Archive for December, 2010

I was reading a blog on how to blog, and it said one of the worst things you can do is have a bad post title. I hung my head in shame, and thought…oh dear “Thrifting” really wasn’t exactly the most dramatic title, but, but, but it was descriptive!

So. I went thrifting again with a dear friend on Saturday. With coffee in hand and carrots in good supply we headed on our quest. I tell you, speaking of a losing streak. I lost any “luck” I ever had with thrifting. We went to five different places, and it was one extreme to the next.

Stop #1.
In this one (as my tweet mentioned) everything was horribly overpriced. It didn’t feel like thrifting, it was regularly normal prices for tired items. Sad, but moving on!

Stop #2.
This one was tucked so far in it was difficult to locate. We managed to finally find it, and tip-toed in hoping the musty smell was the smell of good deals. Alas no. We did find one treasure. A WELL preserved 1980’s formal gown. If I’d been party worthy in the 80’s I would have worn this dress.

Stop #3.
We were looking for #3 but saw a sign, and thought…I guess this is the one. Oh dear. This was a quite an experience. There were piles of shoes and electronics when you walked in, one rack of clothes, and in the back were stacks and stacks of car tires. We politely made the scape, and the scooted out. Across the street we saw another sign for one…so we continued on.

Stop #4.
This one was closed, retail space available, but the sign was too much to resist.

Stop #5.
Thrift Store. Ahhh, we made it! This store was lovely. Normal peaceful selection, thrifty prices. Actually this one had the best selection of old Bridal gowns I’d seen. Again, I saw one that was so beautiful and preserved. I would have worn it, had I been born a few decades earlier (and if Mr. T had been born earlier. Essential.) I found some curtains that will be turned into aprons soon. $2.99, and boy was I happy 🙂

I heard one lady at my favorite T-store say last Wednesday “You don’t think anyone will shop on Friday if they know we have a sale on Monday?” Wahhhhoooo. So Monday, today, I may poke my head in. Just for a split second.

Felt Update: Check our Mrs. Priss. She’s got some great felt on! Felt Hair Bows: Dying sweet deaths inside. Oooooh la LA!


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I would like to post a disclaimer at the very beginning of this post. I really have had absolutely wretched luck in the thrifting area the past two years. Since moving to the big city in Jan 2009, I’ve been again and again woefully mistreated by the t-stores in the area. BUT, for some odd reason, I’ve managed the past four months to break my losing streak into one so glamorous, that I’m causing my friends to envy (what? who, me!?). So I post these trophies to encourage those of you who are on losing streaks and fear that thrifting is all for naught.

And…some thrifting tips I’ve learned over the years (feel free to add your own in the comments):
1. Short trips can be rewarding (working 24/7 woman that I am, don’t have all day to scour a disorged store, so keep it brief with your eagle eyes open).
2. Know what your looking for.
I typically look for four things: a. Shoes (easy to scan a rack quickly), b. Fabric (look at the sheets and linens section), c. mirrors (some amazing finds here ladies!), d. skirts/shirts (I don’t dig that much, I try to look for nice prints or materials, before I reach into a rack for a shirt etc.)
3. Walking out empty handed is okay.
4. Find your favorite t-stores and ask about specials, discounts etc. I found a very little one, but has great turnover (is NEAT), so I’ve done about 50% of my thrifting there this fall.
So, my trophies this week:

Just realized these all were plaid of some sort. Oh dear, I guess it was in the air! But luckily the shoes are going to be embellished, and gifted. So the only plaid addition to my wardrobe is the shirt. Of which, my husband pointed out that I already had some plaid…but I said, is a little more plaid all that bad? *winking wickedly*

BUT, I agree. Plaid in moderation is a VERY good rule.

Posted this for friends to see at Ms. Finding Fab. Really sweet ideas and LOVELY pics.

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With my free greens procured at the local fresh tree market, I commenced making a wreath of my own. Only to find that, dear me, hadn’t done it in over a decade. WOW.

But thanks to some DMC green embroidery floss and a few twisty ties, I think she turned out okay 🙂

Also finally wrapped some gifts for my sweetheart, Mr. T. The one is so amazing I think I’ll be patting myself on the back for a good while. As I do love him so very much, these are some prime specimens of the Mrs. T wrapping style (complete with Turkish lace!). Now this and one other matching gift are perched under the tree. From: Mrs. Santa.

