Thursday, April 30, 2009

Cupcake Stands

A new fad that is sweeping like wildfire is to have cupcakes instead of cakes. It makes sense- no cake cutting issues, the ability to offer more flavors, less plates used, etc. I decided to go with cupcakes because I have family members with food allergies and because they are easier to make and transport, my mother can make them for me, saving me a ton of money. I had a lot of fun coming up with the flavors (gluten-free lemon chiffon, red velvet with cherries and chocolate- all frosted with gluten-free buttercream frosting), the look (gluten-free lemon sugar candy, maraschino cherries and chocolate frosting ”L”s), and the super-cute candy striped cupcake liners (on the right).

So I embarked a few weeks ago on finding a way to display my 200 cupcakes that fit with my rockabilly theme. Wow- price shock! The stands that I was finding to hold them all were running upwards of $200-300! OUCH! I was able to find a few under $100 that looked sturdy enough and held at least 100+ cupcakes: holds 90+ $72.95 holds 90+ $72.95 adjustable, holds 100 & cake $49.99 adjustable, holds 100 & cake $49.99

Dalvaydelights on ebay- holds 100+ $39.95

Dalvaydelights on ebay- holds 100+ $39.95

While these are all reasonable options, I decided to look into making some myself. I am pretty handy, know people with the space and tools and liked the idea of having more control over the appearance of the stand. I found a few helpful tutorials that you might be interested in:

Cake journal tutorial tutorial for 6.5 foot high stand

I am also in the process of trying to figure out a way to make a stand that holds vintage metal TV trays to put the cupcakes on. If I figure out a way to do it, I will post it for sure!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Art Nest Pincushion Ring Giveaway (closed)

Art Nest Pincushion Ring GIVEAWAY

Another great giveaway for my rockabilly seamstress readers. Ends May 10th.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Save the Date Hankies & Giveaway (giveaway closed)

Wow. When I came across these Save the Date handkerchiefs on Alisha Clark's blog (through the Pink Book Blog that I post on) I was floored. I was also extremely jealous- why didn't I think of that?!? The pictures speak for themselves at how cool an idea this is. How do you get your hands on some of these for yourself? The talented Erin at Lucky Luxe did them and she also does business card hankies.

I have been obsessed lately with vintage handkerchiefs and have been slowly amassing a large collection of them. The personal history behind them makes me feel like I am connecting to some amazing women who often handmade and/or trimmed them. I always have one stuffed inside my sweater cuff in the winter and neatly tucked under my belt when I wear vintage dresses.

In fact, I have so many vintage hankies now that I will be adding them to my Tart Deco shop very soon. Nothing says Vintage Glamour & Retro Style than a pink linen hankie with hand-crocheted edges.

The Giveaway:
To celebrate my soon-to-be new shop section of hankies and the amazing Save the Date idea above, I will be giving a pair of vintage hankies of my choice to one of my lucky readers! They won't be printed like the ones above, but I bet you could use them for it :)

To enter you must post 2 things in one comment:
1. Tell me a creative way to use a handkerchief. This could be a cool way to fold it, paired with something, sewn onto something, etc.
2. Visit my etsy shop, Tart Deco, and tell me what your favorite item is or other vintage or retro items/sections you would like to see me add.
--Make sure that your email is available through your blog profile or put it in the comment so I have a way to contact you.

For an extra entry become a follower of this blog (or let me know you already are) and leave an extra comment for your extra chance to win.

The giveaway ends May 1st at 10 pm central time and I will post the winner (chosen by using on May 2nd.

Good Luck!

NOTE: I do NOT do the printing on the hankies, I just have the hankies themselves. If you want the printing done contact Erin at Lucky Luxe.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Modern Wristlet with a Vintage Look (closed)

I am IN LOVE with these adorable handmade wristlets from The Lucky Pebble. What a fun modern accessory to add to a vintage look. For $15-20 these fun and practical purses are one quick grab away from a night on the town with no hassles. They also offer mini wristlets.

Hey brides, wouldn't these be great bridesmaids gifts? I'm thinking yes... The one pictured above just happens to be called "Wedding Shower Luncheon." I guess great minds think alike! I will most definitely be asking for one of these as a wedding gift to take with me on my honeymoon.

If you visit the Lucky Pebble Blog, there is a giveaway for one of the newer designs. Ends May 6.

