Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Playing Dress Up: Return of the Cardigan

Don't blame me for wearing this cardigan two dress up posts in a row. It's new and I sort of love it. Anyway, I wore this to my day of surprises yesterday. What an absolutely perfect day and the weather was gorgeous! I'll share more details about the day tomorrow.

What I wore: Cardigan: Target/ Dress: Tulle/ Pin: Oh My Cavalier/ Braclets: H&M/ Tights: Target/ Shoes: thrifted.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Happy Long Weekend

The boy and I are over the moon to have a day off together on Monday. He's planning something special since it will mark my first day off in 2 months and I've been told to expect surprises! I'm feeling particularly blessed lately and I know it's a result of working really hard. It's tough to not have weekends but I also see the awesome results of having the shop open regularly and still being able to pay my mortgage. I don't know how long I'll be able to juggle both of these things but I feel like I'll know when I can't do it anymore and right now, it's still super fun!
I hope you have a fantastic long weekend, I'll be back Tuesday to share whatever surprises my day off held.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Playing Dress Up

Two outfit posts in two days? YES. I had to come up with a cute outfit today to combat my sadness over the weather. This Spring is the ultimate tease. It cycles between 2 or 3 days of awesome 70 degree weather and then 5 days of rain. I'm not complaining exactly- at least we're getting the nice weather occasionally- but it sure makes it hard to plan an outfit.

Here's my outfit details: Dress: Anthropologie (on sale about 3 years ago)/ Cardigan: Target/ Belt: picked it up in a clothing exchange about 10 years ago/ Tights: Target/ Shoes: Nordstrom

Do you find it difficult to dress for Spring weather? I just end up throwing a cardigan and tights on with everything! I'm already stock piling my Summer dresses, preparing for the 3 months I'll actually get to wear them bare legged and with no cover up necessary.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Playing Dress Up: Wanderlust Road Trip Edition

Here's an outfit from a while back that I forgot to share. I wore this on our road trip up to Puyallup a little over a week ago. It was such a fun trip and I love looking at all the photos we took.

Here's the outfit details: Dress: thrifted/ Cardigan: Forever 21 (a current favorite!)/ Necklace: Moth (gift from the boy)/ Leggings: H&M/ Shoes: Target

In other news, I'm scrambling to get new inventory for the shop tagged and ready. I'm also SO excited to have Monday off with the boy! We haven't had a day off together, with absolutely nothing to do, in just about forever. I can't wait.

Monday, May 23, 2011


I'm working on a headband for the shop. I've had the idea of velvet bows for a while and after stumbling across this on Etsy today I decided today to just go for it!

This is the raspberry red one and I've got supplies to do a blueish-grey one too! They're attached to a elastic band which makes the bow form to my head a bit, which I really like. Deciding what type of headband the bow would go on was the hardest part but I think the elastic was the best choice! I'll be sure to keep you updated when I put them in Wanderlust. We've needed some new accessories for a while and can't you just picture this headband with a cute vintage dress?

Good Morning!

After a long weekend, I started my Monday with peanut butter and banana toast. Delicious. Peanut butter toast is one of those things I have really vivid memories of eating when I was young. My sister and I would dip it in hot chocolate which is really the best combo ever. And although it's the type of snack that's best on cold weather days, it does it's job on these slightly overcast May days too.

This week I'm practicing with the boy for a show we're playing next Tuesday at Mississippi Pizza and crossing my fingers we get some more sun around here!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

May Times

This weather has been a little too nice. After 4pm it's hard to do anything but sit outside and drink a beer with friends. Tough life, right? Our neighbor and I have done this thing before where we just grab all the random beers in our fridge and take them to our courtyard for drinking. You end up with stuff like Name Tag, which is the most bizarre and amazing beer name ever. It's supposed to be nice all weekend, so I'm looking forward to wearing dresses with no tights and maybe getting some sun on this skin!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Busy Beaver

I'm really hoping that I won't have to continue to wear this wool coat into June. Here I am at the shop on Sunday, where it was stormy and cold for most of the day. It doesn't seem fair to have to wear a scarf in May, although to be fair, this one was silk and not that heavy duty.

Anyway- I'm about to hop downtown and help the boy pick out a new light weight jacket. All jackets he owns eventually get holes in the elbows, something I find adorable but for some reason he finds completely annoying. Ha!

Monday, May 16, 2011

New Zipper Bags

I wanted to make some Springy zipper bags for the shop, and when I found this vintage linen inspired fabric at Fabric Depot, I knew it was the perfect print for what I had in mind.

I bought some trim for a Wanderlust photoshoot that never ended up happening, so I just added that to these little bags.

It's always fun to make stuff to sell in Wanderlust because I get to the do the cute little hang tags too. For these, I took vintage wrapping paper and sewed them to a shipping tag and then stamped on the back side.

All but one of them sold last weekend (mainly to family!) so I may need to make a trip to the fabric shop and whip out some more. After the weekend we had, Monday is hitting me particularly hard. I'm just trying to recover from three crazy busy days and get back on track with some work from the end of last week.

