The week began with drawings and ended with a dress and a thousand ideas.
Looking at a dog and capturing his or her personality in cloth is so different from designing a dress line. For one thing, since most of these items won’t be for sale, I don’t have to think about cost, or production time, or if someone will want to buy them! I just get to think about what their special charm is and how I’m going to amplify it. In some cases, I’m only working from a picture and mommy or daddy’s words!
The drawing above is for Nella. She’s a bull dog, and the sweetest little girl. She was born with major heart complications and her family surrendered her to rescue at the age of 3. Doctors gave her weeks to survive, but with the right meds and lots of love she has surprised us all and is still with us a year and a half later!
Today I signed up Soda Pop. She had been at the Stockton shelter for over a month and although she was a staff favorite, her time was up. She now lives on three acres in the Sequoias! Her mommy has 2 other sweet pitties, and if Soda Pop isn’t ready for the show, we will use one of them. This will be a great opportunity to show the world the true nature of this wonderful but misunderstood breed.
Back to the designing. Production is always slow when you’re in the early stages of designing. I don’t mind. I just relax into it while watching a lot of TV. I think I watched the whole Top Chef series last week! I did a slew of drawings, then I started constructing a wonderful structural piece. It’s funny how designs morph into something unexpected — if you let them. If you don’t, you never find the magic, but if you allow yourself to be completely unsatisfied, constructing and deconstructing it until you absolutely love it, you can find something truly original. That is what I did. For three days I worked on one dress and hat! Making it — remaking it — and now this dress and hat has inspired a whole new direction for me, along with a fantastic idea for a reality show!
For those who are wondering, I closed LOLA canine couture. My business partner wanted out and I couldn’t afford to buy her out. I could have fought the situation, after all she was the one that bailed, at the worst possible time. And we didn’t have a clearly written contract defining our obligations to one another. The vagueness and the fact that we didn’t follow through and write a clear contract would have worked in my favor. But I’d rather turn and walk away, take the loss and start something entirely new, than get caught up in any sort of legal wrangling. The best way to live life is with clean hands and a happy heart, so I accepted responsibility for my part, LEARNED A LOT, and moved on.
Enough of that! I have big news! I became the leader of Pupscouts Hollywood Troop #12! We’re starting off slow, but I imagine we will do great things. Our first outing will be some Halloween fun… more on that next week. First I need to get the Halloween costumes done!
See you next week!