Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Sewing Classes Part 1

For Christmas I asked my mother for sewing classes. I know, I'm a total nerd. I mean, who asks for "school" for Christmas?! THIS GIRL! It's a program that is offered through our local college's "Workforce Training" courses. The class that I REALLY wanted was specific to tailoring, as it is getting closer to wedding season and I want to be ready with all the know-how on all the alterations I will be doing. Last year I kind of started doing alterations without really knowing what I was doing, but I learned as I went along and have become pro at it! The only thing is is that I don't know how to do all the fancy seams at the bottom of a bridal gown so I can't hem it for any of the brides. I can take that sucker in or let it out, no problem, but I can't hem it, sorry. Not really a thing a bride wants to hear. So, back to the class, in order to do the advanced class I have to complete the basic class. Some of the things are a little redundant, and it's a bit boring for now, but I'm excited because I am actually getting to learn all the proper terms for specific stitches. I know that they all have special names, but I just know them as the "Fold It Over One" or the "Curvy One." Very scientific, I know. I am however looking forward to learning more, especially with the advanced class. That one is going to be so much more challenging and I am looking forward to it.

(If only we all looked this pretty while sewing. Instead I wear my sweats, no makeup and I have a can of Diet Dr. Pepper next to me.)

Other than that, my life has been a bit quiet. Other than trying to organize my kids' rooms. It's going to be a month long project and I might not make it out alive.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

A Thrifting I Will Go!

I was in some desperate need of some retail therapy today. So I loaded the kids up and we headed to St. Vincent's in search of...well, not really anything in particular (which can sometimes be dangerous for me). Luckily, there weren't so many treasures that I spent a ton of money, but I did walk away with some fun things! Check it out:

First, I got two mens' shirts that I will be using for a tutorial I am cooking up. Stay tuned for that.

Sheet Music from 1938. Gotta love us some vintage sheet music!

A bag of trims. I like looking in the "Odds and Ends" bins by the fabric. Sometimes you can find some fun little things. I love this lace and I think I will use it in some future garter designs for the Shop.

I found this pink hounds-tooth, yummy goodness in the fabric bins! This stuff can get spendy, but if you find it, you GRAB IT! This fabric will become some clutches that I want to sell in the Shop.

And last but not least, a tea pot. You might not think this is a huge find, but I am planning a "Fancy Nancy Tea Party" for my daughter's 5th birthday and this is one of the many items that will be used for decorating and creating a fun table-scape. Love it! Plus, it was only $2!!!! Can I get a What What?!

The Grand Total for this little trip was........$10.57! Not too shabby if you ask me!

Did any of you go thrifting this weekend?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I Just Can't Quit You

Hello? Is anyone still out there?

I sure hope so. I know I said that I was going to quit this blog, but I have felt a little lost since doing so. I feel like I have lost that sense of "community" in the creative world and to be honest, my husband is a little sick of me trying to explain the difference between chiffon and organza. So I need my girls. I need to have that sense of accomplishment back. I need a place to share something that I've done, to make new friends and to have a place where I can express myself.

I have entered in a TERRIFYING world of having a business. I opened up an Etsy shop, which I have wanted to do for years, I have just been too much of a chicken. I'm still uncertain of myself, which is a new feeling and I don't like it, but I feel like being back in "Blogland" will help to ease those fears.
What is this new venture? Well, my shop is called Vintage Vanity, LLC. Go check it out! I would seriously LOVE some feedback on it! So, please share any thoughts you have. I have only had the shop open for a week now, well, I have only had things listed for a week, and I'm trying to keep my chin up. I have had my garters in a local bridal shop for a few months now, which has been fun and I have gotten some interest locally, which makes me happy. I have many, many ideas and new designs so the shop will be changing constantly. I have a Facebook Page set up for it too, so go follow me there too. Vintage Vanity, LLC.

Other than having all my dreams come true (that includes those insecurities that make you have the dream that you show up to school naked) what have I been up to? I have been attempting to organize this house. We decided to hold off on selling for one more year as the market here is brutal. So I will have posts on making SUPER SMALL places more functional.

Another thing I have done since I spoke to you all is I put some pink in my hair. Yup, I am a 27 year old trying to go a little more Rock-Star! Or, trying to get all my "Midlife Crisis" things done before I am that age. However you want to look at it. Here's a picture of it. And I have to add that my hair stylist was upset about me doing it but is now posting lots of fun colors in her "Hair" file on Pinterest. Hmmmm. Coincidence? I think not!
Well, there you have it. I will be around more often. I hope to make this blog into what I want it to be and I am ready to do that now. Plus, I got a big Starbucks gift card for Christmas, so I will be well caffeinated, which also helps.

Anything new with any of you?


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