December 23, 2011

Turning 30 and feeling good!

Today is my 30th birthday and I have to be honest, leading up to this milestone I have had a variety of feelings about it.  Sad, stressed, happy, confused, anxious and a number of others.  But all in all it's become so clear to me that this is a great time in my life.  I had a wonderful friend list off some things for me to be proud of that I have accomplished in my life up to this point and I agree with her.   I've gone to and put myself thru school while working fulltime,  lived on my own,  supported myself,  I have a successful alternative modeling career for years now, I've traveled and lived abroad,  met a man I love and married him and I've started my own clothing and accessories site fulfilling a dream I've had since I was 16.  Looking back I don't think I should ever really doubt or regret any path my life has taken since it  has all brought me here, and honestly where I am is pretty damn good.  I hope to make my 30's are an amazing decade where I live, laugh and accomplish even more.  I am truly blessed with lots of amazing friends and family in my life who support me.  I love my life!


December 08, 2011

Statement Jewelry

I now have my collection of spike rings for sale on my site www.ChubbyCartwheels.com
They are great statement jewelry for your upcoming holiday parties or would make a great stocking stuffer for that special someone.  Enjoy!

Small Silver Spike
Small Gold Spike
Bull Horn
Pyramid Spikes
Large Spike

December 05, 2011

Size Queen at Fat Fancy

When I heard about the Size Queen fashion show being put on at Fat Fancy, I knew this was an event I really couldn't miss.  For some lame reason I missed the last fashion show put on by these local companies and I was not going to miss this one.  My lovely friend and fat fashion enthusiast Dani and I were each others date for the night out.
I did however have a secret agenda for going to this event besides just seeing Bertha's new creations for Size Queen.  I wanted to show off some of my own goods whilst mingling with some of Portland's fat fashionistas.  So my outfit consisted of this:





OOTN- 
Shirt- Gisela Ramirez Crop Top
Skirt- Chubby Cartwheels (I made)
Leggings- Chubby Cartwheels 
Shoes- Payless
Studded Suspenders- Hot Topic
Brass Knuckles Necklace & Pyramid Ring- Chubby Cartwheels

In case you didn't realize it, wearing a shirt anywhere with the lettering F*CK on it will get you a lot of attention.  But what caught peoples eyes the most was my ring.  The owners of Fat Fancy seemed to loved it.  They asked me where I got it and when I told them I made them they asked me if I could make more to sell in their shop.  Keeping calm on the outside I replied, "of course."  But on the inside I was bursting with smiles. 

Back to the fabulous fashion show!  My favorite piece was by far the little black hologram dress  combined with ripped fishnets and combate boots.  A lot of her pieces have a 90's feel/look.  Almost as though some of them walked out of Romy & Michelle's High School Reunion (one of my favorite movies).


My little purse friendly camera does not take great photos.  It does however  take decent video.   So here are some screen grabs from the videos I took!















I also put together a little video from the show.







November 25, 2011

Tis' The Season To Be Crafty!

First of all, I want to thank you all for all the amazing and positive feedback I'm getting about Chubby Cartwheels.  I have gotten some very nice comments about my site, what I offer and I'm also enjoying making these clothes for you amazing ladies.  So thank you for that.

Since the site opened last week it's been hectic as ever.  2 days after I launched the site, my 4 year old laptop died.  Just flat out died.  So I went out and bought a new one (I was going to within a few months anyway) and I couldn't be happier with it.  Though I lost ALL of my bookmarks which are more precious to me than anything else on my old computer.  I was fortunate enough to have just backed up all my info, pics, and so on, so I didn't lose anything like that.  Just bookmarks for blogs, tutorials, websites and everything that is good in this world.   Now I am starting over and desperately trying find them all again.  I have managed to salvage a few blogs and tutorials thanks to Tumblr.  If you don't follow me on there check out my blog.

A 2 inch spike ring.  I used a plain adjustable ring and (2) 2 inch metal spikes unintentionally creating the affect of piercing my finger with a giant spike.  Ugh... I need a manicure.



























