freshly listed

IMG_9051IMG_9164IMG_9079IMG_9144IMG_9133 a few freshly listed items on etsy, perfect to accompany you on your early June adventures.

images from top: A detail taken of the cover of the vintage scholastic book The Life and Words of Martin Luther King Jr. by Ira Peck, This pretty orange Vera scarf makes me think of orange sherbet and summer exploring, Don’t forget Dad this fathers day! This vintage tie is a sizzling metallic bronze shade perfect to mix into a contemporary wardrobe, Wear your heart on your sleeve, vintage style, with this mid century brooch, I went on a camping trip last week and these fun vintage clip on earrings remind me of being in the woods…

 

newest on etsy

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a few recent finds from my treasuring hunting adventures, now freshly listed in decorativeworkVTG on etsy: you will love love love this kelly green vintage straw handbag with its bright color and ladylike design, these classy vintage floral clip on earrings in a great creamy neutral with a touch of shine are the perfect bit of vintage to add to your November wardrobe rotation, I am inspired by the optimism of this vintage mug not to mention its boy scout history and kitschy patriotism, spend this holiday season making dances with help from this classic book on choreography, and this handmade belt is a pop of color and homespun goodness to accessorize your winter looks.

treasure hunting

#vintageearrings #flowerearrings #cliponearrings  #vintagebag #beadedclutch #dapperdad #vintagetie #skinnytie #vintagehowto #watercolorpaintingisfun #patrioticbook #vintageUSAtrivia #4thofjuly #vintagebuttons #ropebuttons

Here are a  few of the wonderful new vintage treasures now available at decorativeworkVTG on etsy: these very pretty vintage rose clip on earrings are the sweetest pale pink and blue, a perfect touch of vintage style to add to your summer looks, check out this close up shot of a lovely vintage clutch I thrifted which shows the classy scalloped pattern and texture of the beading that covers the purse, a vintage skinny tie makes a great gift for your dapper Dad, summer is the perfect time to take up a new hobby so why not try your hand at watercolor painting with help from this vintage how to book, or try this vintage geography book which highlights each of the 50 states in a fun two page spread of interesting facts and trivia- great reading for kids on your next road trip, and these vintage rope buttons would be great on your next mending project.

 

inspiration: vintage seafood cookbook cover illustrations, 1957

#vintageillustration #crab #vintagecrab #vintagecookbook #vintageillustration #vintagefood  #lobster #vintage

 

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.

inspiration: Vintage Vogue, November 1976

#art&fashion #vintagead #1970sfashion #vintageaccessories #fashioninspiration #vintagegold #womenwearingties #vintageads #vintagecolor #vintageeyewear #vintage1970sinspiration #vintagefashionphotography #silverandgold #vintageaccessories  #vintagebeauty #1970sbeauty #gold

 

“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.

 

treasure hunting

#lbvintage #vintagebasket #basketpurse #plaitedbasket  #vintagefashion #vintagedress #ladylike #lbvintage #1970spattern #fashionprint #vintageprint #1970s #polyestershirt #vintageblouse #stripes #dustycolors #sunkissedcolor  #lionprint #vintagefashion #1970s #safariprint #vintagefabric #vintagejewelry #vintageearrings #clipon #floralearrings

Happy 2015!

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.

 

gift idea: vintage skinny ties

#vintagetie #fordad #forhim #vintage #midcentury  #vintagetie #vintagenecktie #menswear #fallcolors #vintagetie #knittie #pinktie #vintageaccessories #vintagetie #vintagemenswear #bluetie #abstracttie #vintagetie #squaretie #stripes #stripedtie #vintagetie #knittie #squaretie

Looking for the perfect gift? These vintage ties have plenty of wear left and lots of style to offer a contemporary audience. Great skinny ties like this are perfect for folks looking to emulate a quirky elegance and they would be worn equally well by men or women. Check out a few options available on etsy in my shop decorativeworkVTG for just $12 each plus shipping: Beautiful Ecru Mid Century Tie, Embroidered 1950s Tie with great fall color, a pink knit tie with a square end is a quirky and more causal version of the tie, lovely abstract blue Mid Century tie, Striped Tie in great wearable colors, and this pale neutral blue tie would be easy to mix and mix with a contemporary wardrobe.

Happy Giving!

introducing decorativeworkVTG

#vintagetie #midcenturytie #skinnytie #decorativeworkVTG #vintagepink #vintageshoes #ladylike #decorativeworkVTG #vintagespacemap #vintageposter #vintagespace #outerspace #decorativeworkVTG #vintagejewelry #vintagenecklace #greenandblue #decorativeworkVTG#decorativeworkVTG #vintageforsale

 

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.

Yay!

around the studio

#PaulKlee #puppets #inspiration #dyelab #dyeprocess #rinse #silk #dyelab #dyeprocess #dyenotes #samples #dyetests #tape #artsupplies #dyelab #leftovers #studiopeek #process #dyelab #dryingrack

A quick glimpse around the studio the past few weeks: I love this book of puppets that artist Paul Klee made for his son as toys and am using it as my inspiration for color for my next batch of dyed fabrics, rinsing some silk and admiring the colors, an image of my dye color notes and recipes from a recent dye session,tape is what i use as a simple resist in many of my fabrics and there is something so beautiful about the leftover tape wadded up into balls after its removed from the fabric that it often is reused as material for one of my sculptures, and some hand painted fabric hanging to dry in my studio.

treasure hunting for accessories

#vintagehats #widebrim #sundaybest #ladylike #longbeachvintage #vintage #floral #cream #ecru #beadedbag #vintagebag #antiquebeadedbag #vintageaccesories  #vintageclutch #vintageaccessory #pineapple #vintagehospitality #vintagetie #1920s #vintageflapper #greatgatsbyfashion #redshoes #redheels #cutouts #kittenheel #bigfeetbettershoes

Its been a good few weeks for thrifting accessories, coming soon to Long Beach Vintage Etc: a pair of beautiful straw wide brim vintage hats from the 1950’s, perfect stylish shade for the sun drenched southern California fall, check out the ivory  floral pattern on this 1950’s wiggle dress, an oh so ladylike creamy antique hand beaded bag, the pineapple clasp on this black vintage clutch is a great icon of vintage hospitality, fun 20s imagery cover this vintage tie, and Ladies, if you are a size 10, these fantastic red kitten heels with circle cut outs would be great to accessorize your back to school looks.