Saturday, March 29, 2014

Up To No Good


I've been kind of silent over here, I s'pose, but I guess it's because I've not been doing a lot. Well, I've been writing some, just not a lot of sewing, so it's harder to share my current projects with you.

I've also gone a little smock crazy lately. I am obsessed with Lagenlook and Mori Girl clothes, which involve a lot of loose tops and layered dresses, and I keep seeing these smock-like things everywhere in stores. Which is funny because I never actually see people wearing them. Either way, I decided to try my hand at making a few. I altered my Radioactive dress pattern and used a few men's button ups -

Guys, I think it's love.

Smock: Recon/Me, Boots: Target, Cardi: Thrifted

So what if it's basically a muumuu?

These are the two I made at the same time - one is a striped shirt with two floral pillow cases (and my new docs!) and the other is the same one as above only belted and with a different cardi. I really like them belted.

In Progress...
As with everything I do that I like I must then do a million of the same thing. So I liked the two dresses, and I decide I must have more. ;-)

I don't really have much else to say. Just working hard, playing hard and trying to write something that I can share with other people. How are you guys?

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Thrift Haul: Punk Rock Flea

Recently Around Christmas I attended the Punk Rock Flea Market in Philadelphia. It was the best time ever and even though I didn't get to go to both days (damn this snowy weather!) I did have a lot of fun the day I did get to go. Unfortunately, instead of buying presents for my loved ones, I did spend money on myself, but c'mon now, look at all these treasures!

Like the Billy Idol stickers and the heart earrings? Check out Rainbow Alternative
and Night Owl Designs. They are the nicest and I LOVED talking with them! 
Also they sell amazing buttons. 
Can't WAIT to start  crafting with this jar of stuff! 

So this was hand made, hand painted and signed by the artist - all in my birth year! 
My favorite vendor, Captain's Vintage, always has a bin of 5 for $20 tees-
LOVE this jeweled gem!! 

I decided during the freeze out to keep the Muppets sheet (it was purchased with the intent to make a purse) and it's one of the warmest blankets ever! I love it! $5 score.

I love the Punk Rock Flea, and I'm so glad that my friend Tracers went with me, but there are so many of you that I think would love it I get sad that you can't come! Like Ally- there is a whole second building for records-only vendors that I never go in, but I'd love to explore. And I have wished for years that Trees could come with! Especially the year they had an indoor roller derby while the flea was happening. It was pretty rad.

Also, I had the best lunch that day - Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese. OMFG.

Anyway, I'm still adjusting to the new job, but I really like it so far, and I'm pretty sure I've fixed my commenting problem (unfortunately it means having to download Chrome, which I hate), so I'll be writing back soon.

Until next time!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

OOTD: Skully Babies


This (hopefully) is the last one of the last OOTDs you're going to see with my old camera. My mister, who is the nicest mister man in the world, bought me a DSLR for Christmas, which I have fallen in love with. Unfortunately, I had already taken my outfit pictures that day with my old camera! In these pictures, I'm wearing one of Thera Joyce's awesome hair bows. We recently did a swap where I sent her one of my stamped necklaces and she sent me this awesome bow.

Dress: Handmade/Me, Boots: Target, Belt: Thrifted, Cardi: Thrifted

I love this fabric, which is why I had to show you the dress (actually, my love for this dress specifically was what inspired me to go back and fix the other ones).

Little skull buddies!

Here is the first picture of me with my new camera. As you can see, MUCH better picture quality. I'm so excited to work with it and I can't wait to share more pics with you all.

Until next time! 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Nervous Crafting

Well, as I mentioned before, I was recently unemployed for a little bit (in between jobs) and as you read this I'll be dead smack in the middle of my new position in a doctor's office! I'm super excited for this new experience, even though it's very nerve wracking to be starting something new for the first time in two and a half years.

So, as usual, what do I do when I'm nervous? I craft!

Last year I made a bunch of elastic neck dresses. The elastic was a cop out because I didn't feel like putting in the yoke. They didn't quite look right, though, so I went back and added a contrasting yoke to three of the five dresses. I like it so much that I'm going to fix the other two as well!

Instead of just showing you pictures of the other ones I fixed, I added a little twist. It's been super snowy here over the last two weeks and I've been trapped inside, so I while I was taking pictures of the fixed dresses I also made little dress-up outfits. It was very fun and kept me from going completely stir crazy.

Megan loved this one originally, but with the uncomfortable peasant neck I never wore it. I am sure that now I've fixed it this will be one of my favorites. That cardi I bought on impulse from Retrospect on South St and never wore to work because I was afraid that the beads would get ripped off. Now that I have a less-move-furniture-type job, I hope I get to wear it more often! It's so pretty! 

I never even posted this on the blog when it had the wrong neckline because I never once wore it after I made it, and that was earlier last spring. I DEFINITELY love it now! I love this fabric so much.

