Thursday, September 30, 2010

fantasy Etsy home shopping

We're in the middle of a major (for us) home renovation: ripping up all the carpeting in the house and painting the floors white, plus painting the cherry paneling in the bedroom white so I can have my dream all-white bedroom. To be honest, Andy's been doing nearly all the work. Which leaves me the terrible burden (ahem) of fantasy shopping for all the stuff we'll need when the project is finally finished.

All these items can be found on my marketplace of choice, Click the photo to see the item for sale on Etsy.

White painted floors mean no shoes in the house. Warm felted wool slippers like these from onstail will be a necessity!

We'll be wanting to get some small, pretty rugs like these, mostly for our pup, Lucy, who refuses to sit on anything that isn't soft and padded. From greenatheart.

I just love this vivid blue crocheted bath mat from theblackwoodcottage. So much nicer than the rubber-backed synthetic thing from Meijer currently residing in the bathroom.

I'm tired of our current couch pillows. These covers from skinnylaminx would freshen them up nicely!

We found a great vintage metal drinks cart at Goodwill recently, that will be taking up residence in the living room when everything is done. RustBeltThreads has the best collection of mid century barware on Etsy (heck, the Mad Men prop department bought some of her goods!), and this tumblers set would look real nice sitting next to my Fee Brothers bitters and bourbon.

Gosh, all that fantasy shopping is exhausting. I think I deserve a relaxing bath with ForStrangeWomen's Tree Resin bath salts. I already love her Pine Cone lip balm. And I think I should add a Cabin Fever candle in for good measure. ("The aroma of fallen decomposing leaves fills the air while a wood burning stove imparts a comforting warmth and subtle smoke. Faint traces of cedar and mushrooms complete this artful interpretation of a lonely November evening."--!!!)


Monday, September 27, 2010

hoy hoy hoy!

Saturday brought two of my favorite autumnal events: Oktoberfest and the beginning of ArtPrize. Luckily I had this cool piece of vintage German gear to wear to Oktoberfest--an eggplant purple wool trachten jacket with green felt oak leaf appliques and antler buttons.

Lucy wore her cool new chipmunk t-shirt from WrenWillow on Etsy.

After sharing some sausage and delicious German beers, we headed across the river to check out the ArtPrize offerings. I like the giant SteamPig!

However, I wasn't too impressed by the "art" that was the giant Hallmark card.

And the flipside of the card was, frankly, a little creepy.

The tree man, made out of rusty metal.

This last photo may not look like much (try clicking to enlarge it), but it's a really cool piece: a parabola of purple-blue balloons that floats over the Grand River, and is illuminated at night by what look like tiny LED lights. So pretty when viewed from the blue (pedestrian) bridge!


Friday, September 24, 2010

summer's last gasp

Summer came back with a vengeance yesterday: 85 degree temps and lots of humidity. But it allowed me to wear this new find that otherwise would have hidden in my closet until next year, a Swirl-style wrap dress with a pretty vineyard-like print in greens and plums.

It was the perfect, comfortable dress to wear on the buying trip we took yesterday to Kalamazoo and points south. The shopping was pretty good (I found a wonderful silk 1960s Tina Leser dress!), and we got to visit the Bell's brewery for lunch and pints, always a treat.

Speaking of treats, here's Lucy proving she is not to old to do a circus dog dance for one.

I loved these old school chicken swings spotted at an apparently deserted (nap time?) preschool.

We ended the evening with cocktails (racquet clubs and Moscow Mules!) and snacks at the Viceroy with a lovely friend who brought me perfume samples! Does it get any better?


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

earn your stripes

Quite a choice of stripes in this week's Etsy shop preview--horizontal and vertical, zigzag-y chevron, pinstripes, seersucker, and crosshatched in plaid!

1950s red stripe shirtwaist dress with belt.

1970s swan and rainbow print blouse, by Middledale.

1960s forest green plaid wool dress with belt, by Leslie Fay.

Blue striped blouse, by Aldens.

Pink silk Asian style dress with frog closures on the bodice, by Suzy Perette.

1970s southwestern stripe skirt.

Polka-dot kerchief neck dress with tie belt, by Nancy Valentine.

1950s pinstripe and pintuck blouse with scalloped collar, by Shapely Classic.

Butterscotch brocade cocktail dress and jacket with pavé rhinestone buttons.

1970s deco scallop print sweater.

Raspberry calico print dress.

1950s forest green plaid knife-pleated full skirt.

Yellow and gray chevron zigzag stripe knit dress with scarf neck.

Green painterly stripe blouse, by Epic, tailored by Evan-Picone.

1950s seersucker stripe wiggle dress and jacket.

Vera Neumann patchwork print tunic.

Bohemian earthtone dress, by Umba for Parnes Feinstein.

Striped wool skirt, by Isaac Hazan.

Round collar wool and crepe dress with belt, by Mr. Mort.

1950s poodle and dachshund print blouse.

Heron print dress, by Serbin.

Black and white floral print cotton sateen blouse, by Cos Cob.

1950s black bow belt dress, by Parade.

Autumn leaf print blouse.

1960s brick wall print dress with Peter Pan collar and scarf, by Carol Craig.

1940s chevron stripe blouse, by Judy Bond.

1940s lavender crepe dress.



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