Rebranding and Moving


Hi All!

 

I have some exciting news to share with you!

 

Firstly – I’ve opened a new Etsy shop!

So basically I’ve split my Etsy into two sister shops- on is my classic Bra Shop, and the other is my Swim Shop.

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Feeling like a little of Mrs.Weaver’s Finest this Fall!


Hi All!!

I mentioned that I would be doing something a little special this fall, even more special than Corset October,…. drumroll please….

 

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I’m going to be in Calgary for TWO WEEKS with theย lovelyย 
Mrs. Weaver!ย 

Beyond a lovely visit, which will include more than it’s fair share of chocolate and tea ๐Ÿ™‚ We also have SO many amazing events planned- even some where you can come and meet us!!

We are going to be at the International Burlesque Festival, ย on the 16th and 17th showing off our corsets, kicking up our heels and having a blast!

We are going to be at BRA day (Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day) on the 21st – to learn all about reconstruction options and show off some of our lovely mastectomy lingerie and swim options too!

Then we will be hosting a booth at the Body Mind Soul Expo on the 24th and 25th!

AND I will be tagging along to Mrs. Weaver’s corset making class on the 27th and 28th!

Mrs.Weaver has posted a little more detail about all these events over on her blog post if you want to know even more!

It’s going to be a crazy exciting two weeks! and I SO can’t wait!!! So if you live in the Calgary area or will be there for any of these dates- we would absolutely love to meet you or see you at an event!

We are always up for bra talk!! and you’ll have the chance to ask Mrs.Weaver all about her beautiful lacy bras, stunning corsets and the progress on her new studio ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

You are also going to be receiving extra-long Saturday Life posts and an absolute tidal wave of instagram posts from me and hopefully Mrs.Weaver (I promise I’ll get her on instagram!!)

Cannot wait for this crazy ride to start!

Let me know if you’re going to be at any of these events!! I can’t wait to meet you!! ๐Ÿ™‚

xo erin

Saturday Life [05.09.15]: Family, Etsy, Exciting News & This Fall for the Bra-A-Week Challenge!


Hi All!

This week has been CRAZY!! and I have SO much to tell you all! I have: 1. that exciting news I mentioned a while back!, 2. Updates from the Etsy shop, 3. What’s coming up this fall for the Bra-A-Week Challenge and 4. Some family fun ๐Ÿ™‚

First I’m going to start off with my exciting news!

I have been given the most amazing opportunity to travel to Connecticut to teach private bra-making classes! YAY! I’m heading out early next week and I’ll be gone for the week! I’m teaching a lovely lady that I know who is looking into designing a RTW collection, and needs some assistance on designing the patterns, figuring out fabrics, and understanding all the fundamental elements of bra-draft & design that will help make her bras exactly what she wants!

What this means on the blog is: for the next two Bra-A-Week Challenges, I’ll share with you two of the tester bras that I’ve made for the private lessons that show more about the impacts of direction of stretch, the amount of stretch and the impacts of different design elements! (YAY for bra theory!)

I will also be leaving my Etsy store in the very capable hands of my mom ๐Ÿ™‚ although I will always be available for questions!

I can not wait for next Saturday Life – (when I’ll still be in Connecticut) and to share my week! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

And that brings me to The Emerald Studio Etsy Shop!

Wow it’s been absolutely incredible!- if you didn’t know from my previous post, I launched my bra kits this week! And you have been loving them! I am so excited that I’m finally open and getting to share all my favourite bra making supplies with you! And this is only the start!!

 

This is my shipping department, beside my elastic department! lol

And here is a ready-to-go bra kit with small sized findings! I like to keep them all nice and tidy so they don’t get wrinkled on their journey through the post!

I have been absolutely loving running the Etsy shop so far! and I can’t wait to bring out more products! If there is anything that you know that you LOVE for bra-making and you think I’m missing, please let me know- I would love to grow this business with all of you in mind ๐Ÿ™‚

Also a little bit of extra business stuff- I just got my “The Emerald Studio” Sign art digitized and put on my business cards!! I’m obsessed with them! YAY

You might be seeing more of this branding coming up!

Now the next order of business is the Bra-A-Week Challenge!

I can’t believe the summer is over! and my break from the Bra-A-Week Challenge. (Again many many thanks to this lovely lady!!)
I have to say that I’ve really missed hosting over the summer, and that unless I force myself, by hosting- I won’t actually make a bra every week, let alone once a month- it’s just been so crazy this summer that it keeps slipping down the priority list!
But no more!! I will make a bra every week again!! And the first two will be about bra theory!
But I was also thinking of doing something interesting this fall- and having Corset October! I’ve been really wanting to dive further into corset making lately and I feel like fall is the perfect time! (not to mention I’ve been completely swooning over all the corset patterns from Scarlett!)
So I will be making a corset every week in October *sweats nervously*. And I’m not alone! I heard that the amazing Karin of Mrs. Weaver’s Finest will be joining the corset party – and possibly Maddy and Sofia?? ๐Ÿ™‚
So if you are into Corset October- let me know! Also- how is everyone feeling after the summer? What are your bra-making goals for this fall coming up? Any new ideas or projects? ๐Ÿ™‚
And finally after this long post I’ll leave you with my little bit of family time for the week-
My dad’s side of the family is visiting from California, so we’ve been doing a little bit of:

Lovely ย wine tasting in Prince Edward County ๐Ÿ™‚

Some strolling around the vineyards ๐Ÿ™‚

Some family feasting at my grandparents house ๐Ÿ™‚

 

And last but certainly not least, a few hands of bid euchre that went late into the night ๐Ÿ™‚ my favourite!

