Saturday, July 21, 2018

Thrifting Finds

Last night was preview and paid entry night at the neighborhood's catholic church annual garage sale.  In all the years I have lived here, I've never gone.  Well, that has come to a screeching halt!  what a crazy madhouse.  My best description would be locusts descending upon a big field.  I'll go back after lunch for the "fill a box" price.  I'll be looking for clothes I can repurpose into artwork.  

It's no secret I like kitsch. When I spotted this vintage handmade table topper, I popped it right into my basket. It was a little dingy but after soaking overnight in dish detergent, it sparkles. 
It's designed from small plastic beads. Measures 16 x 17 inches. The color scheme suggests the '60s. What do you think? 

Another gem that came home with me is this vintage wool coat.  I had thoughts of reselling it but once I slipped it on, I began to think how nice it would feel on a cold day in Houston.  You know, that one day sometime in December.

This coat is so lovely and so well maintained.  

I always get a chuckle when I see this kind of tag on a clothing item at a garage sale or thrift store.  It means it came from Goodwill.  So this blouse was originally purchased at Kohl's (it's Apt.9 brand), donated to Goodwill, purchased from Goodwill by someone else, donated to the church garage sale and purchased by me.  It looked brand new when I picked it off the rack and I didn't notice the tag until I got it home.  I won't be donating.  You're safe now Blouse!  :-)

I'm on the prowl for some new big fun jewelry.  I think this piece fits the bill.  It's dark navy blue bordering on purple.  Yum! 

Have a Creative Day, Y'All! 

Friday, July 20, 2018

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Patchwork Shawl: Even More Progress

The quick shawl is now turning into the 3 day shawl.  It's incredible how that happens.  Even though this is an experiment, I want it to be right. 
I decided about ¾ through I didn't like the patches with the background showing between them.  So, that meant a 3rd layer of pieces added.  I took the shawl off the longarm once to check it. I discovered a huge area without any small blocks.  I decided I like the small blocks.  Soooo, more layers with small blocks.  Can you see how this is turning into Day 3?!

The backing didn't work.  Even though it is black and white which I think of as a nice crisp element, it overpowered the soft blue knit.  I like the blue knit as a contrast to the vivid colors on the front.  Now I have a big black and white shawl to use as a backing on another shawl.  And, that is why I have so many bits and bobs in my studio.  This works, this doesn't; next project. 

Have a Creative Day, Y'All!
It's predicted to hit 100° today.  Electric company is asking for conservative use of electricity to ward off blackouts around the city.  

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Patchwork Shawl: More Progress

The 1st layer with the large patches are sewn.  Now I am adding the smaller patches as a 2nd layer.
I decided to add a thin backing.  I bought this thrifted scarf which I think will add a nice finish to the shawl.  I plan to add buttons scattered around to hold the backing to the front.  This is all freehand stitched on the longarm. 

Have a Creative Day, Y'All! 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Embracing Fashion in Your Own Way

Yesterday I had a wonderful visit with my daughter-in-law.  She and my son have just come back from a very successful belly dance event in Louisiana where she taught some workshops.  I was anxious to hear about everything.  It's been a great journey for them.  They are very well recognized in the regional belly dance community and that makes all the hard work seem like a good idea.  I'm proud they continue to hone their skills; Brent with his drumming and Laura with her dance and emceeing events.

I was happy to have Laura's ear and opinions on the new projects I've been stitching.  She feels I am on the right path & thinks the clothes gathering, reconstructing and selling is a perfect match for me.  I certainly enjoy it and it's a nice reconnection with my previous life of clothing construction (before quilting).

I showed her the new clothes and explained everything to her.  The wooden blinds turned out to be a perfect hanging spot for display!  I loved seeing them there and they are still hanging there now!!  It reminds me of a picture I saw once on Pinterest except, mine are the real deal.

Martha Lent mixed media dresses

She mentioned the Advanced Style Movement to me.  I'm vaguely familiar with it & it interests me tremendously.  I can definitely see my fashion tastes moving in that direction.
Here's a short clip from YouTube about some Advanced Style Women in New York.  Such fun!  Down with boring clothes!  I love Iris Apfel!

ADVANCED STYLE: At Home With Suzi Click

Here's a double Beauty!  Fashion in front of a wall of crosses and Virgin Mary pictures.  

Have a Creative Day, Y'All!  It's so hot in Houston right now.  Nothing to do but stay inside.