I’m doing some rearranging on the Pixie. I want to make it easier to find things you wanna see. When I started this blog last April 2012, I had no idea what I would post. By now and 60,000 visitors later, I’m thinking a theme of some sort has emerged, only I’m not totally sure what it is. Will you help?? I’d love it if you would go with the first things that pop into your head. Don’t over think it. I’m so curious to see what you say!
Can’t wait to hear from you all!! THANKS!! OK, off to Coachella!! Hoping to come back to find all your responses flooding the comment section! ;) kimi.
It’s a pretty little perk up around here. Time to give the mini succulent gardens some spring lovin! It’s more of an excuse to bring vintage ceramic planters into their full mid century glory! Hope they give you loads of inspiration to make a dirty creation of your own! Have fun!
That there is the look of pure adoration. Simple pleasures!!
I learned a few things since my last go round with these little guys:
If you aren’t sold yet, here’s the huge plus for creating indoor succulent gardens…You won’t kill em off like you do traditional houseplants!! Just when I think I can grow anything I buy another houseplant….humble pie everytime!
Ever wake up with your best idea of the day? Friday morning I rose from slumber envisioning the very key that could unlock the chains that keep me from finishing this room. It’s the TV room that leads to the backyard and it’s been in a mini state of limbo for a few years now. I consider vintage decor to be my favorite art media. It’s a hobby/habit that brings a happiness few other things can challenge. Ill follow up with the room in all it’s completeness soon. Until then, all you vintage junkies will enjoy these other little bits of whatnot that already call this place home. They’re serving as inspiration for this final piece. It’s all painted, now I just have all the sewing to do.
(I threw in a couple sneak peeks of the project!)
Of course I have my favorite kind of jeans! I’m Picky McPickster when it comes to what I wear. I live in jeans, it’s a love affair, really. The older and more worn in the better. I flipflop between vintage Levi bells and these fancy pants Sevens I find used on Ebay already broken in and super cheap. When this latest pair came in the mail, I didn’t really like the denim finish (ha, picky?) so I’m sticking with the patch theme. Free People make a fab pair of bellbottoms called ‘Super Flare’. This is my version of those. I LOVE how they turned out!!
Here’s the before and after! Use an old pair of jeans for the ‘super flare’ on the side seam. By using oldies for cutters, you take advantage of all the cool hige and that worn out beauty of a hem. I’m pretty sure these will be a work in progress. I’m totally OK if these never stop!
First thing you do is open up the side seam. That way you can really get in there to sew the patches on and stuff.
This pic is a gem!! Man, hippie style was so cool, everything had so much soul! Take a good look at these jeans. Love and patches galore! If you do it, make sure you send me a pic or at least tell me all about it! Have fun! kimi.
Here’s the Free People version. Awesome, huh?
A girl that stuck around to meet me after a Moonpools show somewhere in the Midwest had patches all over her jeans. Having never seen anything quite like it, I asked her about each one as if they were tattoos. She had the biggest smile and pointed to one right on the seat of her pants and said, “Look! KISS MY PATCH!!!” That’s what it said! “Kiss my patch!” I’ve collected patches ever since! Some of the best ones I pulled from an old girl scout vest I found at the thrift shop. I have bags of these butterflies I found in a box mistaken for trash at an old job. They show up on all kinds of things around here. Today they’ll patch up a moth hole in the most comfy cashmere robe on earth! It’s also gray….my most least favorite color. I could have just done this fancy needle darning trick I found online but it needed some flavor anyway. I hold nothing against that moth!
Why do we like what we like? Keep what we keep? We just do! It just is! A theme for life. This collection of treasures comes from grandparents. This little coloring book was hiding in a stack of vintage patterns from my grandma. The matchbooks were found in a basement drawer of my great grandpa’s house. I love those and that nudie! I think the junk drawer is the space that tells the best story about a person. It’s truly them, without pretense or preparation. It’s not like, “Quick, someones coming over, fluff the pillows and clean the junk drawer!!” You get what you get, thumbtacks, stamps, nudies and all!
“Real museums are places where Time is transformed into Space.”
― Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence
I only got asked to 2 dances in my prom season. Once by a boyfriend I had for a few minutes as a junior and the other was by a Navajo exchange student from an Indian reservation who lived with some church friends. He wore a white tux and slicked back hair. I was living in the thick of New Wave and he was just happy to have someone who could keep up with his dancing. We had a blast! His cousin told me he’s now openly gay and that our 8 x 10 prom picture hangs on his grandmothers living room wall to this day. I guess that’s how she likes him best, dressed like John Travolta with a girl on his arm.
