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Item accomplished yesterday worth noting: The guest bed is now the guest bed, and NOT the laundry bed. Dear me, I’ve been such a little hustling bustling woman that I do occasionally forget do the most simple tasks (i.e. sweeping the dreadful dust-bunnied stairs, and putting away folded laundry). It is my personal resolve to not allow such trifles to guilt me from my true areas of enjoyment.

  • Making cupcakes, popovers and other delectable, typically mini, delights
  • The preparation and hosting of many friends, for over-nighters or simple dinner fare
  • AND — Sassing you all up with the latest trends — [SPRING FASHION ALERT coming soon (and yes, it may include orange, citrus)
  • Inspiring y’all with new sewing & thrifting ideas and tricks

My vintage fashion barrel came about a month ago, but I only unpacked it this past week.   Much enjoyment from these new treasures. Doesn’t it look tempting?  I can thank my dear childhood playmate for these sweet treasures.

& now for tail of the cow. As I’m sure you all saw from the tweets, my sweetheart and I ventured out last weekend. One of the grand events we enjoyed was a cattle sale. I’ve never been to one, but I tell you look at this gorgeous cow! Actually this is a vintage one I dug up for you on GF 🙂

Here is another lovely bovine…did you ever see such a pretty cow?

I’m off to industriously hem a GUAVA dress, and purchase materials for a batch of commissioned bridesmaid dresses. Have a bird-chirp monday 🙂

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Why yes, I do 🙂

While out collecting fabric samples for the curtains…and boy did I find some lovely greens! I spotted the most charming little birdhouses. Everything this time of year is Robin’s Egg Blue, or Light Green Apple. I just love it, and am continually battling the urge to transform my entire home into a frothy sea foam robin’s egged blue sanctum.

BUT. I’ve been good, and instead of purchasing even a little birdhouse for the mantle, I grabbed a little bottle of paint instead. Goal: to paint some currently owned items, and to not add to the great amount of sweet nothings I own. Here’s the day’s work so far:

And here she sits, on the piano ushering in guest and spring…or whoever happens to be entering the Elle Street Inn 🙂


And a little thank you to Miss GF for the beautiful vintage birdy!
The Graphics Fairy

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Hello dear readers! I have been woefully negligent with providing updates on the projects and pursuits of the Elle Street Inn. I recently was traveling a bit, and then got a touch of the plague, or flu if you prefer. Have no fear, I’ve not forgotten — and will soon let you enjoy the “After” pictures of the Inn, or my baking list (bread, pasta, &c.).

In the meantime, here is a recent glorious find…

As I was again sniffing round my bookshelf for a tempting read I came upon two fascinating books:

1. Three Short Novels of Dostoevsky, The Double, Notes from the Underground, & The Eternal Husband
2. The Mode in Dress & Home, by Dulcie G. Donovan

The first book will provide some good evening reading, but the second book is a little treasure of a book copyrighted 1935 — and part of my maternal grandfather’s collection. This is a little textbook for high-school girls, on the proper mode of all things dress and home related. After glancing over the table of contents, I immediately realized there was much for me to learn from this little text. The activities have little checks and notes on them, so I imagine this may have belonged to one of my dear great-mama’s who taught school.

I started reading the first few chapters and was delighted to find very practical, yet timeless wisdom. So. I decided to share with you the true art of a clothing budget. In chapter 3, it instructs each girl to assess the total income of the family, divide by the number of the household, and create a budget based on her portion. Here is a sample of that page, note how one must account for clothing owned, needed &c. As well as the percentages allowed for each portion of clothing.

The book recommends that a family household ought to spend no more than 15% on clothing. This little fact provides some hard data to allow us to examine our own budgets. When I was single I spent roughly 6-7% of my net income on clothing (outer clothing, underclothing, footwear, and accessories). Thankfully many of those purchases were wise, and now my clothing expenditures are roughly less than 1% each month. Mind you! The standard of fabulous has not gone down, just the percentage of $$ going out 🙂 As the book recommends, and I do agree, it is vitally important to evaluate the amount of money one chooses to spend on clothing, as well as the types of clothing one is willing to buy.
“A well-planned clothing budget, if carried out successfully, will help you to have more and better clothes for the same amount of money.”

