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August in Review

August is just right for just lying back in one’s hammock with a good book and a cold drink.  Matching toenails are optional.

I’ve been a fan of Genevieve Antoine Dariaux’s early 1960s guide to proper dressing for a very long time, so I was happy to find Elegance by Kathleen Tessaro, a novel in which our heroine tries to up her elegance game by following Dariaux’s advice.  It was fun.

After a failed attempt to find a proper silk with which to reline my early 1960s Davidow/Chanel jacket, I decided to use a less than perfect Vera scarf.  I’m still working on it, but will share photos soon.

Here is just a taste of an incredible dress that I found at the Goodwill outlet.  The bodice is trimmed with those half circles, and the skirt is pleated and swingy.  I was hoping desperately to find a Travilla label, because it is of that quality, and he was known for making and remaking versions of the famous Seven Year Itch dress that Marilyn Monroe wore over the subway grate.  Unfortunately, there is no label.  I’m still researching this one.

The grapes ripened and the birds and I fought over them.

I have a new job.  Just kidding.  We are having some work done at Tim’s grandparents’ place and I couldn’t resist this classy photo op.

I made pajama bottoms.  Tim got a pair too, but mine are cuter.

This is the side of an old dog food tin that I spotted at an antique market.

Two years ago I swore I’d never go to the Hillsville, Virginia flea market again.  It was just too big, too hot, too junky, and too much.  But in a moment of weakness I headed off, and was pleasantly surprised.  I bought a lot of about 50 patterns, most of them from the 1940s, for $20.  And that was just the beginning.  It was a very nice day.

And that is it for August.

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July in Review

Another summer month has come and gone.  When I took the above photo near the beginning of July, I was thrilled at the thought that one little tomato was beginning to ripen.  Now the vines are hanging full and it’s time to think about making salsa.

Not even the best clothing label imaginable could save Jenny Burns Menswear, which was open from 1976 to 1988.  Note the driver’s nautical striped shirt!

The woods behind our house have a healthy crop of trumpet vine.

Poor me, forced to lie around with a book all day.

But the stir crazies set in eventually, and so we headed down to South Carolina to peach country.  Peaches are one of the true delights of summer.

This is Kallie, the neighbor’s rescue.  Actually I should say one of the neighbor’s rescues, as they have three.  Kallie loves to herd, as the two horses at her farm will tell you.

This is the Basilica of Saint Lawrence in Asheville.  It was designed by  Rafael Guastavino [shortly before he died in 1908], and features a spectacular tiled dome.

The Scottie of the month is on one of my travel themed novelty print skirts.   How about that fringed roof and the button axles?

I keep buying orchids, though I’ve had zero success with them.  I feel like a serial killer.

This is Lake Junaluska, a nearby lake where people from the community gather to walk and relax.

And that is it for July.

 

 

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June in Review

Wow, but that was fast.  I’m referring to the coming and the going of June.  It seems likes this happens every summer.  It will be snowing before we know it so let’s enjoy summer while we can.

A sparrow thought it was good idea to build her nest in a flowerpot at my local Lowe’s Home Center.  She choose her site well, as the workers at Lowe’s took great care to protect mother and babies.

The worst thing about having too much stuff is trying to find what you need when you need it.  After one such hunting expedition I went on an organization binge.

The best part was that I found this strip of photo booth pictures that have been lost for about ten years!  I’m on the left, and my friend Carolyn is on the right.  We were visiting the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and could not resist.  What I can’t get over is how much I actually look like Andy in that last photo.  I really hope Carolyn is not reading this because I remotely remember something about promising to destroy these.

I posted a link to this auction earlier, but I’m still not over the fact that someone paid $831 for one sewing pattern.

Of course I did a little bit of vintage shopping in June.  I love a good sports themed booth.

This statue is in the graveyard at the  St. John of the Wilderness Church in Flat Rock, NC.  For some reason, everywhere I went that day I was reminded of my sister.  Can you see the word “Sisters” on the plaque?  And what about those two little birds.  I was touched.

Yes, I do have a few scarves.  And yes, I do have a few blue scarves.

This is our dog Spooky.  Spooky is a very old guy – seventeen – and this is about as active as he gets these days.  Still, he’s a good old fellow.  He loves his vintage Scottie quilt.

My husband celebrated his sixty-fifth birthday in June.  I was glad to help him celebrate.

The end of the day, and of June.

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May in Review

It’s time again to see what else is happening in my world.  One reader once called my life “Lizzie Land” which is as good as any way to describe my universe.

Above you see the dogwoods in bloom in the backyard of what we call the “Little House.”  We bought the Little House ten years ago after my mother-in-law’s house flooded and she needed a new home.  She never lived there, but I fell in love with it and today it houses my collection and sewing room.  We’ve also had some incredible parties there.

I bought a bunch of archival flat boxes, and so I spent quite a few days transferring clothing into them.  It was something I’d been needing to do for a long time, so it was a relief to get my collection in a safer environment.

May is the start of rhododendron time in the mountains.   This hedge belongs to the neighbors across the street, and is about fifteen feet high.  Rhododendron is beautiful, but the early settlers in the mountains called a rhododendron thicket a “hell” because it was so difficult to traverse one.

I spotted these ocean liner deck chairs at a local antique mall.  They were priced at $1200 each and the little plate identified them as being from RMS Queen Elizabeth.

