Monday, May 31, 2010

Laundry and a Summer Preview

I hope you are having a lovely holiday weekend. I've been working, but per Mia's adamant request, we spent a day at the beach. I have a little summer sneak peak for you shown above. I made some red dot ones, too; can't wait to show them to you. I've also been spending the weekend avoiding laundry, which Aidan found entertaining....




All these photos are processed with Florabella actions, in particular her Cosmopolitan Action {minus the blue filter}. I'm going to make a before/after photography post soon, so feel free to offer any topic suggestions; i.e. applying texture, black and whites, vintage processing, etc...
Friday, May 28, 2010

Muted Golds

Sometimes when I am stressed, it's as though the ideas call to me, and I have to answer. The photo is processed by Florabella actions. These are wonderful and transform a photo often in one simple step. I'll post more on these later. In the meantime, you can purchase the sample shoes here, both size 8. Lovely little vintage card by Moth to a Flame.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Dreamy Photos, Step by Step

I hope you had a lovely weekend! We took the kiddos to Mercer Arboretum over the weekend, which was brimming with fragrant blooms and greenery. I took quite a few photos, which I keep in a "decor" photo file and use them throughout the house. I especially like to edit the photos so that they have a milky, vintage quality. This is really easy to do, if you own photoshop.

So, here is a quick step by step using almost only adjustment layer masks. Here is the original photo straight out of the camera.

The first thing I do to almost every photo is run Nicole Van's Color Pop Action. Pioneer Woman also has a nice {and free!} color pop action as well. ----------------------------------------------------Photobucket

All the other editing is going to be done using the "adjustment" layer mask. Click here to see where to find it in photoshop. Layer masks are fundamental in understanding all photoshop has to offer because you can adjust the opacity, toggle them on and off, and layer them together as needed. So, first I am going to use the "exposure" layer mask and drop down the "gamma correction" to create the milky/hazy/dreamy look.

Next, I added this look even more by adding a second adjustment layer, "Hue/Saturation" and bumped up the "lightness."

Finally, I added an adjustment layer called "photo filter." If you open that, select color, and click on the color chip, you can add a photo filter in any color you choose either from the swatch library or picking a color from the photo itself. I went with a dusty pale pink.

In less than a minute, it's easy to transform any photo to have a dreamy, vintage look, which works well with portraits, too. Here is the before and after:


There are some wonderful photoshop actions out there that achieve not only a similar look, but add textures and other interesting elements as well. I am working on partnering with a lovely gal who has amazing actions, and I hope to share those details shortly! In the mean time, here is one photo of Mia playing with the fish in the coy pond at the arboretum.
...and a picture of Aidan in the bamboo. Aidan insists on wearing action hero shirts every day; doesn't he know those don't make the best photos?! Anyone else encoutered this and have any tips--other than perpetual bridery? ;)
Monday, May 24, 2010

Joyfolie Giveaway Winners!


#142 Theresa said... Welcome, Joyfolie! Looking forward to the joy you will be spreading!

#260 Jennae said... I'm a Facebook fan!

Congratulations to Theresa and Jennae, winners of the Joyfolie Giveaway! Please send an email to requesting the shoes in the style and size of your choice. Please read the details in the original post to aid in your selection.*

In addition, I would like to offer my whole-hearted thanks to those of you shared in the enthusiam and effort in spreading the word of the new name, Joyfolie!

*Winners, please allow 2 weeks plus shipping time to receive your order. Email confirmation must be received on or before May 27, 11:59 PM CST to claim your prize.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Black and White

Photo Credits: 1940's suede shoes by joiedevintage, eyelet lace top by folieAdeuxVintage, alpaca jacket by follettojeremia, oval drop earrings by joieux

“Light is meaningful only in relation to darkness, and truth presupposes error. These mingled opposites people our life... we exist in terms of this conflict, in the zone where black and white clash.” ~ Louis Aragon {edited}

One of the most significant lessons that I have learned entering into my 30's is that, in conflict, it's not just about being right. More often than not, if we have a disagreement with a spouse or a friend, we ponder, we ask, we confer about the notion of who was right and who was wrong. The significance of that vantage point is that right and wrong is rooted in pride. More to the point, the problem with this perspective, as author and counselor Saundra Dickinson wrote is that "we are always making 100% sense, 100% of the time to ourselves." None of us ever live life from someone else's perspective; we only ever live it from our own. The majority of the time, I don't think anyone ever really intends to be mean or cruel, he or she is simply behaving in a way that makes sense from his/her perspective.

