Monday, October 31, 2011

{Vintage} Halloween Greetings


How do you plan to spend your Halloween?  I'm looking forward to wearing my costume and handing out candy to neighborhood children later today. 

On Saturday, we will be getting dressed up for the annual Halloween party our good friends throw the weekend after the holiday, once their kids are done celebrating.  Good times, and I can't wait to share pictures of my costume with you!

Wishing you a wonderful day filled with treats that are sweet, and tricks that make you smile.

xo, Anita

Sunday, October 30, 2011

As Solid As My Favorite Tree

Do you have a favorite tree?  I do, right outside of my front door.  It is tall and strong and solid.  Branches may fall off during strong winds and snow storms, other trees may fall around it, but nothing disturbs this mighty tree of mine. 

It towers high above my house, was here when I arrived, and will probably be here long after I am gone.  It reminds me of the tree that stood in the backyard of my childhood home.  Thanks to the miracle of Google Earth, I know that tree still stands, though I have not visited my home town for many years. 

One of the items on my 101 in 1001 project, which I started earlier this month, is to photograph this tree in all four seasons and frame them together.   I took these Fall photos two days ago.  I decided to stand under the tree and shoot up into it, to be sure that nothing other than tree and sky fill the frame.

I was thinking as I took these about how much will be different the next time I capture this tree for my series, and how much will be the same.

Big things ahead for us this fall!  We learned on Friday that the mister is finally going to have the first of two surgeries to get a new hip at the beginning of December.  {Between now and then he needs to do everything he can to avoid further injury to the crumbling bones around the hardware put in after a near fatal accident 12 years ago, so please send him positive thoughts.}

And oh the changes that will bring!  We've given up many of our favorite things over the last few years as his hip has broken down; the bike riding begun for physical therapy became painful and then impossible, and no golf club has been swung for over a year.  The day we got the news, we talked for hours about all of the fun things we are going to be able to do again! 

Lots to get through between now and then, but it's all going to be fine.  When I asked him how long he thought physical therapy would be, he told me not to worry; he's going to kick its ass!  If they say three months, he's going to do it in two.  He's kinda like my tree that way; you can shake him, but you can't knock him down.

Wishing you a wonderful Sunday, filled with love and sunshine.

xo, Anita

Friday, October 28, 2011


To live content with small means;
to seek elegance rather than luxury,
and refinement rather than fashion;
to be worthy,
not respectable,
and wealthy,
not rich;
to listen to stars and birds,
babes and sages,
with open heart;
to study hard;
to think quietly;
act frankly,
talk gently,
await occasions,
hurry never;
in a word,
to let the spiritual,
unbidden and unconscious,
grow up through the common ~
this is my symphony.

-William Henry Channing

Mr. Channing lived from 1810 to 1884, and yet his words, which ring so true, could have been written yesterday.

Wishing you all a wonderful day, filled with beautiful music.

xoxo, Anita

Thursday, October 27, 2011

For The Love Of {Vintage} Hats

Thanks for all of the feedback on my post about choosing a hat!  I think I've decided, and I can't wait to share when it arrives.

In my quest for the perfect topper, I've come across some lovely vintage pieces.  I'll take one of each, please!

I am especially fond of the fur styles.  Which is your favorite?  I would love to hear!

xoxo, Anita

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Help Me Pick Out A Hat

I have a confession.  When I get an idea in my head about something, I tend to get a bit obsessive.  Just a bit, though.  (Okay, sometimes more than a bit.)  I've decided that I need to add a black fur felt hat to my wardrobe for fall, so I started searching on line, which is my standard method of shopping.  And now I'm confused!  I really want one that goes with everything I wear, with the exception of cocktail and evening clothes (I have a few vintage pieces for that!).  That means business to boho.  Suede heeled boots to flat leather riding boots.  An ankle length tailored coat to a felted wool cape.

Here is what I've narrowed my choices to.  What do you think?

