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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Etsy update

Continuing on with 31days of writing and having begun my online business as a vintage reseller with Etsy, here is what I have learned. CY365 photo of the day is "One to One."  This here information is highly confidential - one to one.  *grins*

Your profile icon and your shop icon are two different things.  

Microsoft Edge is the best performing browser with Etsy.  Google Chrome is a disaster with this site.  Pictures won't load and the message "working on it" appears.  

I created a calculated shipping profile so it would be pretty much a flat rate.  I plan on shipping the clothing in tyvek mailers.  

You can offer buyers discounts, which I figured was an option.

There are two apps for your iPhone, one to shop on Etsy and one to sell on Etsy.  A neat feature in the Etsy seller's app shows activities of Etsy sellers at local events.  

Touting the benefits of blog challenges, I found an Etsy seller makeryspace.com who has devoted her 31 Days challenge topic to Etsy seller Q&As.  This gal is a pro at that site, definitely worth a looksee. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Listen to your elders

#CY365 prompt for the day is "listen."  Another odd prompt to capture as an image.  Of course, none of us plan on aging, it just happens to us.  I count myself lucky to be alive and well with each passing year. 

I have decided to highlight a few interesting sites.  The first is www.helpage.org which recently hosted the International Day of Older Persons on October 1st.  

Age discrimination and ageism are still tolerated across the world and urgent action is needed to stop it.
Older people experience discrimination and violation of their rights at family, community and institutional level. They remain invisible in existing human rights law which means their rights are not sufficiently protected.

Age is just a number reporting on whats-new-in-ageing-and-aged-care
The next site is seniorplanet.org - aging with attitude.  
  “It is as though the aged were an alien race to which the young will never belong. Indeed, there is a distinct discrimination against the old…. It is not just cruelty and indifference that underscore the obsolescence of the old. It is also the nature of modern western culture.” —Time magazine, August 1970.  
What was new for seniors 45 years ago?

  • Ageism in the workplace. Forty percent of the unemployed were over 45, which was older then than it is now, life expectancy-wise. (We’ve seen some improvement: a little less than 38 percent of workers 45 and up were unemployed in the last quarter of 2012.)
  • Senior poverty. One in four seniors lived at or below the poverty line. According to Time 45 years ago, “Most are bewildered and bitter nouveau pauvres, their savings and fixed incomes devoured by spiraling property taxes and other forms of inflation” — the ’70 version of market crash. (Fifteen percent of seniors lived below the poverty line in 2013.)
  • Stereotyping. The idea that sickness is an inevitable part of aging, that older people are cognitively slower, that only young people are interested in sex  — Time challenged these 45 years ago. They still haunt us now.
  • Single-generation housing. The “amazing phenomenon” of older Americans, treated like outsiders, clustering together in new towns that exclude those under 65: retirement communities with their shuffleboard, bowling and clubs. (Today, the Villages in Florida is the fastest growing town in the U.S.)

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Repairing vintage patchwork

This poor piece of patchwork could or should have been thrown out.  In fact, I found it laying at the end of the parking lot at the hospice thrift shop.  The photo prompt for #CY365 is "reflect."  I believe this image fits that prompt reflecting on what we discard. 

Tore up with seams coming undone.  Quilter extraordinaire to the rescue!  

First, I laundered the item with the torn binding still attached.  I didn't want the patchwork strips to fray any worse than they had. I then removed the binding, backing and batting. I cut out the appliques to cover where seams had come undone.

I will do an applique stitch around the fish and bird images.  The post will be updated after I add the backing and binding.

In the meantime, quilter eye candy -

Mariner's Compass

Moving write along with the 31 days challenge.  

Friday, October 2, 2015

Pink Saturday

This Madame Alexander joined my collection as a $10 thrift shop find (retail tag attached lists at $95).  I have fallen in love with her no matter.  My photo prompt is "memorized" (what an odd prompt) and I will remember her - my little Madame.

Time for some pinks for Beverly's Pink Saturday at howsweetthesound.

