September 3, 2015

Outdoor Markets: Kempenfest 2015

As summer winds down and we look towards fall, I wanted to update you on our summer adventures thus far. We've successfully survived our first outdoor market over the July break. We were lucky to have such awesome neighbors beside us to help us out during that freak thunderstorm. Several tents blew away, but ours stayed pretty grounded.

We have a few shows lined up for fall and the holidays and I'll be documenting our process more in depth. Stay tuned, it's going to be very busy season!

Follow us on instagram at @loveatfirstblush for more adventures and behind the scenes of our studio.

Outdoor booth canopy set up at Kempenfest Love at first Blush
Colorful Floral Cat ears for sale at Kempenfest Loveatfirstblush

March 21, 2015

Design and Development: Sourcing the Finest Crystals

natural amethyst druzy geode gemshow
mineral and gem show with tibetan cystal quartz
sourcing through clusters of tibetan crystal quartz
gem haul of crystal quartz and tibetan quartz
rare spirit quartz gemstones and crystals
Lessons in Sourcing

When I worked for my last fashion design job, most of our trims and embellishments were brought to us on trim cards, all neatly laid with lists of color options. We would call our own in-house trim department to bring us several options of any trim we had our heart set on and in a weeks time, we would get an abundance of trims to choose from; from photos to real trims brought to us.
It was just as simple as a phone call or an email.

Having my own company presents its own set of challenges in sourcing as I don't have my own trim department and not everything is brought to me on a color card. Instead, I do my own shopping, locally and at trade shows, finding the right companies to work with that have the best quality and selection.

It's fun to pick out my own crystals and inspect them myself as each crystal is truly unique and one of a kind. It's like picking out a diamond, you're looking for cut, clarity and carat. For me designing and creating a product is about the process, always striving to continually perfect my craft. 
And because of this, I find I am very attached to most of my work because I know the story of how I bought each crystal and where it came from.

February 21, 2015

In the Studio

It's getting colder in the studio these days as my desks is right next to the window, which is looking mighty frosty outside. The wind chill in Toronto takes my breath away. I’m lucky I get lots of light, but it's a drawback in the winter months as it brings in the chilly air. I’ve hung my handmade dreamcatcher next to the window which catches lots of light and hopefully will bring spring weather soon.

loveatfirstblush studio desk
loveatfirstblush studio dreamcatcher

loveatfirstblush studio dreamcatcher
loveatfirstblush leather jewelry studio paintbrushes


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