Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Behind the Scenes: Inspiration

 I feel like I've been quiet with my actual writing here on this blog. I've been posting (mostly projects and recipes) but not actually sitting down to write a bit and let you know what's been going on behind the scenes. I have been working for awhile now on a new spring/summer collection for the SAC shop which I've mentioned previously but today I thought I'd give you some actual peeks at what was happening.  The last couple of weeks I have been diligently working on sending out all of your fun sale orders. I was so blown away by the support of blogging/handmade business friends via blogging and twitter who passed on the good word. It was so heartwarming to see such support from everyone and I feel so blessed to have such kind virtual friends. :) So thank you! Now on to the upcoming new collection and behind the scenes projects.
After releasing the last collection 'Merry Fete' I realized how much you guys like to see more of how it all comes together behind the scenes and how I am inspired to create each collection. I thought I would share some bits about my creative process with my shop and each seasonal collection. I will admit that right after I am finished posting every single item online and sharing the collection through this blog I immediately start thinking about the future. I keep a sketch book and I start drawing designs and thinking about textures and color stories. I browse my local vintage and antique stores and rummage through clothing racks and pick up every single vintage hat or fascinator I see. I think about how each new piece I'm dreaming up will look with different hair styles. The one important thing is that I always think about this event (which I usually make up in my own imagination) where women dressed in pretty dresses and wearing my hair accessories. I think about what kind of dresses they'd be wearing, what the theme of the party is ...etc. This helps me narrow down a specific feeling for each collection. Last season I was specifically stuck on this very retro tea party feel. This season I'm still very into this retro tea party feel and I want take my original inspiration one step further. I can't wait to show you it all.  I will say that this season I'm very inspired by color...if you couldn't tell by these behind the scenes photos already. 

It's been so rewarding thinking about the future of the SAC shop and working on the new collection. I can only thank Mr. Starbucks for helping through some late nights. It's all worth it and I'm really looking forward to sharing all the new things with you. We have photo shoots scheduled as early as two weeks from now and photo shoots are my favorite part of having a handmade business. So fun.

Hope you're having a great week. Tomorrow I'm sharing a new 'Living in Color' post. Can't wait.



  1. I'm loving all of the lovely colours!!
    xo Heather

  2. these colors are fabulous! you are on a roll girlie! congrats.

  3. You are such an inspiration to me! Someday I hope to do photoshoots too! I love the idea of creating themed collections. I bet it really keeps the creativity flowing! You'd never get bored- that's for sure! =)

    And of course I always LOVE seeing your behind-the-scenes photos so thanks for those!

  4. I love seeing the photos of what goes on behind the scenes as well. So inspiring. And that last photo is just lovely too!

  5. oh my goodness. oh my goodness. i'm just finding you and LOVE your blog. mentioning your cute scrap fabric banner tomorrow in a post :) excited new follower!