October 7th, 2013
|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!
|Date:||October 7th, 2013 09:04 pm (UTC)|| |
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!
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!
|Date:||October 7th, 2013 09:37 pm (UTC)|| |
I need some of my shoes repaired too.
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!
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!
Oh, I love refreshing (refinishing, re-upholstering) furniture! The project with your vintage rattan sounds wonderful. Cheer for that and for you! :)
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.
Oh, wonderful items, and wonderful of you to treasure them so. That's fabulous, ALH. :)
[hugs] Happy Tuesday!
Your boots and jacket sound lovely :)
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!
I've lost track of how many times I've had my flowered 80s boots repaired. They're impossible to replace, and so comfortable. :-)
Those boots sound perfect, and perfectly you. :) Hurrah for keeping such great things in your life!
[hugs] Happy Tuesday!
I'm sure I have boots older than yours.
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!
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. :-)
Oh H_P, I am sending (sadly virtual) freshness in your direction! [waves good things toward you]
Hugs hugs and sympathy for work woes.
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.
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]
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 :-)
If the items are in good shape, that's awesome! And the colors just make it better. :))
Hugs and an awesome Thursday!