I can’t believe it’s been a few months since I last posted! I’m actually pretty ashamed of that. It seems I get on a good role and then it all falls apart. There’s always a good reason, but it doesn’t make me feel any better about it.

So where the heck have I been?

The past few months I’ve been diligently working through a small biz program here in London. It’s been a lot of work but worth every minute. That’s where I’ve been and that’s where I will be for awhile yet.

It, more than anything else, has been helping me get things on track so that I can launch The Naughty Gypsy as my full time business! I’ve been participating in workshops that teach me all sorts of wonderfully useful things, like how to provide better customer service, etc; I’ve written my biz plan, a huge undertaking that I’m excited to finally have done; and now I’m getting ready to launch this baby!

I will be posting details about the launch soon (once I get it all figured out!).

In the meantime stay safe and enjoy the beautiful weather!

Peace, love and naughtiness,

Laura Lee

 

 

 


This week Operation Shuffle continues with a look at my new-old sewing desk. If you’re not familiar with Operation Shuffle you can check out the first two posts here (part one) and here (part two).

Now onto today’s scheduled program…

I’ve very lucky to have a dad who can make wooden furniture. When I was a child he made book shelves, a computer desk, a sewing desk and a hobby desk for our family home. The pieces were scattered amongst family members and now, many years later I’ve collected all of them together.

While I love the furniture it’s not really my style or in my colours. And let’s face it, after 30 years the furniture has a few nicks and scrapes. As part of Operation Shuffle I’ve painted, covered, and/or fixed almost all of the pieces. Most of them are now part of my sewing room.

Let’s take a look at the sewing desk…

Sewing Desk Before

I had already taken the desk apart when I remembered to take a before pic. This is the left stack of drawers before painting. The drawers were made specifically for a seamstress so they are measured to perfectly hold scissors, threads, etc. This makes keeping things organized so much easier.

Sewing desk before 2

The right hand stack of drawers before painting.

Partially painted drawers. Since my theme is black and white I painted the main body of the desk white, while the drawer and door fronts were painted a deep midnight black.

Partially painted drawers. Since my theme is black and white I painted the main body of the desk white, while the drawer and door fronts were painted a deep midnight black.

Sewing desk painting white

The base units get a fresh coat of white paint.

Sewing Desk After 2

The finished desk! I covered the top of the desk with felt. The next step is to top it with a 1″ thick acrylic sheet. The acrylic will provide a hard working service that won’t easily scratch and I can secure instructions, photos etc. under the acrylic for easy reference while sewing. There’s the added advantage of being easy to clean so I can remove any stray paint or glue.  The acrylic is pricy though so I have to save up for it. For now I have a sheet of clear vinyl covering the felt to keep it dust free and glue free.

Sewing Desk After

I’m not completely happy with the handles. Handles are expensive to replace, especially when you have so many! For now I painted them to match the theme of the room. They will probably be replaced in the future.

Sewing Desk drawer contents

A rainbow of colours to play with! All the drawers are organized so I can finally find what I’m looking for.

Sewing Desk how I sew

Most days this is how the desk really looks! Right now I’m creating outfits for the upcoming Fashion Against Bullying Show. If you come to the show you may recognize some of these scraps!

Next time on Operation Shuffle I’ll show you how I organized my fabric stash!


Because it’s time for a bonus post! Woo hoo!

Okay it may not be as exciting as you think. Your level of excitement will all depend on whether or not you like surveys.

I’m really hoping you like them.

As you may know I do custom sewing for a growing clientele. My specialty is custom clothing in your size, style and kink! I’ve been doing this part-time for a few years and I’d like to take that next step and turn it into a full-time career. BUT, I need to do market research to see how feasible it is.

So I’m putting the call out to all my friends, followers and fellow kinksters! The link below leads to a short survey. It should only take about five minutes of your time and it would help me a great deal. Please also feel free to share the link with anyone you think may be interested in this kind of service.

