A Shameless Plug

December 10, 2013

pink cowl post

After recuperating a bit from all the holiday activity, I found myself rummaging around in the sewing room.  I was starving to create something.

pink cowl

I’ve got a number of thrifted cashmere sweaters in my stash and this color combination seemed delicious.

pink cowl tassels

The piece wasn’t quite what I wanted until I added these.

pink cowl done

Et voila, a new cowl-poncho thingy, for lack of a better name (any suggestions?)  The patches are actually functional.  The pink one covers up a rather large unraveled area, and the smaller one covers up the area where I mis-sewed and had to cut a piece out.  I kinda like them though, especially when they’re turned around to the back.  Of course, I also made matching pink armlets.

I wore it out today with a brown skirt and matching top that I made recently.  Unfortunately I didn’t get any photos so I guess you’ll have to check back.

pink cowl post bag

I felt extra special every time I pulled out my new cosmetics bag, especially since I’d been using a ziplock bag.  It’s from Papaya Art and the design is by Flora Bowley.  I mean, can you picture it with the colors in the cowl?

lenny, Lynx, and Sol

Lynzee Lynx, an artist and my daughter-in-law, gave it to me over the holiday.


Okay, so here comes the shameless plug.  Tomorrow morning 10am PST,  Flora Bowley and Lynzee Lynx’s collaborative mini paintings go on sale at Flora’s website.  Please check them out; they are gorgeous.  My problem is that I can’t decide which one I like the best.  I’m going to let Lynx choose for me; I’ve always been overjoyed with anything she’s given me.  Combine that with the fact that she’s super generous and you have one grateful Mama-in-law.



21 Responses to A Shameless Plug

  1. Curtise on December 10, 2013 at 4:57 am

    Love your cowl-poncho-cape, Jean – and I am liking the fact that mistakes or flaws can become the very thing you admire about an item, there’s a lesson in there somewhere!
    The cosmetics bag is so pretty, and what a lovely family you have. xxxx

    • Jean on December 10, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      At a young age, one of my children pronounced, “Perfection is impersonal”. I like that.

  2. Amber of Butane Anvil on December 10, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Your creation will be fabulous on! I adore the proportions and the patches. You are so talented! Speaking of, thanks for telling us about your talented daughter-in-law – in addition to beautiful work, the process of collaboration is its own art form. Love to you, xoxo

    • Jean on December 10, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      You are so right about collaboration! Well said.

  3. Vix on December 10, 2013 at 8:39 am

    I love your creation, how about calling it a concho? It’s fabulous, I’m dying to see you wearing it. How good does your hair look, too?
    Those mini paintings are stunning. I shall stalk then on the website and keep everything crossed for successful sales! Love you! xxxxx

    • Jean on December 10, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      Not to be confused with a concho, as on a belt! Maybe a ponchco? How’s this for collaboration. :-)

  4. sandra on December 10, 2013 at 10:14 am

    I can’t think of a better name! I rather like the cowl-poncho thingy! it’s fabulous, the patches and tassles/fringing are amazing, and armlets! I am such a fan of them – your cosmetics bag is divine and how wonderful to have such a talented daughter-in-law, the mini-paintings look fab! x x x

    • Jean on December 10, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      I had stopped sewing for many years until Lynx came into the family. The creative energy she shares is beyond belief.

  5. Pam@over50feeling40 on December 10, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    You are so creative, Jean. Looks like you are having fun!

    • Jean on December 10, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      I’m having a ball! XXOO

  6. Forest City Fashionista on December 11, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    I think it’s so cool that Lynx brought a renewed creative energy to the family with her presence. I like the paintings she created with Flora, I hope they find good homes.

    The cowl/poncho is a wonderful layering piece – very funky! I love arm warmers so a coordinating pair is just icing on the cake.

    • Jean on December 11, 2013 at 8:05 pm

      What I love about them is that they’re easy to remove when I get warm, yet when they’re on they really provide an extra layer of coziness.

  7. Sharon my style on December 12, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Hi there!! Your creation is very stylish and so unique, I love the colours you’ve used too! Hope you’re well and have a lovely weekend xx

  8. pao on December 12, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Very cool stuff you’ve got going. I’ve still got to get me some arm warmers. Such a good idea, but haven’t made any yet. And thanks for providing a link to Lynx.

  9. The Goodwill Fangirl on December 12, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    There’s no shame in sharing something so beautiful.

    You are also incredibly brave. I could have a pair of scissors hover over anything cashmere for hours, days…and never be able to cut! I have two and a half (one’s a super soft mix of cashmere and cotton) thrifted cashmere sweaters, which I love inordinately, considering they are plain and just regular clothes. You make one of a kind pieces of wearable art.

  10. Rosalind on December 14, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    A ponch-owl, maybe??? Whatever it’s called it looks wonderful, with – as you say – a delicious colour combination. Just heading off now to look at Flora’s website. What a creative extended family you are…

  11. Emalina on December 15, 2013 at 9:42 am

    You’re right, those colours together are indeed delicious, and you’ve made the most beautiful poncho top what a creative soul you are! Lovely to see that adorable photo of your son and daughter-in-law and grandchild. I’ll check out the website in a minute.

  12. Anne-Marie Bruun on December 15, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    I enjoy your lovely Inlays hug :x)

  13. The Style Crone on December 15, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Your cowls are becoming increasingly creative. Poncho-cowl rocks! Love the colors and the patches.

    Your daughter-in-law has many talents, like you. No wonder why you have such a great time together. Checked out the gorgeous mini paintings!

  14. Feda on December 30, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Gorgeous creation! I love loose comfy shirts like this. Perfect for this time of year when you want to be cozy!

    I hope you picked out a painting you love. I know how hard it is to choose things like that. You have a beautiful family! Hope you had a happy holiday and a wonderful new year!

    • Jean on December 30, 2013 at 11:23 am

      I had my daughter-in-law pick for me. It just arrived and it’s gorgeous. I put it on a shelf in my kitchen, along with pictures of my children and other small things of great sentimental value and beauty. I get to look at it multiple times a day.

      I hope you usher in the New Year with great joy, surrounded by love!! Oh yeah, and don’t forget the fun.

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