A Wilton Cake

Magnolias from a 1968 book on Japanese flower arranging

1969 Simplicity Book of Sewing

Thrift shop finds produced a vintage hat (to be styled later), ten birthday cards, and this adorable Viola print shirt, all for $11.  Thankfully, cuter garments come through thrift than what I remember as a kid.  It satisfies my desire to wear something new-to-me.  
 What pinks do you have in your life?

Doing the Delta and celebrating Plaidurday

Continuing with the month long write31days challenge and a photography prompt of "local surroundings," here are some images of the Sacramento Delta. 

These are the Cross Channel Gates, completed in 1951.  When open, they allow fresh water from the Sacramento River to combat salt water intrusion in the Delta, to dilute local pollution and to improve the quality of irrigation supplies in the Central Valley.  When the gates are closed, it is to prevent endangered fish species from being drawn into the interior Delta. The radial gates weigh a total of 243 tons. They were meant to only open and close twice a year, now, a more frequent schedule is being considered. 

Switching gears ... October 2nd on Facebook is celebrated as Plaidurday.

1972 Simplicity Pattern of the Day is a celebration of plaid!

Links to my previous plaid posts ~

Thursday, October 1, 2015

No crawdads were harmed

I am beginning the 31 Day challenge series this month over at write31days.com and combining it with a photograph prompt list from captureyour365.com.

Prompt one is "Where I Work" which is Sacramento, California. One of the missions where I work is to protect the Sacramento Delta. Since I know very little about this complex ecosystem, I went on an educational science-based tour.  One of our stops was Locke.

Locke is the largest, most complete example of a rural, agricultural Chinese American community in the U.S.  After a fire destroyed the Chinese community in Walnut Grove, several Chinese businessmen decided to start a new community one mile to the North.  
The Chinese community thrived and the town eventually grew to 15 acres.   

By 1920, Locke was a popular location for Prohibition-era speakeasies due to the lack of police presence and provided recreation for the agricultural workforce and Caucasians from nearly cities.  

While the town population averaged about 600 people, it could swell to 1,500 during the growing season and on weekends. 

After World War II, many of the second generation of Locke residents began to leave the town for cities, in search of better economic opportunities.  

In 1990, Locke was designated a National Historic Landmark and Sacramento County continues to preserve the many original buildings in the historic district.  

I never knew this historic little town existed.  Oh, and the crawdad shown at the beginning of this post - he was released back into the Delta.  

On Day 2 I will feature a few more images from the region.  

Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Five Dollar Thrift Challenge

Halogen shirt and sweater
Handmade skirt
BCBG heels
(entire outfit thrifted)

I didn't start with a $5 thrift challenge in mind, it ended up being these two garments that weren't meant to go together, kept calling to me.  Some thrift shops here in Northern California offer a dizzying array of discounts, color coded with certain exceptions, all very confusing. At the final ring up I don't ask questions, the total is usually much less than what I have anticipated.

The sweater ended up needing a couple of small fixes.  I repaired a french knot that had come undone and a flower edge that had frayed.  The skirt was handmade, it appeared to be someone's quick sewing job for perhaps a fashion design class.  

I first tried to fix the pink lace border by ripping out the stitches of the portion that was basted on the wrong side of the skirt.  When I tried to sew the lace back on, it was a disaster.  Back to ripping seams, I decided to finish off the skirt with a scrap piece of material to give it more of a finished look.  

I bumped into a new-to-me blogger in my internet travels.  Her interests align directly with mine - thrift fashion revitalized - refashionista.net.  This image is from one of her unsuccessful refashionings.

Linking with one of my favorite groups notdeadyetstyle.blogspot.com, Vising Out on a Monday.

I think I qualify to linkup for spygirl-amb.blogspot.com for her weekly fashion prompt of Rust with that color flower in my skirt.

Just got my hair did and boy did I miss out - I should have gone Opal!  It is kind of My-Little-Ponyesque.

