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Reuse, Recycle Yo Style At Work: Oh, yes, it's Vintage Hat Friiiiiiiiiday!

And y'all thought my silliness would stop once the house kit started.

Ok. Vintage Hat Friday is an opportunity to go through your closet and wear all those items you saved from being discarded you found at yard sales and vintage stores that you've never found an opportunity to wear.

Now you have an excuse.
So when you pull up to preschool in a 1960s poufy flower hat, just be all nonchalant-like and blame it on me. "Oh," sagely nod, "It's for Vintage Hat Friday."

Amy: It is raining (yet again) and I knew that any felt hat would be ill serviced by getting dragged about in the rain on my way into work, so I pulled out this little net. Paired with an estate sale blouse, thrift store boots, and my one concession to mall shopping – a black pencil skirt (you must always have a well fitting black pencil skirt) this gem from the Halcyon Rummage Sale was lovely and full of potential when I purchased it. It had a number of small holes and tears which I mended one evening with a spool of fine red thread and a needle. I mended it while my family sat around chatting after a long day of work….could one call that “Social Net-Working?”

…Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

It was in that evening I discovered what the ‘dots’ are that are so common on vintage hat veils. Can you guess? PIPE CLEANERS! Teeny tiny little pipe cleaners that are just wrapped once around the joint in the netting. The leaves glued on the net are straw that has been bent and woven into leaf shape, I’m hoping I never have to repair those as I think I lack that level of dexterity.

Oddly enough the shirt I’m wearing today very closely resembles a lovely piece of art that someone’s young’un did at school this week *looks at Copeland*...

Maybe if you ask nicely she’ll scan a copy and show it off.

Copeland: So, this morning I opened my closet and spied this gem. Tomorrow I'm volunteering for the Children's Home Society "Raise The Roof" fundraiser, in a barn, with a mechanical bull... so it seemed an appropriate choice.

Half of me wanted to pair it with a sleek urban jumpsuit, kinda Cool-NYC-Goes-Rodeo.
But then I saw the skirt...

You know me, Pippy Longstocking Does Country wins every time.
  • The hat: I have no idea. I don't even remember how/where/when I picked this one up. It's some funky Paddington Bear Rodeo Hat thang with some special effects of braid, studs, and an interesting tint of... mauve?
  • The skirt: Fan Thrift, another 99 cent special. Occasionally I spy it in my closet and think, "Hmmm???? Ehhhhhhhrm, NO."
    So now I'm finally wearing it!
    My 4 year old thinks it is very bee-you-tee-ful and is asking if she can have a skirt like that too and whether I got married in it.
  • The shirt: High school?
  • Sweater? Anthropologie, purchased when I was pregnant- note there is one button missing. That button has been sitting in my jewelry box for two years now. I'm not crafty like Amy: this is the girl who thinks "hemming" involves a stapler!
  • Shoes? On sale for twenty bucks. I mean, why the heck would any store sell a perfectly fine pair of wedge mary jane plaid sneakers for such a price?
  • Now I know Eric Drivdahl of Green Cottage Kits is going to chide me for my lack of accessories, but dude, I think this outfit has enough voices in it already!
If you're inspired to celebrate stylish reuse on your Friday, send in your pics!
We'd love to include you!
Just email to Copeland@ this domain name, by 8 a.m.
: )




At 11/14/08, 10:58 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yow! Amy looks fantastic!

At 11/14/08, 11:05 AM , Blogger Passive Solar Prefab Homes said...

I know. I would so wear her outfit EVERYWHERE!

Wonder if she feels the same about, er, mine... ; )

Somehow I can't picture Amy in patchwork...

At 11/14/08, 11:06 AM , Blogger Passive Solar Prefab Homes said...

Amy just said I look "Farmer In The Dell Chic" - does that count as a vote?!?

At 11/14/08, 11:07 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

I'm going with Amy on this one - such a classy dame!

At 11/14/08, 12:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amy as alwyas you look darling. Copeland where is your shopping cart.
I vote for Amy.

At 11/14/08, 12:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amy as alwyas you look darling. Copeland where is your shopping cart.
I vote for Amy.

At 11/14/08, 12:18 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Soooooo, It's really not about the hats is it?
Nice try Copeland,but....
A vote for Amy!

At 11/14/08, 12:40 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can I vote for the dog??
Copeland, I like your hat best- so 70s!

At 11/14/08, 2:12 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Amy :)

At 11/14/08, 2:30 PM , Blogger Passive Solar Prefab Homes said...

From our friend George, out in Charlotte County: I *think* he might have just given us both a vote?

"... guess I better check on your and Amy's hats today, but I'm not sure I'm voting anymore, you both always look so cute.

Yep, I just checked it and you are both looking cute as ever and I'm suddenly thinking Al Capp.

Amy looks like a character out of Fearless Fosdick, and you, well, Dogpatch never looked so good. Maybe not Stupefying Jones, but Daisey Mae would have had some stiff competition! "

At 11/14/08, 2:50 PM , Blogger Passive Solar Prefab Homes said...

We're pulling out all the stops here!

James votes for AMY!

4 year old votes for "I vote for Papi"

6 year old is getting very upset that 4 year old voted for someone not in the competition. "I vote for Momma!"

At 11/14/08, 2:53 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amy looks absolutely stunning! She definitely gets my vote =)

At 11/14/08, 4:10 PM , Blogger Passive Solar Prefab Homes said...

Amy'd better watch her back.
I'm catching up!

From the factory:
This week you get my vote. The veil is always classic but nothing beats the Paddington Bear look."

(Yes Amy. HUZZAH!)

At 11/14/08, 4:56 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

no competition this week - Amy wins hands down!!


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