A few days ago I was lucky enough to have breakfast at Leslie Kelly Shockley's desert dwelling and master garden. Shockley is the inspired creator and upcycling designer of Tea With Iris. She creates children's and women's clothing along with an assortment of homegoods - from pot holders and bibs to bags and picnic blankets.
"I find fabric and then want to do something with it," says Shockley. And she does! A vintage 1950's linen tablecloth becomes the Phoebe, a sleeveless shift top that's perfect for coming warm weather. Her children's line is adorable with new girls shirt dresses made from men's shirting and spring daisy dresses. Her model and muse for the children's line is her own daughter, Elle.
Also fitting: Shockley sews all of her work on her grandmother's 1958 Singer Slant-O-Matic sewing machine. Her work is fun, fashionable and best of all upcycled, recycled and reused. It's a stylish way to save the planet!