Monday, 20 April 2015

*cough, cough* A little dusty around here...

Ahem. Anywho... *lol*

It's so windy out there today! "How windy is it?" you ask? Windy enough that poor Toto from the Wizard of OZ just bounced off of one of our office windows. And we're up on the 11th floor!

Well, it wasn't Toto, but something certainly smacked into one of the windows up here - bird? Umbrella? A very confused (and now banged up) Superman? We'll never know for window damage to speak of, but I'm pretty sure that the occupant of that cubicle might need a fresh pair of skivvies! *LOL*

Yep, still alive. Been busy with the departmental move, but thank goodness that's all over with now. I'm back to carrying the workload of one person (YAY!!), with an extra department added on (but I've been the one doing their work all along anyways so it's no change in my workload). Still, it's like a vacation of sorts, for sure. But there's always work there for those that look for it, right? Currently going through my letter grouping of files and "splitting" them (read: shredding old information and getting slowly prepared for storage already by culling the new paperwork into a new, thinner, folder) Might as well, as this is work that got abandoned during my co-worker's MAT leave so there's plenty to do. Do NOT get me started on my co-worker ;)...Although, my new attitude of "What they choose to do with their day is up to them, as long as it doesn't directly impact my workload" is really serving me well. Look, Ma, I finally grew up and got over myself!! It's such a load off of my shoulders - now all I have to do is watch for the knives in my back...

And yes I have been sewing - to a degree. I've been trying to mend and generally repair a lovely 1940's dress taht a friend of mine was sogenerous in giving me - she thought it wasn't in terrific selling shape, and as her shop has a certain reputation of carrying good quality items Icertainly can't blame her. It's been coming along nicely (where's the pics you ask? On my camera at home while I'm here at the office updating my blog instead oif working hard), but I really need more practice at darning (what can I say, there were a few scattered moth holes - tiny - but I wanted to try and fix them)! I found the perfect colour thread (plum, BTW), but didn't really notice the grey weft in the plum-coloured warp (or did I just get that back-ass-wards?). In any case, the holes are so small you don't really notice my (yucky) darning jobs, but I'm such a perfectionist I hate the fact that they show as much as they do. The shoulder pad osrting out will have to wait until I can post pics of the before and after. And praying I figured them out correctly, as they were quite twisted about and scrunched up. No, I did not remove them as it would destroy the lines of the dress (and the terrific period look).

I also appear to have a vintage hat fetish, sadly. Why so sad? They're costing me money, that's why! *lol* But they're so fantastic (to me, anyways)...yes, pics for them will come too.

Well, must sign off and actually get some work done around the office. Thanks to those that have been patient enough to actually check in from time to time to see if I'm still alive! :)



  1. How wonderful that you're breathing new life into a 1940s dress again. If the fabric is still intact (at least for the most part) and not horribly stained or oddly faded, it really is a crying shame to ever discard a vintage garment or accessory. The few times I've laid vintage items to rest, so to speak, it was because they were beyond any hope of salvation and literally crumbling in my hands. Even then, I swear, I still felt genuinely awful about doing do (they always came to me in that state though, I didn't bring them to it myself), even with something as seemingly small and inconsequential as a pair of gloves. That's the perpetual vintage lover + preserver of the past in me coming out in full force.

    Vintage hats really are the bee's knees and then some! My own collection grows at least once a season and sometimes more often than that. I've actually been thinking lately that I should go through it all, try them on, and sell any that don't fit me perfectly (not that there's many of those, but I do know of at least a couple). I hope you're able to find many in your area for reasonable prices. Amongst thrift stores, I've actually had the most luck on the vintage hat front with Salvation Army locations.

    Big hugs and many thanks for your caring comment on today's post. I'm going to gather up all the well wishes that I receive online for her and share them with my grandma in a card + letter in a few days (it should reach her once she's home from the hospital), so they really do mean all the more to me and my while family.

    ♥ Jessica

    1. Actually, I've scored some amazing hats from my friend on Etsy (Briony Lodge Vintage, in case you were wondering - her prices are very fair and she strives to give the most accurate descriptions she can), and another shop called Poppycock Vintage (very pricey so I wait for sales, but there's some nice hats there too) As I seem to prefer a size 23, it can be a bit difficult - yeah, yeah, "fat head" from the peanut gallery *lol* What size do you fit best?

    2. Hi sweet gal, I love Poppycock's offerings, oh my word! The fact that she's a classic beauty and excellent model for her wears just ups the shop's appeal about a million percent. I'll definitely be checking out your friend's shop, too, as that name doesn't instantly strike a chord with me.

      23 isn't that large, I've encountered my fair share in that size and larger still over the years. With my current wig on, I wear a size 21.5 or 22 usually, assuming the whole head circumference is needed (i.e, it's not a beret, tilt hat, half hat, etc). Thank you for asking, sweet gal. I'll keep in mind that you wear a 23 and let you know if I land an great ones for the shop in that size.

      Have a terrific weekend,
      ♥ Jessica

  2. Yes, definitely show those pictures next time and if you can throw in some shots of the hats also. I have two more tops to show on the blog and then I will either start a dress or get going on one of my pants projects. By the way, I just added two more but at least these have elastic waists and are out of ponte.