Saturday, August 24, 2013

A Peek into My Sketch Book

My sketchbook was made from a vintage book by and it is fabulous!  Not only does it have a vintage cover, but some of the old pages are in it with blank paper!  I think it was made for me.  Here are a few of the sketches and painting inside of it from this last summer.

Friday, August 23, 2013

The Last First Day.

It took me a while to get them up, but here are my last-first day of school pictures. SENIOR YEAR!

I have so many mixed thoughts about my last year of high school.  A large part of me is done with high school and just wants to graduate while another part wants to stay in high school art and sewing classes forever.  Since neither are a choice, I'm going to do my best to have a good senior year.

So what am I planning on doing this year?  I am an FCCLA officer for my school, so I am going to plan activities, compete in STAR events again, help everyone else with their competition projects, and wear an awesome jacket!  I am also in yearbook, which means I better go to events so I know what I'm writing about!  And, you know, I took 6 sewing classes.  

black playsuit- forever 21
hot pink cardigan- h&m
vintage shoes- savers
crochet bag- I made it

Friday, August 9, 2013

Thrifting 101: estate sales

Good morning everyone and welcome to my thrifting 101 series!  I am so excited to post the estate sale section because this is my favorite type of thrifting!  

1.     Be patient.  You have to understand that not all estate sales are good.  I have been to just as many bad estate sales as I have good.  

2.     The later in the week , the bigger the savings!  The owners or estate company will mark things 1/2 off usually on Sundays and sometimes Saturdays.  They don't want to end the sale with a house still full of things they wanted to get rid of!
3.     That brings me to the next rule- try to bargain!  Most people will take a lower price than marked- especially when there is tons of stuff that needs to go!

4.     Look everywhere!  If it is a true estate sale, every thing in the building should be in sale.  I found awesome vintage necklaces hidden in a shoe box.  If you see cedar chests, pop those suckers open!  One time I found furs and vintage dresses from the 1940s in one.  No one else thought to open it before me. Win!

5.     Bundle.  That means put everything you want to buy in a big pile and carry it to the cashier.  Making it look messy and heavy helps.  Why would you do this?  Because the cashier doesn't want to count and look through everything in your arms.  They will almost always just give you a total price for everything you grabbed.  I paid nine dollars for tons of clothes when the half off price was still thirty!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

I sewed: Tie

I have finally been inspired to start sewing again!  It feels like I haven't done much at all with my summer and I've only got a week and a half until school starts again (my last first day-eep)!  Thank the heavens for this picture to get me back into sewing.

The fabric was actually a vintage sheet I picked up from an estate sale a while back. When I saw the floral print I thought it would make the cutest 1950s style dress but when I got home to open it up, it fell apart. I guess the original owner had cut it up for her own project.  And so it sat in a pile of scraps waiting to be made into something beautiful until today!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Style Inspiration: Edward Scissorhands

I have loved Edward Scissorhands for years.  This movie depicts my dream neighborhood with the pastel homes and their matching cars.  The styles are just too fun with all of the color and decade mixing from the 1950s through the 1980s.  Who wouldn't want to jump right into this movie?!

Although the hairdressing does go too extreme for my taste, I would cut my hair in a bizarre fashion to be included in this whimsical dream world!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

My Fleattitude booth!

I cannot belive I made such a monumental leap towards my life's dream today. The Fleattitude vintage market was incredible!  It now seems so silly losing two nights of sleep due to worry and nerves.  I sold a fair amount of vintage clothes and accessories (leaving a fair amount to collect more, of course) and met so many wonderful people.  My booth for November has already been reserved!
I really have to give a MASSIVE thank you to my incredible family that helped out. The booth would have been a complete disaster without them.