Monday, October 3, 2011

Fashion Don't Fail Me Now

The Fall launch is finally here to share with you after some pretty serious delays, I hope you find it worth the wait! First we have some really awesome stuff for those of you with boys in your lives
High Waisted Trousers and Vintage Inspired Vests For Little Boys

I love the idea of clothes that can perform in a variety of settings, and these pieces can go from a formal affair to a day at the park with your favorite little punk. Think about how fantastic the look on the right would be in a vintage styled photo shoot, yet separately the pieces can be paired with tennis shoes, T shirts, and denim to give them wardrobe building power.


Next, I put together some Boho styles brave enough to stand up to a bold print and simple enough not to overpower the girls wearing them
Pleasant Peasant and High Society Dresses and Tunics

Keeping in the spirit of versatility, these dresses and tunics can be belted, tied with a sash, worn plain, with jeans, leggings, tights, boots, flats, accessorized with scarves, sweaters, blazers - you get the point, the possibilities are endless as well as stunning.

Speaking of accessories, I don't know if you noticed the hair accessories in the photos, they are Relish made as well, a new addition I am thinking about.

So, what do you think? Should Relish Designs start offering accessories to go with our apparel items? Leave me a comment below and you will be entered in a drawing to win one of the accessories pictured above!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Model Behavior

Finally got all of the photos taken for the fall line, one month later than hoped for. Procrastination had nothing to do with the delays though - it was all work force issues. First the photographer calls with the news that the shoot will need to be delayed for 10 - 14 days, something to do with shingles, I mean I don't know why her roofing problems have to delay my shoot, but you know how artsy-types can be. Then the real drama started with those diva models, I mean really a whole weeks delay for the chicken pox? Then they were all like, "It's too cold and rainy", I tried explaining it's the Fall line - Fall is cold and rainy. Finally I was put on hold for vomit, so unprofessional, I really think I am owed way more respect than all of this, I mean I did discover them after all. But I suppose you get what you pay for, and this particular season they were paid in cookies, perhaps next season I should try donuts...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Great Mom, Good Artist, Mediocre Homemaker, Bad Blogger

In the past 12 months I have become a  home educator, started designing my own children's clothing, adopted a three legged dog, taken two vacations, adopted a crazy little kitten, started up Relish Designs, while also somewhat keeping up with all of the pre-existing jobs my life already entailed. Through all of this I have learned a lot about myself. I am patient, I still remember most of my elementary education, I may possibly be a dog person, I love the mountains even more when they are not covered in snow, I am not the softee (crazy kitten was hubby's doing), I am capable of creating things people want - and are willing to pay for, and lastly I am not a technologically advanced life form. You see I set this blog up as a temporary stopping point to my Etsy store while I built a beautiful and functional website to run my emerging empire from, it's been three months and there is no beautiful or functional website, only a frustrated artsy-type with bags under her eyes. So, instead of treating this blog as simply a stepping stone to my Etsy and Face Book sites, I am embracing it as a tool for feedback from my much loved client base, as well as a way of keeping everyone up to date on what things I am working on. You will be hearing from me much more often, a new fall collection complete with a giveaway will be coming soon, as well as hints for styling family photos, heirloom clothing ideas, and maybe even a recipe or two if the mood strikes. That fancy website will come one day (at the hands of a paid web designer) but for now I am going to get back to what I enjoy most - sketching, sewing, and sharing.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Breathtaking Day To Relish

An amazing thing happened yesterday, it stopped raining. Now this may not sound like a big deal to you, but if you are from the St. Louis area - it's HUGE. It has been raining a ridiculous amount here lately, and I have had a pile of gorgeous new designs just begging to be modeled. So the sun came out, and oh, did they ever get modeled...
If these kids ever find out that people get paid to model we are going to be in big trouble! All of these tasty photos were taken by the lovely and talented Chantel from Breathtaking Photography, check her out on Facebook or at her blog. These photo shoots are just a small portion of the projects we have planned together - you'll just have to stay tuned to find out what other goodies we have up our sleeves!
That delish new dress design is called the "Hannah" after the dramatic dark haired beauty in the first pic. She is always so serious and focused I know one day the words, "Not now, I'm in character" will cross those perfectly pouty lips. The second beauty is my daughter, Reece, followed by super cutie Noah, and my juicy nugget of a son, Nolan modeling the new Ties for Little Guys, all of which can be found in my Etsy shop by clicking here, or by clicking on any image on the left side of this site. More designs will be coming in time for summer, but for now I think I'll go watch it rain. Again.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

What's in a name?

I name things, it's this wierd quirk I have. I have names for a multitude of businesses I will never own, books I will never write and children I will never have. the name Relish has been in my mind for ages, it is a from a special chapter in a favorite book, Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury. It is the word picked by the main character to capture the essence of summer - the sites, smells, sounds and magic all packed together, sweet and salty to be taken out at a later time and savored. That is what I want for the clothing I make, for memories to be made in them, for them to really be worn, and for them to be put away to one day remind someone of the special, salty-sweet, magical, memories they relish.