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Dear friends! The dresses are done and runway ready! OR aisle ready, I should say. By the end of the fitting phase, I was referring to them as my six little blueberries. Especially since blueberries are in season right now (bless them!). I’m waiting to unveil the final look until the wedding day, but have no fear, the blueberries will be documented.

Beautiful pic by the talented microcontroleur

Beautiful pic by the talented microcontroleur

With the completion of the dress project, I was able to start outfitting the baby’s room. This means, rearranging and re-purposing the Yellow Room. I started by sweeping up the mounds of blue thread that have attached to everything in sight. Moved on to dusting and other boring tasks. Then I spotted some Cath Kidston wrapping paper I’d picked up in the UK a few years ago. It just screamed drawer liner. And since I’ve planned on using the vintage green dresser as the changing table bottom, what could be more perfect? I was cooing with delight.

Boring drawers…

Transformed with cupcakes and CK. I intend to get a plastic liner as well to go over the top of these. Further sealing in the beauty.

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The month of May is a Bridal Shower whirlwind for Mrs. T. I adore these showers, such a enjoyable time of party dresses, girly food, wrapped gifts and of course…the blushing future bride.

When not sewing the gorgeous blue bridesmaid dresses, I have sewn up a few little aprons for the future wives. My philosophy: one cannot properly bake, cook or kitch w/o the perfect personality tailored apron. I try to create & gift that perfect apron. It really is a fun challenge. Do I know them well enough to make the perfect one? I do try 🙂

Here are some snaps of the apron creation process. This one really created itself. I just kept fluffing, adding sheer bits, and sewing on rosettes.

The hand selected material. Chiffon and cotton print.

Notions of notions. Buttons, chiffon scraps, grosgrain ribbon.

Rosette detail. Love rosette clusters. Apron wouldn’t be complete without them.

Finished product, smiling in all is creamy glory.

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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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Inspiration: A french catalog ad of goodness. With chairs, and a pretty chaise lounge

My dear friends, as per my usual habit, I get quite excited about re-doing a room, and forget to take an ever helpful (brag-worthy) “before” shot. Well. Here she is again, with desperate resolve to remember “next time.”

However, as I’ve yet to paint the walls and do up the curtains of the master bed, there is still the distinct possibility of a sassy after-pic. So. I don’t feel completely forlorn yet 🙂

The goal of the most recent transformation was sassy elegance. Our room had been functionally arranged, but after acquiring a snazzy headboard (that perfectly matched the current bedroom furniture, compliments of Goodwill $35), I knew it was time to re-theme and retool. So Mr. T and I moved the bed, arranged new headboard, and hung artwork (pounding my fingers black and blue, like Anne Shirley). The frenchified bureau was the most significant accomplishment.

I expect once the walls and curtains are completed, I’ll have more grand accomplishments to share.

—-
The Graphics Fairy

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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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Thanks to this flikr friend for a fab pic of the original poster

I know that I regularly allude to my love of the silver screen & vintage films. More often than not I have an old movie or musical on in the background while I sew and create fashion. Over the years I’ve collected a decent amount of old VHS films. In fact my collection of VHS classics (alas, not fabulous enough to ever be DVD’d), prompted my sweetheart to get me a new VCR, just so I could enjoy my favs despite the digital age. However, in addition to the retro classics, I am a huge fan of a really good western. Lucky for me, when I was young my dad introduced me to some of the best westerns of the pack. From Rio Bravo to Stagecoach to the Gunfight at the OK Corral, I loved westerns. When I was in some parts of the now-not-so-wild west, I got to enjoy first hand a bit of the scenes and sounds of the backdrop for some of those dusty tales. One of my all time picks is the 1957 version of Gunfight at the OK Corral, starring two excellent actors, Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas. It is an excellent story. Clear good law against shifty bad cowboys. Some sweet (and not-so-sweet) women, excellent score by Dimitri Tiomkin, and a riveting opening theme sung by the sunny Frankie Laine. In all honesty, I’ve yet to watch Wyatt Earp and Tombstone, but from what I’ve heard this is still one of the best.

From Wikipedia, thanks friends!

I’ve wondered why this particular event, this gunfight in tombstone, was so memorable. I suppose it was symbolic of the political issues occurring in many small towns in the west (this one just happened to be near an extremely rich silver mine and included an already famous Wyatt Earp). Main issue. Would the west be unruly forever, or would the law have the final say? After watching the film, and reading more of the actual history (sorry friends, the real gun-fight was only 30 seconds, not 8 minutes), it seems that people are divided about the good vs. bad (many sources state, the “murder” of the McLaury’s and wee Billy Clanton). These seem to be punctuated by the sad mention of “little” Billy Clanton’s age…only 19. For real? But the way I see it, that was QUITE old enough to a man in the old west, and no pity is coming from this modern gal, especially if he was toting a gun. There are also reports of guns being lifted off one of the men, making it look like he was shot unarmed. With all the conjecture of modern propriety, seems like history was happy with both the Earps and Halliday. I’ll throw in my lot with the revered history 🙂

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