Friday, August 27, 2010

Canning Peaches

SO back in September 2008 I made a Honey Do List with a list of crafts I'd like to learn. Well i am proud to say today I knocked another one off my list! CANNING !!!
boiling to get the skins off
It was actually not as hard as I thought it would be. I was having nightmares of the lids not sealing and having a horrible death caused by botulism....
Chopped peaches for preserves
But it wasn't so! Each "PING" of the lids sealing made us all so excited. It was pretty funny. Throughout the day we would cheer after each " Ping"... The sign of success !
They look so pretty
We made Peach Jam, Canned peaches and Peach Salsa from Putting Up MMMMM MMMM I think that was everyones favorite!
mango salsa

What do you enjoy canning? I cant wait to make blackberry Strawberry jam!! Might have to take a little road trip up to the west coast and pick wild berries!!!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Making a House a Home

Here is the start of my living room. Its pretty much the only semi finished room in the new place. I am in LOVE with my lamps, couch, and cowhide rug.... There is a lot that needs to be done and I need to do a lot more thrifting to find some gems... My one lampshade on the hutch came all the way from Michigan in the overhead compartment of the plane !!! hahaha! I need to hang pictures, get my craft room organized... get a bedspread... the list goes ON AND ON!!! I have been really inspired by Welcome to Deluxville's blog and hope one day my house could be 1/10 as cute as hers!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

How to fix a weak set....

I hot sticked my hair this morning really quickly without adding any product... so by 4 it was looking pretty drab... So I pinned it up... I sort of love it... I hate the way my hair looks up normally but I think I like these curls all pinned up on top. I look like a PUTA in these pictures. Like I'm ready to throw down. Thats what happens when my curls fall out... WHITE HOT RAGE.... hahaha I'm kidding.

unmanicured updo

unmanicured updo

Other then that my boyfriend is leaving Afghanistan on tuesday and should be back in california around the 15th.... Ummm can we just say I am going to maul him like a rabid dog once I see him... :) SO EXCITED!!!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

More Cocktail Hats

These are some new things to The Shop... but not necessarily to Not Quite Vintage. I made these for all of my holiday shows. They are fun and look super cute in your hair!!

The marigold and the aqua are my favorite.

SO fancy and fun!!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Leopard Cocktail Hat at Not Quite Vintage

So I am excited to announce that I will be adding some new lovely things to the shop!!! Its been awhile since I have adding anything new to my Etsy but I have been making a bunch of new things for the past 6 months. ( Shame on me ... I know) I have started making more things that reflect my personal style. I have also made a few custom bridal pieces for some girls on Etsy... SO fun!!! I love working with birdcage veiling. I think Not Quite Vintage might have a bridal section for spring... but we shall see.

The newest thing in my shop is the Leopard Cocktail Hat

etsy.... stuff

etsy.... stuff

Then i had the lovely Solanah from Vixen Vintage model some pics of it.

Shes so cute! I love her blog and her style!!! So glad she was willing to model me pieces!

If you are interested in the hat you can check it Here

I am constantly looking for new inspiration so any suggestions on what else I should create would be great!!!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Lazy Days In The Desert

So my parents and brother love to go to the desert and camp and ride atv's and motorcycles... So do my neighbors...Me...mmmm not so much. But I go because its actually pretty fun to just hang out around camp and Gustus loves the desert because he gets to run FREE!! I don't really love riding around but I will putts around a little bit on our razor. Its sort of... uumm white trash... Like ... " desert people" and its sort of weird to think that 3-4 hours away people can be so different. my mom says I need to stop being a judger... but come on... Everyone hates a bro-ho... I know I do! I did manage to take some amazing photos... The sky is so different at the Desert.

Ocatilla Wells New Years

Gustis is my best model. He loves posing for the camera!!!

Ocatilla Wells New Years

Ocatilla Wells New Years

UUUUMMMM I think burning your tree like this might be borderline white trash but it was fun.... Thing burned up in like 2 minutes!

