New Listings In My Etsy Store!

It’s time for a girl who wants a summer vacation to sell some goods, so I have been thrifting and also weighing my own hoard  I mean, collections, for things that you want and need. Or just want. Which can be a need.

First, a stunning 1940s bracelet and earring set that I have had for *years* and worn exactly once. It needs a home where dangerous jewelry is collected, loved, and kept away from dogs and kids. My love for its beauty is never-ending, but it wants to live, live, live!

Below that, an astonishing normal–sized pair of 1940s suede heels. They are a vintage 9.5, which means they will fit your perfectly 8.5-9 feet. Perhaps you cannot appreciate the sadness with which we big-footed women approach vintage shoes, but they are all little tiny size 6 AAA and such. Why were vintage people smaller? I always say poor diet, but I am likely wrong. Big footed girls were shipped to the nunnery with boots to fit all feet, I guess. These are very, very special, let me tell you.

Next, a New-In-Box pair of Schiarapelli stockings in Black Nightingale, size 9.5. No, I don’t know how stocking sizes translate, sadly. These are nylon, and the black is a soft, soft darkness with strong purple tones. You might want to try wearing them with those shoes up there, seriously.

Oh, and then patterns. I wandered into a little thrift store so packed with shit one could hardly figure out where to look while in Taos, NM, last week. The proprietor was the dirtiest stoner I ever saw that owned a junk shop, and he had just a few sewing patterns lying about. I collected them, and then a piece of fabric (Dutch Wax, so exciting) and a top (New Romantics!). He said he had LOTS of old patterns at home and if I’d come back he’d bring them in. I happily agreed and he said he’d throw the ones I’d gotten in for free. Alas, I went back not one but two more times and the third time I was greeted by the other dirtiest stoner I’ve ever met who owned a junk store who said Stoner 1 wasn’t in. Oh well, one of those patterns is worth up to $75 so I guess it worked out.

Butterick 5955 late 60s or early 70s Jean Muir pattern is an Austin Powers costume prize, am I right? If you want to make your own vintage-look wardrobe, collect patterns or are a costumer, this one is iconic and extremely fun. Cheap, too!

Folkwear 108 Black Forest Smock, original from the 70s. Uncut, these patterns are very collectible and lucky for you I already have one, so this one can be passed on. McCalls is rumored to have finally bought Folkwear out, so this one is from a time when an optimistic independent pattern designer changed the game for costumers and home stitchers alike.

Vogue 2716 Badgley Mischka fishtail formal dress–given to me by an acquaintance having a yard sale (I accept gifts, you know, always). An uncut, out-of-print pattern that is timelessly flattering and graceful.

The total score from the Stoner, Vogue 2597 Givenchy Paris Designer Original. This baby is worth some cabbage, being uncut and designer and all. Now, before you feel sorry for the Stoner, I went by his shop three times in three days prepared to make him an offer of at least $50 for his box of patterns without sorting them first, and he squandered his opportunity. You smoke, you lose. At least if you are trying to remember where that box of old patterns is.

Finally, Vogue’s Basic Design 2412, uncut, a groovy 70s coat with an outstanding collar design you know you need in your life. You NEED it. Trust me.

Shopping Saturday: Pursenality

Shopping Saturday 05 21 2016

Once upon a time, Artful Blasphemy had a little purse-making business called Purse Your Lips, and hawked said wares at the local craft market and other festival-type venues until such time as another crafter decided to devalue her labor and sell similar (less well-made, naturally) bags for half the price. Artful Blasphemy happily exited the standing-outside-being-friendly gigs forever, and if I never make another purse, it will be too soon.

Thus, this Shopping Saturday, we seek a summer bag.

This, (upper left corner) for evenings or even with jeans and vintage cowboy boots would do well–found at Heidi Abra which is where my fabulous, gigantic bag hails from–although rather than paying $895 for it, I picked it up second hand for $45. The Thrift Gods were on my side that day.

Also from Heidi Abra, third from the left, is this leather, Art Nouveau bag–smaller, but very high class bohemian. I want.

Second from the left is a beautifully printed messenger bag from Baba Studios, which used to be on Etsy but has left for a stand-alone platform (I was SO relieved to find them, I have one bag of theirs that is exquisite). Two more of their bags are shown on the upper right corner (do visit that one, it is a print of bats, I shit you not) and bottom left corner.

Let us not forget the beauty of vintage bags, either. Fourth from the left top row is a charming little red bag from Etsy seller EastBaseline. It’s a steal at that price.  You can’t go wrong with a vintage-look doctor’s bag, either–this lovely offered by Etsy seller RayliHandmade (caution, it’s a Chinese based company, and I would do some research prior to ordering…)

Vintage from the 1920s beaded bag is just a treasure. From Etsy seller RosasVintageFinds. Or, go total gypsy with the second from the left, bottom row, brass bag from Etsy seller HeidisTreasureChest.

Enid Collins bags are both highly collectible and just shout out “Summer!” to my sensibilities. Third from the left on the bottom is classic example of Collins’ work, offered by Etsy seller TheVintageKatCO. Dead center is a photo of my own Enid Collins bucket purse, signed by the maker and titled “The Strawberry Roan.” I have been sitting on this bag to see if it will increase in value or, if I dare paint a unicorn horn on it and make it my OOAK Collins bag….

For modern graphic impact, this Death’s Head Moth-themed red bag from Plastic Land is lovely. Or, go freakishly modern with the last bag on the lower right corner. Another Asian seller, shipping out of Hong Kong, I want to believe that KiliDesign is legit.

