Thursday, July 26, 2012

Momma Needs a New Pair of Shoes : help me choose!!

Momma needs a pair of new shoes! 

I'm a picky motherfucker so work with, is an example of my ideal new shoe.
But there's a but. There is always a but!  These die hard platforms are amazing. Great shaped wooded heel, red straps, cool hardware, AMAZING clear toe strap and a cherry (fruit medley) on top! AND they're my size!  BUT they're too tall.  For sale at Atomic PassionI want platforms but I don't want to be a million feet tall (I'm already 5'8" and these are 5+ inches).

These Sam Elderman platform heels are pony hair with some silver detail. But are they jazzy enough? I also can't tell if their blush or natural toned? Find them for sale on Etsy at ZOCALO.

Thinking further...I'm sort of through with the nude faze and getting more turned on by the bold, patterned, or multicolored shoe. SO on to this next shoe. They're neutral in a blue jean tone yet have a rainbow hiding in the cut out detail. I like the knotted wood heels too. These are available on Etsy from the great vintage shop,  Ms. Tips 

Those were the best options of authentic platforms from my fellow online vintage dealers. So I started to scan Zappos, Nordstroms and Ebay for modern platforms. These from Lucky Brand are pushing it my maximum heel height at 4 1/4 inches.  Are they too thick strapped? Too many straps. Hmm. Tough one. 

Although I'm looking for a platform I guess I could be persuaded to buy a wedge. The thing is the wedges I bought two/three years ago were just wedge sandals. The new trend and predominately the only option for sandals this year are a combo of both wedges AND platforms. Who wants to be that tall? Only short girls and drag queens! 

Here are the wedge options...

SO I really like these VS Signature wedge sandals although between you and me they break the bank.  
I think they're wicked sexy! I LOVE the gold under the toes. 
I just don't see myself being able to dress these down? Some days I want to wear wedges with my short shorts or sundresses, these serious shoes don't quite fit the bill. 

Here's an example of a safe bet. That's just how I feel about these, they're too safe, just not jazzy enough. 

Are denim wedges jazzy? 
I had a gut feeling early on this season that I wanted/needed a jean sandal. 
Sort of looks like these jeans need to be worn in a little before they get cool. To be honest I like these less every time I look at them...

So, in closing, I feel like I'm back where I started, in a hopeless search for a fantastical item. Then as I for one last moment wasted even more time internet shopping I came across these orange gems. I really like the flower patterned wedge heel. They've got a 4" heel. I can rock that. They're funky too. Hmm. I can always return them???

(which one is your favorite/ I'll take suggestions)

x x x x x
T H E   B A D   T W I N 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

I'll Have Another : Kentucky derby 2012

I'll Have Another was the winner of the Kentucky Derby. 
My friend always has a Derby Party. Best party of the year in all categories; food, drinks and fun. 
The Derby is at the beginning of May and the weather can be intermittent. Whether it's cold, hot or rainy I always feel it's the kick off for the summer and I'll Have Another's win got me geared up for a boozy kind of summer! 

I've been having so much fun I've been late to the gate to thank the folks who helped me to win the Derby Party's best hat AND best looking couple. I ordered the hat pattern and vintage dress pattern on E bay and the fabric from Etsy.

The Vintage Pattern Store  is overseas. I was worried I would not receive this pattern with enough time to create the dress. This seller was quick to ship! While I waited for the pattern to arrive the seller promptly answered my questions about the yardage required, notions, and wished me good luck! The Vintage Pattern store sells mostly reproductions of original patterns. I was skeptical at first. The thick white paper wasn't as easy to work with as thin translucent pattern paper but the circles, notches and labels were there just the same. My judgement is based on the results and the finished dress was excellent.

I got this amazing horse shoe print fabric at The Stockroom on Etsy. I wrote in a tizzy asking how much yardage they had in stock and if they could rush it to me. In the midst of moving their brick and mortar store Niles answered my cry for help in minutes. Then within a few hours he had confirmed yardage, reserved the listing for me, and contacted me saying if I submitted payment he would have my package in the mail the following day!  In two days I had the fabric in my mailbox! Top notch customer service at The Stockroom!

  I was going to make a hat. Very ambitious of me. Thanks to Quacker's Sewing Patterns for supplying me with a kick ass hat pattern. Turns out my social calendar was booked solid the week leading up to the Kentucky Derby party. So I panicked about not having enough time to make a hat and not having enough money to buy a hat . happened. The estate I was working at that week had two delightful hats. I had my choice for the Derby! 

I was down to the straightaway! Annie get your hot glue gun!

I had pre-ordered little plastic jockeys from Amazon. Every year I search around town for plastic horses to glue to my hat. This year I can thank Amazon Prime for making me look above and beyond prepared for this shindig. 

The same estate where I found my hat also had fake flowers (every estate has fake flowers, blech)!

The picture on the left really captures the movement of the horses. The picture on the right captures my ability to drink and operate a hot glue gun. 

And They're OFF!

On the day of the race I was racing to finish my dress hem and fasteners. Once the dress was on I calmed down a little. We galloped into the party on our easy rider sock horse. We were greeted by friends and handed Mint Juleps in icy pewter cups.

My dress, hat, and handsome gentleman friend.
I altered the hem on this 40's frock to make it more modern. The horse heads were also acquired at an estate. The perfect prop just happened to find me! 