It took some searching but I finally found another blog challenge group write31days.com for a writing challenge every October, every day.  Blog challenges are good for at least two reasons - the topics stretch your imagination and you discover new-to-you bloggers.  

With October being my favorite month of the year, it will be a snap posting each day.  There are numerous fashion and other linkups that I will include, perhaps a Pattern of the Day or a babydoll mugshot.  
1964 Horsman Doll

My new position with the grand State of California focuses on preservation of the Sacramento Delta.  During the 31 Days I will be posting some waterway images. 

Stay tuned for tons of fun!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

MinkAndPearls and the Cat's Meow

I had a couple of epiphanies the other day, I discovered that I had enough vintage clothing inventory (12 pieces in all) to begin selling in my Etsy shop MinkAndPearls.  The badge is now displayed at the top of my sidebar. 


The criteria is for the clothing to be considered vintage it has to be 20 years or older.  That is an easy one, most of the classic pieces I have are 20 years older or more. 

My other epiphany is that I want to focus on the things that truly make me happy and make sense for my future.  I have decided to stop taking college courses.  At least not taking the heavy duty ones like math, science, stats.  I may consider a fun course now and then but for now, I am going to see how successful I can be as a vintage clothing reseller.  I do have an A.S. in Business - might as well put it to use!  This would be great if this is the type of business that I could run after I retire and am traveling. 

Thrifting produced a 70s/80s ceramic jaguar with green sparkly eyes for $4.  I am going to enjoy him for now, knowing I can always resell him for a tidy profit.

These past few months I have been following thrift resellers.  They post where they are listing their items and how much profit they make on each item.  For a number of years I have been following bloggers that resale on the fair circuit.  I have sold through EBay before but only used college textbooks and other miscellany.

Let's throw in a Pattern of the Day, one of the earliest that I have collected from 1954.  

Since I don't have an indoor photography setup, I began by staging the clothing items for sale for an early morning photo shoot when the lighting is the best. I may try my hand at selling altered/embellished garments under the craft section. At the very least maybe I can make a few dollars towards Christmas gifts or future vacations.  

Other clothing scored in the weekend thrifting at hospice/food banks were white Pendleton shorts (NWT $38, thrifted $5), a New Identity colorful jacket ($5).  I am going to wear the two together along with a colorful pink blouse to a educational science field trip at this month's end. 

This Sag Harbor Hawaiian print maxi, (and not shown) two other articles of clothing, five Christmas CDs and a 1970s book on entertaining were all essentially free when I purchased the $15 cute blue and green jewelry set. 

The necklace now adorns the lamp shade in my bedroom until I find the inspiration to do a fashion shoot with that Hawaiian maxi. 

Vintage resellers - what has been your experience with Etsy?

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Hilo Hattie and National Sewing Month

Visible-monday-157-welcome-back from summer hiatus.  My offering this month is a concession to casual Friday where I am wearing a Hilo Hattie longboard print lounging with big cat public art in downtown Sacramento.  

September is National Sewing Month.  Here is the 1940s version of upcycling from the 1945 The Complete Book of Sewing.

My log cabin quilt squares are nearly complete (the-trailer-quilt-log-cabin-style).  Thrift shopping on the North Coast resulted in a $1 bag of floral fabric remnants, so my quilt in progress took a turn to more color.  I also like to incorporate applique in my quilts.

Image via 1961 BHG Sewing Book

My fashion analysis class assignment this week is to identify a movie that has had a big impact on the fashion industry.  Two movies that keep coming up are Breakfast at Tiffanys and Flashdance.  One movie I believe has made an impact was Pretty Woman.  Whenever I see a taupe dress with cream colored polka dots, I think of Julia Roberts.  

Pattern of the Day is a 1954 Vogue Vintage throwback.

Now we can all be a Princess!  LA Splash Cosmetics has created a line named after the Disney princesses distractify.com/disney-lipsticks

Just for kicks and giggles, here is a tune for my fellow thrifters.  
(Language warning for sensitive souls)