Learn to Create: A mermaid costume DIY: Mermaid Tail

April 7, 2011

So yesterday Chris was kind enough to drive me out to butt heck no where to do an underwater photoshoot!

The photographer is Denis Bussiere and he has an indoor heated pool in his house! To use it to it’s fullest potential, as he explained to me, he does underwater photoshoots every so often (btw he rents his pool out as well, he’s located in Saint-Julie) When he approached me to model for him I showed him photos of another mermaid costume I had made:

He then asked me to custom make a mermaid tail for him so he could use it in all his shoots!

So I set to work and bought this gorgeous shiny/sparkly green waterproof spandex material.

I then cut out the pattern and assembled it, It’s basically a giant leg sock with fins, and a tight elastic waistband so it doesn’t slide off in the water.

Picture instructions will be here tonight:

I stuffed each fin with plastic, so that it looked full, also it makes the fins float so they don’t droop underwater. But after testing out the tail I think I would sew three lines along the tail to really keep the plastic in place, and I would insert heavy beads at the tip of the fins so that it didn’t float too much.

Here are some of the photos!

(contact me if you’d like to order a mermaid tail as well!)

Waterproof mermaid tail I made for a client



Mini party- I mean uh, photoshoot, at the Palace!

March 24, 2011

My friend and I found a beautiful apartment last summer and we’ve appropriately dubbed it the Palace. It’s more of a duplex than an apartment, the ceilings are super high, glass pane doors, a chandelier in each room, a gorgeous bathroom with an antique looking tub, a beautiful fairy garden with a new flower blooming every week, raspberries and grapes to pick for breakfast. Oh and there are pillars at the front door. So all this is why we call it the Palace!

Had to show off magnificent bathroomMy sewing room

Because of its beauty I decided to host the photoshoot there of course! There are alot of great textures in the place that we got to use as backgrounds, I can’t wait for spring so I can do a few shoots in the backyard with the beautiful flowers!

Gen getting the makeup tools ready in the kitchen!

So for the day I had my friends Kiri, and Niesz as models, and Gen doing makeup and modelling as well. I’ve known this girl since I was only a few years old, and we’ve developed together artistically! always drawing together when our Mamas would have visits. Today she is a beautiful and talented miss, with very creative and artistic approaches to make-up, here is her online Portfolio

Gen at work

Gen doing Niesz's makeup, lavender and gold!

During the shoot I was whipping up extra headbands and the girls were giving me alot of feedback and new ideas! I was feeling extra creative that day and it was great having them around as I created new things! Our amazing photographer Chris made us Mango/strawberry/almond milk/ coconut rum smoothies, they were soooo good. The alcohol probably contributed to the creative process 😉 And of course made the models extra confidant… lol

Photoshoot mayhem, pink smoothie matching my sewing machine

The girls looked gorgeous! I’m lucky as a designer to have exceptionally good looking friends! This was Kiri’s first modelling photoshoot and she did so well, she warmed up to the camera quickly and she is so photogenic the photos turned out great! Niesz has modelled for me before when I did the LIA line of clothing, so I knew I could depend on her to create awesome photos with the photographer as well! She did up her hair in a 40s style it was sooo pretty!

Posing in the mirror, Tropical flower headband

Here are some of the results of our home made, or rather palace made,

photoshoot. Photographer: Chris

The accessories will be available at the end of the week in my Etsy online store 

Keep checking back! Or subscribe to my blog for updates 😉

Double strap headband

Double strap headband in red with sequins/beading work

Stretch lace headband with spiral fabric flower


Double spiral flower on stretch cotton headband

Please let me know what you think! 

Being a live painting at the Body Painting Competition

March 23, 2011

Body Painting competition in Trois-Rivières

March 18-19 was a body painting competition in a small town up the river from Montreal!

On Friday we packed up and drove to a bed and breakfast close to the Eco-Salon where the event was taking place. It was sooo cute! The house is apparantly 100 years old, you constantly hear the wood creaking, it reminds me of a typical grandmother’s house.

Doing some sewing at the B&B

 One of the rooms looked like the inside of a log cabin complete with a swing, we went around and took photos, I would love to go back one day for a photo shoot! Although I think Chris freaked out lady owner when she caught him at the top of the stairs taking light graffiti photos in the dark…. LOL “Eh! Qu’est qu’il fait la??!”

Log caban bed and breakfast
I want a swing like this in my room!


Saturday we were up early morning and had a homemade breakfast prepared for us by the lovely couple who owned the place 😉

At the competition they took very good care of models and artists alike! They had a little heater for each model, it was awesome, usually people aren’t so considerate and as a model I end up freezing as I’m being painted. They made sure we always had water tea or coffee.

SO let me tell you, being a body paint model isn’t super easy, you stand for many hours at a time (this time it was 6 hours, longest I did was 9 hours) while having your nearly nude body painted. You can’t exactly take a sitting break because your bum is covered in paint, lol. And once your hands are painted you can’t touch anything. At that point Chris was a very good sport and fed me! I’ve learnt now to start stretching from the beginning, everytime the artist is turned away or taking a mini break, I stretch, dance a little, and it keeps the aches and pains at bay! It really helped because after the competition I was just tired, and my patience meter was completely out, otherwise no problems.

