Saturday Life [17.10.15]: Friends, Calgary & Burlesque!


Hi All!

Wow this has been quite a week! Really an overwhelming week, and it went by so fast! I started my week, just getting home from camping in Pennsylvania and now I’ve ended it in Calgary! What a ride!

After getting home from camping, of course I couldn’t just stay put, I had to head to the city to meet up with two good bra friends 🙂

 

It was a day full of fabric, and chatting over drinks on a patio in the sun 🙂 With some super talented bra-makers:

Julia of Ellesmere lingerie– a new indie lingerie designer!

&

Holly of Intimate Underpinnings– a custom bra-maker from Portland!

Love you girls! 🙂

Then the middle part of my week consisted of some turkey eating & visiting with family for our Canadian Thanksgiving, but mostly a panicked flurry of corset sewing and prep for my big trip!!

And before I knew it I was in the airport waiting to board my flight! Watch out Calgary- because Emerald Erin is coming to town!!

And of course the raison d’être in Calgary is of course the most fabulous….

Karin of Mrs.Weaver’s Finest!!

the most amazing hostess & friend a girl could ask for! -this was my morning view, sipping my tea 🙂

I’ve hardly been in Calgary for 48 hours and we’ve already been hard at work! (I love my job!) Sharing bra theory, corset makes, inspiration, plans for the future!

Karin has so much amazing happening in her life & business right now- such an inspiration! And I’m so happy to be a part of it all!! And you will all be part of it too!!

And of course there isn’t a better way to kick off our visit than a burlesque show from the Calgary International Burlesque Festival last night!! all I can say is WOW!! there are no words for how much I enjoyed this show! just amazing!!

And we get to go again tonight for the Saturday Night Cabaret!! And with a booth to show off our custom corsets! So if you would like to come out and see us- we’ll be there!! 🙂

*Photos courtesy of @mrsweaversfinest on Instagram

If you would like to follow all of our happenings this week make sure to follow us on instagram! @mrsweaversfinest & @theemeraldstudio and you can also follow our hashtag #emeraldweaverproject!

I promise it will be worth it! 😉

All of this burlesque talk is making me think of last week’s corset! If you haven’t checked it out make sure you head over and see it along with all the other fabulous submissions this week on the Bra-A-Week Challenge! 

I’ll be wearing this outfit to the Saturday Night Cabaret tonight! so excited!

Wow I can’t believe all the amazing things that have already happened this week- and all the things that I have stacked up coming for this week! It’s going to be quite the adventure 🙂 And I’m so happy I can bring you all along 🙂

Until tomorrow with the next Bra-A-Week!

xo erin

Saturday Life [03.10.15]: Queen st., Keys & Corsets


Hi All!

What a crazy week I’ve had! So many exciting things!

One of those exciting things was a trip into Toronto, shopping on Queen st.W for fabric!

 

I love the variety of shops that you find there- some are tiny, some are big, some are organized- and some are so packed that you have to wander single file through the shop scanning over the piles and piles of fabric- like this shop –>

 

It was so much fun spending the day and wandering around with mom 🙂 When we’re together- we are almost the same person 🙂

The other big and exciting news is that I picked up the key to my studio!! YAY!! It’s finally here! I’m so excited!!

 

You can expect lots of updates on my studio coming up! (after my trip to Calgary!!) And stay tuned for the big launch!!

Other than fun times shopping and celebrating the new addition to my key-chain- I’ve also been fiendishly sewing to get all of my corsets done this month! They definitely take longer than bras!!
Well I’m back to my sewing room! I hope you’ve add had a lovely week, please tell me all about it!
xo erin

 

Creative Outing: Toronto Queen st. Fabric shopping!


Hi All,

I have an outing to share today! A couple weekends ago Karin, of Mrs.Weaver’s Finest, and I went to the fabric district on Queen st. in Toronto to do some shopping!

We were completely smitten with the huge selection of ribbons and trims and beads and charms! And of course some beautiful fabrics!

First off, we went into some bead stores, which is where I got most carried away!

 

There’s nothing quite like pretty little things to get my attention! And I definitely had a bit of a splurge… I just can’t resist all those beautiful colours! not with swimwear coming up!

 

And of course we had to go into Mokuba, to see all the pretty pretty trimmings that they had in there- they take their ribbons very seriously! And I couldn’t get away without picking up a little something!

Then we moved on to the fabric shoppes where we found some beautiful things! Karin purchased some beautiful fabric for a future corset, and I chose a lovely silky fabric for a light summer robe!

Naturally after such a exhausting day of looking at beautiful things and inspiring ourselves for all our future creations, we had to stop for some equally beautiful dessert! at a little macaron shoppe on Queen st. called Butter Avenue. – it was just as delicious as it looks!