While your name and email address are not required, if you choose to complete that section of the survey you will be entered into a draw for two tickets to the upcoming Fashion Against Bullying Charity Show (for those who are local) OR some Naughty Gypsy products (for those of you that are not local).

Thanks in advance to all who participate!

Peace, love and naughtiness,
Laura Lee

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1p7E01TZmc6fHQPcbF9…


I was bullied.

There, I said it, and it wasn’t too hard.

Maybe that’s because these days admitting to being bullied is not as difficult as it once was. Nowadays there is so much awareness (almost hyper-awareness) of bullying that you can’t go long without hearing about it on the news or reading about it in the paper.

I was painfully shy when I was younger (those of you who know me  will have a hard time believing it – but it’s true). I’ve always been the bigger girl, clumsy and awkward. My favourite nickname (please note the dripping sarcasm here) in school was Hubba-Blubba, a clever mash-up of my last name, the bubble gum and blubber. Charming, eh?

I was bullied in grade-school, mostly left alone in high school, and then bullied again in a previous workplace (I’m not going to say which one so don’t even ask!). It seems to be part of everyone’s life. The more people you talk to about it, the more people admit to being bullied. I don’t think I’ve encountered an individual whose life hasn’t been touched by bullying. It’s an epidemic.

Thankfully, over the years, bullying has come out of the closet. Victims are speaking out and communities are standing against it. But we need to keep this movement going until it’s gone.

To help the cause, I’m proud and excited to present:

Fashion Against Bullying (FAB) Charity Fashion Show

On Friday, April 19, FAB Poster2013 ProjectBE and the not-for-profit organization GET REAL are publicly taking a stand against bullying through the Fashion Against Bullying (FAB) Charity Fashion Show.

Presented by Rick Renaud (ProjectBE), Chris Studer (GET REAL) and Lili Caicedo (Lil Rumor Fashions), the FAB show aims to create awareness for bullying by bringing together fashion, media, music and entertainment under one roof for a night of fun and networking.

The night’s festivities will include a wide range of models and individuals who have had been bullied at one time in their life. The FAB show will feature unique fashion designs from: Holly Nastoff (Holly’s Lingerie), Laura Hubbard (The Naughty Gypsy), Lili Caicedo (Lil Rumor Fashions), Linda Deveau, Mark Aguilar and Nicole Nikataa-Fash Snobelen. Body paint artist Jake Stan (Insio Design) will showcase his work using artistic models. The Jean Machine and Corner Consignments will be providing clothing for the show. This team of creative individuals comes together to combat bullying through fashion, dance, and song.

The event will take place at the Aeolian Hall (795 Dundas St.) from 8:30pm to 11pm (doors open at 7:30). Tickets are $10.00 each and are on sale now at Aeolian Hall or by calling ProjectBE at 226-268-2766. All monies raised will be donated to GET REAL, the not-for-profit organization. You can learn more about the movement at http://www.thegetrealmovement.com/.

MEDIA

If you’re interested in doing a story on this FABulous event, please use the following press release and poster. We have a limited number of complimentary tickets for media, so please contact me if you plan to send someone to cover the event. All media enquiries should be directed to myself at info@naughtygypsy.com or via phone at 519-281-4557.

PRESS RELEASE FAB Fashion Show DOC format

PRESS RELEASE FAB Fashion Show ODT Format

FAB Poster


Last fall I had the pleasure of hosting my very first Naughty Gypsy photo shoot. From the bottom of my trunks and drawers came costumes I’d created over the years. It was a fabulous day (albeit cold) to get together with friends and family for the shoot. You can read about the shoot and check out the behind the scenes photos in this post.

But without any more delay here’s the results of that day. Enjoy! (They look a little blurry in the post so be sure to click on each picture for the high quality version.)

