Friday, February 27, 2009

Vintage pattern series: Great late 30s vintage Superior Pattern #9743

The pattern I've chosen to post today for my pattern series is one from the late 1930's by Superior Pattern. Pattern number is 9743. This particular pattern is not dated, but you can tell by the detailing on the dress that this is late 30's. Pattern states that the style is approved by Cynthia Powell. I'm not quite sure who Cynthia Powell is, but I'm sure she was a great designer. If anyone knows who she is, would you mind sharing? I've Googled her, but came up empty handed.

This particular pattern is also a larger sized pattern for the 30's. The bust size is a 44". That's pretty large for vintage patterns. I love all the gathering at the bust area. This is a great dress! As always, my patterns are for sale if the price is right!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Poem: The past is gone

Motion of powerlessness is like poison to the soul.
To try deeper and harder than you've ever tried before.
To take that step you've never dared to take.
Yet...wait...why haven't I tried this yet?
Days come and evenings go.
The next time I turn around, ten years have passed.
Time is precious.
We need to appreciate now because we will never be here again.
Once today is gone, it's gone forever-lost in the distant past.
Time fades, yet memories remain.
Cherish them because they are all you'll ever have.

Writen by me (Heather)February 2009

Saturday, February 21, 2009

No mas Lone Star Vintage Clothing: New name = My Vintage Things...

As many of you know, I sold my vintage clothing inventory this past December to Violetville Vintage. I was also hoping to sell my website,Lone Star Vintage Clothing, as well. Lo and behold, a guy contacted me about four weeks ago asking if he could purchase the site. At first, we could not agree on a price. I wanted more than he wanted to pay, of course-but, then I started thinking about why I still needed the site. As long as I could recoupe all fees associated with purchasing the site two years ago-his offer wasn't such a bad deal after all.

I contacted the guy about two weeks ago and told him I would sell him the domain for the price he offered. I never heard back from him until last week. He asked if the site was still available and if it was, he wanted to purchase it. I was confused and thought he wanted the site as it was, but he just wanted to transfer the domain. So, we started the process. My webhost is located in the UK and I think it took a little extra time to get everything done because of the difference in time. Luckily, everything worked out, I received payment for my domain and transferred my domain to the new buyer. Yay!

With this said, I went ahead and changed my eBay store name as well. My new seller name is: my_vintage_things and my store name is: My Vintage Things from Texas. Here's the link to my auctions.

I have a lot of great vintage costume jewelry up for grabs this week. Here are a few pics of some of the goodies I have listed:

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Busy, busy, busy: So much to do and so little time!

I've been so busy this past week. I received another order for my handmade cards. This time, for St. Patricks Day! Here are a few of the cards I made:I accept custom orders for greeting cards. I sell them for $4.00/card or $2.50 for bulk if you order 10 or more. Most cards I make are one-of-a-kind.

I also have some great vintage items up for auction this week. Click here to see if you can find something you just can't live without!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Valentines day 2009: Kiddo party

My old friend, Penny, from high school invited Dominic and I over yesterday for a pre-Valentines day party. The party was just for our kiddo's. She made heart shaped pizza's and the kids got to decorate heart shaped cupcakes after lunch. Here are a few pics from the party yesterday:

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Pattern series: Vintage 1930's pattern by Hollywood Pattern Company

The vintage pattern I have chosen to post today is one from the 1930's. It's by Hollywood Pattern Company, pattern number 1180. According to Cemetarian, this particular pattern number would have been manufactured around 1933.
I love, love, love the longer sleeve version of this dress. This pattern is a one-piece, "sew simple" frock, as stated on the pattern. Blouse is gathered slightly below drop-shoulder yoke. Slide fastener or buttons may finish front opening below narrow shawl collar. Four goured skirt joins blouse under belt or girdle. Single patch pocket on skirt is optional. Just below the elbow sleeves are optional. Can be made with printed crepe, eyelet batiste, cotton or linen lace, seersucker, handkerchief linen, pongee, flat crepe, novelty cotton or heavy sheer.

I think I'm going to make this dress and repost once I've completed the dress. As always, my patterns are for sale if the price is right. :)

Monday, February 9, 2009

Old Photography: It's a Chicago thing....

I moved to Chicago in 1998 to attend school for fashion design. I attended Columbia College my first semester because I had heard so many great things about that school. Don't get me wrong, it was a great school, but I didn't think their fashion program was all that great. If you want to go to school for film or photography, Columbia would be an amazing school to go to. Fashion Design was a different story.