For example, let's say a husband and wife are sitting down to dinner. The husband smiles and serves his wife a generous portion first. This habit continues but creates in the wife a slow building sense of resentment towards her husband. Finally, one day, incensed, she speaks to him in spite and in anger and demands he stop serving her.

If we consider this story from the notion of right and wrong, it is readily apparent that the husband is right. He was only treating his wife with kindness, which does not merit her anger. However, the wife was probably not even aware, on a conscious level, the impacts that her personal history still have on her today. As a small child, her father, an abusive man, would serve her adult portions which she was forced to eat or suffer severe physical punishment. For years, her early memories of dinner were leaving the table uncomfortably gorged, tiny belly tight with pain and little cheeks wet with tears.

The husband could choose to press the issue of his behavior as right, perhaps even raising his voice or hurling an insult because he does not deserve her anger. But if that was the only perspective he maintained, he would lose the opportunity to reach out towards his wife in compassion and heal her from a piece of her past. So often we let an injustice or unkindness we have suffered become our ammunition to either retribute or deal with another situation in kind.


I suppose all this lengthy discourse is to say that I want the buck to stop with me. I am not saying we should abandon our rights or allow ourselves to be mistreated--quite the contrary! We should fight to be treated in fairness and especially for the rights to which we are legally entitled. However, I want to choose not to embody the bitterness of indignation, instead to see even my opposer's side in the context of compassion. Even though another person's choice may cause me to suffer, I am going to choose to keep my heart light and my mind open, to believe that mostly people are genuinely good. I will still stand in my own truth, my own rights, but I hope to do so amiably and in the absence of malevolence.

Perhaps a grievance has you down today... cutting words from a critical boss, an insensitive judgment from a friend, intimidation from a corporate lawyer, or simply a cranky curmudgeon at the library checkout table {and, really, who hasn't encountered one of those.} Whatever it is, I hope that you find you can stay the course of joy with an extra measure of strength, an extra measure of empathy, and an extra measure of compassion to boot. At least, these are the things I pray for in my own life.


Oh, and I almost forgot... I have one pair of those little black shoes, size 5 for a steal at only $10. They are an irregular sample, sewn by one of my staff. Additional sizes will be coming soon. And don't forget, there is one more day to enter the giveaway.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Children's Textile Necklaces


coming soon!

And one available now for a $2 Giveaway!* SOLD OUT

*please note: each person can win only one giveaway per month. If you have won a giveaway already, please wait 30 days until you can win again. Thank you!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Website

At long last, the website is here! So, before you head over there... let me do some explaining. On occasion, I have read very kind and eager comments that my website will launch filled with product. I wish that were the case, but it's not. Changing the name put a freeze on most of my production, which is just starting to get back in motion now. Joyfolie will continue to operate as it has, in that shoes will only be available in sets of a dozen at a time and items will probably sell out right away, as they have been.

However, I am offering a few hundred item tonight: the Blithe jacket, Cala dress, and Lila belt/headband that will be available for purchase at 9 pm tonight CST. {I have quite a few additional pictures to post before then.} I don't expect to sell out in one night, but I never know for sure.

