Tuesday, May 31, 2011

summer 11 ideas house

 {this is not my house}

welcome to a little tour of the Bachman's summer 11 ideas house ~ you can visit some previous ones: spring 10, summer 10, holiday 10, & spring 11.

first of all in the above photo, house number on wood oar... enjoy the tour !

 shutters mounted on wall in a collage
 great way to "use" a fireplace during the summer ~ so many lovely green plants
 yard sticks made into picture ledges, baking sheet leaf paintings
 have you heard of the woolly pocket? nice way to have greenery on walls
 vintage shopping cart used as pot & utensil storage
 garden fence used as wall-mounted pot rack
 wooden spoon chandelier
 skateboard theme boys bedroom, skateboards turned into shelves
 skateboards turned into night stand & lamp
 butterfly theme in girls bedroom
 decorative chairs mounted to wall

 ribbon lampshade
 headboard made of oars & paddles
 photo holder made from garden trellis, ceiling tin & magnet clothespins
 salvaged wheelbarrow turned into a mini garden
 garden hose & bundt pans turned into flowers
 clay pots turned into decorative wreaths
 shed turned into outdoor reading & writing room
 terra cotta saucers used as chargers, seed packets used as napkin/utensil holders
 beautiful flowers out in the yard...

there's so much more to see than in these photos, so i encourage you to visit it, if you can.

visit the Bachman's ideas house:
summer ideas house: May 26-June 12
ideas house summer 2011 yard sale June 24 9-7 & June 25 9-1
fall ideas house: September 15-October 9
holiday ideas house: November 10-December 18

PS i will taking another blog break during the summer.  my kids will be home from school & we are going to enjoy the sunshine.... hang out at the beach... see you at the end of the summer... happy summer !

Friday, May 27, 2011

Shopping for Scarves

 Day 6 :: Scarves Week

today is all about where to find vintage scarves...
 vintage scarves are hot-ticket items on eBay, Etsy, & in vintage stores around the world

Sheila Leiter sells vintage scarves (among other vintage goodies) at 2 different vintage stores in the western suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota. i bought an orange & brown scarf for her awhile back, the scarf ended up being published in a book, so i thought it would be fun to share that news with Sheila & we've emailed back & forth a few times. Sheila was so kind as to agree to answer some questions to help us in our vintage scarf shopping... enjoy !
 Q: It says on your website: "Filled with purchases from flea markets, estates and antique shops throughout the U.S. and Europe" which sounds very exciting, so please share with us, where do you travel to (what states & countries) & how much time to you spend traveling?

A: Travel is a priority in my life and getting to shop vintage everywhere I go allows me to experience an added adventure in each town or city!   I probably travel 2 months out of the year yet shop probably 2 days of every week.    I have brought back vintage, antiques & fabrics from  the flea markets & shops of Paris, the Netherlands, Bratislava-Slovakia and direct from people selling their goods on the streets of St. Petersberg, Kiev & Barcelona.   In the U.S., my best finds have been in Florida, Arizona, New Mexico, California plus New York is always a place to find something fabulous wandering the flea markets in Manhatten & Brooklyn.   But don't overlook the little towns of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.   They are within driving distance and make for a great road trip!   I fill my vehicle every time I go!
 Q: Do you have any tips for finding vintage scarves, where to go & what do you look for when you are hunting for them? How do you develop an eye for finding the vintage ones?

A: The best condition scarves usually are in estate sales & antique shops.   You can find them in thrift stores but watch for flaws.   Hold the scarf up to the light to see stains, holes, tears & water spots.  Keep your eye out for hand rolled edges, not stitched by machine.   You want to find the labels still intact for authenticity.  Buy 100% silk, cotton or rayon over polyester or blends.  Buy signed designer scarves plus travel scarves as collector items.   
 Q: What are your favorite types of vintage scarves?

A: My favorite scarves have bold designs and interesting, off-beat color combinations.  Vera scarves are some of the best!   The Vera scarves with the small ladybug next to the name are the oldest designs.  
 Q: Do you sell all the vintage scarves you find or do you keep some for yourself?

A: I sell 99% of the scarves I find.   I appreciate & love the colors and designs but tend towards layering & wrapping long scarves year round which allows me to pass on all of my scarves to my customers to enjoy ~
 Q: Do you have a "scarf story"?

A: My latest story involves finding a British Flag scarf from Lord Kitchner's with the original label still attached! Lord Kitchner's was a very popular place to shop on Carnaby St in Chelsea - London in the 60's.   Kings Road & Carnaby St. inspired so many trends of that time.   It would make a fabulous pillow with the label exposed!  It is still for sale in my space in Hopkins Antique Mall for any Anglophile!
 Q: Anything else you'd like to share?

