Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Men's Shirt Refashion

A few weekends ago, on a lazy Sunday morning, I picked up a men's shirt at a local yard sale. We actually knew the people having the yard sale, so it was slightly weird to be buying our friend's shirt, but I quickly got over it. The shirt cost me $2, it's a great gingham print, and I was determined to refashion it into a cute top for myself. I started on it last night (sorry, no pictures yet), and I've removed the sleeves, cut out a lot of the bulk so that it's more fitted, and added front darts.

And then I found
this post! First of all, I love her blog - she's so completely inspiring. Second - yay, I was trying to figure out how to puff/pleat the sleeves, and she covers that as well. And third - she has an Etsy shop!

If all goes well, I will look like this when I'm done:

cute top!
{image property of My Mama Made It}

(haha, well, not that slim, but hopefully my top will be that cute!)

Friday, September 25, 2009


diane skirt from olio united}


{grape back seam tights from isobelandcleo}

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Monday, September 21, 2009

Craft Fair Results? Fantastic!

Success! What a great time we had at the festival! We had record attendance, the weather held out (a few sprinkles, but nothing to chase the crowd away), and in general had a great day. Finally, I can show you what I've been working on!

First, though, check out the
bunting in action:

my bunting in action

more bunting

And now...my inventory! First up, I had quite a few pairs of earrings out on display...

my earrings for sale!
{look, this year I finally remembered to bring a mirror!}

more earrings!

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And...drum roll...my clutches! These were a huge hit.

pleated tweed clutch - SOLD!

pleated wool clutch above, small tooled clutch below

magenta ruffle clutch

the daisy clutch - this one is my favorite

tweed clutch above, rose clutch below (SOLD!)

My husband also contributed to our inventory...he built cornhole sets, and I sewed all of the bags. As you can see, there were quite a bit. In fact, my sewing machine jammed up on the very last one the night before the festival.

cornhole sets for sale!

lots of color choices

So, I'll FINALLY be updating my Etsy shop with my remaining inventory. I got lots of requests for different sized clutches, custom colors, etc., so be sure to check back often if you are looking for something in particular. I had one girl request a custom clutch for her wedding day (!), which was very flattering.

Check out my (until now, seriously neglected) Etsy shop here!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Two days left and counting...and bunting!

...until the Cooper Young Festival! We're so ready. I've got a pretty good inventory of handmade earrings and clutches. Those clutches were almost the death of me, I tell you. I made most of them out of vintage skirts. They are adorable, if I do say so myself, and I'm very proud of them (but at times, I really wanted to throw my sewing machine out the window). But really, they are great. I'm so excited to see people's reactions to them! (note to self: post pics here eventually).

Oh! And my husband made cornhole sets. No, dirty minds, it's not what you're thinking. Go
here if you've never heard of it. So, in addition to sewing clutches, I was also tasked with sewing 72 corn-filled bags. Yes, that's right...72. I'm surprised my fingers aren't bleeding.

So in the midst of all this, I was thinking about how to decorate our booth to draw people in. You know, displays, banners...I thought - ah! I'll do bunting flags. Goodness gracious, I'm seeing it
all over the place. My first plan was to get my scraps of fabric and sew them into cute flags. Of course, good intentions, but...I barely have time to finish my inventory, let alone devote time to sewing decorations. So! Thank goodness I have and know how to use Photoshop. If you can't sew flags, then design some that LOOK like sewn fabric! Genius.


And I've always wanted to post tutorials and freebies and stuff here, but I haven't really had a reason or opportunity until now...so if for some reason you need a bunting PDF, go ahead and download them
here and here. (Assuming that I linked it correctly). I'm not saying these are the most awesome flags ever, but in a pinch (last-minute baby shower? forgotten birthday party?) they will do just fine. They're formatted to be 11x17, so you can just print, fold in half, and voila, you've got cute 2-sided flags. Let me know how you use them!


Friday, September 11, 2009

Just Received...

...these in the mail yesterday! I bought them here.

I love them! I was skeptical about them at first, but I figured, hey, they're on sale, and I need to try new styles. They fit perfectly and are very comfortable.

I definitely think they would look best with a cute dress. Maybe something plum colored? Any ideas?

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Beauty Shop.

A sales rep stopped by our office today and generously dropped off boxed lunches for all of us interiors girls. Usually when someone mentions a boxed lunch we all groan, because (I know, I know, it's a free lunch!) it usually involves a lackluster sandwich, fruit salad that is comprised of one strawberry and 15 gross melon pieces, and, if you're lucky, a cookie that is half-way edible (and not nearly worth spending your calories on).

But these! I had to take a picture. My coworkers think I'm nuts.

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See that? That little pink thing? It's a foam curler. Used as a napkin ring/utensil holder. Is that not adorable?

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These lovely lunches came from
The Beauty Shop, which is a local Midtown eatery. It's in a space that used to be an actual beauty shop and hair salon in the 1960's. It's rumored that Priscilla Presley used to go there to get her hair done. Awesome.

But if you're ever in Memphis, check it out. The hair drying stations are still there, and have been reconfigured as seating arrangements and booths. The hair sinks have been incorporated into the back bar. It's got a really neat, trendy/retro vibe, which is helped by the mismatched chairs, tables, and even drinking glasses. It's quirky and fun. And the food is a-mazing. I'm eating my boxed lunch right now, which consists of a wonderful BLTA (avocado, if you were wondering), with homemade chips and a cute chocolate cupcake.

{image property of The Beauty Shop}

...and I know I've been busy at work - and doing nothing but work - when I start to post about what happens in the office...I need a few days off I think.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Let's Try Again.

Well, we didn't want that big kitchen, anyway. Phooey.

Our realtor is out of town this weekend, which is probably a blessing. We'll be forced to take a break from house hunting. Instead, I think we'll focus on a) sleeping in, b) sewing (for me!), and c) cooking. This and this are on my list of things to make this weekend. Happy Labor Day!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Mrs. Dalloway

mrs. dalloway
My husband is an AP English teacher and avid reader, and I love when he buys me books. He just recently ordered
this for me, telling me that he thought I'd "really love it." I so adore when he recommends books for me to try, because he's always spot on about what will grab my attention.

{P.S. Don't you just love the cover design?}

{P.S.S. If you haven't heard of Daedalus books, go check it out. You can find some amazing deals on brand-new books!}

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Essay on Marriage.

An interesting (and inspiring, to me) take on marriage here. I only hope that I could be that strong.

{in this boat together, by weathergirlshop}