Quilt tops, a River Walk, and Kitties

The weekend was a whirlwind of busy-ness.  It started with a Friday walk on the Hillsborough River Walk.  We just missed the rain, getting our steps in before the drops started falling!  Jason and I admired again the amazing man-made stickwork structure by artist Patrick Doughtery.

I was in my sweet little shop Sidetracked on Saturday.  I love meeting my customers.  I had a new customer from Raleigh who found me on line.  She and her husband stopped in and we had a nice visit. Of course, the kitties (all four of them) keep life interesting and sweet.

Jason and I did a lot of garden work over the weekend, which was evidenced by my Fitbit blowing up with steps.  I managed a quick stop by The Scrap Exchange where I saw some beautiful quilt tops.  I passed them by without purchasing, but I did take a few pictures.

The entrance to the River Walk.
“A Sight to Behold” by Patrick Dougherty
Stickwork structure that is just amazing to see!
Looking up through the top of “A Sight to Behold”
A window inside the structure.
Sedums growing in a plant box at Sidetracked.
Quilt top at The Scrap Exchange.
Quilt top at The Scrap Exchange.
Amelia resting in my guitar case.
Mars resting in my guitar case.

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

The Magical Garden: I Shall Never Get Tired of Plants and Garden Whimsy

A few photos from the little whimsical garden outside my shop, Sidetracked:

A planter full of sedums.

Bottles sit atop metal posts.
Bottles in the garden.
A stack of this and that.

I will close with a few photos taken from an antique photograph in the shop currently. There was no information on the back of the photograph, but I sure wish there had been!

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

Vintage Hats at Etsy: Merrimac 100% Wool Vintage Hat

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!  😉

Separate netting comes with the hat.

I love the pretty star-shaped tassel.

Stay tuned for fascinators, headbands, and more!

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