The Friday Post: 9

Hellooooo! This is a busy weekend here in Austin. I’m going to do ACL weekend without ACL this year…meaning I’m going to try to go to all the post-ACL parties and shows I can find. Then recover, maybe even watch some football, and squeeze in some work.

A couple quick announcements:

1. Hey! You can now find Rally Made at the lovely Westlake store, Sanctuary. My goods will be alongside some really fantastic local and national designers, and am excited for my first store presence. Thanks Sanctuary!

2. You will also find me at Renegade Holiday Show, Nov. 24th-25th. Renegade is an amazing national event, so I am stoked to get to be a part of it.

And now, the good part.

  • The 50 best movies of the 90s. Definitely added some to Netflix queue.
  • The next PBS Digital Studios remix….Julia Childs. (My favorite is still Mr. Rogers.)
  • Mesmerizing.
  • Have you seen Jiro Dreams of Sushi? Well, apparently, eating at Jiro’s restaurant will cost you $380 and it will only last 19 minutes, roughly costing $20/minute. Still, customers say it’s worth it.
  • Ira Glass was on Reddit’s Ask Me Anything, and he was as wonderful as you would expect Ira Glass to be. Careful, you can lose track of time reading it.
  • October 20th is International Sloth Day. Prepare to celebrate the animal you love and don’t know why with this video. (Annnddd I just went down a sloth blackhole.)
  • Felix Baumgartner is jumping from 120,000 feet, from a stratospheric balloon, in an attempt to break the speed of sound in free fall. This has already been postponed twice, so here’s hoping it actually happens Sunday!

All you ACLers….stay hydrated and have fun! Everyone else have a fantastic weekend too!

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I like old stuff: Round Top

In case you can’t tell, I have an affinity for old things, stuff with a history beyond factory to store (which is also why I love handmade). It’s also a testament to the maker if an object can carry on through generations, only getting better with time. Twice a year, I get to relish in my love of old–to the point of exhaustion–during what has become known to some as Round Top (the town that started it) or Antique Week, It’s during this time that a tiny stretch of highway in the middle of nowhere turns into an overflowing festival of antiques, unique finds, and junky treasures. If you’ve never gone, just imagine miles and miles of tents full of stuff.

My momma and I make the trip out there at least once a year, either for the big shows in the fall or spring, or the smaller, shorter ones in winter and summer. We have a system down, where to go and not go, where to eat lunch, and where to get coffee. I’ve found a lot of my fabrics there, as well as an old glass wine jug (now used as a lamp base), a giant pyrex container I turned into a side table, countless trinkets, and an amazing mysterious cabinet that no one seems to know what it was used for.

This year I returned with fabric more than anything else, and boy, did I! I’m excited to turn these puppies into usable things.

Clockwise, from top left: Lovera cigar box of my own, Colored twine for bargain price, 70s tablecloth, Lovely patterned tablecloth, Scarves dug up from a bargain bin, 3 lovely feedsacks waiting to become tote bags.

 

Another one of my favorite finds is that Lovera cigar box (previously here and here) for only $2. I’m pretty head over heels for that design.

There was also plenty admire that I did not buy. Like these ammazzinggg swimsuits (bad picture, but I love them so!):

Cushy velvet ribbons that I couldn’t find a way to use:

And books! Books books books.

Round Top is always worth the trip, even if you come home empty-handed (though, I think it would be harder to not buy anything than find something to buy). The next show is the smaller winter one, held January 18th and 19th. Mark your calendars.

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The Friday Post: 8

I am off to Round Top/Warrenton today and I am SO EXCITED. For the unacquainted, Round Top is this tiny town about 90 minutes from Austin that holds a week long antiques fair twice a year, plus some shorter ones throughout the year. My mom and I first went together maybe two? years ago and I’ve been in love ever since. Miles and miles of just old stuff to pick through and admire. I love it so much I’m even considering making a second trip down on Saturday…if I have the energy.

