Tuesday, 30 June 2009

uh, what?

I get an email from one of my instructors saying that she doesn't have assignments from me, that she's worried about my grade. I have until the 27th to withdraw. What?! I go in and check, all assignments done, all quizzes taken, all with comments and grades, 27 posts for discussions (more than what's needed). I take screenshots of all and email her them. What am I missing? According to the syllabus and everything under the assignments and quizzes I'm ahead of the game. What's going on?
See, this is a sign that I should not try and better myself. Stick in the rut.

Monday, 29 June 2009

Slang of the 1920's



The 1920's slang dictionary! How fun! I am going back and incorporating old slang into my vocabulary. Perhaps, I can stop talking like a sailor when I get frustrated and replace bad words with what was once considered naughty. =) People today probably would not even notice that I was being obscene, lol.

Another Vintage Friend

This is Bijoux Lemieux, that lovely photo was taken by Norman Dillion Photography. She is a blonde bombshell, kitty of the most lovely kind. She has a fabulous sense of style and another gal with wonderful elegance! Her taste is divine, and her costuming ability too! She has grace and flare!
Isn't she a lovely pinup?

Brunch


Sam and I had brunch at a French bistro yesterday. It was a cute little place, off the beaten path. The waiter said that I reminded him of a 20's "dame", so he proceeded to call me "Dame". He referenced the "dames" in Miller's Crossing. Then he said, "But that's derogatory, isn't it?" I told him, "And I was calling you monsieur instead of garcon, too." So we agreed that I would call him garcon and he could continue to call me dame. Their plain coffee was superb. Sam had crab cakes benedict that came with pommes frites and greens. I had the pain perdu with fresh berries and powdered sugar. It was a really swell day. =)
I only wish that I had taken a picture.

Sunday, 28 June 2009

Fabulous Vintage Friends




This is the fabulous Orchid Mei. Isn't she just gorgeous, elegant and impeccable? And she always looks this way too! Every time that I see her she is beautifully coiffed and dressed. Not only that, but she is sweet as sugar cubes! Lovely and talented! If you see that she is traveling to your town, do not hesitate to go see her perform her vintage burlesque. Amazing!!

photos by DanielKPhoto.com & MelHayesphoto.com

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Boojiboo Flirty Apron GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!

Boojiboo Flirty Apron GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!
I LOVE aprons! These are adorable. I have come into the habit of somewhat collecting them now. And I even wear them when I'm cooking too. =) My mom has been dragging up some old ones of hers and sending them to me every now and then too. Nice little surprises.

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Grosgrain: SHABBY APPLE Marseilles Dress GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!

Grosgrain: SHABBY APPLE Marseilles Dress GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!
Isn't this dress just simply wonderful?

Betty Blue


This is my other baby. Sam got her for my birthday a few years ago.
Yes, it's time for me to cut the grass again. =)

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Mad Men ~heart~


I'm always behind on television and movies. I recently began watching Season 1 of Mad Men. Oh my! I am hooked! I cannot tell you how many times I have had a giggle over scenarios that were totally acceptable back then. Like when Draper's daughter comes in the kitchen wearing a plastic dry cleaning bag over her head. The mom tells her to come over there only to be concerned with where the clothes that were in the bag were, hahaha! Oh it's so nice to have television shows that are not reality shows!

Summer, summer


This is my lawnmower. Isn't she pretty? This is the third season that we've had her. Neighbors thought we were crazy and always asked, "Do you want to use my mower?" Why? I love my manual mower. She works quite well. We just have to keep her clean and oiled, and she gives me much in return for that little bit. Our elderly neighbors always say they remember mowers like that from when they were young. They don't seem ready to go back to it, lol. I read in a magazine lately that one hour burns 300 calories. What a plus! I sometimes log more than that doing both the front and back yards.
She's my Swedish baby, Husqvarna!

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Lounging Elegance


This is on my ever growing to-make list. I think that I will make view A, but in a shorter length. It would be great for the evenings after work/school. Lovely loungewear! I need proper yardage for this one though, yardage not in my stash.

