Thursday, October 27, 2011

Baubles Bangles and Bright Shiny Beads

This past weekend the hubs and I went to the Burgundy Tops Scooter Club's 25th anniversary party in Sacramento. It was a wonderful party held on the Delta King Riverboat. ...and it gave us the chance to dress up for a change!

I wore this dress that I got at a thrift store some time ago. I love it so much! It doesn't quite fit right in the arms and shoulders, so I'm thinking of selling it, but I'm so glad I got a chance to wear it at least once. The top is a fine beige net covered in jet beads. Its crazy beautiful!

This is the back.

And the Hubs looked dapper in his creme tuxedo jacket.

It was a really fun party! All my friends are silly and stylish and I love them.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

7 Things About Me

Thanks to Bea from Butterflies and Hurricanes for this Stylish Blogger Award! I got this award many months ago and for some reason it took me forever think of seven semi-interesting things about me. I don't understand why it was so difficult. But anyway, here are 7 things you don't know about me.

1. I had a tiki themed wedding and a Hawaiian honeymoon. This photo is from the Luau we went to on the last day of our honeymoon. They had a photographer that snapped your photo on the way in, and later you could buy it for $25..? I loved the way ours came out and I'm so glad I bought it. This was taken only a few years ago an I'm amazed at how young and fresh we look. I guess we were pretty relaxed after a week in the islands.

2. I'm a total vampire nerd. If there's a vampire in in it, I'll watch it. Or read it. I'm not terribly choosy. I like it all. Actually, I love pretty much anything supernatural (or Sci Fi) and the more preposterous the better. (Ghost Hunters, Stargate, etc.) Except for Zombies. Zombies scare the crap out of me.

3. I really love images of bullfighters. I even went to a bloodless (Portuguese style) bullfight once. It was thrilling and strange and beautiful. I'm not sure I could stomach a real bullfight, though. Anyway, my grandfather was from Spain so my grandparents had a lot of Spanish-y stuff scattered around their home. This relief hung over the fireplace for years. When my grandma sold her house, it ended up in my cousin's garage and when I found out she had it, I begged her for it. I'm so glad she gave it to me. I love it so much.

4. My cat had to to have a lung removed last year. Thanks to lots of time spent at the vet he is the most expensive thing we own, other than the house. (Although I suspect he really owns us, not the other way around.) Here he is after surgery in a t-shirt I made for him because he kept escaping from his Elizabethan cone. He HATED that t-shirt, but it kept him from licking his scar. He is perfectly fine and happy now. You'd never know he's only got one lung.

5. I have been wearing the same vaguely pointy 50s style bra since high school. I bought my first "old lady bra" when I was 16. It was black and had a little pink rose between the breasts. I'm not sure if I was emulating Madonna or Marilyn, but I loved that bra. I was so sad when JC Penney discontinued them. Over the years this particular style, in black, has gotten harder and harder to find. The only brand that still makes them is Hanes/Bali and for a while they discontinued them in black, and I was reduced to dying my bras. So glad they've brought the black back! (Now everyone go out and buy this bra in black so it doesn't fall out of production again. M'kay, thanks!)

6. I mostly listen to mid-century mood music & standards and I have a lot of old albums on vinyl. My favorites are the 60s Brazilian jazz and samba records. When I lived in a town that had seasons (unlike Fogville) I would open up all my doors and windows on warm summer mornings and play the soundtrack to Orfeu Negro at full blast. My neighbors must have loved me.

7. I don't shave under my arms. I hate the way it feels to have stubble there and I get awful razor burn and ingrown hairs if I shave every day. Plus I am an excessive sweater and shaving seems to make it worse. Instead of shaving, I bleach the hair under my arms every couple of weeks, about every time I dye my hair, and I keep it pretty short. Honestly, though, I'm not super fastidious about it. Having fur there doesn't bother ME, though it might offend other people. In my wonderfully cosmopolitan city, I have met many stylish European ladies (mostly French, for some reason) who don't shave either, so I figure I'm in good company.

For this blog award I'd like to nominate 7 bloggers who inspire me:



Thursday, October 13, 2011

Beigey Flowery Top

While I was making the Flowery Frankendress, I was able to set aside enough fabric to make a blouse. I used this pattern.

The flower fabric is 100% polyester so I decided to line it with some cotton muslin for comfort. It went together incredibly fast...and then stalled at the Peter Pan collar.

Friends, I simply could NOT figure out how to attach the collar. I tried. I really did. I read the instructions multiple times. I looked up peter pan collars in my sewing books. I even found a great tutorial on-line but my brain just could not understand the geometry involved. After several false starts and one really poor attempt at banging the collar on and pretending that it looked fine, I enlisted professional help.

Is that failure? I'm not sure. The collar is on and the lady at the dry cleaners in my office building only charged me $5. I feel good about that. But someday I really need to learn how to attach this type of collar.

The pattern called for a zipper up the back, but I thought it would be nicer with a slit and a button instead. I really like the way it came out.

...and here's a front view. My jeans are a little low and the blouse is riding up a bit. I think it will look nicer with a skirt.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Dining Room Done!

It's been just over a year since we moved into the new house and we've been extremely busy. All we have left to do is the interior stairs, deck, kitchen, and then paint the exterior. There are a few other little things like trim that still needs to be painted and some baseboards that need to be installed, and a wobbly fence out back that needs to be replaced, but we are mostly finished.

I know I took a zillion before pictures...but they all seem to have disappeared. I'm afraid I may have taken them on my old phone and not moved the snaps over to the computer. Sigh. That means that all I have to show you for "befores" are the ones the realty company took before we bought the place. FAIL!

Anyway, the first space I want to show you is the dining room. See that area off to the side of the fireplace? That's what it looked like before. A small white rectangle connected to a larger white rectangle. Meh.

See the mirror on the wall? Well, we thought the whole interior of our house was painted white when we bought it. Once the mirror was off and we could see actual white paint underneath were it had been, we realized that everything was painted a sad greige which inspired us to choose light but bright tones for almost every wall in the house.

Here's what the dining room looks like now.

The Hubs built the cork hanging lamp over the table by combining a bunch of different pendant lamp kits from Lowes.

Our wonderful friend and interior designer extraordinaire Janel Holiday helped us find just the right grass cloth wallpaper for this space. The Hubs put in the bamboo floors. The bright yellow-orange paint adds a little more light to the space and it brings out all the deep orange tones in the furniture. I love this room!