Friday, February 3, 2017

1920's Valentines Day Inspiration

While my plans for Valentines day involve sitting at home with my cat watching Columbo, I must admit a certain love of the occasion. I don't know that I've ever spent the day with a romantic date. Instead, I always think of it as a way to remind people close to us how much we care. My best friends always get a homemade card and I've held Valentines Day tea-parties in previous years. 

This year, my health doesn't permit any big plans, but I may have to get dressed up (even if Aggie is the only one who sees it!). While looking for inspiration, I came across these adorable 1920's Valentine costumes! The illustrations are from a couple of Dennison's books, and the costumes would have been made from (usually crepe) paper. Wouldn't it be amazing to go to a Valentines Day party with everyone in such costumes?! 

I've actually made myself a headband to resemble the one above-left. With just a few scraps of felt and a piece of red ribbon, it was super simple and an inexpensive way to add a bit of Valentines flare to my wardrobe.

The tablescapes below make me wish I could have a tea-party again this year! Aren't they fun?

If you wish to peruse the original publications, I've embedded a copy below. There are some really fun sounding party games, as well as ideas for other Spring holidays (such as Easter, St. Patrick's Day, May Day, etc) 

That's All.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Holidays

Hey everyone! Long time, no blog.

I suppose that's mainly due to the fact I haven't really had much to blog about. I wore myself into the ground trying to get ready for Christmas (Christmas is over, and I actually still haven't finished some gifts!) and didn't have time for many fun adventures during the month of December. Also, the weather has been too cold to take outfit photos outside and there is just no suitable location inside my home for outfit shots. No outfit shots + no adventures = nothing to blog about :(

I've been fairly active over on youtube recently, which I must admit is currently my medium of choice for computer stuff. With some of my health issues, reading can be difficult (I can have problems focusing both my eyes and my mind when I get over-tired). Videos can be watched while knitting and seem to take less mental effort to consume, so I've been spending a lot of my online time over there. 

I'm by no means done blogging! I just haven't much to say at the moment, so blog posts might be less frequent for a while. However, videos on my youtube channel are now going to be posted every Thursday (plus a new vintage perfume DIY video the second Monday of each month).

For now, here are a few photos from the holiday season:

My Christmas morning outfit (a gift from my bestie):

I had to cat-proof the Christmas tree this year, so it was a small tree decorated with unbreakable ornaments (rather than the beautiful vintage glass ones I normally use). To make it special, I took old family Christmas photos and printed them on printable fabric. I then sewed them into cute little ornaments (which Aggie did end up throwing all over the room...). 

Santa Claws:

My paper winter village also had to be cat-proofed. It was on the mantle last year, but Catzilla ravaged the village pretty badly. This year, it was safely tucked on some shelves.

I added some new pieces this year, including a few airplanes, cars, and more people (all from vintage printables).

To help with those New Years resolutions, here is a healthy vintage "candy" recipe: 

I started this year off with two hairstyles on my best friend, Britt (who was home for the holidays!). One was a failure and one a success:

Hope everyone is having a good year so far!

That's All. 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Busy, Busy, Busy

Hello everyone! Hope everyone is having a good week. I'm woefully behind on my blog-reading, but I should be able to catch up a bit this week. It's just been super busy here with Christmas preparations under way. I make most of my gifts and decorations, so it's been nose to the grind stone over the last week (especially since I lost most of November to a silly cold!). 

One project I did manage to get done was my second crafting tutorial for Skillshare. Skillshare is a video-based learning site, that has short (10 to 20 minute) classes on a variety of topics such as art, crafting, graphic design, sewing, cooking, etc. My second class was a lot easier to make than my first, and I actually enjoyed making this one quite a lot. This class is all about how to make a Christmas Postcard Pillow:

This tutorial is a premium class, but just for my blog followers I created 25 free spots! If you follow this link it will allow you to sign up for this class without a premium membership! (Of course if you are interested in signing up for a premium membership click the following link  to receive 3 months for only $0.99!).

