Saturday, January 11, 2014

Something blue...

Got engaged over the Xmas and New Year holidays? Congratulations!

One of my friend had a super unique and stylish blue theme wedding last year, and I finally get a chance to introduce their wedding pictures! My friend asked me to design her wedding sash here, and she did amazing job putting all her blue theme bridal accessories together! Her wedding dress is very simple yet cute polka dot knee high dress, and those blue and gold sash definitely spice up her dress!

Sash
Gaera's Satin double sided sash with chiffon flower, royal blue Check my Etsy site for made to order !

Shoes
kate and spade satin and floral sandals in gold and blue





 Congratulations N and D ! I just love love love their style !!!


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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Rustic and Gorgeous Bridal Fascinator

Are you looking for Rustic, Chic, Unique, and Vintage inspired bridal hair fascinator... and want them to be gorgeous at the same time? Then look no further! Gaera Bridal offer one-of-a-kind handcrafted bridal fascinator that no one sells anywhere else ! Here are some new ones I just listed on my Etsy


  

Gorgeous and Rustic !

This beautiful rosette bridal comb is made with special materials you will never find anywhere else! Carefully handcrafted, these two rosettes are made with vintage gold silk kimono ( these gold fabrics are just stunningly beautiful. they shine in different angle! ) , vintage cream and gold lace. Rustic yet gorgeous for golden theme wedding. Perfect for vintage inspired garden or outdoor wedding! 

This is absoultely one of a kind item, because the lace is vintage; thus, won't be able to find another lace like this. If you are looking for Sash, Bracelet, or anything that are similar to this, I can custom design for you using other lace materials I have. Feel free to convo me with any question!




 
Simply precious and beautiful...

This beautiful garden theme bridal comb with made with special materials you will never find anywhere else! Two rosettes are made with vintage gold silk kimono ( these gold fabrics are just stunning! ) , then I added chiffon ivory flower with glass beads, kindly added off white lace leaves and finished with 3 " golden comb. Perfect for vintage inspired garden or outdoor wedding! 

You can place this clip on side of veil or wear just by itself. This is absoultely one of a kind item, because the lace is vintage; thus, won't be able to find another lace like this, however, if you are looking for Sash, Bracelet, or anything that are similar to this, I can custom design for you using other lace materials I have. Feel free to convo me with any question!
Back Side: Golden Comb





 
This Petite Gaera's Fabulous Bridal Fascinator is carefully handcrafted with silk rose fabric, lace, and tiny veil. Perfect for rustic and vintage inspired wedding! You can place this side of veil or wear just by itself. 
After the wedding, you can also wear it as a corsage on your hair, hat, jacket, t-shirt, bag, or obidome… anywhere you like! 
* Back side: Alligator clip ( with heart shape ecofi felt )


 

 
Simply precious and beautiful...

This platinum silver rosette fascinator is carefully handcrafted with moon silver color japanese silk fabric ( vintage fabric collected in Tokyo) , white silk fabric, and white lace with fresh water pearls. Both silk fabrics shines beautifully like moon. 
You can place this clip on side of veil or wear just by itself. 

* Back side: Silver Comb




 



 Simply precious and beautiful...
This platinum silver rosette fascinator is carefully handcrafted with moon silver color japanese silk fabric ( vintage fabric collected in Tokyo) , white silk fabric, and white lace with fresh water pearls. Both silk fabrics shines beautifully like moon.You can place this clip on side of veil or wear just by itself. 
* Back side: Silver Comb




Comb or Clip? What's best for your hair style?

Congratulations on your engagement!!!

Now, you picked up a perfect dress for your special day... or at least have some idea what type of dress you are looking for. So... are you thinking How do I want to wear my hair? up dos? Half ups? Wear veil ?  tiara? or some funky fascinator... or top hat? I know, I've been there. Hair style is equally important to your dress. So take your time.

Not a big fan of traditional long veil or tiara? Then, consider getting unique vintage inspired fascinator.  Fascinator is perfect if you are looking for unique and fun hair style. Great for chabby chic, outdoor, or casual setting, or resort wedding.

Now, the question is Comb or Clip fascinator?


CLIPS ( Alligator Clips)
To see Gaera Bridal Clips, Click Here


ProsIf you are wearing your hair up do with veil, usually clip goes well. That's because you can clip fascinator on top of veil, so veil is stable and stay longer on your hair. Other pros are, easy to clip on and clip off so you can wear fascinator during ceremony and you can take off at reception, or vise versa. You can also wear your fascinator after wedding, such as wear on your hat or summer bag during during honeymoon, wear on your dress for other occasion. Clips are easy to wear on down style, as it's as easy as clip on and off to wear on your hair. 
Cons: Clips does not stick on your hair as well as comb, sometimes making it easy to wiggle if you are planning to do heavy dance during your reception.


