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Vintage Hat Friday!

For new followers, be forewarned that on Fridays during the winter we get rather silly.
Here, we celebrate Vintage Hat Friday, where we reuse and recycle clothes to look pretty darned stylin' in the workplace!

Now if you're here for the passive solar house kit, here's the latest:
I will post a looooooooooooong blog this weekend giving all the details (let's just say it involves the Amish and the internet) but the cladding arrived Friday, and they have been hard at work all week. Please do know that it rained a few days here, so I don't expect them to be done when we go out this weekend. There is a 60% chance of rain tomorrow, so keep your fingers crossed it holds off and we can access the property without getting stuck in the mud.

Oh, wait: Did someone say...

Amy: The Pink Pretender

I have a secret… I don’t like pink. (Shhhh – Don’t tell Copeland!). However, when I come across fantastic pink vintage, I can’t resist. This pink dress suit was at the fabled estate sale (the one we always talk about on VHF because we have so many items from it), and I passed up on it the first two times I went. On the last day I was browsing though the last of the sewing supplies, and ran across a vintage pattern that looked strangely familiar. Then I looked up at this suit hanging from the doorway and a light bulb went off in my brain. “She MADE that!?!” Being a fellow sewer, I simply couldn’t leave it to be sent off to wherever the unwanted items go. So I brought it home.

The hat. Halcyon Rummage sale (I know, again). It’s a wired flower circlet with lavender mesh and velvet ribbon on top. Little wired tabs that look like leaves stick down on either side to stabilize it and keep it firmly affixed to the head.

The Brooch: I have no idea who gave it to me…It may have been my mother, my grandmother, our next door neighbor in NoVa, or any of my childhood friend’s mothers. I remember my little girlfriends and I used to squabble over it as children. It always reminded me of the little magical dog figurine from my favorite book as a little girl: “No Flying in the House” and I think my impassioned pleas determined me the final holder of the dog pin.

Shoes, the goodwill, you’ve seen them many times before in VHF. They are tried and true contenders. The tights? Bought at a wig store last weekend for 2.99. Can’t beat it!

I have to say, I LOVE Copeland’s outfit this week. I’d wear it out anywhere, and those hairpins are divine. I won’t even suggest we dock points because she isn’t wearing a hat. That being the case I will forgive my loyal followers who decide that her outfit is just too fabulous not to vote for this week. I’m going to angle for the young vote instead:

“Children under 12, LOOK! I’m wearing all pink, flowers and puppy dogs! Vote for ME!”

Copeland: I call my outfit Stylin' Shanghi!
I'd like to tell you about the jacket, but I have no idea, I know it's vintage but I can't remember where I got it.

Now this week, for my Vintage Hat, I pulled some vintage hairclips that I think are really neat. Oh, puh-leeze, potato, po-tah-to.

These clips certainly have more substance than some of the frothy netting hats we wear! I hope we can get a good closeup of these- they're really cool- Romanesque branches, maybe ferns?

The earrings I purchased at a yard sale years ago- they're dogwood blossoms with little rhinestones in the center.

The ring is part of my Lucite ring collection, I've been collecting these forever.

The necklace is NEW. I got it yesterday.
So why the heck am I featuring it in Vintage Hat Friday?
Because it has a purpose- if you're in Richmond, head over to Compass Jewelry in Carytown, near Ukrops. They are selling a group of beautiful jewelry (many around $50) to benefit the Children's Home Society of Virginia!

I am rarely attracted by anything in first use, but here's a memento I can stand behind! Every time I wear this for the rest of my life I will always think of the Children's Home Society, a wonderful organization on whose Community Resource Board I participate.

So, folks, please get busy in the comments area below and...




At 1/9/09, 12:04 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amy in pink! I never thought that I would see that... my vote goes to her

At 1/9/09, 12:16 PM , Blogger Passive Solar Prefab Homes said...

hi this is Rhonda Corley \
I am a fashion designer and illustrator. I am voting for Copeland because the whole ensemble is so cute especially the hair and I want that jacket

At 1/9/09, 2:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

A vote for Amy cause...well you know...

At 1/9/09, 3:46 PM , Blogger Passive Solar Prefab Homes said...

Drat! Peggy says...

"I must admit, Amy has the total look; but, the hair clips are stunning and I love the ring. So, I think it has to be a draw!! p"

At 1/9/09, 3:51 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmph. I must have done a bad job taking pictures of your outfit Copeland. I vote for YOU! Because I would trade outfits with you in a heartbeat!

At 1/9/09, 4:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm callin' this weeks session a
Fantastic, both of you.

At 1/9/09, 5:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Copeland wins.

At 1/10/09, 8:41 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Realize in the closeups what a beautiful dress you're wearing, Amy, but you're right - pink is not your color! Copeland's outfit is gorgeous, one that could be worn any where, any time. Amy, you'd look good in it and might want to borrow it sometime! My vote goes to Copeland this week.


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