April 25, 2010

Let the Season Begin!

This May rings in a new season. Reenacting season...

It's time to start packing up the wagons...

And head back to our home sweet tent.

I call it "Our own little Cranford"~

In some ways, it's a little piece of heaven~

And, boy.... how I've missed it! ♥

April 3, 2010

Second Hand Fashion Week: Day Six

"Beekeeper's Bliss"

Okay, so...I know exactly what you're thinking! ;)
But, honestly, this is what you'd find me wearing sometimes, ("second hand honeybee-fashion" ;)) especially during Springtime:

I actually have to give the credit to Mom for this post: it was her idea to share this as my grand finale'! ~*~

My sister and I started beekeeping when I was 11 or 12 (picture above) and just couldn't afford the usual $150.00 bee suits. We set out to our local thrift store with hopes of finding white shirts and jeans to use for designing our own suits. We were blessed to find both, came home as two very happy beekeepers, and set to work creating...
I don't think this is quite considered fashion, but I'd say that the cute bee fabric we used to put boning in our floppy fishing hats and the Arizona Jean Co. possibly adds a more... fashionable... touch than the usual suit, don't ya think? *wink*

Anyway, the total came to $2.00 each
And I still use mine today...
After my sister married, her suit was passed down to Ben...It's still working, rubber banded holes and all. ;)

"She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong." Proverbs 31:17

April 2, 2010

Second Hand Fashion Week: Day Five

"Raindrops and Roses"

It's been dumping raindrops here!

I picked up some old sheer valances with soft polka dots at the thrift store here in town. Rose-making was a perfect past time during the wind and rain storm...

Here's what I made~ A Rosed up shirt~

Shirt~ Hillard and Hanson-----Garage sale $1
Old polka dotted valences~ JC Penny's -----thrift store $1.50
Total= $2.50

So, dear girls, here's what I did, and I encourage you to give it a try~
~find one of your shirts that you think would look perfect with a little "rose-ing up".
~pick scrap fabric for your roses that matches well or is a perfect contrast.
~cut a strip appx. 2" wide for each rose and however long you want them, depending on the size of rose you are shooting for.
~twist, and then wind the fabric into a plump, round rose-pinwheel.
~hand tack the pinwheeled fabric-rose.
~To finish, hand sew onto shirt with a piece of interfacing behind the rose on the inside of the shirt.

These are so fun to make...little sis even loves to join the rose making.
"These are a few of my favorite things~*~*~*~"

"She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands". Proverbs 31:13

April 1, 2010

Second Hand Fashion Week: Day Three & Four

"Lemons and Lace"
(love Annie's little brown egg {below} she gathered from the nesting box)

I'm back!
I thought I'd combine day 3 and 4 today, and do one post~ Here are our two outfits for spending time enjoying the great outdoors, and exploring the nature in "The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady" (by Edith Holden) while bringing a nature journal of our own~*~*~*~
Annie is wearing~
B&W Daisy Top~Cherokee-----hand-me-down
Jeans~Arizona Jean Co.-----thrift store $1
White Hat~Bijoux Terner-----thrift store $1
Total= $2.00
(The straw purse above ^ was a simple $.50 garage sale find. Made it pretty by hot gluing beaded trim around the top~ Perfect for using as an art bag or beach buddy!)

I am wearing~
Lemon yellow and eyelet lace Top~ handmade with hand-me-down fabrics~ Believe it or not, this top is actually the mock dress I made for these bridesmaids dresses!
Jeans~Gap-----garage sale $.50
Black Flats~Predictions-----thrift store $2.00
Lacey white bolero~Derek Heart-----Ross dress for less $10.00
Total= $2.50 (although the times I wear the bolero the total is $12.50)

The above ratio of where everything comes from is the classic example of my entire wardrobe:
~Made-it-myself-clothing %40
~Thrift stores/garage sales %50
~Special items (from places like Ross) %10

"She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness." Proverbs 31:26