Was here but now is somewhere else

I’ve changed blogs!
My new virtual reality can be found at the following address:
http://eurekapaprika.blogspot.com
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More new etsy goodness!

I’ve been superimposing-away lately trying to re-edit the photos in my etsy shop.  Here are some new ones I’ve done:

Bumble Bee Sweater – $18

White Pleated Skirt – $28

Sheer Navy Polkadot Blouse – $20

Safari Princess Shirt – $15

80′s Athletic Jacket – $25

Ray of Sunshine Sleeveless Top – $25

Red Striped 60s Mod Turtleneck – $20

Sailorette Shirt – $20

White Floral Lace Vest – $20

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New Look

Since I started my etsy shop, I’ve been struggling with the presentation of my items.  I wanted my photos to be descriptive but I also wanted a unique and interesting delivery.  I tried photographing myself wearing the clothes, but that rarely turns out less than freakish (every time that shutter closes my face manages to disfigure, just for that one split second).  And I also tried photographing the clothes on a mannequin in front of a neutral background (booooring).  So lately, I’ve been playing around with superimposition with my best friend, photoshop.  I’m pretty jazzed about the results.  I’m planning to edit ALL the items in the shop, but here’s what I have done so far (constructive criticism welcome):

70′s Prairie Girl Dress – $25

70′s Sheer Navy Office-Chic Dress - $30

Luxury Lounging House Coat from the 70′s - $35

80′s Chic Parisian Dress – $40

90′s Houndstooth Sweater - $18

60′s Knit Pumpkin Cardigan – $30

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lo-fi

I went over to my friend, Kate’s house last night (Kate is Bony Legs. she has a great tumblr and a pretty rad etsy shop, too). We had fun doing a lo-fi photo shoot in her bedroom to promote our vintage. We gossiped about high school boyfriends, did our hair and makeup and drank low-quality coolers. What more could a girl ask for on a Friday night?

If you’ve seen Kate’s blog, you’ll know that her aesthetic is pretty focused and while her style is really original, it’s keenly aware of what’s going on in youth culture these days. So feeding off her energy was a pretty unique and kind of exciting way for me to do something completely different. Not to mention, her enthusiasm for fashion is inspiring.

Here’s what we were up to:

oh, and we watched melrose place.

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Shop promotin’

I made these little thingers in a jiffy this afternoon for my friend, Izzy’s (of YeYe!) blog.  I like them so much that i’m going to print them out on on fancy paper and make them my new tags for stuff in my shop.

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Cats

Lately I’ve been lamenting the lack of cats in my life.  I’ve always had a cat around and still tend to watch out for a flighty one at the door whenever I come in from outside.  Cats just seem like cats when you meet them at first but really, their personalities and routines are always so different, just like people.  Their simple companionship, innocent selfishness, extreme energy highs and lows and their ambient presence are things that make dealing with feces on a daily basis so worth while.

The Cat Inside by William Burroughs is a pretty perfect capsule of what I’m talking about.  In the book he recounts his relationships with different cats throughout his life and how they’ve managed to fulfill his days.  In the meantime, while i’m yearning for a little friend yet the ongoing potential for uprooting exists, I have my little photo collection of kitties to cherish.

This is Betty Sue, a bit of a sad case.  She was found by a friend, nearly dead one evening in a rain storm.  We took her in but only had her for a few months before she passed away.  We later found out that her real name was Peanut and she was 20-years-old!  She was a tender and loving dear.  RIP Peanut.

This is Bitey, world’s clumsiest cat.  He is basically a huge wad of fur with a miniature brain and extremely lovable.  He loves boxes of all size and spends most of his time glaring at people.

Meet Hunter.  He’s my family’s cat and lives in the country with my mom.  He definitely lives up to his name, as he hunts rabbits his own size.  His purr is high-pitched and squeaky and gets louder with every head scratch.

This photo is of me and a few of my siblings on our back patio. I’m the little one with a death grip on the terrified cat.  She was my first cat, Trientje.  I had her until i was a teenager.  She was a saint of a cat for letting me drag her around and put hair clips in her fur.  My sister is holding Aaltje, but I don’t remember her much since she disappeared when i was still quite young.  He’s not a cat, but Bello the dog holds a special place in my heart too.  He ate chicken poop!

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Smart Mart is Smart

The second day at Smart Mart has just wrapped up. It’s been a great few days so far and I must say the best part of all are my fellow vendors. Albeit a great threat to my pocket book, I’ve really enjoyed meeting some of the other collectors and designers. It reminds me of the vibrancy and creativity I’m surrounded by in this city! I’ve posted some photos of my booth, but I’ll be sure to post some other photos soon of some of my favourite vendors.

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