Thursday, July 17, 2014

Lebowski the Ferret

This little guy was dumped off on a country road and found by a nice guy who took him in a few months ago. Unfortunately, he didn't get along well with the nice guy's dogs so he posted an ad on Craigslist for him.


That same morning, Pj, the kids and I were at the pet store and had decided that it was time to bring a critter into the family. I had a ferret when I was a teenager through my early 20s and I miss having the little nippers around.  I came home and got on craigslist to see about a nice sized cage at a decent price when I saw the ad.

We took a mini road trip to pick him up and when he got home, he promptly explored every nook and cranny of the house. We've been teaching the kids how to play with a ferret and to be extra gentle. They're very interested in making sure that he has plenty of water and Olivia even volunteered to help scoop his litter boxes.



We named him "Lebowski" or "The Dude".

Ferrets are very intelligent, playful and interesting creatures. They love to dig, hide things and run around exploring as much as possible. Lebowski sleeps in his cage at night but when I'm home during the day, he pretty much gets full run of the house. We love to take him on walks to the park and short trips to the pet store. The Dude is litter box trained, just like a cat and he gets baths to keep his coat fresh and soft. Some ferrets spend a lot of time in their cage but like a cat or dog, they are happiest when they get to socialize and play. He's great with the kids and they've been good to him so far. I'm still trying to teach Olivia that he doesn't want to ride in her baby stroller and teach Rhys that he wont bite his toes so he can get off the back of the couch.

If you love ferrets too, you can follow Lebowski's silliness on Instagram @lebowski_thedude_ferret and check out my pinterest board," Carpet Sharks" for great toys, homes and ferret care.

So, I hope you all don't mind some outfit pics with His Dudeness here!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Vintage Beach Style for the Home and Wardrobe

While on our honeymoon in St Augustine, Florida, I fell in love with the bright cozy cottages on the beach. If you live in a land-locked area like myself, you can still bring some of the charm of the waves and sand into your home and wardrobe

I've been spending a lot of time in my office lately, since it's my happy, creative place. Notebooks and matching thank you notes keeps ideas all in one place while you relax with a "deep tea diver" tea infuser

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Bring some beach charm into your wardrobe with handmade millinery designs in straw from Lady Eve Millinery. Try nautical inspired play clothes from vintage boutique Bloomers and Frocks or sew your own beachwear with retro patterns from Patterns from the Past

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In the kitchen, try this beautiful sea glass inspired flatware set and porcelain mermaid salt and pepper shaker. The eco-friendly bento lunch boxes are perfect for picnics, school lunches or a weekend at home. Save $10 off Ecolunch Beach Kit






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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Pajama Day, Vintage Style with Maddy James Lounge Wear


This month, the first pieces from the long-awaited Maddy James vintage lounge wear line have been delivered. I was so excited to be among the first to receive the stunning 1940s Emily Kate tap pants set.

1940s vintage lounge wear Emily Kate tap pants set from Maddy James

 A common need among vintage girls is comfortable and beautiful pajamas and clothes that we can wear while we lounge around the house.

1940s vintage lounge wear Emily Kate tap pants set from Maddy James

At a modern size 18, I'm a little bit out of the current Maddy James size range so I needed an extra wiggle to get the tap pants over my hips but they're very roomy and have a bit of elastic at the back.

1940s vintage lounge wear Emily Kate tap pants set from Maddy James

These luxurious tap pants are made of machine washable silk polyester and are trimmed in black imported lace. Like original tap pants of the 40s, these feature a high-waited yoke front with a comfortable wide leg.

The white cotton top is a tee-shirt fabric with an original 1940s lace flounce silk screen pattern.


1940s vintage lounge wear Emily Kate tap pants set from Maddy James 1940s vintage lounge wear Emily Kate tap pants set from Maddy James

The Emily Kate tap pants set is wonderfully comfortable, with plenty of wiggle room for a restful night's sleep. Read more about Maddy James in my behind-the-scenes post and check out the Maddy James blog and facebook page for updates

1940s vintage lounge wear Emily Kate tap pants set from Maddy James

Maddy James is a sponsor of Va-Voom Vintage. Tap pants set provided courtesy of Maddy James.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

How to Make a Summer Parasol



how to make a vintage style parasol from an old umbrella via va-voom vintage



Summer is in full swing and we've been taking advantage of the beautiful sunny days by getting out and about. Although I do slather on the sunblock, it's nice to have some portable shade as well. Today we'll make a retro styled parasol using a thrift store kids umbrella. This is a pretty simple project that you can do in an afternoon.


how to make a vintage style parasol from an old umbrella via va-voom vintage

how to make a vintage style parasol from an old umbrella via va-voom vintage


I always see old umbrellas at the thrift stores for a buck or two and as long as they have a functioning frame and decently pretty handle, I pick them up! I used a kids sized umbrella found for 99 cents for this little summer parasol


If your umbrella has a removable cap, pop that puppy off. If, like mine, it doesn't come off, that's okay too!

snip the threads on the umbrella cover, removing it from the frame. Also pop the caps off of the ends of the spokes and set them in a safe spot. Since my cap wouldn't pop off, I snipped it closely to the cap and pulled it off that way.

