My Love for Alice in Wonderland

I am embarrassed to say that I have never read the book, or at least I don’t remember reading it.  I did read a lot growing up, so maybe I read it.  But I love the movies, the old and the new.  I love the vintage illustrations from the different, old versions of the book.  The clothes in the most recent movie version?!  Be still my heart!!  Can anyone say “most beautiful blue dress ever?” As you might remember, I have made several Alice brooches in the past. I think they turned out great, and they did sell well. One lady even bought one for her daughter’s wedding because the wedding was Alice in Wonderland themed! Can you just imagine?  I sometimes forget the many versions of the Alice brooch. I have to remind myself. Does anyone remember my blue vintage suitcase full of Alice ornaments that decorated a tall pink Alice in Wonderland Christmas tree?  And then there was my own version of the Alice blue dress.  It is time for me to start on paper Christmas tags for the shop. Of course, some of them should be Alice tags. I have to make a batch of brooches. Of course, some of them should be Alice brooches.  I think I need to make some pieces of clothing in honor of Alice!  So here is to more Alice!

photo from ScreenCrave.com
photo from ScreenCrave.com
Photo from Pinterest
Photo from Pinterest
alice-brooch
Alice in Wonderland brooch
Vintage illustration by Arthur Rackham
Vintage illustration by Arthur Rackham
Vintage illustration by Arthur Rackham
Vintage illustration by Arthur Rackham
Shower of cards by John Tenniel
Shower of cards by John Tenniel
Vintage illustration by Arthur Rackham
Vintage illustration by Arthur Rackham

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Vintage illustration by Arthur Rackham
Vintage illustration by Arthur Rackham
Drink Me by John Tenniel
Drink Me by John Tenniel
Vintage illustration by Arthur Rackham
Vintage illustration by Arthur Rackham

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Alice in Wonderland Christmas ornaments
Alice in Wonderland Christmas ornaments
by Gwynedd M. Hudson
by Gwynedd M. Hudson
by Arthur Rackham
by Arthur Rackham

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Enjoy This Day!

In The Spirit of Buffalo Bill

The most recent altered creation is this Buffalo Bill, lace trimmed tee shirt.

The flower is hand made from the same fabric as the added side panels. I learn a little more every time I make one. I have seen fabric flowers at times and thought “that looks so easy to make!” But not so. There is an art to making a really pretty fabric flower. Maybe time is the trick. Hard to make one that’s worth anything if you don’t spend a bit of time. Hmmm.

I love old ironstone. I love pink. I love crazing in old pottery, and old pottery in general.

One of my recent finds is this most excellent and absoluteLy working GE clock. Love!

Bought it not knowing if it would keep time but hoping that it would. Score!

Soft soft pink J Jill shirt.

Wonderful gypsy-esque skirt.

Inventory in the store consists of the same kinds of things I love to wear myself.

A sweet mushroom pin hangs in the shop. (Thank you, sweet Pam!)

Sidetracked has been so healing for me. So empowering. Honestly, in the past I have been discouraged from being myself. There was always a reason I could not take a risk. Always a reason something would not work. Friends, with that kind of relationship, my life was nearly consumed!! I mean, I completely understand that as parents we have to sacrifice, but in our 40s and 50s and still being convinced that we cannot do something? Let me just say that those who really love you will WANT you to do the things that help you grow and make you better and happier.

That’s all.

Enjoy this day,

Lynn

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Ringing in the New Year

Dear Friends,

Can you believe that another year is coming to a close?! 2015 has been a year of great struggle and great accomplishment in my own life. Without going into too much detail, I will say that it takes years to recover from abuse. That said, I am the happiest that I have been in a long, long time. I feel very grateful for those who have lifted me up and given me confidence to move forward with my life.

Now, my latest millinery pin.

I am surprised at how many hats I have sold in the shop! In fact, hats are some of the best sellers! Ladies love them. A flower on a hat is especially pretty.

Along those lines, I was thrilled to find this amazing hat rack for the shop. It seems to be just as vintage. as some of the hats in the shop.

This pretty vintage pin is another recent find. Oooooh, I sure had to wear it at least once. You know. To test it.

Finally, I want to wish everyone a wonderful and prosperous 2016!! May all of our dreams come true!

Enjoy this day!

Lynn

A Plethora of Pins

Dear Friends,

First of all I might as well tell you that I originally typed “dear fiends” — typo yes, but thankfully I caught it. Not a good way to start a blog post. Second of all, “plethora” (as I am sure you know) means an excessive amount of something, which this is really not an excessive amount of pins, but I might lure in some Google traffic from people wanting the definition of plethora. They won’t stay long, but I am in that kind of mood.

Or maybe they will.

Anyway, I had not made a large batch of pins in some time, and it felt really good to do 15 at once and then display them in the shop. Joy! Oh they look so pretty! Here are some of them.

They are neatly hanging on vintage paper cards on a spinning rack.

Another pretty thing at Sidetracked is this tree! I found it at a thrift store awhile back. I could tell it was fabulous underneath, but someone had basically used it as a spool for their Christmas lights! Yep, about 12 feet of lights came off of this tree. It took some time but it was worth it! It is such a pretty display!

A recent visitor to the shop said the shop was “delightful!” And I just sold two pieces of my altered couture!! That is both rewarding and nerve-racking at the same time. I am always careful when I make something; I like perfection. But I worry over unique items that they won’t be this or that, that they won’t live up to the expectations. But I am slowly adjusting to being a business owner. I am learning to be confident in what sells and I am making policies to give people some wiggle room when they buy something. You know. A return policy.

Well. That is all from me tonight. I am tired. Went to see the new Star Wars. It was good!

Enjoy this day!
Lynn