Hi All,

Thank you for your years of patience. Life has led me down a long winding road, through a master’s degree and on to a PhD. But I long for my blogspot to record my findings, doings, and makings… But it seems I have grown out of the wild tonk. Not the Tonk herself, she is happy, healthy, and very hairy.

So I would like to introduce you to my new blog, Collect Create Circulate. The content will be similar, but I believe a little more refined from my earlier years on the wild tonk. I welcome you and hope you will find something of interest on the new blog. Today is day one of the rest of my blogging life.

Lots of thanks and best wishes,

Erin Myone and The Wild Tonk

 

Hi All!

With a successful sales weekend at Aggiefest, I am back in business online! I have manged to post a good majority of my jewelry online today and am very excited to share it with all of you! Please visit my etsy to take a look! My Etsy Shop.

Things are greeting pretty busy at the donut shop! Aggiefest is in full swing with live concerts all over the ‘ville. But I got lucky and landed in the sweetest spot in Manhattan, Kansas, Varsity Donuts!
This little shop is bursting with adorable sugary sweetness from the classic Otis and Opal donuts to the bicycle rentals! Of course my pretties fit right in! All of the sparkleys and sweets are a total crowd pleaser!
Be sure to stop in for some sugar and shine, this weekend and check out some excellent music here in the little apple!

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Getting busy prepping for Aggiefest this weekend in Manhattan, Kansas! This Friday and Saturday meet me down in Aggieville for some jewelry and handmades, as well as donuts and live music while I set up shop in Varsity Donuts! Joining me in Varsity Donuts will be ceramicist Nate Cunningham! Other artists will be set up all over the ville, and over 80 bands will perform throughout the weekend at many local venues! Can’t wait! See you soon!

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We all have those friends, you know the ones, the kind that you have so much in common with that giving them a gift is actually difficult because you are certain they already own it (or a better version).  My friend Allison is one of those friends.  We share a lot of interests, and the ones we don’t share are things I know nothing about to make an informed gift decision. One thing that we are always surprising each other with is music. We share similar tastes but seem to visit different sources when we are looking for something new.  This said, there is always one interest we can feel safe gifting to each other either formally or informally.

Recently we discussed Gotye, you’ve probably heard at least one of his songs on the radio (“Someone that I used to know”) we both were on the fence. We try to avoid a lot of the radio songs, and pride ourselves on our good taste… So when I happened upon a Gotye music video, and then another, and then another I became somewhat obsessed and Allison was the first person to know.

Gotye’s videos tell more than the music itself does, but once you’ve seen the videos you get hooked and suddenly all the songs sound different. Different in a good way… I bought the album on Itunes and set about spreading the good word, “Gotye”.

I burnt a few mix cd’s and amply spread the Gotye among some other favorites, deciding that subtle is better. I then remembered seeing a post online on how to make your own cd “cases” out of paper and decided to give it a whirl. Most of the instructions call for 8.5 x 11″ paper, but I wanted to work in some random scrapbook paper that I had hanging around which happened to be double sided. The paper is originally double-sided 12 x 12″ by K&Company, but I began by cutting it down to 8.5″ width and chose to leave the remaining extra inch in the length direction.

When I cut paper I prefer to use a rotary mat and rotary knife and not a standard paper-cutter, I’m sure some quilter’s are cringing now. Relax, I keep two rotary knives –one is for textiles the other is for paper. I seem to have a better handle on rotary tools than I have on paper cutters when it comes to getting a clean straight edge. This is all the cutting that will occur during the project.

The standard cd size is 4.75″ diameter, however you do not want to make the cd case too tight so it’s bet to work a bit larger. I begin by scoring the paper lengthwise 1.75″ in on each side, this can easily be done by drawing a line and carefully folding the paper, or if you have a nifty tool like the Scor-it mat it’s a breeze.  When I use my Scor-it mat, I set the distance between the paper stop and the score bar just beyond the measurement to make up for the tiny bit of lost space when the paper is scored, so around 1.8″ instead of 1.75″.

After scoring, proceed to fold both edges in.

Next you will score/fold the paper horizontally across the folds you just made. This time you will score it 3.5″ from each end, then also fold these in flat.

The next step is the tricky part. Tricky to explain and a little bit tricky to manuever. Working from the bottom of the paper you will repeat the next step on both the right and the left to create a cd pocket.

Begin with the fold just made horizontally across the previous lengthwise folds.

The horizontal score across the 1.75″ side flaps, will be turned out to align with the outside (lengthwise) fold.

