Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween

Hello All
If you haven't guessed life has been frantically busy for me this fall hopefully it will slow down some and I will be able to return to blogging.  In the mean time happy Halloween to you all.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Confessions of a Pinaholic: Sew This (pattern)

Hello hope you are enjoying the end of your summer.  I know I was trying to milk the most out of mine as I go back to work on Monday and am soon to be too busy to enjoy it as much as I have been.  It has been a while since I have posted and I have lots of drafts of post I just haven't bothered to finish (I know bad blogger).  Today I thought I would finish this post.  One of my favorite boards on pinterest is my Sew This (pattern) board.  When I first started pinning it was a catch all for all my sewing interest but as it got fuller I started to separate out tutorials and needle work.  I can't promise you won't still find some of those items on this board but I can tell you it is full of lovely patterns from the past.    Above is lovely Hollywood pattern for a 1940s dress.

I love this 1950's wiggle dress with the side swag cummerbund.

I have bee thinking of making myself a 1930's evening dress. I found out the local history museum is having speak easy night on my birthday so I thought a 30s evening wear would be a good choice s my husband will want to wear a tux.  I have no evening dresses as I have always been more of a day dress/ cocktail dress kind of gal.

 1930's Simplicity Dress Pattern

 Ann Adams 50's Shelf Bust Pattern,  I love Mail order patterns they are just too cute.

Separates are a big part of my wardrobe.

If you want to see more here is a link to my pinterest board, Land'O'Lakes Gal: Sew This (patterns)
Notice I changed my pinterest name for the sake of privacy as I teach high school and well I like to have some privacy from my students.

thats all folk, Susan

Saturday, August 3, 2013

confessions of a pinaholic Flamingos

Happy August Everyone, so my pinterest boards just hit 1000 followers.  I thought I would celebrate by sharing this board with you.

So if you didn't already know this about me I love flamingos. I mean I really do so much in fact that not only is my yard decorated with them but so is my kitchen.  My flamingo pinterest board has over 200 pins.  They range from photographs of real flamingos to plastic pink flamingos and everything in between.

It was really hard to choose just a few to share with you but I did it so here they are.  If you want to see more here is a link to the board. flamingo board

 I love chenille bedspreads and well this one would be my top choice!!!

OK this dress I pinned myself from etsy (it is still for sale at a measly $60) I would buy it but would have nope hope of ever fitting into it.  So pretty!!!!!

OK how cute is this fascinator!!!

 I am a total sucker for these mid-century ceramic flamingo figurines.

Don Featherstone the creator of the pink plastic yard flamingo.  I was reading something recently about his wife.  Apparently she sews him fun flamingo shirts and makes herself something to match.  How cute is that!!!!  Way to go Mrs Featherstone!!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Taking your Measure(ments)

OK so I thought I would post this really cute video made for Able Grable clothing staring the adorable Miss Amanda Lee. I don't think I could do anything close to this so if you saw my last post and you are not sure how to take your measurements watch this ( or watch it because it is well done and cute).

I hope that helps (yes Jenny I am talking to you).
Kind Regards, Susan

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Taking Measure

OK ladies I had something really surprise me this week.  I was getting ready to sell some of my vintage possessions at a festival (my house is busting at the seams) next weekend.  I was talking with a girl friend and she asked me if I would have anything fabulous she would love.  I said if she gave me her measurements I would let her know as I went through some of my dresses.  I was shocked that she didn't know her measurements.  Why was I shocked?  Well this lady has some great vintage dresses but she said she only buys them at vintage stores and events.

Why is it important to know your measurements?

  1. You can find some great deals on vintage shopping on etsy, ebay, or even on vintage groups on face book but you won't know how it would fit unless you take your measurements.
  2. Reproduction clothing can be fabulous too. Unless you live in California or New York you may not be able to find them locally in stores. How do you know it will fit? Well you could go off your size but really I find sizes can be inaccurate.  One companies six could be another companies eight.  This is where knowing your measurements comes in handy.  You will have a pretty accurate idea of fit if you know your measurements.  
  3. Buying clothing in other countries.  American sizing, European sizing and British Sizing are all different.  How will you know it will fit and save yourself a pricey return overseas.  Again most companies have a size chart on their website that will tell you in inches how their clothes will fit you.  So know your measurements and check the size chart.
  4. Even buying vintage locally knowing your measurements can help. I like to measure before I even try on I would have to rip a beautiful dress that has survived the last 50 or more years.  I like to measure before I ever step into a dressing  many vintage stores and sellers will even put the measurements on the clothes on display.