So that was my week! I hope you’ve all had a lovely week- please tell me about it in the comments ๐Ÿ™‚

until tomorrow for the Bra-A-Week Challenge!

xo erin

Sunday Life [30.08.15]: Product Photography, Fabric Shopping & a Day of Rest


Hi All,
Here is a late look over my week ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve had a bit of a weird week. Some ups, some downs, and overall I have to say that I’ve had a bit of a tired week. You know those weeks where you feel like you’re getting behind on everything- and all the things that you’re working on are slower than molasses? That was my week.

So instead of waking up full of energy yesterday, ready to write my Saturday Life- it was one of those mornings where everything was going wrong, and I had bit of a melt-down… And decided that the rest of my day would be much better spent snuggling with my puppy and being away from my computer.

So now that the weekend is almost over, I feel like I’m in a better mood to be reflecting on my week and sharing the best bits with all of you lovelies!

 

The first part of my week was spent working on product photography- something I never knew could be quite so tricky- and something that has been much harder to do with bra-kits than swimwear kits. Who knew that adding a piece of black or white powernet to the frame would completely throw off the white balance and colour? who knew? *sobs*

And here that behind the scenes ‘magic behind the photos’ you will see on Etsy soon! (I should have a couple kits up tonight, but I’ll be doing a post on them tomorrow!)

None of this would be possible without this little helper-puppy who insists that my lap is the best place to sit while I set up the kits for pics.

Another little teaser about some kits- these ones won’t be coming out for a couple more weeks- but I’ve been sourcing some lovely laces for you all ๐Ÿ™‚ And my dad made me these amazing wooden cards for me to put the lace on – thanks dad!! They are so tempting!

In other news, I managed to get myself to the big city this week for some Queen st. fabric shopping with a friend. I can never say no to floor-to-ceiling fabric!

 

So of course I couldn’t walk away without something beautiful- which was this amazing gold silk brocade for an upcoming corset this fall! (My friend picked out this navy&turquoise for herself!)

Anyone joining me for Corset October this fall in the Bra-A-Week Challenge?

Speaking of the Bra-A-Week Challenge- I’ll be taking it over again! Alas it is the end of the summer and my wonderful summer host – Michelle – has passed the torch back to me- and I am again the host of the Bra-A-Week Challenge. So you will be seeing those Sunday posts up again starting next Sunday!

For this Sunday make sure that you check out the Bra-A-Week Challenge over on her blog!

Otherwise this week I’ve been enjoying:

The #sewphotohop over on Instagram, this was my Day 29 photo for ‘eye level’ – not super sewing-themed but I love it ๐Ÿ™‚

The fresh corn on the cob that is finally in season! nomnomnomnomnomnomnom

And pinterest- I’ve been obsessed with these Ziegfeld Follies Girls – and all these gorgeous boudoir style shots from the 1920’s *swoon* I’ve been in a pinning frenzy over them on my Boudoir Board.

And that’s been my week. Have you ever had weeks where you want to just roll over and go back to bed- where nothing seems to be going very well? I hope I got it all out of my system! This week is busy!
Hope you’ve all had a lovely week

xo erin

Saturday Life [11.07.15]: Birthdays, Social Media & Mrs.Weaver


Hi All,

I’ve been having one of those busy weeks. Not like my past weeks where I’ve had one big thing to accomplish- like preparing my presentation for Pitch this Place, or moving all of my belongings out of my Hamilton apartment and down 5 flights of stairs *sweats thinking about it*. I’ve been having one of those weeks where you have a million little tasks to accomplish. A million e-mails and phone calls, lots of little posts, and lots of computer time.

New Social Media!

So one of the first things I did this week is tackle my social media. I know that I’m a young person, and I should know all about social media- and I do to some extent- but I’m not a big social media user. So I tackled that this week and opened an Instagram and a Facebook Page!

So far I’min love with Instagram- it’s just so pleasing to the eyeballs- I’m @theemeraldstudio !

You can go there to see pictures from my life including my garden, my puppy and sewing projects I’m working on. It’s been strangely addicting-it’s like a photo journal of your life ๐Ÿ™‚

My Facebook Page hasn’t received quite as much attention, that will be on my goals list for next week! But I do have a cover photo designed by my sis! YAY

For all these lovely social media outlets I decided it was time that I had a better way to share them on the old blog- so I put these up in my sidebar:

I know they look simple, but for a blog illiterate person like me it took all day to figure out the best way to do this. If anyone is also baffled and would like these buttons for sharing- check out this post– this is how I did it, and it saved my life! And they have so many gorgeous coloured buttons for free! ๐Ÿ™‚

Elsewhere on the blogging-sphereย 

Some exciting things are happening for my good friend Mrs. Weaver in Calgary! She is soon to be opening her new Mrs. Weaver’s Finest Unmentionables Parlour!

Here is an *exclusive sneak peak!!* of her new location!!It’s really shaping up beautifully- I mean that antique Butterick Pattern cabinet *swoon*

She also had a very close call with Master Chef Canada– with her amazing black ant cheesecake *drools uncontrollably*

In other news, I did a guest post over on the Sewcialists Blog!

It’s all about my love and tips for Cut&Sew Foam and Fold Over Elastics! You can check that out here

And last but not least- it’s my sister’s birthday today!

So I made this little number for her! I’ll be doing a blog post about this tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

Wow this week has been busy! But I’m loving every minute of it ๐Ÿ™‚

How has your week been?

xo erin

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