Athena Magazine

Fashion, lifestyle, passions

Project Runway Episode 4 wrapup September 16, 2009

projectB-list judges with barbed tongues and meltdowns as the designer pack thins—that’s what you find along with who was was. http://www.stylelist.com/blog/2009/09/11/project-runway-recap-challenge-turns-the-tables-on-the-conte/

 

Organic Envy blog: Modern Green Living+Spa Wisdom September 14, 2009

organicenvyI just found a great new organic blog, an offshoot of Organic Spa magazine:

Welcome to Organic Envy! After launching Organic Spa Magazine in January 2007, we felt it was time to open the doors to communication even further. The mission of the magazine is to bring spa wisdom home, as well as to highlight the spas that are leading the organic way. Is there something special you do to find that elusive balance we all seek? We love to share ideas and exchange thoughts revolving around a healthier planet and a healthier you. Please join us in the conversation.

Organic Envy belongs to the Organic Spa Magazine, if you love the publication you will enjoy this green blog.

http://organicspamagazine.com
http://blog.organicspamagazine.com

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http://www.facebook.com/AthenaMag?ref=profile#/group.php?gid=68951712325

 

DIY Designer: Find your sewing friends online September 11, 2009

plusRead the newest DIY Designer column to find a readymade circle of online sewing friends:

http://www.stylelist.com/blog/2009/09/08/diy-design-your-virtual-sewing-circle/

 

Tools make the designer September 2, 2009

formCheck out the latest DIY Design column on Stylist.com. Get some great ideas for unusual and exotic notions for your designing and construction. See it here…

 

Say hi to dbDesigns! August 31, 2009

Submitted by Marjorie Cunningham, owner of Marjorie’s Cracked Plate Jewelry and manager of the Reclaimed to Fame Market at 1000 Markets.

One of our newest merchants in the Reclaimed to Fame Market is dbDesigns of Fleming Island, Florida. Danielle Blumenberg creates beautiful jewelry from antique flatware and coins. She is very aware of her environmental footprint and does much in her work to reuse and repurpose. She also does a lot for charity. Here’s her story! “Hi! I’m Danielle Blumenberg, owner and designer of db Designs in sunny Fleming Island, Florida. I am a military wife (for 20 years), who has had the privilege to live all over the world. The great part has been getting to experience the cultures of different places every 2 to 3 years; the not-so-great part was never being able to have a career of my own… Until recently 🙂 “I started my jewelry design business a little over 5 years ago, and my how it has changed! What began as just a little bit of beading quickly grew into wirework, and then metal-smithing. For the most part, I am self taught (and consider myself very much a novice) with tons still to learn! I have been able to take some great workshops with incredibly talented artisans, but not nearly as many as I need or want! “Much of what inspires me and fires my imagination is trying to use old

commonplace items in new ways. I love working with many mediums, but mostly metal. Specifically, “upcycling” or “repurposing” antique and vintage solid silver flatware and coins into unique wearable art! As I anneal, saw, forge and bend the vintage components into fabulous pieces of jewelry, I wonder about the possible history of the components. For example, while I was working on the WWII era Mercury dime necklace, I couldn’t help but muse about whether any of the coins were in the pocket of an American G.I. as he defended our country.

“I have an environmentally friendly, but VERY messy, studio in my home, and recycle and reuse everything I can. I use natural chemicals, such as eggs for patina, and citric pickle, to try to reduce my environmental footprint. I also make every effort to purchase from fair trade vendors, as opposed to free trade vendors for my findings and beads. When founding db Designs, I wanted to strongly support the community and those who strive to make a difference. In an effort to do that, I contribute merchandise and a portion of all sale proceeds to a variety of charities. As db Designs continues to grow, so will my efforts to make a difference. To date, db Designs has donated over $8,000!!! For a list of some of the charities that have benefited, you can contact me via email at Danielle@designedbydanielle.com or visit http://www.designedbydanielle.com/aboutus.html.”

Check out dbDesigns here at 1000 Markets at http://www.1000markets.com/users/dbdesigns.

 

Project Runway Episode 2 Wrap-up August 29, 2009

projectHere’s the latest scoop on those stitching fashionistas:

http://www.stylelist.com/blog/2009/08/28/project-runway-recap-maternity-wear-challenge-enlists-rebecc/

 

New DIY Fashion Column on AOL’s Stylist.com August 27, 2009

formCheck out this new column on AOL’s Stylist.com: “Destination Designer.” It’s all about DIY fashion with a focus on sewing and designing techniques, bringing you the best of the web every Tuesday, to get your style rockin’. Discover “Destination Designer” here …

 

Sweatshop Documentary: Made in L.A. August 25, 2009

banner1Check out this new documentary about three Latina immigrants working in an L.A. sweatshop. It aired on August 11 on Encore, but the DVD is available and there are other showings around the country. Read more …

 

Threadbanger Rocks August 23, 2009

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I was doing some research this weekend and spent some time on ThreadBanger.com. I’d forgotten just how awesome this hipster-DIY-sewing-with-Goth-edge site it. Check it out …

 

Initiative Radio: Art as healing therapy August 20, 2009

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On today’s program Angela visits the progressive Fountain Gallery in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC to speak with director Jason Bowman who explains why Fountain is not..

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