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I’m Louise. Blogger. Wife. Designer of TruLu Couture Veils + Accessories.  If you’d like to know more, check out my bio.

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Entries in Etsy (14)

Tuesday
Jun082010

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE!

I had this other post all lined today, but SCREW IT!

I MADE MY FIRST ETSY SALE!

I'm so excited!

And you know what the best part about it is? I sold it to another bridal blogger, Shiny Pretty Bits. It just makes me so happy to be a part of a community who supports each other! Although I don't always support the WIC (Wedding Industry Complex), I do support bloggers and brides working hard to make it their own without busting the bank, going crazy or feeling like they need to have some sort of event versus a wedding.

I'm just pleased as punch.

Friday
May282010

TruLu Couture Has Opened! 

I did it. I stopped standing on the side lines and I have just jumped right in. With both feet. I opened an Etsy Shop. Here's the background skinny so you don't just think I'm totally nuts.

I have degrees in Apparel Merchandising and Costume Construction Technology. I studied under a master German tailor and interned with a private designer. I have a minor in Marketing. I've been working in the retail/wholesale industry for my entire career. I know all about the business side of things and have been in that realm for quite some time. What I haven't been doing is flexing my own personal creative muscle. I haven't done that in a looooooooong time.

In all honesty, it's wedding planning that got all those creative juices flowing again. Thank you wedding community! I was inspired to DIY things that I wouldn't have normally thought to. I loved making my own veil. I loved making my own fascinators. It was fun. I missed sewing. I used to do it all the time, but over the years just let it dwindle. I've had other obsessions to tend to, thank you very much. But I've realized now how much I have missed it. So I made another veil, you know, just for the fun of it. Then I made a ring pillow. And a fascinator, and then another fascinator. And another ring pillow. Then I started thinking about an Etsy shop. And a website. And you know, stuff just started happening.

What I'm not going to do is kid myself, (or you, for that matter) into the fact that I have the best veils or fascinators out there. I don't. But it's all work in progress and I figured I'd stop wasting time on the sidelines and get in the game. You've got to start somewhere, right? As with all creative things I do, it turns into a sort of process - an evolution - if you will. The last time I was seriously sewing consistently, The Divinyls "I Touch Myself" was a chart topper. Yeah, it was a while ago. And as with any skill, if you don't practice, you're bound to be a little rusty. That's kind of how I feel. I feel like I've taken the Cruiser out of the carport and cleaned it all up shiny and oiled the chain and replaced the seat and I'm taking her out for a spin. You gotta give the oil a chance to get into those gears so you can really get going. I'm oiling up my chain, so to speak.

So I've name the venture TruLu Couture (I do have haute couture training, just so you know). I've got a website. It's TruLu Couture.com, but my stupid domain name bullshit isn't linked yet, so just go to this temp link for now. TruLuCouture.com will be up in a day or so. I've also got the Etsy Shop up and running. So go there, take a look around and tell me what you like the best. I think I might end up sponsoring my own darn contest! How ironic.

 

 

Monday
Feb082010

Eco-Chic

I am not the most eco-friendly gal on the block. Our stupid Home Owners Association won't include recycling in the garbage deal they have. We don't have room for extra places to separate garbage and honestly, I don't have the patience to deal with getting it where it needs to go. Self-centered? Perhaps. Honest - yup.

I do, however, recycle plastic bags from the grocery if I forget my totes, recycle all the plastic water bottles from work, as well as the aluminum cans. We keep our thermostat low, but we use a lot of water. There doesn't seem like a win-win scenario unless you have a lot of freakin' time and resources available. Or maybe I'm just lazy. Anyway, when I was in Hong Kong I saw this New Zealand-based reality show about how bad this one family's " carbon footprint" was to the earth. They started keeping a bucket of earthworms in their basement to put organic refuse into. Did you know that an earthworm can eat's it's weight in 24 hours and that it is a hermaphrodite? Anyway, you can plop all your veggies and carbs and such into a bucket of dirt and worms and voila, recycled worm poop to use in your garden! No meat or citrus though, they don't like those food groups.

