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February 25, 2014

February Inspiration

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Maybe it’s because of the long, grim winter but I am really craving color right now.  My landscape right now is just grey, grey, and more grey.  Dreary.

So February’s inspiration is all about tones, hues, and highlights!  Enjoy~

Images Courtesy of Art of Animation, Met Museum, the Sartorialist, and Vogue Mexico

Images Courtesy of Art of Animation, Met Museum, the Sartorialist, and Vogue Mexico

February 17, 2014

Return to the Windy (Snowy) City

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So I’m finally a) back from visiting my wonderful family in Texas and b) over the terrible airport-flu I caught.   (I’ll spare you the horrible travel details, suffice it to say that my flying experience was everything you could dread and then some~)

However, it was all worth it because … I brought magnificent stuff back with me from lovely (mostly) sunny Texas:

My new belt~

I searched all over for a belt like this last year and the year before, only to have everything be sold out!  So how lucky was I to find it in an antique store outside of Austin?  Pretty darn lucky~

My awesome brother got me this fan for christmas.  It’s gorgeous!

I’m going to have to figure out how to display it properly (more on that later) but it was the cutest present~

 

June 11, 2013

Textile Love: Embroidered Handkerchief

Look at this awesome thing I found!

What I love best about embroidery; it’s artwork you can touch~

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And this one is so fantastically detailed, with multiple techniques.  I just needed to take it home so I could love it~ (I bought it fyi, so that’s ok~)

Extreme embroidery close-up!

Extreme embroidery close-up!

Just looking at those tiny stitches makes me really admire the work and craftsmanship that went into making this.  You can really tell someone loved their work, and had an eye for detail.

 

May 9, 2013

May Gift Guide

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Just in time for Mother’s Day! (and anytime, gifts are always good~)

How about giving textiles this year?  I found some lovely embroidered doilies at an antique market, which I framed and hung on my wall; but this would make a wonderful one-of-a-kind gift.  You could use embroidered handkerchiefs, scarves, doilies, all kinds of textiles.  Just buy a nice colored matt and pop them in a picture frame.

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Know someone with wheat allergies?  The gluten-free iced lemon rounds cookies from Trader Joe’s are delicious and gluten free (hint, I gave them to my mom for Mother’s Day!)

Stamps!  Useful and pretty, the Post Office has some really lovely stamps which would make gifts you can use.  The only downside?  Your giftee will know exactly how much you spent.  I recommend giving them in a really pretty box or gift bag…  Or buy a sheet and frame~

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And I know I’ve recommended this before, but hand-made gifts are the best!  Shop your local galleries and little boutiques for bowls, jewelry, scarves, stationary, anything made by an actual artist.  Who doesn’t like something unique?

April 29, 2013

Textile Love

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I love vintage textiles and handmade things.  So, of course, I adore hand-embroidered handkerchiefs~  (I inherited one from my grandfather; a lovely soft thing, embroidered with his initial).  So when I saw a little white on white handkerchief at the antique store with a tiny R on it, I pounced on it!  And got a few more, too, why not?

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The initialed pieces are called monograms, and white thread on a white background, like this, is called whitework.  This handkerchief has floral and fleur-de-lis embellishments.

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This one was just blue and pretty, so why not?

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Embroidery is a fascinating artform, (where else can you find art you’re supposed  to touch!) and here’s some more information, for those interested~

April 24, 2013

DIY Spoon Earrings: 1 of 3

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I’ve been wanting to try making spoon earrings for a while, so when I found a small set at an antique shop, I knew they were perfect for my next project!

I’m chopping the spoons into three parts, for three different projects!

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However, chopping them up wasn’t the first step.  So let’s go back to the beginning.

First, this is a tool intensive project.  I bought a Dremel, and I would recommend having one of these, although you could substitute a hacksaw and some sanding blocks for most of the project.  Also, you will need an anvil, a hammer, a vice or clamp, various sandpaper grits, and most importantly SAFETY GLASSES.  I cannot stress the importance of the last enough, especially if you are going to use a Dremel.  It’s all fun and games until you have to go to the emergency room and have bits of metal dug out of your eyeballs!

Step 1.  Texturize the spoon with the ball end of your hammer.  As you can see in the above picture, I dapped the bowl and handle, but left the ornamented part alone.

Step 2. Clamp the spoon to your worktable with the vice, or a clamp, and drill holes.  I was chopping this into three, so I drilled three holes.  The first is in the base of the bowl, the second at the top of the bowl, and the third is midway down the handle. (just a note, you may need a different collet size to fit your drill bits)

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Step 3: Chop ‘er up!  Clamp the spoon down and use the wheel bit on your Dremmel to make cuts at the appropriate places.  Remember that the spoon will be HOT, so don’t touch right away.  Or wear gloves like a sensible person. (which I didn’t~)

Step 4: Sand/Grind.  Sand away the rough edges, either with a sanding block or the grinding bit on your dremmel.  This will leave you with some rough scratches, use sandpaper to smooth.  Start with rougher grits like a 600, and work your way down to smoother grits, like a 1500.

