Saturday, October 20, 2012


I spent yesterday into the night with a very dear friend who was not only willing to do more modeling for me, but to welcome me into her home and allow me to shoot the pictures with her new camera. Ah, technology... My camera and laptop were bought in 2005, and I'm still using them. Well, sort of. After shooting more than 1200 pictures, we sat at her Mac and used her Photoshop to check out the pictures and how to edit them. Oh my God, my brain hurt when I watched her with a few quick flicks of her index fingers alter the shading in a picture and highlight her body in a halo-like lighting. By the time I left there last night, I was anxious to get home and show Dan the few pictures we downloaded onto my flash. And of course, going to my older Dell after my experience at her house was like using an abacus to do calculus. And -- AHHHH! -- the pictures wouldn't come up on my computer.

That being said, I only have four pictures from that photo shoot yesterday because Rose, the model/techie extraordinaire, emailed those to me so I could put them on our etsy site.

Not only am I so blessed to have such a valued friend as Rose, but also to have her so willing to help me in this business venture that Dan and I have taken together. To have her such an integral part of this means so much to both of us, and it was really nice of her and her husband to paint their kitchen just the right color to accentuate the dress!

Here's the part about yesterday that has truly brought me to my knees in amazement and gratitude. Back in 2008 I had a reading done by a clairvoyant/channeler/seer, etc. from Australia. I knew she was divinely in tuned before I ever approached her (through email) to do a reading for me. When I received my reading via audio tape and listened to it more than four years ago, she told me that I would meet my Twin Flame and together we would make clothes together. She said I would sew these garments and they would alter those who wear them. At the time I was not dating anyone. I was sewing clothes that didn't seem to alter anyone, but I was optimistically looking forward to meeting this person and making clothes together. She said the energy that we put into the clothing would be like nothing else. I remained intrigued for years about this reading. I questioned, but not once did I think it would NOT come true.

Yesterday Rose told me how magical the dresses felt. What was interesting to me was how different she looked in every one of them. It was almost like she took on a different persona with each change. Today we spoke on the phone and she mentioned the magical quality of the dresses again. I just know that when I finish each one, slip it over the dress form, and then step back and look at it, I just absolutely fall in love. My heart just opens up. There are many times that I just hug them. It's a love fest in my studio. I feel like these dresses are the best things I've ever done, and looking at them on Rose and her daughter made me realize that I am on the right track. Working alone all day sometimes gets to me, crazy doubts about my own creativity might seep in and I wonder if I should be doing something else in my life. Oh, the craziness sometimes that goes on between my ears. What I do know for sure is that the most amazing tie-dyes come my way, and I lose myself in cutting them up and sewing them into dresses. Hours go by and I don't even notice the sun going down. And, by the time I look at what I've put on my dress form I am so deeply loving the latest dress. I just feel myself opening and filling up with the most extraordinary love. I wish I could explain this better, but I'm discovering the more I try to use words to describe it, the less potency the feeling has.

Thank you to Rose, to her daughter, to Dan, and to Ananara in Australia. I could not have done any of this without you.

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