Eric Javits Classic

Eric Javits Bow

Eric Javits Moxi

Eugenia Kim Corinna

Eugenia Kim Lauren
Helen Kaminski Peigi
Helen Kaminski Rawnie
Helen Kaminski Rose

The Eric Javits brand is based in New York, and is considered both high end and fashion forward.  What I like about the three styles that I choose are the timeless simplicity of the designs.  These are definitely not disposable fashion, and I want to wear whatever I choose for a long time!

Eugenia Kim is also based in New York, and her brand is considered innovative and quirky.  She has a passion for vintage, and I think it shows in her designs.

Helen Kaminski is based in Sydney, Australia.  They design for functional style using natural materials and traditional handcraft methods. 

So, what do you think?  Do you like one of these?  Perhaps you own one?  Or do you have a favorite milliner I've overlooked?  I would love to hear!

xoxo, Anita

Sunday, October 23, 2011

A Basket Full Of Pumpkins

I made some felt pumpkins!  It was so easy and fun to whip up these little pretties that I thought I would share the process on my blog.

Assemble your supplies. The template that I used is available here, along with instructions to enlarge it; I enlarged mine to 3 1/4 inches by 4 1/2 inches.

You will need felt; seen here is Fancy Felt from Giant Dwarf in Pumpkin, Vanilla and Dijon. Choose  coordinating embroidery floss; I picked DMC in #783 and  #3828.  You will also need sharp craft scissors, straight pins and an embroidery needle. 

Cut both layers for each pumpkin and stem at the same time so that they match.

Stitch the two layers together using a whip stitch.  (Here is an excellent tutorial.) Don't worry about trying to make your stitches too neat; we're going for a bit of a rustic look here. The stem does not get stuffed, so I suggest stitching across the base of it to attach it to the pumpkin first, then stitching around it to attach the two pieces of felt together.  You'll end up behind the stitches that attached the stem, so just drop your needle through and pull it out the other side.  You can always lift up the unattached side of the pumpkin to see what you are doing.

Stuff the pumpkin with a polyester fiber fill, and stitch it closed.  That's it!

The basket would look pretty on an end table or shelf, but I have another idea in mind.  I hope that you'll stop back in a day or two when I share what it is!

Happy Sunday!  I hope that you are enjoying a day of family and fun, and maybe even some crafting.

xoxo, Anita

Friday, October 21, 2011

Live Well ~ Laugh Often ~ Love Much

He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much, who has enjoyed the trust of pure women, the respect of intelligent men, and the love of little children, who has filled his niche and accomplished his task, who has left the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul, who has never lacked appreciation of Earth's beauty or failed to express it, who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had, whose life was an inspiration, whose memory a benediction.

                                                     ~Bessie Anderson Stanley

Happy Friday, dear friends!  Wishing you a day filled with love and laughter.

xoxo, Anita

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Dreaming Of Coats {Dream Coats}

It's the time of year that I start to dream of beautiful outerwear to wear over equally beautiful clothing.

Fur trimmed collars always catch my eye!

Full, full capes with hoods are the stuff dreams are made of!

And a matching hat to top it all off?  Yes, please!

What are the outerwear choices of your dreams?  I would love to hear!

xoxo, Anita

Monday, October 17, 2011

What I Wore (From The Wrong Side)

I had not intended to let so much time go by between {WIWFTWS of 40} posts, but I have discovered that it takes more planning than I thought to fit a photo session in. 

As anyone who knows me in my day to day life knows, I am both clothing obsessed and a collector, so the what to wear part is never a problem. 

But getting the correct balance of (a) enough time before I have to be where I am heading to pose for the photos, (b) the correct lighting to take the photos in, and (c) someone to actually take the photos, has been tricky.  But I'm working on it!

All of the elements aligned properly yesterday, and I was able to have a few shots taken ~

I'm wearing an Infinite Dress by Haley Starr.  I love it so much that I have it in the maxi length as well!   I was fortunate to purchase them both at a reduced price a few months ago, when she was running a special on her web site.  I try to remember to check back from time to time so that if she runs it again, I can grab a few in other colors.