There are two things I really love about this site. One, is that it is all dynamic: the front page, the category slide show, and the rollover text can all be changed. So, the look of the site will evolve with new product sets and seasons, keeping the look perpetually fresh and more fun to shop. Second, the site has excellent inventory control. Since my company's inception, it has been a struggle to keep items in stock. I needed a site that could showcase my products, but still accommodate the problem of perpetually fleeting inventory. So, when you shop, pay attention to the "in stock" number. I do have about 2 dozen items that are currently in the site; though it is a bit of a scavenger hunt to find them! In fact, some of these items sold before I even got this announcement posted.

As I have before, I will announce via Twitter and Facebook when I will list new items. I am working on shoe orders in the thousands, but I endured a major setback due to the name change. However, I am planing on 500 clothing/accessory pieces in August. So, have fun perusing the site and come back and tell me what you think.

Also, a special thanks to Lisa at Moxie Pear who not only adeptly handled all of my unique needs, but dealt with the particularities of my design tastes with professionalism and kindness. Thank you, Lisa, you did a wonderful job!!!
Monday, May 10, 2010

Flowers, Giveaway, and an Update

Time flies, does it not? In After the Fall, Arthur Miller wrote, "The word "now" is like a bomb through the window, and it ticks." So quickly the time goes by. I know you have been waiting patiently for information on the ruffled jackets, dresses, sash, and launch of the website. I have news!

Sales will start on the jackets, cream dress with sash, and more on Thursday at 9 pm, CST. If you are just visiting for the first time, my items {formerly Mia Joie} tend to sell very quickly. I will have a few hundred clothing pieces available at that time, so I don't think I will sell out right away... but I never know for sure. My website will launch before then, so you can read the product description, view pictures, see pricing, etc. The exact date of the launch is yet to be determined.

In addition, at long last, I have a $2 Giveaway for you! $2 Giveaways are something I started a long time ag,o and they just stuck around.... it may be a product sample, an extra of something I made for a gift, something I made for my studio... anything! Today I am offering a little bag, great for make-up, love notes, treasured photos, or any other random sundries. I have a line of women's textile necklaces, and most of those will come in a simpler version of this little pouch.

I also have the Casia Belt in three colors. It features a hand-cut flower with beaded center on a chocolate brown elastic band which is stretchy and can be worn around the waist or as a headband. Band measures 15.5," but can be made smaller if desired. Colors available are fuchsia, pale pink, and red. Each band comes in a labeled fabric bag. You can see an additional picture here on in the previous post.

Available for Purchase Later Today....


Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

Wishing a wildly happy Mother's Day to all the Mom's out there!


and a very special happy Mother's Day to my own Mom! -----------------------------Photobucket
Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Blackberry Patch

Robert and I stumbled on a wild blackberry patch going on a walk with the kids last week; here are a few photos...




Sara {one of our Joyfolie staff} with my Mia, when we returned to the same spot for a product shoot a few days later. You can read more about her and others on staff here. I'm so very tired and have been keeping the oddest schedule, burning the candle at both ends. $2 Giveways, product sales/availability are coming very soon...
Sunday, May 2, 2010

How Mia Joie Became Joyfolie

Before I begin with the why and how of the new name, this story should start at the beginning...

Our family made a cross-country move shortly before the time I was pregnant with Mia. It was a difficult transition, not only because I lost so many dear friends all at once, but also because that particular time in my life felt fraught with struggle. I don't remember how far along I was in my pregnancy, I just remember soaking my pillow with tears wishing that the season of my life would change and asking God for just a little more joy. At that moment, Mia stirred inside me, and I felt God say He was answering my prayer through Mia. It was in the context of that prayer that I felt certain that Joie {the French word for joy} was indeed the perfect middle name for Mia.


The moment Mia arrived in the world, photo by my dear friend, Tasha, of Homesade Photography.

Two years later and under the threat of a lawsuit, I was explaining to the chief operations officer of Joie clothing that, yes indeed, Mia's real name was Joie. Whether or not I feel it is my legal right to keep the name Mia Joie is a different story and not integral to the one I am telling today. For a variety of reasons, I felt the wisest decision was to change my company from my daughter's name to something else.