Aside from making clothes for my orders I have been working on fun little projects for myself.    I started with a mustard yellow fleece ear warmer made with navy blue (suppose to be flowers but look more like) stars and a button in the back.  All materials available at Joann's.  A 1/4 of a yard will make you 2 bands worth plus whatever you want for the decorative piece.


-Please excuse my exhausted looking face/hair/look.  The holidays have been hectic.






A reusable University of Oregon coffee cup sleeve just in time for the civil war game.  GO DUCKS!  



And tonight I finished my sweat hear cut white vinyl bandeau top.  It was so incredibly easy to make so I plan on making more of them and in a variety of colors as well.  I think if I turn them into tube tops they will go perfectly with an empire waist skirt.  Plus with it being vinyl, it doesn't budge or move much so no straps = no problem.  



On top of those projects I have been trying to get more organized with my craft supplies.  As of 3 days ago they were in little plastic bags in a basket.  But I found an old case I used to hold and organize plastic rhinestones.  So now all of my hair clips, earrings, beads, pendants, pearls, glue sticks, ect... have a home and place to stay.   




November 15, 2011

The day has finally come.  My store is open and ready for business.  ChubbyCartwheels.com.  I am very proud of this store and all that I offer.  I have been collecting fabric, saving money, filling paperwork, crafting, and designing the site these past many months.  To start with I am selling 3 styles of leggings, velvet skirts in several colors, a jacket that will soon be available in all sizes 20-32, and fun accessories.   I have wanted this since I was about 16 years old but never gave myself a chance to do it.  Finally with so much love and support from my husband, family and friends, my dream has now come true. Also big thanks to Crystal aka Wednesday from Project Lifesize who has been my model for this and other projects.  She's quite the trooper.  I hope to make more patterns and pieces to sell on the site as the months go by.

Thank you so much and enjoy!  www.ChubbyCartwheels.com

Shawna



October 30, 2011

Robble Robble!








 I originally made this dress for a "sexy" Hamburglar costume.  Hence the blog title.  So while I won't be wearing this out to pick up the groceries any time soon,  I do see maybe a night at Blow Pony in my future with it.  Plus having my hair bright red right now, I'm starting to obsess over the color combination red, yellow, black and white.  Can't tell right?  I think this is an outfit where my OCD need for colors to match came on strong.  

OoTD Details-
Dress-  I made (fabric from Ebay)
Belt- Torrid
Bracelet-  I made
Bow- I made
Purse- Garage sale hosted by Cupcakevandorn
Shoes- Payless


October 24, 2011

My New Threads

I was inspired by Gisela Ramirez and her F*uck Flattering crop top so I decided I wanted to try and make one for myself.  I ventured out and found some amazing print fabric at Joanns and bought it on the spot.  That plus the basic a-line skirt I made was the foundation for this outfit and this post.  My first Outfit of The Day post.

Top- I made (Fabric from Joanns)
Skirt- I made (Fabric from Joanns)
Cardigan- Walmart
Shoes- Payless
Purse- Value Village (thanks dad)







September 23, 2011

F*ck Flattering!

I got my first purchase from Gisela Ramirez!  The F*ck Flattering crop top.  I got the biggest size a size 28/30 and wasn't sure if it would fit well.  Thankfully its very stretchy and fits like a dream!  It has inspired me to wear more crop tops.  So I paired this basic black white top with some funky colorful leggings I made the other day and a black skirt I pull up to my bra for a little bit of coverage up top and a higher skirt length.



Also I am super close to opening my clothing site up.  I guess I have slacking on this for several reasons.  Putting so much effort into something that will hopefully be a job for you for a while becomes  very personal.  I worry what will people think of the site?  Will people like what I make?  Will it be of good quality?  All things I care about and want to make sure I am feeling strong on before I open myself up to the public.  

Here are a couple screen grabs of what I have so far.  






