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Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians!

I love Thanksgiving for several reasons:

  • Pumpkin pie and a roast turkey. (Self explanatory.)
  • It always falls near my birthday (which is today, the 7th!) so I get a long weekend. When I was little this was annoying as I could never have my party near my birthday, but now it is great!
  • It is a great opportunity to take time to consciously think about the things I am thankful for.

I think it is so great that we have a holiday designated simply to giving Thanks. Thanksgiving was made into an official holiday in 1879 as “a day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed,” although it was no new idea, as it stretches back for centuries, as a day of giving thanks to God for the harvest, and also in the US for the safe arrival of the pilgrims in 1621 on the Mayflower. (I also just found out that there is some discussion that perhaps Thanksgiving in Canada dates back to 1578, when Martin Frobisher’s expedition in search of the Northwest Passage, was almost destroyed, but after arriving safely in Frobisher Bay, a day of thanks was taken as the minister on board encouraged them “especially to be thankful to God for their strange and miraculous deliverance in those so dangerous places …” Found out via the source of all internet knowledge: Wikipedia)

As Thanksgiving is this Monday (October 10) I thought that it would be a perfect time to think about the things that I am thankful for. They are obviously too numerous to count, but here are a few that I thought of. I hope that, whether you are celebrating Thanksgiving this weekend, or next month, that you have a lovely day full of thanksgiving, even if it isn’t a designated holiday!

  • That Jesus Christ has saved me, not because of anything that I have done to deserve it (quite the opposite actually!) but because of His great love for me.
  • For a loving family and friends
  • For our abundant harvest too!

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  • The changing seasons. I love fall time, as I have mentioned before.

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  • For creativity and an artistic bent
  • That I have the ability to sew my own clothes

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  • That I live in Canada.
  • My blog, and the creative outlet it gives me.
  • The online community that I have not only become a part of, but constantly find inspiration from and learn from.
  • And further on that note: Each and every one of my amazing readers! Your support of my little blog, and the comments you leave, and the friendships I am forming with all of you is the best! I am so glad for the online community, so thank-you so much for being a part of that!

Are you celebrating Thanksgiving this Monday? What are some things you are thankful for?

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Outtakes: Volume One

Outtakes: Vol. 1, the artyologist

The last couple of photo shoots around here have been rather dramatic (thunderstorms, moviestars, lady spies, Jane-Austen-like flower gathering), but lest you get the wrong idea and think that things are always staid and serious and elegant, I thought I would share some outtakes. Believe me: the photo shoots on this blog are the furthest thing from serious most of the time.

My sister takes a lot of the outfit photos for me, and she is great at it too, but really the best thing about having her take the pictures is that it gives us some time spent together goofing off and being silly and just having fun together. She is really great at just clicking away and capturing all sorts of hilarious moments. I’ve gathered quite a few, since starting this blog, and some of these photos are just so funny, I couldn’t keep them to myself. So, in case you get the idea that I go around like some glamorous vintage model all the time- um -nope- it’s just me, being silly, and here’s the proof.

Do you think that they have silly outtakes on professional photoshoots? Or do you think they remain serious and on task the entire time? I wonder. . . 🙂 Do you have silly outtakes?

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That’s our little dog Sukie on the right, who sometimes sneaks into frame 🙂

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After many failed attempts to emulate the graceful moves of a ballerina, I realized that I am not a ballerina. . .

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I had read about trick photography, where you jump with your feet flat, to look like you are floating. I couldn’t resist holding the umbrella to give a Mary Poppins look. I just crack up every time I see this picture. And I promise that I was not actually crabby in the picture on the right, though I look like it. . . 

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Such silly faces to pair with such tailored outfits. . . 

Hello, My Name Is Nicole. . .

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In case you forgot what I look like, you can look at this one, or every other picture on this blog.

Devinne from Mox and Socks tagged me in a “Get to Know Me, 4 Things” blogger tag started by Ruffles and Grace!

