Sunday, July 28, 2013

Lion's pride (outfit #56)

I've had one of those rare, perfect weekends.  My husband took the day off on Friday and we took some of the kids up to the Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, CO.  We spent the early afternoon looking at bugs, petting starfish, and running through a huge rain forest habitat with zillions of butterflies fluttering about and sometimes landing in our hair.  We tempted fate at lunchtime, by avoiding a restaurant with kid's menus.  Instead, we stopped by one of our favorite Nepalese restaurants, Yak and Yeti, to hit the buffet.  Even our finickiest kids gobbled up their food, and a woman nearby remarked that my children "were awesome and so well behaved!"  I was pretty sure she had jinxed us, so we paid the bill and headed off to History Colorado to explore their kid's exhibit about a small Colorado settlement from 1929.  The kiddos milked animatronic cows, gathered wooden eggs to sell to the shopkeeper, and drove a model- T.  Afterwards we grabbed some icy drinks and headed down to Broadway to explore some great vintage shops.  It was really fun to see what Denver has to offer, but it made me really appreciate my little town with all its super affordable little antique and vintage shops.  I am way too cheap....err frugal... to get on board spending that kind of money on what I consider really average pieces.  On Saturday, I grabbed some Middle Eastern food with some friends and then had a really loud, boisterous, and spectacularly fun game night at my house.  Sunday was spent grabbing coffee, snapping these photos, driving to my mom's house for a little bit of nature, and then meeting up with a friend to go antiquing in Florence, CO. 
How was your weekend?
Outfit details: 1950's lion novelty print cropped top and 50s blue linen "sailor" style skirt, both from ebay
My sheer hair scarf was thrifted, and my lucite and rhinestone bangle was from a local antique store.

1950s novelty print top lion 50's sailor nautical skirt Just Peachy, Darling
Happy Sunday! XOX, Hannah

Monday, July 22, 2013

Angel kisses (outfit #55)

This is a dress that I bought on Etsy, with a birthday gift card from my very generous brother and sister-in-law.  It's a Teena Paige dress and it has the sweetest little novelty print of angel faces with blue halos.  I'm wearing it with a bow belt to match the two velvet bows on the bodice.  My Bakelite bird earrings and perfectly matched hat are from an estate sale.  I thought it fitting that my own little angel appear in one of the pictures, since she has taken a recent interest in modeling my dresses with me. 
  The "modern-style" building behind me is the former Maytag Aircraft building, built in 1957.
It is located near downtown Colorado Springs, and you can view more photos of this building here
bakelite bird earrings 40s 30s 1950s dress black white Just Peachy, Darling
novelty print angel dress bow 1950s Just Peachy, Darling
1950s vintage mama style Just Peachy, Darling

Teena Paige 1950s dress ad Just Peachy, Darling
XOX, Hannah

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Tavian's room re-do

Last year I made a list of my goals for the year, and included was the redesign of my eldest son's bedroom.  I had redecorated his room about two years ago over one weekend as a surprise, but it ended up being sort of a disaster.  First of all, I intended to tear up the carpet and paint the tile underneath.   I did all sorts of research on how to paint vinyl tiles, but when we pulled up the carpet we realized that the tiles were damaged and cracked (perhaps why the room was carpeted in the first place!)  We had to rush up to Colorado Springs and buy a bunch of wood laminate flooring to install.  It wasn't in the budget, and we hadn't allotted time for the project.  Secondly, I chose two colors for accent walls, a bright citron yellow and a swimming pool blue.  I thought it would be cheerful, like sipping lemonade next to a pool in summertime.  The yellow ended up being the most garish color possible, and I hated it from the start.  We had already blown our money on flooring, so buying different paint was not in the cards.  There were a couple of things that did turn out well however.  I drew up plans for a headboard with a frosted Plexiglas top and lights inside that my father put together with extra materials from his own remodeling endeavors.  
   The best things about this new room are the furniture.  I came across a rare Kent Coffey dresser at a Mennonite thrift store, and then my father in law built a desk based on photos to mirror the styling.   I also found an industrial looking 1950s Dazor saucer lamp at an estate sale for $4!  The vintage light up globe was thrifted and the starburst alarm clock was from a local antique store.  The ceiling lamp is an atomic pinhole light fixture that I rescued from the Habitat store, which I repainted and rewired.  The gold Eames chair knock off was a DIY I made last year, which you can see here.
  My son's favorite things:
The colors grey, gold, and green.  
History, especially WWI (he loves  planes, tanks, Zeppelins, etc)
                              This is what I came up with....
light up headboard grey teal bedroom kids Just Peachy, Darling
Duvet originally from Target, but I bought it on ebay.
paint chip art handmade indian headdress vintage globe lamp starburst alarm clock Just Peachy, Darling
The canvases were up-cycled amateur thriftstore art, that were primed and painted with chalkboard paint. The nightstand was handmade by my father in law.  The framed paint chip art matches the duvet and was FREE!  Steampunk hat, created by my son, leather Indian headdress was handmade by me.  Retro styled clock was a gift from my mom.
The military jacket belonged to my father in law.  WWI planes built by my son.  The stuffy is a Minecraft Creeper.
Framed artwork is based off of a real WWI stamp from a German camera company, available here.  On display are my son's vintage camera collection, original Lego designs, tanks, handmade wooden aircraft carriers and planes, and his Playmobil western village.  My son is all about "displays." :)
Framed German zeppelin poster available here.  Wooden bow was handmade by my late grandfather and "Zorro" mask was from Party City.  The Zeppelin model was a Christmas present, source unknown.
Isn't the desk incredible?   The hounds tooth rug and world map are from ebay.
Phrenology of a Gentleman screenprint available here
Retro Sci-fi travel posters (Jupiter and Neptune) available here
Stay Gold screenprint available here
Vintage hats poster available here

The room is painted Behr's French Silver and all the painted furniture is done in Behr's Mermaid Harbour.
Now I just have to convince him to come back from grandma's house to see his new room.
I love the way it turned out, what do you think?
XOX, Hannah


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Don't leave me hangin' on the telephone (outfit #54)

Tomorrow wraps up our "kid free" time, as we head into the mountains to spend the 4th of July with my father- in law and pick up our sons.  We headed out to grab some Indian food and stopped to snap these outfit shots.  Winnie had been watching me swirl around for the camera, so she ran over, put her hand on her hip, and said, "smile!"  I love that lil' honey bunny. :)
  I'm wearing a 1950's telephone booth novelty skirt from Etsy, a 50's sleeveless blouse with bow from ebay, and my new Bass spectators that I bought to fulfill my wish list.  I've never owned a pair of Bass shoes, but they are extremely well made and comfy.  I highly recommend them!  I found mine at a site called after6pm on clearance with free shipping.  Happy dance!  Vintage Bakelite spacer bracelets and seamed stocking; are both from Ebay. My vintage basket purse has adorable little rotary phones and cute sayings on it.  I also had an enamel telephone brooch, which fell off somewhere on the way from the car.  Here's hoping it turns up, because I really liked it.
1950s telephone phone booth novelty skirt basket purse spectators Just Peachy, Darling
Bobbie Brooks telephone skirt ad Just Peachy, Darling
Happy 4th of July!
XOX, Hannah

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