The free spots are only available until Christmas, so if you want to watch it sign up while you can!

In other news, my old laptop had to be replaced last week. I was hoping to limp it along a little while longer, but unfortunately the hinge broke and one wrong move could cause the screen to rip off.... So I had to bite the bullet and buy a new one. I'm still getting used to this thing and I've had to upgrade all my software too. Big headache. On the plus side, I decided to splurge on some new editing software since my old beloved Movie Maker 6.0 is no longer available. I'm using Filmora now and so far loving it. Expect to see some fancier Youtube videos in the near future! For now here is my latest video (edited with the old software):
It's a cute little faux bob, similar to Miss Williams' hair on Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries. Hers is curled at the front a little differently, but I may do a proper tutorial for her specific style in the future.

Well I suppose that's everything for now. 
Hope everyone's pre-Christmas season is going well!

That's All.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

This and that

Hey everyone. It's been a rough couple weeks dealing with some health issues. Long story short: I'm fine at the moment, but after 3 years on the medical roller coaster I'm more than a little fed up. I recently developed a new "life-threatening" thyroid problem, but it seems to have magically fixed itself (more-or-less), which has even the specialist confused. 

Anyways, this post will be sort of a random assortment of pictures from the last few weeks. I tried to take some outfit shots in the woods last week, but got there too late in the day. It was much too dark for photos, but here is the best shot I managed to get:
 I was going for a 1930's vibe, with my 3-hour sweater (closed at the top with a brooch), long black skirt, and beret. It was a super cute outfit, and I'm disappointed I wasn't able to capture it better. Oh well, next time I will try to be there a bit earlier...

I also never got around to posting my Halloween costume. I was a Beanie Baby! Actually, I was specifically the "Chip" Beanie Baby, who was a black and brown cat. I even printed out a real tag for accuracy. No one really got it (all the kids were too young to remember Beanie Babies), but I liked it and that's all that really matters.  

And here we have another outfit that I didn't have time to properly take photos of. I seem to be leaning towards a 1930's/1940's look at the moment. 

I also made myself a new pair of pajamas. I used a 1920's pattern for inspiration. Yup, I now have 1920's style pink unicorn pajamas. They are awesome. 

I recently filmed a few more youtube videos, including one for this 1922 perfume. I have a bunch more in the works, so stay tuned. I may also expand my range of videos to include some crafting and cooking tutorials. If anyone has any requests let me know!

Aggie misses the warmer weather and now spends many hours sitting on my cutting table staring out the window. 

Well I suppose that's it for now. I have so much work to get done before Christmas and so little time/energy to do everything! I better get back to work!

That's All. 

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Witchy Weekend

This has been another slow week. I've just been puttering away a little tasks, but despite feeling poorly (combo of my "normal" health issues and a slight cold), I've actually managed to get a fair bit done. I did a photoshoot for the shop a couple weeks ago and am finally getting around to posting the listings. (I am going to be so glad when my friend/model moves back next year and I can use her for photoshoots again. It's just so awkward doing it by myself.) I'm about half done uploading them to Etsy and should have the rest up by the end of the week. 

I've also been working on some other projects and have even started knitting again. It's been a hard year (especially health-wise), so I really needed knitting. I've discovered I can actually do some knitting, despite my hand/wrist issues, if I use square needles and only knit every-other night for less than 30 minutes. I missed knitting so much! Even doing a little bit is helping me deal with life better. I have a Edwardian sweater and a 1950's sweater on the go at the moment. The Edwardian sweater is going to take at least another year (small needles, so many stitches....), but the 1950's one should hopefully be done in a month or two.

After all that productivity, I needed a break and have been relaxing most of the weekend. However, I did get dressed up to go out for a quick coffee. Since Halloween is only a couple days away, I went with a vaguely witch-y themed outfit. I paired a thrifted dress with my What Katie Did corset, Victorian-inspired boots, and some tree earrings.