I know I have some new readers lately, so this is perfect timing to say “Hi” to y’all and let you get to know me a little bit better 🙂 None of these are deep questions, but more like little known facts. I was always one of those people 10 years ago who would send out those “get to know your friends better” spammy emails to all of my friends and drive them crazy, so it’s kind of fun to do it again! Read on to find out some random facts about me.

Four places I have lived

  • I have spent the entirety of my life in Alberta, Canada hopping between: the suburbs of Calgary, acreages outside of Calgary, the city of Grande Prairie (8 years with my family, and 1 year with two roommates in a townhouse), and now east of Edmonton, on another acreage. We just like acreages.

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Four places I have visited

  • Camping across the Yukon Territory (almost every summer growing up), Vancouver Island, in a lovely house on the beach, Last summer in England, in a cottage in the village of Stow-on-the-Wold. (You can see some of that trip here.) And well, as far as traveling goes, that is pretty much it. I tend to stay pretty close to home 🙂
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Trip to England, Sudeley Castle, in 2015

Four TV shows I watch

  • I don’t have TV, so any shows I watch are once they come out on DVD. I love a lot of old shows, and British shows. So, the four that I can think of off the top of my head would be: Foyle’s War, Columbo, Get Smart and Call the Midwife. What a strange mix of murder, drama and comedy! 🙂

Four of my favourite foods

  • How can I choose? Four that I can think of off the top of my head are Curry, Pasta and Meatsauce (as long as it has lots of vegetables in it), Spicy Sriracha Shrimp and Noodle Soup, and Black Forest Cheesecake (which I have almost every year on my birthday!)
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Spicy Sriracha Shrimp and Noodle Soup

Four things I like to drink

  • Tea (too many times a day), Water- in order to counteract the intake of tea 🙂 Eis Shokolade (which is a German drink of chilled hot chocolate poured over gelato), and Stewart’s Lime Soda, which tastes like a lime creamsicle.
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The perfect combination: tea, a sweet and a good book

Four pet peeves

  • People chewing loudly, people chewing with their mouths open, double standards, people not cleaning up after themselves or just messes in general. I am a neat freak!

Four wacky or odd things about me:

  • Well, I consider nothing about myself to be wacky or odd. . .  haha. . . just kidding. Maybe that, despite the fact that I seem like such a girly girl (and I am really), I know almost everything there is to know about installing tile and have done several installations myself too. I worked in a tile store and learned about the whole industry. Which was also pretty funny, as I wore vintage style skirts and dresses to work, which just confused people as it was kind of warehouse environment (like Home Depot). But I wear skirts and dresses most days- which lots of people consider odd, and I just consider comfortable. So that’s two odd things. Two more would be: Despite the fact that I am an adult (am I?) my last Christmas gift was a Barbie. But it was the vintage reproduction one, so that kind of makes sense? And, maybe the fact that I like old things better than new things. Almost always. But even though lots of people consider that odd, I don’t, and I am sure many of my fellow vintage lovers would agree 🙂 . . .
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The bathroom I tiled for my parents

So. There you have it!

Now to tag some more ladies to take part, if they would like to. And if you would like to introduce yourself, feel free to comment leaving your answers below 🙂 I’d love to meet you too!

Sarah of Just a Little Prayer

Jessica of Zella Maybe

Carmen of Vintage Dream Blog

Jessica of Chronically Vintage

Every Day is Dress Up Day

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So continuing on the theme of Tuesday’s post, I’ve been thinking lately about the term “dress up”.

A few weeks ago, someone (and not in a negative way at all- but in a simply curious way) asked me whether I was going somewhere special that day, because I was all “dressed up”. When I had gotten dressed that morning I had chosen a rather casual outfit for the day, since I knew it would be spent mostly at home. I was wearing a t-shirt, a cotton pleated skirt, some sparkly earrings, and flat shoes. This was not an outfit I had taken a great amount of effort on: I had simply grabbed the most comfortable garments I had to wear. However, in the eyes of many people (at least where I live) since I wasn’t wearing jeans and a t-shirt I had to be going somewhere special, and the question threw me off a bit, since I have gotten so used to dressing this way everyday.

