Tuesday, May 26, 2009

New Feature Meet Spoiled Bratzwear

Yes I am have finally started to do some wonderful handmade artist features. This week I would like to introduce to you Spoiled Bratswear. Not only is she one of my favorite customers but have one of the most interesting and the cutest pet wear I have seen. I couldn't decide which one to pick but here are some of her fabulous wear in her studio at Artfire. Check out some of her fabulous wear for pets.

Modern Floral Summer Harness Dress for Little Dogs~OOAK

Lightweight and perfect for the warmer weather, this dress is self-lined at the top and the skirt is a single layer of cotton. Lovely modern floral print in soft citrus tones on a brown background. SO pretty!

Jungle Cat Dog Hatz4Brats™---shhhh don't scare her!

Super lightweight fleece "hood" with precious little double layer earz (print on one side, light pink on the front) to bring out the cat in your dog. These weigh less than an ounce and my customers tell me it's the only hat their pet will leave on.
Gently ties under the chin for a custom and comfortable fit. No elastic straps or velcro.

Chocolate Argyle dog PJs

SO soft and lightweight, yet warm! We use only the best premium anti-pill fleece for our pull-on PJs.
Generous stretch fits a variety of breeds, this size large will fit a dog up to 22 pounds and great for a larger Italian greyhound.

Lets meet SpoiledBratsWear and get to know more about her and what she does. Here is a brief interview.

What is your name
Holly Mastromatto

Where in the world are you? Flagstaff, AZ USA

Do you have a shop or blog where we can visit?

Briefly describe yourself and what you make:

I’m a wife, dog mom, dog rescuer and pet apparel designer.

Who or what inspires you?
Guess :0) MY DOGS!

When / how did you learn what you do?

I took sewing lessons when I was seven years old and still have the smock top I made in that class. I have always loved to sew, but recently rediscovered it about 2 years ago.

Why do you 'bother' to make things by hand?

I personally love buying handmade and I believe people appreciate the time, craftmanship and love in each piece. I also able to customize each and every piece of clothing I make for a perfect fit.

What is your craft ”philosophy”? Trust your crazy ideas.

Have you always made things and if so, how long?

Since I can remember. My mom used to gather the kids in the neighborhood to make tie dyed shirts in the early 70’s and we were always painting, playing with Shrinky Dinks and molding with clay. My granny taught me how to knit when I was very young and we would spend hours covering wire hangers with yarn. I can’t remember NOT making things with my hands. I am a hairdresser by trade, although I don’t currently work in a salon. I’ve been cutting hair since I was about 8 years old.

Do you do your craft full time or partime?

Currently I think about it 24/7 coming up with new ideas and ways to market, but it’s really just a fabulous hobby at this point.

Can you reveal a little about your creative process?

I usually see something in human clothing designs that makes me want to create a dog version. I love quality fabrics and trendy designs, not just paw prints and dog bones like you see on so much petwear.

Do you have a designated craft space?

What does it mean to you? I have a fabulous office/sewing room where I spend most of my time. Between my pet wellness online business and my two shops on Etsy and ArtFire, I’m pretty busy trying to keep it all straight!

Any advice you may want to add to someone who has started or is thinking about start a craft and selling?

Don’t be afraid of little failures. If you can’t gracefully accept failure, you will likely never succeed.

I want to personally thank Holly Mastromatto from SpoiledBratsWear for taking the time to interview her and for allowing me to feature her work and the use of her photos.

Please take the time to visit her studio at Artfire


Friday, May 22, 2009

Memorial Day May 25th 2009

Happy Memorial Day

It has been a while since I have posted and have seriously neglected my blog. But I have to post about this weekend. It is a weekend of fun in the sun, start of the summer vacations, barbeques, fireworks and much more but we often forget what this weekend is for. Yes we all have the day off to relax but Memorial Day represents our men and women who have died during their military service.

My heart goes to those who have lost a soldier to war, be it your father, mother, daughter, son, brother, uncle, aunt, sister, grand father or grand mother. My prayers are with you and know this can not be a easy day for you.

This day should be the day to remember the good and the wonderful life your love one has had. Remember their smile, their joy, the way of life. Not how they died but how they lived. They died to defend this country.

We need to live our lives as if it was your last day. Enjoy life and don't stress because your neighbors have more "things" then you do. Don't stress because a family member is making money and is more successful then you are. Live your life the best way you know how. I always say "there are always someone that is doing worse they you are" Think of all the people that have no homes, women that are abused and living in shelters with their children, people that have lost their jobs because of the recession, those that lost their homes, those that have health problems with no health insurance. Be thankful for what you have.

We don't realize it but we have control over our own happiness. We are in control of what we do in life. If you are miserable its because you allow yourself to be. A little kindness can go a long way. Just giving a little of yourself can make someone feel really good.

How was Memorial Day started?

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May (May 25 in 2009). Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military service. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War (it is celebrated near the day of reunification after the civil war), it was expanded after World War I to include American casualties of any war or military action

Following the end of the Civil War, many communities set aside a day to mark the end of the war or as a memorial to those who had died. Some of the places creating an early memorial day include Sharpsburg, Maryland, located near Antietam Battlefield; Charleston, South Carolina; Boalsburg, Pennsylvania; Petersburg, Virginia; Carbondale, Illinois; Columbus, Mississippi; many communities in Vermont; and some two dozen other cities and towns. These observances coalesced around Decoration Day, honoring the Union dead, and the several Confederate Memorial Days.

So in closing as you have the day off, spend time with family and friends, please remember those that have fallen.


Saturday, May 9, 2009

It is that time of year to celebrate Mothers. I am also a mother myself. Being a mother has been the most fulfilling thing I have ever done in my life and although my son is a grown man, I still love being his mom. A mom doesn't stop being a mom just because your child is an adult you just have to be a different mom. A mom that can make his pain go away when he falls, you have to let him fall and pick himself back up, A mom that wipe his tears when he is hurt but a mom that will be there for him to cry on your shoulder, A mom that can make him eat his veggies but a mom that hopes that he listens to you and he eats them himself on his own. (wishful thinking LOL) A mom that has to accept what their child does in life because you just have to hope and pray that you raised him right to make their own decisions. Not all of your child's decisions will make you happy but just accept it or don't. Just be there for support.

And then you have the new moms. The moms that are having their first crack at what it is like to totally responsible for a child. This newborn will depend on you for everything, when to eat, when to sleep, when their diaper needs changing, etc etc. This is the most important time in a child's life is when they are newborns all the way til at least four yrs of age where what you do defines what kind of person they will become. They develop their own personalities through you.

Then you have the moms that are at the stage of their child teens years. Boy this can be a very hard time but we all have been teens and know what it is like at this age to want independence and feel like adults. (boy does this bring back memories for me).

Then we need to take a look at our own moms. My mom has always been there for me, though she was a tough son of B, there were reasons why she was so tough on us. Her mom was never tough on her and never was there for her so she had to learn the hard way by herself.My mom didn't want history to repeat itsself. It matters what you teach your children and setting examples for them because they will become adults and learn from you.

So this is a tribute to all the wonderful moms and all that you do on a daily basis. Yes we can do it all and we want to do it all. Do we have to, no but we like doing it. We love feeling needed and wanted by our children. I guess it is just in our nature. Mom I love you and keep on doing what you do best and that is being the best mom you can be.

Happy Mother's Day.