Now you have the parts, it’s time to start making the earrings~

Project 1 will utilize the bowl of the spoon.

Here’s what you will need.  Headpins, earwires, focal beads and your dapped spoon bowl:

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My focal bead is a lovely dyed shell I picked up at a bead shop here in Chicagoland.  The bowl really reflects light, so this is a great project to emphasize a colorful bead.

Insert the headpin into the bead, then thread through the hole at the top of the spoon bowl.  Bend at the top of the bead allow the bowl to hand vertically.  This will kind of look like a zig-zag.  Then put a loop in the top and wrap the remaining wire around, and attach to your earwire.  Voila!

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These earrings are a little heavy, so beware if you have delicate ears~

April 18, 2013

Changing Seasons

Transitions have really been on my mind, lately.

It’s been a full month since I’ve posted last, and the seasons have finally gone from winter to spring.  I’ve packed away the parka, and pulled out the raincoats.  Just in time, it’s been pouring for two days.

It’s also been a season of funerals, I and several of my friends have had loved ones pass.  So condolences and my thoughts are with all those who have lost family today.

With all that in mind, here is what’s inspiring me for April

Courtesy of http://forestsonriverdaughter.tumblr.com/

Courtesy of forestsonriverdaughter

I love this sweater, I have one just like it that I picked up at the Goodwill near where I work.  It’s absolutely my go-to sweater, I wear it every week!  I really love the soft comfort of the sweater paired with the color/texture and formality of the skirt and heels.  Really lovely.

December 8, 2012

Blog Love!

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Wow, I haven’t had a blog love post in a long time!  But this blog is awesome-sauce!  Fashion From Old People is brought to you by a truely talented and exceptional artist! 

This just makes me happy everytime I see it!

This just makes me happy everytime I see it!

The artist gets inspiration from actual historical costumes.  tumblr_lciuexh6dT1qf7tkao1_500

December 3, 2012

Five Best: Fall Thrift Store Finds

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Ah, vintage, my not-so-secret passion~  Chicagoland has great vintage and thrift shops!  They key to great thrifiting is to a)have some idea of what you want and b) if it thrills you, buy it!  So here are my five fall favorite thrift purchases:

1) Leather Trench: I was looking for something with a little 9th doctor flavor, and I found this awesome leather trench last year, whilst shopping with the always awesome Ll.  She is, of course, the guru of thrifting, and had a coupon too!  I discovered that the lining was ripped when I got it home (always a risk with thrifting) but I sewed up the tears and haven’t regretted it!

2. Banana Republic Cardigan: a basic black Silk/Cashmere blend of perfection!  I don’t know who donated this item, but bless you!  It went to a good home~63992b43b7cc87a6f914f969b6109013_best

3. Tommy Hilfiger Knotical Print Button Up: This was perfectly tailored, fit me right off the rack with no alterations.  I can’t tell you how rare that is.  And such a cute print!

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4. Grey Loft Trousers:  comfortable, versatile, and a size smaller than I usually wear: perfect~  This is one of the pieces I purchased for my new-dress-code wardrobe, and I probably wear them twice a week.

5. American Eagle Pointelle Sweater: an unusual a-line sweater, this is thin enough to work really well as a layering piece.  I loved it so much I bought it in two different colors: grey and purple! I love the subtle texture of the pointelle knit.

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Some notes for thrifting: keep in mind what can be fixed and what can’t.  For example, mild pilling can be removed with a pill comb, major pilling is a pain, so decide how much time you want to spend “fixing” something before you buy.  Simple alterations can really make your secondhand treasures shine!  But if it needs too much work it will just languish in the fix-it pile.

September 30, 2012

October Wardrobe Evaluation

It’s a new month, and this October I am determined to finally do that complete wardrobe evaluation I’ve been talking about.  You know, that “I should really clean out the stuff  I don’t wear…” and “If I could just find the right ~thing~ my closet would be perfect!”

So this month, I solemnly swear, I’m going to completely go through everything I own and weed!  And make a list of stuff I need! (Look, I rhymed!) Seems a little overwhelming, but I’m going to break it down into categories and do it a little at a time, so I don’t go nuts.  Or more nuts, I’m already a little twisted~  At the end of the month, I’m going to take a bag of stuff to the goodwill.

So here are the categories:

Outerwear

Hats & Belts

Scarves (yes, it deserves its own post!)

Jewelry

Tops

Jeans

Underthings

Shoes

I can do this!  (I may need a little more encouragement)

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