Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Blogging resolutions check-in

I am so happy to see 2015 go. 

                                                                         (source)


Now at the beginning of the year, I made a resolution list! I kept it simple, and made it for blogging, and I think I did pretty darn well, all things considered.


PHOTOGRAPH EVERYTHING
Surpringingly, I did photograph a lot more things this year. But I lost it in a external HD error :( Ah well. I also did more photographing on my Instagram, so that counts, right?

Post more often
Well, despite racking in my second lowest number of posts in a year on this blog, I did scribble some up in advance, but I never used them! Some are December-sepcific posts, so I'll wait till next December to post.

Don't be afraid to talk to fellow bloggers
I'm so happy that the #VintageChat is a thing. I got to 'meet' some pretty nice folks through it this year. As well as making a better instagram presence, I've met more people that way, including some locals... who I need to find a way to physically hang out with!

Document my creations 
Welll. Life did that thing where it throws a wrench into everything, so I didn't make as much this year. Especially during my fall semester. School of course, comes first.

See, I did pretty darn well!

With school being on break, I finally have more to sew! I have a commission, some mending, and a personal project I hope to get done before my final semester starts.

Yep, I'm finally graduating! Taking two fun classes in the spring, and I'm excited for them!

I wanted to thank all of you for your continued support. You are all awesome and darling, and I hope all good things happen to you!

How was your 2015?

Friday, November 6, 2015

A Royal typewriting affair

If you're one of my pen pals, then you've probably got a lovely typed up letter from me. The letter was written on this darling typewriter I'm 'borrowing' from my grandmother.





This Royal 'Quiet de Luxe' typewriter was my grandmothers, she received it as a gift from her mother and uncle for her graduation from 9th to 10th grade. She wrote many an assignment on it throughout high school, then took it to California with her, and used it in college. My mom tells me she'd 'type letters' on it as a baby.





As a child, we had an Apple computer, but I learned and perfected my typing on the typewriter. I remember turning in type written assignments until I was in the 7th grade, and the typewriter stayed in the garage.



Until April, when I decided to dust it off, and clean it up a bit, and use it for correspondence.




Speaking of correspondence, would any of you delightful vintage lovers like to do something of a Vintage Pen Pal exchange? It would be simple: fill out a form, indicate where you'd prefer your pen pal to be from/things you like, etc, wait for me to pair you up, and start writing letters. How does that sound to you?

Do any of you all have a typewriter? Do you have pen pals?

Monday, November 2, 2015

Product Review: Besame Cosmetics French Vanilla Powder

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Once again, I was captured by the allure of Besame Cosmetics and their gorgeous products. In April, I was in Downtown Disney with Janey, and we popped in Sephora to get myself some French Vanilla Face Powder.

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The sales lady was very nice in taking me to the product, and nicely asked if I was buying this for myself (as I was going to originally going to get the regular vanilla powder), she said the French Vanilla powder would look better with my skin tone. Which, is fantastic and always something I like to hear.  I also wonder if their Cashmere powder would work...


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The next day in my hotel room, I tried the powder on over my makeup. I honestly didn't see much of a difference, and started to worry. Fast forward to the  next few weeks when I wore just the powder, I began to see the light.

It knocked down the shiny spots on my face, lightly covered blemishes, and made it look like I got a full nights sleep! It looks natural, and it smells absolutely divine.
I've had it last me all day in 90F heat, with only having to touch it up maybe three times.
I normally wouldn't spend that much (22USD) on a powder, but I decided to treat myself that day as I deserve a bit of an indulgence. It's really lasting, and always amusing when I need to powder my nose, and her my grandma laugh at me.


Besame Cosmetics Review via Tiny Angry Crafts


So if you've got a slightly darker skin tone, and you love a modern vintage style stay powder, French Vanilla is perfect for you.


Note- This product was purchased with my own money, I am receiving no compensation from Besame Cosmetics for this review. I have used affiliate links in this post.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers

Darling Hollie from Alexie RicRac  nominated me for this award, and as the last time I did a blog award thing was when I started this blog, I figured I'd do this.



Here are the rules for the award:
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their site
  • Put the award logo on your blog
  • Answer the 10 questions that the blogger sent you
  • Create 10 new questions for nominees to answer
  • Nominate 10 bloggers and notify them!


