Wednesday, March 14, 2012

comforter conundrum

I haven't had the opportunity to post lately, my real work life has been going full speed ahead for the past few weeks with work, moving, & friends. I did manage to have a nice day off to go thrifting and I made an AMAZING find! A vintage sewing machine with the original case, repair kid, owners manual, foot pedal, everything! I tried to snoop around on the internet to find out more about it. The from says "Universal" which I assume is the name of the sewing machine. The owner's manual says Made In Osaka, Japan by a company called Koyo. It would be nice to know a little more about it (if that information catches anyone's eye) but to be honest, I have been looking for a sewing machine for so long & it works great. Yes, I could have bought one from the store, but the thrill of giving something old new life is what I thrift for! Plus, it was $30, which is an amazing deal.

Now, that I have expelled my excited over the sewing machine. I got to thinking about what I could use it for. Obviously, anything that needs to be sewn, clothing, etc. but my mind was set on having a project. I have been looking for a new comforter for my bed. I attempted to try this online once before and to no avail. Everything was too expensive or not my taste. Granted, my patience dwindled as I searched more so I can't say I checked out TOO many websites. Anyway, my point is I was hoping that if I found a comforter I like, I can attempt to make my decorative pillows, pillowcases, etc. Making the actual comforter is a little beyond my skill level at this point. Plus, I learned how to make pillows in the 7th grade, so I'd like to think that is a task I have mastered.

I have a very eclectic taste in decor so I really want something that is bright and fun but versatile. Think if floral, colorblock, asian inspired, 70s kitsch, & Native American had a baby (and it was actually a room and not a baby). That's the best description of my bedroom. I like a lot of different styles, but it's not overwhelming & it blends together well. Very aesthetically pleasing.

Any suggestions for websites? My price range is anything less that $150. I browsed a few websites and here are some patterns and color that interest me:

Sunbird Sheet Set - eclectic sheet sets
Sunbird Sheet Set
Love the print & colors but I could never do that much white!!

Munjoy Sheet Set by Angela Adams modern sheet sets
Munjoy Sheet Set by Angela Adams
love the shade of green but I couldn't have this much of one color

Ferm Living - Gracewood Bedding modern sheet sets
Gracewood Bedding

Also, Happy Hump Day to everyone! The weather in my town in beautiful today. 77 degrees in March? I'll take it.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Spring Dreaming

Earlier, I posted an idea for an outfit after digging out my spring clothes! Now I haven't really gotten the opportunity to post some of my style and if it wasn't dark/freezing outside right now, I may have actually modeled these outfits myself. Instead, I will be using my lovely floral print dress form. 

Top: Unknown brand
thrifted, $3
Shorts: Esprit
thrifted, $4
Necklace: gift from a lovely friend!

Top: Unknown brand, $3
Shorts: Unknown brand, $4

These are just a few of my more casual outfits I have planned. These are perfect for work (for me). I know, I'm lucky to not have a dress code. I'm hoping in the next few posts, I will be able to get up some of my warm weather footwear. I completely forgot about this part of my wardrobe. Is that bad? A friend of mine I was hanging out with the other day did say "Jessica, you realize you have two closets, right? Like, I walk into your room and see one closet and then I close your bedroom door and there is another. It's half of your bedroom." So, I guess I basically live in a giant closet & work in a giant closet and it's not a bad thing!

What spring trends are you looking forward to trying? Obviously, I am a big fan of the pops of color, neon, and mixing prints. 

These few pairs of shorts aren't nearly half of what I have. The next set of outfits are going to be with my denim/cut-off shorts (which are my favorite). I also took advantage of a day off recently and gave some much need DIY love to a few shirts I have been meaning to alter. The result? 3 new tank tops and a new pair of shorts (made from my favorite black Levi 575 legging pants R.I.P.)

Cold Weather Blues

If you haven't been able to tell by now, I am SO over winter. I can't even say that Virginia has even had much of a winter this year. We have barely gotten any snow, more rain than anything, and the weather fluctuates between 30 degrees and 70 degrees every week. I can't wait for constant warm weather. With that in mind, I have been trying to come up with more topics to post about on my blog. After digging out all of my spring/summer clothes from storage (AKA a tub that is tucked in my closet), I was re-inspired by my closet! The next few posts are going to be of outfits I can't wait to wear in spring!

Outfit #1:

Top: Gloria Vanderbilt
thrifted, $3
Shorts: Tommy Hilfiger
thrifted, $4

Purse: Coach
Plato's Closet: $30