So ladies measure yourselves and shop vintage and reproduction with confidence.

Kind Regards, Susan

Friday, July 19, 2013

Garage Sales Finds

I have been a fan of garage sales since I was a kid and realized I got lots more toys when my parents found them at garage sales and they didn't have to pay full price for them.  Today my own son wanted to go to some garage sales.  I have been avoiding garage sales this summer for two reasons.
 Reason 1 I have been broke and even though garage sales are cheap I have been trying really hard not to spend.
Reason 2  My house is busting at the seams I need to clear out not add on.

But I promised my son, so we drove around our area looking for some signs (I did not look anything up on craigslist sometimes I like to be surprised).  I found two great vintage garage sales and spend a grand total of $16.  Not out that much money.  But well more stuff.  Oh well you can't win them all.

Pyrex Bowl

 Ceramic Art Vases

 Hand Embroidered and Cross Stitched Dresser Scarves, Vintage Gloves, Vintage Scarves

Alaska metal souvenir tray and small round table cloth.

Rhinestone Dress clips and confetti Lucite earrings with shells and a pin.

And finally this cute clear umbrella with pink and white polka dots.

There are also 2 sets of Asian figurines that I didn't get a close up picture of but they were a steal for $2 a set.

Best score of the day for me was the dress clips.  I have have been really wanting a nice pair and these are lovely and well you can't beat the price 50 cents.
Do you garage sale?  What was your best score.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Happy Fusion Hat Sunday

Happy Sunday Everyone
I have been quite Busy today, I finished a bamboo edging project in the yard in the morning.

Then  I made Chilled Soba noodle Salad and  Fresh Spring Rolls for dinner.

 Then I had my picture taken for Fancy Hat Sunday ( notice my Asain theme). I also have on a vintage tea timer but not fully pictured.

And so did Mr Living Vintage

Hope you all had an enjoyable weekend.

Kind Regards, Susan

Friday, July 5, 2013

I should make this into fabric.

I have always wanted to design some fabric and I think that spoon flower makes it really ease for the people to do.  I was really inspired by these fireworks graphics (I thought I want this but I don't want to blow it up.  I noticed this year there was a lot less Asian style of graphics at the fire works stand than in the past and a lot more military looking graphics.  My sons love this but I found it a bit sad.

 I also thought these little teapots and vintage car were too cute though not the Asian graphics still adorable.

 I know Charlotte @ Tuppence Ha'penny did a tutorial on making fabric designs here.  This vintage lady also has lots of other fantastic tutorial so you really should check out her blog.
So does anyone have any tips for making fabric on spoon flower?

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Independence Day

Happy July 4th all.  We up at the lake for a few days.  Mr Living Vintage and I decided to visit a nearby antique store.  Here are some the the lovelies that I saw.

 Love these chartreuse male and female head vases.
Don't these colorful glasses make you want to make a pitcher of lemonade and sit on your front porch.
 Oh Look there is the pitcher on the top shelf.

 Lots of lovely Pyrex and I love that the top one is shaped like a triangle.

Well hope you all have a fabulous Independence Day (or just a fabulous day if you are in other parts of the world).  Take Care, Susan

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Fancy Hat Sunday

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Today is fancy hat Sunday via the Hometown Victory Girls so here is my contribution for this week.  My son likes to put this put on his sailor hat and cape and call himself barnacle boy and since he decided to be barnacle boy this morning I decided to just go with it.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Dreams of Skirts

Well summer finally visited us in the Minnesota.  We had some 90 degree days that had me shuffle through my wardrobe look for some cool but classy (I was doing some workshops for my job this week).  I think every vintage loving girl needs to have an array of skirts to wear for all seasons but summer is when I really like to wear skirts.  I now have a bug to sew some skirts.  Here  are some options.

I love Gerties dirndl skirt above and I have a few border print fabrics I have been wanting to use so I have been looking at dirndl skirts as they work well with a border print.  There are lots of online tutorials on these skirts as your pattern is basically a rectangle at the length you want your skirt to hang plus hem.  Although one this I was wondering about with these skirts and border prints is the hem.  One tutorial I looked at recommended a 4" in hem to add weight which will help the skirt hand nicer.  With some of my border print fabrics.  I don't really have that much fabric to spare, In fact I may even have less than two inches.  Is there some way to add weight with out the excessive hem?