The point I'm getting to is that I was thinking about my own "footprint" and this time, it was not how it would so nicely fit into a pair of Jimmy Choos. Once I start thinking, I start surfing. Once I start surfing, all things come back to weddings (and those oh-so elusive Jimmy Choos). My surfing found a really cool eco-chic wedding dress lady on Etsy. I thought for sure this chick was from San Francisco, maybe Portland. Oh no. She lives in KNOXVILLE. As in Tennessee. As in the reddest state in the Union (blech) as well as my home state. A-mazing. As are her gowns.

The name of her Etsy shop is Threadhead Creations.  

This is called The Jane (oh, Mr. Darcy!). It's made of organic cotton with an unbleached silk chiffon overlay. Fully lined in organic cotton. Yes, please.

 

Meet The Callie.

"Callie is constructed with five different hemp/silk blend fabrics. The hemp is grown without the use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers and is blended with wild peace silk (cocoons are harvested only after the moths have emerged). This dress features an organic cotton base layer and is fully lined in silk. "

How polite. They let the little moths be born before the wreck havoc on their little homes.

 

For the less traditional bride, there's The April, made of eco-friendly charmeuse.

"The landscape panel is handcrafted using many lovely colors of hemp/silk charmeuse. Over forty blossoms accent the intertwined tree limbs. "

This dress is from the Natural Bridal Collection by Morgan Boszilkov.


Bamboo and organic cotton jersey dress with hand made organic linen flowers and hemp/silk charmeuse details.

'Cuz you know I loves me some shrugs! Organic linen pleated wrap with large hemp silk crepe gathered flowers and hemp silk ties!

 Now everyone is all hip and crazy about "upcycling" ( process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value - thank you Wikipedia). I've yet to see any really pretty upcycled gowns, except for one on Bride Chic. I do think recycled gowns are totally cool though. Like, uber-swoon over this one.

Now, granted the MINK FUR TRIM kinda negates the whole "eco" theme of this post, but heck, that animal has been dead now for like SIXTY YEARS! How is that my fault? How am I responsible for the demise of that little rodent? Whatever. Check out the vintage stuff at The Frock.

Anyway, who can afford a used dress for $3700? If I was going to spend that kind of money, I'd be hittin' me up some Reem Acra, St. Pucchi or Vivienne Westwood. But that's just me. I hope you all have enjoyed this brief and incomplete visit to the politically correct world of eco-wedding gowns, courtesy of The Thirty-Something Bride. My opinion? Wear what makes you feel simply stunning and happy  and that will be the right dress.

Thursday
Dec102009

"Kick-Ass!" or "A Merry Little Christmas to Me!"

Are you familiar with Bright, Bold and Beautiful? No? You should be! Laura offers up some fantastic design ideas. She's aslo an amazing artist in her own right. She paints pretty watercolors. See:

Go look at her Etsy Shop too.

Anyway, she had a coolio contest a few weeks back and I won! God, I love contests. I mean, I love having them (I get so excited, it's sick) and I love winning them. It's always such a great surprise because I don't ever think I'm going to win.

Laura's contest was for Etsy shop (you know I loves me some Etsy) Carla's Custom Creations. I get to choose something off her Etsy shop or have a custom item made. I'm loving this thingy:



Cute, right?

Monday
Dec072009

The Winner!

Oh, I have to say that I am SO freakin' excited to announce the big winner of the Florrie Mitton Couture wedding garter! I have to say that I am super excited for her because she was one of my very first followers! We had many-a-offline conversation about lace (she made her veil too!). She planned her NYC wedding in four months (!) and now lives in London, planning her second wedding in Taiwan! Amazing! Congratulations to Miss Chic 'n Cheap Living!


Girl, email me stat so I can give you the super-secret code to share with Claire so you can claim your custom garter! And how appropriate that you won, considering she's in Lancashire!

Thanks to ALL of you who made this contest such a rousing success! I really appreciate the tweets, blogs and comments! I *heart* my readers. It's true.