A few tips that aren’t in the book, but I’ve found to work well for me over the years:
1. Have the core staples in your closet, and be willing to spend a decent amount for these items. By staples, I mean something that will stay in style, fit and wear well for at least 2-3 years. For me, this refers to coats, light jackets, skirts, & dress shirts.
2. Spend a very little bit on those delightful trendy items that will be oh-so-fun, and that will steal the compliments at a party or event. For example, a cute shirt that is the seasons color, a scarf or accessory on sale. These are items, that can be easily given away after a season of enjoyment. These are also items that show little or no wear — like a scarf of a sassy pair of shades.

Next chapter is on shopping wisely! Periodically I’ll post a little tid-bit from each chapter.

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Well, my designer instincts have taken hold once more. I was in the process of making another little lawn skirt, like my other little creation…you may recall. But, I awoke one morning with the dashing idea to add a little buttoned-up-the-back sleeveless top, and make it into a dress. The fabric is so cheery and sweet, it just needed some little buttons or something more vintage than a skirt could afford (even if I did shower it with chiffon hem flowers). This is the fabric that spoke so sweetly early yesterday morning. The accent will literally be a snip and hair of a trim around the collar and cuffs.

Now, here are the updates to a similar dress I found on ModCloth. AND, while I’m at it, let me tell you: If you need anything lively and unique in the clothing dept (to spice up a winter wasteland wardrobe), I would check out MC before I hit up any other store. They have the most superb collection of beautiful clothing & precious decor. (& the store was founded by highschool sweethearts, awww!) Learn more? ModCloth.

So. With the structured inspiration, here are my adaptations. The skirt is already cut and stitched, so I just have snip and whip up a bodice.

…and then of course stitch the two together. Wish me luck.
Oh, and dear friends. It’s only 14 days till Valentines Day! If you’d like to print and snip vintage valentines check back soon 🙂 OR, if you’d like some fabulous new Valentine’s Metro/Tube/Subway Art, check out Aunty’s mod take on it.

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When the snow starts accumulating outside to the point where parking spaces are child’s caves, it becomes essential to have some cozy winter revitalization. I was in the mood to find some interesting read, and remembered that I had a whole pile of these vintage books I’d gotten years ago. They are quite silly yet very sweet stories, with a decent climax and character development. So. I picked up this volume (with snow on the cover, who can resist a wintry tale?)

I assume this will be a little wintry tale to keep me entertained while curled up inside (and not feeling the urges to create, snip, or seal!).

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My dear sisters are here on holiday! We’ll be posting pics & quotes from our adventures. TJs & silk flowers may make an appearance in the next pages! Who can resist mango, while snipping chiffon?

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For any of you who know me well, you know that mid-January is one of my most highly anticipated times of the year. Why you may ask? Well. It is the oh-so-joyous time of the Starbucks Vanilla Vaudevillian Bean Cupcake. I pretty much swoon as soon as I see one of these little beauts. And this is for several reasons.

1. About four years ago was having a TRULY gray dismal, gorse-bush filled season, and yet that was the very moment when the very first Starbuck Cupcake, then called a “Sunshine Cupcake” [see picture below] entered my life.

It brought a sweet little glimmer of sweet hope, and I’ve always been grateful to the Lord for this little Ebenezer of faithfulness.

 

2. They are quite pretty. Simple and pretty.
3. They are not too sweet, just the perfect hint of sweetness, but not too much.

Sweetly enough, my friends and dear mother were able to track down a copy recipe of this cupcake, and low and behold managed to have it as our wedding cake. Perfection, I tell you perfection. This photo is complements of our dear photog, Naomi Elle.

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Oh la la friends! Elle Street is featured on Jenny Anne Photography today 🙂

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