Welcome to my world. Here are my 2020 #ootd school pictures thus far. My Studio in Art students have been painting with acrylics – these paintings are going to blow your mind. They are sooooo good!!!!! I think they only need a couple more weeks to complete them. I have been wearing stuff that wouldn’t freak me out if it got paint on it. I guess I am saying that fashion is taking a backseat at the moment. I’m a control freak about the brushes – I tell them to use however many they want and need, and I will wash them, so, I spend about twenty minutes washing brushes on my lunch period every day.
Today was the first day of the 2nd semester, believe it or not, which means we are already half-way through the year. I am giving pre-tests and prepping lessons – lots of cool things to come: oil pastels, collage, more paintings and clay!!! I’ll be switching up the artwork on the cabinets soon, as well as eventually organizing the excessive amount of white paint on that back counter, lol, for those of you who scoff at the mess. (It is an art room, after all – that’s what makes it fun and funny). Special thanks to Katy C., my colleague and photographer, who laughs with me every day. <3
My recent outfits of the day are heavy on the Theory cashmere sweaters and leather skirts, and jeans by French Connection, Free People and Joe’s Jeans. My newest acquisition, the Rag & Bone wine-colored patent booties, will be in heaviest rotation in 2020 until I get them in multiple colors (no doubt). They are fashion perfection in a decorative sense and also function – they’re spot on for walking around in Syracuse, New York in winter.
In about eight hours, I will be getting up early for the last time this year. After tomorrow, we will be on a two-week hiatus from school. I will spend time assessing my bracelet project. Sales went well at the Sip & Sparkle at The Chop House. Another event is planned for late January. I’m contemplating on-line sales too. Not sure what to do quite yet – I’m waiting for inspiration to guide me.
I’ve had so many wonderful things happen to me this year despite it also being one of the most tragic years of my life with the loss of my dad. It is like a jumble of confusion and clarity. The last few days have been sort of massively cloudy, kind of like when you ask the Magic Eight Ball a question and you get the murky liquid instead of words spelled out on a triangle.
I don’t know what’s next, but If 2020 isn’t the year of clarity then that will be the biggest joke of life. It kind of has to be, right?
Thank you for your support this year and always – of me, my art career and the bracelet thing, and for being one of many international readers of this blog. I renewed the website. I am actually on my way to making my first $100 with the monetization of the site – it is very exciting, so, thank you for that too.
The Tashkovski Collection is officially launching on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 5 – 8 pm at The Chop House on Waring (200 Waring Road, Syracuse, New York 13224 – (315) 445-1976). The event is called Sip & Sparkle and will include twelve local vendors. They will also have a Wild Turkey bourbon tasting and some appetizers. It is going to be a lot of fun!
I had a poster made and some postcards. The bracelets are photographed, catalogued and tagged. I have a Square reader to process debit/charges. I am ready to be ready (which means ready, I think).
$55 – NORMA BUTTERFLY #2
NORMA BUTTERFLY #2 (BACK)
$55 – NORMA BUTTERFLY #7
NORMA BUTTERFLY #7 (BACK)
$55 – NORMA BUTTERFLY #6
NORMA BUTTERFLY #6 (BACK)
Here are the latest pieces. These leather bracelets feature vintage pins manufactured in Estonia circa the 1970s by a tin toy company called NORMA. I scoured the world looking for them. I’m in love with them! The are handmade, one-of-a-kinders. I know you will fall in love with them too. <3
More bracelets. My dining room table is the bracelet factory. These are from the ethnic series, meme series and horses! All are leather with fur (rabbit and sherpa). Rebecca from Tandy Leather taught me how to add snaps. Bracelets fit 5 1/2″ to about 6 1/2″ wrists. The ones that tie have eighteen inches of suede string attached, so they can fit a larger wrist.
Mine is 5 1/2″. I took a poll of wrist sizes via texting a bunch of friends to get a sense for what was standard. Bracelets really need to be tried on. They are infused with positive energy – you kind of need to feel the vibe. It will be so cool when they find permanent homes. They are like foster kittens. Kind of hard to let go…but I think I am ready to be ready (to be ready) to sell them. <3
These Tashkovski collection bracelets are part of the War & Peace series. They are made with vintage US Army patches and pins. There is a Girl Scout patch in the mix (it is from the ’50s!) and a peace pin that was originally designed to protest war. The idea with these pieces is to respect everyone’s position. I truly admire those who serve our country.
$35 – CROSS
CROSS – (BACK)
Ultimately, peace is the goal. Find peace within yourself first and your world will change. I promise you that. <3
I have been working on photographing, pricing, labeling and cataloging the Tashkovski collection bracelets. Here is the group I just finished – a combination of cameos, vintage pieces and St. Christopher medals. Each is one-of-a-kind. Handmade bracelets created with pins in leather, rabbit fur and sherpa.
(NFS) – CAMEO-1
I have a bit more organization to do this weekend before the launch. Once I get it all sorted, I will free up time to make more (and start the process all over again). <3
Dominoes have become my bread and butter – I have been collecting them for many years, using them in my oil and collage paintings since the ’90s. I think they look amazing in these bracelets.
The idea is to create a domino effect. You pick numbers that have meaning for you. You run into others wearing domino bracelets. You find you have a number/numbers in common. You strike up a conversation. Friendships are born.
$25 . – DOMINO-13
DOMINO-13 . (BACK)
$25 . – DOMINO-11
DOMINO-11 . (BACK)
$25 . – DOMINO-1
DOMINO-1 . (BACK)
$25 . – DOMINO-23
DOMINO-23 . (BACK)
$25 . – DOMINO-6
DOMINO-6 . (BACK)
$25 . – DOMINO-17
DOMINO-17 . (BACK)
It is an idea, a dream, a deep wish, a desire that people can find an element of common ground through fashion and accessories, if that is the way. There are no coincidences.
$25 . – DOMINO-20
DOMINO-20 . (BACK)
$25 . – DOMINO-24
DOMINO-24 . (BACK)
$25 . – DOMINO-19
DOMINO-19 . (BACK)
$25 . – DOMINO-16
DOMINO-16 . (BACK)
$25 . – DOMINO-21
DOMINO-21 . (BACK)
They are priced at $20 or $25 depending on style. I love the vintage flavor to these pieces. That they have survived for so many years and have such delicious patina. And the smell of leather is intoxicating. <3