Getting Used to Playing Live

One fun thing about all the rain we have had?  I have the best rain boots ever!

I love my sugar skull boots! And everyone else seems to as well. Everywhere I went yesterday, people stopped me to comment on my boots. They kept my feet warm and dry.

On the other hand, I am so ready for the sun, and very ready to check on my veggie garden. I can tell the plants are getting taller, but I want to get close and see if there is any fruit forming on the tomatoes!  I just have not gone out there in all the rain we have had.

As far as the music in my life (and the music man), our gig over the weekend went very well. It’s such an honor to be asked by a dear friend to help her raise money for breast cancer research. The money goes to the Susan G. Komen foundation. I know, I know, I’ve heard the good and the bad about Komen, but they have helped our dear friend! She is in her seventh year of living with stage IV breast cancer!

We played several songs: The Road is My Middle Name by Bonnie Raitt; Billy Burnette’s Wrong One Right; an instrumental by Jerry Reed, The Claw; an old song called Dim Lights, Thick Smoke; and more.

Playing live is something I am still getting used to. There is so much involved in performing! I think back to all the times I have seen people play and never once realized the work that went into it all before and after the actual tiny amount of time they were on stage. They had to buy and keep up equipment, learn the songs, rehearse them, book the gig, carry their equipment to the gig and set it up, break everything down afterwards, carry it all home, and then they had to unpack it, clean it up and put it away. And most musicians make very little money. I sure tip musicians better now that I realize all of that!

I am learning how to set up my amp, deal with chords, be quiet when my mic and amp are on but we are not playing yet, and so much more! It is also a challenge to learn to play and sing but also engage the audience. I don’t want to just look at a music stand or the floor the whole time! Wow. There is just a lot to it!  And then there is the whole argument about why a music stand or iPad should be on stage anyway!

Did someone ask about Vlad? Well, if you didn’t, you should have. We found out that while we were busy with the gig, he hitched a ride with some of the Meowfia in the neighborhood and went to the beach. Muppet from next door sent this over to us when we got back.

I hope everyone is having a great week.
Enjoy this day!
Lynn

Lynnwood Magical Woodland Garden Grows Along with my Etsy Shop

The garden at “Lynnwood” continues to come along, little green leaf by little green leaf, and I continue to take fashion photos from The Fashion Stump. 😉 I just I wish I had more time to play outside. I am usually focused on work, it seems, and there is little time left for play. A feeling of being unbalanced lately has made me look at priorities. I hope to make more time for the garden.

Jason and I refer to his wooded yard as “Lynnwood” (no shock there!) as we turn it into a maze of magical walkways and gardens through the pines.

The Goldflame Spirea (left) is doing great! It started in the old garden, traveled by way of a cutting to my mom’s garden, and now I have some back for Lynnwood. The jasmine (right) is putting out lots of new growth! It should be spectacular next year!
Old tin can full of mint. I don’t dare let mint take off in the actual ground in this garden!
Lacy camisole. Long, lace, very lightweight sweater. Pink linen skirt. Vintage slip.

I have been busy putting items in my Etsy shop! Original paintings are going in. Hats and clothes and what-nots are going in. Altered couture. This and that. There will be more and more items as I get everything from Sidetracked transitioned to a new home. I am really looking forward to this. There is a delightful workshop space being created. It will house all of the beautiful things from Sidetracked. I cannot wait to be able to share photos!

Dancers gather around an acoustic guitar.
Lots of blue and green, and a guitar player dancing with her acoustic.

Stay tuned…

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

Everyday Clothes: Romantic Feminine Dress

Yesterday I posted about a very dramatic, eveningwear outfit.  Today I thought I would post photos of what I would normally wear day to day.  I love this long vintage (made in USA) rayon skirt, which I wash in cold water on gentle cycle and hang to dry, even though it says “dry clean only.”  The gauzy top is modern; the lace long-sleeve undershirt is modern.

Long rayon skirt, gauzy top, lace undershirt.

