Thursday, March 22, 2018

Things I Didn’t Buy 68

I thought about getting this Runaway Corpse book…mostly because it’s a Perry Mason book. I haven’t actually ever read one of these books, but I watched the TV show back in the day. I thought the cover was interesting.

I liked the fun illustration of This Week Magazine.

And I liked the simplicity of The Invisible Man book cover.

I loved the book cover for The House at Pooh Corner.

I liked the simple sword illustration for With Wolfe in Canada.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Thrifted for $6.57

I got this Brooks Brothers navy dress for $4.50. I didn’t need another navy dress—but it fit well and I liked the cut of it. It has a 1940s utilitarian feel to it that I liked. It’s comfortable and it has pockets!

I also bought six Corning mugs for $2.07. I just like the simplicity and durability of these mugs.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Navy Dress

I've sewn a raspberry version of this dress some years ago. I remember it being fairly simple to make, so I thought I'd make it again. My new navy version of this dress turned out…okay. I admit, I didn't go back and try to recall what I did on the raspberry version of the dress, and I pretty much made the same mistakes as I did before. [Sigh.]

The first error is that the skirt and bodice seams don't align properly in the back—it's about a quarter of an inch off when I zip it up. Which is why it's good to wear a belt or sash over my mistake.

The second error is that dress was too loose in the bodice. So after the dress was sewn, I just sewed the sides in. I know it's super sloppy, but I didn't want to undo everything because I'm lazy. So the dress fits a bit better than it did before, and I can and will wear it, but the craftsmanship on this dress isn't particularly good.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Things I Didn't Buy 67

This Red Bill celery label was interesting.

And I really liked the simplicity of this M-Z pears label.

Here are more produce labels.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Things I Didn't Buy 66

I liked these vintage puzzles quite a bit. Cute lion.

And nice polar bear puzzle.

I liked this I'm Going to Grandma's case.

These large spools were interesting.

I thought this vintage 1955 Coca-Cola ad was interesting because the headline doesn't assume that everyone would appreciate the best (as it would likely assume today). That "almost" leaves a little wiggle room. Because you know, some people like the crappy thing. It seems counter-intuitive, but sometimes it's true.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Things I Didn't Buy 65

I loved the illustrations in Little Penguin.

I liked this I Can Fly book cover.

I thought the cover of The Paper Doll Wedding was interesting.

The Saggy Baggy Elephant had cute illustrations as well.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Girl Scouts Vest

I was never a Girl Scout. I know you do stuff and get patches to show that you did that something (and that you then sew those patches on a vest). That's where my knowledge ends.

I was thrift shopping and caught sight of this Girl Scouts vest and had to take photos because of these patches. Some of these patches made me so sad. They're just not cute. [Pause.] Or they're just plain confusing.

I realize that some of the topics for these patches must be hard to design for. It can be difficult to distill a thought into an image. I know this because I look at the patches on the front side of the vest, and I don't know what a good chunk of them mean.

My best guesses to what these patches mean:
  • "Please" with hearts = learning how to say "please" to appease
  • Green cloud with color rays = superpower rings coming together to create a poof of energy (in my head there's some connection to the cartoon Captain Planet)
  • Sun, cloud and rain = I live in the Pacific Northwest and this is what the weather is like
  • Earth surrounded by black oil spill = cloud of evil surrounds Earth (like in A Wrinkle in Time)
  • Three bears in a circle = dancing bears are awesome!
  • Gold circle-like shape = pirate gold!

The patches on the back seem more self-explanatory. Sewing, food drive, scrapbooking—there's no mystery there. Although, I'm curious what "Thinking Day" is…is it something about how to save the planet, maybe? And the Princess Zip patch? No clue. However, I find the Build-A-Bear Workshop patch to be the most perplexing, as it is a brand and not a concept. It feels very out of place to me. As if suddenly I saw a product placement in a movie. This vest brought to you by Build-A-Bear Workshop. Find a location near you.

To me, if you can't immediately understand what something is by looking at it, then at least make it pretty. I just wish the patches looked better by themselves as well as with one another.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Thrifted for $6.69

I got these two tops at a thrift shop—they were on sale and together they were $3.50. I loved the color of this purple Ann Taylor Loft blouse. I liked the details on this top and the bit of texture of the fabric. I think it will be a nice light blouse for warmer weather.

I also got this navy Ann Taylor top. It's a simple jersey top. The most interesting part is the back that has a gold zipper that goes a third the way down the back.

At another thrift store I got a mason jar, three small bowls and two tops for $3.19. I thought this mason jar was cute.

Three more Pyrex small glass bowls. They match some bowls I bought previously.

This black and white top was interesting to me—it's kind of retro. I'm not sure when it's from, judging by the sizing, maybe a couple decades back.

Finally, I got this navy Banana Republic anchor sleeveless top. I liked the pattern and the detail around the collar.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Vanilla for Christmas

This year I made vanilla for Christmas gifts. Since vanilla is super easy to make (just putting vanilla bean and vodka in a bottle), the packaging took the most time (and truthfully, I didn’t spend that much time doing it either). I kept it pretty simple. I just made a tag that said the ingredients and when it was bottled. And a label that said what it was—vanilla. I have yet to try it…so I hope it tastes okay.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Thursday, January 4, 2018

DIY: Button Bag

My mom wanted me to sew her a bag for Christmas. I initially did some sketches of bags and picked one that I thought would be simple to sew. I used some fabric I had on hand to sew a draft of the bag. I got about halfway through…and I didn’t like it. So I simplified the design and tried again—this bag I finished and liked.

With my draft finished, I cut and sewed my mom’s bag. The flap can be buttoned in the front or back of the bag. I wanted some versatility, where the flap could be used to help close the bag, or buttoned in the back to make it more open. In addition, since two fabrics are used, buttoning the flap to the back of the bag allows for a different look, with the interior fabric showing.

This is what I did.

Cut out two sets of pieces, one fabric for the exterior and one fabric for the interior of the bag.

With right sides together, sew the two strap pieces together. Trim the seams. And turn the strap right side out. Press and topstitch.

With right sides together, sew the front and back pieces of one fabric together. Trim the seams and corners. And repeat this with the second set of fabric.

With right sides together, put one bag inside of the other bag and sew the flap pieces together. Trim the seams and corners.

Note: The two sides need to be kept open to turn the bag right side out and to add the strap.

Turn bag right side out. Try to get the corners as square as possible. Press bag.

Put a strap end in about 2.5 inch deep into the openings on each side. Sew the strap to the bag. (Sew a square with an X in the middle to help add stability.)

Sew the openings for the strap down.

Press and topstitch the bag.

Mark the position for the buttonhole on the flap. Sew buttonhole. Sew one button on the front side and one button on the backside. Button Bag complete.