Saturday, December 31, 2011

Vanity

I have been on the hunt for a vanity for quite some time now. But all the ones I have remotely liked have been $250 and up. (My favorite being a Rita Hayworth vanity look-a-like coming in at nearly $600) Anywho- I picked this one up for $10 on Craig's List. It needs some help, a cross bar is broken on the seat and the tops of the vanity are not original and covered with brown contact paper. Not to mention the LOVELY cushion, "curtains", and patina that is all over.

While at the local antique mall I also found a phone/magazine rack for $15. I thought it looked very cute there. I figured I could put all my hair books and what not in there.

Stay tuned for the finished product of the vanity.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

New Year Goals

New Year is quickly approaching and as I am bombarded with all these recaps of the year and what-not I have decided to set some goals, not resolutions, for myself in 2012. They are the following in no particular order:
  1. Wear more vintage in my every day endeavors. This is hard being a teacher because you get so dirty ALL the time and I need to be able to sit on the floor, tables, chairs, etc. But I will try!
  2. Sew more. It makes me happy. I need more happy in 2012! My goal- at least twice a week.
  3. Be healthier. I know, the normal resolution every woman makes. I would like to be smaller to fit into more vintage.
  4. Start selling my crafts! I make a mean cake-pop. Many people tell me I should sell them. I would like to start sewing swing skirts etc. for people.

I hope to reach these goals. Stupid work gets in the way. Well, not so much my job but all the STUFF that comes with it after hours.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas Spoils

I love Christmas. I adore seeing my family and finding the perfect gift for them all! This year my Dad got a gun, my got a Kindle, my sister chair rail and help to install it, my babe- a record player, vintage cufflinks/tie tack, a few sweaters, fun stuff for our fish tank, and a dead stock jacket. My aunt- gift certificates to our favorite thrifting shop! (She is the one who got me into thrifting! The world has never been the same). Rich and I got our traditional Viva Las Vegas Tickets and I got some super fun stuff! I got so much stuff it's amazing. I pulled the vintage gifts because those are the most fun to look at!

Buttons! My mum is always on the hunt for sewing things for me. These are some of the buttons she found:
  1. This is the entire collection

  2. These are some super interesting ones. Including wood, glass, and bone buttons.


  3. I love the card on these buttons.

  4. I think these are Bakelite. (The more opaque yellow ones...maybe the green ones). I am not 100%. What do you think?

  5. These are the carved wood, glass, and hand carved bone buttons from Nepal.



I also have a love for hats. I have a joke amongst friends saying I am going to bring hats back into the vintage scene here in Vegas. NO ONE wears hats! Anywho- here are the super cute hats! (They are kinda hard to photograph).


I also got some other cool trinkets like a powder conatiner and a vintage pattern wheel thingy (I do not know the technical term for it). Oh, and a pair of Remix Shoes!


I had to throw in some cute shots from the weekend's festivities. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a great New Year!

  1. Rich shooting...


  2. My sis and I visiting Santa...


  3. The doggies visiting Santa ...


  4. Our tree....


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Fabric Find

As I was joining the masses of people who had yet to finish their Christmas shopping I popped into a thrift shop (Saver's) and found over 9 yards of this fabric for $8. I am planning on making a play-suit. I REALLY want to make one of those corny matching outfits they had during the 50s. You know, the "his and hers" look. I do not think Rich would approve though! lol.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Skirt DONE on time!

I finished my Christmas skirt using the same pattern and my fall skirt pattern. I added some big red buttons. (My first attempt at drafted button holes!). I will post piccys of the skirt after Christmas Eve (the first time I will wear the skirt)!

I am now moving on to copying a simplicity retro 8879 pattern to make a muslin for my boyfriend. I am hoping to be done with the muslin by Christmas- here's to hoping. I will post pics of it when I am through.

**UPDATE** Below are the pictures of the finished skirt.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Thanksgiving Skirt

I have not posted on here in forever. The reason? I went back to work. Back to working until 9 at night starting from 6am.. blah blah. I just keep thinking, "Christmas is coming!" I would like to do a muslin of a vintage vogue dress and a suit for Rich. PLUS I would like to make a skirt using this super cute Santa scooter material I got.

Anyway, between the chaos I managed to make a new Thanksgiving circle skirt I wore out to our Thanksgiving dinner! Oh it was my first project I used my new serger and sewing machine on!

The Facts
Fabric: Cotton from Joann's Fabrics. $2 (it was their 50% off sale) a yard... 4 yards ($8)
Lining- None... I did wear a petticoat I purchased from mybabyjo.com
Pattern: McCalls 5811. I do widen the waist band substantially.
Year: It's a "new" pattern but lends itself perfectly to a circle skirt.
Notions: 7" ziper, hook and eye, iron interfacing for waist.
Time to complete: Under 4 hours.
First worn: Thanksgiving 2011
Wear again? Yes! I wore it to work :)