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Friday’s Favorites – Old School Dress Up

I’ve seen some amazing vintage and vintage inspired super feminine spring outfits on Etsy lately! If I had the money, I’d buy them all, but, alas, I must “window shop.” Look at all the pretties!

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Friday’s Favorites – Valentine Edition

Time to spread the Valentine love, and share some of our most recent favorites on Etsy:

Cassette Tape Papercut by squirrelandfox

 

Pink Elephants by maybesparrowsplace

 

1950s Fenton Glass Perfume Pitcher by crazydreamz

 

Vintage Silk Cocktail Dress by chiffonier

 (Of course, there’s plenty more romance where that came from! Just search EtsyXO or Valentine’s Day on etsy.com to find it.)
 
I have a love/hate relationship with the holiday (who doesn’t?) but I just have this image, combining all of the items above, of wearing that dress while pouring a yummy spritzer from the Fenton vase as the hubby opens his awesome papercut card and the cute little pachyderms look on from the background. Of course, we’re in a dreamy vintage kitchen, complete with sky blue fridge and diner-style breakfast table. And a million dollars and a pony, because, what the heck, it’s my fantasy and I can have what I want.
 
In reality, we’ll be taking our nerdy selves to the Sci-Fi Expo tomorrow to celebrate. Next best thing, don’t you think? Maybe I’ll rub elbows with Eliza Dushku.
 
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Make It Monday – Look at this stuff, isn’t it neat? How to be a mermaid.

Last year was our first year participating in our church’s Trunk or Treat event as Dorothy and the scarecrow, and I did a tutorial about ruby slippers. This year, after a failed attempt at a theme based on the movie “Up,” we’ve decided to be a mermaid and a pirate! When I was a little girl, one of my favorite movies, like so many little girls, was The Little Mermaid. (The only difference between me then and little girls now is that I got to see it when it came out in theaters!)

I have to admit, we’re cheating a little. Remember the pirate costume we put together for the hubs for the renaissance festival?

Yarr.

Yeah, I think I’ll make a vest and call it a day. With a costume as elaborate as a mermaid, I need all the extra help I can get. Especially considering our car’s trunk is going to be dressed up as a giant clam shell. Uh huh.

The pirate costume consists of a thrifted large ladie’s linen shirt (a t-shirt will do,) thrifted men’s linen pants, jaggedly cutoff (khaki will do,) a head scarf (or a hat!) a belt, a piece of “creepy fabric” from the dollar store tied at the waist, and plenty of jingly and sea-shell-y jewelry (thrifted and from home.) Hubs just happened to have a wooden sword – don’t ask. Add black, smudged eyeliner, maybe an eyepatch, a scar or two, and you’re a pirate! A tried and true, easy & traditional costume.

Now for the mermaid.

The unfinished costume.

 Let me first say, I still need to add fins to the bottom of the skirt, using blue and green tulle. I got lucky and scored a bright red (unused) wig from Goodwill for $5, that I’m excited to be able to reuse for costumes like Poison Ivy, Jessica Rabbit, and other fantasy creatures. Any time you can find an “investment” costume piece, go for it!

I made “face fins” inspired by a cool makeup tutorial: http://youtu.be/b5DkwjEelW0. I used blue floral wire and the same tulle as my tail fins, then got a little fancier and hand sewed gold and green sequins to the tulle with gold thread. The tutorial will teach you how to shape and attach the fins.

The “bra” shells are made from purple felt and scraps of iridescent fabric. I drew a simple pattern for the shells about the size of my bra cup, then traced the pattern with a marker onto the felt. I did the same with the iridescent fabric, marking a pretty wide margin outside the line of the pattern. After cutting out the shell shapes, I began stitching the iridescent fabric on top of the felt, puckering the iridescent fabric to create ridges, and gathering the straight stitches tightly to creat a slight curve to the shell. Then I stitched the outline of the shell, and added some natural shells and fake pearls to the bottom of the “cup.” In the picture, the shells are just pinned onto a nude tank top. I plan on pinning them a little higher with safety pins on Halloween. 

