Saturday, June 26, 2010

A Dress Renovation...aka Make Over Time

Here's My Newly Transformed Dress

Before: Jimmy said to "throw it away"
I cut off the Long sleeves
and made Short ones

Then, I ripped off All the blue buttons that were
"pulling" this dress down with it
And handsewed on
some Playful White White White Buttons from my Button Stash

So, the Vibrant Blue would "Pop" like it should've from the Get-Go,
I sewed on some White White White Eyelet Lace
I had on a Roll
Good use for a Roll that I got for less than $5
And didn't have a clue as to what to do with
Until Now...

But, the fun was only beginning
I turned to the Back of the dress
added on a Blingey Bling Bling Rhinestone Button

Okay, say it with me... Bling!
A New and Improved Summer Dress

P.S. If my Makeover didn't work out,
I was just going to cut up the dress
use the pieces of fabric for something else.
Luckily, I liked my Re-Do.
And, yeah, Already Worn it out with new black short cropped tights.
I think I'll try wearing it with white cropped tights next.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Lovely Vintage Loveseat Looking for New Shabby Chic Home - $125 (Honolulu Downtown)...UPDATE: SHE'S SOLD!

Introducing Vintage Loveseat
Here's she's seen in her lovely Outdoor Garden look...
From Day,

To Night,
The Grand Dame in all her Glory
All Dressed Up to go to the Ball...

Without all My Accessories (aka Throw pillows)

Perhaps you and she will be a Soul Mate Match?

Introducing my lovely vintage CS Wo Ivory Damask Loveseat. She's rubenesque (aka pleasingly Plump), if she could cook she'd be compared to Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, she has a delightful smile, a warm wit, and a cute little "tinkle" in her laugh. Isn't she just adorable?

She's adorned in Fabric which is Ivory with a slightly darker Ivory damask design. As she's "vintage" (shhhh...can't say her age or she'll kill me), she has some slight smudges here and there which some elbow grease and upholstery cleaner will probably lessen if not make disappear altogether...But, she's perfect even with them.

She's perfectly "healthy" and has no physical damages to her body.

Loves to sit back and enjoy her Netflix and Cooking channel shows. I think she's a closet Korean Soap Opera fan but she's not telling. :)

Last Photo shows her all "dolled" up. Sorry, my throw pillows are Not included...just for decorating idea purposes.

Her Dimensions: approximately 67 inches (5 feet and 7") long x 37 inches (3 feet and 1") wide x 28 inches (2 feet and 4") high.

Delivery to your abode is a possibility within a surrounding area from my cottage, please enquire. Delivery fee charge is $25.

Sale is Cash only checks.

Please email me to meet her in person or for more info about her delightful personality.

Sorry, this is only available to Lucky Gals living on the island of Oahu. NO shipping available.


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Tutorial...How to Save a Pair of Jeans by Putting on Your Own Metal Bachelor Button

My Repaired Kut Jeans

Read my Pictorial Tutorial for step-by-step instructions

Metal Jean Buttons...aka Bachelor Buttons

Made by Dritz
Probably can find it on Ebay, at your local craft or fabric store.
I got mine at our local Bernina Store.

The Orange Chalk Mark...need to place the button Right above the Zipper area
for the Perfect placement

I repaired the Hole where the old jean button fell out of
by handstitching with thick white thread

Made a hole using a sharp tool to get thru the thick jean material
then put the pin thru from the backside
This is what it'll look like

From the Front side of the jeans, place the Metal button as it should look on jeans
Place the pin inside the button
Get ready to hit with Hammer

Place the jeans with button and pin on HARD surface
I put it on my metal Anvil
You can just put it on a piece of wood on a hard surface like your driveway or something

Then,l just hammer one good time...that's it!

Here's the finished look. Yayyyy!
That was soooooo EZ and FAST
I like that.

I have a funky body shape...aka out of shape body shape. So, only certain types of jeans actually "fit" me well. One brand is "Kut" which I get from Nordstroms. In fact, last week, I bought a pair for about $60+ and started wearing it that day. My husband knows me. Whenever I buy something or make something for myself, I'll be wearing it that day or the next. Rip off the tag, put it on, who cares about washing it before I wear it (except for underwear), I just don't care.

Then, a couple days later, wearing my new Kut jeans, I happened to be touring the local Goodwill with my GF Liz and came guessed it, a pair of "Kut" jeans in my size!!!! EEEEkkkkk!

I tried it on and fit! Better than the one I bought the day before...bc I actually bought one size too big and it was "stretching" so much so that I felt like one of those repairmen when they bend down you can see the "crack". Yeah, my waistband was hanging.

Anyway, the price on this oldey but goody was $9.99. But, the only bummer was that the metal jeans button fell off in my hand. Apparently, that was the reason that the former owner must have decided to "donate" this bad boy. So, here I am, trying on this pair of jeans without a was in my hand. But it fit. So, I'm buying it! I pointed out this tragedy to the clerk guessed it...mark down 50%! New Old Kut jeans for only $4.99!!!!

What to do about that button? My husband, the MacGeyvor that he is, was stumped. I wanted to know if there was some way to "save" the old button and reuse it. No can do.