When doing this you will create another diagonal fold (across the 1.75″ side flap) and the 3.5″ end flap will stand upwards towards you like the side of a box. (Do both the left and the right).

Now fold the bottom end flap (that is standing upright) flat against the central square. Again by doing this you will create another diagonal fold across the 1.75″ side flap.

This will create a pocket for the cd to slip into, protecting it on the left, right, and bottom edge.

To finish, dog ear both the left and right corners on the top flap. This will make it possible to slide the top flap into the cd pocket, sealing it closed like an envelope and protecting the top edge of the cd.

I like to finish mine with a little washi tape for pizzazz, but this is entirely unnecessary as the pocket will stay closed on its own.

I made a decorative cd case for each of the mix cd’s that I wanted to share. Finishing the package with a bow from a sewn bias tape tie made of Anna Maria Horner voile fabric.

Lucky for me they fit perfectly into a recycled Birchbox from my monthly beauty deliveries.

But by this point I was having so much fun I decided to dress up the box too. I recycled part of a Hammerpress card for the central portion and used another washi tape to attach it. Then drew random geometric lines moving outwards from the washi tape card. (Hammerpress is a local Kansas City print studio, I adore their work and was sad when I originally messed up the inside of this card, but was excited to give it a second life as a customized gift box.)

So there you have it, an impressive little DIY gift for your favorite music lover. Even if she doesn’t love all of the music, opening each cd will be like her own private holiday!

Day Two of My “Free People” Final Project Blog Post.

A little more information regarding the basis of the project, after studying the trend reports for Spring/Summer 2012,  I focused on Cinematic as my theme using a color palette that is reminiscent of late summer evening light.

 

Today’s ensemble is a trio of tasty layers:

 

The tweed knickers feature short front and back waist darts and pleating around the cuffs.

 

The corset is a combination of goldenrod colored silk, layered with a deep plum sheer weave, with front hook and eye closures.

 

And the lace-knit crop top features a shallow scoop neck and rolled sleeve cuffs.

 

This completes my constructed garments for my “Free People” collection. 

Special Thanks to my excellent photographer Allison Mendoza and my very talented model Claire.

Another semester nearly finished.  This semester’s final project became a culmination of trend reports for 2012 seasons, available fabrics and one dream company, for me this is “Free People”

 

The dress and the necklace are mine.

 
Claire in the Amber Necklace

Look For a Second “Free People” Post Tomorrow

Dress and Necklace Are Original Designs of Erin Myone.

All Photography by Allison Mendoza.

 

The previous post was written when I made the whirlwind decision to change my life and move to Manhattan, Kansas from Kansas City, Missouri with hopes of returning to graduate school, and of course to be nearer my new love.  Lol, he is still my new love, but now he is also my husband!  It’s something we weren’t able to explain to those who haven’t felt it, or been there, so a lot of people didn’t at first understand, and some still don’t.  But we love each other and could not imagine any part of our lives not being connected, when we met my whole future changed, and for once in my life instead of being cautious and unsure I jumped in whole-heartedly.  Lucky for me, he was right there with me.

This may surprise some people, but in all my life I have never had a dream wedding and the more weddings that I have been a part of in the past few years have convinced me more and more that my wedding would need to be simple, small, and inexpensive.  Who knew that underneath this strong urge for all things attractive, pretty, and interesting there was also a very practical girl!  We decided on the weekend after Thanksgiving in hopes that more of our family members would be able to attend the ceremony, and also that we would have the ceremony in the local Art Gallery, The Strecker-Nelson Gallery,  conveniently owned and operated by the Mother and Father of the Groom.

With those two big decisions out of the way, we went about some of the other essentials such as deciding on flowers, clothing, and food.

A collection of my Inspiration Images, Using Billyballs, Succulents, Kale and Greentricks carnations.

I decided right away I wanted a local flower and gift shop, ACME,  to do the arrangements because they utilized interesting flowers, plants, and unique arrangements.  After visiting the shop to discuss possibilities we settled on the main portion of my bouquet being made up of yellow chrysanthemums, green tricks, billy balls, and kangaroo paw.  The table arrangements would feature kale and billy balls, and Eli would have his own little billy ball boutenir.  Unfortunately the golden cocks comb, and the succulents would be out of season, and therefor very expensive.

