Monday, February 22, 2010

Behold, ye, and wonder... the biggest-ass mood board ever.


Yeah, I may have let the photo-collection process go on too long. (I am a bad person and didn't keep track of where they are from, so if one of them is yours let me know and I'll credit it...or remove it. Whichever you please.) Unfortunately, the colors when pulled from this don't look much like my little collection of yarn. They look more like this:


(Yes, I borrowed the swatches from 100layercake. Though I changed the colors a bit. No, there isn't a square in the top left-hand corner. Cool illusion, though, eh?) That seems like a lot of colors to me, I guess they kind of work. I'll have to think on it a bit.

Meanwhile, making mood boards is fun. I hope you'll humor me if I make some more for giggles. Completely unrelated to my wedding, of course. I think it's easier that way. Less pressure. And I'll make sure to credit those ones...and make my own damn swatches. Heh.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Graarragargh (blah blah blah)

Man. I'm starting to understand why brides freak out so often. I mean, I have a ton of time, so I'm not even close to freaking out, but if I didn't have over a year...I could imagine getting stressed about now.

This is what I don't understand:

Imagine you are a vendor. Perhaps you make dresses or own a bit of property that you rent out or something to that effect.

I send you an email that says something to the effect of "Good day sir or madam. I would like you give you more money than I make in a month. Please respond with your rules and demands so as that I may give you this money."

You have several options:

A. Don't email me back, ever.
B. Email me back a poorly formed half-sentence with no punctuation or real useful content, and ignore whatever questions I asked. Optional: forward my email to someone else who will ignore it.
C. Send me a few emails with content, and then disappear when I try to close the deal.
D. Be a damn professional, respond to me intelligently, and take my money.

The only person to choose D so far (the photographer, Nicole Ladonne, a good friend of a good friend) already has a juicy deposit in her pocket and I am super excited to work with her and confident that she'll do an excellent job. The rest... heave a sigh and move on. If you're not going to be easy to work with, I don't want to give you bazillions of dollars, kthxbye. But finding people who are easy to work with seems to be harder than one might think.

Meanwhile I made the mistake of putting up an etsy alchemy ad for my dress (rather than just finding and approaching designers directly) and had to craft 20-odd polite responses to people who seem to have never made a wedding dress before in their life but are really very confident that they can totally do it, because, you know, they made a tutu or some pants or something. The weirdest part is that about four of them offered to make me a dress from the same McCall's pattern which, A. didn't look anything like what I was asking for and B. Is illegal. You can't use commercial patterns for profit. It says so right on the package. And as as knitwear designer I'm a little sensitive about that sort of thing. So no I will not give you $1000 to violate copyright and dress me up in a McCall's halloween costume tyvm.

However, I WAS lucky enough to accidentally stumble upon a dres that I remember absolutely loving a year or so ago (and didn't save since I wasn't engaged yet.) And, provided the very nice people at Cocoon Silk downtown respond to my emails, I am going to have them make a similar dress. The store is run by a Cambodian family and they make some very nice stuff for quite a bit less than most of the Portland-based dress designers (I was prepared to pay a lot more for another designer I love but she seems to have disappeared :-( so...bummer.)

Nice, eh?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Hold on to your hats folks...

5/28/2011. Let's do this thing.