I mentioned last week that I was getting ready to switch my blog over to WordPress.org and a new hosting service. This will give me more control over the appearance and operation of my blog, and it will also pave the way for offering sponsorships. However, I didn’t realize at the time that it requires an initial investment of money to start the hosting service, which I don’t really have right now. So I decided to have a handknit hosting fundraiser to raise money.
All these items are handknit by me, and I’ve linked to the original posts about each item when available. If you’re interested in purchasing one of these items, send me an e-mail using the contact link in the sidebar, or by leaving a comment, and I can send you a PayPal invoice. All of these items are one of a kind, and I am selling them on a first come, first serve basis. US shipping is included in the price. If you are outside of the US and would like to buy something, just let me know and I’ll look up the shipping cost and adjust the price.
Thank you so much for all your love and support! I think I have some of the most awesome readers.
This beautiful scarf is completely one of a kind. I spun the yarn myself on a drop spindle, and then knit it up in a one-by-one ribbed pattern, making it look the same on both sides. The yarn is a soft merino with lots of color and character. Due to the nature of handspun, some sections of the scarf are thicker, while others are thinner. It is 57″ long and an average of 4″ wide (some sections are a bit wider, while others are a bit thinner, again due to the nature of the yarn). You can see the original post about this scarf here (I’m so glad I smile in pictures now). And here’s a post about the yarn. I’m asking $50 for this scarf.
Next we have the Crochet Squared Messenger Bag. This is an original pattern of mine, and the purse it totally unique. The yarns are a wool/acrylic blend, a cotton/wool blend and a little that is 100% wool. The inside of the bag is lined with some olive cotton fabric, and the strap is reinforced with fabric too. It can hold quite a lot, and it’s very sturdy. The body is 11″ wide, 12″ tall and 2″ deep. The strap is 2.5″ wide and 42″ long. I’m asking $50 for this. You can see the original post here.
(SOLD) This scarf is knit with 100% superwash merino (though I recommend hand-washing all knits). It’s soft and cozy, and can work nicely on its own or layered under another scarf for extra warmth. I’m asking $20 for this. The original post is here. (SOLD)
If I can sell all of these, it will completely cover the cost of hosting for a year, as well as help cover some other costs. If you’re interested in any of these, please let me know as soon as possible, because they will be sold first come first serve.
I had never heard of this brand before, but then I saw this shoe featured in BUST’s December issue and had to learn more. Turns out Swedish Hasbeens is a pretty amazing company. They make amazing and colorful leather shoes, bags and belts based on seventies designs. Everything is made using materials and processes that are good for the environment and for the people making them. The price tag is a bit high, but no so bad considering the amazing quality and workmanship. They’ve got quite a few stores in the US, which might persuade me take the three hour drive to West Palm Beach. Their website also ships internationally.
This is a list of Wardrobe Gaps I will be focusing on during the Great Shopping Plan of 2010. I don’t necessarily expect to purchase all of these items, but they will be what I’ll be focusing on purchasing. I’m not limiting myself to only buying from this list, because I want to leave room for spontaneity and serendipity when I shop.
- Dark wash denim boot-cut or straight leg jeans –hemmed for flats
- Dark wash denim boot-cut or straight leg jeans – hemmed for mid-height heels
- Black skinny or straight leg jeans
- Fitted Trousers (charcoal grey)
- Short summer shorts
- Corduroy trousers
- Cotton twill Capri
- Colorful pencil skirt
- Casual jersey skirt
- Silk blouse
- Soft flannel button-down
- Long-sleeve scoop-neck and v-neck layering tee(s) (long enough to tuck in)
- Short sleeve work blouse
- ¾ sleeve work blouse
- Silk layering camisole(s)
- Long sleeve work blouse
- Cropped cashmere cardigan
- Wool Coat
- Fitted Blazer
- Structured Jacket
- Leather jacket
- Solid color shift dress
- ¾ sleeve shirt dress
- Wrap Dress
- Sweater dress
- Casual jersey dress, knee length
- Summer tunic (cover-up)
- Cute Swimsuit
- Silk full slip(s)
- Flat knee high boots
- Frye 8Rs
- Green or purple shoes
- Swedish Hasbeens
- Silver or white sandals
- Floppy sun hat
- Sweater tights
- Nude micro-fishnets
- Colorful cropped cotton leggings
- Wool Cloche
- Jersey Circle Scarf (in grey, cream or light blue)
- Leather purse (Tan, cream or eggplant)
- Waist cinching belt
- Dressy clutch
- Colorful leather gloves
- Dangling Earrings with stones
- Stone pendant necklace
- Silver watch
- Cuff Bracelet
- Stone ring
(my closet back in May)
After I wrapped up my five month shopping ban at the end of last year, I decided to take a break from any kind of ban during the month of January. I knew that I wanted to have some kind of structure to my shopping in the new year, but I wasn’t exactly sure what. I’ve been thinking a lot about how I want to shop, what types of stores I want to support, and how much I need to be budgeting. I’d like to create a plan that is sustainable – that I can stick to long term. I know I need flexibility, because I hate being constrained and tend to rebel.
I had a couple of different ideas rolling around my head for a new shopping plan in 2010. The first was choosing two big investment pieces a month, and buying nothing else. But that kills the spontaneity and serendipity that can come from shopping, and I knew that I would be miserable.
My next plan involved restricting where I can shop, and creating a list of 22 items that were the only things I’d be allowed to buy (two for each month remaining). Again, I decided this would be too restrictive.
