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Thursday, July 31, 2014

The quest for cornflower blue

Half off clothing at Thrift Town came through for me.  For under $10, I added an Eddie Bauer cornflower blue short-sleeved collared shirt, a Gap Body t-shirt, and a Liz Claiborne black and white skirt.   

On the topic of blue - these maxis from 1974 are worth a share on this post.  Since midriffs seem to be "in" the gal pictured in the middle is right on trend.

One of my enduring favorite blogs is the Gold Country Girls.  They too have been on the vintage pattern hunt.  Here is a link to numerous patterns found by Heidi Ann

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Repurposed luggage

I had seen the idea of repurposing old luggage for storage and was finally able to locate a piece just for that purpose.  At $4.50, this suitcase, while horrible for travel, is perfect for keeping linens and blankets.  

The suitcase interior was clean and it was cheaper than the clear Rubbermaid containers.

I throw in a cedar block for good measure.

One of my keeper items in this case was a large knitted pink cape (not pictured) that I couldn't bear to part with. This 1969 pattern highlights a cape similar to the one I packed away.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Back from a bloggy break

I took a badly needed bloggy break.  I had been re-thinking my blog, of which I so love, stripping it back down to thrift shop finds, writing challenges and my labor of love - Countdown to Kitschmas in December.

I felt there was just toooo much Tami.  Even though my page views go cray cray on my fashion posts, I was starting to feel uncomfortable about that much internet exposure.

So dear audience, I will share those things that delight me (and hopefully you too).  I have been on the hunt for patterns from the 60s and 70s.  I must admit the graphics and hairstyles are my fav part of collecting these items.  This pattern from 1968 is one of ten I found thrifting.  

Ran into a rummage sale - those are the absolute BEST for pricing.  Some thrift shops are pricing way too high, especially for collectible books.  This image is from the first plate of the 1965 publication American Indian Art by Norman Feder ($1.00 at the sale).  This tome could double as a door stop - it is that heavy. After I give it a look-through and capture the image plates on scan, I will place it for sale on EBay.  

My hospice thrift shopping resulted in a panoply of pink, a Bernie of New York scarf, Talbots pink T-shirt (NWT), a three-strand fresh water pearl necklace, a couple of CDs (Disco YAY!) and the 1969 publication of Modern Cake Decorating.

And since I punted on Vanessa's Mad Tea Party earlier this month (sorry sweetness), I am going to end the post with the image of Madame Alexander and Diddley dog lost in the Brussels forest.

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Accidental Outfit

This weekend, I am participating in the biannualblogathonbash.  The kickoff of the Bash is a link to Mini Challenges.  One of the challenges is making a blog header.  I would like to include my own images in my blog header but have opted for a Blogger default header.  I changed my blog background - kinda jazzy.  Let me know if it gives you eyestrain ~

During the blog bash, I would also like to:

1.  Suggest a new blog meme or event
2.  Brainstorm ideas for the blog
3.  Remember to backup the blog

Surprisingly enough, I get the most page views on thrifted outfits that I model.  The pink trimmed belldini zebra hoodie was a 25-cent yard sale find.

Lucky 13 Apparel skirt - bought at Goodwill for a couple of dollars.
Even the label is tres adorbs!

Much to my delight, when I put the two garments together, they roawrrrr [zebra noise].
(Oops, violated a photographer's rule - I cut off one foot in the pic, but you get the gist.)

Have a hootin and hollerin Happy Friday ~

Linking up with Beverly at howsweetthesound for:

Saturday, June 7, 2014

In pursuit of patterns and upcoming events

I have added patterns from the 1960s through the 1970s to my thrift shop checklist.  These bevy of  beauties (pattern price 50 cents or $1.00) have joined my collection.  The first image is from 1964, the last from 1974.

My birthday is the 25th of this month, let's just say it is a milestone birthday (and leave it at that). This is a shameless appeal to my audience - I know you are out there - to send me some birthday swag.  There is a birthday button up and running ...

Barbie doll birthday cake (1964 Cake and Food Decorating Ideas by Wilton)

Just prior to my birthday is the biannualblogathonbash on June 20-23, 2014.  The hosts write:

The next one is June 20-23,2014 – sign ups open May 9
Basically I suggest you aim for 24 TOTAL but NOT consecutive hours of blogging tasks all weekend but you can join in even if you can’t commit that much. Just make your own goals and do what you can. However the more you participate, the better chance you have of winning a prize.
Notice I said blogging tasks. I don’t expect anyone to write blog posts all weekend long! You can clean out your email inbox, work on your blog design, organize a meme or event or any of these many ideas listed below.
On 8am EST Friday I’ll post a kick off post. Make a post on your blog saying you are participating and some of your personal goals for time spent blogging and things to get done and link it up to the starting line. You must do this to be eligible for any prizes but you can do it when you start so if you can’t start till 9pm that night then link up then.
There will also be a finish line post at the end with survey questions. This is optional but encouraged as it will help with the next blogathon and you can say how much you accomplished.
Mini challenges will be available during the weekend. Choose which ones you want to do and do them when you can, but before the end of the blogathon. You will get a chance to win for every mini challenge you do so the more you do, the better your chance to win.
What can you do? Anything! Some ideas:
  1. Transfer your blog to WordPress (if you want)
  2. Write up some blog posts and schedule them.
  3. Catch up on reviews or other posts.
  4. Start a new blog meme or event
  5. Brainstorm ideas for blog.
  6. Start a Social Media profile you don’t have yet./
  7. Change the Design/Template of your blog.
  8. Do the “paperwork” of having a blog
  9. Moderate/Pick Winners of Giveaways that have ended.
  10. Review an Item
  11. Clean up your labels/tags
  12. Backup your blog
  13. Work on an e-book you are writing
  14. and lots more….
As you can see it doesn’t have to always involve the blog directly, maybe not even the computer. You could be sorting review items in your house, brainstorming with pen and paper, or cleaning up your email box.
We hope you will join us!
And a main event in July

