June 13, 2013
I am pretty sure most of you know that Google Reader will be going bye bye at the end of this month. If you have been using this service to follow all your favorite blog RSS feeds, than I would highly recommend importing them all into Bloglovin'. I just recently did this and am so happy about it. I honestly don't know why it took me so long to transfer all of them over. You can find me on Bloglovin' here, and I would just love it if you would follow me!
June 10, 2013
I started working weekends at the cutest vintage and second hand shop called Retro 360. I am really happy that I got the job, and have really enjoyed my time there so far! I love that I am meeting new people, helping customers find awesome treasures, and get to play around with clothes and accessories all day. On the days I work there I have been taking the opportunity to get all dolled up in cute clothes, and do my hair all nice and retro. I wore this outfit to work yesterday and decided to take pictures when I got home. The trees in my yard are blooming rather nicely and I thought I could get some two-for-one photos! I guess you can say I am kind of obsessed with posing next to flowers these days!
June 06, 2013
I have been slowly (and I mean very slowly) putting together our new house since we moved in about four months ago. Our home has been kind of empty because we used to live in a tiny apartment, and now we have more space than we know what to do with. I've been trying to decorate the most lived in rooms first, which include my office and of course the kitchen! I just finished redecorating my kitchen window into something a little more bright and cheerful, and it makes me so happy I wanted to share it with you!
Our kitchen was originally painted the most awful brown color, and had thick blood red curtains on the windows. I knew the first thing that had to be done was to let in some light and brighten everything up. I tried to cover up the darkness of the metal in the greenhouse window as much as I could in a semi-permanent kind of way, seeing as we are renting. I also added a doily to the lampshade that can easily be removed, and decorated all of my plant pots.
I definitely want to get more plants and knick-knacks to fill up this space, but am also really happy about the progress I've made so far. Nesting is just so fun, don't you think?
June 04, 2013
I am a huge fan of clutches! Especially the big fold over ones that have been everywhere lately. I recently thrifted some textured faux leather fabric that I knew would be perfect for a handbag. I used it alongside some other thrifted materials to create this perfect fold over clutch. Here's how...
1. Supplies: Leather or faux leather fabric; Cotton Fabric; Fusible interfacing; Shank button; Scissors; Needles; Thread; Sewing machine; Paper, pencil and ruler. 2. Make a pattern for you clutch on paper. I made mine 11 inches wide, 13 inches long, and a fold line 4 1/2 inches down from the top. 3. Cut 1 leather, 1 outer cotton fabric, 2 lining fabrics, and 1 piece of interfacing using your pattern. 4. Iron your interfacing to the wrong side of your outer cotton fabric.
5. With right sides together, sew your outer fabric at 1/2 inch seam allowance. Do the same for your lining pieces. Cut off excess seam allowance. 6. Flip your outer piece right side out. Fold and press 1/2 down from the top edge of both your inner and outer bag. 7. Place your lining bag into the outer bag and pin in place. Decide which way you want your pouch to fold over, and then pin a piece of string, ribbon, or cord in place to the top. This will be used at a part of the closure. 8. Sew a shank button to the front of your clutch. Make sure to place it so the cord from step 7 can wrap around a few times.
This project is very simple and is great for either advanced or beginner sewers! What do you think? Would you ever like to make this project? I know I'm excited to try my hand at making another one!
June 03, 2013
I have been one busy little bee lately! I am feeling 100 percent better from all of the stomach pains I had for the past four months, and have been trying to catch up on stuff for my shop that I have been neglecting. I have also just been hired at two different thrift stores the past week, which means I have been working full time while still trying to concentrate on Wear The Canvas. I'm really excited to be motivated and keeping occupied. Staying active definitely keeps my mind busy, which in turn actually helps my stomach (seeing as all my tummy problems were simply from stress and anxiety.)
I wore this outfit yesterday while working on DIY's for the blog and thrift shopping. Can you believes it's June and I still have to wear a sweater? Since I've been working on being more positive and having less anxiety, I have come to accept the gloomy Olympia weather as just another motivator. It's just one reason as to why I want to become successful with my company again, and hopefully that will help me be able to move in a year or two! Maybe somewhere with a little more sunshine?
Anywho, thank you all for listening to my blab, and for sticking with WTC while I was going through a little bit of a rough patch! I am hoping from this point on my blog will be filled with more outfit posts and DIY tutorials on a regular basis, so stay tuned!
-Jeans: Forever 21
-Shoes: Urban OUtfitters