Ocatilla Wells New Years

Ocatilla Wells New Years

Ocatilla Wells New Years

Glamis January 2010

Glamis January 2010

Everything is nice and peaceful then we went to the drag races... and then I was blown away... these things were INTENSE!!!

Glamis January 2010

Glamis January 2010

I wanted to ride in one!!! They were so fast... I like speed as long as I am enclosed in something hahaha. I'll leave the dirt bikes for the boys.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Roller Derby Saved My Soul

Marilyn Monrollher ROLLER DERBY

So in September I set my mind to joining roller derby. My mother BEGGED me not to. Of course for valid reasons. She thought i was going to get hurt.... break my arm, wrist, leg etc etc... Since I am a hairdresser... losing function of any of these limbs wouldn't be the best for business. I didn't listen like most children and went for it... Honestly... I think its the best thing I've ever done for myself. I LOVE IT!!! Totally 100% obsessed with it. You feel sooo.... alive. Hitting and skating with other people gives you such a good feeling. Probably because I am an aggressive person hahahaahah! The sport actually became really popular back in the 1930s-40's then took off again in the 70's. If you dont know anything about it you should either watch Whip It or this You Tube Video. I skate for a new league in Orange County called South Coast Roller Derby!!! So fun. Anyone who is thinking about it should DO IT!!! It a full contact sport and pretty intense ( I've had some MAJOR bruises) but its also a kitschy event. We all wear cheesey uniforms and have our alter ego derby names... Mine is Marilyn Monrollher hahahaah I think it fits perfectly. Favorite part in roller derby??? KNOCKING people on their butts... HAHAHAHAHA I am really good at it too!

We had our team photo shoot last month and it was super fun! this picture was taken by our photographer Pepper Cherry check her website she takes some amazing family photos but also MY favorite boudoir, glam, & Pin up!!! If you live in the area you should totally get some pictures done by her! She's super nice and makes you feel comfortable posing.... Especially since we took these pictures down at the Dana Point harbor and there was constantly people walking by... one dumb lady was like " HHHEEEYYY U LOOK LIKE LADY GA GA..." Fucking lady ga ga??? I don't look like an alien! my friend started laughing so hard because it was so obvious the lady had no clue about what we were about... and it wasn't trying to look like Lady ga ga.... I should have hip checked her into the damn ocean! hahahah anyways isnt my picture lovely??? She photo shopped me!!! Now I understand how magazine covers are made.... lots of photoshopping!

here are some pics I took with my camera of me and my teammates



this picture is my favorite... This girl is sooo cute. She literally is 4' 10"... Shes wearing her skates in this picture and I'm wearing flat shoes.... She doesn't have a derby name yet but I think she needs to be " Tumbleina"


What would your derby name be?

Monday, February 01, 2010

Vintage Manicure


SOOOOOO I've been lurking on The Fedora Lounge and came across this vintage manicure thread.... its for sure a personal preference and my poor nail gal wanted to kill me! She kept on saying... " Let me see that picture again!" Then I told her i want them "ALMOND SHAPED" and shes like " OH noooooo thats too old fashion...." lady.. fucking look at me... does it look like im going for the mainstream trendy look??? UM NO! My hair is curled into an " old fashion hair-do" my make up is vintage inspired and my clothes look like I was sent in a time machine... round these puppies OUT! Dita Von Dess has perfect manicure... She is just so lovely in general..

I like them... I mean up close you are like... these are sort of weird... but while my fingers are at work they look delicate and nice! Next time I will get them not so WHITE on the moons... maybe a more natural look... This was my ladies first time so I had to give it to her... She did a pretty good job.

1940 manicure

and since my dog thinks that the world revolves around him he had to get in on the photoshoot!!! But since hes so cute I used him as a prop!

