Friday, November 16, 2018

It only looks like I'm judging you, I promise I'm not.
Hello again from Omaha. We had another sunny day so I grabbed the kid, his camera, and bird guide and headed over to Chalco Hills NRD (Natural Resources District) to take exercise and see some of the birds migrating through the area.

 A very determined dandelion. After all the freezes and snow it always amazes me to see something flowering, even if it is a common weed.
I love this time of year when the prairie grasses dry out to a wheat-like hue and the sky looks almost artificially blue. My phone camera really doesn't capture just how striking it is. If I were to make a Nebraska postcard, this would be the sort of view I'd put on it to accurately depict the eastern part of the state.
The Fuzzy-Headed Twitcher had a good day. To me, they're all either, ducks or geese but to someone that can tell the difference, it was a wide variety of waterfowl on the lake. Goldeneye sounds like a Bond movie to me😀.

Outfit Particulars:
Skirt-a store in Cambridge Mass at least 25 years ago (has a matching top)
Silk poloneck-Goodwill
Vintage 70s corduroy jacket-Goodwill
Vintage scarf-New Life Thrift
Key brooch-Goodwill
Bracelets-Goodwill and yard sale
Earrings- K Mart about 10 years ago
Vintage mesh handbag with lucite handle-Hand-Me-Ups
Fragrance-Burberry Classic (Mr. ETB generously bought me a gigantic bottle at Marshall's and I have fallen in love with it again. It has been reformulated a bit, but that peach/sandalwood/moss mix is still lovely).

 We've spent a fair amount of time out at the NRD this month. That day turned unexpectedly cold so Danny loaned me his denim jacket. He's a gentleman.

These pictures were taken on election day after we voted. I still have the "I Voted" sticker on my vintage suit. I have had this little 60's suit since the early 80s, but I never get tired of it. When I don't know what to wear, it seems to be the right answer for all but the most formal occasions. The lining is showing some age, and I really ought to replace it as there's no reason this suit can't go another fifty years. It is hard to imagine a suit made today lasting that long with as much wear as this has had. I know I sound like an old lady (I AM an old lady) banging on about quality, but it is so true.

These photos weren't taken at the NRD, but instead behind our home. Blazingly sunny autumn days are lovely, but it does pose a challenge to the not very good camera on my cheap phone. We ducked into the shade for a few quick snaps.
 I wasn't about to miss out on photos of both a purple leather skirt, AND a zebra print coat because of a bit of sun.
I wouldn't have dressed like this in the 80s as I was already working and most of my clothes were on the boring side. I didn't go out much because I was working...and going to university at night. By the last year it reversed and I was working nights and doing classes during the day. I dressed a bit better then, but still nothing like this. That's the beauty of thrifting and vintage-it is never too late to try something out. I don't think I could have bought a leather skirt for $5.00 in the 80s.

Outfit Particulars:
vintage leather skirt-Hand-Me-Ups
Faux fur coat-Goodwill
Distressed-look (more like spraypaint) boots-K Mart
Barbie doll carry-all turned purse-Goodwill
Fragrance-Green Water

 This outfit almost didn't happen. I'd noticed the vintage 70s skirt at Hand-Me-Ups for a few months but thought it wasn't quite worth the $10.00 price tag they had on it. Eventually it went on sale, and I bought it wondering what on earth I would wear with a purple and green skirt. As luck would have it, I'd just washed the rarely-worn cardigan and inspiration struck in the laundry room! I love when that happens.

Outfit Particulars:
70s skirt-Hand-Me-Ups
Black sweater-K Mart
Brooch-Gift from an Instagram friend
Vintage charm bracelet-Goodwill
Boots-K Mart
Earrings-New Life Thrift
40s handbag-Thrift World
Fragrance-Samsara (I love it in the cooler weather)

 Yes, the cake is a little lopsided but I don't think anyone noticed. Those are candied violets from the garden. The cake is the classic fudge cake in the 1950 edition of the Betty Crocker cookbook. It claims that "Boys from eight to eighty go for this cake" and at our home the boys from almost fourteen to fifty-seven thought it was swell, I didn't think it was anything special. I did however like the chocolate sour cream frosting I improvised. It was a nice change from buttercream.
These are a one-rise bread similar to the French-Style bread in the Beard on Bread cookbook. I tweaked it a bit by adding wholemeal flour and a bit of olive oil. It is a good, sturdy bread to serve with soup, but it goes stale quickly. We froze the second loaf and had it later in the week. Shaping bread isn't my best skill. I should have had the State Fair champion do it. 
The squirrel has been eating well. He likes almonds in the shell. At $4.99 a lb. I sort of balk at the idea of feeding the squirrel almonds, but once Danny started there was no going back. He also likes apple slices. That's one seriously health minded squirrel. I think he's eating a peanut in this photo. Not shown-squirrel throwing himself against the sliding glass door and refusing to move until he gets food. I think we know who is "Trained" here. Hint-it isn't the squirrel.
Squirrel lady?! Great, that's just great. Be sure to put that in my obituary when I go.