Eventually, I came up with a plan that gives me room to breathe, but still keeps me focused and (hopefully) on budget. It fits in with how I want my shopping to be. Here’s how I describe it:
Explore local boutiques. Find new consignment stores. Re-learn how to thrift. Get hand-made items custom made for you. Discover vintage clothes that actually fit you. Don’t buy something if you don’t love it.
- $125 a month (will go up to $200 if I get a permanent full-time job) for clothes, shoes and accessories. Stick to this number!!!
- Shop primarily from wardrobe gaps list. If I find something outside of this list that I want, then I need to make sure it’s something I truly love and actually need.
- Shop at local stores, hand-made or second-hand (thrift, vintage, Ebay) primarily.
- Gift money and store credit can be spent anywhere, on anything.
I’m calling this a Shopping Plan rather than a Shopping Ban because I’m not really banning any particular kind of store. I decided not to completely ban non-secondhand and handmade stores like I did last time, mostly because I only really want to shop at a couple of them, and they are stores that I feel good supporting (Anthropologie, Boden, online retailers like Sock Dreams). The majority of my shopping will be supporting local second-hand stores and boutiques, as well as hand-made items from Etsy and second-hand items from Ebay. I really want to explore the local shopping that my city has to offer. I’m quite frankly sick of the mall, and most of the time I try to shop there I feel miserable. Shopping at smaller local stores means that I’m supporting my local economy and finding interesting and unique items that no one else will be wearing.
I’ve also written up a list of 50 items that represent wardrobe gaps I’d like to fill. Because this list is a bit long, I’ll be posting it as a separate post later today. I want to have more focus when I shop, so that I’m concentrating on things I really need, but I decided not to limit myself to only items on this list because I want to leave room for the unexpected, for items that I might not have thought of, for garments that I fall absolutely in love with.
I’ll be constantly evaluating and re-evaluating this plan to see if it works for me. It may be a little too flexible, but for now, I feel that this will work best for me.
- Andrea at A Cat of Impossible Color gives a wonderful primer for those looking to learn how to thrift (part 2 is here, part 3 is here, part 4 is here, and part 5 should be posted soon)
- Still want even more thrifting advice? Check out this guest post on You Look Fab.
- I can never get enough of seeing others wearing Fluevogs. Like Elsita at The Hidden Seed with her wine Malibrans.
- I also love posts about being happy. Gala Darling let us know about 50 Ways to Put The Light Back in Your Heart. My favorite suggestions are playing dress up and go swinging on a swing set.
- The Glamorous Grad Student has some fantastic suggestions for getting your closet organized - I like the idea of hanging up your tights so you can see them all at once.
- Color Me Katie shows the beautiful whimsy that happens when you draw colorful chalk footprints in New York.
- I love Kasmira’s (What I Wore Today) take on how to mix patterns. It’s simple and to-the-point.
- Eyeliah at Style Symmetry offers some tips on How to Choose Items at a Clothing Swap Party.
Drapey fabrics and windy days don’t really make the best combination. But I still love how this outfit came together, despite it not being very functional in this weather. I got this skirt months ago during my shopping ban, but somehow this is the first time I’ve worn it out. I has such a sweet polka dot print, and despite how it may look in the photo, it has a very flattering a-line drape.
I actually started out this day with bare legs, but I brought a pair of tights to work in case I started to feel cold. With a heavily air-conditioned office, I ended up needing them. And I felt kind of awkward with bare legs. After wearing tights for so long, it feels strange to have bare legs. I’m thinking about getting a pair of nude micro-fishnets, like these from J Crew (which technically aren’t micro), to make the spring transition to bare legs a little smoother.
Quote: The Littlest Owl, by Caroline Pitcher and Tina Macnaughton
This little bridge over a spring in a parl, and I’ve always wanted to take pictures here. It’s one of my favorite places to go to relax. Maybe it’s the Pisces in me, but I adore the sound of rushing water. This little spring flowing into the river has a tiny little waterfall right under the bridge. I love coming here in the summer and dipping my feet in the cold water.
I absolutely love this outfit. I wanted fabrics that were soft, drapey and just warm enough for the odd weather we’ve had in Florida lately (we went from temps in the 30s to temps in the 70s, and by the time this is posted it will be back in the 50s). I bought this cardigan with my Christmas gift card to Fossil, and I love it. It’s insanely versatile, and I love the strong, vibrant color.
After cropping my skinny jeans, I knew that I would have to pair them with ballet flats for a classic Audrey look.
This gorgeous vintage purse is one of my latest Etsy purchases. I’m finding myself strongly drawn to yellow lately. It’s such a fun, cheery color.
I love how these photos turned out. I definitely need to go down to the park more often.
Quote: The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams
I just finished a major update of my blog roll. It seems that somehow I missed adding several blogs that I’ve actually been reading for months! Now they’re happily on my blog roll. My apologies to Blue Collar Catwalk, Fashionably Free to Be Me, Low Fat Dressing, Qin at the Disco, The Closet of Kim, The Eyeline, and Wendy Brandes Jewelry for not having you up on my blogroll already.
I added a lot of new to me blogs too, which I’ve just started reading in the past month or so. Welcome Calivintage, Delightfully Tacky, Iva Messy, Jen Loves Kev, Kansas Couture, Musing Around, Selective Potential, and Smaggle Style!
If you don’t already read them, go check out these fantastic blogs!
Aqua is most certainly one of my favorite colors! I love how vibrant and springy it is, and I think that it is fantastic for pretty much all seasons. As I was going through some of my Etsy favorites recently, I realized that I had quite a few gorgeous aqua items in their, so I’ve gathered them all into a set here.