Sunday, September 21, 2014

Wacky Tuna

vintage felt brooches, snoods and scarves from wacky tuna vintage on etsy

For the past few weeks, I've been bursting with new awesome ideas as I get my craft on. I've been feeling really creative lately and the kids and I have been spending many afternoons making wonderful things and lots of messes together.

 I get emails asking if I make such-n-such thing to sell and I never do. I finally listened to my friends and started crafting items for etsy.

Since my attentions cannot be easily directed towards one type of item, I have opened Wacky Tuna Vintage on etsy, where you will find all of my short bursts of attention in the form of felt, Lucite, resin, sewing, crochet and whatever else I dream up that day. Since I bounce from one thing to the next and am very difficult to wrangle, most things will be very limited until I feel the urge to make another one. I truly don't enjoy selling vintage but I'm having a blast doing this! My sewing machine is never put away and my craft room is all organized with beads, vintage buttons, fake fruit and novelty print fabrics.

vintage felt novelty brooches handmade by wacky tuna vintage on etsy
kitschy felt brooches, handmade by me!

Why "Wacky Tuna"?

About 6 years ago, Pj and I were watching a show on Discovery Channel about tuna. It might have been Tuna Wranglers or something like that. Well, the fellas had a big catch of fish and they brought them to a station to weigh the catch. To do this, they weigh a portion of the catch and average it out to figure out how much to charge for the whole shebang. How does one weigh a tuna fish? They're big and slippery and typically don't enjoy sitting still while out of the water. To get the fish to relax, they cover their eyes with a cloth and give them a little pat on their sides and suddenly, the fish feel calm and relaxed and sit still long enough to be weighed.

When I go into a craft store, I am very much like a slippery tuna. I get excited, run all over the place and forget why I came to the store, resulting in Pj having to wrangle me, calm me down and get me out of there. He started covering my eyes, patting my back and calling me a "wacky tuna". The name stuck and now he just calls me "Tuna"

vintage powder puffs, snoods and hair bows handmade by wacky tuna vintage on etsy
snoods, bows and my fluffy pink powder puffs

Wacky Tuna will also include some of Pj's handmades. Pj leans more towards manly and rugged things (renaissance faire type of things) but he's making some beautiful vintagey things for Wacky Tuna too, including his much loved hair pin cases and new leather travel sewing kits that I've been begging him to design for me. Many of the things in the shop have his awesomeness applied to them as he tests things out to make them practical, durable and amazing. I make it pretty, Pj makes it function. We're a great team!

hair pin wallets and vintage states puzzle brooch from wacky tuna vintage on etsy
Pj's leather hair pin wallets and vintage puzzle brooches

Vintage Under Thirty will also be closing this month. I may list some remaining items in a sale section in my Wacky Tuna shop later but I'm really not sure! Wacky tunas are very unpredictable.

Please check out Wacky Tuna Vintage and share! Follow @wackytunavintage on instagram for updates!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

My photo shoot with Maddy James

On Day two of our weekend in Chicago, I pin curled my hair, grabbed some breakfast with Pj and headed out to meet Gina from Maddy James for a photo shoot for her autumn line. This fall and winter, Maddy James will launch their first plus sized pieces.

Maddy James specializes in vintage inspired lounge wear. All Maddy James pieces are designed for comfort, practicality and glamor, even when you're sleeping. My favorite thing about this line is that although the fabrics look at feel so luxurious, everything is machine washable!  See me in the beautiful tap pants set here.

I was able to get a few unedited behind the scenes snaps with my camera. I can't wait to see the finished photos from this shoot.

The first piece that I modeled was this gorgeous black nightgown.  This full length gown has full sleeves, burgundy piping under the bust and little flower accents around the neckline.

vintage style plus size pajamas and lounge wear from maddy james

vintage style plus size pajamas and lounge wear from maddy james

vintage style plus size pajamas and lounge wear from maddy james

The second piece that I wore is this amazing two piece pajama set. The wide-legged cropped pants made me re-think my post on not wearing pajamas at the grocery store. This set includes a matching crop top with the same style sleeves as the gown and flattering diagonal seams along the bust line. The little cream colored bow on the top matched these vintage boudoir slippers perfectly. I could live in these pajamas!

vintage style plus size pajamas and lounge wear from maddy james

vintage style plus size pajamas and lounge wear from maddy james

vintage style plus size pajamas and lounge wear from maddy james

vintage style plus size pajamas and lounge wear from maddy james

For the last set, I wore the Maddy James tap pants in red with the tomato logo tank. The Maddy James tomato was designed by Gina's daughter. Gina's grandfather always said that her grandmother was the best looking tomato in town.

vintage style plus size pajamas and lounge wear from maddy james
vintage style plus size pajamas and lounge wear from maddy james

After the shoot, I got to get a sneak peek at prototypes from the rest of the new collection. The pieces will begin production this fall and I can't wait to share them with you!  I had so much fun at the shoot, I could have stayed and played with the girls all day!