The other indie component of my outfit is the necklace, made of tatted lace, from the Etsy shop TotusMel Tats.  I love the pink breast cancer awareness ribbon in the center!  She likes to run specials also; if you follow her on Twitter and Facebook you'll see one pop up from time to time.  The occasional giveaway, also!

(Cashmere cardigan from J.Crew and sandals from Cole Haan complete my outfit.)

I hope that you are having a wonderful, feeling fabulous day!

xoxo, Anita

Sunday, October 16, 2011

{Sweet} Stitching

I (finally!) finished this stitching project the other day, and I am pretty pleased with how it turned out.  I found the pattern on Etsy here, and picked up the chef's apron at a handmade expo I attended earlier in the year.  I could have made an apron myself, but I'm always happy to support an indie vendor! 

I've been making little pumpkins with felt for the last few days, and I plan to share them on the blog, with a little tutorial, this week.  What have you been working on?  I'd love to hear!

Happy Sunday evening, friends!

xoxo, Anita

Saturday, October 15, 2011

{believe impossible things}

"There is no use trying,"
said Alice;
"one can't believe impossible things."
"I dare say you haven't had much practice,"
said the Queen.
"When I was your age,
I always did it for half an hour a day.
Why, sometimes I've believed as many as
six impossible things before breakfast."

-Lewis Carroll

I've had a few conversations recently involving what we believe in about ourselves, and our capabilities.  About what happens when you tell someone your dreams and plans, and they tell you that you can't; that you've set an impossible goal.  I keep this quote from 'Alice In Wonderland' nearby to remind me that it is important to believe impossible things.

I hope that you are having a wonderful day, filled with believing in all sorts of possible and impossible things!

xoxo, Anita

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

{Vintage} Sewing Inspiration

I've been very drawn to the clean lines and amazing tailoring of the early 1960's fashions lately.  While I gravitate toward full skirted 1950's styles in cottons and silks for summer, these styles speak of brocades and wools and little matching jackets; just perfect for crisp Autumn days.  Of course, anything Jackie Kennedy inspired calls my name!  Add a pill box hat and opera length gloves?  Yes, please!

What time period inspires your seasonal sewing?  I would love to hear!

xoxo, Anita

Monday, October 10, 2011

{Vintage} Sewing Secrets

Just as relevant today as when they were first published ~

I spent some time earlier today preparing fabrics for two sew-alongs I will be working on this week.

The first is taking place over on Male Pattern Boldness, where Peter is demonstrating how to make the perfect pair of boxers ~

I am planning on making a pair in each of the fabrics above, to start.  If it goes well, more will follow!

The second is on the blog A Few Threads Loose, where Anna is demonstrating the construction of three pieces of vintage lingerie. 

First up is the bra pictured here.  We will also be sewing tap pants and a slip.  I will be using the fabrics here, with the addition of ivory lace fabric and silk ribbon.

If these projects go well, I am thinking they would make great holiday gifts. (Shh, don't tell!)

Do you think that it's too early to start thinking about holiday gifts?  Or are you one of those amazing people who has everything made or purchased and maybe even wrapped by Thanksgiving?  I would love to hear!

xoxo, Anita

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Weathered and Aged

Earlier today the mister and I spent some time walking around our property, to make a list of the things that will need to be done before the winter weather arrives.  Repairs to things that have become weather worn, that will become damaged beyond repair if they are not addressed.  We will soon begin the tasks of scraping and painting wood doorways, sanding and staining the deck, and so on.

While we were doing this, I took some time to enjoy the items that I feel the passage of time makes better, that don't have to be restored to a more pristine state.

I just love the look these objects acquire when exposed to the elements!

How about you ~ do you like to let items such as these show their age?  Would you leave them alone, or restore them to a more pristine condition?  I would love to hear!

xoxo, Anita