And finally, my trusty ole Gaslight Anthem shirt dress. I won't be able to wear this to work, but I could see it for shopping on the weekend with friends! (Or if I ever get to go to a concert again ;-) )

Thank you all for the kind comments on facebook, tumblr and on this blog. The last few months were hard but I feel so awesome right now that I can't help but believe 2014 is going to be great! Your support means so much.

Until next time!!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Looking Back (Bring It, 2014!)

You can always tell when I'm going through some serious stuff when my blog goes silent, which seems to have been a lot in 2013.

It's not because I don't want to share with you - in fact, it hurts that I can't always be as honest as I want to be on this blog. Because I consider everyone that reads this close friends. But I can't write about struggles with anxiety in case future employers find this or depression because my family reads this or some of the reasons causing my anxiety and my depression because friends read this. It hurts, because all I want to do is get it out there and get feedback from you.

2013 had some truly magical moments for me. I worked hard for a position with a company I was a huge fan of. I wrote a book. A whole book. I sewed new dresses, made new friends, strengthened relationships with people I already cared for. Spent a lot of time watching Columbo with my mister (Columbo and my mister- my two favorite men). I saw my family for the first time in almost two years. I listened to new music. I met Ally and then went to visit her in NYC, and I saw Brenna, who I miss so much. I visited a new town called Lititz (blog coming soon about that) and ate at the Chocolate Cafe. I made entire worlds with Megan and lit them on fire.

2013 also saw the break up of a band that kept me dancing through some seriously dark times, but from that I learned to support myself without relying on so many outside sources.

2013 also saw the store where I worked switching owners. Which took an already stressful situation and threw it into utter chaos. But I learned a lot from that position, and I learned so much from my previous boss who I love like family, and I know that the new owners will be awesome for the store.

2013 left me tired. Too tired to move, too tired to really think. So that book I wrote? I stopped writing. Entirely. In fact, I haven't sewn much in the last few months or so, either, which is odd because I'm the type of person who sews almost every day if only for a few moments.

You know why I like reusing old clothes instead of making things from scratch? Because by remaking them, I'm taking something no one wants and making it mine. Making it into art. Making it better and magical and whole. Taking the bad and making it good. And I've been doing it since I was just a kid.

2013 saw a whole lot of bad, but looking past the ripped seams and holey knees and frayed edges, I can see the good. 2014 will help me make it great.

Stay tuned and have a Happy New Year.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

DIY For the Home: Folding Screen Re-Vamp


When the goin' gets tough, the Meghan gets craftin'. For the last few months, one of the challenges I've faced with blogging is trying to get outfit pictures. Between rain, snow, nosy neighbors, sometimes it just gets challenging to get pictures of the cutie things I'm wearing. I also have been meaning to make a backdrop so if/when I open an online store, I will have somewhere to take pictures. See, in my little house there isn't much room for photo ops.

A few months ago, this wicker screen came into the store and I snapped it up, knowing exactly what I wanted to do with it:


I loved the heart shapes and even though it was see-through I knew it had potential. The potential came in the form of a hand-dyed purple sheet that I bought at Philly Aids Thrift. I took white embroidery thread and tacked the sheet until it fit the screen.

I don't  know if I'll be using this piece for OOTDs, because working with my tripod is hard! (I'll keep working on it, though. Never give up!) I do think it will be great with my dressmaker's doll for any vintage or handmade things I might eventually sell. What do you think?

And just for kicks, here is what I look like on days I'm not at work:

Yeah, I didn't know faces could bend that way, either. Sometimes I wonder where I pick up these abilities. ;-)

I hope you enjoyed my DIY room divider as much as I enjoyed sharing it with you.

Until next time!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

OOTD: Snow

Hello Everyone!

Let me show you what my back yard looks like today:

Dress: Handmade/Me, Boots: Dr Martens, Cardi: Thrifted, Scarf: Gift, Hat: Target

It's pretty, isn't it? I love the snow, actually. This time of the year is always my favorite. Unfortunately, transportation to work gets a little fuzzy and I could be in trouble right now. I'm trying not to let that get me down on such a gorgeous day, but I gotta admit, the snow does have some drawbacks.

I have been super stressed out lately. On top of everything, it seems Google doesn't want me to comment on blogs because every one that I try to leave is mysteriously eaten. I've tried to leave comments on CraftyPirate, Shybiker, Megan Mae, Aya and Self-Constructed Freak's blogs and they all disappear.
I even tried logging out and logging back in, and commenting on different days, but my words are taken by the internet.

Things are changing here and as a friend recently reminded me, change can be a good thing. It can also be a painful, twisted thing that eats you up as it's happening. Even if it's good, it's hard to accept it.

Until next time, know that I am reading your blogs and I'll hopefully be able to tell you what's on my mind soon. Because I <3 you guys.