I picked up some great vintage looking cotton fabric the other day for $2.44 a yard. My fabric stash is out growing the big box that holds it. I just cannot pass up cute, inexpensive fabric though.

I was flipping through my patterns this morning trying to decide what I wanted to make next. I am still undecided. =\ I should stick to something that I have all of the fabric and notions for already instead of going to JoAnn's and spending a bundle.

Friday, 19 June 2009

Twenty minute Simple Skirt Tutorial AND GIVEAWAY!!!!

Twenty minute Simple Skirt Tutorial AND GIVEAWAY!!!!
Love! & tutorials to boot!

Blueberry Pie Refashioned Frock GIVEAWAY!!!!

Blueberry Pie Refashioned Frock GIVEAWAY!!!!
So many yummy things!

Vintage Wedding Refashioned Frock GIVEAWAY!!!!

Vintage Wedding Refashioned Frock GIVEAWAY!!!!

Check out this beautiful reconstructed creation at grosgrain
It is so pretty! I think I am in love.

Stitch & Bitch


I know that I have said it before, but to get together and do would be fun. The problem is I only know of about three people here who would enjoy it. v8grrl you and synda are two! And we both have funky schedules now with school and work. But I am determined to try and find time, even if it is one time a month, interested? We could even draw our own patterns, but I found the ones below from Sublime Stitching and I think we should make shirts or totes for school with the organs on it, lol. Just me trying daydreaming about the things I would like to be doing if I had soem free time lately. =)
Sublime Stitching Stitching Bee Kit

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Feeling Saturday Night Fever

Sometimes, I just need to feel the cheese of the 70s. Afterall, that is when I was a wee little kidling.
Because I have been searching for one for years, I stumbled across this one, all in my measurements! I just couldn't pass it up.


So when you see me strutting down the street in this, you know it will be with a BeeGee's or ELO song playing in my head.
You know that secretly you want to smile. Oh yeah, polyester love

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

dresses, made and inherited

First we have the whimsical little 60s sugar skull dress that I made. Sort of punk meets vintage, lol. The pattern was not too bad, just lots of gathering and darts, which you cannot see very well in the pictures. It was from Butterick 6582.

Next, this was my grandmother's dress from the 40s. My mom had kept it and gave it to me the last time I went home for a visit. I so regret not listening to my mom & aunt when they were going through her things. I should have taken it all. She had tons of dresses with shoes and handbags to match, stoles, gloves. At least I have one thing.

The Mysterious Life of the Metropolitan Housewife: Give Away! Give Away!

The Mysterious Life of the Metropolitan Housewife: Give Away! Give Away!

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Feeling scandalous...

I was answering a question over at The Mysterious Life of the Metropolitan Housewife, and I began feeling jazzy and wanting some 20s inspiration. Josephine Baker, ahh, what an example of a woman ahead of her time, and a perfect example of a 20s "flapper" woman. Those bananas will be remembered for eternity.






How glamorous is this woman? I can only imagine that she has a flask hidden in her garter belt, hehe. Luxurious in feathers and pearls! Perhaps she is off to dinner and dancing with a mobster of the day?



Anyone want to Charleston? I can hear the music playing! Uh-oh! I see knees!

I think that I need to go find some 20s patterns to work on, and perhaps a nice hat or hair ornament piece will be in my hunt soon.

The Mysterious Life of the Metropolitan Housewife: Give Away! Give Away!

The Mysterious Life of the Metropolitan Housewife: Give Away! Give Away!

Go visit this incredible blog. Atomic Momma is (to steal her words)
mom of 2 kids, wife to one hot-roddin husband, shop owner, wanna-be seamstress, wine snob. How awesome is that? totally.
They are the cutest vintage family that you ever will see. Her posts always make me smile and yearn for her talents and style.
and she's having an incredible giveaway since she has reached 100 followers.

Monday, 15 June 2009

I wants!