What a great day, I feel like I can talk to Karin for hours and hours!! We are definitely kindred spirits! And I can’t wait for more fun times with her, and possibly some blog collaboration in the future 😉

Now I’m off to keep dreaming of all the beautiful things that I bought, and all the inspiring plans that we made to use them!! Don’t forget to see Karin’s post on our outing- she is much more on the ball than I am and had it out weeks ago! Hey-ho, better late than never!

Have you ever been shopping in the Toronto fabric district? What did you think? Any favourite spots?

xo erin

Creative Weekend


Hi All,

I thought I would share a little bit of what I did this weekend! I had a fun weekend with my sister and friends in Toronto.

First thing on Friday was the Creativ Festival! Where my sister and I met up with my friend Claire. We all had fun looking at mostly the beading and the scrap booking sections. But there were some other interesting things there like this crochet contest they had going on with an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ theme- my sister modeled this one for me- they were all amazing.

I have to say that I was a little disappointed with the bead selection this time. My sister and I went to the   Creativ Festival last fall that is hosted at the MTCC in downtown Toronto and it was a little bigger and more bead focused, but alas, I was able to save a little more of my pocket money! 🙂

The next day our friend Kaitlyn came over and we went to the open house at my sisters school to see her and her classmates art work.

(this is my sister beside one of her interpretive self portraits- it is the very bright and colourful one on the bottom row)

As you can expect from an art school show, there’s a lot of good art, a lot of talent and a whole lot of downright weird.

(me and Kaitlyn admiring some portraits)

(some arts students working on a mural)

(some weird stuff)

We rounded that night off with a trip into downtown Toronto to see an indie band play at a bar. It was a cool little place called the Horseshoe Tavern, and it was nice because they had these little benches were you could sit and order pitcher of beer! The headliner was ‘Pains of Being Pure at Heart’ with the starting bands ‘Fear of Men’ and ‘The Able Body’.

My sister, thoroughly enjoying herself (in the silk top I made)

And here is a little sneak peak of my latest jewelry make inspired by the beads I got this weekend- I’m going to put up a tutorial for this soon!

(sorry for the crappy photobooth pic, this was a bit of an afterthought)

Hope you all had a lovely weekend!!

xo erin

Creative Outing!


A couple of weekends ago, my sister and I went to the Creativ Festival in Toronto- a convention of sorts for all things creative including: sewing, quilting, beading, knitting/crochet.. etc. As much as I do love all things sewing, I was completely side-tracked by all the shiny beads! (how can you not drool a little looking at this..)

– I also got side-tracked by a huge crochet aquarium display, that included many cute little friends- this one in particular that I will have to make sometime soon!
But as I said before, my sister and I got really carried away and spent most of our day ‘ohhing’ and ‘ahhing’ over all the pretty sparkly beads, and we brought quite a number of them home with us – only the ones we couldn’t leave behind of course!
There was also a booth where you could buy bracelet kits and make them right there, which we decided was a good option since we had been standing for a few hours at that point. 

Despite the terrible quality of this phone pic (sorry)- this was my little beading area while I worked on the kit, I picked a jazzy green number. I had never made a charm-style bracelet like this and I found it really fun and inspiring! So inspiring that as soon as I got home I jumped all over my sister’s expansive bead collection and started beading, making some original creations!

The first one I made was the black/gold/silver bracelet (inspired by halloween) and the second was the blue/turquoise/silver one, followed by the chandelier-style necklace for good measure. I made sure to included at least one of my favourite bead purchase from the show into each piece- which I like to call the ‘galaxy bead’ (the main top circular one on the necklace, shown well below in the bracelet) It is a midnight blue colour with sparkles and it just reminds me so much of a night sky… I’m a little obsessed with them…

Something about this style of jewelry making is so appealing to me, working the metal and making all the little charms to attach- it makes my creative side smile :). I am really looking forward to doing more of this!

After the creative festival Kristie and I went to an art show being held in the same building, that was recommended to her by one of her art profs. We saw some super cool things! Although I can’t say that I am the best art connoisseur, and I had my fair share of ‘what is that?… I don’t get art…’ moments, but there were some really cool things to see.

Then – just so we could finish with a bang- we went up the CN tower for dinner, mostly because Kristie, being Canadian for all 24 years of her life, has NEVER been up the CN tower, which is an abomination, and because you get a free lift up the tower if you order an entree in their restaurant, and we needed to eat anyways!

It was so high up! and, as you can see, it was dark by the time we finished dinner and went to the observation deck to take pictures. The whole day was so much fun, so inspiring, and it was also a little colder than we thought it would be- so I also picked up these little hand-friends. (other mitten not shown as it was needed to take the picture)

I think these will keep me good company over the winter :). 
Now off to make more jewelry! 
xo erin
-also, I suppose I haven’t mentioned this before, but all comments are welcome 🙂 !