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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Fashion assignment of the week

My ongoing love for my fashion analysis class continues.  The assignment this week is to find a picture of abstract art, then select a pattern and describe the material you would use.

I chose this Mid Century Modern piece by Jan Skacelik.  The pattern I would use is this 1954 Vogue vintage.

Fabric I would use would be a cotton/polyester blend.  

On to thrift shop jewelry - if you are buying your costume jewelry at retailers, you are missing out on the varied selection offered secondhand.  This hospice set was a bargain at $7.50.

Thanksgiving preparations are in full swing - blessings to you and those cherished ones in your life.  

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Coat length jacket and the cardboard cutout man

Posing with Mr. white teeth/eye patch and wearing slacks now that we have some cooler weather.  

I favor coat-length jackets and this thrifted Silk Accents brand was a good find.  I've gone Visible yet again with Patti at notdeadyetstyle.com.  

1969 Pattern of the Day focuses on pants and pairings with a coat length jacket. 

My fashion analysis class assignment for the week is to choose an abstract piece of art and use that as inspiration for pattern design on a garment. 

I went to the Tami on site library (I have an extensive collection of art booksand found a work by Greta Freist.  I could see this used as inspiration for a fabric pattern.  

Undated Movements in Modern Art - Abstract Art book

I am hedging my bets on a class in the spring by signing up for three classes and then dropping two - so many factors right now until year end.  

Countdown to Christmas posts are coming along - be sure to join me for that nearly month-long event.  

No short skirt - but a long jacket.  (One of my fav bands)

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Learning Addicted and fashion assignment of the week

Hi, my name is Tami and I am Learning Addicted.  What sounds like a terrible affliction is I have earned an associate's degree and I continue to take classes.  Spring classes have posted and I am ruminating over which one to take - I am Learning Addicted.  

I prefer online classes.  It allows me the flexibility to study during my breaks and lunch at work.  The big bonus is being able to study at home.  I live in a quiet rural setting where there are few distractions.  

I managed to get a priority registration for the spring 2016 classes. Added to my cart are (1) Intro to Computer Information Science, (2) Legal Writing and (3) Women in History.  I would love to take all three but only one is manageable.  Legal Writing hinges on whether I get an interview for a legal position where this class is a requirement. 

My family shakes their heads when I tell them I am continuing on with my education.  By the time I finish my bachelor's degree, I will be retiring (or so they say).  I figure I will be seven or eight years older anyway.  With continual learning, my mind is being challenged and I don't get bored.  I am Learning Addicted. 

My fashion analysis assignment this week is to act in the role of a designer, to visit the fabric store of my choosing and select a fabric. Then create a design around the fabric and take a picture to post.  I visited Shop de Fabrique of Tami.

Bright cotton floral with black cotton

Next, select a pattern that is compatible with the fabric and sketch a design (I'm telling ya, I love this class!).  It must be a new design, not one from your portfolio.  Take a picture to post. 

My design is loosely based on the Vogue Pattern of the Day.  I wish Vogue dated their patterns, especially this retro one.  She is the latest in my batch of thrift shop acquisitions.

I wrangled up these fabric remnants for a thrift shop $5.  The polka dot print alone is six yards in length.  It will be perfect as a backing to my daughter's log cabin quilt I hope to finish before Christmas.

My Countdown to Christmas begins in 20 days.  I am working on a low pressure linkup - at the very least a parade of Ugly Christmas Sweaters!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Pink Week and Anything Goes

Celebrating the Pinks today with Beverly at anything-goes-pink-saturday-november-7-2015l


My fashion analysis class continues.  Our focus this week is color and how it is used as a design element.  

Christian Dior, Spring 1961

Jean Shrimpton

Vogue Brazil, August 2012

Pattern of the Day - a 1972 McCall's 3478 caftan.

Half off hospice thrifting garnered fabric remnants, a cute Hawaiian hula girl mug, a pair of black mid-length gloves and other miscellany.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Thrifted art and admitting defeat

Relying on my go-to hospice thrift shop for fine art finds, I found this floral study for $3.50. 

My plan at first was to tape off and paint the border of white canvas.  After I popped the canvas off the frame, I decided it was easier to turn the frame around and add a mat. 

I am now stuck on what to do with the frame.  I may have to admit defeat and just have it framed professionally. 