how to make a vintage style pin up parasol summer umbrella

bust out the trusty seam ripper and rip the seams of one of the panels to make your pattern. Add seam allowance to your pattern. I added the usual 5/8 inch on all sides

how to make a vintage style pin up parasol summer umbrella


My umbrella cover had 6 sides so I cut out 6 new sections of fabric.  Using two sections, pin wrong sides together at side seam. Sew using a 3/8 inch seam allowance

how to make a vintage style pin up parasol summer umbrella


Press edges flat (do not open the seam) and trim close to seam

how to make a vintage style pin up parasol summer umbrella


fold the fabric along the new seam with wrong sides out, with the raw edge on the inside of the fold

press and sew. I aligned the edge of the fold with the edge of my presser foot.

how to make a vintage style pin up parasol summer umbrella


Repeat this for all sides,being careful to keep right and wrong sides of fabric in mind. I got over-confident in my sewing and ended up with my french seam on the outside! *oops*

how to make a vintage style pin up parasol summer umbrella






how to make a vintage style pin up parasol summer umbrella



hem one raw edge and pin the raw edge to the right side of the first section of your umbrella cover

how to make a vintage style pin up parasol summer umbrella


sew this seam the same as the others, keeping the umbrella closure strap on the outside of the umbrella cover. Phew! Almost done!!

how to make a vintage style pin up parasol summer umbrella


Next, set your machine to a long stitch and sew two parallel rows of stitching around the center hole. This will make gathers around the cap.

Fold the hem of the parasol cover under 1/4 inch and press. Fold over another 1/4 inch, press and sew. As you sew, clip the corners to form a nice, flat corner

how to make a vintage style pin up parasol summer umbrella

how to make a vintage style pin up parasol summer umbrella


If you have any ruffles, piping, pom poms or other trim to add along the edge of your umbrella, go crazy! I used some yellow eyelet lace from my stash. When that's finished, open the frame and slide the cover on. Pull those threads around the center to form gathers tightly around the center cap.

how to make a vintage style pin up parasol summer umbrella


You can stick the spokes into your hem to keep everything in place while you re-attach the caps.

how to make a vintage style pin up parasol summer umbrella



Sew the caps back on and make sure to do a good job getting several tight stitches to keep it all in place.

how to make a vintage style pin up parasol summer umbrella


Also do a few stitches near the middle of each spoke to keep it well secured to the frame.


If your center cap was able to be popped off, re-attach it and use a few strategic stitches to pull in any loose fabric. If your cap couldn't be popped off like mine, Cut a scrap of your trim and gather it up around the cap, pulling in edges of fabric with your stitches as you go.


Finish the parasol by attaching a closure of your choice to the strap. I used velcro and a decorative vintage button from my stash.

how to make a vintage style pin up parasol summer umbrella

 You can use snaps, buttons or Velcro. Since my strap was longer than intended, I also sewed a pretty pleat detail into the strap. 

how to make a vintage style pin up parasol summer umbrella

how to make a vintage style pin up parasol summer umbrella

how to make a vintage style pin up parasol summer umbrella



 This  would be really cute to make a matching parasol and sun dress, add ruffles, vintage lace, pom poms or use thrift store lace table clothes or curtain panels. Next time, I may use one of my old faded vintage table clothes with a border print!




Thursday, July 10, 2014

Least Favorite Things


1960s shift dress via Va-Voom Vintage

Over the weekend we had some errands to run. It was such a hot day so I threw myself together in a few minutes with minimal hair and makeup. I'm trying to wear some of the things in my closet that get neglected. Things that I love to wear around the house but not so much when I go out. These are a few of my least favorite things paired with a favorite brooch from Broesj.

pink vintage plastic baby carriage brooch


Pj likes to give my dresses silly names. There's The Cauliflower Dress, The Good n' Plenty Dress (not yet worn on the blog) and this one is "The Floral Holodeck", for you Star Trek fans.

The strange print and 1960s sack-like nature makes it one of my least favorites but its a comfy, easy dress to wear for a run to the store or a day of chores so I hang on to it.

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I also wore it with one of the first hats that I thrifted when I first began blogging. This is an 80s felt hat that would be fabulous with a new adorable hat band but I haven't gotten around to a makeover yet.


The Floral Holodeck- warehouse sale
pink belt- stolen from one of my 50s dresses
pink baby carriage brooch- Broesj
black flats- Walmart
80s hat- thrifted, Goodwill

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Oh, this old thing?

Just a quick outfit post today! This little 50s dress had a lot of damage- 6 missing buttons, huge holes in the hem so I stitched it up the front and sewed the button holes closed and patched the holes. It's a great little dress to wear around the house for housework and such and dresses up well for going out. It does have its flaws but with a leopard bag and belt and lovely curls, who's paying attention?

1940s 50s vintage red pin up curls

1940s 1950s navy blue plus size day dress with leopard accessories from Va-Voom Vintage

See this belt styled in another outfit post

Outfit
vintage navy dress- warehouse sale
leopard purse-thrifted
leopard belt- Hannah Jane
black flats- Walmart

Saturday, July 5, 2014

beehive black and white


1950s 60s plus size gingham black and white check pin up dress redhead beehive hair

I thrifted this vintage dress on our trip to Springfield, Missouri ages ago. I never really loved it because it was kind of a boring sack of a dress but it was great for wearing around the house or a quick run to the grocery store. A few weeks ago I spent all day making repairs and alterations on a few things and I refashioned the collar and gave this dress some darts at the waist and now it's one of my favorite easy dresses.

1950s 60s plus size gingham black and white check pin up dress redhead beehive hair
1950s 60s plus size gingham black and white check pin up dress redhead beehive hair


See it before the alterations here


Thursday, July 3, 2014

50% off vintage style shoes for summer

ModCloth is having a huge 50% off sale on some really fab things right now, espcially gorgeous vintage style shoes. Here are some of my faves grab them while you can!


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