I researched, read, brain-stormed and came up with a small list of new names. I found that I tended to favor names with a pretty lilt and integration of a short French word "just hard enough to say to intimidate the masses." {I'm joking, by the way, but I do love that quote from Fraiser.} One by one, my first choices were all ruled out, whether the dot com was not available or the trademark had too much plausible risk. In the end, Joyfolie was the most rational choice, not only for the two reasons mentioned previously, but also because it was memorable and easy to say. Joyfolie, pronounced like the common word "joyfully," is a play on words: "folie" is the French word for madness. I thought it was fitting, as children are a joyful madness {or at least mine are!} So, too, creativity often comes in a joyful and insatiable frenzy.

So, I signed off on the new name, but admittedly with reservations. It was a rational decision, devoid of the complex emotional attachment I felt to Mia Joie. Shortly after sending and filing items for the new name on-line, I stumbled on an old journal entry dated more than 5 years ago. In this entry, I had just read the story of how Moses fashioned a snake to heal the people. {For a better context, read Numbers 21:4-9} That night I had a dream that I was making little, happy stuffed animal snakes clearly intended for children. {This is especially strange considering I didn't even own nor know how to operate a sewing machine at the the time.} Anyhow, in this dream, I brought these happy little creatures before God and asked Him how to make them. His reply was, "Go to Calderon, you will find confirmation there."

I don't know about you, but I never dream made-up/unfamliar words. At the time, I remember running the name through Google and finding nothing of consequence, though search engines were a lot different back then. Shortly after I finalized Joyfolie, I came across the aforementioned journal entry and googled "calderon" again. The first result was a quote by 17th century chaplain and playwright, Pedro Calderon which read: "Love that is not madness is not love." It shifted the concept of madness from one of being wild and crazy {though children most certainly are that!} to the joyful, beautiful, maddening irrationality with which we love our children. It's a small thing, I know, but it gave me that confirmation of God's sovereignty... that God knew the course of my life before the legal battle, before Mia Joie became a business, before Mia was even born.

And so, Joyfolie my business has become.

Joyfolie Giveaway!


To celebrate the transition of my business name from Mia Joie to Joyfolie, I am offering a giveaway! I will select not just one, but two winners who can chose any shoe design in any size! That's right, the winner can chose any shoes of Mia Joie/Joyfolie ever made or pictured in any size 1-8!* Not only that, but for the next few weeks I will be offering several random $2 Giveaways!

So, here is how you can enter:

*leave a comment {1 entry}

*tweet it {1 entry)

*follow Joyfolie on Facebook {2 entries}

*make a blog post {3 entries}

That's up to 7 entries per person! PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT FOR EACH ENTRY IN THIS POST!! In addition, check back for lots of fun $2 Giveaways not just for little ones, but women as well. Entries will be accepted until midnight, Friday, May 21. The winner will be announced Monday, May 24th. Please free to use the photos {now right-click enabled} to help me spread the word that Mia Joie is now Joyfolie!

*Winner's selected shoe style may need to be altered slightly if not all materials are readily available. I would like to include boy shoes in the giveaway, though I have not made boy shoes in a while. So, if the winner should desire a boy shoe, they can choose size and color preference, but for the overall design, I will have carte blanche. As you use my photos, please be sure to keep the Joyfolie logo in tact and link back to either this blog or the Joyfolie facebook page.




Saturday, May 1, 2010

Brunch and an Update

It's a balmy, lazy Saturday. Robert and I had a late breakfast at home on the porch: a deconstructed carbonara of sorts with poached egg and herbs from my kitchen garden, apple turnovers, blackberries, melon, mint. I miss cooking. Some days, when my small children are older and hopefully less messy, I will have more energy for it again. Anyhow, I thought I would write this quick post to say that the new name is almost here! Timi and I were up collaborating until 4:30 am on Thursday night/Friday morning. We probably could have launched then, if I could have stayed up another hour. Of course I am quite biased, but I think you will find it worth the wait.... do stay tuned :)


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