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Oldschool Halloween Elisabethan Pieces

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Did you know there are ALOT of great halloween tee’s out there!?  We have LOTS of fun with them.

We love getting creative with the spooky, scary spirit of Halloween.  Here’s some of our oldschool Halloween pieces.

Do you see one of yours?!  Which is your favorite?

20 of 20 for 20

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Guess what! This year Elisabethan celebrates 20 years of providing recycled, reinvented & repurposed clothing for people just like you!

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Since 1996, long before the eco-fashion revolution, Elisabethan’s founder and creator, Elisabeth Delehaunty, has been committed to making exceptional garments & goodies from all the post-consumer fabric she could get her paws on.

Even before 1996, Delehaunty was scouring thrift & vintage store for materials in her hometown of Worcester, Massachusetts… Ask her about her prom dress from 1989…

Elisabethan officially began in a teeny studio in Crested Butte, Colorado, with owner Delehaunty selling pieces at juried art fairs all across the U.S. In 2000, Elisabethan moved to Paonia, Colorado. Delehaunty eventually expanded to a larger studio & hired a hand-picked, dedicated team to help with the growing demand for Elisabethan.

 

20 years later, Elisabethan goodies have been found in over 100 stores nationwide. This spring we even opened up a flagship store, called Refinery. Refinery is located on Grand Avenue, only a short walk from the Elisabethan studio, in a 100-year old building that used to house Paonia’s library.

Now it’s your turn, what’s your ‘Bethan story? What’s your oldest Elisabethan piece? Where did you discover Elisabethan?
Over the next 20 days we will be featuring Elisabethan fans & friends — send us your story & we’ll enter you in a drawing for a pair of Woolly Gloves, just in time for this holiday season.

To submit your story, send a photo of you wearing Elisabethan with your ‘Bethan story via Facebook or email to duds@wiredrightwebdesign.com. Thanks!

To donate or not to donate…

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This article is a good reminder that even if your tees are too worn out for Elisabethan, it’s still worth donating them to thrift stores that can send them “downstream” to textile recyclers. Just ask if they do.
And as for what age group donates their clothing most, we see people of ALL ages donating clothing…how ’bout you?

Who is most likely to donate clothing?

HRC 2016

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We’re finishing up a batch of skirts for a very important customer… (hint: her initials are HRC)
We’ll share more details soon, but for now, here’s a photo of Sara getting the Tee Appliqué Skirts ready to ship to Philadelphia for a big event happening there this month!

#hrc2016 #presidentialpalette #nextfirst #madeinusa

Does Fashion matter?

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Interesting read about a thoughtful, motivated, savvy young woman who is looking at what a career in fashion means today, and what she is doing about it…

“I’m not even the same designer that I was. I think it’s for the better,” Luna said. “I don’t want to sound snobbish or something, but the idea of designing something that doesn’t really solve a problem to me right now is so unappealing.”  -Angela Luna

Click here to read the article: A Parsons Student Designed her Senior Thesis to help Syrian Refugees

…we call it Refinery

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So, we’ve been working on a new project, and if this is the first you’ve heard of it, we freely admit we are not great at self-promotion. We’ve teamed up with Allison McGuigan, former owner of Echo Consignments, and are opening a store.

Yes, a store. We call it Refinery. It’s at 138 Grand Avenue, Paonia, CO.

We had our official opening on Friday, May 13, 2016 —-it was a blast—-and now it’s full steam ahead!

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It’s in the former Glennie Coombe Gallery, which carried Elisabethan for several years, in Paonia’s old library building, just a block away from our production studio. It’s a beautiful space to showcase our creations, and after selling our work all over the country, it’s something we’ve thought about doing for awhile… How ’bout a doing it in our own backyard?  And with Allison’s carefully curated resale fashions, as well as works by hand-picked artists, we think it will be an experience unlike any other.

And we want Refinery to be a place to bring your creativity! Stay tuned for workshops and “making” nights later in the summer/fall—Refinery is a work in progress… follow the story HERE

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SLOW is the new black

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Good read… ‘bethan fans know a lot if this already, but we just want to keep spreading the word: slow fashion is where it’s at. In the words of Maxine Bedat, owner of Zady — Be an owner, not a consumer when it comes to clothing!

http://www.pri.org/stories/2016-04-04/slow-fashion-designers-tout-their-wares-better-planet

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Bowie

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RIP, David Bowie. 1/8/1947- 1/10/2016

One of my big influences as a kid… 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/12/arts/music/david-bowie-dies-at-69

Some really thoughtful comments from readers and some great stories of “Bowie sitings” on the streets of New York.

