Saturday, 28 March 2009

March 2009 Team Happenings!

It's the end of the month and here is a round up of what has been happening within the Fashion, Design and Lifestyle team!
DAINTYCROCHETBYALY and some of her stunning fascinators were featured on Dramatis Personae blog! The one featured is crocheted lace in brown colors accented with feathers and red wooden beads which is available here.Mylittleaura is holding a SALE where everything is only $10! She has also launched her Spring Collection and now has her own dot-com: One of our newest members, Furiousdreams sold three original paintings - amazing!!Another one of our team painters and again, one of our newest members is aliherrmann who made the much sought after position on Etsy - The Front Page! ... and also sold a total of eight pieces of art this month!Norakaren has had a wonderful month with finally reaching her goal of over 70 sales and 800 hearts! She was also featured in the Teens Gift Guides and the St Patrick's Day Gift Guide.AllThingsPretty received a custom request to produce a wedding dress, which also happens to be her forte!Capitolagirl had fabulous news to share with all of us - her Silicon Gallies glass tile computer key pendant necklace was featured in ELLE Magazine's March 12, 2009 Trend Report showcasing Graphic Patterns. We were all incredibly excited for her!Kristensteinfineart is currently exhibiting artwork at Comcast Center, Philadelphia and a solo exhibit at Milkboy Cafe, Ardmore for month of March. She was also accepted into the Juried "Arts in The Park Festival" for June in Elkins Park, PA and featured on a few handmade/handcrafted websites/blogs as a March featured artist.
And finally, we had our first Trunk Show presentation, which was very successful, we can't wait for the next one!

Monday, 23 March 2009

Colors of Spring Fashion, Design and Lifestyle Trunk Show This Thursday!

EVENT: Colors of Spring through Fashion, Design and Lifestyle
A Trunk show by the FDL etsy team!
Date: Thursday, March 26, 2009
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Location: Etsy's Virtual Lab- Gallery room

Members of the Fashion, Design and Lifestyle team (fdlteam) will host an online Trunk Show "live" using one of Etsy's virtual lab rooms. The designers and artists will present a wide range of fashion, art and jewelry inspired by the beauty of Spring. Many of the artists will be on hand to chat with the viewing public about their design process. So please join us for an evening of colorful items and commentary. We hope to see you there!

For an advanced look at some of FDL's talented members, please visit our blog.

Or, search etsy for 'fdlteam' to view our current listings.

See you on the 26th of March at 7pm EST in the virtual labs.


Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Paper Dolls (March Edition): The Reveal

FDL Paper Dolls: March Edition
(The Big Reveal!)

The suggestions for the Fifth Edition of the Paper Dolls are in...and here's our fifth virtual fashion outfit a la FDL's Paper Dolls.

It started out with our inspiration piece...

This sassy Boho Gypsy inspired piece designed by FDL Team member Debra (at the AllThingsPretty shop on Etsy).

Yellow Garden Bird Dress
from AllThingsPretty

And has been paired up with these great Etsy finds:

EcoAnkle Corset Cuffs
from greenbelts

About Paper Dolls
Paper Dolls is a new virtual fashion game being hosted by the FDL Street Team blog. In each edition of Paper Dolls, an FDL Team member picks a fashionable inspiration piece and writes a blog post seeking coordinating item suggestions by readers. Reader suggestions can be from ANY seller's shop on Etsy, and are left in the Comments area of the blog post along with links to matching items. Then, when the author has a completed outfit (based on the inspiration piece and the author's picks from the comments), the author writes a follow-up blog post to reveal whole outfit.

Come join the FDL Team again, the April Edition of Paper Dolls is coming soon!

The edition written by FDL Team Member Susan of the Capitola Girl shop.

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

After the Frost

Hello Fellow FDL Members!

As some of you know, I live in upstate New York, where the weather can change drastically in the blink of an eye. And today it did just that! I awoke to a cold, rainy drizzle and now it's clear blue skies and milder temperatures. A stroll around the back garden shows some signs of early spring....premature lily sprouts and some early garlic greens pushing through the wet sponge of earth. We've pushed the clocks ahead and have some early evening light. Soon the crickets will chirp and the buds will be forming on the trees. Yes, spring is my favorite season for sure. As an homage to the woes of winter and the early arrival of spring, I present to you 'After the Frost', an original watercolor and ink rendering.

Friday, 6 March 2009

Happy Birthday Barbie

Barbie Turns 50

Whether you love her or hate her, many girls at one point or another have probably played with her. I'm talking about Barbie, who is celebrating her first 50 years as an American fashion icon.

In more than 150 countries around the globe, approximately 1 billion Barbie Dolls have been sold since she was first introduced by the Mattel company on March 9, 1959.

With her trademark pink dress, high pony-tail and sassy pink corvette, the advent of Barbie's birth has the Fashion Design and Lifestyle team thinking PINK this weekend.

So, in the spirit of a pink open-toed salute to America's best-known doll...I hope you enjoy today's pink showcase:

Monday, 2 March 2009

It's March! Time to Play Paper Dolls

Welcome to the FDL Team's Paper Dolls Game ...Do You Play?

It's time for another round of Paper Dolls here on the FDL Team Blog. This month's game starts off with a sassy Boho Gypsy inspired piece designed by FDL Team member Debra (at the AllThingsPretty shop on Etsy). Her flirty and feminine vintage slip dress features hand-dyed elements in shades of yellow and retro orange, brown and yellow flower fabric edged in hand-dyed yellow lace.

Now... its your turn readers! Put your most fabulous fashionista hat on and help me create a memorable outfit fit for a Boho Hippie Diva in Spring!

Do You Want to Play? If so, here's how the Paper Dolls game works:

1. Check out this week's inspiration piece.

2. Browse ANY shop on Etsy ( and hunt for haute, hippie couture coordinates to complete the boho look--boot/shoes, jewelry, accessories, bags, and any other items from ANY Etsy shop.

3. Once you've made a match, come back and leave a comment with a link to your coordinating items from Etsy.

4. (Optional) If you like this game and want to help the FDL Street Team pass the word on...add our Paper Dolls badge to your blog.

I will be selecting the items you list in the comments section and revealing a complete outfit in two weeks-- so be sure to come back to the FDL Team Blog on Monday, March 16 for the outfit reveal.

This edition written by FDL Street Team Member Susan of Capitola Girl Jewelry and the Capitola Girl blog.