I’ve been making neckties out of secondhand shirts for almost two years. I remember tearing apart shirts and neckties in my previous studio. I’d piece together new items with the constant question of “Who the heck did this belong to?” (see above) running through my mind. Occasionally I’d find notes in the neckties- BLUE […]Read more "Remembering Your Loved Ones With Heirloom Accessories"
Recently a bride brought me the remnants from the gorgeous pink Vera Wang wedding gown she’d be wearing on her big day. The fabric was gorgeous and we joked about how her seamstress didn’t want to change the gown- but I was more than happy to get my hands on this beautiful fabric! We decided […]Read more "What To Do When You Have Your Wedding Dress Hemmed: AENDEE’s Upcycled Wedding Accessories"
Father’s Day is just one month away! I know- it’s crazy to be thinking that far in advance… but when you own and operate a custom necktie business (and dad’s day falls right smack dab in the middle of wedding season) it’s hard not to plan ahead! At the shoppe I’ve opened up custom […]Read more "Father’s Day Etsy Sale On All AENDEE Handcrafted Neckties"
I can’t quite put my finger on it but something about this little shoppe hit me like a brick this morning. I opened the door, took a single step inside and found myself all of a sudden super sentimental. Like, embarrassingly choked-up-teary-eyed-sentimental. The kind of almost unjustifiable state of emotion where, when you catch yourself […]Read more "Something About This Little Shoppe"
Spring is here… finally! This past winter was admittedly brutal. I’m not sure if it was the severity of the weather or just the length of the season but the first few days of warm weather have resulted in people going just plain bonkers up here in Fargo. The necktie shoppe has kept me […]Read more "Spring Product Photo Shoot for AENDEE Neckties"
At the height of wedding season and with Father’s Day just around the corner I figured it would be a great time to introduce a new product to my line of upcycled accessories. These cufflinks would make a great addition to your handmade wedding or would surely wow as an awesome […]Read more "Handmade Upcycled Cufflinks – DIY Gifts For Him – DIY Father’s Day Gift"
It’s hard to believe that half of a year has already passed since moving into the new studio & shoppe on 8th street! Business has been going so well and AENDEE has evolved very organically into a multifaceted force for both sustainable fashion as well as a few other unexpected areas of intrigue. As I […]Read more "AENDEE introduces S.A.S.S."
I had the pleasure of working on a ton of incredible heirloom pieces over the past few months and have slowly been collecting the stories and photos to share! Here’s one of my most recent: In the fall a young couple brought in the sport coat pictured above. It belonged to the gentleman’s grandpa and […]Read more "AENDEE’s Upcycled Heirlooms"
Growing up my mom had a magnet on our fridge that had an illustration of a young girl vacuuming, “Don’t do whatever you like, like whatever you do!” it read. My mom has equipped me with quite a few aphorisms over the years (too many to count)- “Don’t put your happy key in someone else’s […]Read more "Do What You Love / Love What You Do"
I’ve been admiring everyone’s years-in-review, resolutions, and recaps and I’m not gonna lie, the thought of trying to sum up the past year seemed pretty daunting… no almost impossible (I’ve pecked away at this post for two days now!) but it must be done so let’s get to it!* *Before I actually start with the […]Read more "2013: From First Craft Fest to Full Time Crafter"
The shelves at the shoppe were just about empty after what was an almost unbelievably successful Small Business Saturday (holy heck, thank you all for your outlandish amount of support)! Before we get any further into this blog post I have to make a confession. It’s been weighing on me for a while now and […]Read more "A Festive Frenzy"
Last week was a pretty long one and by the end of it I was admittedly absolutely beat but I am also so incredibly blessed- and constantly reminded. At this very moment more than half of my custom orders are memory/heirloom pieces which means that I have the honor of deconstructing meaningful items of clothing […]Read more "AENDEE’s Heirloom Accessories: Tying It All Together"
I’m frequently asked how the heck I started making neckties. If you’ve followed my blog for a while you probably already know the story. (If not, you can read it here). To sum it up: it was the result of a completely chance commission a year or so ago. The rest is history (in the […]Read more "It’s Not All About the Neckties?!"
I tend to title my photos with names that are really useful to me when I go back into my files to find them (not true). The photo above is titled “Magician”. No joke. Sometimes I really do feel like a magician when I finish a tie though, and lately I’ve been feeling like a […]Read more "These Magic Moments"
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