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Holiday Sale

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Handmade Mineral Jewelry

Vintage Wool Plaid

Small biz Saturday is here! I’m so excited to have had the last few months to focus on my small biz dream, and want to thank you all for your support and encouragement! The entire shop is on sale- get 20% off through Monday night, no code necessary.

I’ve added some new mineral jewelry, and all jewelry comes packaged in a gift box so it’s ready to give, or treat yourself. There’s lots of new-to-the-shop vintage too, these plaids and wintery wools are just a taste.

I hope you’re enjoying your weekend, and had a great Thanksgiving if you’re in the U.S. :)

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April’s Sewing Project

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To kick off May I’d like to introduce you to April’s sewing project- this skirt. I didn’t use a pattern, just measured a skirt I liked and added some length for seam allowances. It’s pretty rough- no, you can’t get a peek at the inside, but it’s totally functional and will probably get a lot of wear this summer. It’s made from vintage fabric, trim, and zipper- all stuff I had on hand in my craft room. I’m not one to usually just sit down and start sewing without a pattern, but it worked out. There were definitely parts that would’ve been easier with some sort of guidance, but it was good for me to get outside my sewing comfort zone and just go for it.

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skirt: DIY- with vintage fabric, trim, and zipper
shoes & scarf: thrifted
top: TJ Maxx

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I thrifted these Aldo jelly sandals a couple weeks ago for $1. Every time I wear them I get “I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly” stuck in my head, which is weird because I hadn’t even heard that song until a week ago. What’s even funnier is that Brian was the one to introduce me to this Destiny’s Child jam, by pretending the cat was singing and dancing to it. I know- I must’ve been living under a rock, but really the most exposure I’ve had to top 40 music since the ’90s has been a shopping trip at Forever 21 or more recently at Zumba. :)

You can see the other monthly sewing projects from this year’s goal here: January, February, and March.

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March’s Sewing Project- bow ties

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For this month’s sewing project I made Brian bow ties from vintage fabric our friend gave me- from the same collection of fabric as this skirt.

The ties took a little bit of trial and error- I first tried the Martha Stewart template and tutorial and it didn’t really work out for me. I decided instead to just take a bow tie he already owns to make a template. I folded it in half, traced around it on large sketch paper, and added 1/4″ around all sides but the fold side. The I placed the template on the fold of the fabric and cut out two of these pieces. With right sides together, sew around the edge with a small 1/4″ seam, leaving about 2″ in the skinny area for flipping it inside out. Before turning it though, make sure you trim the edges, especially the corners and curves. Iron and stitch up the 2″ gap.

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Since these were part of my anniversary gift to him, I wrapped them in this vintage “Professional Wonder Pen” box, making sure to cover up the gunk with the ribbon (although I should’ve Goo Gone-d it, but I’m lazy…).

In the end these were pretty quick and easy, but I had to make a few dumb mistakes to work out the kinks. I’ve finally accepted that that’s the best way to learn ;)

If you are new to the blog, my goal for the year is to sew one wearable item a month to improve my sewing skills. You can see the past projects here & here.

Have you sewn anything recently, or seen a cool sewing project around? Leave a link! I would love some inspiration for future projects!

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Jewelry Hanger DIY

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My friend recently offered to hang some of my jewelry up in her salon that I’ve been going to for years, so I needed some kind of display that would blend into her salon decor. Although this would be just as easy to make from scratch, Brian and I decided we’d keep our eyes out at the thrift store for some kind of wood decor that could be repurposed.

I found just the thing for ¢99. The original piece is SO not my style, but I knew that it was the right size and shape for what I needed. If you make something like this from scratch- the board is 18″ wide by about 5″ high. Take a look, it’s the last time you’ll be seeing this in it’s original glory. Although I respect the original maker’s craftiness, the awkward positioning of these words nearly drove the graphic designer part of my brain crazy.

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I clipped off the wire hanger and slapped on some grey paint left over from our guest bedroom. This was a quick and dirty paint job, no sanding, and I just filled in the holes from the hanging wire with extra paint.

I attached the piece for hanging on the back and since the wood is so lightweight, it can easily hang from one nail in the wall. There were also some soft pads already attached on the back corners so that will add extra protection to the walls. Something I wouldn’t worry about in my own house, but since someone else is hanging it up, I thought I’d be considerate of their walls :)

With a centering ruler, I made pencil dots for 13 hooks, alternating the height. The wood I used was pretty soft so it was easy to screw in these cup hooks without having to drill holes first.

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There you have it, an easy peasy jewelry hanger that cost around $6- mostly for the hooks, and took about 30 minutes to make (not including time for the paint to dry, obvs). I’m excited to have my jewelry displayed somewhere and it was so nice to be offered this opportunity. It’s hard to make yourself stand out on Etsy and not feel lost in a sea of amazing sellers. If you are a seller and have any tips or recommended resources, I would love to hear them!

I’ve also been adding some new stuff to the Etsy shop if you want to take a look!

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A Dress a Month: January

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I never got around to talking about my goals for the year on here, but most of them involve improving on some basic skills I have. I have really wanted to get better at sewing and go beyond simple alterations and aprons, and I figured by setting a goal for the year would help keep me on track. My plan is to sew one clothing item per month- which will mostly be dresses, and “A Dress a Month” just sounds better than “A Piece of Clothing a Month”, don’t you think?

When I first learn to sew about 8 years ago, I made a few pieces of clothing, but I haven’t made more than a simple elastic waist skirt in years. Even though I mostly want to make dresses, I thought I’d kick of January with a skirt- something a little simpler, but still challenging me with details. This pattern is called the Sewing School Skirt, because you get comfortable with pleats, buttonholes, and a fitted waistband. I hadn’t made buttonholes in years and these are pretty terrible, but at least they improved by the time I finished.

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This vintage fabric came from a friend’s grandmother, a huge collection I inherited a few years ago. There are some great patterns in the collection and she bought a few yards of everything, so I’ll have enough to make some clothing pieces out of them. I was definitely nervous cutting into it, but figured it’s time to get over that or it’ll never be put to good use.

The pattern runs vertically on the front and horizontally on the back, which I wish I could say was my original plan. As I was cutting I realized I didn’t have enough length for it to all go the same direction, and after some swear words, thought it may actually lend itself as a design element. I actually really like it now!

pattern: Sewing School Skirt from Sewing in a Straight Line by Brett Bara
fabric: vintage, gift
top: F21 (old)
shoes: vintage, thrifted

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It took me quite a few hours this weekend but I feel really good about getting it finished before the end of January so I can stay on track with this goal!

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