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October 7th, 2013


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04:43 pm - Making It Fresh
I have fifteen minutes before I must plunge back into work. Let's talk about taking what we have and making it fresh. :)

I've been thinking about this because in this month's budget I set aside a goodly chunk of change for a trip to the local cobbler. Two pairs of my favorite cowboy boots are being re-heeled and polished; one pair of dress heels is getting proper half-soles. One of these pairs of boots is at least [squints as does math in head] fourteen years old -- my late mother bought them in the 90s and then passed them on to me. I still wear them with joy. The high heels, too, would be at least eight years old, but will still serve once refurbished.

Last month I took a beautiful silk jacket of mine, a 40s-inspired gem, to the tailor to have the shoulder-pads removed. (My shoulders are quite broad enough, thank you.) It's a very well-made jacket in the first place, so this alteration will make it current enough to pass muster and still save something I've loved for a long while.

I have too many clothes, I know I do. But I will say that I try my best to take care of what I have. I do not discard easily, although I'm getting better at it. I like making it fresh.

What do you treasure? What do you keep making work? (It doesn't have to be clothes. :))

Off to work, and then to hang on until Sleepy Hollow. I take my simple pleasures where I can. ;)

May you have the things you love on hand, may they please you for a long time!

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From:rahirah
Date:October 7th, 2013 09:04 pm (UTC)
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I have just been tasked with getting rid of a large box full of clothes - my mom is cleaning out her closets. Some of them can go to Goodwill, but there are a few things I wish could go to someone who would appreciate them - several vintage outfits from the 50s/60s. One thing I'm going to keep - a black velvet coat. Desperately impractical, not something I can pull off at all, and the lining is wearing out and needs to be replaced, but it's so elegant!
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From:laurawise
Date:October 7th, 2013 09:13 pm (UTC)
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You know, the vintage stuff might be good for a consignment store.

That coat sounds SO gorgeous. You must keep it!! [beams]

Happy Monday, Barb!
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From:paratti
Date:October 7th, 2013 09:37 pm (UTC)
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I need some of my shoes repaired too.

((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:October 7th, 2013 09:50 pm (UTC)
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It's a really good investment to keep good shoes repaired. (But it can be expensive.) [nods]

Happy slide into Tuesday, L, and many hugs!
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From:mamculuna
Date:October 7th, 2013 10:31 pm (UTC)
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Perfect day for this! Just spent time this weekend with furniture-restorer and upholsterer--hoping to revive the vintage rattan furniture at our beach house, replacing well-worn white cushions with various combinations of solid pale green, stripes, and floral. I love making the old new again! Hope your shoes and jacket are as gorgeously renewed as I'm sure they will be!
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From:laurawise
Date:October 8th, 2013 09:50 am (UTC)
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Oh, I love refreshing (refinishing, re-upholstering) furniture! The project with your vintage rattan sounds wonderful. Cheer for that and for you! :)

Happy Tuesday!
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From:mobile_alh
Date:October 8th, 2013 12:45 am (UTC)
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I have a gorgeous silk brocade Obi jacket made for my mother when my father was stationed in Occupied Japan before I was born...so sexy and still needs no repair (although the shoulders are a bit Joan Crawford).

And I managed to find some snippets of matching yarn to repair a gansey pullover she made for me more than 30 years ago...if I could figure out how to post a picture in my reply, I would. Some things are truly timeless.
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From:laurawise
Date:October 8th, 2013 09:51 am (UTC)
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Oh, wonderful items, and wonderful of you to treasure them so. That's fabulous, ALH. :)

[hugs] Happy Tuesday!
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From:janus_74
Date:October 8th, 2013 01:01 am (UTC)
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Your boots and jacket sound lovely :)
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From:laurawise
Date:October 8th, 2013 09:52 am (UTC)
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The boots are proper workhorses which get a lot of wear. :) And the jacket makes me feel like Rosalind Russell. :)

Hugs and cheers for your Tuesday, T!
From:gwynnega
Date:October 8th, 2013 02:27 am (UTC)
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I've lost track of how many times I've had my flowered 80s boots repaired. They're impossible to replace, and so comfortable. :-)

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:October 8th, 2013 09:53 am (UTC)
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Those boots sound perfect, and perfectly you. :) Hurrah for keeping such great things in your life!

[hugs] Happy Tuesday!
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:October 8th, 2013 07:38 pm (UTC)
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I'm sure I have boots older than yours.
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From:laurawise
Date:October 8th, 2013 10:15 pm (UTC)
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I wouldn't be surprised! Because it's cool to treasure well-made things, and so I would expect it of you. :)

Cheers and a great middle of the week!
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From:heron_pose
Date:October 8th, 2013 08:56 pm (UTC)
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Freshness is well-needed just now. I'm so overwhelmed with work and my stupid tendonitis that I can't really face it, although I did just buy two new bras out of desperation.

so there's that. :-)

::HUGS::
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From:laurawise
Date:October 8th, 2013 10:15 pm (UTC)
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Oh H_P, I am sending (sadly virtual) freshness in your direction! [waves good things toward you]

Hugs hugs and sympathy for work woes.
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From:stateless82
Date:October 10th, 2013 02:28 am (UTC)
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I was thinking about this at lunch (I know it was at lunch but I have no idea what day), something about the difference between old converse sneakers and new ones and it seemed for a minute like I was going to have a Thought.

But I didn't.

I'm currently disassembling throw pillows so I can wash the cases and freshen the stuffing.
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From:laurawise
Date:October 10th, 2013 12:50 pm (UTC)
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I replaced old white Converse sneakers -- and there IS a difference between the old and the new. Thinner sole, I think. :(

Cheers for disassembly and reassembly! Cheers for you! [hugs]
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From:claudia_yvr
Date:October 10th, 2013 09:29 pm (UTC)
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I'm impressed at the mileage you're getting out of your footwear!

It's like me and kitchen gear, actually. I have lots of items that date back from the 90s but are still in pristine shape, including an orange microwave, Bamix immersion blender (sadly, a staid white as they weren't available in colours back then) and yellow Umbra dishrack :-)
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From:laurawise
Date:October 10th, 2013 09:45 pm (UTC)
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If the items are in good shape, that's awesome! And the colors just make it better. :))

Hugs and an awesome Thursday!


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