 A bit more faux zebra fur this time on a blue velvet blazer. The fur appears to have been added later and I found a Prom item in the pocket from the local high school. I can only hope their date wore an equally wacky zebra outfit.

 Isn't the back of the jacket incredible?! I love this so very much.
Outfit Particulars:
Sequin mini skirt-Goodwill
Boots-K Mart
Brooch-Thrift World
Earrings-K Mart
Betsey Johnson handbag-Hand-Me-Ups

Staying with minis for a moment-this home-sewn 70s corduroy set was a fun find. 
 Much like the leather mini, I probably wouldn't have worn anything like this at the time-at least not this short. As a young woman, a mini sent a message I didn't want to send. In my 50's, I no longer need to worry as the only message my body is sending is, "Dried up womb closed for business." At this point it is about as far from racy as it gets, particularly when worn with those fetching, heavyweight brown tights. Who'd have thought old age would have me feeling liberated enough to wear minis? Life is strange, eh?
I absolutely would have worn the earrings and necklace though. Big earrings have been my "Look" for as long as I can remember.

Outfit Particulars:
Vintage corduroy skirt and waistcoat-Goodwill
Vintage poloneck-Goodwill
Earrings-Costume shop (sold for a fortune-teller's costume)
Tights-K Mart
Vintage handbag-Goodwill

I will leave you with another photo where I appear to be judging you. I'm not! OK, sometimes I am, but not in any general sort of way. I don't know why I always look this way in photos. *shrug*

The scarf I'm wearing came from the Omaha Weavers and Spinners Guild annual fiber arts show last year. This year's show is tomorrow-17 November at the Westside community center from 9-4. Shop for wonderful things and support local artisans. Every year I treat my feet to alpaca socks. If you find yourself in Omaha tomorrow, I promise you won't be sorry if a pair of those socks go home with you. 

Have a great weekend everyone. 

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Sounds Painful

My husband and son tease me for calling the season Autumn rather than Fall. I don't know, "Fall" always sounds vaguely biblical to me, or at the very least, followed by some sort of injury. Today I have some Autumn fashions for you.
 I love a good tweed jacket, and I have a difficult time leaving one on the rail in a thrift shop, but after a bit, no matter how nice the item is, they start looking similar enough that it is hard to justify yet another. When I did the clothing clear out last spring, I kept out three jackets. This 70s piece has a matching skirt, so of course it survived along with a Harris Tweed and a Donegal. I think that will probably serve me well for the rest of my life, but I would be foolish to promise I'll be able to resist. What is it about tweeds?!

 Outfit Particulars:
vintage polyester dress-Hand-Me-Ups (.99 cent rail)
80's Talbott's belt-Thrift World
Suede Boots-Goodwill
Tweed jacket (part of a suit)-Salvation Army store, Lincoln
Vintage handbag-New Life Thrift
Halston scarf (on bag)-Goodwill
Bakelite bangle-Hand-Me-Ups
Fragrance-I can't remember but if I didn't wear Lentheric Tweed, I should have!

I like tartan almost as much as tweed. The photo is a little washed out, but the wool really is a pale grey and beige. It shouldn't work, but it really does.
There's a better up-close look at the fabric. The suit is vintage 70s Pendleton. This is a quality vintage purchase. I rarely wear a suit, (though on the day this photo was snapped I did really need to look professional )but it was too well made to leave in a thrift store. Five bucks later, it was mine. I can see the skirt getting tonnes of wear, and maybe the jacket with jeans.
 The earrings were such a good match with the brooch despite being made at least a generation apart (the brooch has a c-clasp).
Outfit Particulars:
1970s Pendleton suit-Goodwill
St. John sweater-Goodwill
Earrings-Thrift World
Vintage shoes-Thrift World
Vintage handbag-Goodwill
Wildflower and butterfly 70s necklace-Goodwill