Thank you I'll Have Another! 

x x x
better late than never
T H E   B A D   T W I N 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

NOTE TAKEN : A Top Ten List

We all write notes. They're quick thoughts. 
You leave them for someone to see or you tuck them away for later. Working at an estate sale company I come across a lot of notes.

 Although private they're part of the job and unavoidable. Notes of older generations who were much more of the cataloging type include dates and places.  They help us to separate out personal items that could be sentimental and should be returned to the family. Out of respect for what's been important enough to make note. The note has been taken.
I've comprised a top ten list of types of notes. 
The following notes are original. I found them at different estates in the metro-west of Boston.  They have not been altered in anyway.  XXX MOM

Number 1 : The "to do list"
I believe this is the most common type of note 
although the following to do list is comprised of some not so common tasks.

The title head of this note pad is "THINGS TO DO TODAY." 
(side note: this is a very ambitious list for 24 hours) 
  1. Extremely important to normalize your family life
  2. Normal hours of living  : getting up, meals, bedtime
  3. Daily Prayer + Scripture
  4. Anger Control and handling 

Number 2: The grocery list. This type of list names items that are checked off as they are acquired. On this example we're acquiring CHILDREN OF THE WEEK THIMBLES.
Glad to announce she's got them all AND the Wedding Thimble. 
The Bagpipe Guy Thimble was on her wish list.

Number 3: Kids ramblings.

Kids notes are some of the most hilarious to read especially after some time has passed. At one house there was a closet that had unfinished concrete walls. It became a kind of kid's cave. 

I saw a garden snake when I was six - ALEX

Number 4 : Informational Note
These little yellow tickets would mean nothing unless this note accompanied it explained that they were WWII gas ration stamps. 

Number 5: Identification 

Always good to identify your ashes. Mt. St. Helen's ash to be exact. 

Number 6: Label

 This one was right at the entrance to the attic door. Direcly proceeding it was a low pipe. Poor Uncle Lou's head. He must have had a bunch of hard knocks before getting a personalized hard hat.

Number 7 : An inscription

I love an inscription. This one cracked me up. Written on the inside cover of Ben Franklin's Autobiography was, "If the Saugus River overflowed this book would still be dry."

Number 8 : Instructions.
These two were funny. 
This post-it says it all. Turn to any page David and take note.

Do Not Touch! <3 Mom! 

Number 9:  Note to self 
Never underestimate the power of self motivation! 
"I forgot how to use it"

Without a doubt the tag "very important" on a note can't be ignored. This note, possibly obscured by plastic, tells of a hand crocheted spread. Made by her great grand mother in the 1920's. 

This note was a guardian angel for this blanket. The blanket which had been lost in the family house for years when found with a note made the past a more tangible universe. 

Thank you note writers. I do take note. 

X o x o x 
t h e   b a d   t w i n

Friday, July 20, 2012

A Brimfield Story

Hello friends,

Sorry for the long hiatus. Last week I was in Brimfield, Mass., once again, working for Above and Beyond Estate Sales with Maggie. The owner of Above and Beyond, Tiffany, is a vibrant, knowledgeable woman with a penchant for MCM furnishings. It's been such a pleasure to work for and with her, learning about the business of antiques dealing, meeting and making friends with so many interesting dealers and having a good time out in the fields. I've also been fortunate to be able to bring along some of my own vintage wares and try my hand at merchandising and selling in person. I've learned a lot! But above all, Brimfield is a time when Maggie and I can spend some quality time together, something we don't get to do too often.

Here's my Brimfield story ...

{gathering up & organizing little bits to sell at the show} 

{finished small bits/jewelry display} 

{The New England Motel field on Tuesday before the show opened} 

{our tent, #190, mostly Tiffany's MCM furnishings, peppered with my smalls - teapot, doctor's bag, etc.} 

{Mouse Trap corner of our tent} 

{well-deserved beer during set up with the bad twin's feets. it was a HOT day!} 

{our room at the New England Motel, conveniently 20 yards from our tent!}

{the bad twin lounging on our busy opening day on an awesome Adrian Pearsall chair}

{first two purchases of the show, some incredible Southwestern print barkcloth (SOLD) & some red & white striped thermals

{my new Gray Day Studio tote filled to the brim with my Brimfield finds}

{opening day portrait, me x 3} 

{one of my Brimfield finds, a BSA beadcraft key fob, added to my display} 

{boredom-driven animal antics on one of the slow days} 

{mimosas with fresh squeezed OJ, prepared on the field, on the last day} 

{champagne jam in MCM rocks glasses, borrowed from the tent} 

{last day portrait in a candy striper-style 50s dress borrowed from the shop (that once was mine, and now is once again)}  

{Maggie's very 90s last day look. She's a cutie, huh?} 

{And, lastly, me exhausted and collapsed on my bed with Louis T. Cat (the "T" stands for the) after my long drive home...}

The July show is always slow, so I didn't have much cash to buy new goodies for the shop. Here's a few items I regret not taking home with me ... 

{varsity cardigan sweater, complete with cheat sheet about the assassination of Lincoln in the pocket} 

{bedraggled wooden animal lot from an antique Noah's Arc toy set}

{possibly the prettiest log cabin quilt ever made}

And, here's some of the items I did buy, all for sale in the shop now: 

Hope you enjoyed this Brimfield story! Hope to see you at the September show!

The Good Twin