We had a super fun time on our road trip with the shop and I'm going to recap it all on the Wanderlust website in the next couple days, so check there if you're interested!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Playing Dress Up: Ballet Practice

I'm really loving the bright red hair. Just this week I had a random guy on the street tell me that my hair color was 'hot'. I don't think he meant it in a 'punny' way (red- hot- get it?) but I thought it was hilarious. I think this outfit looks like an updated ballerina. I just wore it to run some errands and while I sewed up some new stuff for the shop, no ballet practice for me.

Did you take ballet as a child? I did and they were super strict about what we had to wear to class. All pink, from our tights to our shoes. And we had to have our hair in a tight bun. I've always been a pink fan, so the restrictions didn't bother me. I loved taking dance classes when I was little!

What I'm wearing: Top: Thrifted/ Skirt: Forever 21/ Leggings: Forever 21/ Shoes: Thrifted/ Hair Flowers: H&M/ Watch: belonged to the boy's grandpa/ Necklace: gift from the lovely Julia Crain

This is probably it for me this week, but I'll be back next week to share some cute things I made for the Puyallup show and probably some photos of our adventure too! Happy weekend.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Birdie House

I made these little bird houses for the shop to use as display. They sell these little unpainted wooden bird houses at Joann's fabric for just $1 a piece. I picked out some cute paint and then used my never ending supply of ric rac as trim.

I want to hang them from the ceiling but I have to figure out what the best way is to do that. I'm thinking staple a string to the top of each and then tie that to a hook screwed into the ceiling. I'll be sure to share when I decide!

This week is pretty crazy for us, we're heading up to Puyallup early Friday morning for the Funky Junk Sisters vintage show. It's pretty exciting to tow the shop up to Washington for the first time but I'm also a little nervous. I've got to make sure everything gets packed away so they make the journey safely.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Playing Dress Up

I wore this outfit last week and someone asked me if I dyed my hair to match my shirt. Um, no. Anyway, I wore this out to meet some friends for a little bit of outdoor beer drinking, which is always a sign that Summer is just around the corner. We went to a place that has 'lady's night' and so the girls drinks were .50 cents off. So funny! There were two packed tables of women next to us, drinking their Cosmos and complaining about work. I'm not sure I completely understand the theory behind a 'lady's night'. Are we supposed to get drunk and then be easier to pick up? If so, uh, that's gross. And where are the 'dude's nights'? Amiright?

Alright, enough of that. Here's what I wore: Headband: Giant Dwarf mini starlette crown/ Top: H&M/ Pants: cropped skinny jeans from Anthropologie

And the adorable Ms. B makes another appearance. She's trying very hard not to attack my hand, but it's so hard for her. She's 10 years old and she still acts like a kitten.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Happy Friday!

Enjoy your weekend. I'm off to see some music at a new venue tonite and then closing the shop early tomorrow to check out the tail end of Crafty Wonderland. Sounds pretty perfect to me.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Friendship Braclet

When I was a kid I was a real fan of what I'll call 'small crafts'. Making things that don't take much time or skill but yield a quick result. Friendship bracelets are one of those, lanyards are another and I loved origami.

Yesterday I was thinking about how fun and quick friendship bracelets are and I whipped this one up really quick. I think I'll make a couple more and stack them on my wrist.

To make your own, just gather 4 or 5 different colored embroidery threads together and go for it! A totally simple small craft.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Playing Dress Up

OK. So the hair is finally done and I love it! Bright and cheerful and it looks awesome with the gorgeous green trees in my backyard. I wore this yesterday, a decidedly sunny day that I wasted away mainly indoors, working. In the evening we went to Nostrana for their happy hour- $5 wood burned margarita pizza.

The Outfit: Top: Forever 21/ Sweater: ancient cardigan hand embellished by me/ Skirt: United Colors of Benetton (ages ago)/ Necklace: estate sale/ Feather headband: made by me/ Shoes: thrifted

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Elephant in the Room

I picked up this little trash can at an estate sale a while back. The woman had travelled a lot and just had the most unusual stuff. I don't know for sure that this is from 'abroad' but I know it's handmade because some of the felt was coming off the can and when I went to glue it back into place, I could see some sort of original image that this covered up. It's seen better days, but that's part of the charm.

I originally bought him for the shop, thinking even if no one bought him but he'd just look cute but then I set him down in my office and kind of got use to seeing him everyday. I will be pulling him out for this show we have in Puyallup in a couple weeks. I wanted to sell small rolls of vintage wallpaper and he's the perfect thing to hold them all. I fully plan on bringing him back home though! I've become a little attached.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Playing Dress Up

We had a gorgeous weekend here in Portland. Both days were sunny and Sunday the temperature rose to over 70 degrees (which is practically like Summer here). I wore this outfit Saturday, to run the shop all day and then to the boy's DJ set that nite. I had an hair dying mistake Friday nite, which lead to only the front part of my head being the color I had intended. I had to wear this Rosie the Riveter type scarf to keep it looking normal. It ended up looking so cute, I think I'll be trying this look more often, but without the hair dying fiasco mixed in.

The outfit details: Scarf: vintage Oscar de la Renta/ Shirt and Cardigan: Forever 21/ Skirt: Anthropologie/ Knee socks and Shoes: Target

All in all, it was a lovely weekend. Sunday was a much slower day at the shop, so I really just enjoyed the sun until some friends showed up at the end of the day and we got drinks at a bar next door with a big outdoor patio. I also picked up some more hair dye, so cross your fingers I have better luck tonite and my hair will be all one color again!