Monday, March 28, 2011

Introducing: Liamolly

The Liamolly Spring 2011 collection contains some of the most gorgeous sweaters I’ve ever seen.




Each piece is a work of art.
 
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“Impassioned by a recovering New Orleans, liaMolly supports sustaining local communities and developing earth-friendly, organic practices. We draw from the creative energy found in collaborating with local artists and craftsmen - aspiring to humanize fashion and elevate comfort clothes to the sublime - buttery yarns and heirloom accents. We want our sweaters to be affordable and to be sold in neighborhood boutiques so that people can grow their local economies.” excerpt from the Liamolly website

 
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Certainly, I have a new inspiration.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Discovery: Plumberry Vintage

I adore flea market shopping.

I always find the most interesting things at flea markets.  But I can’t go to the market all the time, so in the meantime I turn to Etsy.

And Etsy led me to Plumberry Vintage!  Here is a lady who has taken her time to amass quite the collection of all things vintage.  And I do mean all. 

She’s got so much stuff here…

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There are so many things to look at; I could spend all day browsing this shop.  Just like at the flea market!  The only thing that’s missing is that musty smell that those places always have…

Let me know what interesting things you find!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Discovery: Classic Retro Glamour

I have been growing my hair out for some time now, and it’s only getting longer.  My long-term plan is to eventually donate it to Locks of Love – did you know every hair on every hairpiece they make is inserted by hand? – but in the short-term, here the hair sits, atop my head.  What to do with it in the meantime? 

The best thing about having long hair is the fancy up-do.


And there are so many!  I found this great series of video from ClassicRetroGlamour.  This lady shows you her methods for nearly any vintage hairstyle you would like.




I didn’t really need any more ways to distract myself from work, but that is what I have found here. 

I promise to show you my finished up-do, if I’m able to pull it off.  The lady in these videos makes it look easy, but I have a feeling that’s only because she’s had practice.  Please, let me see what you come up with!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Discovery: Downton Abbey

Yesterday I began watching Downton Abbey

Everything about this series is beautiful.


The story begins in April of 1912, just after the sinking of the Titanic.  It chronicles the lives of an aristocratic family and their servants at a time when the social lines that divided the upper and lower classes were fading, and a new middle class was beginning to rise.  It is a well written, enticing script that depicts the rising, falling, and dividing of each class group with equal emotion and force.  And the scenery is amazing.  But, naturally, it’s the clothes I want to talk about.


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You can’t tell from the angel of the picture, but in the bottom-right photo she is actually wearing pants.  A kind of turn of the century all-in-one evening jumper!

I love the elegance of everything here.  Each dress flows with the women’s bodies and gracefully highlights their natural movements.  The evening dresses look elegant and comfortable, like walking around in a cloud of silk.

I want to create an entire wardrobe based on this show.
 



If you have more to add, please, let me see it!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Project: Framed 3-D Artwork

Over the years I have amassed quite the collection of crafting books.  Most of them are specific to knitting, but there are a few that are full of crafts that have no real purpose other than creating something with your time.  There is a lot of fun to be had with such projects, so I’ve decided to go through my book collection, creating and sharing all along the way.

Presenting artwork in amazing 3D!


This project comes from The Big Ass Book of Crafts by Mark Montano.  This book is full of fun things to make, and I especially recommend it if you are looking for some interesting, cost effective ways to decorate your space.  Many of these projects can be done with common household items, and all of the supplies used in this book can easily be found at your local craft store.

Now, I didn’t follow the instructions exactly on this one, which is ok.  Variation is one of the wonders of crafting!  I’ve listed the steps I took below in the hopes that it will inspire a version of your own.

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1. I wasn’t terribly concerned with what the frame looked like, so my main criteria in picking one out was to spend the least amount of money as possible.  This one cost me three dollars.

2.  In my living room there is a framed vintage drawing of three birds on branch, so I decided stick with that theme for this picture, too.  I drew up quick, rough sketch to guide me along my way.
 
3.  For my project I used decorative card stock that can be found at any crafting store, but any kind of paper would do.  In any case, every detail of the picture had to be cut out piece by piece.

4.  I started out by laying down the frame and the branches in the places I wanted them, and once I had that settled I glued it all into place.

5.  I glued on each leaf, then followed it up with the 3D details.  I made the birds and flowers appear 3D by creasing the petals of the flowers and the wings and tail of the bird.
 
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Lastly I hot glued some plastic beads onto the center of each flower to add some sparkle to the 3D effect. 

I plan on making a few more of these to cover the white spaces on my walls, and I’ll make sure to share them with you.  I hope you do the same!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Introducing Keely Smith

She had a swinging style to match her sound…

When I was in high school a friend of mine gave me a Best of Louie Prima compilation album, and I loved it.  In every song Louie was swinging, horns were blasting, and rising above it all was the vibrant, melodic voice of Keely Smith.

She was the “straight man” of the act.

I really enjoy this series of videos.  The dresses she wears keep grabbing my attention.

Even when she didn’t sing, she brought the style.

I was inspired by her look, so I put together a virtual wardrobe I thought Keely would be proud of.  Here are a few of the beautiful things I found:



I consider ballet flats to be an essential wardrobe item, and I truly love the Bird Cage necklace.  Clean, simple designs tie everything in this collection together to create an understated, graceful look, and that is just what I think of when I see Keely Smith.

I think she would wear these clothes.  I know I would.  If you find anything you would like to add to the collection, share it with us!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Discovery: MouseTrapVintage

There are so many wonderful things to be found on Etsy.com.

Today I was browsing said website when I came upon MouseTrapVintage.  It’s a delightful little shop with a wonderfully eclectic vintage inventory.

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Starting top left and rotating clockwise: Oak Leaves pumps, Dern Bears vintage salt and pepper shakers, Charlie Chaplin paper mask, vintage wooden cigarette case

These were a few of my favorites items, but there was so much more to look through.  The owner of this shop, Sarah Hunt, clearly puts a lot of time and effort into gathering together some of the most unique and attractive vintage items.  It was a delightful find!

Etsy.com is full of wonderful things and well put together shops like MouseTrapVintage, and I plan on sharing all of my findings with you.  I would love for you to do the same!
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