Separation Anxiety

March 7, 2012

I’ve spent the last two days in a frenzy, trying to put together my upcycled pieces and their write-ups for submission to Altered Couture Magazine, Fall/Winter issue.  The deadline is next week and I really don’t want to pay for overnight shipping, hence the rush.

My problem is that I can’t bear to part with my stuff!!  I love my creations and wear them!  The magazine understandably keeps the submissions for some time, eventually sending them back.  But as I lovingly wrap up each piece, having struggled with the perfect description and specific “how to” directions, I get a pang.  What if I need to wear this tomorrow, or take it to New York at the end of the month?

It reminds me of putting my children on the bus that first day of kindergarten; I know they’ll be back but in the meantime, how can I live without them?!!  Okay, okay, a little dramatic perhaps, but really, this is hard!

But I’ll say goodbye to my fishtail sweater (created from two thrifted sweaters), along with my other beloved offspring, knowing they’ll be back home soon into my loving arms and closet.

So for now, I’ll take a deep breath and wave.


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14 Responses to Separation Anxiety

  1. Vix on March 8, 2012 at 9:38 am

    You are so clever, I’m in total awe. I absolutely adore that refashioned top and if it were mine I think I’d be reluctant to let it out of my sight, too!
    Those boots are beyond fabulous! xxx
    PS A Vesta case is what the Victorians carried matches in, Vesta was the Roman goddess of the hearth.

    • Jean on March 8, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      I neglected to note that the cow print boots were from a local resale shop (inexpensive!) and the pants and belt were thrifted.
      Thank you for clarifying about the Vesta case. That makes total sense, just never ran into one before. Now I’ll be on the lookout. It makes a wonderful pendant.

  2. The Style Crone on March 8, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    I understand how difficult it is too let your beloved creations leave only for a short time. I would shudder at the thought of one of my favorite hats leaving the hat room only for a brief moment. It will be exciting to see your pieces in the magazine. They are stunning and I know that you will be receiving rave reviews.

    • Jean on March 8, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      Cross your fingers for me with the newest submissions; you never know what will fit the bill for any given issue. The upside of not getting them featured is that they’ll be returned more quickly. Seems like I can’t lose either way.

  3. Melanie on March 9, 2012 at 12:15 am

    Yes, it must be really hard to let your pieces go, and I hope I will see them in Altered Couture! Your work is fantastic. More and more people need to discover your amazing talent. I can’t believe you could transform two sweaters into something so completely original as your fishtail sweater. Like the little gnome, your pieces will travel and come home safely.

    • Jean on March 9, 2012 at 10:24 am

      Many thanks! I’m not familiar with the little gnome! Have I somehow missed a classic story?

  4. Danielle Grigsby on March 9, 2012 at 1:09 am

    What a great opportunity to get your work out there.

    • Jean on March 9, 2012 at 10:26 am

      If I’m not mistaken, you do upcycled clothes as well? The submissions are open to anyone. Although I get the magazine you can probably find them online as well. Wouldn’t that be cool!

  5. Ariane on March 9, 2012 at 5:26 am

    Hi Jean,

    Love the sweater and it is your creation!
    I remember when my offsprings went off to kindregarten for the first time, i was so worried!
    The boots are fabulous, they compliment very well the whole outfit

    Thanks for dropping by and looking forward to see more of you

    Ariane xxx

    • Jean on March 9, 2012 at 10:30 am

      Good to hear from you and thank you! You are in one of my favorite places in the whole world. I lived in Vermont for a number of years and would visit your city to get my fashion fix. I still have some favorite boots(of course!) that I purchased there 15 years ago. I miss it and will eventually get back for a visit. Maybe we could grab a coffee together!

  6. Sheila on March 10, 2012 at 6:32 am

    Wow. You made that? I love upcycled clothes. I’m so impressed when I see that. Takes a really creative mind!

    • Jean on March 10, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      It’s so much fun. My only regret is that I can’t devote as much time as I’d like to it. I find that the “creative process” is something that I can’t force; I just have to have enough quiet time to let it come. That’s hard nowadays, what with the expectation of instant accessibility via cell phone, texting, email etc.

  7. Pearl on March 11, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    I would feel the same way, almost like hanging off a cliff secured by only my fingernails! In fact I don’t know if I could part with anything at all, even for such fabulous mag coverage! Kudos to your intestinal fortitude–I know the mag coverage will be great!

    • Jean on March 11, 2012 at 6:00 pm

      My only consolation is that I have more room in my closet! Hmmm, what can I make today?

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