For updates on when these and other  pieces will be available, follow Maddy James

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Saturday, September 13, 2014


Hello there! Gosh, it's been a whole week since my last post. This week has completely gotten away from me but I'm happy to be home and back to blogging. Last week was a crazy time of preparing for a weekend getaway in Chicago!

I'm in St Louis and although Chicago is only a 5 hour drive away, I had never visited the city. Gina from Maddy James invited me to come to town to model a few pieces from her exquisite new autumn line so we took the little ones to my mom's house and Pj and I hit the road on Friday afternoon.

We checked into The Whitehall Hotel shortly after 3pm and unpacked before heading out to explore the city. The Whitehall is a beautiful little boutique hotel in the heart of the Magnificent Mile. It was built in 1928 and has been enjoyed by Katherine Hepburn, The Beatles and Sophia Loren! This hotel originally had 3 luxury apartments on each floor. Read about the fascinating history here

We walked several blocks away to find The Billy Goat Tavern, founded in 1934. The Billy Goat is known for cheap, good pub food. There was a funny old guy behind the bar who yelled at us as soon as we came in "Hi! What you want? Double cheese da best!" So I said "Double cheese it is!" and he shoved us down the line to wait for our food. Although the service wasn't very friendly or relaxing,  it was fast, cheap and yummy.

After dinner, we found a free trolley to Navy Pier. We had no idea that they even had such a thing!

Navy Pier was way more awesome than we expected. I have never seen any of the great lakes and was not expecting Lake Michigan to be so beautiful and so big! The water was this gorgeous blue-green with little waves and lighthouses. Its like a little ocean! In Missouri, we have these awful muddy rivers so it was quite amazing for us to see. A huge storm rolled in over the city while we were at the pier. By the time it started raining, there was Pj and I and two guys hanging out in the rain. They kindly offered to snap a pic of us together.

Pj really wanted to pet a seagull. He told me a silly joke that goes "Why do seagulls live by the sea?...because if they lived at the bay, they'd be "bay-gulls" (say it out loud)


We walked back to the hotel from the trolley stop, stopping at Trader Joe's. I had sushi and wine in bed and watched the Travel Channel till I crashed.

Stay tuned tomorrow for day two of our amazing weekend in Chicago!

My fab dress is from Tatyana Boutique via Modcloth

Sunday, September 7, 2014

{Free eGuide} Success With Sewing Lingerie

success with sewing lingerie free eguide from Craftsy

On Wednesday afternoon, I put the final touches on a black satin bullet bra that I made for a very exciting event this weekend. I found some vintage straps and rayon  binding in my sewing stash that I forgot I had. When it comes to lingerie, the small details are most important!  Sewing lingerie is one of my favorite projects because there's so much room to get creative with each piece and things come together so quickly.

va voom vintage bullet bra

Today I have a FREE printable lingerie sewing guide from Craftsy, featuring patterns from the much-loved lingerie designer, Ohhh Lulu. The patterns used in these tutorials are not included but they are available for purchase through Craftsy.

This step by step guide, from Christine Haynes of City Stitching with Christine Haynes, teaches how to sew a bralette, high waist retro style panties and a half slip.

free eguide success with sewing lingerie from craftsy

Sewing lingerie is very simple, even for beginners and a great project to use up small bits of fabric from your stash. I bought some flannel backed satin for my bullet bra but since I bought way too much, I think I'll have to try my hand at these darling high-waist panties to match.

free eguide success with sewing lingerie from craftsy

vintage lingerie ads

This eGuide includes tips on what types of fabric to use for these projects and tricks along the way to get a professional look in your handmade unmentionables.

Download the FREE lingerie sewing eGuide from Craftsy 

If you’re new to sewing or would like to learn some great tips and tricks to improve your home sewn garments, check out all of the wonderful online sewing classes available through Craftsy.
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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Guest Post: 3 Cute Ways To Wear A Vintage 1950s Dress

Brittany kindly let me step up and write a guest post today, and I wanted to share my passion for 1950s fashion with you.

Each decade has it's own fabulous style but Fifties fashions are so fun and feminine which is why I adore them. I find that lots of people don't know how to start putting together an outfit which 'fits' with their vintage dress, so I wanted to share some of my ideas*

* It goes without saying that you can mix and match vintage in absolutely ANY way you like. Individuality is the key to enjoying yourself with what you wear, but today I wanted to concentrate on getting a genuine 50s look!

I picked 3 vintage 1950s dresses I currently have in store and dressed them up in different ways - one for a very smart evening look, one as a fun teen-inspired outfit and one which just sings to me of warm summer days (and makes me feel like I'm Grace Kelly driving a convertible through the south of France).

Don't forget to team your outfit with a fabulous retro hairstyle (you can find some great tutorials here) a flash of red lipstick and some winged eyeliner, then you'll be all set to go! Let me know what you think of the outfits, how would you wear these dresses?

