Mariah’s 2nd NDAD Creation

Jun 29, 2013 | 13 Comments

Mariah is a natural NDAD’er!!  Her first piece was highlighted right around the Oscars – click HERE for her first creation -and this second one is just screaming summer.  Here’s her summery and vacation-worthy project!

I found a an awesome muumuu at Goodwill for $2 and loved the Hawaii fabric!!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Muumuu - Hawaii print fabric

Mariah – Before

How do you think Mariah will adjust this fabulously printed dress??

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Muumuu - Hawaii print fabric

Mahalo!!!

I want to cut out one of those flowers and put it on a tote bag!!

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My Mother’s Attic: June

Jun 28, 2013 | 2 Comments

I am so absolutely in love with this month’s post from Ash.  It’s one of those stories that makes me so happy.  It’s a big part of why I love doing this so much, the amazing stories behind all the clothes I find.  Makes me so happy to reinvent things; to give things a second run.  Enjoy today’s post and happy, happy weekend.

The woman in the photo below is one of my mother’s best friends from childhood. She’s pictured with my dad’s college roommate the morning of my parents’ wedding in June of 1974.

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Polly

Her name is Polly, and she died suddenly and tragically just three weeks after that picture was taken due to a mosquito bite infected with encephalitis.  I grew up learning all about Polly, my mother speaking fondly of her beautiful friend whose life was taken far too young. 

When I pulled a batik patterned polyester dress from the wardrobe of clothes I now have stashed in my home, originally from my mother’s attic, and I texted her a quick snap of the dress asking, “What’s the story behind this one?,” I was not expecting the response:  That was Polly’s. 

New Dress A Day - My Mother's Attic - Vintage Dress

BEFORE

I instantly felt a reverence for the piece, knowing that it represented a tragic story about a beloved friend in my mother’s life. My mother went on to explain that Polly had worn that dress to one of their many high school proms (apparently proms were a big thing in the late 60s) and later gifted it to my mother. 

New Dress A Day - My Mother's Attic - Vintage Dress

Long sleevin’

She recalled sitting on Polly’s childhood bed the summer after their first year at college, Polly sorting through her closet of clothes and determining that that dress should be my mother’s because of the batik-like pattern.  You see, my mother’s early childhood was spent abroad in Indonesia, home of batik, so Polly thought it seemed appropriate in my mother’s keeping.

New Dress A Day - My Mother's Attic - Vintage Dress

From the side…

Over forty years later, my mother still had the dress.  A reminder of a sweeter, more innocent time and a friendship that was cut short, but whose memory shone brightly.  I asked if it was okay that I alter the dress so that it could once again be worn, and she agreed wholeheartedly. 

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This dress is 40 years old!

I am grateful that I didn’t tackle this piece until nearly a half year into this monthly project, as I now have much more experience and understanding of how to sew and properly alter clothing.  I spent the most time of any piece working on this, wanting to do justice to this special dress and what it represented. The polyester was a tad intimidating to work with because of the stretch, but I knew exactly what I wanted to do to make this dress wearable for me.

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Outfit Rewind: Etsy Craft Party

Jun 26, 2013 | 27 Comments

The rewind piece for today…

Original post date: 4/8/10 (Click here for full project steps and original post!)

The Before Look:

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Dress - Goodwill - $1 Dress

BEFORE

The After Look:

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Dress - Goodwill - $1 Dress

AFTER  #1

This is what I wore to celebrate LG’s engagement to MRC over three years ago!  They got married since then and this shirt will always remind me of that fun night when I saw her ring for the first time!

Check out how I reworked this to be the perfect outfit for last week’s Etsy Craft Night!

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Tuesday Giveaway: pürminerals & Revolution Organics

Jun 25, 2013 | 108 Comments

Happy Tuesday!

I was trying to finish a post late night with my outfit from last week’s Etsy party, but my internet has been a whole lotta dodgy!  I kept getting uploading errors because of the sporadic connection outages, so I took tomorrow’s giveaway post and made it work for today!  Time Warner is getting a call to figure out the issue if it continues, however plan on seeing my Etsy party post asap :)

Today’s goodies are some of my faves.  I love pürminerals and this 4-in-1 pressed compact is my favorite for dabbing the shiny spots when I’m out in the sun just because it has SPF 15 in it, the Max Factor compact is full of fun summery shades, and the Revolution Organics gloss in Vibe has a shimmery coral hue.  Say hello to a fab little summer beauty cocktail!

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Win Me!!

To enter, leave a comment below with some sort of annoyance that really is NBD (no big deal, just in case…) in the whole grand scheme of things – like my troubles with the interweb – that you’ve been dealing with.  Perhaps there has been a cricket in your house that you can’t nab (check!) or your hairstylist who has been giving you a crazy good deal for the past few years has taken a job in Seattle (check!).  I try not to get caught up with these things but sometimes it’s just difficult to avoid for the moment.  Here’s a safe place to share those thoughts…and you just might win some goodies in the interim!

A winner will be announced on 6/30 with the rest of the current giveaways including these two awesome ones (HERE & HERE) with $100 Visa gift cards as the prize!!  (PS, the rest of the outstanding prizes are getting sent out this week!)

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Monday Remake: Bright Florals

Jun 24, 2013 | 13 Comments

I snagged this at the Goodwill in Charlotte when I was visiting my parents because I was OBSESSED with the fabric colors.  I mean, this is like a box of Crayola crayons!!  A big floral box of crayons!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Floral Housedress - Goodwill

BEFORE

Color aside, the rest of the piece was just not going to cut it on me in its current state.  I liked the buttons, but they came up high on my neck, so I needed to make a few adjustments to make this summer wardrobe-worthy!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Floral Housedress - Goodwill

Dance Party!!

Time to get out my seam ripper!!

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