If you follow me on Instagram you’ve already seen a sneak preview of the project I was working on in late June – a linen blanket to help manage how hot these summer nights are getting.
I’m thinking about Edwardian walking skirts, and decided to look not just at online sources, but remembered I had an 1908 Sears catalogue on my bookshelf to reference.
This is going to be a bit of a photo dump, just to be able to give some context to each of these images – since I won’t be going into it the same way in my post (when I eventually DO make the skirt…)
In the efforts to clean up some of my sewing and crafting area, I’m going through a bunch of my old projects from Design School. I’m going to end up pitching the old posters into the recycling bin (because they’re large, and I need the case I’ve been storing them in for other things) but I thought I’d take a moment to go through them, take a few photos for the memories… and why not share some of them here too?
A number of years ago I was at Blame Betty (Or was it Rite of Ritual?) and saw this really lovely Kimono-style top.
Unfortunately… it was rayon. I don’t like rayon for garments that are going to get wear from things like purse straps etc (it tends to pill a LOT, and fast) and it was tie-dye (which I REALLY don’t love). BUT… I loved the cut, took a photo, and kept meaning to make a similar loose, boxy, flowy topper kind of garment.
What is it that fascinates me about bird cages? I don’t mean actual bird cages, but rather the iconography of them; the metaphor. I don’t even love birds. (I like birds well enough, but I’m a dog-as-a-pet-person, not a bird-as-a-pet-person… ifyaknowwhatImean.)
When decorating my bathroom, I selected bird cages to decorate with. There are mini bird cages holding soaps, bird cages holding make up, and bird cages perched (get it?) on the very top of my shelf too.
The bird cages in my bathroom started their lives in a craft supply store discount bin (and later I saw them at the old Inglewood Suzie Q Beads too, as part of their decorating scheme) and then they were spray painted silver, followed by a dusting of copper spray paint. The result is something that feels vintage rather than metallic – like something that has started to tarnish rather than something new and shiny. The copper warms up the silver too, which I really like.