April-Anna was the amazing artist who painted me! She’s also a good friend of mine so the 2 day stay ended up being like a mini-vacation!


Here are a few behind the scenes shots! The theme of the competition was nature local to Trois-Rivières.

Check out April’s blog for more about the artistic side of things and more photos!

Painting the Heron
setting the sparkles with spray
Spritzing setting spray on the sparkles!
Looking up
Photography by: Chris Capicollo
Chris the photographer

Making my new sewing and creating workshop!

March 4, 2011

I’ve gotten obsessed with organization as of late which is a rare but good thing for me.

 I’m an artist! And my space often reflects my mind, it’s all over the place, different projects started but not finished (I’m very ADD and have many bursts of inspiration at a time) and there are bits of color and sparkle all over the place. This happens when you’re an avid collector of fabrics, and a professional belly dancer with way too many costumes…..

I’ve gotten inspired by all these amazing organization websites all over the place:


So off I went to Rona and a few other stores to buy tons of bins for my fabric,

shelving for all my craft and sewing books,

 mini drawers for my thousands of notions and trims,

 a peg board for all my tools to hang neatly and at easy reach,

A push pin board for all my inspirations, magazine clippings, and my Goal sheet!

A friend of mine gave me a beautiful wooden desk dug up from the basement of her school! Perfect for my very heavy and ancient (from the fifties possibly but mint condition) sewing machine!

The pegboard is my favorite, at my mom’s company they actually outline each of their tools with chalk so that you always know where everything goes and if something is missing you know right away. When you know where everything is it’s a huge time saver, since you’re not digging through drawers trying to find it. I love having my tools in front of me and always at hand.

My lovah helped me drill many things into the walls, having tons of hooks around is usefull as well for belts I need to hang and any current dresses I’m working on.

Just looking at my workshop motivates me to work alot more and I’m so much more inspired and productive!

Here’s a mini post on some of my newest creations…. 


Photos by Chris

Cute little button and ribbon store in Montreal

February 24, 2011

While exploring the fabric district on St Hubert street we came accross the cutest little shop.

All it sold were a unique range of buttons and ribbons,

I remember buying ribbons from them a few years ago on St Denis street, but they’ve recently moved to a new location. Speaking with the owner I found out he’s had his shop open for 8 YEARS! I was so surprised a tiny and very specific business could have survived so long, it gave me alot of hope for starting my own business. I must go back and learn how he kept it open for so long!

Along with buttons and ribbons at the back of the store is a mini theatre where they hold private shows/plays etc. All around the store are art projects showing you different ways you can use buttons, the coolest one being a life size snake with buttons for scales, coiling up into the air. Very inspiring I must say.

My favorite part of the store was a huge wooden bin filled to the brim with buttons, you just take a ladel and help yourself to some buttons and buy it by the bag,

I can’t wait to come up with some projects that use buttons!



What do you think about this Website design?

February 7, 2011

Any suggestions? Things I should Add or Remove….?

(This is not the final version, but what I’ve done so far)

Just a sample of what the website might look like

Sneaking photos in a Museum…. hehe

February 3, 2011

Visiting the MAC, we were naughty and snuck photos,

I think the giggling gave us away because the security guard kept walking over and staring at us suspiciously,

We saw an exhibit on the color blue. Some of the artwork was not what I would call genious or creative… (A huge canvas coloured completely blue…) But there were some peices that really stood out and I would looove to hang in my living room, but that will have to wait untill I’m rich someday in the future. Alot of the artists were from Quebec and Ontario, the peices done almost 50 years ago.

My favorite was just a big dark room, with what looked like a big blue rectangle projection, but it was actually a hole in the wall lit up with blue black lights… A room you could sit in and meditate.

Hole in the Wall

Making images for the website in Photoshop!

January 31, 2011

I’m working on the main image for the website in photoshop, I inked a drawing, scanned it, cleaned it up, and I’m now coloring it. I have a lot left to do, shading, re-writing the main text, filling in some parts with patterns etc etc….

Except now people are telling me it looks good just black and white, I’ll just need to redo the text,

let me know what you think!

Touring my city for Inspirations

January 28, 2011

Today I was with Chris and Jaja as we walked around looking for inspiration. First was the musée contemporain de montréal, then the area surrounding place des arts. (photos from those outings are coming soon!)
Then last we went to Urban Outfitters which is full of colours, crazy patterns, and inspiration. They sell alot of strange stuff, but there’s a great selection of crafty books, bohemian style clothing, joke gifts and very artsy home items. This place is hipster heaven…

Trying to figure out what you people would like to learn most ;)

January 26, 2011

So Here is a little Poll I’d like you all to fill out, on what you’d like to learn most,
Just one question! Select what appeals to you right away!