Watch that man.

Creative chaos

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Fall production is well underway and we can’t help but share some of the deep delicious colors we are working with… Here it’s RUFFLE TEE GLOVES—-we are making them with double ruffles now (at fingers AND wrist).  WE LOVE the creative chaos of combing colors!
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The Mom of the Year

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We LOVE getting coverage from bloggers—-especially when they GUSH about us as much as Meredith Spidel at THE MOM OF THE YEAR does —

Take a look HERE — she’s really funny too! 

Thank you, Meredith!

(AND, we gave her a Ruffle Pippi Scarf to giveaway… details in her post)

COLOR

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Need a little palette change from snowy WHITE (or around ‘bethan HQ, muddy BROWN)? Feast your eyes on these “coastal bright” Swish Skirts headed for A SHORE THING on Hilton Head Island, SC… don’t know why, but you need to click on the photo to REALLY see the colors…!

Who needs Vogue?

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Another milestone—-we’ve made the cover of a magazine!  Long time customer Allison Elliot models her Swish Skirt on the roof of the active & passive solar home she & her husband Hal built.  No it’s not Vogue, but in our mind it might be even better—we’re on the cover of Home Power!

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HARVEST

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We are excited for MOUNTAIN HARVEST FESTIVAL this weekend in Paonia, Colorado. It’s such a wonderful event—celebrating all the farms, food, music, arts & crafts that are such a part of our community. ELISABETHAN is so lucky to be part of the cornucopia of creativity that is the North Fork Valley of the Gunnison
…and it sure is nice to get to set your booth up basically in your own back yard! Comes see us Saturday & Sunday, 11am-5pm, in Town Park!

T-SHIRT TUESDAY

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Ok, this is something we’ve been wanting to do for awhile, and we actually did the first one last week on our Facebook page…
We come across a lot of fun, goofy, silly, make-you-scratch-your-head t-shirts, so we’re starting a T-SHIRT TUESDAY post to share the best of our stash with you… Got any great ones you want to share?

Peggy Soup models this week’s TUESDAY T-SHIRT… She’s the only Unkempt Hippy we know that
                                    wears pearls!

 

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                  Also, we need an adjective for T-SHIRT TUESDAY… terrific? tacky? terrible? Suggestions, please…

January 21

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I (as in Elisabeth, owner, founder, chief recycler of Elisabethan) had a wonderful birthday yesterday, and I spent most of it at the studio! I am lucky to work everyday on something that I created, and for the most part still challenges & fulfills me on a daily basis. And look at this cute b-day card Patty Naft created and posted on Facebook! Thanks, everybody!

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We’re THERE, but not really there

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The Atlanta Gift Show that is… runs through January 14.  ELISABETHAN the clothing/accessory line is there, but not ELISABETHAN the personality.  We’re letting our Atlanta sales rep, Cathy at WINC Apparel handle the orders this time around.

Here’s the window we’ve got in the lobby of Building 3 at Americasmart…  See?  We’re THERE.

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It’s a Wonderful Life

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Our own ASHLEY KREST takes the stage tonight as Violet Bick, in the LIVE radio play version of the holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life”.  Performed last year at Paonia’s Paradise Theater by Paonia Players, the show is produced & directed by Merrily Talbot. It was such a hit that the production has gone on the road this year for two performances in Montrose, CO, at the Montrose Pavilion.

Tonight and tomorrow, December 19 & 20, at 7 pm. Tickets available at BROWN PAPER TICKETS.COM

Break a leg, Ash!!!

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ELISABETHAN FOR ALL!

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LOVE this Facebook post by Gregory who got a FALL APPLIQUE SKIRT for himself when he was visiting Paonia with the Creative Districts of Colorado!

a huge thank you to the creative geniuses at elisabethan for crafting the best skirt that i have ever owned. it is time for men to show off their legs. happy holidays and make re-purposing your resolution for the new year. the artists at elisabethan in gorgeous paonia will have you styling in no time. happy holidays. — at kadoya gallery.

