This summer has been a hot one. Something about hot weather makes me want to wear clothing that comes in one piece and can be disassembled with the flick of a button (or two). This leads me to jumpsuits (jumpers). And yes, the majority of jumpers on Etsy are for children under five years of age, but I knew there had to be a few or more that I know I could rock.
The first one I found was this lovely Mod Mondrian Tent Dress. I hate to admit it but I actually had to google Mondrian. Here's what I discovered... it is named after a Dutch painter, Piet Mondrian who worked in rectilinear color blocks. He was part of a Dutch artist movement called De Stijl, or The Style. The term De Stijl is used to refer to a body of work from 1917 to 1931 founded in the Netherlands. Due to my recent search for my forefathers and foremothers (damn you PBS for your series on ancestry!), I found out that I can trace my people all the way back to a castle in Holland. Is it a coincidence that I am attracted to Dutch rectilinear color blocking?? Or that I secretly wish I was born in a different decade that would have allowed me to buy this type of item right off the rack?? I owe these questions to you, Etsy seller DepanneurRoyale.
It's no surprise that I love 40s, 50s and 60s pin up gear and wiggle dresses. So this pick was a shoe-in. This items has been to the front page of Etsy and blogged about before but I just can't resist showing off Etsy seller, nudeedudee's designs.
In her Etsy profile she states, "I've been collecting rockin vintage patterns, buttons, and fabrics for the past 15 yrs to make myself custom clothes as I am way too tall to fit in the originals. To say the least, I have amassed quite a stash."
Kudos to her for not conforming to clothes that don't fit.
Her profile states that she is a student at FIT. A friend of mine attended that school and went on to work for Calvin Klein and Levi's. Regardless of where she ends up, she is very talented. I would rock any of her gowns. If only I had a place to rock them at or to...
Okay, one more.
This time I searched for "jumper, 80s," which is more of what I envision when I think jumpers. I think my mom owned this once upon a time. I remember she had a matching terry cloth bath robe. I borrowed it to take on my 6th grade trip to Mackinac Island. It didn't make it home. I'm afraid I left it on the hook of my hotel room. That was a sad day. Now I always double check that hook... sneaky stealer of bath robes. It's from Etsy seller lbapparel. She can custom make one in a couple different colors. How about rainbow print terry cloth??
Back in March, Henry lost his only child status and became a Bruncle (brother/uncle). Jolie, Henry's sister from the same litter, gave birth to six pups. All six puppies got to grow up (for the first five weeks of their lives) with Corey and I at home base. So for a few weeks we had eight dogs (8 dogs!) running our house. I felt like the octomom.
After many weeks of pee and poo clean up, Jolie and five of the pups went to their forever homes. Two of them Freddie and Pinky (renamed Kojo and Teba) went home with Jolie to live with my friend Fred, who owns Jolie and the father, Cooper. Noodle (now Bella), Batman (now Bandit) and Crybaby (not sure of her new name) went to Fred's friends. That leaves one pup who certainly was not picked last. In fact, moments after their birth, I knew she was the one.
A Grand Day Out
Three months later: Shuggs!
She's peeking at you!
Shuggs (short for Sugar) is just the Niecester (niece/sister) that Henry has been waiting for. Sometimes Shuggs gets on Henry's nerves so he'll jump up somewhere she can't reach yet but for the must part, they're best pals.
So far this summer, I've done the Art Meets Craft show in Pleasant Ridge, MI and the Cleveland Handmade Market show in Pepper Pike, OH.
My next show will be the Baar Bazaar on July 10 at The Majestic Theater in Detroit, MI. This year marks the five year anniversary of the Baar Bazaar and I'm happy to be a part of it. It is organized and sponsored by Reware Vintage. For a complete list of vendors, click here.
Eleanora and Mod Orange will be playing a free show while you shop. Want more info? Click here.
Following that, I'll be in Ann Arbor, MI for the Mitten Made @ The Blue House show, July 23 and 24. If you're not familiar with Blue House, you should be. I'm totally geeked about their classes and studio.
Mitten Made is two day event featuring artisans from all over our great mitten state showing off their handmade creations. It runs the same time as the Ann Arbor Art Fair.
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I woke up at 6am the other morning in extreme pain. I don't know if I slept weird or something happened the day before but all I know is that I couldn't move my neck. Poor Corey has been doing a good job taking care of me.... putting on my Icy/Hot patches, making my tea, etc... but I just can't seem to get comfortable. So I went on Etsy and did a keyword search on the word "comfort" and these are my finds:
At first, the dining room looked like the rest of the house. Full of stuff. We worked our way through... digging holes, finding some treasures and throwing out a lot of junk. It was hard to believe there was a dining room table, a loveseat, three dressers, a media cabinet filled with hundreds of sheet music books and two bookshelves under there.
In the picture, the room is about halfway cleared. We pushed the dining table against the wall to make more room to get into the kitchen. The dresser was filled with pictures, linens, coupons with no expiration dates and yarn (lots of yarn). My mom took the dresser to her house but still doesn't know where she's going to put it.
Here the dining room is cleared out. The carpet was pulled back to reveal beautiful hard wood that we never knew existed. What a big sigh of relief! I thought I would have to put down new flooring. The old carpet was filthy and covered with signs of critters. Things were shaping up!
The hardwood floors got a new life! We cleaned and refinished it. Now it has a caramel / coco brown look. The walls were originally going to be a bright turquoise blue but I decided I'd rather have a calming blue instead of an energizing blue. This blue is repeated in the kitchen, along with a muted lime green for the cabinets. The curtains are original to the house. The washing machine, even on the gentle cycle, was not kind to them and left a couple tiny holes. Luckily, the holes are hidden by the folds when hung.
The chair was an estate sale find. I love the way the paint is chipping off combined the powdery blue / grey colored upholstery. The large flower print is by an Asian artist, Sanyu (I also have his Agnes print). The portrait was found at Fred's Unique Furniture and Antiques.
Due to the size of the room, the media wall had to be divided into two sides of the room. The shelves were a purchase on craigslist. They were handmade by a former antique book dealer. They are kind of oddly sized and mismatched... but I like it. I wish all of it could have fit on one wall but it works for now. The 50s dinette was another find at Fred's.
I found this Russian Cosmonaut Communist propaganda at the KGB museum in Moscow. I never knew what to do with it or where to put it in my old place, but it just seemed to fit here. None of the artwork in the room seems to match, but they all play into the blue / green theme.
Here is a close-up of the chair I so love.
This is my collection of plates from my travels to Turkey, Morocco and Iran. My mom gave me the idea to hang them over the doorway into the kitchen and Corey helped me hang them. I have another set of plates on the other side looking into the dining room from the kitchen but those have a different story.
Back in August, I started a little project. I decided to move into my Grandma's house and make it my own. The only problem was that my Grandma's house was full of junk... 30 years of junk. My Grandma is a hoarder. So bad that she couldn't live in her house and 12 years ago, she moved out of it, leaving the house to its own, filled with creepy-crawlies, newspapers and boxes of Avon.
In the beginning, I couldn't open the front door... not even a foot. But now I'm actually living in it. It's still a project, but I can't believe how far I've come.