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I regularly get emails requesting advice on what to buy to spruce up a dying wardrobe or how to make a dress less scandalous (wretched ill fitting strapless) or even how to just hem those dang pants “so I look fab even though I don’t have legs like a model.” All these usually make their way in my inbox, with much humor and faux desperation. Most recently a friend emailed the following:

Ok, hun, it’s one of my fashion lows that I hit every 2-3 years. I feel like my wardrobe is so shabby and disorganized at this point that I don’t even know what to shop for. Sure I know what essentials I should have in the current fashion environment, but I don’t feel like anything I have would go with anything I buy, or that anything I buy would just accentuate the shabbiness of what I already own. I don’t feel like any of my shoes look right with any of my jeans. My standard tees look ok, and with a couple cute cardis they could probably be fine. Predictable and slightly boring, but normal and comfortable. It’s mostly the shoe and jean question. Like should I buy boots or new rocket dog type shoes. Everybody’s wearing boots, but I’m not sure I have the jeans and tops to pull them off without looking like I’m trying too hard. I really want to pull it together a bit, and I just don’t know how without putting a match to everything I have and dropping $150 at NY&Co, LOFT, and Nine West. I hate it when my ENTIRE wardrobe just decides to die all at once.

Can we have a phone date to rectify this before I commit even worse acts of fashion violence than I already have?”

I called her up and said babe! Whats the deal? At which point she’d analyzed her current clothing inventory, proposed 4 new outfits and identified what items were needed for each. Did she need my help. Haha, no 🙂 Just a bit of faux desperation all us women have at low moments on cold December Mondays. Here is a snap shot of what she proposed:

Outfit 1: Casual

Outfit 2: Classy

Outfit 3: Femme

Outfit 4: Artsy

I think she nailed it — using several key current pieces but keeping it in line with her style. I used the H&M Fashion Studio as always for my fashion dress-up needs.

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Yesterday while keeping a quiet evening with Mr. T, I started work on the pomander ball, only to find that the picture was much more attractive than my creation.

Here are the directions and components I used:
1. Make a ball of something (I used crumpled tissue paper wrapped in lace)
2. Snip a square of felt
3. Snip square into a spiral (i.e. cut it into a circle then snip a smaller circle all the way round till your in the middle…see pic, haha!)
4. Roll spiral into flower
5. Pin flower to ball
6. Repeat until ball is full of pretty flowers

Constraints I ran into:
1. My felt was thinner than the pic
2. My felt was all red and brown (leftovers from a Birdy Pillow for Mum B)
3. The flowers I made were HUGE
4. The ball I used to cover was waaaaay too big
5. Pins I had were small, and unattractive colors, sad!
6. Way too much ball for too few flowers
7. Realized 1/3 way through that I am making a ball covered in small circles (my only phobia, small circles close together terrify me — i.e. a honeycomb makes my skin crawl).

So, I got about this far…made the felt flowers smaller (you only need about a 2″ square of felt to make one flower). And actually ended up doing one out of lace, which was SO pretty.

But, this morning I got up, looked at my little pathetic pomander and thought… maybe I could make them prettier with something else. SO. I decided to embellish a pair of scarlet heels, and purple long-T.

Scarlet heels I tweeted about Monday, now lavishly divine w/ new rosette love.

Perhaps the flowers are not to scale with the shoes, but I personally think they are dramatically whimsical. Will Etsy them, once I finish admiration process (may be a few weeks as they are SCARLET). Either way I can’t keep them because the are a size 9 😦 It was my only saving grace, otherwise New Year’s Party here we COME. But no…sniff sniff.

Daring combo: Purple and Scarlet. Just screams Russian Royalty.

And there is the shirt. I absolutely love purple and scarlet together. Such drama! I may Etsy the shirt (SZ S), if I can resist the urge to keep it myself.

BUT, have no fear friends. I WILL commence when I have thicker, better [more] felt, prettier pins AND a reason to have a pomander ball. This is not defeat, but a reassessment. Oh dear.

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Drooling just a bit over MS Holiday Aprons. Must make some before the season begins!

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After dashing up to the church this morning to have breakfast for my soul: hearing one of Richard Sibbes sermons, Miracle of Miracles, read aloud, I hopped back home to enjoy breakfast for my tum: Seafood Alfredo.

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