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Photo shoot

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We are getting ready for our first photo shoot of 2017… we’re kind of excited because we are teaming up with fellow eco-fashion designer Sarah Peterson of Threads & Alchemy and will being doing the shoot on-site in a couple of our hometown locales here in Paonia, CO… stay tuned for photos from it. In the meantime, here are some photos of new items we are adding to Elisabethan in 2017!

These images by Cole Rodger Photographics… they make us look good.

The classic Go Betty Tee continues to be a favorite, so we were inspired to turn it into a dress…

And expanding our dress offerings with the Tiered, Reverse-Applique Dress… We’re doing it in a shorter length too

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!

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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SHIN DIGGY!

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Our May event is starting (but only starting) to rival our big Holiday Sale in December… this one promises to be extra fun with a few creative friends bringing MAKING supplies from their stashes… in addition, of course, to LOTS  of great clothing for your spring & summer wardrobe!
Go to the event page on Facebook for sneak peeks…

 

 

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stealth shop

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The Elisabethan In-Studio Pop Up Shop is open again… We know, we know… we haven’t exactly been making a big fuss about it.  We’ve mostly let people know that we’re open thru Facebook posts and the sign we put at the end of Grand Ave, Paonia, CO.

We are officially open Wednesdays & Thursdays noon to 6pm, and plan to add Fridays with the same hours at the end of May.  We know, we know… not exactly tons of time to shop, but we want to SURE we are THERE when we say we will be—drop-ins are welcome at other times if they are friendly and understand we are a working studio and might be in the midst of SOMETHING BIG.

The Pop Up shop is still a work in progress and we’ll try to share exciting developments with you. We are planning a kind of summer kick off Shin-Diggy May 27-29, so there’s that…

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Small Biz Saturday

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Just in case you are in OUR neighborhood—-we are putting all of RESALE stock ON SALE for Small Business Saturday. We need to make room for our Holiday Open House & Marketplace…

SO, all RESALE (no, not anything with an Elisabethan label in it) will be $5 per garment, or $3 each when you buy 3 or more pieces… We’re open noon to 6pm on Saturday. Come and get it!

#smallbusinesssaturday

Pop UP!

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We’re dipping our toe into the “brick & mortar” waters, so to speak… an in-studio POP UP SHOP for the holidays!
We’re kicking it off with extended hours this Thursday & Friday, November 13-14, from noon – 8pm.
Come unwind from your week—we ‘re starting off with racks of great RESALE clothing (when you are in our business, clothes just FIND you) at great prices.
Then as we get closer to the holidays, we’ll transition into an Elisabethan marketplace highlighted by our Annual Sale & Open House on December 5 & 6.
It’s an experiment for us… come by & help make it a success! We’d love to see you! (click on the “flyer” to the left to see details)

 

Primp fest

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It’s that time of the year—-the lint rollers are getting lots of use as we “primp” fall & winter goodies to get them ready to ship out to our favorite shops & galleries.  Ashley and Peggysoup both know how to wield this critical tool with style!

Click here for the list of shops & galleries that carry Elisabethan!

 

 

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…

NYNOW is then…

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It was a busy trip to New York for the NYNOW show.  We ate some great food, walked on The High Line, strolled along the waterfront, and met with our some of our favorite boutique & gallery owners, as well as met new ones.

 

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TEXTING GLOVES continue to be a big hit.  They are just the perfect gift. Is YOUR favorite shop carrying Elisabethan this fall?  Maybe you should ask them…

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And as great it is to be on the road sharing the good news of Elisabethan, is sure is nice to bet back to the studio and start MAKING…

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Combine-

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After everything is laundered, Sara & the Cutting Crew (no, not the 80s band — OUR cutting crew) turn the piles of t-shirts into perfect precise pieces for our original patterns—in this case the POCKET TUNIC.

Then to the Combining Table, where each piece’s placement is individually chosen… 

State of the Studio

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7:30 PM Mountain Standard Time

Working late at the studio (it’s not even THAT late—if I’m still here at 8:30, then maybe…)

…finishing up samples for NY NOW Show and listening to the President’s State of the Union speech… lots of talk about work ethic, pursuing dreams, the need to support small business & entrepreneurs, the importance of MADE IN THE USA…

…interesting, interesting…

 

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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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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HOW MANY SHOPPING DAYS?

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Holy crow—

It’s hard to believe, but it’s getting to be time for the annual ELISABETHAN HOLIDAY STUDIO SALE! We decided on dates and details just today, so we thought we should let YOU know as soon as WE knew!

We’ll kick-off with our usual big shindig on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6 from 4 to 8pm.
The fun will continue on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 from 10am to 4pm.

AND as if THAT weren’t enough, we’ll have expanded hours this year for your shopping PLEASURE & CONVENIENCE:

WEDNESDAYs & THURSDAYS, DECEMBER 11-12 AND DECEMBER 18-19 from 12 noon to 6pm.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 from 10am to 4pm.

We are working on lining up our stellar cast of fellow artisan-makers to be there, as well as some new faces & creations. . .

We’ll keep you posted, especially on FACEBOOK.  Are you a FAN?  Do you LIKE us? Please do!

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The Lone Wolf heads out to new horizons…

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In the hullabaloo of last week, we didn’t have a chance to wish KARRAH, our Queen of Get ‘er Doneness, best wishes on her new gig! We will miss her (& her Twizzlers) as an integral part of Elisabethan —we called her Lone Wolf Aegerter because of how much she quietly (sometimes even stealthily)  got done…

…but we refuse to say goodbye because she will always be part of the ‘bethan family! Go Karrah go!

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FAIR WEATHER YARD SALE ! ! !

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THIS Saturday… it’s going to be fun—-treasure from the depths of the ELISABETHAN studio… also goodies from EMBRACE, that trendy boutique in Hotchkiss, jewelry from LIFE OF RILEY at crazy prices AND more excellent, “random” stuff…

Hope you can come!

Yard Sale!

IN HOUSE POP-UP SHOP

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Oh, how au courant of us! An ELISABETHAN POP-UP SHOP right in our own studio!
The BE OUR VALENTINE Ladies’ Night!

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12 from 5 to 8 pm

Come SHOP (we’ve got great sale items), CREATE (we’ll supply makings for valentines & prayer flags) and TAKE THE CHILL OFF (tasty nibbles from Backcountry Coffee & a special valentine concoction to quaff :))

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.

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Come on, humans!

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It’s Miss Kitty—-I got this blog thing going, hoping the humans could take it from there, and for awhile it seemed like they were… Lately, not so much.  I know they’ve been busy and all, but if I can find time between naps to post, surely they can… come on, humans!

October morning

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On the way to the studio this morning…

I wore shorts & fingerless gloves—-it’s October!

The thermometer on the bank downtown said 45 deg F.

I found these great old peanut butter jars in the free box outside the thrift store on my alley.

I love that fat Peter Pan one. What to fill them all with…