The question started me thinking about how my own personal perception of the phrase “dressing up” has changed so much in the past few years, since I started wearing vintage, and how I now view clothing.

When I was in Grade 1, my mom made me a fuchsia satin dress for my birthday, It had a sweetheart neckline, puffed sleeves and a full gathered skirt. Quite simply, it was an amazing dress, and a dream come true for a 6 year old. I wore it that day to school, and many other occasions as well. I’m sure that people smiled at the sight of a little girl at recess, or grocery shopping in a satin pink dress, but I was completely oblivious, and to me it was completely normal. (Really who wouldn’t want to wear a fuchsia satin dress if they had one?) I was lucky that, growing up, my mom sewed for me, as my closet was never lacking in the wonderful clothes she made for me.

Somewhere along the way though, I guess I decided that dresses just got in the way and I entered a season in my life that lasted many years. Jeans and t-shirts were the everyday staples of my wardrobe up until my late teens. I did, however, still love the fashions of yesteryear, and Victorian and Regency fashions were my favourite eras. I loved historical fashion, but I never integrated those styles into my everyday wardrobe so I resigned myself to wearing casual, “modern” styles, and the styles of yesteryear were relegated to “costumes” only.

And then, a few years ago, I discovered Vintage. I’m not really sure how I found it; probably link hopping on sewing blogs until I found a vintage sewing blog, which then led me to the online vintage community.

Finally I felt like I had come home. I had dabbled a bit with vintage sewing before for costumes (as many of the pattern companies were reissuing their vintage patterns) but I had never met anyone who wore those clothes as daily wear. Suddenly I was faced with the idea of wearing those styles. . .  everyday. It had never occurred to me that that was possible, but with the discovery of vintage blogs, suddenly a whole world opened to me. It didn’t matter that I didn’t personally know anyone who dressed like that- I knew that there were people out there in the world who did- and I could join them!!

So I embraced vintage. I didn’t start out with gloves and hats and petticoats the first day- it was a gradual shift to where I am at in my style today- where almost every item is, either true vintage, or vintage inspired reproduction, and vintage appropriate (to use a term coined by Jessica).

When I embraced vintage dressing, my outlook on clothing changed as well. Or maybe it just reverted to what I thought when I was six: Clothes are fun, and are a great expression of who you are.

The main thing that I have discovered about dressing in an alternative style (which I definitely think Vintage is) is that it is not dictated by trends the way modern fashion is. It is in fact outside of the trends. (Although you definitely see more “popular” vintage styles- rockabilly, 50’s etc) If you want to wear trousers that is great. If you want to wear dresses that is great too. Wear a pink satin dress to school if you feel like it.

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Vintage is as varied as the people who lived before us.

One day you can be Dior’s New Look of the 50’s, the next Rosie the Riveter of the 40’s, and the next a Bright Young Thing of the 20’s. Or maybe you want to be all three at once. Who’s to stop you? You can have absolute freedom to express and create who you want to be. Fashion can reveal so much about the person you are and what you want to portray to the world. And I think that in a society that has become increasingly and extremely casual, vintage lovers stand out; not only for wearing a very different style, but also for the fact that we dress up.

By the term “dress up”, I don’t mean that we are literally wearing dresses, or even wearing dressy fabrics, every day, but that we are putting effort into our fashion choices, and curating a particular “look”. In a society where sometimes people seem to be looking for any excuse to dress down, rather than dress up, I think it is so great that an entire subculture of people has decided to rebel in our own little way, by specifically choosing to be different. We are putting effort into our fashion choices: it could be vintage denim or a velvet cocktail dress- but there is one thing in common: intentionally choosing to express a different and unique style.

So really. I said that dressing up doesn’t refer to costumes, but don’t you think “dressing up” really does after all? I say, Everyday is Dress Up Day- who do you want to be today?

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