Wednesday, July 13, 2011
new old discoveries
I saw this wonderful "rediscovered" silverware on Anthropologie while I was dreaming of a new wardrobe. You probably do the same thing. I love anthropologie. I think they have great inspirational stuff. Well, $32 for a place setting was not that bad a deal...if it was real silver...but it was just plate silver...humm....I wonder if I could do better for myself at one of my favorite antique haunts? I bet I could...so I did. I bought all the pieces above for about a dollar a piece. So, for $50 I found REAL STERLING SILVER. I can melt is down and shoot werewolves if I need to...or I can just replace the dish washer disposal devoured silverware I already have.
So while Emma and I were polishing the new to me silver we made up stories about the hands that had polished it before us. I feel closer to these mysterious ladies. Welcome to our home ladies. I hope we bring some light to your lives. It was so fun to see what was lying beneath the grime. Secret little monograms, delicate blooms, waving wheat. We had a great afternoon. And our table looks pretty fancy now too!
"Alabama Chanin" books. I made this dress in 2 days...all by hand. No sewing machine at all. I had the chance to sit and do some hand stitching and I jumped at the chance. Natalie Chanin has some great tips in her books. I read on her blog that she has a third book coming out. AWESOME! You really can't go wrong with her books. Full sized patterns, wonderful ideas, good solid advice. I think she is just brilliant. I wore this dress out today and I had 4 ladies stop me and comment on my wonderful dress. It is really simple, just heather grey cotton jersey, but the pattern is so flattering. Sharon (my sweet neighbor) saw it and waited until I cam home and crossed the street to let me know that she wanted to make one too...well so does Emma, so we went to Hancock fabric together. Good times.
OK, diner is ready.
Have a great evening!