OOTD: OpArt Thrift Store Genius

One Friday, instead of working, the Acolyte and I went thrifting. It was a glorious afternoon, and amongst many treasures, Artful Blasphemy scored this sweet, Op-Art visual festival for like, $7. This is the sort of thing that the Artful Blasphemer lives for.

I wore this to a High Tea themed graduation party. I regret not adding a hat.

Necklace: Vintage, glass, very dangerous.

Vest: Charlotte Russe, purchased at La Tienda de Jardin for $2.50.

Black L/S tee: Max Studio

Skirt: Issac Mizrahi for Target, $5 at La Tienda

Pikolinos boots from ThredUp

OOTD: More Layers More

Artful Blasphemy had a little theme going here, as this ensemble includes the other body con knit dress from Choxi that you saw yesterday.

Graphic tree blouse: John Fashion via Satan.

Sweater: Peruvian Connection, purchased second hand in Santa Fe at Double Take. {Sad Story: I bought this for $50, which in thrift currency is a pirate’s fortune, and the third time I wore it we got bleach on it when taking my hair to platinum because I was in too big a hurry to take it off and wear a smock as my hairdresser suggested. Lesson Learned.}

Knit dress: Capella Apparel from Choxi

Tights: Trendy Legs — they are fabulous

Born Boots

OOTD: Everything But the Kitchen Sink

Sometimes Artful Blasphemy likes to wear all the fabulous things together.

Coat is vintage 60s and probably had a matching sheath dress that went with it. Where the dress wound up is anyone’s guess, but the coat — found in a thrift store–is mine, mine, mine.

A lady accosted me over this coat while I was waiting to see my shrink (rude–we do not accost people at the therapist’s office, we nod or offer a sight smile and move on). “WHERE DID YOU GET THAT?” She cried. I said, “It’s vintage.” (This is where the conversation should end, since this means there is only one, and I have it). “BUT WHERE DID YOU GET IT?!” she demanded. “Um. At a thrift store.” Still, apparently, not enough. “WHICH ONE?” “Look, it was years ago, I don’t know.” Affronted, she swept away.

That’s the thing about thrift–it’s a contest to find the good stuff, and where this coat is concerned, I WON.

Dress: Ali Ro via ThredUp. I *love* the graphic quality of the print.

Peacock feather tights are several years old from ModCloth. They are losing their religion and won’t last much longer, sadly.

Miz Mooz booties from Satan. Artful Blasphemy broke a key rule with these. The rule is that I am not allowed to buy shoes from Satan unless I have worn them before and know for certain what size and how they fit.


I *really* wanted a pair of Miz Mooz shoes, so I spun the wheel of chance and it worked out. Whew!

OOTD: Gossamer Mommy Sweater

You can’t pick your family, amirite? Once upon a time I chose a sister, Luray Hodder Kuca. She died in 2007, but this sweater always reminds me of her. She called this my “Gossamer Mommy” sweater because it is hella unfriendly to children. It snags, it’s scratchy, the sleeves dip into bowls of cereal….but, it’s so lovely.

The sweater is mohair, and Artful Blasphemy found it at a yard sale at least ten years ago.

Our staple, the Cheap Ass Black Knit Skirt.

Herringbone and faux leather booties by Mixx Shoes, via Satan.

OOTD: Gray Gray Gray Boots

This is a cute outfit with a makeup error on Artful Blasphemy’s pink, pink eyelids. Sometimes those 1980s roots try to assert themselves, but the pink eye shadow days are best left in the shadows of teenage history.  Deep in the shadows.

Cabi shrug from ThredUp.

Gray dress by M.R.S. Basics, secondhand, from My Rich Sister’s Closet.

Gray cotton sweater tights and the best friends–Born Riding boots.

OOTD: Earthy Gypsy Romance

This was my Thanksgiving Day ensemble. Artful Blasphemy debated the wisdom of the skirt being split to the upper thigh, but felt the boots and tights grounded the outfit so that it didn’t look slatternly. Too much.

The skirt is absolutely amazing. Even better, it was purchased secondhand for $3.50. I know, right? By Mikino, it claims to be a size 4 but obviously it’s quite stretchy. The dye work is so beautiful–the transition from cool blue to earth browns and greens is masterful.

Top: Kiko, silk velvet, also secondhand and found at La Tienda de Jardin.

Boots: Born riding boots.

Sculptz Citron tights–these are unmitigated hell to get into, but they shape everything quite well.

That awesome Lucky belt.

OOTD Accidental Soft Focus

Velvet is why we have Fall and Winter.

Sweater is from Newport News. Artful Blasphemy is particularly fond of how feminine and shapely it is, however it also has crocheted lace sleeves, which is not warm at all, so there is a gray tee underneath.

Artful Blasphemy actually finds many reasons to question the design of sweaters. Like, why would a person want a short sleeved sweater? Why would you ventilate the sleeves? Sweater Design: The Secretive World of Climate and Knitting.

Crushed velvet broomstick skirt by Ravia, acquired at the fabulous Double Take in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This is, bar none, the best second hand store you’ll ever go to. They have extremely high end designer wear, and entire section of vintage and modern Western wear, and then “regular” second hand. It’s one of the Artful Blasphemer’s favorite places.

Rieker booties, I *think.*

See you next year, ducks! Remember, a hangover is a terrible way to start the new year.