 

And I continued with the Scotty obsession…

My next sewing project is a man’s cabana top for me.  I love this top, but somehow can’t imagine many men today who would wear such a garment.  Whatever happened to the adventurous male dressers of the 1960s?

Rainbow over Asheville.  Rainbows are truly a symbol of hope for me.

A good friend had to have surgery, and I was surprised to find a small display of old dresses being displayed as art on the hospital walls.  It was interesting, as there was no indication at all of the significance of the dresses.  And as much as I love having historical dress gain exposure, the conditions were less than ideal with both natural and strong artificial light being a factor.  And to make it worse, two of the three dresses were misdated.

The Carolina strawberries are in, and I celebrated by actually making a pie.  It was good.

I spent a day recently playing tourist in downtown Asheville.  We tend toward art of the obvious nature, as shown by this sculpture is in front of the Flatiron Building.

All these photos originally appeared on Instagram, which I will admit is a good idea after all.  I’m so sorry I used to bad-mouth it.

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March in Review

March came in like a lion and hung around and roared all month.  Yesterday, the very last day of the month, that little lamb finally showed up.   I hate to complain about the snow because it has been very pretty, and even though it was of the clinging variety, we never did lose electric power.

In order to rush spring along, I tried doing some summer type sewing.  It didn’t work, but I did get a cute beach cover-up out of it.  (To be shown off later).  It was my very first project using the thrift find of the month:

I found and bought an entire bolt of vintage cotton pique for $2.   It was a bit yellowed, but a good hot wash with oxyclean did the trick (and made sure it was shrunk as well.)

I’ve had these antique buttons a while, but that didn’t keep me from bragging about them on Instagram.

Another thrift find was a huge, tangled pile of embroidery floss.  It was actually the very thing I was seeking, but without the tangles.  I have now started an embroidery project that I predict I will finish when I’m 79 years old.  Yes, twenty years should do it.

My book purchase of the month is this gigantic thing, The Encyclopedia of Textiles, published by the always superb American Fabrics magazine.  It is full of information, 600 pages of it in fact.

The happy accident of the month was went I pulled this Liberty of London Tana lawn blouse out from the bottom of my mend pile.  The cuffs were frayed, so I’d stuck it there years ago.  Cuffs are now bound with grosgrain; shirt is now back in closet.

This is our sweet Spooky Dog, celebrating his birthday.  He just turned 17!

My daily walk, on a particularly misty, smoky day.

The bunny Rockettes.

How was your March?

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February in Review

February was a long snowy month, with there being quite a few days when we did not leave our home.  Still, I must have been pretty busy, or at least my Instagram feed makes it look like I was.

This is the view from my office window.  I was standing at this window about five years ago when the tree on the left was hit by lightning.  The top one fourth of it blew off and landed in front of it.  Every year a bit more of it dies, but it is still hanging in there.

I took this handsome guy to bloodhound rescue in Villa Rica, Georgia.  He looks worried, but it was not my driving.  He just was not used to being enclosed.  He had been running loose in a mountain neighborhood, where he managed to elude capture for weeks.  Such a good boy he is.  I used to do a lot of dog transports to rescues until my sister got sick and I needed to spend my time with her.  I’m glad to be getting back into this work.

This photo was taken in the Nantahala Gorge while on my rescue run.   It’s a fairly wild area.

I spent many of the snow days curled up with a good magazine.  This one is from 1925.

A dear cousin came to visit and my brother and I spent  a day playing tour guide in Asheville.  We loved this Downton Abbey themed window in a local yarn shop.

I’m really not a “cat person” but even I could not resist this lovely girl we spotted in an art gallery window.

I managed to fit in a bit of vintage shopping.  I’m afraid the sign is a bit late to save some of these clothes.

Is there no end to the cute Scottie stuff?  Apparently not.

Here I am in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, tacky capitol of the South, moments before being run down by the Titanic.  Seriously, there is a Titanic attraction, and it is surprisingly educational.  Really.

I got flowers for absolutely no reason, and that is the best reason of all.

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January in Review

It seemed like January came to a frozen stop at several times during the month.  I’m glad I had a lot of interesting things at home to keep the stir crazies away.

I reorganized my photo files and found a few gems, like the two paper moon photos above.  I rarely see these in my area, so these two are the only ones I have.

It seems like there has been at least a bit of snow on the ground the entire month.  This is the view looking west toward the Great Smokies, taken during my daily walk.

Some of those walks were on days so cold that I had to pull out the vintage Woolrich hunting pants, just like Papaw used to wear.

This is actually part of a hanging rack.  This was a project where the embroiderer could buy the printed fabric and then do the needlework.

Every month deserves a great novelty print.  This one is made into an apron, and that has an Italian theme.

The book of the month was the memoir of Christian Dior, written a year before he died.  I haven’t finished it yet, but will have a full report later.

Here’s a bit more of my Scottie doggie collection.  It might have been a lunch pail.

My major sewing project of the month was the skirt from this 1966 Givenchy pattern.  The skirt could have been made in a few hours, but I had to use wool doublecloth (navy on one side, grey on the other) and all the seams were finished by hand.  The results were worth it.

Just because Christmas is over does not mean one can’t fall in love with some really great 20th century Santa glasses.

All my photos are from Instagram.  You can view my photos at anytime by clicking the link in the right sidebar.

 

 

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