I am so long-winded!
The picture above was taken by our incredibly talented friend Jennie in the town of Cambridge, Ontario, under a sign for a boarded-up salon called Lady's Paradise (!!). The other picture in the feature was taken at that forest of delights, Southworks Antiques. I didn't let her take too many pictures because I am fidgety and nervous, but she got some nice ones!
I also hope to have a few handmade items for the Etsy shop soon. Geoff will have some handpainted ceramics, and I'll have a variety of cotton lawn things (needlebooks, neckties, skirts, totes, and maybe a dress or two!). Oh and some embroidered doily drawings.
Someone in the article mentions that this hat is appealing because of nostalgia -- a lot of children wore boaters as part of a school uniform, or children in books did. I wore a uniform in high school, and although it didn't include a hat, I have always been partial to uniforms. Someone else who was interviewed (you'll have to forgive me, I don't have it at hand to look up the names) states that hats are appealing because, to paraphrase, most people dress like slobs these days, and hats have a nice formal quality to them. I agree! More hats, please. And while we're at it, more neckties too!
Here are a couple of film trailers for more hat inspiration: Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) and The Lover (1992).
I had read Vain and Vapid's tutorial months ago, and this one as well, but I didn't re-read them before I tried it. I spent all of five minutes actually sewing the skirt, and I did a sloppy job (of course). Sewing curves at high speeds isn't really a good idea. Also, I think the scallops would have looked much better if they weren't so deep. I used fabric that I cut off as the facing and I think it would have been better to use a light cotton fabric.
I just had a bite. Heavenly.
I love this dress so much, but it just doesn't fit me. It reminds me a bit of the blue Lover dress that Rhiannon posted yesterday, although of course it is, um, totally different. It is also the dress version of my mauve raincoat.
This pair of shoes is perfect. Just absolutely darling. Scallops and cutouts and an ankle strap? Yes, please. I need to have the heel caps replaced; the shoes haven't been worn much, but they are old enough that the caps cracked and broke when I tried them on. They are a size 8 or so. I would wear them every day if I could, but I can't wear ankle straps because of my ankle that was once smashed to bits and patched with metal (oh no, not bitter).
I am saving a bunch of things for an upcoming rummage sale (more on this later!), but since most landlords in Toronto seem to consider a closet a luxury feature (oh no, not bitter), I may be forced to make the occasional clothing listing a regular thing.
This morning I walked to the subway and stopped in at the magazine shop on the corner. I found the current issue of Lula (there was only one copy left!) and the current issue of Frankie. Since I love Frankie so much, and since you've all been so sweet with your lovely comments, and since I bought an extra copy, I'm going to give it away! Some of you might not be able to find it where you live, some of you might not be in a position to spend $15 on a magazine right now, some of you might never have seen this wonderful, beautiful magazine in person. Let Frankie be your new BFF.
Please leave a comment here if you're interested. I'll randomly select a winner on Sunday evening (say, 9 PM my time).
Today I logged on to Reader to discover April's living room and more detailed pictures of Caitlin's workspace. Peekins! e-peekins!
April's seating is amazing! It is a Victorian parlor! The colours are so soothing. I adore the sofa, and I could happily faint right onto it.
Caitlin's workspace is so pretty and girly. I love her choices of colour and all the little vintage treats she's gathered! Every item is so beautiful and inspirational.
Aren't my friends amazing?
Domesticity, homesteading, crafting, motherhood, food. We want to see the lovely moments of your life in their purest form. We want your photos to tell a little story - to share a little piece of your personal life.
I love the photo pool -- it is quiet, and beautiful. The above is a contribution I made today, of a little beaded collar I found in an antiques market and will be selling in an upcoming rummage sale.
I'm pleased to write that the lovely (and oh-so-patient) Marichelle of Heart Handmade asked Geoff and I to be a part of the sweet "Other Half" feature. Our interview will run on March 31. It was so fun to answer the questions about me & Geoff and us, and such an honour to be asked. It's a favourite blog of mine and it is always, always inspiring. We're in amazing company there. Thank you, Marichelle!
I was thrilled to see an interview with Caitlin of Nice there today! I've mentioned it before but Caitlin was one of the first people I met through Etsy -- she's just about the most darling person that could be, and her work is so beautiful (and I have to add, she has incredible taste in music and in cardigans). I am lucky to have received a few treats from her over the years. Read the interview with Caitlin here.
Thank you all for your lovely comments about Bakers Dozen! I've been glowing all day and I am so grateful to Amy. What a sweet project.
It has ruffles aplenty. The image of baby bloomers comes to mind. I know.
It is lined with satin in the most delicious shade of mauvey pink. It is much more sturdy than it looks, thanks to the wonderfully thick sew-in interfacing I used. I find the size of it to be satisfying, as well. It's not too small, not too big.
I may tweak it here and there (handles -- shorter, interfaced, or perhaps made of some faux leather braided trim I have; fewer ruffles, larger ruffles), but I may make a couple more for the shop. Does that sound like a good idea?
It took me some time to fully explain to Geoff what I wanted in a font; the font I had in mind all along, however, was the iconic Penguin Books font, Gill Sans.
Now if only I had some new things to put in the shop! More on that later, I hope.