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.
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.
Once again, it’s somewhat of a fashion post. If these bore you or drive you crazy, just skip over them. I love creating outfits. And don’t forget that I have the shop to think of. When I wear my vintage items out, it is amazing how many people will ask where I got them. Uh, my shop! I love collecting vintage things and I love providing amazing outfits for local entertainers and theater peeps.
Now, the1980s fashion scene might seem horrid; and, in a lot of ways it was. But some of the coolest, cutest dresses are from the late 80s and into the 90s. Sadly, one way to tell if something is older and from this time (and earlier) is whether or not it was made in the USA. Look at the tag. You won’t see many modern items made in the USA. Isn’t that sad?
Jason had a gig Saturday night, so I decided to rock a 1980s vibe. The jacket is an awesome jacket with stripes, made in USA by Stringbean. The dress is a rocking 1980s or 90s by Street Code, made in USA. Wish we still had all these awesome clothes made here in our country!