I love it as much as Bill Cosby loves jello.

(CHECKOUT THAT SEGUE)

You know what else Bill Cosby loves? Links. Right?

Have a lovely super weekend e’erybody!

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The iPad Case

Hi friends! I just wanted to take a moment and share this iPad case I recently completed for my sister-in-law’s mother (is she my mother-in-law? I don’t really know).

This fabric is one of my favorites and is basically an old tablecloth with a great pattern. I’ve used it to line a few things (like this case and this tote bag), so this is the first time I’ve taken it out and let it shine as the centerpiece of what I’m making. It does pretty well, I think and reminded me why I love this pattern so much. I don’t really know what I’m going to do when it runs out. Probably cry a little. Just kidding. Maybe.

But really, I think that using vintage and upcycled fabrics makes every piece special and limited edition, and even when I get a little sad that there is no more to use, it also forces me to really think about how I’m using said fabric.

The closure is pretty simple and functional, just a velcro flap with a little bit of extra flair. I threw in a pocket on the inside for whatever secret thing she may need to stow away (an idea that stemmed from a friend’s suggestion…thanks Hannah!).

I enjoyed working on this guy and am so thankful that a. Mary Ann thought of me for this and b. Asked me to make something I haven’t done yet. I love custom requests for all the new challenges they bring.

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The Friday Post: 7

Another week, another Friday post. I have the weekend off in terms of selling, which means I can go out and enjoy my Friday night (sweet mamma jamma!). Let’s keep this part short and sweet, shall we?

 

And now, some links for your rainy weekend.

  • The best idea for cologne I’ve ever seen.
  • Hey! Princess Bride, one of the best quotable movies of all time, turned 25 this week.
  • I had a battle with the spiders that took over my porch this week, one that kind of terrified me. (And I thought spiders didnt scare me!). So my friend sends me this.
  • Great parents or terrible? I can’t decide. (Breaking Bad reference ahead.)
  • An amazing collection of clouds.
  • Symmetrical faces, and an app.
  • Eat your heart out, Maru. (If you don’t know Maru…here.)
  • New tunes for a kid’s toy turntable.

As always, have a wonderful weekend y’all!

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The Friday Post: 6

Oh hey, blog. Nice to see you again! Between Austin Flea last weekend and Son of a Sailor‘s new collection launch, I’ve been a pretty busy gal. BUT! I missed last week’s Friday Post, and since I knowwww you all anxiously await them, I will do an extra-long Friday Post for your weekend enjoyment.

Tomorrow morning I will be at Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse slinging my goods while you guys get some brunch. Come say hi!

And now, a very special gif from a friend. And some links.

 

  • Shattered flowers.
  • The New Yorker got banned from Facebook over a cartoon. They respond.
  • At first, I thought these were actual product shots. But they aren’t, Miss Moss is just that good.
  • So it’s a pricey lightbulb, but  THINK OF THE POSSIBILITIES.
  • I have thought about a tattoo for a long time, but have mostly resigned myself to the idea that I can’t commit to something permanent on my body…for now. Regardless, I love tattoos and their stories, and this blog does an amazing job of sharing that.
  • How-to dye with onion skins from Maura Ambrose. (PS In case you forgot…learn more about natural dyes and other awesomeness right here.)
  • Real? I hope so.
  • A little something to make you smile.
  • A new way to look at waves.
  • Video of the Endeavour flying over Austin.
  • The Zippo as talisman during Vietnam.
  • Aaron Paul is winning me over, and not just with his acting skills. This.

Have a super weekend e’erbody!

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Thanks y’all!

Whew! Last week was a lot of sewing and stressing, but hey! I have my first fair under my belt, which is a pretty super feeling. I want to give a big thank you to every single one of you that stopped by and said hi. Just seeing your faces made my day. A special thanks goes to the boyfriend for bringing me food and to Anna, hype-girl extraordinaire, who helped me man the booth.

 

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