Monday, November 26, 2012

A busy bee in turquoise tights

That's what I've been lately. A busy little worker bee.

And one time, I wore turquoise tights. I felt a little like a character in the Wizard of Oz. But my daughter thought they were "cool" so I left them on. Crazy? Sorta.

I think they represent something about me, though. I love trying new things, in fashion, but especially in creating. Well, to me, fashion is a way I create and express myself. But working with my hands is another. And over the Thanksgiving break, I worked on lots of creations. I even learned how to knit! Actually, three out of the four of us learned how to knit.

To be fair, this guy learned first, by watching YouTube of course. We've had a set of round looms in our home for about a year, and none of us really got the hang of it until he paved the way. AND until we had the time to spend sitting, knitting, unravelling, and trying again, as we were spending four days at my in-laws' home.

I'm sure it doesn't surprise you that I love a creative man. He is not afraid to learn new ways of creating either. I think that's sorta hot.

The beanie he made for our little guy turned out so cool that I went to Joann Fabrics and bought this little rectangular loom for other non-round things. And I got 6 more skeins of yarn. {Everyone also learned the word "skein".} This loom was trickier than the round loom. I had to watch the YouTube tutorial several times, pausing it, knitting a bit, watching a bit more, etc., before I had a good start.

But then I got on a roll. It's therapeutic, really, repeating the same rhythmic row of stitches over and over. This scarf below was the third one I made, and also from yarn purchased on my second trip to Joann's.

Over the vacay, I spent a lot of time creating things for my etsy shop too. Lots of necklaces, earrings, and Christmas buntings from a beautiful vintage tablecloth I found in the back of an antique store while I was there. I've also been looking for months for an old church hymnal so I could use the pages of music in buntings. I finally found one, and have taken the few Christmas carol pages and added them to the Christmas buntings.

I made some new pendant necklaces with unique, vintage finds I've collected over the last month. The dancers are my favorite (there are 2 different ones). And I also love the dog pendant, and the special Empire State Building.

 I added some new vintage key necklaces, as well as some simpler designs after a couple people have requested necklaces without pendants. I had all kinds of amazing vintage beads to work with this time. And I made several new sets of earrings as well. I really love making each piece.

In case you're interested, I have a couple deals going on in my shop today, salvage517.

1. Get any Bunting, and get 20% off your whole purchase. Use BUNTING20

2. OR use NOVFREESHIP for free shipping on everything else 

I didn't want to inundate you all with salesy stuff...I'm personally already sick of all the marketing emails and promotions I'm seeing out there, but I did want to quietly let you know of my new things, in case you need gifts, or a treat for yourself to celebrate this happy season.

Have a great day, friends, and also don't forget that Friday is the end of the month, so I'll be hosting my monthly Thanks-living linky. We will link up and share the goodness we found to be thankful for this past month. Even the not-so-good often comes with something for which to say thanks.

Oh, and while we're on the subject, I'm thankful for you. Serious.



  1. Are those knitting looms? Sorry for the ignorance!


  2. I love how you said that wearing tights and fashion is creative. I've always felt that way. I call myself my own palette :)

  3. uh oh! new goodies in the shop! :) love em all!
    also, i just wore bright yellow tights to church two sundays ago!

  4. Those buntings are AWESOME! Very unique!

    Also, I almost bought a pair of navy tights... not quite as bold, but still. Yours are freaking awesome!

  5. I need some fun tights...not sure I can pull them off as well as you though...also...I love those shoes!! so glad you got them!

  6. Love those tights...I have a pair that I never wear because I have no idea what to put them with. I'm inspired to play around a bit now...and I love that dog necklace-adorable!

    Glad you had a lovely holiday and learned a new thing!

  7. you go girl, i'm loving those tights and
    so happy that you are boldly expressing yourself!
    everything in your shop is so darn cute, i love your creative

  8. I LOVE your style and know everyone else would too if you'd show it off a little more around here:)
    Love the new shop goodies. Wish I wasn't on a spending freeze. :(