We went for a bike ride the other day. My dear friend, Jen and I hopped on our cruisers and we rode our way through a herd of cows. Mama cows and babies.
And a whole lot of cow pies.
My mom asked me to collect some of these seed pods that dot the countryside near my house. She wanted them for art card inspiration, and to put in her flower pots at home. They really are beautiful, despite their thorns and spikey round heads.
They’re also noxious weeds. I once spent several hours in a sweltering heat, pulling these things out of a some Boulder open space. So there’s that.
Nevertheless, they are fun to photograph on an overcast May day, against Colorado mountains that still have snow on them. It truly has been the most beautiful spring.Thanks for hanging on with me friends, as I post rather infrequently. Life has thrown a few curveballs (most of which are good!). For now, my erratic posting will continue, but I’m itching to get back to my sewing machine and to a regular blogging schedule.
Peace, love, and noxious weeds.
First of all…thanks! Thank you, all 100 of you, who filled out my automatic pin remover survey. Your feedback is invaluable and it’s clear that, well, nobody wants an automatic pin remover. I’m not sad. Actually I’m rather excited to focus on another new business venture. One that involves a 1965 Cardinal camper trailer. And music festivals. The next six months are going to be rad, folks.
I’ve also chosen a winner of the Tiny Pocket Tank giveaway and her name is Amanda. She’ll be receiving a Tiny Pocket Tank in the coming weeks. If you’re lucky, you might even get to see photos.
Speaking of festivals, if you follow me on Pinterest you’ve probably thought I’ve gone a bit batty. I’ve been pinning fashion that does not entail stripes and neutrals and classics. I’ve been pinning some weird stuff. I’ve fallen in love with festival fashion.
What I love most about festival fashion is that it’s entirely functional. Festivals are usually hot and dirty and require lots of dancing. Flowy skirts, lots of layers, and comfortable shoes are a must. What’s even better? Thrift stores are the perfect place to find festival fashion waiting to be repurposed. It can be weird…but what better time than a music festival to bring out your hippie side?
So a vintage trailer, hopefully a few friends, and I will be making our way to some music festivals this summer. Teaching people to sew, and possibly selling some stellar music festival fashion. Mostly we’re just looking for an excuse to travel the country and checking off the music festivals we’ve been eyeing for so long. Stay tuned for an update!
P.S. I have two weeks until I’m officially done with grad school. Oh my goodness. But with the excitement comes a crazy number of to-do’s that require my full attention. I may be absent for a few weeks, but I’ll come back in May with some HUGE announcements. Thanks, friends, for being such awesome readers.
I don’t know if you’ve figured it out yet. I have a new complete and total obsession. A total fixation on five boys akin to my Leo DiCaprio crush that started in 1996 and stretched well into 1999. I am completely enamored by a new band. Lord Huron is where it’s at, people.
I caught these fellas at SXSW a couple weeks ago after listening to their entire album on repeat while sewing. Such great sewing music. I had no idea what to expect from their live performance, I didn’t know what they looked like or how many were in the band. I now know all of that, including their middle names and their favorite foods. Yes, I said I was obsessed. Quit judging.
I got the chance to catch these fellas again last Wednesday night in Denver. We were standing in front of some rather enthusiastic girls that knew every word…and apparently couldn’t hear themselves singing. But, alas, it seemed the entire theatre was alive with this crazy energy the band exudes. Seriously, the lead singer plays the drum while he sings. Insane.
But something has been bothering me, along with the people I tell this to. So prepared to be bothered. Now that this band has blown up, I’m less into them. Still obsessed, but thinking about moving on. This crush will not span years. The reason? I’m a total hipster. I have a horrible habit of losing interest in certain bands that go big, and I have no idea why. It makes sense that I would want to support and take joy in seeing my favorite music reach the mainstream. I think it’s the idea that I won’t get to enjoy them in the tiny venues I’m used to. It’s not like I uncovered this band from the depths of indie music…I absolutely did not. I trusted a friend’s music recommendation, and I fell in love.
