Category: Guest Post

I’m Guest Posting!

You thought it Matchy Matchy was over and done with. Finite. Well, you thunk wrong (no, I am not grammatically incorrect). She has one last horrah and it’s on a Violet’s blog, Blythe Ponytail Parades. Violet is a wonderful blogger. Seriously. She has a knack for photography that is unparalleled with anyone her age. Our blogs don’t have much in common, mine being a sewing blog and her’s being a lifestyle blog, but that didn’t mean I wasn’t up for a guest post. I can write about anything, that’s for damn sure. So while she’s in Japan photographing a wedding (cue drooling in jealousy), I’m writing about Matchy Matchy and the struggles I faced, and OVERCAME while working on her. She was a bitch in all sense of the word.

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Meet Janel Hill: Owner of Janet Hill Studio

My art style is an odd one – a mix of Impressionism and 1950s Realism. Edgar Degas meets with Edward Hopper. I say it’s an odd combination because in Impressionist work, free brushstrokes took precedence over meticulous ones while in Realist work a la 1950s, the opposite was true. Despite their differences in how paintings were made, both artistic movement depicted fleeting moments that had small doses of nostalgia, elegance, and wag. So when I happened upon Janet Hill’s online shop, a studio filled with just this type of artwork, I made the little hearts next to images of her pieces shine bright red. Always one to strike up a conversation, I sent her a message asking if she would be willing to answer a few questions for me. Agreeing, she gave me her clever answers to my clever questions below. We have never “met” but she really seems like a gem of an individual. I encourage you to check out her work and make those little red hearts shine as well. Maddie: Can you give a brief description of your work? Janet: My work is best described as oil paintings that are typically narrative and don’t take themselves too seriously. Maddie: What or when inspires you? Janet: Movies (lots and lots), books, magazines, blogs, walks with my dog. Maddie: If your work was a person or a place, who or what would it be? Janet: A crazy little old lady’s closet. The kind of closet that has endless pairs of shoes, fox stoles, figurines, birdcages. Not sure what kind of visual that brings to mind…. Maddie: What is on your Christmas list? Janet: A bottle of Cognac and a Diptyque ‘Feu de Bois’ candle. My favorite scent in the world. Maddie: Pretend you have an amazing event to attend…

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Guest Post: Tips For Sewing Silk

Another day. Another guest post. Another sewing tip. Katie Lineaweaver and I “met” last spring when I happened upon her site, A Girl Named Katie, and her blog, Love Is Why I Wake. Like most bloggers, we got into a “dialogue” about something we had in common – location. She lives not only in the same country and not only in the same region but the same state – Pennsylvania. Although I’ve never made the trip out to the suburb where she lives, it’s on my to-do list – a blogger meet-up is in the future. Promise. She guest posted on my blog a couple of months ago and to return the favor, I recently guest posted on the blog of the fabric shop she works at – Fabrics Mart. The subject of the guest post is certainly something you’ve run into – sewing silk. It’s slippery, it’s slinky, and it’s not fun to work with. With some tried-and-true tips though, handling silk can be manageable. Shortly after I my guest post went live, Mood Fabric’s published a similar post on the subject. So check them both out, it won’t hurt, you might even like it.

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Another Guest Post: Clare Mountain of threadBEAR

Well, you get two doses of Clare Mountain of threadBEAR this week. Yesterday, Clare posted on my blog 3 ways to style her peter pan collar (seriously, aren’t they cute?) and today, I’m posting the basic definition of a sloper on her blog. The topic of a sloper or a block is one I’ve spoken about many times. Actually, slopers, blocks, and pattern making is the crux of my blog. There’s a lot to know about slopers and blocks. Lots upon lots and loads upon loads. Similar to a Rothko painting, break down the complex into the basics is super important. A tree can’t grow without watering its roots and pattern making and manipulation can’t be learned with an understanding  of the basic shapes of a sloper or block and how/why they were created. So click below to head on over to her site and read my post.

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Guest Post: Clare Mountain of threadBEAR

I avidly read comments on my post. After a post goes live, I check hourly to read responses and opinions and I respond to all of them I think warrants a response. It’s the telltale sign of a good blogger and a blogger who cares. Not too long ago, oh I’d say at the beginner of this summer, I noticed a recurring commenter. Her name was Clare and she always had something nice to say. Actually, her comments were usually accompanied with many exclamation points (we bloggers love those; even more so, we love emoji’s). After a couple of comments, I checked her out. Not to my surprise – because good bloggers attract other good bloggers – she had an uber cool blog and an even more amazing shop. She’s from London so she naturally has chic style (are you in love with her tatoos as much as me?) but her wears are magical. In my opinion, it’s the accoutrements that layered onto an outfit that makes an outfit. Clare’s bow ties, crochet collars and necklaces, and crochet and woven necklaces have the power to do this. Being the good blogger that I try to be, I emailed her. My one email turned into several and before you knew it, we had planned a guest post for each others sites. So please join me in welcoming Clare… Hello lovely Madalynne readers! My name is Clare Mountain, and I am the designer/blogger at ThreadBEAR, a whimsical fiber jewellery and accessories label based in England. I am so excited to be sharing with you today. So… about me. My knit obsession began at the age of 8 when my Nannan taught me to knit, and many years later, it led me to a fashion knitwear degree, of which I am about to start…

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