The Cloak

Pink Black Lingerie 2

Pink Black Lingerie

Purple NG

Blue Fairy Costume

Mad hatter

Purple Alice

Sher Wedding Dress

Forest Archer Full

Green Fairy 2

Cigarette Girl


Organizing a sewing room, or any craft room for that matter, is tough. With crafting comes many bits and pieces. We crafters and sewers have more little tidbits, fabric stashes, etc., than anyone else! Getting – and keeping – it organized is a constant battle.

Let’s start with storage for all those bit and pieces.

I recently inherited a used CD bookshelf. I don’t own a lot of CDs so when I first saw this shelving unit I thought, “I don’t need it. Let’s donate it.” It was my boyfriend J who thought it might be useful to organize craft and sewing supplies in my studio.

I admit I was more than a little sceptical. With such short, narrow shelves I couldn’t picture the end result, but with a little planning I ended up with a storage cabinet that holds an enormous amount of items while not taking up too much space.

Let’s take a look at the before:

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Just a regular CD storage unit. As I mentioned the shelves are narrow so I’m limited to what I can use them for. Or so I thought until I hit my local dollar store. I found a number of basket and jars that fit nicely on the shelves, which could then be covered and used to store the many little items and supplies that need storing.

Here’s what I came up with. Not very pretty but full of storage goodness! Visual appeal can be added.

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For the baskets, I removed the handles, painted the inside either black or purple, and covered the outside with black/white wall paper before putting the handles back in place. I left the glass jars as they were. (The only trouble I had was removing the stickers from the lids. I tried every tip and trick I found on the interwebs with no luck! If anyone has any suggestions please pass them my way.)

I’m quite pleased with the final result and I can’t believe how much stuff this little unit holds! It really is a power house storage unit and I would recommend any crafter short on space to consider a project like this. I’ve used this unit to separate and store elastic, binding, grommets, beads, buttons, belting, jewelry making supplies, bondage hardware, and a hundred other items.

CD Bookshelf AFTER

Every jar and every basket is organized. Below is my jar of grommets. Just think of all the corsets I can make with those beauties. (Especially now that I know I have them!)

CD Bookshelf jar contents

Below beads are organized in the basket. Now I can see what I have at a glance.

CD Bookshelf Basket Contents

The top of the CD shelf is another prime storage area. Here I recycled cat food cans using the same wall paper used to cover the baskets. Now all of my markers, paint brushes, glue sticks, pencils etc. are stored neatly. When I’m working on a project I just grab the can I need!

CD Bookshelf shelf above

Next time on Operation Shuffle I’ll share what I did with my sewing desk. Stay tuned!

Peace, love and naughtiness!


It’s my pleasure to welcome Michelle Gram as a guest writer for The Naughty Gypsy Women’s Group! About once a month Michelle will be posting a new topic on the NGWG’s Facebook page and I’ll be adding it here on the blog so everyone can share the love. Although I’ve just recently met Michelle I can tell that she is a fabulously strong woman and I can’t wait to hear her thoughts, ideas and opinions! Welcome aboard Michelle. ❤ And without any further delay, here’s Michelle’s first post:

Love yourself like you love others. This is what I ask of you today and all days.

Womyn tend to be very nurturing. Many of us want to make others feel warm, welcome, safe and supported. Which is wonderful! It is nice to extend a little TLC to our fellow humyns.

When it comes down to it though our energy bank can run dry. Whether caring for an aging parent, juggling children and career, or helping a friend in crisis if you are making more withdrawals from your energy bank than deposits you will get in BIG DEBT; emotionally, physically, spiritually. You might get physically sick, lose patience or even lose yourself.

Don’t get me wrong, I love that we ladies love to love and we get it back but I am asking you to love you too.

So I suggest we carve out a ‘party for one’ datenight. Run a bubble bath, take the camera out to capture some beauty, pick up that paintbrush; whatever helps you recharge and do it just for you.

It can feel strange at first to do something just for yourself but part of loving yourself is taking care of yourself.

Go ahead, indulge a little. Turn off the outside world and just BE the amazing you you always are. No strings attached.

I myself am about to make a tea!

Viva la vulva and other affirmations,

Michelle.

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