Columbia's fashion curriculum required you to take a photography class. I'm still pretty clueless on that one, but I took that class despite my questions. Over the course of the past few weeks, I've been going through all my old photographs. I picked up some relatively inexpensive frames with prebuilt mat boards inside. I became inspired and purchased nine of these frames and added my pics to them this evening:
As you can tell, I like to take photo's of subjects such as things in nature or people. I had to develop all of these photo's in the darkroom at school and that was one thing I always struggled with. I also took this class in the fall/winter and sometimes it was difficult to get out to take pics because of the weather. I hope you enjoyed them. I hung them on my wall. Just a little momento of my life in Chicago.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Bee sting: No bueno!!!

Yesterday, I took Dominic to the park to play. We played for a little while and then I decided it was time to leave because I needed to get home to get ready to go to Yoga class with my neighbor. Dominic, being like any other two year old toddler, did not want to leave. I ended up picking him up and carring him to the car.

When we arrived to our car, I felt something stick my upper right thigh. I thought Dominic could have stepped in gum and a bit of the gum had gotten stuck to my leg or something. I set him down in his car seat and checked the bottoms of his shoes for gum, which there was none. I did however, see a red spot on my thigh. I walked around to my side of the car, got in and sat down. I tried to examine the spot a little more closely, but still didn't see any type of stinger in there. I got home and started looking up “allergic reactions to bee stings,” online. I am pretty allergic to bee stings however, it's been such a long time since the last time I was stung by anything. I was actually a little scared because I wasn't sure what to do or what was going to happen, if anything. I put a paste of crushed aspirin and baking soda on the wound and went ahead to my Yoga class.

I got home from Yoga around 7.30 and I was not feeling so well. At the end of the Yoga class, we did some poses to stimulate our immune system. Maybe this caused a reaction with the bee venom of something. I felt really hot, really weak and I had aches all over my body. I felt like I was coming down with the flu. Justin brought me home some soup and I continued to feel worse as the evening progressed. I checked my temperature and I had a low grade fever of 100.5. I immediatey took some Ibuprofen and ran a luke warm bath. I went to bed after that. I felt so awful, I could barely move.

Here's a gross pic of my little bee sting:

I just thought I would share my bee sting episode. It was not pleasant. I'm feeling a bit better this morning, but still not 100%. Are any of you allergic to bees?

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Blog feature: Sweet Delight

Today's featured post is about Sweet Delight. Robin and Penny of Delightful Divas in Business are the masterminds behind Sweet Delight. They specialize in sampler boxes full of handmade goodies. I hope you enjoy reading about them!

Q. Tell me a little about yourself:

We are two sisters (and best friends) who love meeting new people, having fun, trying new things, gabbing, and shopping til we drop. We can always
be found browsing through swanky boutiques, gushing over the handmade
treasures that we discover along the way. If it looks good, smells good,
or feels can bet that we'll buy it.
As the editors of Delightful Divas in Business, we have always loved to
promote, connect, and inspire independent business owners. We are
passionate about "all things handmade" and that is why we are so excited
about the launch of our new sister-site, Sweet Delight Divalicious Sample Boxes.

Q. Please describe your business in detail.

At Sweet Delight Divalicious Sample Boxes, we provide a unique avenue of advertising for independent business owners. We promote their products and help them to reach out to hundreds of consumers. This is one of the most fun and effective ways to gain exposure and recognition on the web today!
Our sample boxes contain approx. 10-15 samples (sometimes more), from a variety of online businesses, and will be mailed directly to the consumer for only $25 (shipping included). We cater to Divas who like to discover fabulous boutiques and prefer to "try before they buy". Inside our boxes, you will find glam bath and body products, candles, jewelry, and fashion accessories! Mmm.....very Divalicious!

We have many fabulous companies participating in our first-ever "Divalicious" promotional campaign. It is going to be an exciting event and will take place in March '09. The specific date will be announced on our website very soon at
Sweet Delight.

Q. Where do you get your inspiration?

We are inspired by the many "Divas In Business" that we meet, interview, feature, and promote each and every week. We are inspired by their creativity, their success, their perseverence, their devotion, their hard work, and their strength.

Q. Where are your sample boxes sold?

Our "Divalicious" sample boxes are sold online.

Q. What advice can you give other independent business owners when selling their items?

Promote, promote, promote. We can't stress this enough. Good promotion and advertising is the "key" to getting your items noticed. takes a mixture of love, hard work, effort, long hours, and devotion to build a reputable and successful business. If you love what you do and you care about your customers......everything else will follow.

Q. Describe yourself in three words:

Well, here goes. Three words that describe us...



"Divas" (oops, that's four words.*lol*)

I want to personally thank Robin and Penny for sharing their info. Now hop on over to Sweet Delight and buy a sampler box. You won't be disappointed!!!