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Monday, March 6

Best Bean Soup Ever

So, I have this crazy 2nd cousin named Zeke whom is famous in the family for many things among them that he's raced the legendary Gumball 3000 road rally through Europe and crewed a boat in The America's Cup during the early '80s.  Zeke's a character, you might say and beloved by all.  

He also happens to have created the world's best black bean soup recipe, at least in my book.
Have at it!  Warning - it makes a huge pot, so if you don't plan to eat if for a week or feed a crowd, cut in half:-)  It takes less than 1/2 hour to make - bonus!

Zeke's 20 Minute Black Bean Soup
5 - 15 oz cans Black Beans, drained (can substitute red or kidney beans for some)
5 C. Chicken or Veg. broth
2T. Olive Oil
2 Onions, minced
3-5 cloves Garlic, minced
1T. Cumin
3-5 - 16oz cans Hominy (white or yellow)
1/4 C. Worcestershire
1 1/2 t. Tabasco
1 1/2 t. Salt

OPTIONAL toppings/sides:
Cilantro and or/ Avocado, Sour Cream 
Tortillas, Tortilla Chips or Cornbread
  • Puree 1/2 of your beans and 1 can of Hominy in a blender.  
  • Sauté onion and garlic in the oil until clear.  Add everything but the serving items.
  • Bring to a boil, then simmer a minimum of 10 minutes but no more than 30.  Quicky soup!
  • Serve with toppings of choice

END of WINTER SALE!!!

Everything except custom orders are ON SALE!!!  Get your cashmere scarves at a reduced price for next year - $5 off as marked.  

Links are all in our Etsy store to the right of your screen.  Thank you for a wonderful winter season.  Now, let's move on toward spring, shall we? 


Cotton scarves for vegans too:-)  


Friday, January 6

Zero Waste Fashion - Our Definition


Zero Waste Fashion has become a "thing" in the last few years, but what does it mean exactly?  

I first read about one of the US based pioneers in the field, Timo Risannen, in an NYT article several years ago but had been unknowingly practicing a version of the concept with Jag & Nevie for awhile.  Mr. Rissanen has been teaching and writing on the subject for years now and I adore his blog.

Zero Waste dwells at the intersection of many eco friendly practices briefly outlined in a great series of articles on Seamwork Magazine's site.  Some of these concepts are mentioned below;  cutting, scraps as design elements and using previously manufactured items.

If you Google around you'll find fashion designers whom cleverly design patterns so as to cut fabric in ways that don't discard a millimeter of yardage. Holly McQuillan's work is a great example of this: 








Here she shows how to lay out pattern pieces for several garments in a very complex and effective way. 














Another part of the concept is designing with scraps from the fabric & fashion industry - my favorite example of this is Zero Waste Daniel  whom works and manufacturers in Brooklyn.




Zero Waste Fashion also includes up cycling which is where we come in. Finding beauty in a (re)useful piece of fabric from a discarded t shirt, sweater or pair of jeans is the absolute foundation of Jag & Nevie.

After using large chunks of a garment I incorporate the small leftover pieces as appliqués, fringe, patches, ribbons, what have you.  The studio is overwhelmed with bags & tubs of scraps waiting for their new incarnation;-)


APPLIQUÉS; FLAT & 3-D
FRINGE: T SHIRT FABRIC & CASHMERE

I am so excited every time I find a way to salvage a special texture like sleeve ribbing or a waist band.
SLEEVE RIBBING: CASHMERE HATS

JEANS: HEM AND INSEAM; T SHIRTS (made into a tote bag)
WAISTBAND PILFED FROM A PAIR OF SHRUNKEN BOXERS:-0



In summary, Zero Waste Fashion is just as the name applies - an endless array of techniques employed to prevent, or at least delay, the shameful amount of textile refuse accumulation that is rapidly polluting our planet.  If we wear what we already own until it is beyond salvation and buy from zero waste designers we will care for Mother Nature in the most chic and responsible manner imaginable.  Thank you for doing your part.

