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September 19

Blogger Meetup_Day 2

When I was sending Lauren a list of happenings in the city she picked up on the Vintage Garage event, which is slowly becoming one of my fav. vintage shopping places.  (You may recall I bought these two musical frogs there.)

Felix and I swung by to get Lauren & Landon and we headed to the Vintage Garage bright and early on Sunday morning.  We slowly strolled around as we were waiting for Tasha & Mel to meet up with us.

I can’t really say that Felix and Landon are totally into the vintage scene, but they chatted and walked around as content as could be.  We all wandered around at our own pace, sometimes with each other and sometimes going solo.  It was a really relaxed, stress-free way to shop.  I didn’t feel like I had to be tied to any one person, but it was leisurely to walk and chat when we came upon someone else.

The Vintage Garage event itself was a bit smaller than the last time I was there, but they still had some great deals and fun items.

I think Lauren scored the best on her 2 vintage dresses & an adorable green and white striped blouse.  See her twitter/instagram image here.

Tasha’s partner, Mel found some really great promotional images from the 30′s (I believe) that they’re planning on putting in their guest bedroom.  They have me wishing I had an extra room to decorate at my whim… but I guess that’s my sewing room (aka dining room) since I marked it as mine by turning it into a lovely shade of coral which my husband likes to call pink.  heh

You may be asking now what yours truly found…. well I was bad.  Don’t tell Baxter or Quincy, but I bought a really sweet 50′s (rabbit) fur shrug.  It’s really a guilty pleasure as I love petting the shrug since it reminds me of sweet Baxter.  I don’t feel as bad about it as I should since it’s vintage and I’d never buy a new one in a million years.  I figure what’s done is done, as long as my bunniess don’t spy me trying it on.

I’m hoping to pair it with a flirty little dress (yet to be made) for the cruise I’m taking in January, since this is my only excuse to buy such an extravagant item of clothing.

The more practical pieces I came home with is a singer box full of sewing feet and a pair of 40′s leather gloves:

The Vintage Garage wrapped up our blogger-meetup adventure and I love these gals even more in person than I did when we were just online buddies.  I feel like I’ve gone from being a nervous wreck from my first blogger meetup (with Tilly) to actually being myself in just a few short visits with random peeps.  I highly recommend getting to know your fellow-local bloggers in person if you’re able since it makes our ever-growing online sewing community all the more fun.

And it should be known that if you ever find yourselves in Chicago, I’m all for taking you guys around town for fabric & yarn shopping or even just chatting over beverages.  :)

  1. Meg / Sep 19 2012

    *gasp* the fur is AMAZING. Just amazing. What are you going to wear it with? It will be perfect for strolling down the cruise promenade :)

    It looks like you guys had an amazing time! How fabulous that all the significant others went as well :)

  2. Janice / Sep 19 2012

    That fur shrug is gorgeous, however if I had a pet rabbit I have no idea how I’d be able to wear it in good conscience! I really like the look and feel of (real) fur, but since I have a cat sometimes I do have a twinge of guilt because of that.

    • Liz / Sep 19 2012

      Yeah… I’ll probably feel guilty when I wear it, too Janice. But it helps knowing that it wasn’t someone’s pet that I am wearing. I have very mixed feelings about it.

  3. Qui Pardue / Sep 19 2012

    The fur is gorgeous, what a great find! Where are you going on a cruise to?? I’m in the early stages of planning a cruise trip, and I have too many ideas for “cruise wear” sewing projects :) It sure is fun to think about though!!

  4. Rochelle New / Sep 19 2012

    Looks like you guys had a lot of fun!! Furs make me sad unless they’re at a thrift/vintage store. At least you gave that fur a new loving home and that poor little sacrificed rabbit won’t have died for nothing. If I saw the fur, I would have given it a new home too!

    Anyways, I’m pretty jealous of all these awesome blogger meet-ups I’ve been hearing about lately!! No crafty bloggers in New England? :(

  5. meredith / Sep 20 2012

    Your fur shrug is lovely, but I know what you mean. I have a lovely vintage wool coat from a thrift store (it was cheap and fit perfectly!) with a fur collar that makes me feel a bit guilty. I told myself I could remove the collar and just wear the coat — but as much as I hate the idea of fur, I do rather like the collar so it’s still attached. I think the liking it is what makes me feel guilty, because really there’s not as much harm in fur that’s 40 years old or so. But yeah, I have mixed feelings about it. Your shrug will look gorgeous over an evening dress for sure though!

  6. Tasha / Sep 20 2012

    Your shrug (shh don’t tell the buns) will be perfect for the cruise! I can’t wait to see what cruise-wear you sew up!

    It was such a fun weekend! Those prints are actually for our own bedroom, although we’re thinking of getting something similar (a different subject matter) for the guest bedroom. ;D

  7. poppykettle / Sep 20 2012

    That shrug and those gloves are TODIEFOR. I’m wholly envious! Looks like a seriously fabulous day :)

  8. ladykatza / Sep 20 2012

    I am so envious! I haven’t really gotten to meet any of the sewing bloggers in person other than Gertie’s meet-up in Nashville. And even then I didn’t get to hang out with everyone other than to walk through the Couture exhibit.

    Don’t feel too guilty about the fur. Here’s how I see it. If its vintage, you’re right, its done. However, if its new fur or leather I look at it this way; If its an animal I will eat (cause I’m not a vegetarian) then I will wear its fur/hide. To me, this seems more practical, its the way our ancestors did it. Waste not, want not, and all that.

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