And now I’m quickly falling out of love and I hate that. Yes, I lose interest quickly. It’s my nature. At the very least I can hold on to one awesome lyric:
“What good is a livin’ a life you’ve been given, if all you do is stand in one place?”
Now, someone go create this stylized quote with a woodsy, etheral background. If you don’t, I will. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Peeps. I have returned. From Austin, from SXSW. I am changed.
Changed how? you might ask. Well my new favorite band is Lord Huron, and I plan to court and marry every member of the band. I am a teeny bit more tan, and approximately 25 tacos heavier. I am energized for the 2013 Red Ants Pants Music Festival. And I am so darn happy.
SXSW was craaaazy. So much music, so much walking, so little time. I was completely inspired by the awesome festival fashion every where I looked. And I was so happy to connect with the festival team that I am so thrilled to be a part of. Austin and SXSW shall now be an annual thing. For sure.
I’m catching back up on school and getting my rear in gear on several business ideas I have in the works. I am so ready to launch my own business that it’s all I can think about. Today, if you’d be so gracious (and you’re a sewing machine user), you can help me out!
Click on the photo below to take you to a survey that will test a new product concept I am developing. A product concept that, in my opinion, is a long time coming. I hope you think so too! Make sure to enter your email address at the end of the survey and you’ll be entered to win a thrifted refashion courtesy of me! The lucky winner will receive a Tiny Pocket Tank refashion from a thrifted shirt of your choosing!
If you want to share the survey with your sewing friends, feel free! Here’s the link: https://cuboulder.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3mF5ELzGx9PxiiF.
As always, I am so appreciative of your honest feedback. And I can’t wait to reveal the winner and their refashion!
I’m off to the land of bearable temperatures tomorrow. I will break out the tank tops, and skirts…and deodorant. Life is going to be real good in about 24 hours because tomorrow I will be in Austin, Texas at SXSW. Wearing my new navy tank with polka dot bias tape of course…
Now, you guys, this is without a doubt my favorite Sew Thrifted ever. I see many a hot summer day spent in this little tank top. You know why? Because this puppy fits like a charm. The secret? I used a pattern…on an oversized thrifted shirt…and it worked. Like, it worked really well! The pattern was (can you guess?) the Tiny Pocket Tank Pattern from Grainline. If you been reading my blog since this summer (and thank you to the moon and back if you have!), you know that I was a wee bit obsessed with this pattern as evidenced here. And then my favorite sewing loved ones made a few more here. The Tiny Pocket Tank is a winner for sure. And it works on oversized shirts too!
I basically laid the pattern over my carefully deconstructed thrifted shirt and cut out new pieces. I chose to leave the neckline as-is, remembering that my previous Tiny Pocket Tank was a little revealing. I also went sans pocket again. I have an aversion to pockets.
Then I carefully applied some vintage polka dot bias tape I thrifted about a year ago around the armholes and to the bottom hem. It worked like a charm!
My new obsession? Putting bias tape on everything. Obviously.
I will be back from Austin in a week with lots to tell I’m sure. Then it’s back in the sewing saddle for more Sew Thrifted and some guest blogging!
Have you seen this? It literally puts me into a trance. I want all of that wool!
Speaking of Pendleton, I thrifted a most awesome navy Pendleton high waisted skirt at Saver’s 50% off sale yesterday. It fits like a gem, and will be featured on the blog soon!
Until then, here are some other thrifted beauties in their “before” state for your enjoyment. The cringe factor is off the charts with every one of these shirts.
Hold me accountable, readers? I will complete these four Sew Thrifted transformations soon, I promise. One might even be featured on a giveaway! Also, a big blog overhaul (with a new moniker!) are coming down the pipeline. Hold on to your hats, ladies and gentlemen. Things are about to get real crazy.