a little makeover

melody and samantha hard at workAs part of the launch, we’re going to give this blog a little makeover! Nothing too drastic (it will still look like the website you’ve come to know and love!) but we’re going to try some new things with organizing and posting. It should be fun! Here’s a picture of Samantha working on it this evening (I look rather surprised in this picture, but I think you would be, too, if you could see the lovely things she’s coming up with!).

See you later!



a little peek into the future

It’s a beautiful, sunny August day in Melody Valerie land! For your viewing pleasure, we thought we’d give you a sneak peek at one of the dresses to come in this year’s fall/winter collection.

Sneak Peek!

We’re going to launch in about two weeks—yes, that’s all! Melody and Samantha are still conferring as to the exact day, but we’ll let you know as soon as they’ve decided.  Until then, you’ll know what we’re up to—sewing, writing ads and doing photoshoots!

Stay tuned for more sneak peeks and updates as the Day Itself approaches! You aren’t going to want to miss this collection, trust me!

Talk to you all later,


Boxes Galore!

new studio 024Thank you everybody for your well-wishing comments on our last post! The move was very smooth, and I can already tell this studio is going to be much better than our old one!

new studio 030We had hoped to be all unpacked by this point — after all, we got in here on Saturday, so we’ve had nearly a week!  But Melinda and I decided that we should go through all our things before we put them back…and then we decided to repaint our cabinets, as they are looking very scruffy indeed. (Lisette and Samantha are heading up the painting commission. Right now I think they are going for a sort of yellow, to match the soft browny-green walls… but they have to sand everything before they can even think about painting, so it will probably be a little while yet before we can unpack!)

Anyway, that means that we are still living out of boxes. But Melinda squeezed in some sewing today (the very first here!) and Kirsten and I did a photoshoot with the boxes. And today the internet men came and hooked us up! It’s nice to be back…

Talk to you later,


And, we’re back!

But only for a minute. Turns out they’re not going to be able to turn on the internet at the new place until the middle of next week sometime, so I’ve snatched this precious moment online to let you know the reason for our continued silence…

Nearly all the things are in the new studio, but we still have to finish cleaning the old one before we can move out for good. I would have taken a picture of all the boxes in the new place, except that I couldn’t find the camera! So, here is something else pretty for you to look at:

Arundel Castle

(This is Arundel Castle, in England—it’s one of the places I want to go someday. I think it’s simply beautiful, and I love the arched windows! Go see  for yourself: http://www.arundelcastle.org/_pages/03_visitor_info.htm)

And hopefully we’ll be back later in the week with pictures of our own ‘castle’!

See you then,