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You may recall that awhile back I made the big jump of separating my "Blog" from my "Boutique".  While the mission was accomplished, I never did quite figure out how to bring my older posts over to "Tales From A Vintage Wardrobe".  (Haven't I told you I was born in the wrong era?)

Since Spring Cleaning time is just about here, I have decided to play some "Re~Runs" for you~~I'll be re-posting some previously published posts here and removing them from my Archives at "The Red Velvet Shoe". 

Here we go again. . .

My friend Joleen showed up last week with a suitcase full of Vintage Goodies for me and look what I found inside:


I was just beside myself at the sight of these beautiful patterns!!  I may actually make an attempt to sew one for myself:  I think my favorites are the green ones below. . .I just love this era~so chic and sophisticated~so feminine and elegant! 


There were also a bunch of great dresses in the case which I will be going to town on as soon as I get caught up with some other things that are ready to be added to the boutique.

Have a great weekend everyone!

(*Previously posted on October 5, 2007)


xx ~ Michelle


(Just so you know, this is a venting post, but it ends good!)

This morning I spent 2 1/2 hours typing a long, image filled, multi~colored, highlighted, multi~fonted, wonderful post about the weekend I spent at my sisters a few weeks ago.  I even used some French, which is quite a feat for moi.  And when I SAVED it, IT (aka TypePad) told me my post was saved and that I could view my post, except that when I clicked on "VIEW POST" it all disappeared except for the Title. . .thus, the title of THIS post. 

Has this happened to anyone else?  Because it has happened to me on more than one occasion & I have HAD IT!!!!  What if it had been new merchandise I had listed?  Do they have any idea how much work that is, how much detail is involved??????????????  And why???? is the "Delete Post" button so close to the "Save" button?  I had my daughter as my eyewitness that I did click "Save"~~is there a Blogger Court I could plead my case at?????

So, to cool my little old self off, I had a big, fat ham & cheese sandwich with Doritos & pickles & Diet Coke, followed by 4 chocolates, then took a two mile walk in the fresh air.  Feeling much better I checked out a You Tube video some one sent and ended up tooling around You Tube and found this:  (don't forget to click the pause button on my "Victrola" so you can hear the music from the video)

I'm feeling better by the minute!

Stay tuned for that Getaway Weekend post, I'll try again. . .


xx ~ Michelle


In light of the fact that the entire globe is in an unprecedented, staggering economic crisis, I thought I would devote this post to a very simple, old fashioned, somewhat outdated past~time:

Mending   DARNING : (noun) 1. Mending holes in clothes, the work of repairing holes in clothing or fabric with long interwoven stitches.

Seamstress by Renoir  MENDING : (noun) 1. articles, especially clothes, to be mended.


SYNONYMS :  Restoration, patch~up, healing, renovation

It used to be that every domestic diva had a basket full of things that needed mending.  A bit of attention with needle and thread could extend the life of a garment by years and that used to matter to people.  As the years passed, this simple past~time gave way to the notion that "it's a lot easier to throw it away and buy a new one".  Businesses were booming, advertising took on a major role in society, and mass production of just about everything left lots of grandmother's shaking their heads and wondering if the day would come when not one bride~to~be would know how to thread a needle, much less know how to mend something.

But now, it seems, consumers are not so quick to throw things away.  Many are actually choosing to "make do" with what they already have and if it needs a little TLC, well that is better than having to purchase a new one.  While this poses a challenge for those of us in the "Retail" sector or some version of it, I still find this trend heart~warming in a way.  After all, if my adored vintage frocks were not cared for the way they were, I wouldn't have the pleasure of working with such beautifully crafted garments.  And so. . .

From socks to cars~~people are choosing to be:

THRIFTY :  (adjective) 1.careful with money and resources, managing money and resources in a cautious and sensible way so as to waste as little as possible.  2. Prosperous

Isn't that interesting: PROSPEROUS was the archaic meaning of the word THRIFTY!

In our day, being thrifty has generally been equated with being cheap, tight~fisted, even poor.  And yet now being "Thrifty" is suddenly in style.  Everywhere.  Good Morning America ran a prime time segment on "Secrets of a Thrift Store Shopper" . . .their retail business is booming!!   Not to mention that thrift/resale/consignment store shopping is a wonderful way to "Recycle".  Check out this interview with clothing designer Elizabeth Kramer and take a peek at her creative flat/studio infused with vintage finds.  A far cry from this story of CEO extravagance by Mark Patinkin in the same section of my Providence Sunday Journal. 

Seamstress in red

Perhaps the antiquated meaning of "Thrifty" will come to be in fashion once again. . .while we usually equate prosperity with wealth, this beautiful word means far more. . .

PROSPEROUS : (adjective) 1. thriving  2. flourishing  3. abounding  4. successful

Doesn't that put a lovely new angle on "Prosperity"? 

It's who we have, not what we have, that makes us prosper in the most genuine sense of the word. . .and in lean times, remembering that can make a big difference in our outlook every day.


Ladyinbluesewing1  I'm going to try to think about that while I'm sewing today. . .but of course I will be tuned in at half time to watch you know who!








xx ~ Michelle