Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Hallelujah! I'm a bum

Instead of listing some of the many new items I photographed this week for the shop, I created my very first Treasury! I have been wanting to make one for soooo long and I finally did it!

My Treasury, "Hallelujah! I'm a bum", is named after a song by Harry "Haywire Mac" McClintock and includes some of my decor inspirations for my hobo-themed wedding next May. Haywire Mac was a travelin' man and had his recording heyday in the 1920s and 30s. You've surely heard his "Big Rock Candy Mountain", but here's "Hallelujah":



Saturday, September 25, 2010

Anatomy of an Outfit

I spent the afternoon today photographic some new fall clothing and accessories for the shop at SquidWhale HQ, my new textile design studio space. It was nice to have a big open space to work in (we're not totally moved in, so it won't last long) and a "borrowed" dress form, but the light was not ideal. The shoot quickly turned into an outfit-making bonanza. It was so fun! I didn't plan it, but there were just so many pieces that went so well together.

Outfit #1:
70s black felt bow cloche
70s-80s black velvet riding blazer
80s black leather skinny belt studded with gold lion heads, Anne Klein
modern heather gray ruffle blouse (mine)
80s-90s brown and white houndstooth skirt (in the shop now)
80s dove gray leather mini-wedges

Outfit #2
40s-50s handmade  mini-wrap made from recycled mink fur
70s plum corduroy cropped blazer
modern heather gray ruffle blouse (mine)
70s-80s weathered brown skinny leather belt, Calvin Klein
80s-90s brown and white houndstooth skirt (in the shop now)
80s dove gray leather mini-wedges
c. 1930s-40s Continental brand oversized kisslock purse/overnight luggage 1930s-40s

Outfit #3
1920s mens' dress shirt with shell buttons
1980s plaid maxi-skirt, Liz Claiborne
70s-80s weathered brown skinny leather belt, Calvin Klein
1960s-70s woven raffia clutch with scalloped edge, Gimbels

Outfit #4
1970s Sheer nude silk-feel poly blouse with pintucks
1980s nude maxi skirt with knife pleating, Liz Claiborne (if I remember correctly)
40s-50s handmade  mini-wrap made from recycled mink fur

Here's a preview of some other new items coming to the shop this week:

If you see anything you like, let me know!


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fall Fashion Preview

Bad Twin's Guide to Looking Good this F a l l

(It is the first day of Fall. Tomorrow it's gonna be 80 degrees up here in Boston, go figure) 

S c h o o l ' s   o p e n ! 
Fall's a great excuse to go preppy.

It's only a school boy crush.

Indulge your little school girl. 

D r a m a   C l u b   P r e s e n t s ! 

Dramatically feminine 
Lovelorn lace

Period peace. 

Leading role, frills.

Supporting role, ruffles.


T h e   S o c i a l !

At the dance some girls were flirtatious. 

Some girls were glamorous. 

Some girls were both.

     Last year's boots, fur (fake or not) and leather jacket are back on the   h o n o r   r o l e.

Double breasted western with fringe

Sage suede and canvas motorcycle 

Vegan friendly sailor 

Italian nude leather bomber with buckle

Brown cropped suede  

T e a c h e r ' s   P e t !

Icelandic natural wool

Golden Books History of The United States of America vol 1-10
Illustrated by Alton S. Tobey 

High waisted brown wool pants



Many items above are already available at Humpastuff Vintage and Plush on Etsy.  The entire Fall Preview Collection coming very, very soon. 

As for accessories for Autumn the only thing I can recommend is EmergenC! Ha! Happy Fall! 

B a d   T w i n    

Monday, September 20, 2010


Three of my drawings are currently in an art show, GRAPHITE, at Barefoot Doctor Community Acupuncture in Fishtown. The opening reception was this past Friday. I shared the walls with Justin Grant, Aubrie Costello and Anne Canfield, three fantastic Philadelphia artists who show far more often than myself. The show was curated by Darla Jackson, amazing sculptor and college chum.

My drawings were inspired by the animal dances of the Ragtime Era (I have this DVD, it's awesome!), acting improvisation and my very flexible model and business partner, Beth.

Here's some images from the opening reception. I am horrible at documenting my work properly, so please excuse the glare on the glass ...

My model, Beth, lounging in one of the anti-gravity chairs:

Detail of "The Chicken Scratch"

"The Grizzly Bear" in the foreground, "The Chicken Scratch" just beyond

"The Chicken Scratch"

"The Frog Hop" in the foreground

Mr. Brian Brown (my fiance) checks out the work of Justin Grant

Me with my work. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Come on up to the house

Yesterday I heard a cover of this song on Prairie Home Companion. Then I remembered that it is one of my favorite songs of all time and immediately added it to the play list for the live jug band at our Hobo Wedding. I love you Tom!

International Talk Like a Pirate Day

ARRRRRRR! BLAST IT ALL! I almost missed the boat on International Talk Like a Pirate Day! You would think all of the pirate-themed Treasuries on the Etsy FP or today's pirate-themed game on my new favorite iPhone app, Q Rank, would have clued me in. Alas, they didn't.

To celebrate, I have listed a few new pirate-y items and relisted a few from the back of the shop.

AND, just for fun I found myself a few "pirate essentials" on Etsy ...

Ye olde "puffy shirt"
by Allen Company Inc.

14K gold & carved bone skull ring
by mascara jones
Black cotton breeches
by No Carnation Vintage

Parrot for your shoulder
By Harmonica Jane

1920s treasure chest bank in spelter metal
By Hinterland Vintage

For more on International Talk Like a Pirates Day, visit:

Till 'morrow, me beauties!
xo, Sarah

Thursday, September 9, 2010


Hello friends! Tomorrow, September 10th, Maggie and I will be celebrating our 30th birthdays! For one day only, we will both be offering 30% off every item in our shops, Humpastuff Vintage & Plush and Mouse Trap Vintage. Come celebrate with us!

Delightful Happy Birthday banner by nice

*Just send either one of us a convo before you checkout to adjust the price and reserve the item(s) you'd like to buy OR we will send the 30% discount via Paypal after you make your purchase and send your payment. The sale begins Friday, Sept. 10th at 12:01 AM and runs through 11:59 PM.