I am not sure my garden will be in bloom in time for the event.  Our summer temperatures can top over 100 degrees, so only small amounts of time are devoted garden maintenance.  The bees and hummingbirds appreciate the bee balm in bloom.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Hint fiction

Linking up with In Jaynes World for Hint of Fiction.  There is also HintFiction on Facebook.  Jayne writes:  

The challenge:  Write a story (beginning, middle and end) that hints at a larger story, but is complete within itself, in 25 words or less.  The most famous piece of hint fiction was written by Hemingway:

            For sale:  Baby Shoes.  Never worn. 

Hint Fiction demands reader involvement.  “Why were the baby shoes never worn?” we’re left to contemplate.   It hints at much more, yet is complete in and of itself.  

My contribution, prompted by these ...


Where did the hippy girl go?

Her shoes neatly placed outside of a coffee shop door.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Partay of the Mad Tea sort

Garden toad has made an appearance this year to ring in Year Three of my participation in The Mad Tea Party hosted by Vanessa at A Fanciful Twist.  My focus has been to utilize mainly thrifted items with garden backgrounds.  

The creative bunch that link up range from professional artists to scene-staging bloggers.  You will see macro photography fashioned in whimsical ways.

I'm preparing my summer garden now for what I hope will be a spectacular event!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Sky rockets in flight, tie dye afternoon delight

Linking up with Bella at The Citizen Rosebud for Secondhand First.  She instructs to Share your #SECONDHANDFIRST look- featuring you in a swapped, thrift shopped or ethically sourced and produced item.

Scuse the kinda crooked fake eyelash - those buggers are a bear to glue on!

This fun sorta-hippyesque piece was from I-don't-remember-when thrift shopping ago.  I get a kick out of picking up jewelry for just a few dollars for an outfit that needs some casualing-down.

Since secondhand shopping is my forte, the necklace, olive green tank top and tie dye cotton skirt were all thrifted.  The skirt came with an equally fun tie dye matching top from Goodwill ($3).

Other finds include ~

I'm stocking up on my summer reading (Fifty Acres book $3.00), couldn't pass up the dyed abalone shell bracelet ($1.25) and OF COURSE, the black fake eyelashes ($2.00) for those oh-so-close-up selfies.

Other thrifted goodies include the two patterns one from 1969, the other from 1977.  I decided to start buying vintage patterns (1) if I wanted to make an outfit from that time period, I have a template, or (2) I could sell them.  Finally, the polished rock necklace (1/2 off $1.75) is in honor of the geology class I am taking this summer.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Here we go a'Floraling, ain't no blues got us down

Things are heating up here in Northern California with temperatures climbing into the 90s.  This outfit is oh-so-comfy for this type of weather.  I'm wearing an Alfani light grey top and a recent thrift shop find of a silk floral print Evan Picone skirt ($2).

I kinda went wild with thrift shopping this past weekend.  I don't know how people manage to find stuff for resale.  On average, I visit 5 thrift shops a week.  Most times I find nothing. What I did find was this Italian scarf ($2), Fossil sunglasses ($3 - I'm sporting the frames in the picture above) and a Ballinger-Gold vintage sweater ($7).  The sweater and an exquisite Camelhair Hunter's Glen M. Lady Bruhn blazer (not pictured, $4.50) are both headed to the dry cleaners and then the cedar chest storage for the winter months.  

My newest bare root rose I planted this season, a Purple Tiger Floribunda, in full bloom.

The Mad Tea Party hosted by Vanessa at A Fanciful Twist will take place in a couple of months.  This is one blog hop event that combines my love of gardening, whimsy and fashion (Barbies and Muffy Vanderbears are the stars of that show).  The event is loosely-based on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.  

Linking up with Patti for VM #130 at Not dead yet style for
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I swear I must have read her mind - it is a blue-based day with her sporting blue velvet.

Friday, May 16, 2014

A June Blogathon and such

I have been keeping my eye out for blog writing or photography challenges and stumbled across the Biannual Blogathon Bash on June 20-23, 2014.  I am not sure what all I am in for, but if you are in the mood for something different, signups are still open. 

Biannual Blogathon Bash

Please note ALL types of bloggers are welcome:
  • Commando Thrift Shoppers
  • Men Bloggers
  • Women Bloggers
  • Parent Bloggers
  • Review Bloggers
  • Deal/Coupon Bloggers
  • Company Bloggers
  • Lifestyle Bloggers
  • Tech Bloggers
  • New Bloggers
  • Seasoned Bloggers
  • Bloggers Who Blog for Money
  • Bloggers Who Blog for Themselves
  • Those with 1 blog
  • Those with 10+ blogs
  • Other Types Not Listed or Ones with NO Type
Keep up with the blog for more information including what to do after you sign up. Also be sure to sign up for the newsletter (top right sidebar) for reminders and news about the blogathon, updates on the blog and blogging tips.

Excerpts from the Biannual Blogathon Bash website (with a little added text from me). 

Here is is halfway through May and I still haven't fulfilled my pledge on the Me-Made-May'014 to refashion/repurpose a thrifted item during this month.  I am still on the lookout and the idea I have in mind is to see if I can make an ugly garment uglier (I'm sure it is possible).