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.)
Over the next 24 hours, some new inventory will be going into my Etsy shop. I thought you might want to see some of the hats recently brought into the collection at Sidetracked. I will be sharing pictures as I add them to Etsy.
Meet the gray 100% wool Merrimac, made in the USA by Merrimac Hat Corp, probably 1940s or 1950s. Please note, photos editing apps are great for reducing wrinkles! 😉
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.
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!
There is so much going on for me right now. I love the positive changes. I am learning and studying something new; more later. Just say it has been a long time since I had to really hit the books!
My sweet little shop, I believe, will soon be transitioning to only online. The complex where the shop resides is currently under contract to be sold. It could be months before anything definite happens, but I see change coming. I am feeling the need to be proactive and start transitioning everything before it turns into a “mad rush.” The shop has been a wonderful experience for me! It has been all I wanted and more in terms of learning and making a dream come true. I have always wanted a shop. I expect I will have one again in the future. If and when I do, I will be more equipped to set one up and run it successfully! I will miss the little garden in front of the shop when I close the doors for the last time.
In cat news, Vlad continues to dominate the cat tower, although we did have major cat-clown activity today when Lucy stormed up to the top of the tower and then attacked Vlad who was resting on a lower level. He crept away to groom his disheveled fur after that. She was in rare form! If only I had known it was going to happen! I could have taken a video. I did manage to get one picture of Lucy leaning over her perch and looking down below. They were both so funny!
My work day is done for the day. I am off to practice this evening.
You all might remember how I always loved the creatures (as I called them) in the Little Wild Garden. The insects! The butterflies, the moths, the wasps and bees! The beetles! The spiders! Last night Jason was showing me some of the new filters in one of his photo apps. I used it to take a selfie. I did not think much else of it until he sent back to me today the edited selfie. Love. I look like one of my creatures! Don’t you think?
I think it’s one of my favorite pictures ever! Well, for the moment. He is always editing something and texting it to me. In that same vein, he has been taking and editing some awesome photos of Sidetracked. I wrote a post awhile back on the Breeze drone that I got him for Christmas. That was our first drone. We were really enjoying learning about it. Actually, he did the reading and learning. I was really on the sidelines just enjoying the actual experience. We found out, however, that our Breeze drone would go only so high before losing signal. Then our hands were tied as far as taking anymore pictures. It would land automatically after one minute of losing signal. So we did not have a problem with crashes, but losing signal regularly. I will try to go back very soon and add an update to that original post. We ended up going back to the store with the Breeze and trading up for a DJI Phantom 4. So far we have been BEYOND pleased. It flies like a dream and takes amazing photos!
Here you can see my little caboose from a bird’s eye view! It has been artfully edited. 😉
And here is the complex where my shop is. We have flown the drone nearly two miles away from where we started and it is stunning to see photos of our locale, taken from high in the sky! We have lots more to learn, but this is such an inspiring technology. Already, seeing the photos of the woods around where I live, I want to go hiking and see what’s out there!
I am soon off to tackle my evening errands. Time for an oil change. I need to clean out Ms. Ellie (my Element). I need to stop by the shop. Thank you for all your recent comments! You make my day!