Admitting defeat in your professional life is a hard pill to swallow. After two months in my new job, it is clear I cannot stay.  Recently, my boss presented me with nearly 3 pages of "Tami Transgressions," (my term) listing in minut detail each of the mistakes I had made over the past 8 weeks.  Never, in the entirety of my career had I been presented with such a document.  

This is not going to evolve into a pity party, it has just strengthened my resolve to find a new position and go back to the legal field. 

Here is to new beginnings, again, and have you ever had to admit defeat?  

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Visible in a jean dress

Being visible with Patti, et al. at Notdeadyetstyle.  This Attention thrifted jean dress was a good purchase for Casual Friday.  I call my hairstyle Updo with Mullet (yes, it is the lastest trend).  The lanyard was also thrifted, the multi-colored beads stood out against the dark blue material.  

I am right on target with my quilting projects, having finished this Christmas lap quilt with angel tie for our work group's gift basket that will be raffled off next month. 

Believe it or not, this 4'x4' simple quilt took me at least 10 hours to complete.  

Thrifting produced a bag of thread for $4 and some Christmas fabric remnants (one being the newly created angel tie).  

Pattern of the Day from 1968 features a version of the coat dress.  

Friday, October 23, 2015

Pre-Hallow's Eve thrifting and baby doll mugshots

Trying to find vintage clothing just prior to Halloween is a tough go.  All of the unique stock has been pulled and priced up for the costume crowd. 

Post Halloween is a delight because everything is half off (or more) and that is when I look for wigs and accessories. 

It has been awhile since I have highlighted a few of the inmates on shopgoodwill.com.  These baby doll mugshots intrigue me - faces from the past that have been loved, discarded and now recycled via the internet. 


I have started queuing up my Countdown to Christmas, celebrating kitsch posts - that holiday will be here before we know it!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Blogga what?

Just stumbled onto this blurb about me - what a delight! 


Blogging is a weird forum.  I liken it to hollering into a tunnel and getting no response.  

I am not the kind of blogger that receives many comments (Admittedly, I forget to read those few that do take time to comment).  On the flip side, I have no haters.  I know some that have been going along with their blogs and their interests and whammo, a hater appears with ugly comments and all. 

If you tell people you write a blog, you sometimes get this facial expression ...

Some don't even know what a blog is.  This Flo commercial encapsulates what seems to be the perception of fashion bloggers.

Anyhoo, I love what I do - this blogga what? 

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Thrift shop finds and a Christmas quilt

October has been a challenging month. The mom has been in and out of the hospital.  Selfies and such are scarce for me right now.  I have always been one to believe my readers would rather have quality rather than quantity.  My goal is to always convey a spirit of fun (at least as much as possible).   

This fine piece of colorful brightness was offered at Goodwill.

The choir of angels began to sing when I realized that someone my size had recently donated to the hospice thrift.

In addition to the Jackson china serving plate (cool star pattern), my clothes finds included a 1970s maxi with gathered waistband, a Carole Little floral print sun dress and a NWT Attention shirtdress.

I have read somewhere that thrifters are always on the search for something missing from their past.  If that is true, then my 10+ year search for this Princess House lamp is complete.  To be honest, I have one of these lamps at a relative's house but not one at mine. The $7.50 price tag meant this little lamp has now joined my collection.  

Current quilt project is a Christmas lap quilt for a gift basket that will be raffled off.  As a state employee, we have to fund our own Christmas parties, so the baskets offset the cost of the lunch.  This poinsettia print was a thrift shop find at year's end.  I added the gold sashing and borders.  The gold piece of material pinned to the front is to note where the top of the quilt is. 

I know how much I value handmade items.  I think a holiday themed lap quilt could be loved by someone.  Sewing calms me and keeps my mind off of worrying about my ailing aged mother.  

Pattern of the day is a 1969 McCall's.  

Finally, some sage advice from a 1949 Singer Sewing Manual.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

I wander, wander who

My regular readers know I visit the North Coast of California quite often.  I believe one of the attractions is the wonder of the ocean.  It can be still or calm and other times it can churn with a violence and fury.  

Continuing on with write31days and the #CY365 photo prompt of "wander."  It feeds to soul to wander along an ocean shore.  I suggest it as therapy for anyone and everyone. 

Trying to compose posts in Blogger lately is like trying to find a match to a missing sock - nearly impossible!