Oh and by the way Gertie has both an online tutorial for this skirt linked above to the source and one in her book if you have that also.


Aline skirts were very popular in the 1940s. I like this 4 gore example above by Jitterbuggin.  I love these for work as well as pleasure they give you room to move around but don't have too with out the over abundance of fabric that sometimes can be too billowing depending on how active you need to be. Right now I feel like I have more time and fabric so I think I will do what I can to make my own this summer.

Circle Skirts

Circle skirts are the classic skirt of the fifties.  I love the vintage Mexican circle skirts with their vibrant colors and beautiful art work.  While these can be found on ebay and etsy but they also are easy to make and you can make your own pattern easily.  

Pencil Skirts

Pencil skirts are the ultimate in sexy skirts.  The one above is by the retro clothing company Mode Merr and if you aren't familiar with them you should definitely go check them out they do make some adorable vintage inspired clothes.  Pencil skirts seem more easily attainable as they are still popular today.  Patterns are very easy to find.  

Well that is my thought on skirts for now I know there other varieties of skirts out there but these are the ones I am the most fond of so I will stop here.  What are your favorite skirts?

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Why Blog? Inspiration?

thanks for the inspiration Snoodlebug

Why do we blog?  I love to read blogs but I am no great writer.  I admit that visuals are more my thing (ok I guess that is why I am a visual art teacher).  I often scan pictures before I read the blog, I know judge a book by its cover and all that.  So maybe the question is why haven't I blogged?  Busy, tired,  out of inspiration?  Well not really I am inspired all the time but taking the time to write is sometimes more than I can do.  This week I was inspired by the lovely Lisa at Snoodlebug.  She posted about why she hadn't blogged in while.  If you haven't seen her blog you should really check it out she did a great tutorial series on Hollywood hair that I highly recommend.

Another post that inspired me this week was from Gertie about summer shoes and practical vs impractical.  I have recently been suffering from both foot and ankle problems.  I sprained my ankle this spring which then brought on a bought of plantar fasciitis.   Which means that I need shoes with low heals and really good arch support.  doesn't that sound like I should be wearing orthopedic shoes.  And while I probably should I think there might be some cuter options out there.  I was looking as some Dansko's here are a couple that I liked.

Anyone have any other shoe suggestions for me?

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Aloha from Maui Days 3 and 4

Aloha, sorry for the absence but life always seems to get busy and then my blogging slows down.

So back to my Hawaii trip.
Day 3 Tuesday: We decided to go to see the Iao needle in Iao Valley State Park.  So again we were still waking up way too early despite our best efforts to stay up until 9 pm (2 am at home) we still woke up at about 4 am.  So of course we were on the road early for to there when they open at  7 am.  We did get there on time but the gates into the state park were closed.  So we parked at a heritage garden at the right near the gates and walked around the gardens which were lovely and also outline some of the history of the more prominent immigrant groups in Hawaii.  Here are some of the pictures.

The Korean Garden

 Portuguese Garden

The Japanese Garden

The Chinese Garden

(there was also a Filipino Garden but my pictures of it didn't turn out that well no offense meant)

So after wandering around the Gardens (mostly by ourselves) we walked to the gate for the state park but it was still locked so I suggested to my husband that we just walk up instead of drive (I have to thank my trainer for all the incline walking she has had me doing).  We found that there was a rock slide blocking the road but it we walked around it and had the park completely to ourselves. It was just gorgeous.
Mr Living Vintage pointing out the Needle

We also went to a Laua that night.  I had lots of trouble doing my hair we had been on the beach and playing in the ocean after the needle and then I showered but the blow dryer in our room was useless (the tradewinds do more to dry your hair) and I didnt have much time to spare to get my hair ready with hot sticks so I sacrified the back and left it straight and dried and rolled the top.  Sorry I don't have any great laua photos but I did get some of Mr Living Vintage and myself.

Outfit: Vintage Deweese Dress

Day 4 Wednesday:  The Road to Hana is something you must do when on Maui.  It is a winding twisty road that takes you through a rainforest past multiple waterfalls, Bamboo forest, fruit and flower stands.   It was very picturesque and what you probably picture in your head when you think of Hawaii

Our first waterfall on the Road to Hana
This was right next to where we parked our car to see the 3 bears waterfall (shown below).