Thursday, April 25, 2013

Bedspread? Done.

Well it's been a  couple of weeks since I last blog. Again. I've was busy. I mean, really busy. I was finally able to finish making all of the squares for my bedspread. Then I proceeded to join the squares into row and then those rows into a bedspread. But now it's done. Yay! Hooray! I did have to make one final run to Wal-Mart for some yarn to finish joining the squared and add a final edge. I'm happy to be done with this project. The bedspread is heavy; it easily weighs 10 pounds. The heaviness lends to it staying in place until we go to bed.

Well, here she is in all her colorful glory. I was really worried about how she would turn out. Every time I start  a major project, I always feel that it looks, well, bad. It really doesn't look good, to me, until it's all said and done.Every knitting or crochet project pretty much goes like this.

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A couple of months ago, Jess and I finally got around to put our pin up girls well up. There aren't original prints or anything. I don;t think we could afford an original print unless I happen to find it at a thrift store. Most of our prints are by Olivia. We love her art style and tasteful nudity.I really want to sand and re-stain the night stands and my dresser but Jess says to leave it alone and keep the old varnish. Jess likes the original stain on most furniture.



A few weeks ago, I bought a couple pairs of shoes. I'm always on the look out for vintage-inspired shoes. Unfortunately, my feet are  "too big" for vintage shoes. "Big" being a US size 9.5  Whenever I'm bored, I will look through Amerimark's website and check out there shoes. They are mostly "old lady" shoes and clothing. However, a lot of the shoes have a vintage feel and look to them. I came across these shoes in the clearance section. Heck yeah. $6 a pair? Don't mind if I do. I bought a pair in Bone and Brown.

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These shoes are very 1940's to me. They actually look like some of the shoes I've seen on vintage ads.  I love the wedge heel and the elastic on the top of the foot. These are really easy and comfy to wear.  I just wish I'de been able to buy another pair in black. I need a good,solid pair of black shoes. I would LOVE to get a pair these beauties. I just can't bring myself to spend that much on a pair of shoes. I mean, if I had endless amounts of money sure but that's more than half our car payment. Maybe one day.



I think my jewelry box is getting a bit crowded. I've been keeping my eye out for another one. I've come across a few but they're either in bad condition or too expensive. I'll wait. Garage sale season is starting up again and I'm gonna be looking for new additions.

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I've had the green, the oranges, and the rainbow spiral earrings  for almost ten years. Back before thrifting was a popular, mainstream  pastime. I've found some great items since moving out here but in California items are scarce.
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I bought this straw purse last summer when my sister was visiting. I love me a good straw purse. I lined the purse with some fabric my mother-in-law gave me and didn't really do anything else with it. I later bought a dead stock plastic floral ring and didn't do anything with that either. The other day I was on Etsy and it hit me. I can use the plastic flowers to make my purse more summery! So what do y'all think? This is how I have them arranged for now. I haven't glued them down or anything because it always takes me a while to figure out how I want things.
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I've been sewing up a storm lately. I'm in the middle of finishing a circle skirt and plan on starting a new dress either today or tomorrow. I realized that I don't have a lot of blouses to pair with my many skirts. I also want to make a couple of pairs of trousers for Fall and Winter time. I know it seems insane to thing of Fall and Winter so early into Spring but around here Winter lasts the longest.

Here's a pic of Ridley patiently waiting for his Momma to finish sewing. He does love petticoats. He likes to play with them and sleep with them. Luckily, this one is a bit sturdier than more petticoats. I converted it from a bridal petticoat I bought a few years ago. The netting is thick and very stiff.

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On a side note, I've finally reached 50+ followers! Yay! Thanks to everyone who reads and comments on my posts. I love hearing from everyone and seeing what they think. In order to celebrate my first blogging landmark, I plan on hosting a giveaway. These a few items I need to get together but once I do I will post it and let everyone know.  : D

I hope everyone has a great week and weekend. Have lots of fun, great food, and spend it with those you love.


















46 comments:

  1. Oh wow that bedspead is GORGEOUS!!! Well done you!! It looks totally awesome. I am SO going to learn to crochet one day!!And when I do I'm gonna make me one!

    i LOVE the look of your earring collection..especially the daisy ones and those green ones - awesome. Do a post on them and link it up to my collections linky if ya want!

    Love what you did to the straw bag. Beautiful. Great idea getting the shoes via the 'old lady' catalogue.. They are very cool. I'm loving Nana styles right now!

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    1. Thank you. I think this bedspread will be in the family for a while. There's no way I could sell it. I wouldn't be able to get what time and money I put into it.

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  2. What a gorgeous gorgeous bedspread! What talent you have! The colors are just stunning! I love those earrings too! I also need more space! My confetti lucite and carved bakelite earring purchases are starting make things crowded! And I must say, that is beautiful boy! My 16 year old persian loves to cuddle on my chenille bedspread! I keep using the fabric roller! lol! Finally, congrats on 50+ followers!!!

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    1. Thank you! I wanted something colorful that would cheer me up in the dreary winter months. I'm slowly but surely increasing my glitter Lucite collection. I'd love to have more but they are a bit pricey online.

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  3. That bedspread turned out beautiful! Love how colorful it is! Great idea to add those flowers to your straw purse. The purse alone is adorable but the flowers make it even cuter!

    I feel your pain on finding vintage shoes. I'm a size 10 and the few pairs I have found are so narrow :-( At least there are good repro styles out there!

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    1. Thank you! I love the vintage purses with flowers on them but they're usually out of my budget. I find great deals online or at thrift stores but the darn shoes are always too small. Sometimes if I wait long enough I will find a killer pair of shoes.