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SMALL yet LARGE

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Congrats to all our ‘bethan retailers on SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY—who needs Black Friday?  Shopping SMALL is a lot more fun…
And a special shout out to our friends at NEST in Clarksville, MD, for 10 years in business this year and KALY in West Chester, PA, for 25 years in biz this year… nothing SMALL about that!!

Mountain Harvest Festival

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Have you heard?  We made some special items for this weekend’s Mountain Harvest Festival in Paonia, CO.  Customized Pippi Long Scarves & aprons… They’ll be auctioned off in Town Park on Saturday, Sept 28.  And YES, we will have a booth there!

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Friends in need…

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Hi friends—we learned last week that artist friends Leah & Scott DeCapio have lost everything due to the flooding of the Big Thompson River. They live in Glen Haven, outside Estes Park, CO. Many of us who pursue a creative life live close to the edge, & sometimes we are shown just how close that edge is… there is a fund set up for them at this link to youcaring.com & a compelling write-up about the kind of people they are… not that one needs to be deserving to receive help in a time like this, but I know Leah & Scott would go well out of their way (and do!) to help someone in need… Please help if you can.

xo ‘bethan

Take a look at Leah’s Facebook page HERE to see the gratitude & optimism with which they face even THIS challenge! And click HERE to see more of their work!

Below are some photos of Leah & Scott’s work and one of Leah & Pita being zip-lined to safety on Sept. 13.

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INDEPENDENCE

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I just had to share this photo of our fan Lee —- she bought the dress at our flash sale outside Glennie Coombe Gallery on Wednesday, and wore it on Thursday for the Fourth of July in Aspen.  Hope you are having a wonderful holiday weekend celebrating this crazy wonderful country we live in!

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JET SET RECYCLING

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I heard a story on NPR (where I get pretty much all of my news) before the holidays about Charlotte, NC’s airport and the major RECYCLING program they have instituted. Then, wouldn’t you know it, I actually changed planes in that VERY airport on Christmas day…  Their recycling cans were adequate, but hardly show-stopping.  I was a little surprised that they weren’t shouting from the rooftops about their recycling program BECAUSE they do all of the sorting AND they have worms turning the organic (food,etc) waste into compost! They even paired up with some church ladies to collect all the clothes travelers toss when they find out their bags are too heavy (maybe we need to get in on that!).

Anyhoo, here’s a link to the story and a photo of one of the recycling containers at Charlotte…

CHARLOTTE AIRPORT RECYCLES

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DRESS FOR SUCCESS

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Our latest TEE DRIVE with NEST in Clarksville, MD, raised $$$ for Success in Style, an organization that helps women (& men) in crisis become employed and self-sufficient. They provide appropriate business attire, practical fashion advice and interview counseling—–seems like a good fit, no? (pardon the pun)
THANKS to Anastasia & everyone that participated… (we got some fabulous tees!) 

Skinny Jeans – A Story for Small Biz Saturday

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Here’s the best ‘bethan Black Friday story in honor of Small Business Saturday (give or take a day or two)
This is Betty here—not Miss Kitty— I was in the MALL on Black Friday, partly because I wanted to see what all of the hullabaloo was about and partly because I have worn holes in the seats of TWO pairs of pants in the past week.  

Turns out Anthropologie is one of the only places you can buy pants other than skinny jeans (I don’t wear skinny jeans).  So I was shopping in Anthropologie and a woman asked me where I got my skirt (I was wearing an Elisabethan Vintage Applique Skirt).  She said she was hoping I got it there, because she wanted one.  

I said, why no, I make them!

Wow, she said, do you have a card?  Then as I turned fully around and she took a second look, she said, wait a minute—-do you sell them in Steamboat (Springs, CO)?!

I said, yep, at EMBELLISHMENTS.  She said, omigosh, I HAVE one—-but it doesn’t have polka dots. (Why shouldn’t the designer get first choice?!)

Now I wish I could say what happened next was that everyone within earshot started ooh-ing and aah-ing and the manager of the store came over and promptly got on the the phone to corporate and next thing I knew I had an order from Anthropologie for 50,000 Vintage Applique Skirts, but that’s not what happened.

