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CHANGE, how we love you!

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We know it’s been AWHILE since we did a blog post… 2021 continued to keep our heads turning!

Let’s see… we continued to roll with the impacts of Covid as best we could, and actually were very fortunate that we got to do a lot of our favorite things: reclaim secondhand textiles and make the best garments & goodies we can…

Back in late 2019, we moved out of the “big” studio we had been housed in for 16(?) years, and consolidated into the building where our retail store, Refinery, was located. The move was only a block away, but all those years in one place gave us lots of opportunity to accumulate STUFF.

Awesome stuff (raw materials of ALL kinds) but lots of stuff!

So, after a yard sale, multiple free piles & an heroic effort by amazing friends & crew, we set up shop at 138 Grand Avenue in Paonia.

 

            

 

last day at the Big Studio

 

In spring 2021, 138 Grand Ave went up for sale, and by late summer, the building was under contract. Both the new Studio Up AND Refinery needed to find a new home. Luckily, the new buyer gave us till the end of the year to relocate.

flippin’ the switch

That impending change gave me the opportunity to reflect on things, and realize that I was ready to let go of Refinery. Kathryn Griest, who has been part of Elisabethan & Refinery for years, decided she wanted create the next version of REFINERY.

In November, we “Flipped the Switch” and she took over.  As we speak, Kathryn is setting up Refinery in its new location; just 1/2 a block away at 224 Grand Avenue, Paonia.

getting ready for home studio

 

 

 

 

 

So with ANOTHER move completed, a lot of our raw materials (and there are still a LOT)are in storage for now. I’ve set up a workspace in my house while I figure our Elisabethan’s next steps. I appreciate the amazing studio spaces I have had as I adjust to a “cozier” layout!

We’ve been accepted to 2 art fairs so far for 2022, and of course have new items to share on the website… and I am working on some things none of us have seen (because they are yet to be created)

 

Finally, maybe most significant to share is the passing of Miss Kitty (aka Shop Kitty)…

She came to Elisabethan as a kitten 17 years ago, when I was walking home one night and heard her mewing under a porch. She quickly became a fixture at the studio, a bit of a social media sensation, and even inspired a new line of clothing called Shop Kitty. She had an uncanny sense of knowing what you REALLY needed to be working on, and would lying on top of it when you finally got to it. She was a gracious studio host, unless you were another feline, or unsuspecting canine.


She moved to my house when we moved out of the Big Studio, and in her retirement enjoyed a couple of years keeping Mack & Squig in line, AND plenty of sunshine & catnip in the yard. This fall she decided it was her time to go, and exited as gracefully as befit her sweet soul. We miss her!

Thanks for your interest, and support; it means a lot and inspires me (and us)!

XO
Elisabeth/Betty

We Trust Trusted Clothes – And They Trust Us!

By Bethan Story, Blog, Uncategorized

We recently had a great chat with the people of Trusted Clothing, an organization working on promoting ethical, sustainable and healthy fashion (how awesome?!).

Trusted Clothing asked us many meaningful questions such as:

What makes slow fashion better than fast fashion?

Click here to find out our answer and read the full interview.

Want more info on Elisabethan and founder Elisabeth Delehaunty?

Check out this lovely article by Tamie Meck of the Delta County Independent.  You may even get a peak of the the dress Elisabeth Delehaunty made for her senior prom!

 

 

Hilary’s ‘Bethan Story

By Bethan Story, Blog

Happy New Year Everyone! We wanted to start off this year by sharing a great ‘Bethan Story shared by the lovely Hilary. Enjoy!

I bought my first Elisabethan wardrobe staple 11 years ago!!! It was 2005. I had just moved to Paonia, the surprise town with everything. After a long winter Friday, some fellow co-workers at High Country News gathered each other up and headed in the bitter cold to the dark end of Grand Avenue for a sale event at a local clothing shop. I had no idea what to expect.

It was unlike anything I’d ever seen! Wide-eyed, I walked around the old building lined with endless colorful stacks of fabric, gazing with glee until I found a rack of jean skirts. That might sound kinda humdrum, but these were the coolest, most fun, creative, and fashionable jean skirts I had ever seen. They were A-line and hit just below the knee. They had been skillfully patched together from different pairs of jeans and adorned with the most whimsical fabric flowers and geometric shapes and buttons.

I sifted through the rack and found my FAVORITE SKIRT OF ALL TIME. A one-of-a-kind creation, it was just my size. That skirt has since lived in Seattle, Santa Barbara, and Portland, where I could always count on it to garner compliments from fellow artful clothing aficionados. Now it’s back home in Paonia, in good shape after all these years.

With that skirt I was hooked, and I developed a habit of saving to buy Elisabethan duds as often as I could. It’s been a fun ride to watch Beth’s creations evolve, and to amass my own small collection of her head-turning, über comfortable, and long-lasting skirts, shirts, scarves, and fingerless gloves. Keep ‘em coming, Beth!