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  4. Your bedspread looks fantastic. I'm in awe of your crocheting skills. I love straw purses too. The flowers you added look great.

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    1. Thank you! Flowers always make things better.

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  5. What a fantastic bedspread! This looked time-consuming, but oh so worth it! The result is awesome!! Also, between the cool kids and the vintage stores, finding vintage in a California thrift store is a rare, but welcome occasion. Your straw purse reminds me of a similar one I bought a few weeks ago that has straw grapes on it! So cute!!

    Jordan
    http://jordansvintagekitchen.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! It was very time consuming but it gave me something to do since I don't work. Yeah, my sister is one of those cool kids. Last time she was here she bought some big granny glasses. She had me remove the lenses and was wearing them around. I just don't understand the appeal to wear lense-less glasses especially since I have to wear glasses to see.

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  6. Oh your bedspread is absolutely lovely! You did a fabulous job. And those shoes surely have a vintage look to them. Great price too!
    Your Jewelery box looks a bit like mine, *hehehe* full and cluttered. I have found most of my vintage jewelery boxes at garage sales and thrifts so I am sure you will come across another.

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    1. Thank you! I bought that one at the Salvation Army for like 2 bucks. It was one of their half off everything sales. Pretty cool.

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  7. Wow! The spread is so beautiful. Nice work!

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    1. Thank you! Now I just have to make some pillows to decorate the bed a bit more.

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  8. Those sandals are very 1940's, I've been coveting a vintage pair that look exactly like the white pair. Great find!

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    1. Thank you! I had second thoughts at first but am gad I bought two pairs of them. Now I have nice summer shoes.

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  9. omg, u r so talented. how long did it take for u to complete it ? Seriously can't get my eyes off it. I want it badly too..
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    1. Thank you! Since I don't work, it toke me about a week and a half to make all the squares and piece them together. I think if I'd be going any slower it would have taken a long time.

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  10. OMG...I LOVE I LOVE I LOVE

    It is beautiful Gifted hands indeed

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  11. Oh My!!! the bedspread looks amazing! I can't even imagine how much efforts it took to make it!! Great job!!!
    I'm your newest follower!!!

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    1. Thank you! it was a bit of work but I mostly enjoyed it. I say mostly because I dislike joining crocheted works.

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  12. That looks amazing!! And you did it yourself makes it that much more special! I'm envious!

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  13. Haven;t you been a busy crafting bee lately?! That bedspread's gorgeous, and I love a good straw purse too :)

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    1. Thank you! I go through spurts of super active versus passive.

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  14. What an incredibly lovely bedspread. Colour is so important in decor, I think. That isn't to say a pale room can't be beautiful, it certainly can be, but I just think colour adds such spice, energy and happiness to a room. I could never be cheerful living in a home that didn't have at least a few great pops of hue - like this amazing bedspread - in it.

    Thoroughly awesome work, dear Mariela!!!

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Thank you Jessica! I agree about color. I just makes me feel happy and positive. Evey time I look at the bedspread I get all happy and proud that it turned out well.

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  15. Oh hellz what an incredible bedspread! I mean, it's absolutely GORGEOUS!!! You're so patient and clever and of course, motivated, your bed looks so inviting. And thank you for the peek into your jewellery box - HEAVEN!!! xo

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    1. Thanks Desiree! The cat has loved sleeping on it since I finished it. I think he likes the knubbiness of the flowers.

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  16. wow! that bedspread looks AMAZING!

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  17. Wonderful job on your bedspread! I don't think I would have the patience to complete one. lol.

    You have a wonderful jewelry collection and I love your little straw purse too.

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    1. Thank you! I do start to get a little impatient about halfway through the project. I just want it done and want to see it done.

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  18. The bedspread turned out really beautiful Mariela, I love the shot of it on your bed, it just brings the whole room alive. And I love the peek into your jewellery box, I tend to buy junk jewellery on sale so I also have way too much. Great new sandals, the pair you linked to are lovely as well, but expensive like you say. Keep an eye on them though, and they might go on sale one day, fingers crossed! xx

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    1. Thank you! Sometimes I can get good shots other times not so much. Using my hubby's camera makes taking good photos a lot easier.

      I periodically check their website and they do have some shoes on clearance. But even then, they are still over $120 plus shipping. I'll keep looking online or in thrift stores.

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  19. The bedspread is amazing.....so beautiful.......many happy dreams will be had all snuggled in bed.
    love V

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    1. Thank you. I know the cat really loves sleeping on it.

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  20. OMG!! That bedspread is AMAZING!!!
    Love it, and that divoon bag.......and what would I do without a regular Ridley fix?!
    XXX

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    1. Thanks Helga!It really turned out great. Lucky for me, Ridley is naturally cute.

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  21. That is beautiful!

    Loved your blog and will come back for sure!

    Oh, I just started following you by the way! Hope you come by my blog! Would love to know what you think about it, and maybe follow me back if you like it?

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    xx

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    1. Thank you. I'll be sure to check it out.

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  22. I am always late to the party :) Your bedspread is so bright and cheery, nice job! I used to work in a porn story and the only thing I remember fondly were the Olivia prints we carried, she is so talented and yes tasteful! Jewelry boxes can be tricky sometimes with stuffed stashed aways your less likely to wear it. I am working on a cool way of displaying my necklaces now. I think your idea to add flowers to the purse is awesome!
    XXOO

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    1. Thank you. Better late than never. I've always wondered what it would be like to work in a porn store. I bet it was interesting. I've been leaving my box open so I know what I have ready to wear.

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