Tuesday, July 22, 2014
This treasury list includes bohemian or "boho" style as well!Handmadeology
Monday, July 21, 2014
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
...of your bedroom or the interweb. I am saying this to you and to myself (which is sort of what blogging is, right?). As of right now I am a struggling business owner of a vintage shop on etsy I started last summer, Videre Vintage. My love for it grows each day as I see myself getting more involved in my shop presentation, my PR/marketing efforts through social media like twitter (@viderevintage, follow me please!), Facebook, and Instagram (@shopviderevintage). I don't mind that this job is taking up most of my free time and all of my summer, I'm actually grateful I've found something I actually enjoy waking up in the morning for; timing out when the light shines best in my room to take photos and making sure I steam my clothes before so that everything can be as flawless as can be. I haven't even mentioned my favorite part of the job--shopping!! Now, I would never identify myself as a shopaholic (still riding that first stage of denial) but if I were to describe this process as an addictive quality of mine I'd say it's healthier than most considering my ultimate fix is a good bargain. Thrifting is in my nature, I've been doing it since I was 14 (wow, that sounded "hipster") with my older sister. I have 6 years under my belt and I'm only 20 and have a long ways to go to reach my goal. You want to know my goal? It's pretty cheesy and very predictable and I won't share it until I feel I have begun on that track to greatness but for now I am but a flower waiting to bloom! My shop is still in the baby stages but I'm asking so much from it (I wonder what kind of mother I'll be...). I can never get discouraged because if I have a slow day it just makes me want to work harder! It's like the video game I never played... actually now that I think of it that is a perfect idea for a video game! You heard it hear first!!
I suppose this blog post was mostly me rambling on about how small of a presence I currently have on the interweb which can reflect my personal life living and working with probably the 4 x 6 studio space I have in my bedroom (I bring a new level to people who bring their work to with them... sleeping on approx. a feet away from where I work.)
So... yeah. I realize I'm still rambling. Moral of this blogpost is I have high hopes for my shop and won't stop until I say "victory is mine!!"
Posted by Joanna Carroll at 8:37 PM
Sunday, July 13, 2014
As an artist, I know how difficult it is to start a piece sometimes. The empty canvas or stark white page in your sketch book can haunt or mock you for days. Either way, the battle of creating between your left-side brain and yourself can be tiresome.
I came across the artist David Jablow today (on my day off) and I couldn't help but marvel at the doodles he's come up with from original, vintage doodle pads. He makes DIY preliminary sketches for people to follow as well as showcases some of his drawings he's doodled up. He's started the "do it yourself Doodler" project and you should check it out if you are interested on his Facebook page here!
The 1950s pin up girl style of these initial doodles can come off a bit raunchy (if you have a dirty mind I suppose...) but the imagination that is drawn up on these finished pieces of artwork are truly incredible!
If you're as bored as me today, why don't you try some of these out?
I woke up to the sound of rain today, opening my blinds to a paper-white sky and damp brush. What I thought could have been a day busy photographing my vintage fall items, I quickly made the realization I'll have to wait (velvet and corduroy don't photograph well in such crappy lighting). Immediately, I get the urge to drive to the nearest salvation army where I could file through endless articles of clothing, asking myself, "is it possible to get carpel tunnel shopping?" NO!--I have to pace myself. I have enough summer wear to photograph and not enough room in my cramped as-is room in my parent's two-bedroom apartment. So what do I do today? I suppose making a treasury list at 2AM can count...
Thoughts that creep into my mind when I have that urge to thrift....
1. There aren't many feelings that beat that sense of achievement when you lay your hands on your first find of the day (even if it takes a few aisles of clothing to go through).
2. Those vintage items are just screaming your name, waiting for you to buy them and find them their rightful owner.
3. What could they look like? I mean there's a million possibilities of what you could find...
4. Don't have room for more clothes?! That's what these are for!
Posted by Joanna Carroll at 9:57 AM