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Monday, July 13, 2009

Amazing Short Film

This is a beautiful short film done in CHALK ANIMATION. The artist has an amazing talent and I could just watch this over and over again. So, I decided I should share it. Enjoy!

Firekites - AUTUMN STORY - chalk animation from Lucinda Schreiber on Vimeo.

When an accessory makes all the difference

If you haven't yet heard about The Uniform Project, then you must check it out. The adorable Sheena Matheiken has committed to wearing the same dress for an entire year (don't worry, she actually has seven identical dresses, one for each day of the week), making it interesting and different each day with accessories and creative ensembles. She is using primarily vintage, hand-made and hand-me-down accessories to vary her look each day as an exercise in sustainable fashion.

The Uniform Project is also a year-long fund raiser for the Akanksha Foundation, a grassroots movement that is revolutionizing education in India. At the end of a year of daily creative accessorizing, all contributions to The Uniform Project will go toward Akanksha's School Project to fund uniforms and other educational expenses for slum children in India.

A few interesting thoughts here. First, in this economic climate, if you want to update your look but can't afford a new season of clothes, then follow Sheena's lead and keep wearing what you have but add a few new accessories - like jewelry! This is the time when our itch for something new can be scratched without breaking the bank. I am sure that you can create a new look with last year's clothing and a new piece of jewelry if Sheena can do it every day for a year! This is one way that an accessory can make a huge difference.

But most importantly Sheena demonstrates that her various daily accessories can grab our attention (I am hooked, obsessively checking out the daily photos on her website) and can fuel fundraising for an important cause.

I have contact Sheena about donating some jewelry (keep watching her daily photos to spot some Judith Altman Designs), and I will be donating a percentage of my July through September sales to her cause.

So check out The Uniform Project and make a donation if you can!

Thursday, July 02, 2009

HOT Dallas

Boy, it sure was hot last week in Dallas.  Exhibiting at the Dallas Home and Gift Market was one thing, but the outside temps were over 100-degrees each day I was there.  Had a great time, opened some new accounts and met some great folks.  Oh yeah, and ate some really good food!

A big thanks to Kim Pettigrew and Georgina Weddell, the fabulous women who own in-detail, who hosted me in their show room.  As a result I was surrounded by beautiful things and lots of very nice showroom staff.