Though spring hasn’t yet taken hold of the landscape, there’s still plenty of green to be found. My instagram photo was taken out the kitchen window on the morning of Snowpocalypse 2014. I took the digital photograph later the same day; the temperature had warmed enough to melt the first snow, but more snow fell rapidly within the hour and blanketed bare limbs once again.
It took me almost 5 hours to complete this relatively simple elastic waist skirt, mostly because I’m horrible at sewing; I’m impatient and make a lot of mistakes as a result. But it’s finished! And I think I’ll actually wear it.
When I saw this fabric at Jo-Ann Fabrics, I recalled American Apparel’s version. Although this velvet isn’t as thick or supple, it still has a nice texture. (P.S. I have some velvet pieces for sale at Water Lily Thrift if you’d rather buy than make a piece for yourself.)
I didn’t follow a pattern. I purchased a yard of fabric (which I had to cut down by about a quarter or a third yard to keep the elastic waist from getting too thick), cropped it to hit at mid-thigh, and sewed a casing for the elastic. I had major trouble with the elastic waist because the knit elastic I purchased kept folding over inside the casing; I recommend buying woven elastic, as it’s a bit sturdier. I used a safety pin fastened to the end of the elastic to push it through the casing.
I left the hem unfinished, as the fabric curls under naturally, but I may finish it off when I get the energy to work on it again.
The total cost for this project was about $10.00. Not super cheap but less than American Apparel’s $38.00 price tag.
Today, a live/wear inspired by this wonderful side table setting and wall display. Mint green and pale blue anchor various textures, prints, and mediums to create a cohesive, visually exciting space. I love when a space, or an outfit, manages to be both interesting and relatively laid back. I tried to capture the feel and color scheme of the home design with lived-in basics, vintage details, and pattern mixing. I love those boots in particular. I would definitely wear this outfit.
My style has become more laid back and less prissy since moving here. I think it has to do with feeling more settled and less scrutinized. I feel more comfortable in my own skin than I did in Tallahassee. Maybe I needed a fresh start. Leaving the style blog world behind has done wonders for my confidence, as well. When you’re photographing your outfits daily, you feel pressured to always bring something new and interesting to the table. Now I don’t worry about wearing the same, beloved shoes 3 days in a row. Who cares? Wear what makes you feel good about yourself; wear what works for your lifestyle; wear what you can afford.
When you look at this room, try to picture the dining area directly behind it and the kitchen to the right. The “living room” is actually part of the Great Room, which includes the dining room, the mouse cage/desk/storage area, and even the refrigerator.
The living room has been complete in most ways since a week after we moved in. We purchased the faux leather arm chair in town and added small details over time.
I fell in love with this delightful, green velvet couch a couple of years ago, right after Daniel and I settled into our first apartment together. I think it has informed my vintage design aesthetic ever since. I like the simplicity paired with unusual fabric (and the fact that it’s a bit weird).
Vintage handmade ceramic plate; Handmade bird pillow; WalMart floral pillow; Thrifted Bison stuffed animal; Original artwork by Leslie Peebles; Reproduction national park poster
I made a tapestry curtain to turn the under-desk space into a functional storage area for rodent and business supplies.
Vintage vase; Stamp storage bin from T. J. Maxx
I was afraid that the Great Room would be a challenge to work within design-wise, but the overall look exceeds my expectations. I like that the entire space is cohesive, while each functional area still maintains a sense of separateness.
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The room photo above is actually the product image for Cutting Edge stencils. I enjoy the modern mix of jewel tones, textures, and patterns. I wanted to replicate it in a casual outfit, perfect for a day of sightseeing and shopping around Charlottesville.