Sunday, July 31, 2011

A much idolized artist of mine
cellar door

an especially girlish post . [SM]

here a just a couple of my favorite things.

Honey & Sugar face Scrub/Mask .
 An especially thrifty and beautiful friend of mine once suggested this to me and when I finally got around to trying it, I very much liked the results.
I did equal parts sugar & honey, it is quite a nice compliment to any longlong bath. & far more delicious and inexpensive than it's chemically competition. 

Triple Butter Soap, Sandlewood, & Patchouli [my undying favorite].

& slightly unrelated but equally loved...

Why, feathers of course. 
tied in hair, sewn into a sultry dress, on the wall, at the end of the chain around your neck, any place is sweet enough.

oh, isn't it obvious. 

Thursday, July 28, 2011


For my dear friends in PA,

while my husband & I are here in town, I am offering my services to complete your daunting little sewing tasks. 
[hemming, patching, altering, or simply rearranging and gussying up your old, tired things.]

In return I'll be asking about $10 for an hour [with an hours work minimum, if possible]

a few guesses on how long various projects may take::
sewing on a button or two  .  10 min
Jeans  .   1/2 hour for a pair
Simple dress hem  .  45 min
Taking a dress in  .  1/2 hour for pinning, 1 hour to sew
formal dress tailoring  .  2-3 hours [depending on what is needed]
[my favorite thing to do] Redesigning & Gussying  .  1-4 hours

I realize this is not very definitive, so if you've got some things you need mended and such, or something you're just not quite ready to give to goodwill,  just call or email me & I can certainly give you a more accurate number. I do believe I can honestly commit that there is no task to big or small & I am looking forward [nearly ecstatic] to work on these new projects.

Sara Marie Thompson  .  434.942.6300
 ["attn: SM" or "alterations" in the subject line]

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

the natalie dress

here is another little peak of what sorts of things are to come very soon on our ETSY.

perfectly suited for the perfectly short.
[or a nice shirt for the woman of a more "lengthy" stature]

Size Small & lined with The Beatles.

love you natalie .

Monday, July 25, 2011

uniquely complimentary .

us two are quite different. however, quite well suited I think.

 leftSABLE     &     right, SLATE.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

nearing absurd

I should say, it's well past time for me to invest in a dress form.


... this is getting ridiculous.

. signed SM;  the one whose sanity is slip, slip, slipping away with every pin that goes into my rear by accident.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

project for Whitely Marie.

As I was making tshirts a few weeks ago for the band I came across one little tank that immediately brought my lovely sewing partner to mind. [She is after all one of StarlineDrive's best dressed fans, to be sure.] Well, after much procrastination I have finally finished it, and as I stitched the last of the crooked stitches for her I decided it might be fun to put together a little 'how to wear me' illustration book to send along.

for you,   a little taste of what 'Slate&Sable' have brewing up,
and for Whitely Marie,   a preview of what is soon to find it's way to her doorstep.

For your viewing pleasure;     Tiny Tank, Illustrated. 

[note: the use of suspenders in daily life is highly suggested by these two]
[yes, it is quite a good practice, I do believe.]

yes indeed, we wear our tags on the outside.


Meet the Artist, Sara Marie.
The SABLE portion of this collaboration.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

the honeymoon room - saramarie

For 31 days we had been living from a couple of suitcases. and even a few after that. in fact, the story that has made ours a summer of moving is quite a long one.  thus, in short...
we have finally made it to our semi permanent home [of most likely two months]. and in this house full of brothers, one of which being my husband granted, I have put many a thought into how to make our room a lovely little place for us [& me] to be.  a haven of sorts.
it so happens that this house is the one where my husband lived while we were engaged, AND where we planned to land when we were wed, until other plans landed us in Virginia. So you can imagine that this house was left behind and sealed in a way, full to the brim with all my musings of housewifery & new inloveness. A mystery it is almost unbearable to wait upon.

surely more romantic days are having us now, as we galavant around with our shabby suitcases and many guitars. free finally of a few of those things that took us away from this house to begin with.

it is certainly an unusual, desirable irony that our new leaf will start us in the same house.
we are back in the honeymoon room. & I've just painted it to my [ecstatic] pleasure.


the workspace

the borrowed machine. [mine is stubburn & ever on the fritz]

suitcase in for a nap

the process of painting


Sunday, July 3, 2011

                                          Fit for kings & queens.
Marriage is like taking a lifelong course in communication studies, or being a full time zookeeper. -WM