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dear mae,

i foresee a lot of crafty type posts in my future as i am a crafting whirlwind lately! a couple months ago i came across this blog, and incidentally, a butt load (a common unit of measurement) of inspiration.  i have never been much into crochet, i’m more of a knitter myself.  i like hard structured rules more often than willy-nilly shape forming and color picking, but i did go out on a limb and try somthing new when i found this enormously helpful tutorial for granny squares.

i’ve always wanted to make an afghan like this, but finishing process seams (ha) like a real bear, stitching together hundreds of little squares after you’ve already devoted months to a project, which is where that tutorial comes in. why hadn’t i thought to attach the squares as you go? i’m doing to zig-zag edge for added interest, and when i’ve finished i’ll throw on some kind of border stitch.  i’ve not decided on a finished size for my afghan, i’m going to keep poking at it until little niles or margot makes their debut. it’s a satisifactory baby blanket size at the moment, so any time i get to work on it now is just bonus, as i have quite a few other projects on the back burner.

i’ve also just finished a simple baby afghan for one of my girlfriends who is expecting this winter.  it’s one giant granny square made from this deliciously soft self striping yarn.  i’m finding it hard to give it away.

if you are a crocheter, i highly recommend you check out lucy’s blog at attic 24, it’s a rainbow of delicious tutorials in a menagerie of colors.  it was enough to get me hooked! (sorry, last pun, i promise.)

❤ betty

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dear mae,

last night i had a bit of a blast from the past when i found Unzipped on netflix.  that movie was such and inspiration to me when i was in college, i wanted to grow up to be isaac mizrahi.  i wanted his hair, his sunglasses, his job, his super model friends and posh lifestyle.  i still want his black laquer piano and his zebra skin rug.  the movie is phenomenal, if you haven’t seen it.  i love the styling of it, it’s gritty and dark and behind the scenes, with bursts of sunshine and color and glamour sprinkled throughout.  isaac cracks me up with his old movie quotes like “y’arn’t ever gorna leave this house…”

my favorite scene is in the beginning when isaac is confessing to his mother how he used to steal money from her every day as a child and was astonished to find out she never knew.  well, go ahead and watch it on netflix tonight and tell me what you think! i also saw a documentary on vidal sassoon that i might watch this afternoon before tomg gets home from work.

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dear mae,

next time you feel like you need a super great craft project, or two, and short on cash, i can tell you that your local thrift store’s linen isle might need a good sifting though.  the bed sheet i bought in my last post has been transformed into both a lightweight summer frock, as well as a curtain for my bed room! at the local good will in town they have a plethora of fun bed sheets ranging from graphic star wars prints to dainty florals and neat tickings.  the instant i saw this sweet floral/stripe/polka dot fabric i knew it would soon be a dress hanging in my closet! well, with no further ado…

i even used the trim from the top edge of the sheet for my skirt, sweet little polka dots!

i used a vintage dress that i already had for the pattern, i love the low scoop back.  i added my own little twist with the wrap around so there would be something just as pleasing for the front.
and then there were curtains! or kind of, they are only thumb-tacked to the wall until i get some proper rods.

well, how have you been spending your time when you aren’t busy working, or schooling or what have you? i also spent a good long time cleaning my bedroom. its funny how a little thing like tacking half a bed sheet to your wall can inspire you to get other things straitened out!

❤ betty

 

 

 

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dear mae,

my hair and i have become rather close lately.  i’ve become a near pro at the the art of the beehive, and sport one whenever i wake up early enough.  i love it when gals on the street stop me to tell me “that is the best hair i’ve ever seen” (true story! eek!) but then i get a little sad when they say “i could never do that.” i assure you you can! it just takes at least medium length hair, loads of teasing and hairspray and a hand full of bobby pins.  i like to zazz mine up with a scarf or a ribbon, mostly because the back of my hair ends up falling out by the end of the day.  i owe my big hair to a one miss kerry from yours truly, x.

please excuse the fearful look in my eye, i hate taking self portraits, they always look weird.

this is my favorite workday hairdo, my boss says it makes me look fast, like my head is on fire or something.

<3,

betty

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dearest mamers,

i know i was wearing this dress in my last post, but it is so damn cute i can barley peel it off my body.  it fits like a dream and has so many happy colors!! i can’t resist it hanging there in my closet, so it hasn’t spent much time in there.  i wasn’t feeling as cocky as the other day when i sported it with my pink turban headscarf and pearls, so this time i kind of toned it down with some grey and navy accessories.

we were at the portland museum of art to see ‘the allure of the automobile’ witch i have plenty of pictures of, but that’s another post.  there were a couple of paintings that really caught my eye, and i thought of sharing them with you first!

i heard a nearby couple giggling as i explained to tom about how this painting reminds me of my coffee from starbucks.  the green logo, the pink lipstick and the yellowish coffee dribble.

i almost expect to see my awkward reflection in the side of this car when i gawk at its photo-realism.

anywho, i hope it’s alright that i didn’t reference any of the artists’ names or the actual names of these paintings, because i didn’t read any of the little placards next to the pieces.

<3,

betty

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dear mae,

it’s a good thing i’ve redone my bathroom, because i’ve been spending a lot of time in there.  not like that. i’ve been trying for about a week to perfect the victory roll.  my hair is just getting long enough now that it’s super fun to play with all kinds of vintage hairstyles, and latley i’m enamored with the victory roll.  it took me about forty minutes this morning, and about a dozen youtube tutorials, but i finally got it!

it’s a little sloppy, but i just need some more practice.

ladies in the 1940’s sported this look, along with many more to perk up their rationed wardrobes.  women were joining the workforce in droves and pulled themselves into boring work-a-day uniforms, and needed an outlet for some style and creativity.  i can definitely relate to wanting to spunk up boring work clothes.

❤ betty

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dear mae,

my mind has been spinning about little projects to do for my new bicycle, and i think it needs some saddle bags.  something to tote along a picnic lunch, or bring home some groceries from the market, and i got to thinking about what kind of fabric i need.  something water resistant, something durable, and something that won’t clash with the retro stylings of my new friend.  there is really only one simple answer to this quest.

oilcloth! it is all of these things and more!

now, this is how my brain works, after spending about 5 minutes looking for a local retailer, i want to buy 100 rolls of all of the different patterns for all of my sewing projects:  tablecloths, tote bags, wallets, archery target covers….

gosh, the possibilities are unlimited!!

is this the start of some new obsession of mine that will last a few months and lead to a dusty pile of vinyl in the bottom of a closet? or is this true love? only time will tell dear friend.

❤ betty

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