I created the tail from stretchy metallic knit that I had leftover from a goddess costume. The fabric isn’t the cheapest (I found it on sale,) but you only need a couple of yards. I traced a fitted, pencil-style skirt with chalk on the back of the fabric, down to knee length, marking where the knees were, and then tapered off into a v-shape at ankle length. I folded the top of the waist on each piece down and sewed to create a neat edge. Then I pinned the pieces (pretty sides together) and sewed seams down to the mark I made for knee length. I sewed a zipper into one of the side seams – it’s really easy! – and cut the excess fabric from the seams. The end result is a tail-shaped fin with slits on each side from the knee down. I plan to cut tulle into fin shapes and sew it to those slits to create the illusion of a mer-fin. Similar to this:

Another great idea for a pin-up style mermaid!

There are so many different ways to do mermaid makeup, I won’t even attempt to suggest one to you. Youtube and Google are full of ideas from natural looks to wacky ones, like the link a few paragraphs up. I will, however, suggest some false eyelashes! I was able to find some in red to match my wig. I also found some fake pearls in colors to match my costume, along with some abalone shell beads, and I’m creating some very under-the-sea jewelry.

As far as the giant shell for our trunk is concerned? You can see it peeking out at the bottom right corner of the pic of my mermaid costume … it’s made from 6 pieces of foam board, cut with a razor, painted with acrylic and accented with some glitter. I’ll either tape or “sew” it together with monofilament (fishing line) and cut a hole in the middle piece of the bottom portion of the shell for a stool to sit on. I’ll sit and blow bubbles as the pirate hands out candy from our treasure chest – a plastic shoe box covered in wood-grain contact paper, accented with a skull and crossbones cut from a styrofoam headstone.

I’ll be sure to post pics of the end result next Monday! Do you have a cool mermaid costume to share?

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Friday’s Favorites – I Wasn’t A Huge Fan Of Felting Until …

No offense to the people who do wool felting, but I’ve just never been keen on a lot of the designs that go along with the technique. I appreciate the time and patience it takes, but most of what I’ve seen just isn’t quite my style.

Until this:

AnnieCooper on Etsy

These little dolls are folky, bright, colorful, and make me smile! I can’t wait to see more from this shop. The scenes depicted on their dresses remind me of one of my favorite artists, Jim shore:

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Weird Wednesday – Animals & Instruments

Today’s Weird Wednesday is inspired by animals, instruments, and sometimes both at the same time! (Oh, and the first print, because it’s so cool.)

Music Smokeblot for ClocksForSeeing

I Feel Weird Print by laurageorge
Holding Down The Bottom by Jtnee
Instrumental Oddities T Shirt by phippsart
Handknitted Meerkat Saxophonist by niftyknits
 
 

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Weird Wednesday – Shake It Up

Somewhere, far far away, there’s a magical world of weird little salt and pepper shakers. They’re one of the most collectible collectibles, you can find them in any style, and a whole bunch of them can coexist peacefully on one shelf. Plus, they help you inconspicuously play with your food!

Baby Hands Ceramic Salt and Pepper Shakers by modernfx

Vintage 1940s Art Pottery Dead Bug w/Sprayer S&P by thetoadhouse

Trilobite Salt and Pepper Shakers by potsdamelf

Vintage Plastic Cows Salt and Pepper Shaker Set by dirtybirdiesvintage

See? From baby hands to martian cows … well, I’m not even quite sure what to say, but they’re cute.

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Tuesday’s Treasure – I’d Like Some Catch-Up On My Side Of Thanks

I wanted to catch up on our thanks to the curators who have featured us in their beautiful treasuries over the past month! 

Pink floral earrings in two pink treasuries:

Buy A Little Pink For Me by CreativeCabin131

Pink And Precious! by ConcordSoap

A sparkly brooch in a sparkly treasury:

Are You Ready To Party? by hotcrossbuns

A fabulous fascinator with the blues:

Awesome Gifts For The Blue Lover by aldari

Antique books blend right in:

Mildly Moody by RichardandRuthie

Finally, I was feeling in a colorful mood, and paid homage to the blindingly cute Japanese “kawaii” or “cute” style:

Too Kawaii To Handle by BuyMeLove

There you go! Lots of eye candy to satisfy your cravings. Thanks again to all of the Etsy members who took the time to make these treasuries!

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