1940's Manicure

What a sweet pup!!! So what do you think of my daggers? So far my mom and my friend hate them.... but the girls at work love them... so they say... They say.... SO YOU... hahahahah

Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Real Me

hahaah this was a lot harder to do then I thought. So many of my pictures are me perfectly done up. I hardly take pictures when I'm not wearing make up... I guess the real me is wearing make up... I always wear red lips... I guess this picture best shows me... This was after a fulls day work at the salon. hair not so perfect, lipstick needs touching up and tired eyes.... hahahahah me myself doesn't show so much the real me... but the background of that picture.... MY MESSY ROOM! More often then not my room is a mess. Its actually is a constant battle... I have figured I have more clothes then I do hangers. More craft supplies then I have storage for... Is this a case of hoarding? Quite possibly... but I need more SPACE!!! Probably need to stop buying stuff as well... eeeehhhh... Story of my life... There isn't enough hours in a day...

Thanks to Kat at The Vintage Housewife for making me do this!!! Check out her "Real Me" Shes so cute!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Weather Wear: what I wore


If any of you live in Southern California you will know that a) our weather is hardly "harsh" and 2) People apparently forget how to drive when it rains... COME ON PEOPLE F-ING DRIVE... ITS WATER... falling from the sky...

Well since California is right back to its perfect weather I guess its a little late to post this but I am going to anyways because its a rare occasion that I need to wear a coat and scarf... especially to work and all day... My grandma knit me this hooded scarf last year and I love it so much! It kept my curls dry in the horrible storm! My coat was sssoo cozy! I love being snuggled up when it's chilly!


I also wore some black socks and my new Seychelles, Spellbound they turned out to be a great rainy day shoe!

I normally never wear socks with shoes like this but I've been inspired by some pictures I've seen online and thought it looked cute to a rainy day! Beats UGG boots!!! What do you think?

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Hot Sticks Set

GEE!!! The weather has been horrible these past few days. I am surprised I haven't floated away! Trees are falling all over town. power is going out. TORNADO WARNINGS in Orange County... SCARY! So with that being said I have spent A LOT of time at home. I've been lurking on the Fedora Lounge reading all of the threads... Boy do I have a lot to learn.... Some of these ladies have so much vintage knowledge its incredible. I ran across the talk about these Hot sticks and had to have them!

I normally set my hair in sponge rollers (not so comfortable) or I do a curling iron pin curl set So I was excited to try something different. First set was HORRIBLE! I used EVERY curler so my hair was a poofy mess... NO brushing could save that rats nest! So this is pictures of my second set...


It was super windy... The storm was coming!

Here is my outfit pic... I am wearing nude fishnets but you cant tell... and my heels are sinking in the water logged grass!


and my leopard pillbox hat

wind + curly hair are not friends!


I also was watched a fabulous youtube video by Fleur about Faux 40's Bangs I'm going to go to Sallys and buy a rat to try it out. Im sure it will look bizarre on me though...

As far as my hot sticks set I think it was pretty swell for a second go! Next time I will add some setting lotion or mousse. What do you think?

Monday, January 18, 2010

Colette Pattern- Sencha

So I just ordered a few LOVELY patterns from Colette Patterns and I couldn't wait to get started! Normally I do a little trial run using cheap fabric to make sure things will all work out. I bought some of this black polka dottie stuff at Joanns for $2/yard just to be safe. As far as the results I guess I am "eeehh" about them. I feel like it looks like a 1960's pregnancy shirt. It doesn't hang right and is quite short. I think this has a lot to do with the fabric I used. The ones on the model is made out of a light silky material and I think thats what I'll have to do....

Truly though the buttons are what SOLD ME!! I love buttons. Especially ones down the back... they make me swoon... I think I am going to try to re-work the neckline. maybe try a lower cut neckline bring it out a little boat neckish... though I have no clue how to do that... eeehhh. Even if it had a neckline like the Rooibos does:

But for a test run I feel like it went pretty well. I really want wait to make the Ceylon cutest dress EVER!

colette front

OMg and my hair is a HOT MESS! Its been raining like no ones business ALL DAY... like SCARY rain...

mmmm momma like me some elbow rolls!


Gustus wants to know what the hell I am doing

colette shirt back


I will for sure make this pattern again but for sure in different type of fabric. Either lightweight cotton possibly seersucker or some silky material of some sort. there really is great detail with all the tucks and stuff and with black you really cant even tell... SO who knows... What do you think?