We both love the hand printed style programs and really enjoy the typography and compositions offered by Kansas City’s Hammerpress Studios, but decided we wanted to try to create our own cards in order to save a little money.  I worked diligently on Adobe Illustrator to create our two-sided flat cards, the front with all of the necessary keepsake information, and the back being a fun little crossword puzzle to help both of our families break the ice and get to know each other a little better.  I printed the “programs” at home on my standard color printer using cardstock from Papersource, and then rounded the corners with a punch, one by one.

“Catering” has never been easier for any bride and groom.  Our loving families actually supplied the meal, a potluck reception, carefully planned to even offer a few vegetarian dishes.  The menu looked delicious but Eli and I were both concerned about the amount of waste materials we would be creating by serving on paper/plastic/styrofoam dinnerware, as none of us really wanted to manage all of the dishes.  My mom being the super solver of the internet world located two wonderful companies that provided us with Birchware silverware, literally eating with wooden forks and spoons, and seventh generation recycled napkins and paper plates.  The wooden utensils were a big hit and fell right in line with the overall feel of the ceremony, also allowing us to remove the guilt associated with most disposable dinnerware.

We tried to keep as much of the ceremony expenses to local vendors or small artisans as possible, ordering lemon cupcakes and cookies from my hometown bakery, yet decorating them with edible wafer butterflies from the etsy shop SweetDejaVu.  My dress was by a small design company featured at an even smaller boutique Colfax Market Femme in Midtown Kansas City, costing a whopping $72.00!  As I mentioned before, I have never had a dream wedding, or a dream wedding dress for that matter, so I took my shopping partner’s (Eli’s) word for it, it was perfect.  I took liberties to pair it with a pair of BCBGirl heels that I had purchased a few years prior, a pearl strand necklace from my youth, and a new feathered hair piece by Kaang on etsy. And as for our rings Eli and I utilized Lawrence local boutique Goldmakers, settling on rough cast silver rings, mine being  a set of three each set with a different stone, yellow sapphire, tourmaline, and a pale blue topaz.  Our photography came together as a kind collaboration between our numerous family members passing the camera around and my good friend and exceptional photographer Allison K. Mendoza.

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It’s been a while, and a lot has happened… As it should.

In late June I visited a dear friend in a small locale of Kansas and unexpectedly fell in love with a man I met that evening.  From there everything went into a quick frenzy of activity.  After a few weeks of traveling the two hours back and forth each weekend, and my desire to begin grad school, we decided I would relocate.

At this point, I am living in Manhattan, Kansas home of Kansas State University and am enrolled in one course this fall with the goal of beginning grad. school for my Masters of Science in January 2011.

My apartment is a small “hobbit hole” basement with exposed limestone and pine paneled walls, complete with an under the stair “Harry Potter” style storage space.  I have yet to finish the arranging of furniture or hanging of art, but when I do there will be photos.

My studies will focus both on the application of my fibers/textile undergrad  degree by learning methods of flat patterning as well as draping, while also examining the marketing and production side of textiles and apparel with a direct focus on fair trade, cooperative productions, and ecologically friendly processes.  I am excited about the socially responsible direction I am taking as well as the new understanding of apparel design.  This semester will be a study of pattern-making and garment design, my posts will most likely reflect that (I am also contemplating a fashion blog combined with sketchbook, not very original as a blog, but as far as submitting it as my sketchbook for the course it shows a different level of initiative.)

I have a variety of projects that I am working on as well as planning for this fall and winter and look forward to sharing those with you.  Currently, believe it or not I am finally finishing the anthropology inspired knit capelet project.   A new spray paint and stencil wall art is forming over the top of a long forgotten painting.  And I am also beginning work with a dear friend on a fabric line, poor thing she is waiting on my life to settle down before we push ahead.

Regardless, I am off to do homework as well as unpack.  I have left my studio space to be the final frontier of unpacking, I sadly report that my space has shrunk and I will have to get creative on how I can use it.  In the meantime, this is what you have missed, my fault not yours.

Amy and Victor were married in Salina, Kansas on June 26.  I made them a simple paper-cut card,  Amy’s response “What do you do all day sit around vomiting creative things, that’s what I expected.”

A Simple Papercut Wedding Card.

I designed and sewed this new Kindle cover, it features Amy Butler Fabrics, a Hand quilted exterior fabric and a small interior pocket.

Designed and Sewn by Erin Myone.

Hand Quilted Exterior.

My Simple Father's Day Papercut.

Miss Tonk

My Bike Caroline, being fixed up with new accessories.

Can anyone tell me what type of flower this is?

I illustrated and hand embroidered this on a baby onsie.

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