Wednesday, January 28, 2009

aint life grand


it was a beautiful day. the sun was shining and the air was warm, both out of the ordinarily so. we played in the yard and soaked up the much needed vitamin D.
positivity is contagious.
enjoy a lil treat musical treat courtesy of good olde widespread panic......

much love

Monday, January 26, 2009

Let the Sun Shine

I have a vending gig in April I need to start gearing up for.....I'm very excited. It will be with 19 other local all female artists in the area. It's going to be kinda nice creating things knowing I won't have to list on the internet. Don't get me wrong I do love modeling and picture editing, but sometimes it seems to take more time that it should.

This time its going to be quite different, making things without an immediate chance for sale. I feel like I am about to turn myself into a one woman sweat shop. I feel like it might suppress my creative flow, but there are ways to combat this. I like to pull out my favorite sing along music and blast it. I thoroughly enjoyed some live Bruce Hornsby today. I forgot how good it feels to sing out load; especially when no one is around.

It was pretty nice out today. Mike and I brushed the dogs in the sunshine. They needed it too, their thick coats are extra fluffy with us being right smack in the middle of winter. Here's a pic I snapped while the sun was shining. Mike and I picked this giant druzy(lots-o-tiny crystals) quartz on our last mining trip in South Carolina. The orange-y-ness is from the iron in the soils. There are chemicals we could use to remove it, but we like it natural.
I finished up the shirt to a winter outfit I had been working on.
Here is a sneak peak at the fabrics.....

charcoal gray corduroy salvaged from men's pants
amazing printed vintage twill

I am waiting for a BIG box of sewing supplies in the mail. I can't wait! I'm getting a spool rack for all of my thread amongst other things. I am most stoked about getting 10 yards of applique fusing. I have SO many ideas floating around that need to be brought to life.


Friday, January 23, 2009

meet and greet

Hi everyone! Welcome my little corner of the vast unknown.
My name is Brenna, but I also go by Banana. This nickname was born out of introducing myself to new friends...."I'm Brenna; like Banana." My favorite color is green in all varieties. Hence AgreenBanana being my label of clothing and other unique wares. I am a Taurus in every sense of the word. Outside of sewing whenever I can, I love live music, the great outdoors, minerals, animals, and dancing. I recently got a custom made hula hoop from peacebird . Everyday I get a little bit better at it.......

This blog is dedicated to the creative processes and fun adventures I find while using vintage, upcycled and new fabrics. There is never a textile I can refuse, whether it be a gently used amazingly printed bed sheet, curtains, or old t-shirts. I have always thought that everything and everyone has a chance to start over. :D

My inspiration comes from alot of places. I particularly enjoy fashion from the 1960s and 1970s. I also feel like comfort and adjustable is very important for any garment. I have been sewing since way back when I was 16 years old in Sewing I at my all girl high school in St.Louis, MO. That's where I learned a lot of basic construction and pattern alerations. I have since then been self taught through trial error. I love vintage sewing patterns and love to update them with modern twists. I have been selling my wares for about 4 years consitently over the internet. I take my craft VERY seriously and expect everything I make to last a lifetime.My sewing equipment entails a Singer sewing machine & a Singer four thread serger.

In the future I look forward to creating more unique designs for all body types. I plan to hone my applique skills to bring my doodles to life. Sustainable fibers such a hemp, organic cotton, and soy will all be a part of my path. I also am excited to dable in dyeing fabric. I am a part of the BEST etsy team ever. It's a collective of the sweetest creative anf fly mama's ever. Come and visit all of us at Gypsy Road are a few of my favorite things

Pablo & Lucia"criss-cross!!"
blue and green perfection


bright and funky vintage prints
come visit my etsy shop >>>> AgreenBanana <<<<