Just dropping in with a few lines. Looking forward to live music tonight, a surprise from my sweetie! Off work. All the birdbaths are all scrubbed clean and filled. The hummingbirds have fresh food. The tomatoes from the garden are fine. I continue to work on closing down the shop and transitioning to a private studio. I think a Friday nap may be in order. Or wait…I have time to go shopping! The Steelbender is prepping for a lesson anyway.
Oh, and I am still working on family history. Pictured is one of my McNeill ancestors: Thomas McNeill born in 1849, my great-great-grandfather. His wife was Martha Jane. ❤
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.)
Today is a brighter, happier day! The snow is melting outside. I feel I have been unable to run errands or get out on the roads for days and days. I thought perhaps we needed a “fashion” post from The Fashion Stump, not that this is fashion at all. This is called dressed way down in loose leggings, a dress covered in skulls, and a soft gray sweatshirt with darker gray roses all over it. But still, it’s the thought that counts, right?
The camellias that were so white and soft and beautiful last week are now frozen brown. There is something so beautiful about them. They look like they have been tea stained, still shaped perfectly. It makes me want to press them for a project of some kind. Hmmm. Maybe I will.
Out in the edge of “Lynnwood,” my woodland garden, the mushroom statue is pretty against the snow. Lynnwood: my little magical forest that grows and changes very little at the time, while I heal and make decisions and think about things past and future. Mostly I try to just stay in the present moment. Just in this day. That is a safe thing to do. I believe too much worry shows we are in the past. Anxiety may prove that we are too much in the future. It’s best to stay in the right-now. All we have is today.
I am still looking for greenhouses at local shops and on Amazon. I want something small and simple that I can build around with wood and old windows. If I can dream it, I can do it.