Tuesday, October 16, 2012

La Vie Ephemera

So it has been quite some time since my last post. I have been busy with my day job, but the flower crowns are calling once again. There is something about the Fall, and the cooler weather that beckons me toward the whimsy and ephemera of flowers, and nothing is more whimsical and delicate than a beautiful floral crown. So here are some of my latest designs. I hope you enjoy them. I know I do!

Four different floral crowns - pink and white rosettes, white rosettes, white orchids, purple and white hydrangeas - at AutomaticDoll.Etsy.com

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

My Jungle Love

Here are three of my latest designs at Automatic Doll. 

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Patriotic Rainbow

New lovelies at Automatic Doll. Summer is still here!

Find these sexy new styles here at Automatic Doll.Etsy.com!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Are Those Stars in Your Eyes?

Here is another new little Automatic Doll creation perfect for this summer. I've been having a good time with scissors, fabric paint, and cotton jersey tees! You can find this top, and others like it here

* I am wearing Automatic Doll shorts and top.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

D.I.Y. Bleached Jean Vest with Lace Accents

I have been working, pretty much since I arrived in my new homeland of South Florida, at creating whimsical and feminine new styles to my online store Automatic Doll (also found here). For the last few months I have been working heavily with vintage and up-cycled denim, and yesterday I decided to add some frilly white lace to a vintage GAP vest that I bleached from the bust down. Here are some photos of how that's turned out. You can buy one like this here. To make one, see simple instructions at the bottom of this page...

To Do It Yourself, first, you will take a jean vest and submerge it halfway in a bucket of bleach for about 10 to 15 minutes. The bleach can sometimes rip and eat the denim, so I add about an inch or so of water to the bottom of the bucket before I pour in the bleach. 

The vest will look whiter, or even brownish or yellowish where the top of the bleach is touching it, but that will mostly even out once you wash it and dry it.

So after the 10 or 15 minute dip in the bleach, rinse the vest off in some sink water, then wash it with whites clothes only, since it still has tons of bleach in it. Then put it in the dryer.

Once the vest is dry, I put a large piece of lace over the area that I want to be covered, and cut around the edges to get a pretty close fit, leaving edges longer in case of mistakes.

I use fusible webbing (found at a fabric store - just ask for webbing used for hemlines) to bond the lace tot he vest. You lay the lace over the webbing, which is applied only along the edges of the vest, and then top the lace with a wet cloth, and finally iron over the wet cloth until the the webbing fuses the lace to the vest. You will hear hissing and steaming, and see steam, but that's what happens. It's fine.

When you have ironed over all of the edges with the webbing, peel back the wet cloth. I say peel because it will kind of be stuck to the lace in some spots, but just gently peel away and voila! You have a lace accented bleached vest! To make it extra sturdy and durable, I then stitch around all of the edges with my sewing machine so that the lace is permanently sewn on there. If you want to use just the webbing that is fine, but it won't be suitable for washing and drying in the machine. Webbing is permanent, but only if you dry clean or hand-wash. 

I hope you will try this fun experiment and enjoy your new summer clothes!

*I am wearing vest and shorts by Automatic Doll, and floral swim suit by Island World Apparel. Necklace is a 17th century Spanish coin from the famous shipwreck Nuestra Senora de Atocha, sunk off of Key West, Florida in 1622, and discovered in 1985.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Stairs to the Roof

So yes, it has been embarrassingly long that I have been away from Automatic Doll, the blog. This is because I have been extremely present at Automatic Doll, the online boutique. Also I was moving half way across the United States for several days. Mostly, however, I have been insanely busy filling orders for my Etsy store, Automatic Doll, creating unique and whimsical designs for re-purposed vintage denim. For the last five days, the hubby and I were away at my parents' Florida Keys home, and I used some of that time to create some new designs, which I have now posted to my store, and also, am posting here for you to see! So here is what i have been doing for the last week! Missed ya!

Eating, drinking, and exploring from Haitian food in South Beach in Miami, to tiki drinks in Marathon, the end of the road in Big Pine Key, and baby chickens running the streets of Key West! 

Sitting on the deck of our Summerland Key home soaking in the sun and recycling that energy (and that vintage denim) into beautiful new summertime styles for Automatic Doll!
*I am wearing a vintage Speedo stripes and anchors one piece swim from the Salvation Army in Big Pine Key, and Automatic Doll American Flag Shorts, found here.

The title of this post comes from a 1947 play by Tennessee Williams.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Shuck Be A Lady Tonight

This morning the lovely Amy Gabriel of the witty and charming online publication New Orleans Tidbits: The Inside Scoop for the Gal about Town gave Automatic Doll a feature that is definitely worthy of sharing! Here she talks briefly of Automatic Doll, me, and the lovelies that I create and sell at my Etsy store, here. Below is what was written up:


Category: Shop

Shuck Be A Lady Tonight

May 24, 2012

As women, we hold these truths to be self-evident:
All bras are not created equal.
There is such a thing as a “skinny mirror”.
Wearing a romper to Jazz Fest means being naked in a Porta-Potty.
Embrace the good parts of girly with some femme-friendly pieces fromAutomatic Doll. Created by the enigmatic Jessica Reeves Tullos out of her magic workshop in Lafayette, she uses a few of our favorite things like feathers, lace, flowers and shells to create one-of-a-kind accessories, ranging from boho headdresses to bride-perfect floral headbands. For more inspiration, check out her blog which showcases copy-cat ideas on how to wear her unique designs.

Because even though we can’t catch a break on our monthly cramps, wealways have the right to bare charms.
Where to wear your oysters and pearls? At the New Orleans Oyster Festival NEXT weekend, Saturday June 2, from 1 – 9 p.m. and Sunday, June 3, from 12:30 – 8 p.m., at Woldenberg Riverfront Park. Shuck and jive to local music while sampling eats and sips from over 20 restaurants.
Get out your calendars and marker in a drink date NEXTweekend for the WYESInternational Beer Tasting on Saturday, June 2, from 6 – 9 p.m., at the Lakefront Arena. Enjoy a quarter-mile of beer sampling with over 275 beers, check out the 15-minute beer, cheese and spirits seminars and rock out to live music. Tickets are $30 to $35 in advance and $45 at the door. Feeling extra thirsty? Buy tix to the private beer sampling on Friday, June 1, from 7 – 10 p.m., at the Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots.
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