a $75 Value! 

So ladies to win this Big Sister/Little Sister from the Josie Lee...Ruffle into Fall Collection, all you have to do is:,
~go to Cindy's Shop, HERE
leave a comment on my blog under this post telling us your favorite item in shop
For a second entry leave a comment on Cindy's blog HERE
~AND Post this on your FB PAGE or Blog for a 3rd entry!  Be Sure to let us know you did this!

 Winner will be picked this Saturday  night!

Winner:  Elizabeth


2nd Place winners were chosen to win $10 off their next purchase over $25

2nd Place:  Jen

Please contact Cindye to claim your prize and thanks for allyour lovely comments!

Good Luck and thanks for supporting Cornucopia and Handmade!

Love this Print..EveryDay Skirt! Link

Sunday, August 22, 2010

1920's...Woman to admire...woman who inspire

Image circa 1920's..............NYC Tenament Museum Collection

Description Black and white photograph depicting former 97 Orchard Street resident Isaac J. Elias (standing left), owner of a garment factory in New York. Image shows a long table and fifteen women working at individual sewing machines. Fabric scraps litter floor. 

They look so happy, especially the man on the left, look at his expression.