 You're probably thinking one tartan suit would be enough for most people. Sigh. I'm nothing if not consistent. This suit was another 70s bargain. It has suede patches on the elbows for heaven's sake. I couldn't leave it.
 Again, a quality bit of vintage. It costs more to make a suit where the pattern matches up, but it shows. If I'm going to have something take up space, it needs to be worth it.
Outfit Particulars:
1970s wool suit-Goodwill
Vintage Bass loafers-Goodwill
Vintage handbag-Goodwill
Necklace-Et Cetera, Seward
80s blouse-Goodwill
 I treated myself to an antique.
 This is a Medieval piece. It is bronze, but has aged into this remarkable black patina.
Sometimes a piece speaks to me, but most of the time I don't listen😀. Listening can get expensive. I'm glad I listened this time. Portals Of Time is an Etsy shop worth your time, and your money. Stephanie has an eye for pieces you likely won't run across elsewhere. She also knows what she's talking about unlike so many people on internet sales sites. I'm not being compensated in any way by Portals of Time Vintage, but I am a very, very, happy customer.

Here's a change in the typical wool, tartan autumn wardrobe staple...polyester! I mean, sometimes you need a little wash and wear in your life that can take your lunch spilled down the front. Not that I do that, because I have impeccible manners.

Outfit Particulars:
Vintage Sasoon side-snap denim skirt-Goodwill
Vintage polo neck-New life Thrift
Vintage Polyester jacket-New Life Thrift
Vintage shoulder bag-Goodwill
Vintage Kachina copper necklace-Goodwill
Vintage earrings-Hand-Me-Ups
90s boots-Goodwill, about 15 years ago
Vintage bracelets-both Goodwill

Here I am in an uncharacteristic suit. I found it with the original 70s tags still on from Montgomery Wards. I didn't shop at Wards much, but I do still have the stereo I bought there (and I use it). It was a long time ago-it plays 8-Tracks as well as cassette tapes! Anyway, Wards wasn't really a place to find stylish clothes, but after 45 years, this suit isn't just stylish-it is fashionable! The colour is odd-between a grey and a brown, but it was easy enough to find matching accessories because I have this handbag in the same frustrating shade of... I dunno, phlegm?
 Sometimes you find cool stuff in the museum gift shop.
 I really like museum reproduction pieces.

Outfit Particulars:
Vintage suit-Hand-Me-Ups
Vintage polo neck-Goodwill
Vintage handbag-Hand-Me-Ups
Vintage Greek coin earrings-Hand-Me-Ups
Museum reproduction bracelet and brooch both-Nomads With Baggage on Etsy (Wonderful seller!)
Necklace-Field Museum gift shop late 80s
Vintage hand brooch-Hand-Me-Ups
Bronze coloured boots-Goodwill
Talbott's belt-Thrift World

 After our early snow, the weather has been more seasonable, and I couldn't do a post about autumn fashion without showing you what the trees are wearing. The Fuzzy Headed Twitcher is wearing a lovely new Cubs cap.

 Sketching beside the pond at Heron Haven.

 Deer oblivious to humans at Chalco Hills NRD.

Danny is still preparing dinner for us on Fridays as his home ec. assignment. We're getting spoiled by his cooking, and I may just hand over kitchen duties to him. He has a crock pot fish chowder planned for tomorrow which seems seasonally appropriate.

I will leave you with a look at the butterfly pins I made with self-adhesive pinback from the craft store. It opens up all sorts of possibilities for interesting brooches made from miniatures, dollhouse pieces, and silk floral bits. I'm not a very skilled crafts person, but peel and stick is about the level I can manage. Anyway, thought I'd share.

We are having our first 14 degree overnight. My bedroom has a north facing window and it gets terribly cold when the wind is blowing. Danny's room faces south and is over the kitchen, so it stays at a reasonable temperature. It isn't as drafty as the farmhouse was, but the room thermometer was reading 57 degrees when the rest of the house was 68. Last night I slept in velour leggings and tunic, with all the wool blankets and quilts on the bed. I am seriously thinking about sleeping in my parka. It will of course get worse as winter arrives, but by then my body will have a chance to acclimate. The first cold weeks are always the worst. There's a silver lining though-the cold, dark room is where I store the perfume collection, so at least the Guet Apens is happy!

Have a great weekend (if you wish, I don't like telling people what to do).