COMBS ( Gold or Silver combs)


To see available Gaera Bridal Combs, Click Here

ProsCombs are great choice if you are wearing updos without veil or wearing all day long from ceremoney to reception since it is more comfortable and won't slide off from hair. 
Cons: Chances that you will never wear combs again for any other occasions.




Best luck on finding best hair style & fascinator !
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Friday, August 2, 2013

Livingroom turns into photo studio. Photo Studio at home, DIY

Studio quality photosthoot DIY

With Arizona's extreame 110 heat, and because my baby girl start crawling... I can not do outdoor photo session any longer in summer. Also, I wanted to take a family photo including my dog. Most commercial photo studios don't allow dogs so I had to figure out taking picture at home somehow, so I purchased this white photography backdrops by Cowboy studio on Amazon for $120. 




It's my first time buying backdrop set, so I really had no idea which one to choose, out of many backdrops that sells online. You can read reviews obviously online here, so I skip all the reviews. I just ended up purchasing this one, after searching and reading review, hoping it works. First, here goes how our first family picture turned out. I have some 100+ photos, but my hubby is not a big fan of me posting lots pictures of him online, so i can show only one. 



Hubby, daughter, and I 


My daughter on my knee, wearing Cocotton's signature Summer Angel Dress and hair clip

Not bad for first try, right?


How I did this studio photo diy
1. Set up the backdrop (10 min) night before
2. Adjust light location in the morning, since morning light is the best in our living room
3. Get ready. Have some make up, pick up your favorite outfit. Have hubby shave. Make sure your dogs are fed and happy. 
4. I asked one of our family member to snap some pictures using Canon EOS. 
    They are not professional photographers, but did a fine job. 
5. Download all photos, and use photoshop and adjust background to show more white. ( I like to keep hint of gray on background )



Remember this photo? This was taken by me, using same backdrop.


Pros about this Backdrop
* It's easy to assemble. Set up is quick, takes some 10 min.
* I'm only 5 feet tall, so being able to extend backdrop stand is a plus so i can set it high.
* I like how wide the white backdrop is, so it's possible to fit up to 10 people or so. 
* Easy to put it back to box, and carry case that came with. 
* 2 Light source works fine. I like natural light, so i use natural morning light mainly, and i lit up the two umbrella light to get extra light in eyes. Otherwise, light is not bright enough. 

Cons about this Backdrop
* It's not high end. Extension clip on the backdrop broke at first use. ( still usable but not as stable without it)
* I had to iron white backdrop, and the material is thin.
* I don't think i need green and black backdrops. 

Overall, I do recommend this product if you are looking for photo studio diy quality background. But if you are professional photographer, I would say, avoid this.

While I was setting up this backdrop, my mother in law gave me a great suggestion to create similar backdrop effect. She suggested, that I should will buy white cotton curtain at Ikea and hang on curtain rod tightly, so that there is no wrinkle. Buy light source separably only, which may be way cheaper than $120. But it will not be mobile. 


Saturday, July 20, 2013

Summer Angel Baby Dress: Size Chart by Cocotton


Here is size chart for Summer Angel Baby Dress made with breathable soft cotton fabric on my Etsy shop Cocotton.  

A perfect dress for summer baptism or christening ceremony... please see size chart below.



This is 6 month old baby model wearing the dress. So adorable! 



Month
Your baby’s chest circumference. Please measure under your baby’s armpits
Length ( size of the dress)
0 - 3 month ( NB)
16.5 - 17 inch
16 inch
3 - 6 month
17.5 - 18 inch
16.5 inch
6 - 9 month
18.5 - 19 inch
17 inch
9 - 12 month
19.5 - 20 inch
17.5 inch



To get the best idea about size, please measure your daughter’s chest circumference. You can measure baby’s chest, which is right under armpits. I did not include weight information, as it is not so important when deciding size for this dress. There are lots rooms for baby’s stomach since dress is so fluffy. Your baby’s Chest Circumference smaller than 16.5 inch? Chest circumference does not fall into any size chart? Not a problem, I can custom size, so please include a note mentioning the chest circumference when you are placing an order. If your daughter’s baptism or christening is not for couple weeks or a month, it is always safe to go with one size larger. If you can mention when the ceremony day is, it will help me to custom size the dress even better. I hope this size chart helps, because I want to make sure this dress fits perfect on your daughter and she will be comfortable and happy on her special day!