That's me dreaming of that or this.
taken from Old Car Online (it's for sale)






















taken from AutoTrader Classics (it's for sale too)
I so want to buy. They are in Colorado, not far away, calling "Petite, Petite, come buy me. Take me home. I want to be yours."
As long as there is no rain on Friday, I'm walking up to the car show that they have every week by the pub. See, my dad had a show car, a 1950 Chevy pickup that he restored and etched the glass and had a Gone With the Wind paint job he did. Hey, it was the 70s and early 80s that was rockin'. We spent so much time when I was young traveling around 3 states on weekends to car shows. He still has it, but is giving it a new paint job sans airbrushed mural. ;) When I became of driving age, I got our old '76 El Camino with a custom paint job to drive to high school. I was the eclectic one in a sea of bubble gum colored VW bugs. He still has that one too. Now, I want my own uber cool means of transport.

Done

I made the dress and wore it this weekend. I wanted to take pictures, but it kept slipping my mind. Then, the rain kept the house so dark that I was afraid the pics would come out horribly. I am going to photograph it today to post. I am really on a kick to sew more and am on the hunt for some more retro clothing patterns. =)

Friday, 12 June 2009

Chapeaus!




Miss Kitty Mae's Over the Top Millirnery

She makes adorable, fun, well made adornments! Though I feel like hiding her because there are a few in my favorites on Etsy. *And that's moi in the photo, hehe.

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Dream Kitchen

Check out this site Elmira/Northstar reproduction kitchen appliances. They are outrageously expensive, but I am thinking of starting a side savings for a stove and fridge. The sad part is my parents still have a fridge that was my grandmother's from the end of the 40s. The colors available are unbelievable too. Yeah, I want badly... and there is a kitchen remodeling showroom that carries them here.

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Itch to Stitch...and dance

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So, I am thinking that when I get done with work and a few hours of assignments and reading, maybe I'll try to start this dress. I can just envision it in my head, and I want to wear it! Who needs sleep anyway, right?
I am thinking of using my black cotton (covered in sugar skulls and flowers) and making the bows solid black. Retro with a twist, ;)

The husband has said he would take dance lessons with me too, either ballroom or swing. Of course, that's if we ever find a smidget of time at the same time to do it!

I must be a little looney

to begin school and continue working. I did give notice though to my job. Beginning in August, I will be in classes 5 days a week from 7:30am to 3:00pm, except on days for clinicals. Then, I will be in classes 12 hours a day. I still have to complete 10 more hours of credit from CCA since they are the ones issuing my AAS. After this summer, I will have completed everything required. So, I may take those 10 credits in electives for an AAA. Since my schedule is going to be hectic and a little more difficult beginning in the actual respiratory therapy program at Pickens, I decided to take something somewhat fun at CCA. I did decide to take a jazz dance class as one of my electives next semester. It's only one credit hour. It's only one night a week for a little under two hours. It will help me release some stress. It's cheaper for the whole semester than it would be paying month to month at one of the dance schools for a one hour a week class. Plus, I loved my jazz classes years ago. So, I will be going to two different schools next semester. Well, I will be going to two different schools until I finish the credits at both. We'll see how that goes.

On a side note, I would not mind doing work study at one of those schools. I applied for it when I applied for my fafsa. I'll be applying for scholarships too.

Monday, 8 June 2009

Itching to sew...

So last week began my first week of classes, online classes. I am not so sure that I like classes online. You know, I thought, "Ooh, I'll be able to work on it whenever I can. I won't have to be in class at a certain time. I can still work my job with no hassels." The bad part? It seems every time that I check into Blackboard, a new question, assignment or quiz is up. You would think that having a syllabus with what is due when would settle it. Nope. There's always a new discussion that we're required to take part in or something. They are always adding to the syllabus, every freaking day. I think for the remaining 10 hours of credit for that school, I'll just hit the regular classes. We'll see, it is the first week and I have never taken online classes before. Maybe I'll get the hang of it.

That being said, I have had a pattern sitting here waiting to be cut. I have materials washed. One for a 60's dress and one for a pair of capri's from a 50s pattern. But unfortunately, the classes and work have hindered any progress beyond that. Boo. I still have to hem that sundress that I made a few weeks ago too. Darn it.

Butterick is having another $4.99 sale online too, by the way