PHOTO SHOOT Monday 30th July

so many great vintage things, so little time!
here's what we shot today:

{ sheer polka dot gown.  1940s. }

{ lizard skin purse.  1960s. }

{large round hat with chin strap.  mid century. }

{sheer brown mesh top.  1930s. }

{super fabulous studded cap.  1930s. }

{ military boots circa WWI, 19-teens. }

{ edwardian blouse with ribbon.  1900s. }

{ edwardian blouse with lace.  1900s. }

{ floppy hat with white underbrim.  1960s. }

{ crocheted layering piece.  1960s? }

{ victorian blouse, back embroidery.  late 1800s. }

{ green plaid dress, dipped back, yellow tulle underskirt.  1950s}

{ i couldn't be more in love with these handmade overalls.  1960s. }

{ chantilly blouse with sailor bow.  1940s. }

{ cotton blouse with lace from 'Judy Bond'.  1940s }

{ minty blue leather purse.  1960s.}

{sheer peach organza dress with waffle texture & matching belt.  1940s. }

{ edwardian cotton top with crochet.  1900s. }




Here's the magic!

{ 1940s wool bathing suit }

{ 1940s dress with woven shoulders }

{ vintage top and palazzo pants }

{ edwardian crochet top in *pink* }

{ such sweet lace details on this Edwardian blouse }

{1940s//50s Girl Scout leader uniform with hat }

{ we love it that things like this exist.  xo }


PHOTO SHOOT 18th July Shoot

we were treated to an afternoon thunderstorm, but the sun came out and the lighting was purrrrrfect for today's shoot!

{black velvet dress with satin bow and collar, 1960s}

{handmade Victorian bolero jacket, late 1800s}

{taffeta tent dress, fingerprint print, 1960s}

{late 40's // early 50s classic halter top}

{maybe my fave shirt so far... Edwardian gauze linen with THE sweetest sleeves}

                                                           {edwardian blouse, cathedral lace}

{Gunne Sax gown, late 1960s}

{velvet, velvet, velvet!  1940s hat, 1960s dress}

                                               {swimsuit by Maxine of Hollywood, 1970s}

                                     {is this or is this the sweetest print you've ever seen!  circa 1960s}

feelin' medieval ...

be sure to check out my rug painting tutorial, below! 



We've had this old 5' X 8' Pier One bamboo matt for years.  The building we live in is a dust factory, and besides we've kept this rug in some pretty high-traffic areas.
So as you can kind of see from this very forgiving photo, it needed to be burned, or given some love...

... and since we hate to give up on anything, I chose the latter!

I'm very, very excited about the way it turned out, and it was a pretty easy project, just required time and patience.  I'd say total I spent 10-15 hours, start to finish, creating this piece.
SOoo...  I'm giving a little tutorial here, should you desire to create your own.

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Clean Your Rug.

Make sure you have all your materials ready.  I used:

+ whatever paint we had laying around.
Check at your locally owned paint store for discounted "off" colors (the mess-ups), or peek in their dumpster for Free discarded paint.. just make sure it's not too expired or lumpy :)

+ a medium size bristle brush, a sponge brush or even a roller -- thicker weaves are better; you will use a lot of paint, as it wants to seep through the cracks.)

+ a drop cloth is key.

+ you'll need a tape measure and/or yard stick

+ i used chalk to draw the lines on the matt

+ you will need LOTS of TAPE.  I used plain masking tape, but I would recommend painter's tape, or anything super sticky that won't leave a residue (i.e. no duct tape)

+ Bonus Materials:  Fans to dry the paint as you go (but be careful of dust and bugs!)

+ Fact Check:  Do you have your pattern picked out?  Printing a paper copy for reference might help you with the layout.  This Site helped inspire my Kilim-esque design, however chevron stripes are classic and easy.

Okay!  Now you're ready to begin!  The first thing you'll want to do is find the center of your rug, which is easily found using a tape measure or yard stick.
I sketched out the main shapes in chalk and then taped them down.
BE SURE TO PRESS YOUR TAPE INTO EVERY NOOK AND CRANNY, as this will help you avoid bleeding along the edges of the tape.  Don't be afraid to spend a little extra time making sure they're down securely.

When I felt sure I had the main body of the rug design mapped out, I chose my background color and got down to work!

I taped off the surrounding area, leaving about a 1" stripe of the natural matt, and outside of that I painted a white stripe.  As you can see, I really had to glob the paint on there, in order to fill in the slats. 

 in the end.....

... It turned out so totally sweet!
Very much worth the back breaking effort.  Not only do I have a new piece of hand made art, but I discovered a new craft I really enjoy!

the end :)