Saturday, October 8, 2011

Featured Seller: Jill Zdunich

If I had the money. Do you ever have that thought loves? That's the thought that constantly runs through my brain as I transverse through Etsy, the biggest international marketplace for crafters, artists and vintage collectors online. As I looked through Jill Zdunich's web Site to write this blog post, I found myself thinking that one thought over and over.

Jill's background is uncommon, she has a BSc in Primate Studies and another in Archaeology. And although she worked over five years in private banking, she is now developing her own clothing line, jumping from a very different industry to a more creative outlet she is truly passionate about.

You can find a small portion of Jill's feminine and extremely wearable clothing line available for international purchase through her Etsy, Mortal & Pestle, as well as in several boutiques in Canada.

"I've always liked how 'motar and pestle' sounds. Although traditionally used in food preparation, and subsequently in medicine, to me it represents being involved with the fundamentals of creating something, breaking things down into smaller pieces and understanding them individually. That's what I hope to do with my designs.

"My creations are modern, simple, timeless and hopefully appealing to a wide range of women from different industries, with varying body types...all with the need for comfortable, smart clothing that is well-made and effortlessly flattering," Jill said.

If I were to describe her line, I would use a lot of the same terms she used when describing her collection, which shows that her vision is truly being represented by her designs. She is truly catering toward women that want clothing that they can be comfortable yet still stylish in.

Jill's greatest obstacle has been her lack of patience.

"I've always been a 'I want it and I want it now' type person, so its been fun and exciting to watch my little company grow as much as it has so far and I'm excited to see where it goes in the future! But I need to remind myself to conquer each day as it comes," Jill said. But, I'm sure a lot of us crafters and artists can empathize with this. It's simply called enthusiasm caused by the thrill of success.

In five years Jill would like to see herself doing the same thing she does right now, only on a larger scale, expanding her clothing line to the United States and Europe.

Outside of designing Jill loves everything about food. She's an experimental chef that enjoys reading cookbooks. She also loves spending time with her boyfriend.

You can follow her journey through her web Site and blog.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Photo of the Week: Something Warm

So for the past few days, I've been a bit of a bed hog and maybe even a little bit of a lazy arse. I'm really not proud of not showering for almost two days in a row. But, I really do think when you're not used to getting sick (I hadn't been sick in over a year) it hits you a little harder than people who are regularly sick.

I have to say I don't regret going to take photographs of aspen trees when Joe was trying to finish film in his camera. And then going out again to take photographs of the first snow of the season here in South Lake Tahoe, when I should have been in bed, warm. Instead of helping me stay sick. But, I'm finally feeling like my regular self, which is nice since my mom is coming to visit Joe and I for the first time in our new home this week.

It might be because I currently have an abnormal attraction to warmth right now, but my photograph of the week is something a little warmer than what I usually post. It's an abstract of reeds in the sun.

Stay warm loves.

Sweet Finds: Feathers

I love feathers. And they seem to be trending this season as well, so I thought for this week's Sweet Finds segment I would go all feathers out. Hope you enjoy these fabulous finds.

Long feather earrings - alixq - $20 USD

Feather necklace - novella- $52 USD

Wings headpiece - ArturoRios- $295 USD

Peacock feather print tee - sealmaiden- $28 USD

Feather kraft 2012 Calendar - MilesOfLight- $15 USD

Spotted feather etching - ateller28- $25 USD

Feather extension - NoMoreTwistHandmade - $24 USD

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A Little Under The Weather

Hi loves. I know I haven't posted much in the past few days, but I've been a little under the weather. I really can't believe I got sick. It's the first time this year, and I'm super bummed. It doesn't help that today is the first day it's snowing here in South Lake Tahoe and the heater people refuse to come until Monday even though they're turning on other people's heat in our complex today that called the same day we did. How mean is that?

My sickness didn't stop me from going out and taking photographs of my first snow day. But more on that a little later.

I've finally finished my new web Site! I'm so exciting to premier today. Check it out loves!

Snow photos up later.

Anyone else got a case of the sickies?

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