Q&A
  1. What is your favourite meal to cook?
    Confession time, I don't really cook a lot. Yeahhhh. I can make pasta something fierce!
  2. Can you sew?
    Yes! I go to school for fashion design, and have been sewing for quite some time.
  3. If you could live in any time in history, when would you live?
    I would not want to live in another period in history aside from this one. I like having a better amount of human rights and having vaccinations. But, that being said, I would love to visit Harlem during the famous Harlem Renaissance! And to see The Rat Pack live at the Sands in Las Vegas!
  4. Where did you go on your last holiday?
    I don't really do vacations. I suppose you can say San Diego Comic Con was my last one, even though I was working it.
  5. If you were told you could only do one thing for the rest of your life, what would that be?
    Sewing costumes. Either for myself, for friends, for theatre productions, whatever. I'd do that.
  6. Polka dots or stripes?
    Polka dots!
  7. Do you make new friends easily?
    Yes and no. I'm a very shy person, and unless right off the bat there is some common thing we share, I might stay pretty quiet. I can make a lot of acquaintances, and see how that pans out to a friendship
  8. Would you prefer going to a live theatre show or a live concert?
    BOTH???? Ok, I'd reallllly love to see Hamilton on Broadway right now. Someone make this happen. 
  9. How many people live in your current abode?
    Three. Myself,  my mother, and my younger sister. (4 if you count the dog)
  10. Do you prefer the city, the country, or the ocean?
    I'm  a city dweller who is close to the ocean.... But I love the city. I'll visit the ocean once and a while, but I can't swim sadly. So dry land for this mermaid!

NomineesNow, there is no pressure to do these questions! I just like learning random fun things about other bloggers. If you just want to answer these questions on your blog, go for it!
1. Bianca of The Closet Historian
3. Laurie of RetroReporter
4. Frances of Polka Polish
5.  Sara of Canteen Cowboy
6. Jessica of Zella Maybe
7. Emileigh of Flashback Summer
8. Daffny of A Vintage Nerd
9. Cherry of She Knits in Pearls
10. Emma of Little Miss Bamboo


Questions
1. What book have you been reading of late?
2. What is your favorite "non-vintage" activity to do?
3. Can you knit?
4. Do you have a favorite perfume scent?
5. What is your favorite aspect of the vintage blogging community?
6. Do you have a favorite movie?
7. If you could take the DeLorean to any point in history, where would it be, and why?
8. What is one item on your vintage wishlist?
9. Where do you like to 'play tourist' at in your own city?
10. What is the most unusual item in your collection?

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Pumpkin Patch Adventures


My good friend Megan and I had a nice weekend of seeing Crimson Peak, then visiting a pumpkin patch.

Honestly, this is my first time to a proper pumpkin patch as an adult, so it was very fun! It's on a nut farm here in San Diego County. I didn't buy any pumpkins, or any local goodies, I mostly took in the sights and smells of the area, and of course took blog photos. (And contest photos for Emily's contest)

TinyAngryCrafts pumpkin patch outing

TinyAngryCrafts pumpkin patch outing

Sewing Details

Fabric: Grey Suiting
Pattern: Self drafted!!
Year: 1940's
Notions: Self covered buttons
How historically accurate is it? I wanna say fairly accurate. It's an synthetic suiting, and it has pockets....
Any tricky parts to the pattern?  I messed up a bit on the buttoning but when I cut the fabric, but it works well. I'm planning on making a nicer version once I get all my ducks in a row.
Did you change anything?  Nope. I made it to fit my measurements!
Time to complete: A week.
First worn: Aside from a test wear in class... October 17, 2015
Total cost: $35 I believe. I had coupons.
Notes: Made in the fall of 2014 for a class assignment. It has a matching cape!
TinyAngryCrafts pumpkin patch outing

Outfit details
Dress- Self-made
Hat- StutterinMama
Gloves- Frock You!
Bangle- Thrift Trader
Purse- SDVFM
Brooch- Antique Mall


TinyAngryCrafts pumpkin patch outing

Megan's Outfit Details
Dress- Pink Rose
Collar- Salem Couture
Tights- Spirit Halloween
Boots- Target
TinyAngryCrafts pumpkin patch outing

TinyAngryCrafts pumpkin patch outing


TinyAngryCrafts pumpkin patch outing

Megan proving she's not the shortest Dutch person in the world. She towers over these mini GIGANTIC sunflowers.