I wanted to also use this post to talk about a recent birthday gift I received from Jason’s sister. It is an inverted windproof umbrella! I have become very dependent on this umbrella in the recent rain. I had never seen an umbrella like this before! I opens backwards from how umbrellas usually open. When it closes, it folds up instead of down, trapping any water drops inside the umbrella, so water does not run all over you when you get in your car. The design allows you to shake the water out later; or, when you next open your umbrella, the water will run off (not on you) like regular rain off an open umbrella. (Please note, the link is my Amazon affiliate link.)

The April rain has me thinking about gardening! This morning I came across a photo of the old garden.

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

Clothes for Entertainers

One of the things I love about having my particular retail shop is meeting local performers (and some from as far away as New York!) who come in looking for clothes. Vintage is so popular.  Some customer simply wander in because of my VINTAGE sign.  I also have quite a few regulars who enjoy visiting and looking for treasures.

I love looking for things that are stage worthy, theatre ready, and unusual!  I truly have fun with clothes from the shop! People always ask, “Where did you get that?!” I love sharing that I shop for such things and pull them into Sidetracked for my customers.  They are welcomed to visit Sidetracked!  I love visiting with the customers!

Silky blue and white fringed shawl.
White Forest Black Dress

The lace pattern tights were originally a Christmas gift from my dear Jason! He knows I love clothes. Once I fell in love with them (and had 100 different people ask where I got them), I ordered some for the shop. I have put a link below where you can order them, or at least see them. They may look delicate, but they are sturdy (handled with care, of course). I have gotten two years from my first pair so far!  (Note the link below is my Amazon affiliate link.)

Lace Pattern Tights

This is a vintage lace dress that I came across recently. I did NOT purchase this, simply because the waist and sleeves looked too tight for anyone other than a stick. I don’t have time to alter it.
Oh, I nearly bought it, but that pleated waist and narrowing sleeves. Just look at the little glassy buttons!! Love!
Our potted sage has been getting lots of rain.
Do you like the sepia or the silvery edit?

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

Lace Dress: Altered Couture from Vintage Lace and New Lace

Friday night I had an undeniable urge to pull out the sewing machine and make something.  I had not really done any sewing in awhile, due to moving things around between the shop and Jason’s and the apartment.  Seems I have stuff everywhere!  In addition, I dealt with my taxes this past week, and let’s just say that dealing with a house sale, especially since I got stuck with paying the taxes on the gain (my ex did not have to pay taxes on his part since he could claim the house as a primary residence), I ended up really, really needing a positive outlet for my energy.  We won’t even talk about how someone ignored upkeep on a property, and that led to lots of equity loss.

Two things I have learned from previous choices and mistakes.  1) Givers have to set boundaries, because takers don’t have any.  2) I am done with people who promise things but then forget what they said once a commitment is in place.  True character is just that: truthful.

So I put on my happy face and said I was thankful for what I DID get from that old house.  Four beautiful, wonderful children who have memories of playing together in that sweet yard.  Lots of life experience.  At least some financial gain from the sale!  There’s more, but let’s get back to the sewing machine.

I pulled out my stash of fabric.  I had forgotten just how many treasures I’d tucked away while the sewing machine was put up and out of sight!  With dozens of pieces of lace and a few deconstructed garments, I ended up with a very sweet dress.  One of my friends said it was “Victorian with a modern twist.”  Another friend said, “It is so YOU!”  A visitor to the shop asked if I would teach classes on deconstructing and reconstructing clothes.  I guess you could say I am pleased with the outcome.

Saturday at the shop. It was a really productive day there. Bright sunny days bright out shoppers!

Long vintage doily over right hip.
Many, many pieces of lace! Behind me is a favorite piece of floral fabric I have hanging in the shop.
Ties from another dress work well on the back of this dress. The elasticized panel was taken out of yet another dress.

As I plan on closing the shop for good, I look ahead to having private studio space.  A dream world, if you will.  My Etsy shop will grow and evolve as more elaborate pieces are added to vintage images and small collected items. The thought of having workshops in a private studio is very enticing!

That is all for now. Stay tuned for garden photos!

Enjoy this day!
Lynn