A: I dry clean all my scarves.   Hand washing with a silk laundry soap is the only other method to use though some colors have a tendency to bleed.   When ironing your scarves, based on the fabric content, too high of a temperature can melt a hole in your scarf.  Play it safe and start on a lower setting.
thank you so much Sheila for letting us take a little tour to see all your lovely vintage scarves you have for sale (by the way, all the photos in this post were taken at her 2 locations)
AND also thank you for sharing your experience, wisdom & advice !

Sheila has a beautiful website called VINTAGE WEARS WARES, here are some of the name brands of vintage scarves she has for sale:
Frankie Welch
Perry Ellis
Robinson Golluber
Vera (by the way, here's a great resource: learn how to date your vintage Vera scarves)

be sure to check out Sheila's vintage scarves for sale at these 2 locations:

Hopkins Antique Mall
1008 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343

4414 Excelsior Blvd
St. Louis Park, MN 55416

If you are looking for something special, have out-of-season prop requests or have goods to sell, please contact via email s.leiter@vintagewearswares.com

that ends Scarves Week, thanks so much for stopping by & have a great weekend !

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Wrapping with Scarves

 Day 5 :: Scarves Week

first of all, i want to say a big thank you to all of you who entered the Sew, Mama, Sew!  giveaway and send a happy welcome to all of you who joined me here for the very first time !
the winner of the Sew, Mama, Sew!  giveaway is Rachel who shared this link which is for a neglected man's neck tie sewn around the top of a woman's shirt ~ i'd never seen that before, so unique & such a clever idea !

so many great repurposed project ideas were shared in the comments section, so be sure to check them all out

today's idea for using scarves is wrapping & decorating...

i came across this book, Wrapagami: The Art of Fabric Gift Wraps by Jennifer Playford
here's what's written on the back of the book:
"Requiring only a square piece of fabric and an item to be wrapped, Wrapagami offers a simple, chic, and eco-friendly alternative to paper gift-wrap and bags. Derived from a Japanese wrapping tradition, the twenty-five exquisite wraps in Wrapagami include clear instructions, easy-to-follow diagrams, inspiring photographs of finished wraps, and lots of tips for creative embellishment and use." 
 so for the square piece of fabric, why not use a square scarf ?  it requires no cutting, no tape, & if you make a mistake, just unwrap & start again. also using a scarf to wrap a gift is like 2 presents in one, the recipient can reuse the scarf

more ideas on wrapping gifts with scarves here & here

and for decorating check out this picture frame decorated with a scarf

FYI share photos of your projects made with scarves and/or your scarf collection to the Scarf-O-Rama flickr group

see you tomorrow for day 6 !

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

How to Tie a Scarf

 Day 4 :: Scarves Week

you know what's so wonderful about scarves ?  they are so versatile ~ there are so many different ways to wear a scarf...

how about tying a scarf on your purse/tote/bag strap ?  years ago i had a small square silk scarf (my favorite scarf at the time) that i tied to my purse strap, i was walking down the Champs Elysees in Paris & the next thing i know... it's gone... forever  :(   that's my "scarf story", but hopefully your scarf won't fall off your purse strap like mine did

 i rounded up several links from the internet about how to tie/wear a scarf & thought i'd share them with you:

:: scarf tying guide

:: 37 ways to tie a scarf
 :: 6 ways to tie a scarf

:: figure eight knot
 :: various uses for a scarf

:: another way to wear a scarf, turn a silk scarf into a necklace
see you tomorrow for day 5 !

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Sewing with Scarves

 Day 3 :: Scarves Week

today i bring you some information (some books & links) on where to find ideas for sewing with scarves...

first of all, you've already been introduced to this book: 30 projects for repurposing scarves in Craft Challenge Dozens of Ways to Repurpose Scarves
now be sure to check out: 99 Ways to Cut, Sew, Tie & Rock Your Scarf which has a babydoll top, lantern cover, tank dress, replace t-shirt sleeves with poof scarf sleeves, use scarves to add ruffle cuffs to a sweater, use scarves to make covered buttons, plus so many more ideas...
 The Perfect Handmade Bag: Recycle and Reuse to Make 35 Beautiful Totes, Purses, and More has a vintage silk scarf bag

more project ideas:
:: a couple of home decoration projects (such as curtains & pillows) in Fabric Remix
:: pillow
:: small silk neck scarf to little girl t-shirt tunic
 these diy projects didn't call for scarves, but i think they would be perfect projects to make out of silk scarves:
:: eye mask
:: braided headband
:: jewelry pouches
see you tomorrow for day 4 !