Friday, April 17, 2009

The Amazing Shirt Dress

I have been getting a lot of questions from my wedding guests about what to wear to a rockabilly/50s wedding. I have set up a flickr photo set of possible options, but when it comes right down to it, nothing beats a versatile shirt dress. The style works for so many body types, its comfortable and because so many eras did their "take" on it, it's pretty easy to find them in every size, vintage or modern. I especially like them for mother of the bride dresses.

I decided to take a quick peek on etsy to see what I could find and I found some cute ones at cute prices:

Ethnic prints were big in the mid to late 50s and this dress is hot with it! Roughly a size 14-16
bust: 22" flat across unstretched
waist: 21 1/2" flat across unstretched
hips: 23 3/4 flat across unstretched

$19 at Lovesmenot

PS This shop had another great dress in pink, but yours truly snatched it up! If you want to see it to get ideas, click here, but promise me you won't cry when you see the cuteness you can't have :)

Retrorocketgirl has 2 adorable polkadot dresses right now for only $25 each!

The blue and white is size 14 (Bust: 40", Waist: 38", Hips: 42"). The black and white is a XL (Bust: 46", Waist: 46", Hips: 48"). Seriously, why not get them both?!? I'm thinking about it...

This super-rockabilly gingham dress is to drool for, yes? $55 at VintageJubilee, this dress is a large.

Bust- up to 42"
Waist- up to 34"
Hips- open

At the request of a reader, here are some modern shirt dress patterns available if you are so inclined to make one of these lovelies for yourself:
Butterick B5315
McCalls M5847
McCalls M4769
Vogue V8577

There are quite a few vintage patterns I found in a great shop called OhSewCharming on etsy that are available to purchase right now. I also have found some more patterns and dresses that i added to my favorites below:

Buy Handmade
TartDeco Favorites

Remember, you can resize vintage patterns if you can't find them in your size!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Flower Wristlets

I saw this post on Vintage Glam Weddings (now for DIY wristlets and boutonnieres and thought they were easy, yet cute. This could easily be used for a 50s style wedding or modified with some different materials for a rockabilly or goth wedding. I also like the idea to use them as place cards.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Something Old- Wedding Corset

Like many of you, I was given my mother's wedding dress to use as I saw fit for my wedding. I knew I wouldn't be able to use it as is because I wouldn't be able to fit into it to save my life (this is my 14 yr-old, size 6, niece modeling it) and it wasn't the style that would fit with my rockabilly theme. I decided to have it made into my wedding corset.

I mentioned in a previous post that I found a delightful seamstress to make my corset for me, so the next step was to prepare the material and see if it could be repurposed. The dress was a satin acetate with a netting overlay that also had pieces of beaded lace stitched onto it. There was a matching train that attached at the shoulders. I planned on using the acetate as the outer layer of the corset with pieces of the beaded lace as an accent.

Despite not being stored properly, the acetate was in pretty good condition and hadn't yellowed at all. The overlay and lace had yellowed, but were still in good shape (no holes, beading complete). There was a slight odor that I knew would come out with washing it. Yes, I said washing it. My mother had looked into having the dress drycleaned and it would have costed anywhere from $150-300! This would have been acceptable if I was planning on wearing the dress as is, but for material pieces- no. I did some research on cleaning methods of vintage clothing and decided to chance washing the material myself, keeping in mind that water does break down the fibers of acetate. I thought it best not to wash the dress sewn together, especially because I was only going to use the train for the acetate and 2 pieces of the beaded lace, so I took the dress apart and only washed the pieces I needed. This way, if the washing did ruin the material, I still had more to try using another method. I ended up soaking the material in oxyclean overnight and airdrying the pieces on plastic hangers.

As you can see by the pictures of my corset, the material cleaned up nicely! Emily of Rohm on etsy did a marvelous job of constructing the corset from my ideas and added the lace on the front panels.

Isn't that sweetheart shape to the top of the corset to die for?

The curves are gorgeous and it gives a marvelous base for my aunt and me to shape my wedding dress bodice on. It hardly feels like I have it on at all!

(crossposted to The Pink Bride)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Blog Feature on Me- Yay!

My fiancee and I have been featured on The Apron Goddesses wearing a couple of our favorite aprons at various markets we've sold at. Aprons have been a passion of mine for a while and I have a couple of surprises coming soon to my Tart Deco etsy store... oh the wait is torture, right? Want to see more pictures? Visit the feature...

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