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Reuse, Recycle! Vintage Hat Friday!

I've had this song stuck in my head... so now I'll put it in yours.
'Cause Halloween is ever-y daaaaaaaaaaaaay... I'm not the one that's so absurd!

Any-hoo, it has been a *busy* week for us as we have been in meeting after meeting and getting closer to finishing the first modern furniture kit by Akemi Tanaka. Frankly, we're exhausted! But in a good, satisfied "we did it!" way.

So heeeeeeeeeeeere's... Vintage! Hat! Friiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Celebrating reuse, recycling, and just an excuse for us to wear a vintage hat!!!

My four year old has deemed that Amy looks like a bee-yoo-tee-ful Princess!!!

Amy: “God Save the Queen”:

Ok, I know what you’re thinking. “Um….what part of that is vintage…or recycled…or anything?!?” I’ll admit – not as much as usual, but I do have a few aces up my voluminous sleeves.

1. The fabric used for the blue overcoat was from a bolt I bought in a thrift store in 10th grade.

2.The necklace is another high school vintage thrift find (from Italy!)

3. The outfit was sewn by my grandmother, myself, and my mother in law Ginger (then my future mother in law) for a high school musical (Camelot). While there is nothing particularly vintage about that, I like to imagine that putting enough time and effort into the costume allowed it to hold up beautifully long after the high school theater department was done with it, and saved it from being thrown away and taking up space in a landfill as so many other costumes are fated to be.

4. And my very last Ace – The Crown. The ‘hat’ today is made of the trim off a vintage mirrored tray. And while part of me thinks “Ack – I used a vintage mirrored tray for parts!” part of me is darn proud of my high-school-self’s’ ingenuity. So it’s Vintage and Reused! And there is corn embossed in it, so I suppose you could also consider it an endorsement for agriculture…if I was desperate. Which I AM!

Have a wonderful and safe Halloween!

Copeland: Well, like I said, it has been a busy week and I've been scrambling. On top of having three jobs I love, I've been in business meeting after business meeting *while* also getting my children ready for *their* Halloween parades today!

But I've certainly been channeling the pirate this week, personally and at work. So in that spirit, I decided to depart from my planned "elegant and proper, show 'em you can clean up well" and instead decided to... Stand And Deliver: I call my outfit, "RUINED!"

The hat? I can't remember when I acquired it... years, poor thing.
The dress? Even longer. When I bought it in an old junk shop down on Broad, it was already threadbare. But I've always loved this dress... and have worn it ripped, shredded, soiled, to many an occasion. The "A" I pinned on the Halloween I was pregnant... heh, heh... The other pin? Oh, that was where the pin on my voodoo leather jacket went! I finally found it! All this time it was on this dress!
The gloves? Remember that estate sale Amy and I went to a few weeks ago? Well... Fitted leather gloves, three bucks! Amy even helped me fix them! (So is that fair to use in my costume? Hmmm... maybe I'll switch them out...)
The hose? Bright pink fishnets! That I bought VINTAGE from the 1960s, still in the package, in a vintage store! (So yeah, they get a little baggy 'round the ankles after a few minutes...)




At 10/31/08, 11:31 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

Faire Damsele Withe Devile Monke Winneth.

At 10/31/08, 11:54 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

The god like figure with the devil horns, winner!

2nd place, Copeland.

At 10/31/08, 12:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The pirate's prize is pretty in pink,
But the princess prevails with me vote I think.

At 10/31/08, 12:53 PM , Blogger Passive Solar Prefab Homes said...

Tony voted for Me!!!

"Votin' fo da tramp"

Oh wait. He's obviously talkin' 'bout Amy! (Amy rolls her eyes: "Oh! I see how it is!")

At 10/31/08, 12:54 PM , Blogger Passive Solar Prefab Homes said...

4 year old:

"Amy. I'm voting for my mom."

I, to Amy: "I'm countin' that vote!"
Amy: "Figured you would!"...

At 10/31/08, 1:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to go with Amy, although her skills as a costumer have improved greatly :p

At 10/31/08, 3:48 PM , Blogger Passive Solar Prefab Homes said...

Awwwwwwww Amy's husband weighs in on the chaos!

"How could I not vote for My Jenny? 1 vote for Amy please!"

Aren't they cute?!?
(My husband doesn't even read my blog!)

At 10/31/08, 5:09 PM , Blogger Passive Solar Prefab Homes said...

One of my best friend's parents sent this in:

"I vote for Hester Prynne!"

; )
To *whom* are they referring?!?

At 10/31/08, 9:28 PM , Blogger George said...

I thought for sure Amy had it in the bag this week until I scrolled down to Copeland's outfit. I'm almost tempted to give it to Amy, but then look at Copeland's outfit again, and she looks awfully good. I just can't see either one of you losing this week. I can't vote for one without voting against the other, and you both look so good I can't bring myself to vote against either of you!

At 10/31/08, 9:44 PM , Blogger Passive Solar Prefab Homes said...

I consider that one vote for each of us!!!!

Yay, I'm bad at math so I deem:
We ALL win this week, even the monk!
(I still can't believe no one voted for the cutie pie dog, adorably worshiping at Amy's feet!)


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