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Madame Seven's Gypsy Palace is a line of upcycled vintage clothing, jewelry & accessories. Madame7 is also a DJ, multi-media artist, writer and chef.

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Some of the inspiring things I saw today at the Northwest Fiber Fusion show, evergreen state fairgrounds. I am so fortunate to live right up the hill from this wonderful resource. I am nuts about fiber arts such as felting and weaving. I just had to learn more about where the various fibers come from and how they get from animal to their workable form as yarn or roving. I could not visit all of the vendor booths because I only had an hour. I also had very little money to spend so I got a small amount of alpaca and angora fiber to play with. It may be felted onto stuffed animals, turned into puppet hair, woven or felted into something wearable. Whenever I have time to take on a new craft, that is. I have a bad habit of stacking myself with too many full plates. First things first: finish what I started. By next year, I hope to be incorporating raw wool into my wearable art pieces. #fiberart #felting #alpacas #countrylife #polymath #textilearts #needlefelting #artistsoninstagram

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I am willing to bet you didn’t know that Gypsy Palace also has an apothecary and I have been making incense for years. I didn’t think anyone cared so I kept it to myself. But how could I know if anyone was interested if I didn’t get the word out? So here’s the word: along with the sewing studio, the apothecary has gone live this week. Now, I just need to find my old recipes and start making my blends again. This is what I have left of the visionary blend, in the nicest packaging I could muster with my laser printer and scissors. (The printing is not grainy as it looks in the photo, I just had to edit it pretty heavily in this app). It will be in the Etsy shop by November for holiday gift shopping. So now you know. #incense #handcraftedincense #apothecary #magick #spellwork #priestess #wicca #visions #scrying #ritual #ritualmagick #dreamworld

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This costume commission motivated me to activate my sewing room so it’s like I’m getting paid double. The headdress portion of this costume is being created in the other workshop. I wish I could have all my materials and work stations in one building, but that’s gonna require some serious cash to make possible. Anyway, this gothic ball gown is something I made for myself years ago out of a 1980s style bubble dress. The shawl is made from three layers of gauze and printed tulle. And just wait til I finish the spider headdress. I worked until 4:00am and that’s enough for one day. Just had a nice session on my foam roller to put the good curve back in my neck and spine. Good night, witches! #goth #gothic #pvcdress #reconstructedclothing #upcycledclothing #nowaste #halloweencostume #costumedesigner #costumer #blackdress

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I have waited four years to put this poster up. That is how long I have been without a functional sewing room. Everything else has jumped in front of the garment construction aspect of Gypsy Palace until now. Motivated by a costume commission, I am now activating this space. A year ago, I made a space in the middle of a pile of materials to make someone a costume, but I still didn’t set the room up properly. This poster of Adam Ant in an outfit that has largely inspired my design style instantly turned this room from dead space to live space. I’m super excited for what is to come out of these machines and those massive bags of clothing I have to reconstruct. Stay tuned for festival season 2019, I’ll be ready this time, and with something unlike what all the other designers will be telling people to wear at Burning Man or Coachella. Oh and by the way, here’s a little secret just for my Instagram followers: I’m taking over management of the Hippy Raver website and designing a line of rave and festival clothing and accessories for that label. This is huge—and I’ll be seeking other designers once the site is up and running again. So somehow I will he managing two businesses and caring for five acres of land with no guaranteed income in sight. I’ll need your support to keep me sustained once I’m operating at professional level. #fashiondesigner #festivalfashion #edm #edmlifestyle #rave #boho #bohemian #gypsystyle #artistsoninstagram #couture #ravecouture

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This may have been the best chili I’ve ever made. Not only the best vegan chili, the best all around. I used the last of the soy chorizo, blackened it in the pan with onions, peppers and butternut squash. I added three kinds of beans, veggie stock, tomato paste and some chopped tomatoes. Ancho chili powder, coriander and cumin spices and pink salt. It was delicious topped with vegan cheese and coconut yogurt. Normally I would eat two bowls of this, but I’ve cut my portion sizes in half so I will refrain from going for seconds just because it’s tasty. I lost another pound this week. Gotta stick with what’s working. #veganmeals #veggiechili #veganchef #plantbased #veganweightloss #coconutyogurt

