Shihar: I am fortunate to be designing & creating clothes since 2001. Originally a sculptress and a performance artist trained in Fine Arts in London ( Camberwell college of art & design), through the experimental multimedia art in Jerusalem (School of visual theatre)
I am inspired by architecture, nature, origami, Zinas, folklore costumes merging eastern lines with modern cuts, An internal hybrid of my English and Mediterranean culture.
A trip to India revealed to me the magical world of fabric. Initially by sketching locals munks and nuns, discovering the rich nature of fabric, with It’s folds drapes and crinkles.
From there on I started designing my personal clothes, and shortly after, on demand from my surroundings, I began creating for other wonderful women.
I just love lazy Sunday afternoons. I usually sleep in just a little bit later than usual, treat myself to a healthy breakfast, and lounge around in my pajamas reading a book, singing along to Hawaiian music on the radio or catching up on my favorite blogs. It always feels so indulgent to set aside my chores, and just let the rest of the world continue on its busy way.
A cute (and comfortable!) pair of pajamas always make my lazy Sunday afternoons that much more enjoyable. This ruffled chemise from Sandmaiden Sleepwear is made with an organic cotton/rayon blend that has just a little bit of stretch to it, the perfect fabric for lounging around. You can customize your chemise by choosing from twelve fabric colors and six lace colors. I think the rose colored fabric with navy blue lace would be just beautiful, although I really love the ochre color featured on the model for fall.
If you prefer to lounge in pajama pants, Lorigami creates cute and comfortable cropped pajama bottoms from vintage material. I just love the cheery yellow gingham fabric and satin trim on this pair. Add your favorite worn-in t-shirt and settle in for some relaxation.
Sometimes a girl needs to treat herself to a little bit of lace. This blue lace sleepwear set from Little Sister Lucy is sexy enough to make you feel special, but comfortable enough to lounge in all day. I just love pink velvet trim and the little sprinkling of sequins around the neckline, what a beautiful touch!
Well, I know what I’m going to be doing this weekend. I hope you too will take the time to treat yourself to a relaxing afternoon, and some cute pajamas!
**Created by tastes orangey, the beautiful image featured at the top of this post is a print of an original painting and features a stitched border.**
These gorgeous fabric flower brooches and hair clips are from Accessoire, and the one at the top left I got for my mom for Christmas!
It’s been raining nonstop in Manchester for many, many days. This is not an unusual occurrence – when I first moved here four years ago, it rained constantly for a full month. My husband and I wondered what the heck we had got ourselves into! I’ve got used to the gray days now, but now and then the gloom does get to me. During this spate of gray, I’ve rounded up some handmade treasures to brighten my day – enjoy!
The above print from Askey Illustration reminds me of jumping in puddles as a child – a common pastime in the rainy North! The inspiration came from stormy spring days, “when the sky is slate grey and the sun shines through the clouds for just a moment making bright colours really pop against the dark sky” – I wish this would happen in Manchester today!
These delicate earrings from RosieJo incoporate pebble-like beads, which inspired the piece. “In this case the wooden pebbles were just so tactile, I loved the natural shape and their lovely colour.” Many of RosieJo’s items feature flowers made from scraps of fabric in silk, satin, cotton or other materials. “I find nothing more satisfying than taking fabric that might otherwise go unused, or from a used or vintage item, and using it to create something pretty like flowers.”
The rosettes for this hair slide were made from fabric from one of MischaM’s husband’s shirts! “It was a beautiful shirt of slate gray, and when he decided it was past its sell-by date I jumped at the chance to make something pretty from it.” Mischa knew that the subtle sheen of the fabric would translate into beautiful fabric flowers, giving new life to an old favorite. “My husband is now under strict instructions not to throw away any shirts without consulting me first…”
This beautiful felt case was inspired by the palette of the UK landscape. Elin says, “I absolutely adore grey, which we have plenty of!!” Elin has recently started to work with Harris Tweed and has a huge passion for it. “The whole ethos and process of Harris Tweed have a consistency and integrity that I like, the landscape of the outer Hebrides speaks through the fabric but not in a corny or literal way. I hope my lichen and mycology work has a similar quality, it’s realistic but subtle as well.”
Does your landscape inspire your handmade creations? I’d love to hear about your inspiration!
Modern Linen Quilt in Green and Red
Using improvisational piecing, I made this modern quilt using green linen, off-white cotton and a variety of red-hued linens. The “crushed” cotton gives the quilt an antique appearance, while the linen has a wonderful weight and drape. This is the perfect quilt for laying at the bottom of the… details »
Sunshine Yellow Button Ring
This ring of Sunshine was made with love and BUTTONS! details »
my lady purse
A useful little purse with a vintage twist, so elegant and … fresh at the same time, can you feel it? You can put your money and a credit card inside. details »