I DID at least have a business card on me which I handed over—-it is SUCH a treat to meet someone who owns Elisabethan items, and I think it was a treat for that woman to meet the maker of her skirt. (If I were petty, I’d say that that’s probably never going to happen with an Anthropologie skirt —- good thing I’m not petty.)

And I DID get a new pair of pants, with no holes in them, that AREN’T skinny jeans!

1989

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The 4th Annual District 81428 Fashion and Design Show is upon us…  dress rehearsal tonight, performance WEDNESDAY (9/26) at 8pm and FRIDAY (9/28) at 9pm.  Holey moley, tickets are sold OUT.  Here’s a peak at what Elisabethan will be showing…           1989 was a great year, wasn’t it?

Procrastination

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It’s like being back in school and having a paper due…

The 4th Annual District 81428 Fashion and Design Show is less than 2 weeks away and I have a LOT still to do. In my school days, I would do anything BUT work on a paper when I had one due — I’d clean my room, do laundry, sort my proverbial sock drawer and wait till the absolute last minute to do the one thing I REALLY needed to be doing. In high school, I’d even go to bed first… “If I go to bed now, and get up at 3am/4am/5am, I can still get it done”.

Well this weekend, I did laundry, weeded the yard, vacuumed the cat hair off the couch AND cleaned the studio (well, some of it — to do all of it is a MUCH bigger job). So it’s getting to be that down to the wire time — no choice BUT to pull everything together for the Fashion Show.

I like to think that maybe all the activity is more than just procrastination. It’s clearing the brain space, the work space, clearing ALL the decks so that I can devote ALL my focus to what is, after all, a big task.

But maybe this post is just more procrastination…

Here are a couple of pictures from the FaDS Designer Workshop this weekend. Click on the thumbnails to see the full image.  Once again, apologies for photos taken with an antique iPhone.

-betty

oh by the way…

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You’d think we’d have rushed to the blog to share news of the award we won at the Smoky Hill River Festival in Salina, KS in June, but apparently we’re more demure.  Nevertheless, we were VERY excited about it, the invitation to exhibit there next year, AND the cash award!

RIVERFEST

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It’s time again to head east to SALINA, KANSAS, for the Smoky Hill River Festival.  I first did this show probably 12 or 14 years ago when I was driving Belugasaurus, a well-worn 1987 Toyota Van (the pointy-nosed one that predated even the Previa).  I pulled into the show to set up on the morning the show started and discovered I had a flat tire.  Before I had time to freak out, the van was swarmed by the football team (does Salina have more than one high school?).  They quickly got to work not only changing my flat but also unloading the stuffed van.

 

 

Turns out, this is not unusual… Riverfest is a BIG DEAL, and the entire community of Salina takes pride in making sure everyone at the festival feels special.  From volunteers coming around literally every 15 minutes to see if exhibiting artists (like yours truly) need water, to an artist dinner at the downtown deli/coffehouse, to now the soccer team helping load & unload artists vehicles, Riverfest is unparalleled for hospitality.

There are all kinds of activities for kids, sculpture installations all over Oakdale Park where the Festival happens, live music on 3 (or is it 4?) stages, and loads of folks excited to be there. There’s even a treasure hunt to find the Festival Medallion—-the winner gets $2000 in cash as well as $2000 in Festival gift certificates!

Anyone who knows me knows that going to an art fair is an epic undertaking for me, but I look forward to this one…  I now have good friends that I get to see just once a year, in Salina.  Like I say on our home page, if you are ANYWHERE nearby, you should experience Riverfest!

-xo betty

Recycle Runway

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Look what we saw in the airport in Atlanta… as I said on Facebook, it’s got to be a good sign when you’re going to a trade show to sell your recyclo-centric clothing and there is an exhibit in the airport of recyclo-centric clothing!

These are done by Nancy Judd—learn more about her, and her creations at http://recyclerunway.com


 

 

 

 

 

Design Inspiration/Influence #2

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I am obsessed with this song!  First heard it driving in the car with my big brother—music always sounds better when you hear it with your big brother.  Now I play it every week on my radio show (The Go Betty Show, Mondays, 8-10am MT time on kvnf.org) and LOUD in the studio.

Florence + the Machine — “You’ve Got the Love”

You might have to sit through a commercial for shoes—it’s worth it—but I recommend NOT watching the video—-just listen to the song

-betty