Saturday, February 23, 2019

Velvet and Pelt

My favourite part of IKEA has always been the AS-IS section. Oh those bins heaped with discounted textiles and that furniture with a bit of quirk! I recently found this deep green curtain panel for $15 and the iconic sheepskin for $20. The sheepskin I have draped over my desk chair and the velvet (hello, John Singer Sargent) I may end up using for a upholstery project down the road.

Monday, February 18, 2019

'40s Military Dress

This past weekend I attended Swingfest and swing danced surrounded by tanks and planes! This is the WWII inspired dress I tweaked and wore for the event. I found the original dress in the summer for mere cents at the local thrift haunt. I love its military green cotton searsucker fabric with the bit of stretch. The original dress was basically sleeveless so I spent months keeping an eye out for similar coloured fabric whenever I was thrifting, so as to have some material to make sleeves out of. Nothing turned up. Then one day I was trying it on again, and while taking it off it flipped inside out and I realized it had a slip! Glorious discovery! So I promptly ripped that slip out and started chopping it up to make the sleeves and lapels you see here. I also swapped out the buttons for these brassy ones. Lesson: always look under the dress' skirt for extra fabric!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

#1 Fan

Happy Valentine's Day to all you fellow creativity enthusiasts. Hope you're having a fan-tastic day of love!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Floral Dishes

I found this sweet set of floral dishes for $9 at Value Village. It's 4 round plates and an oval platter and dish; that tiny oval dish is particularly charming. The set is marked Myott and is from England circa 1930s-1940s. 

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Pansy Print

The latest acquisition for my growing collection gallery wall of vintage floral prints: $3 from the Restore.
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