Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Big Changes Coming!!!

So many things are changing - and my oh my the intricacies of all the change!!!

In the past few weeks I have stitched LOTS of clothes, scheduled  and managed a photo shoot -complete with models ....

organized my workspace for more efficiency,ordered TONS of fabric,

FINALLY-in the next couple of weeks you will get to see the results of all the tiny steps MettaMarie has been taking!
We plan on launching online sales through an E-store - hopefully by mid December.

I'm already so blessed to have two of the coolest  retail stores anywhere carrying MettaMarie -
Eighty One-a true American creative factory  :)  and Hamilton House-a creative and unique store brimming with nice folks!

Please stop in and let us know what you think once the E store is launched-I'll post a link as soon as the first items are are posted for sale.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Man is a knot into which relationships are tied.  ~
          ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Flight to Arras, 1942, translated from French by Lewis Galantière
What a tangled knot it can become~

Having good intentions or a clear consience  won't keep the knot from happening.
 Sometimes it seems like no matter what you do to untangle the knot it grows and grows and grows.  

Ive been accused of having a simplistic view of life -which is mostly a compliment I think. 
 In that simple view,I invest my emotions entirely 
into others ,assuming that they  do the same. 
In reality,sometimes they do - but most times that isn't the case. 
In those times,  I find myself emotionally spent ,wounded and hurt.

I'm trying to learn to balance my  investment in others  -but it isn't easy. It feels awfully selfish.
I'm trying to let go of the expectations that I have of others as well.

~As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn't supposed to ever let you down probably will.  You will have your heart broken probably more than once and it's harder every time.  You'll break hearts too, so remember how it felt when yours was broken.  You'll fight with your best friend.  You'll blame a new love for things an old one did.  You'll cry because time is passing too fast, and you'll eventually lose someone you love.  ~Author Unknown

I guess I'm trying to learn to live a more realistic life- not so much the idealistic way I wish it all were.

No one remains quite what he was when he recognizes himself.  ~Thomas Mann

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

My 70's fashion flashback!

 When you're old enough for a cultural extreme to resurface its generally pretty funny to see it re-expressed -
most times  badly -but still funny!

In my case the 70's are everywhere I look. Some of the kids that love it  feel so cool! 
I guess we felt cool in the 70's but honestly I don't remember "thinking" about how I felt. We just did what we did-and most times for no reason at all-
except that we were kids and we could. 
The fashion part of MY 70's started early- I remember begging for my first pair of Go-Go Boots when I was 4-5 yrs old.
 They were white and they came from a new type of shoe store-Payless-in Corpus Christi Texas! 
They were on the last aisle on the left side of the store about a foot above my reach. 

A few years later I spotted the next best boot ever-the suede lace up tall boot-and I got those too!
I was in the sixth grade and by all accounts, there was not a cool bone in my body- I was awkward,shy and not really very girly and I had bad hair-every day- I had bad hair!
But I knew what I wanted to wear and it didn't matter to me whether anyone else liked it or not.
 It amuses me NOW that some of those same things are exactly what I want to wear now-whether anyone likes it or not. :)
Of course the leather fringed vest was a key part of "my 70s look"- although there was no real plan to that look! 
There was no real PLAN to anything in the 70's for me-and sometimes it's still that way for me.
But this vest and those lace up suede boots went with every other piece of my crazy wardrobe-at least until I moved to Louisiana! That's a whole other story!!!!!

Everything in the 70's reached for the extremes-there was the mini-the maxi -the gauchos-the high waisted tight jeans and the ultra low cut hip huggers.  Platform shoes - tall boots- Jesus sandals  and mostly barefoot-just to upset the "establishment" ya know!
 I had all of them-
And if our clothes didn't do it then we'd crank up the clock radio(really-I'm not kidding!!) or the transistor radio and listen to some  gravelly tunes by Janis-
I had plastic peel off flowers on everything in my room ,including my very cool white clock radio!
All the icons of the 70's were present and accounted for-but completely without thought!
Maybe I WAS cool but just didn't know it!!!!!
Nah- I PROMISE I wasn't-:( 
I was just another skinny girl with funny clothes and bad hair -
SO where am I going with all this???
Well, yesterday as a younger guy was tagging along with a female friend  looking at my clothes 
she commented that it made her think of hippies-and then she looked at me as though she needed to explain what hippies were.
I stopped her.
Smiling I reminded her of my age-and told her I was up on hippies- I was a teen in the 70's.
She laughed,sort of unbelieving and her guy friend said,
"Hey,I heard once a hippie,always a hippie-is it true?"
I thought about it ......
Hmmmm I Still love that leather ,suede and fringe-
I still like a tune or two by Janis-
 I have a motorcycle- 
still have several pair of boots
at least one pair of lace up ones- 
and yeah- I still like what I like to wear.....

I finally have better hair(maybe  letting it grow was the answer all along!) 
I'm not the skinny girl anymore so I can't wear most of what I love- but modified versions of it-
so I think the answer is....
 yes.....sort of.
Interestingly enough somehow those things that I love -my 70's -  surface  in the clothes that I  
design and wear.
Not by plan or projection-just like back then-
 things just sort of ...happen.... and it works!

I usually refer to those things as Happy Accidents!