I tried to take some "flying" photos on my broomstick... Unfortunately gravity was not on my side. I did manage to time one just right, but of course I'm grinning like an idiot. I just can't seem smile nicely and "fly" at the same time.

If you follow me on Youtube you may have already seen this, but here is my lastest video. It's the first one I've been able to create since my hand-injury back in the summer. I just couldn't let Halloween slide by without making a "spooky" episode. It features hair, makeup, and some deadly beauty products of the past.

I hope everyone has a great Halloween!

That's All.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Hey guys, just a quick post: I just heard Jessica Cangiano's home burned down last week. Jessica is such an amazing person and cherished member of the vintage community. I can't even recall how many times her kind comments on my posts have brightened my day and her blog (Chronically Vintage) has long been one of my favourites. I was terribly saddened by this news, especially as this couldn't have happened to a lovelier person. 
There's a facebook page and a donation site set up for those wanting to help. 

Crepe Paper Costumes (1920)

In my research for what was originally planned as an extensive Halloween collection for my Etsy shop (which unfortunately had to scaled back due to my hand injury), I discovered a lot of the gorgeous costumes in 1920's illustrations were actually meant to be constructed from paper. It makes a lot of sense to use paper instead of costlier fabric to make an outfit that was only meant to be worn once. Although these dresses look so fabulous I would have wanted them to last more than a single party! 

Here is an article from "Dennison's bogie book" (1920) about creating crepe paper costumes. The book is mainly an advertisement for paper products but it has some great ideas in it. Dennison Manufacturing Co. was a paper company founded in 1844. The company still sort of exists, but they no longer make these adorable paper products. (They merged with Avery in 1990 to become the Avery Dennison Corporation, and now mainly sell adhesive labels and related products.)
This article doesn't give you specific instructions for each costume, but gives you an idea of how they were created:
I would think most of these costumes could be recreated with modern materials and a little creativity! Which is your favourite? 

For more party inspiration, here is the entire booklet from 1920. There are some adorable paper decorating ideas and instructions:

My own Halloween plans are far less elaborate and consist of staying home and handing out candy. Anyone doing anything exciting this year?

That's All.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Purples, Leaves, and Acorns

While my heart lies with earlier decades of fashion, I must admit I love diving into 1950's every once and awhile. Fluffy crinolines and poofy skirts are so much fun to swish around in!

This dress, while technically not a true 1950's dress, certainly has the proper silhouette. It came in a bag of saris and garments my grandmothers friend gave me to cut up and use for fabric. This "dress" was actually intended as a tunic and had a matching set of pants, but on my frame it looked much more "1950's dress" than tunic (I'm a bit...uh... "bigger boned" than the tiny lady who owned these before). I added a belt and a vintage crinoline to emphasize the 50's shape. 

The days are still surpisingly warm, but since it is autumn I decided to add some seasonal accessories. The hairpiece is made from a floral pick from a craft store that I glued to a hairclip. I love how the colours work so well with my hennaed hair. My earrings are real acorns. I made them for one of my first tutorials on my blog. and still wear them every autumn. 
This was the first outing for my new shoes, I wanted a pair of vintage-appropriate shoes that were comfortable and without a heel, but that still looked cute with a dress. They were a bit expensive, but I would rather pay more for well-made shoes that will last years instead of buying cheap shoes that will fall apart in a single season. I figure paying more up front will actually save money in the long run. I used to have a LOT of shoes when I was younger, but I've become quite minimal in my shoes choices. I now prefer to own just a couple pairs of neutral shoes (plus a pair or two of colourful heels when I need a bit of "fun"!). 

I'm going to have a busy week sewing new garments for my Etsy shop. Not sure how much I will realistically finish, but I'm aiming to create a bunch of new pieces and use up some of the mountains of fabric I bought before I injured my hand. Luckily my hand is still improving, so hopefully I will be able to resume all my previous activities soon! 

I hope all my fellow Canadians had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and everyone had a great weekend!

That's All.