I can’t stop looking at the cover of a vintage cookbook I thrifted last week because of these fantastic quirky seafood illustrations and designs. Not sure exactly how yet, but I’m thinking of incorporating some of this imagery into an upcoming textile so stayed tuned for that. In the meantime, I’ll be dropping off the vintage cookbook where I found these illustrations at the Long Beach Vintage Etc. antique mall later today so if you into vintage seafood cookbooks, this one is a must have for your collection.
“There’s more to dressing today- more charm, more dazzle, more DELIGHT!” says the point of view section of this Vintage Vogue magazine from 1976 and I’d agree. The word delight is really on my mind these days. I’m trying to be more aware of the delight contained within in the mundane activities of my life and allow myself the space and time to linger in the enjoyment of the everyday, the ordinary stuff, things like getting dressed, preparing a meal, writing a note, or walking the dog. Perhaps as a consequence, I keep seeing delight everywhere, in fashion, in art, in words. Even something about these 1970s images are really delightful to me right now, inspiring me to be my best self, bold yet soft, embodying a kind of quirky quiet confidence.
I’ve been offline for much of December spending time with family and friends, celebrating a birthday, and setting my goals for decorativework for the new year. Recently back home in Long Beach from several weeks out of town, I am excited to share a few finds from my thrifting adventures, available to purchase at Long Beach Vintage Etc later this week: This lovely green and ecru plaited basket purse has a fantastic pattern and is in great shape , I’ve resisted keeping this lovely knit dress for myself with its feminine cut and ruffle trim at the skirt so hurry and snatch it up before I change my mind, Here is a detail of the print on a 1970s polyester blouse depicting some textile pattern greatest hits: twill, herringbone, and ikat, This handsome striped blouse has lovely gathering at the chest and sleeves and a dusty desert palette, I can’t stop looking at the interesting details of the print of the 1970s blouse, And lastly here is one pair of vintage clip on earrings among many many other pieces of vintage costume jewelry that were worn by my grandmother in law Joan, which will slowly begin to infiltrate my vintage etsy shop, decorativeworkVTG, throughout January.
I’m pleased announce that I have opened a new shop on etsy comprised of a collection of vintage items for contemporary use, not just to collect, but to hold, wear, read, view, and live with.
Check out the new shop here, and stay tuned as I continue to build and develop it, adding and refining with new items weekly. Here are images and links to a few of the current items in the collection- a mid century beautiful brown town skinny tie is perfect for dapper yet contemporary men or women,very confident lady like peep toe pumps from the 1980s, a vintage “Modern Map of Outer Space” with great illustrations, and this pretty piece of costume jewelry in a great color combination of greens and blues.
If you are in Long Beach, I still have a selection of vintage available locally at Long Beach Vintage Etc, but I thought it was time to add an online source of vintage to the mix.