Thursday, May 20, 2010

Sunshine, Rain Droplets, and Travel

This week my grandparents flew in to visit us, but mainly to be here for my brother's graduation this weekend. That's means there will be four down and three to go (yes, there are seven children in our family, and we love it!). Much of our time has been outside doing yard work, dodging spring showers and thunderstorms.

These are bleeding hearts from one of my plants that didn't get hit by frost earlier this month.

For the next two weeks I'll be in the state of hot weather and southern accents, also referred to as Texas. Never been to it, let alone been down south (unless you count southern California, where we lived for a number of years, as "down south"), so I think it will be interesting!

OH! And I forgot to menton earlier this week that there is a 10% sale going on in my etsy shop this week ending on Saturday, as I already mentioned that I'll be gone for the following 14 days or so, and the shop will be closed during that time. Just thought I should say something. =)

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Regency Dress in Blue Toile

Up late finishing and posting another Regency dress on ebay. This one is in a lovely blue toile-looking cotton. ::sigh:: I do wish I could keep it!

A Dress like Jane Bennett

Perhaps not an identical match, but I do say that if you add a light blue sash to the waistline, you just might be mistaken for Jane Bennett!
Finished late last night and put up on ebay this morning, you can see more pictures and details here!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Anthropologie Inspired

Okay, so never mind about what I mentioned last week about taking a break from sewing. This week I am forcing myself to find time to sew.

It's been fun too. =)
Just before my chicken noodle soup for lunch, I finished this Anthropologie inspired peasant blouse. By no means to I care for some of their items, but they usually have some aMAZing blouses that are unfortunately way beyond my buget!
I did some free-hand embroidery on the sleeves, there is vintage rick rack in the front and back, and remember those vintage mother of pearl buttons? I sewed them on in front. You know, just for that finishing touch.
The blouse is in my SHOP, as is a more simpler one with lace peeking out at the hem.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Tip of the Day

You may all laugh with me as I make a post this evening. Especially in reference to my previous post. But I rediscovered how much time one has when a body gets hit with three different aliments in one day. One blessing? Lots of resting, tea, and reading.

Tonight as I was washing my black dressy shirt from being worn when I played in a wedding last weekend, (it has taken me this long to hand wash it ... yes, I've been THAT busy) I remembered a tip that came from one of my sisters sewing friends (thankyou Elizabeth S.!). Have you ever washed items, especially polyesters, to only find that the underarms still have a "left over" smell? The friend gave us the tip of spraying vinegar directly onto the area(s) and then washing as normal.

Tonight I happily found that it works!

Thursday, May 06, 2010

A Notice of Neglect

Once again, a super-busy season of life has descended upon me, and as you all have noticed no doubt, my sewing projects have dwindled quite a bit lately. I'm beginning to find that I have little time for blogging and it will probably be like that for sometime, so until next time, have a delightful spring!

(Will I still update my etsy shop? Oh yes! You may depend upon it! It be not be a steady supply, but I do have some things like aprons and peasant shirts waiting to be sewn, so keep your eye on it.)

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Vintage Pretties

Yesterday Mom and I went antique looking/shopping, and these are a few pretties I pick up for a grand total of just a few dollars. Who can resist mother of pearl buttons, anyway?

And isn't this the sweetest little coat?! I'm guessing 50s or 60s, maybe?
Take a look at the fabric, and ribbon detail on the collar! Did I mention that it is lined, too?

The greatest purchase of the day, of which my dear mother got before I could make claims on it, is this lovely oak bookcase. She and I are the readers in our family, and though my collection is swiftly growing, she has books on her closet shelf, on her walk-in closet floor, on the floor in her bedroom, and on half of the bed! Yes. She needed it more than I did.

It may not be real old-old, but when you can't get oak wood for as cheap as the glass enclosed bookcase was (and did I mention that it was on sale too?), why who could say no? And yes, this picture was taken as we were putting books in. She still has a vast majority of books that we couldn't squeeze in.

She'll just have to get another bookcase.