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I took this photo at a small Halloween rave back in the 90s. We didn’t have smartphones back then so this was shot with an actual camera. It’s up on the wall in my workshop. #halloween #ghouls #goth #rave #darkraver #costume #photography

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Process photos of Halloween costume headdress I’m making for a friend. I’ve never done this before so I’m just wingin it. I can’t meet with her to try it on for a week but I have to keep working on it anyway, or it won’t be done in time. I’ve made it flexible so we have some wiggle room in the fit. #costumedesign #headdressdesigner #artistsoninstagram

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Sometimes you just gotta improvise. Unless you’re me, then it’s all the time. I’ve been commissioned for a Halloween headdress and all I’ve got to build it on is a small styrofoam head which falls over easily. I needed to anchor it somehow so it could hold up not only the headpiece I’m going to build, but a thick beanie and heavy wig to make the head match the size of the person who will be wearing it. I started with a large tuna can, thinking I would weight it with nails or rocks or something, then duct tape it to the head. But in the shop I found this steel conduit box full of rusty wire staples which I’d pulled out of some old fence panels and surely would never use. The best thing about it is the little holes in the sides that I could use to anchor the head with wire, in addition to glue and tape. This thing isn’t going anywhere now. It does rotate more easily with the slick tape over the bottom that covers the sharp metal. I’m an hour into the project and haven’t even started the fun part. But now I have this very functional form for future pieces, and not a bad looking display. #designer #accessorydesigner #headdress #halloweencostume #spidercostume #artistsoninstagram #fashiondesigner

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Tofu scramble with homegrown taters, peppers, chives, greens and oyster mushrooms I foraged from the forest i live in. Now, if I could just push myself through the resistance of learning how to make tofu, this would be a 100% homemade breakfast. #plantbased #veganbreakfast #tofuscramble #veganweightloss

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I found dinner on my own land today #oystermushrooms #wildfood #foraging #mushroomhunting #harvest

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Is it cutting wheat, meat and dairy out of my diet, or regular sauna use that is giving me this glow and youthing my skin? I’m pretty sure this is not what a 49 year old woman’s skin usually looks like. #growingyoung #vegancleanse #ageless #ifeelfantastic #glowingskin #sauna #gymlife #30morepoundstogo #plantbased #glutenfree #glutenfreevegan #nofilter #imserious

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Vegan chorizo taco salad. I skipped the tortillas and got my carbs from a bit of potato instead. The white stuff? Coconut yogurt made with kefir culture. #vegan #vegetarian #veganmexican #vegantacos #plantbased #veganweightloss #imnotstarving #1400calories #radiantskin

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New animal stash jar, a custom order for a friend. I’m still kind of learning how to do these so that’s why I don’t have any in my #Etsy shop yet. Each time I make one, I get better at it. So YES in time for holiday shopping there will be tiny furry animal stash jars. Or you can order one if you have something in mind. #420 #pinkfluffything #stuffedanimal #plushies #stashjar #putyerweedinit #orwhatever #etsyseller

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Halo top makes dairy-free ice cream, didja know? I think it’s just as good as coconut bliss, made with similar ingredients but is lower in sugar. This whole pint has only 280 calories. My only issue is they don’t use enough cacao flavor. It’s pretty weak tasting for a chocolate flavor. I admit I have pretty high expectations for chocolate things. #vegan #dairyfree #vegandessert #veganicecream #plantbased #chocolatelover

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Total indulgence in fried food tonight: agedashi tofu, green beans, butternut squash and potatoes in a vegan batter. I don’t bust out the deep fryer often, but when I do, we go full-on and fry everything we can find in the fridge. The tofu is rolled in cornstarch with a little seasoning salt. The batter was made with gluten-free flour, cornstarch, baking soda, salt and carbonated water. Our dipping sauces were soy-vinegar-chili oil-agave, and then a masala-spiced ketchup mixed with vegenaise. Now I feel greasy all over. Still, no meat in my body for almost a month and it feel pretty good. #vegan #veganrecipes #veganmealideas #tofu #friedveggies #squash #plantbased

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I made this stuffed critter from a bunny ruby drew when she was in preschool. Then it somehow got moldy, but we decided we like it even better that way. So now it is on the wall in the studio. #weirdstuff #kidsart #moldybunny #stuffedanimal #bunny #artistsoninstagram #creepy #spooky #rabbitsofinstagram

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