I should add some of the information has been changed as well as the pictures.  These were taken when I was just trying to get a basic layout working.   Trying to remain positive and keep moving with this and start it soon!

I have a class tomorrow called Starting an Apparel Business.  I am so very excited to take this class.  I had done a lot myself so far but I just want to make sure I am doing it right and not forgetting any steps along the way.

Thats about where I am at right now.  Sewing myself some fun little projects, making leggings for friends, building a website, still trying to do work and this weekend I will be celebrating my 1 year anniversary of being married! :)  Time flies when you are working your ass off.



September 01, 2011

I win!!

So while on Tumblr one night I saw that Wicked Clothes was selling a Golden Snitch necklace!  I had seen pictures of these floating around, people making them but no one to my knowledge was selling them.  The minute I saw they were on sale for a reasonable price of 24.99 with a discount coupon code I knew it had to be mine.  So I purchased it and 2 days later (today) it was in my mail box! They have extremely timely shipping and it's reasonably priced as well.  Here is the video I made for my Snitch!



 Urban Decay is having a big sale right now where they have loose pigment eyeshadows for $1 and cream shadow for $3 dollars plus with any purchase you get a free sample of a product they sell.  With my semi recent hair color change to red I have been obsessed with blues and greens.  So I ended up buying 4 colors of green and 2 shades of black/grey.    Here is a picture of todays color Weeds.  It's a nice light mossy green with some glitter specs in it.  I also have the other colors I bought posted.  All of which should be fun to play with!



And last but not least I went to JoAnn Fabrics and could not resist some good old classic red and navy blue stripe stretch knit.  It was 12.99 a yard but with their endless supply of 50% coupons for a single cut of fabric it was more than reasonably priced.  I'm thinking about making a skirt and having it be a bit form fitting.  But I am not sure what to pair it with for a top.  Something I'm sure will come to mind when I'm done making it.  But for now here is the picture of the fabric itself. 






July 19, 2011

Dem Legs


Lately I'm either battling zippers on 4 way stretch fabric, making skirts, on Tumblr blogging Harry Potter gifs and/or making leggings.  Mostly the last 2 though.  With Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows pt 2 out now I find myself watching the previous movies more and more.  The hubs is getting concerned.  I'm that girl who in the theater was crying her eyes out at moments that probably didn't even intend it to happen but it did anyway.  I also dyed my hair the day before the midnight showing.  It's all sorts of crazy now!  Ben and I did a double feature of part 1&2 for the show.  It was amazing!  So many people dressed up, had broomsticks, wands, there were even some kids fully playing a game of Magic in the hall waiting to enter the theater.  I love geeks.  Let it be know.   This is me the day of the midnight screening and at the screening with my HP 3-D glasses.


But back onto my projects!  There has been much experimenting lately.  I made my first pair of lace leggings.  They weren't that bad.  The dilemma is the serger.  I would have to invest quite a bit of money into thread to make them  on there.  Its something I am strongly considering since I can make these leggings in SO many colors.  I keep seeing them in black and I love it, but I went for a brighter look.  And blue it was!

I also decided to experiment with two-tone leggings.  Now please excuse the pink fabric I used to experiment with.  It was leftover from a couple years ago on a bathing suit so I didn't have to waste my nice fancy and new fabrics in case it didn't work out.  My husband seems to be under the impression they look like "wrestling" pants.  I'm also under the impression I foolishly married a closet WWE fan who knows nothing about women's fashion.  I still love him... kinda.  Anyway, I think they turned out really well and are super fun!  The leggings I would want to make down the line to sell would be of different fabrics but this is the general idea of the two-tone.

These are some of the fabrics I bought on fabric.com's latest sale!  Free shipping over $35 dollars+ online coupons + site wide sale = 19 pounds of fabric on my doorstep!!  My favorite is the peach with the design and the pink with black polka dot.  Gonna make some cute shit!  My plans are leggings and shrug hoodies with these.  God I love cute fabric.