Guest post by Ms Kitty from The Best Vintage Clothing. Don't forget to stop by and say hi!

Friday, September 5, 2014

10 Vintage Blogger Makeup Favorites

 I asked my beautiful vintage blogging friends if they would like to share their makeup favorites with Va-Voom Vintage readers. Today, the ladies dish on their must-have products and why they love them.

Joanna from Dividing Vintage Moments

Joanna from Dividing Vintage Moments

" I'd have to say a recent favorite of mine that I love is Anastasia Brow Wiz. I love the preciseness and rich color tone of this tool."

Dollie from The Rockabilly Socialite

Dollie from The Rockabilly Socialite

 "This is probably my fav. It's the best eyeliner ever! It's so easy to apply and it lasts until you take it off." - Stila Stay All Day waterproof eyeliner

Daffny from a Vintage Nerd 

"As a tired mom that doesn't get enough sleep one of my biggest problems has been darkness or puffiness under my eyes. The Benefit Fakeup has been fantastic to help me conceal it. I love it!"

Stephanie from Girl with the Star Spangled Heart

Stephanie from The Girl with the Star Spangled Heart

"I adore Red Apple Lipsitcks! They are so amazing for your lips and the color is great! Seriously, I hardly have to use chapstick anymore when I wear their lipsticks regularly. This is one of my favorite"

Modern June Cleaver from Junebugs and Georgia Peaches

Amanda Modern June Cleaver from Junebugs and Georgia Peaches

" I SWEAR by this one, I use it as a liner + a lipstick, it's absolutely amazing and you can basically wear it all day without having to reapply. I also find that it has more moisture than most of the other lipstains I've used"  -Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

Emileigh from Flashback Summer

Emileigh from Flashback Summer

" This isn't the most exciting part of makeup, but I LOVE the combo of Almay Smart Shade foundation, concealer, and powder. As someone with psoriasis and acne issues growing up (that are under control now, thank God!), this makeup is wonderful! It's light, fresh, and feels almost like lotion. Paired with the concealer and powder, it is ridiculously smooth and feels like I'm wearing nothing all day. It's also paraben-free and non-comedogenic (doesn't clog pores), and it's great for sensitive skin like mine. I wear this pretty much every day!"

Shermy from Shermette

"I really thought about this in terms of if someone took away all of my makeup, what one think would I beg to keep. I choose Make Up For Ever HD invisible cover foundation. It is the lightest foundation I've ever had, and it's amazing because you can choose to wear it light, or build it for more coverage. The range of colours is also amazing so as I tan I am now kind of mixing my normal winter tone with a darker summer tone, and it's never orangey!"

Bex from Subversive Femme

Bex from Subversive Femme

I swear by Urban Decay 24/7 lipliner in Ozone (clear), nothing will shift your lipstick if you use it .
Oh, and everyday lipstick, Nars Velvet Lip Pencil in Red Square. Wears like a good lipstick, applies like a pencil. The colour is the perfect orange-red too

Laurie from Retro Reporter

Laurie from Retro Reporter

"My favourite eyeliner is Mary Kay gel eyeliner. It's smudge-proof and incredibly long lasting (I go swimming with the stuff on and it stays put!). It's a bit harder to apply/fix if you do winged eyeliner, but I just do it on my top lashline and it looks very 40s."

Jessica from Chronically Vintage 

Jessica from Chronically Vintage

"It's an at least three-way tie for me, when it comes to my favourite makeup items, but if I absolutely had to pick just one, I think I'd go with MAC's iconic Russian Red, as finding it several years ago now really was the fulfillment of a lifelong hunt for the perfect (for my colouring) matte, vintage appropriate red lippy (plus, I find, a tube lasts for months, which helps make its price a lot easier to justify)." 

Thank you for sharing your picks, ladies! What's your makeup fave?

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

September Fashions and Advertising Funnies 1939

 september 1939 vintage womans home companion fashion and advertising from va- voom vintage

Last weekend, I found a great little antique shop on Route 66, outside of Bourbon, Missouri with a large collection of vintage magazines for a few bucks each! I couldn't help myself so I brought home a small stack of them. Here are some beautiful vintage fashions and laugh-out-loud advertisements from Woman's Home Companion, September 1939. I hope that you enjoy them, feel free to share!

september 1939 vintage womans home companion fashion and advertising from va- voom vintage

september 1939 vintage womans home companion fashion and advertising from va- voom vintage

september 1939 vintage womans home companion fashion and advertising from va- voom vintage

september 1939 vintage womans home companion fashion and advertising from va- voom vintage

september 1939 vintage womans home companion fashion and advertising from va- voom vintage

september 1939 vintage womans home companion fashion and advertising from va- voom vintage

september 1939 vintage womans home companion fashion and advertising from va- voom vintage

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