In 1985, we didn’t meet before the big event for pictures like they do now. We didn’t have parents and family members on both sides snapping pictures like paparazzi and cheering us into enjoying ourselves. I guess maybe presenting that corsage is more of an ice breaker than a gesture reinforced at cotillion. I mean really. A corsage? I hadn’t thought about that part in years. My grandma wears em. My grandpa made sure she had one for every holiday. It’s something I will always remember about her. When he died, I made sure one was delivered to her the day of the funeral. For them, it was a gesture beyond manners. A symbol of the good ol’ days when it was common to decorate your special girl with floral delights. I like it.
We picked origami roses, of course! It was either that or baby carrots! This was our first go round with the formal dance business and I think we did pretty good! One of my kids is an origami nut. He knocked these paper flowers out fast and I can twist anything into shape with wire. Some gumballs and a roll of ribbon later, we headed off to the photo frenzy to cheer our guy on, awkwardness and all!
Make your own origami wrist corsage. You can find tutorials galore online for creating all kinds of cool floral arrangements. Paper or not, it’s all the same technique.
“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” –Albert Einstein
You know the feeling! Tired eyes and a slight chill. ”Noooooo!!! I can’t get sick!!” Hit it hard at the first sign of the tireds. Don’t wait til you’re already sick. Here’s a little something I’ve added to my Wellness Immune Support drops and EmergenC packets, Thyme lemon honey tea. It’s a little miracle worker! Try it!
Spoonful of honey
1 drop Red Thyme essential oil
4 drops Lemon essential oil
Stir it all up with some hot water. Thyme and lemon in a hot bath works wonders, too.
Read up on essential oils…they’re great to have around. You’ll use em everyday!
Afternoon sea glass delights. I got my pops addicted to hunting beach treasure. He hit the sand twice a day while he was in town last week. Look at these beauties! I can’t get enough of those greens. He gave me the marble to add to my collection. An old tiger eye. There was a sick pelican down there too but he had to stay. Poor guy. Beautiful bird. Life’s been extra busy lately so I’m super thankful for slow times like these! Time spent with my Dad was the real mother lode! Precious! Enjoy the pix!
See the jellybean shaped blues in the upper right pic? The brightest blue one is unique for So Cal beaches. I threw it in my rare gems jar! We get lots of coke glass, brown, clear and loads of great greens…even an occasional olive. A deluxe rarity is red or yellow. I’ve found both here but only once or twice. There’s a little tidbit for any of you sea glassers.
Year of the Snake. A look at LA in huge color Chi Town style. Happy New Year!!
Does anyone know what that Chinese heart symbol means? Such a cool symmetrical design. And rubbed gold on red? Yep!
We missed the parade cuz we were stuffing ourselves silly at Hop Li and we missed the crazy fireworks at the end due to some super fantastic eclairs (my FAVE dessert) at Queen’s Bakery. It was a VERY good day!!!!
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Many of you know I’ve been going through this de-cluttering feng shui thing. It was a weekend task but has gone on and on (too long) and has effected every aspect of my life in a fantastic way. And…I don’t use the word fantastic lightly. I’ve unloaded 3 truckloads of goodies but I saved this stuff for Ebay. When I see em up on this post, I’m tempted to keep it all, but….not gonna do it! Enjoy this brief but colorful tour of American mid century history and one girl’s obsession! Don’t feel sad for me, I had loads of odds and ends. Partial collections of this and that. I kept plenty and I’m replacing some of this with super cool atomic stuff. I will def give you a peek. Probably more than a peek!
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This bathroom was ready for a little refresher! It had red walls and was kinda dark. That was super fine for about 14 years but times they are a changin! The mushroom chalk drawing takes all the credit for the inspiration!
I got the walls painted but the floor seemed sorta blah to me. All I did was add some speckling with white paint. That’s why the paper is up on the walls, so I wouldn’t flip paint all over everything. The dots make all the difference…perky!
When we moved into this house, it had the original linoleum floors displayed fondly in their faded yellow glory. I chose to paint rather than replace. Every few years I change the floor design. I use regular acrylic house paint for the base, usually acrylic craft paint for the design then top it off with 2-3 coats of clear. I used to use polyurethane but they don’t sell that in California anymore, so water base it is. Not near as durable and shiny but it does the job.
This cool heathered Hurley blazer needed something. After digging through fabric scraps I decided all it really needed was a little color. I’m a big fan of elbow patches. Mostly cuz my bony elbows bust through everything I own! 2 squares of 60s floral barkcloth and a bit of sewing later, this jacket is all mine!! Even tho they prob made thousands of these, nobody else is rockin the flowery patch now, are they??
The friend who got me on the de-cluttering kick brought all this over. It belonged to her fancy grandma and she’d held onto it for years just because she felt she had to. At first I laughed that her of all people would bring me more junk…but I love the stuff. I won’t keep it all, I’ll admire the shapes and colors for a while, hold onto a few pieces (the gems in these last 2 pix) then pass the rest of it on. If there’s anything in there you absolutely dig, let me know, I might just send it your way and spread that Grandma love! For serious! k.