Wednesday, December 7

Heart Warming Eco Fashion Story

So, here at 7200' in the Rocky Mountains it's been 5* for much of the last 48 hours.  We love it, but nevertheless, a little warmth in story form is warranted.  Check out this cool manufacturing business that offers a living wage (imagine!) to garment workers in Kenya.  They also provide two meals a day at the factory.  Things like this are what makes eco-fashion so important.


Happy winter;-)

Wednesday, November 2

Lots of New Up Cycled Cashmere

Happy Fall friends!  
I've been busy whipping up delicious new cashmere goodies just in time for.... snow!  
Yes, it will make it's appearance this year, but you'll be prepared with a fluffy new sweater, or perhaps a scarf to cheer yourself up.  (truth be told... I pray to the snow Goddess, but don't blame me if we get buried:-)

Here are a few the offerings so far:
HATS FOR THE WEE ONES



Girls 12 m. to 3T
Girls 12m to 5T


Girls 3T to 8yrs 
INFINITY & LONG SCARVES

Neutral and fabulous

Oranges and Peachy Colors

Reds!












SWEATERS - READY TO WEAR & SPECIAL ORDER




Sweater Salvation:Custom Order - send your damaged sweater for a fancy fix

Chartreuse!  Size Large

Luscious Periwinkle and Turquoise
Thank you for stopping by and I send you lovely snuggled-by-the-fireplace good vibes for the impending season.

Wednesday, August 3

Get Winter Ready with Sweater Salvation!

I know, I know, it's not cold yet, but I hate to break it to you - it will be.  Ratz.  

So... about those damaged sweaters....

Do you have a few that got chocolate syrup and marinara sauce on them?  Can't bear to toss them but can't exactly leave the house wearing them either?  
SEND TO ME!


It's sweater salvation time.  I offer two appliquéd options - the simple, elegant and fun Mod Posie and the complicated, spectacular, studded Frou-Frou Posie.  Which do you prefer?

Mod Posie:

On Etsy Here 

The Frou-Frou Posie:
On Etsy Here



Send 'em on over.  I'll breathe new life into them pronto. 

Sunday, March 27

Custom Cool - T Skirts & a Poncho


I have had the profound pleasure of making three custom garments for two very cool clients lately and I really want to share the results with you!  

A repeat client sent me a box of the most amazing collection of Star Wars T shirts you can ever imagine.  It took a few days before I was brave enough to cut them up.  

Chopping up Chewie???  Couldn't bear it.  And the Jedi mind trick, "These are not the droids you are looking for"!  Gasp.  
Black Skirt Number 1:

Gah!  Vader!    Asymmetrical draping and hemline is key to the flattering fit.

These skirts are going to Comic-Con!!

The back.
And my favorite, the Blue & Grey combo, Skirt #2:


Again, lots of angles and draping. 

In true eco fashion - the waistband was swiped from a pair of boxers:-)

 

I do custom skirts in this short 17" mini skirt length and a longer midi length on the Etsy site.  When you have enough skirts, send them a long and we'll collaborate on the perfect eco skirt for you! It usually takes about 14 panels for a mini and about 20 for a midi. (You can alternate solid/graphic as seen in these, or do them with all panels as slices of the graphics). I use the blank backs of shirts for the underskirt and waistbands, thus reducing fabric waste.  




Custom Order Smashing Success #3 - A rockstar Poncho:

This client sent along a stash of awesome concert T's, some of which featured her husband's band.  The "I am Your Tin God" is her own artwork for his band - how cool is that? I studded the appliques as usual and the poncho can be worn asymmetrically off shoulder or with neck line centered. I thought her color choices were brilliant and come on - Amelia Earthart + Johnny Cash - fantastic!


The back when worn symmetrically.

Amelia with studded star appliqué. 

Neckline

Details are EVERYTHING.
Send me your shirts!  
(Your kids' sport shirts, Concert T's, Sports Team T's, Race T's, Travel T's - they make great wearable art - a site more stunning than a memory quilt, eh?!)