New Product! The Royal Canadian Mint money Tote!

Canadian Mint vintage money bag tote

The July issue of Chatelaine has featured a picture of my new line of tote bags.  They are made from vintage money bags from the Royal Canadian Mint.    I wasn’t expecting the magazine to be out to the public until close to the end of June so I am unprepared!!  (working on my clothing line)

The ones I had  pictured above  all just sold.  I am working on more right now,  and will be posting them to my online shop as I make them so please check back! My sincere apologies to those who have enquired in the past couple days.  For the time being they will  only be  available from my online shop.

please don’t hesitate to email me any questions  tracy@dearpony.com

Thank you everyone for your support,  feeling grateful.

Mobile Tutorial

mobile by Tracy Fillion

Paper mache tutorial by Tracy Fillion

DIY by Tracy Fillion

 

Supplies

 

taping the pieces together

ready to paper mache

screen printed tissue paper

ta da!

I just completed this paper mache mobile for my friends hair salon.  Her studio is a beautiful old space with high ceilings and windows, there’s a cute little nook in the store front window and she asked me to fill it.  This was a fun project that you could do for your kids room, art studio, garden…. and it didn’t cost me more than $5,  I had everything I needed around the house.

Supplies list

cereal/cracker boxes- I had to source these out from my friends because I wanted to make about 20 triangles.

scissors, tape, ruler, yarn,newspaper, white paint, flour, salt, paint brush, white tissue paper, fabric bits, fishing line.

First cut up your boxes into triangles,  I used several different sizes,  from 3″ to about 9″

I found it easiest if I cut all the flaps off the box, measured a line down the centre of the length then again down the centre of each half,  you can cut 3 triangles out pretty quick.

Once you have all the triangles you need-lay them down on the table -as in the second image of the tutorial (4th if you include the “glam shots”)  then tape a piece of yarn or string in a loop at the top- make a knot in the loop first- it stays put better. It’s easier to do it this way, then just fold it up into your 3 dimensional triangle and tape it up.

Next comes the paper mache part.  There’s lots of u tube videos on this.  I used 1 part flour and 2 parts water  and a couple tbsp of salt- I didn’t cook it or anything.  I’ve used watered down glue before and I much prefer the flour.  I used a little paint brush to apply,   first wet the surface with flour/water, apply the paper and cover again with the flour & water mixture.    If you want to do more than  one layer, let dry in between.

After the triangles were completely dry I painted all surfaces with white paint.

I then screen printed images onto white tissue paper.  I know most of you don’t screen print so I tested out some fabric and it worked great.  You can also draw or paint  on tissue paper,  or any thing else that would work with collage.

Paint a thin layer of glue- (you can also use the flour/water I’m sure but it looked slightly opaque so I used a glue that dries clear.)  apply tissue, fabric or image you’d like and press on gently to your triangle,  smooth out the wrinkles and add a thin layer of glue over top.

That’s it.  I used the fishing line to hang it from the ceiling so it looks likes they’re floating.   This was fun,  I listened to New Wave music making and installing these little guys,  spring has sprung!  If you make this I would love to see images,  please share them here!

 

 

noma shorts with vintage flowers

New Work!

8am top and the Trousers

August dress

Missoula top and Kiso skirt

Striped top, noma shorts and September dress

 

dear pony tencel july dress

July Dress

dear pony tuesday top and two way skirt

tuesday top and two way skirt

 

Linen constellations scarf

canvas tote bag

dear pony hello dress

hello dress

 

dear pony bike ride? top and noma shorts

dear pony

dear pony hokkaido pants and striped top

Dear Pony Fjord scarf

canvas tote with Missoula print

New work I’m quite excited about!  I had lots of fun putting this line together.  Online store stocked now right here.

 

Happy Holidays!

 

Thanks everyone for your conitinued suppor!   2013 was amazing and I’m very excited about the coming year.

Warm wishes and Happy New year to you all! Hope 2014 provides many wonderful surprises and great opportunities.

much love,  Tracy

 

winter is coming!

lost pines by dear pony

dear pony circle scarf

Lost Pines

I am buried in beautiful salvaged wool in the studio these days.  Making lots of mittens, scarves and these throws,  my favourites.  I’m rebranding this part of my line,  the new name is Lost Pines.  More images coming soon.

Recent press

A couple pleasant surprises this past week.

BC living featured 7 Canadian clothing brands,  including Dear Pony and

Lilikoi , another Nelson brand.

Here’s the link to the whole article.

7 Canadian Clothing Brands to Add to Your Wardrobe

Image by: Dear Pony

Dear Pony

Tracy Fillion creates her handmade pieces in her home studio in Nelson, BC. She uses primarily sustainable and organic materials in this feminine clothing line.

Fillion’s designs have a soft look to them, with muted colours and uncomplicated silhouettes. She uses simple prints of birds, flowers and branches on many of her dresses, tops and totes.

And not only does she produce accessories to go with your new top, but Dear Pony also has a small line of home accessories, like its Love Birds Ottoman.

 

Adria Vasil also featured both Dear Pony and Lilikoi in her Toronto based blog.

It’s such an honour to be in this company!

Great debate on cheap fashion vs. sustainable.

http://www.ecoholic.ca/summer-dresses/

 

Summer Drinks

Clcik on these links for the recipes and source of these delicious looking summer drinks!

from the top Rosemary peach summer fizz,  Flower water ( I couldn’t find the source,  basically fresh picked edible flowers mixed in with you ice cubes,  I think this would be great in a simple drink like  a vodka soda lime), Lemon Thyme soda, Sardinian blood orange mohito, Pineapple basil lemonade

3quilt

recent work

Portland

My husband and I went to Portland for 5 days last week. We had an amazing time,  the weather was perfect and the drive from Nelson was lovely.  We stayed in the NW area and having brought our bicycles we were able to ride to all the areas we wanted to visit easily.  The following places go on my must visit list.

Tasty & Alder for drinks and dinner

Toro Bravo for  dinner and drinks -you probably have to wait over an hour for a table. No worries, there’s a charming bar upstairs serving great drinks. To our delight there was an old rag time band playing in the room next door to this pub, the dance floor was packed with very skilled dancers.  We had to wait over an hour and half for our table, normally I would leave but was enjoying the band, the dancing, and the fancy drinks. This restaurant is worth the wait!

McMenamins Kennedy School  This has everything.

Deschutes brewery  serves fine craft beer and delicious meals.  They sell there homemade mustard. It’s fantastic.

Rogue Brew pub  I only drank IPA ‘s there, Wade tasted others.  They brew delicious beer.

I could go on and on about the street food, the coffee, music venues,  Powell’s,  bike riding along the river…..

Here are a few snap shots of the trip.