Yesterday, had to stop by the local Bernina store to p/up a replacement bulb for my vintage sewing machine (still to be named). They were out...bummer. But, I happened to spy on the wall of sewing notions from heaven a box of Jeans Metal Buttons!!!! What??? Never even thought that these existed. Clerk told me that these were called "Bachelor's Buttons" bc these were the type that a man could sewing required...just a Hammer. Right up their alley. You Pound this baby into your jeans. How cool is that?

So, needless to say, I HAD to share this tutorial with you bc I was just so excited that now I am wearing my brand new Old "Kut" Revived from the dead Jeans...P.S. I did Wash this pair Before I Wore it. And, I wore it to my SIL's B-Day party at Paesano's...yummmy food btw. :) And, my SIL Colleen is now the Lucky New Owner of my Light Coral Vintage Kimono Rosette Blouse (see Post on it Click Here).

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Anthropology, Please Move Over...Stacy's Here

My Target T-Shirt

From Target, bought a couple Plain but Cute Tees
in Sage Green and Light Coral

Using my own Handcrafted Handsewn Vintage Kimona Rosettes,
Pinned them onto the Tee

My handy little pincushion, thread, and snippers

I handsewed on each Vintage Kimono Rosettes,
several scattered Swarovski Light Cream Crystal Pearls,
and a Vintage Silk Taffeta Golden Plume Ribbon for girly girl accent

Ta Dah!

Love the look of the Vintage Kimono Rosette on this Tee...Perfect!

The Silk Taffeta Ribbon really complements
the 2nd Vintage Kimono Rosette
to a "T"

I'm Very Very Pleased with the Finished Tee turned into Blouse.
Now, to work on the Sage Green one...

The Completed Sage Green Tee...
Vintage Kimono Rosettes take Center Stage

Another Cute Tee Turned Blouse
Perfect to wear this Summer

Sometimes you look at a piece of clothing and envision it just a heck of a lot better looking. At least, I did when I came across these cute little Tees at Target. Loved the colors, loved the style, but it just didn't have that "oompf"....know what I mean?

So, I took them home and dreamed of a better look for them. Like a Make Over for Tees. Looking at this Light Coral color, I immediately thought of my handsewn Vintage Kimono Rosettes. I Love to collect vintage fabrics especially Lovely Kimono fabric. They sure make pretty Fabric Rosettes. Normally, I turn these Rosettes in Lovely Cuff Bracelets which I then list for sale in my Lilikoi Cottage Shop. (Sorry, they're all Sold Out right now but hopefully in the future I'll create more.) But, this time, I knew they would be perfect for this tee. And, I was right.

Wearing my trusty Reading Glasses (yes, my eyes are not what they used to be), I threaded my tiny needle and started individually handsewing each component on. Everything just sort of fell into place. You know how that goes when everything goes just right.

I added in the small Silk Taffeta bow because everything can use a bit of "Girly Girly" glam, right? It just looked so perfect along with the rosettes and the tiny Swarovski Crystal Pearls.

Who needs Anthropology when you have a bit of imagination and a desire to make things Pretty Pretty, right?

P.S. Whoever the lucky Gal is that gets this tee needs to "handwash" it with loving care. Hmmmm....who should that lucky person be?

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Life with Tobey...Her Favorite Snack is Ramen Noodles

Tobey enjoying a Mid-day Snack with her Dad
Ramen Noodles

Chomp Chomp Chomp
Yum Yum Yum for my Tum Tum

Good to the Last Drop...or Noodle that is :)

Friday, June 11, 2010

Must See Movie...The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Have you heard of the author Stieg Larsson?

You Must read his 3 books, The Millennium Trilogy. It's Absolutely thee Best Summer Books that I've read in a longggg time. Must Reads for Sure. 2 Thumbs up.

Background on Larrson:
Stieg Larrson Larsson was an editor in chief of the magazine Expo. He lived in Sweden. He died tragically in 2004 after delivering his 3 manuscripts, "The Millennium Trilogy". His books have sold over 25 million copies worldwide. The 3 novels in his series are The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.
Each of his 3 books have already been turned into films. The movie, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo", based on his 1st book premiered this March in America. The 2nd movie, "The Girl Who Played with Fire", is set to premiere in July 2010 in America.

Synopsis of 1st Book and movie "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo":
Harriet Vanger, a beloved niece of one of Sweden’s wealthiest men disappeared over forty years ago. For all those years, her uncle has combed thru everything looking for her. Finally, he hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate her disappearance and put an end to this mystery. Mikael gains the help of the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander who is a computer/internet wiz genius. Together they uncover hidden clues and make astonishing discoveries.

See Synopsis of All 3 Books (Click here)

See the Official website for the movie (Click here)

See the Review of this movie on Rotten Tomatoes (Click here)

See a Clip of this movie...

And, after you read his 1st book, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo", Run to the theatre and watch the Swedish movie based on this book. You will be Blown Away. I promise. It's too good to be true. Much more "real" than what our Hollywood directors would do. Follows the most important plot in the book....great editing. There are scenes in there that are from the book that are Very Raw but necessary. I can't wait to see the next movie based on his 2nd book "The Girl Who Played with Fire" coming next month to American theatres.

You do NOT want to miss out on this movie or his books. I mean it.


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