What If your dress does not fit perfectly, or decide to return?

Refunds are accepted up to 3 days after the item is received. Buyer is responsible for shipping costs. This means, please try the dress on your daughter as soon as you receive the dress.  


About This Dress
Handmade super cute dress for baby's maximum comfort. Baby sweat a lot... so Breathable soft cotton fabric is used inside... anywhere baby's skin touches... Sleeveless design makes it a perfect for summer time baptism or christening your baby girl. 

This is made to order, so please convo me if you like to know current turn out days. It's usually 7 - 14 days and ships anytime between 3 - 14 days depends on where you live. It should take less than 4 days, if you live in USA, but sometimes USPS can be tricky... so allow 14 days just to be safe. If you need to expedite shipping, please ask. 

Materials
* soft & breathable cotton fabric inside 100% Cotton
* no inside hem for maximum comfort
* back side open button for easy change
* Thin veil lace is nylon and latex based material. (only used outside the dress) Please do not purchase this dress if your baby is allergic to latex.  

Washing Instruction
* hand wash is recommended, but delicate machine wash is ok
* bleach ok
* dry under shade is recommended; however, tumble dry low heat is ok as well. Never dry with High Heat, It will shrink the dress!!
* iron med heat




front of the dress and back of the dress



bonnet and headband sold separately here


Need headband only? look here

if you are looking for entire set, including headband, bonnet, and skir veil click here



Tuesday, July 16, 2013

HOT weekend in Arizona... what do mommies do ? Well, this is how I spend my weekend.

I DO miss some perfect 70s Nor Cal and So Cal summer sometimes...

This is my 3rd summer in Arizona since I moved here, but I still sometimes think, " what do people do in this heat? " because I don't see anybody outside! Go to mall? Library?

Especially now that I have a baby, I think, " what do stay home mommies do in this heat? "

online game? online shopping? hmmm

Well, this is how I spend my weekend usually ( If I'm not working on my graphic design project) ... doing what I LOVE the most! Sewing!

I sewed one baby summer angel dress , two matching floral dresses for baby girl, and a birthday crown for 1 year old boy! Woa... that's a lot of sewing in one weekend!

Let me show you floral dresses I made. It all started here, when I saw this adorable hot pink baby cardigan at Target. So cute! It's Cherokee brand and was on sale... Yay!




I love cardigan and Hot Pink, so I just had to buy them... two!! One for my baby girl and the other for her cousin. Got home and went through my fabric collections...to see If I can make a dress that go with this adorable cardigan. My hand stopped when I saw this super colorful Green and Pink floral themed fabric. So this is what I ended up making.

Almost too-much-color dress to go with the cardigan!!!! Well, I love it !  Did I say I love Green x Pink?

Look how perfect it fits with the Cherokee cardigan.

With front button closed.


Unfortunately this is not for sale, but I can always custom design dresses for your girl.

Next time, I will show you my diaper bags and summer beach bags I made couple weeks ago.

I said, "It's too hot outside to go out with baby !"  Well, what a good excuse to stay inside and sew !

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Soft and Comfy handmade baby & mommy wear Cocotton

So I have been working on a new etsy store for while... It all started with looking for a perfect " soft, comfy cotton wears for baby and mommies. " here goes my new store Cocotton There aren't much items yet, but planning on listing more and more!

My friends and family helped me pick the new store name... Cocotton. It all started with Coco, which was my childhood nickname since most of my friend couldn't pronounce my name. I prefer cotton and Ecofi felt to sew baby dress and headband...so I decided that I name it Cocotton! Naming Etsy store isn't so easy, so I did use lots of google research about how to name Etsy store. Luckily, i didn't find any seller using same name.

So here is Cocotton's signature dress... Soft, Comfy, and Cotton breathable fabric dress for babies.
I created my original pattern, picked up finest cotton fabric, and lace to make this super cute and lightweight dress! Isn't this dress so pure and lovely???


Baby model is 6 month old

Summer Angel Baby Dress made with breathable soft cotton fabric



Summer Angel Bonnet and headband


Summer Angel Dress set with bonnet, headband, detachable angel veil skirt for photoshooting prop



This is how back of the dress looks like. All button so it's easy to dress your baby! 


What do you think? you can click each image to read more details about the items. I really like the fact that materials are so light and easy for babies to wear. Just convo me via Etsy if you have any question about sizing. I would love to help you measure your little one so that you get perfect fit!

Cocotton by Gaera Design




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