TinyAngryCrafts pumpkin patch outing



TinyAngryCrafts pumpkin patch outing

This baby goat had the cutest eyes, and was so precious!! I wanted to take him home!

TinyAngryCrafts pumpkin patch outing



Have any of you been to a pumpkin patch lately?
For those of you who aren't in the US, what neat fall-weather festivities do you do?

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Fall/Winter Wardrobe Inspiration

TinyAngryCrafts- fall/winter vintage wardrobe


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Hello everyone!
Remember when I said I was going to attempt to get through a ridiculous amount of patterns in a year? Yeah. Yeah. So I decided to be a bit more practical, and split it.

I sat back, and looked through my closet as I did a clear out at the start of summer, and noticed I don't have a lot of fall/winter clothing! Now, it doesn't get as cool here in Southern California as it does in other parts of the US. We spend a good bit of our September and October hearing about Santa Ana winds, and fire warnings. Eventually our weather cools, and I'm spending the next few months bundled in scarves.

But on to what I want to make.


TinyAngryCrafts- fall/winter vintage wardrobe


I made a little pinterest board for my ideal fall/winter wardrobe. (if San Diego ever decided to start snowing, and I had allll the money)


I need more blouses. There are no ifs, ans, or buts about it. I plan to make a couple of blouses from [vintage]Simplicity 2382, [vintage]McCalls 6413 and something I self-draft.
As for fabric choices, they're going to be cotton

In the bottoms department, I'm going to make some trousers from an altered pattern drafted for me by a friend. I might even figure how to make myself some jodhpurs if I'm feeling up to it! I'll also make myself some skirts from Simplicity 3688.

I traced McCall 4184, I'm trying to not run off and buy some nice wool for the set before I've even done the muslin. I'm excited to work on that suit. I've never done a proper suit, so this will be a fun learning experience.
And if I want to do a simpler top and bottom suit, I have DuBarry 5411 traced out.

And I'm working on a hat. I got some (pretty flimsy feeling, imho) buckram from Joann, and some wire, so I'm jury-rigging a hat, lets see how it goes!


TinyAngryCrafts- fall/winter vintage wardrobe


In terms of colors, I have the ones illustrated as guidelines, and ideas. I'm sure I'll pop to the fabric stores and turn into a magpie to something else, I'm sure

Now, I'm going to start small. Blouses first. If I employ assembly line ideals for the cutting of the fabrics and sewing, I should have a couple cozy blouses quickly. Thankfully I've worked with the two vintage patterns before, so I know the ins and outs of them.

Next I'll do skirts and trousers. So even when the eventual winter hits us, I'll have some nice basics I can mix and match.

Mind you, I'm taking a pretty intense fashion course this semester, which I'll have to drape a garment for, so it's best I start small!

How about you all, are any of you figuring a Fall/Winter wardrobe (or in the case of those of you in the Southern Hemisphere Spring/Summer)? 

Do you have any colors you're gravitating toward? 

Have any of you made a hat?




Friday, August 14, 2015

Spirit of '45

On August 9, 2015 I attended a very special event.
It was called the Spirit of '45, and in attendance were a lot of WWII veterans and their families. It was held at Balboa Parks Veterans Museum

The entire experience was very humbling, and I feel very grateful to have attended. I got to speak to a few veterans and their families, explore a museum I haven't been in since I was 16, and literally feel the history buzzing around me.

Tiny Angry Crafter Spirit of 45 San Diego


Tiny Angry Crafter Spirit of 45 San Diego

Tiny Angry Crafter Spirit of 45 San Diego


Tiny Angry Crafter Spirit of 45 San Diego

Tiny Angry Crafter Spirit of 45 San Diego


Tiny Angry Crafter Spirit of 45 San Diego

Tiny Angry Crafter Spirit of 45 San Diego

I stopped and chatted with this gentleman and his family for a bit. This is John, and he was in the Navy for a number of years. He had his well loved scrapbook which he said is about 60 years old, full of images from before he went to the service, during his tour, and even photos of the signing at the end of the war! For which he had an amazing story as to how he acquired them!
His family were very kind, and I hope to run into them in the near future!


Tiny Angry Crafter Spirit of 45 San Diego

Tiny Angry Crafter Spirit of 45 San Diego


At this point, they brought up some WWII vets and asked them were they were August 14, 1945. Among the men they asked, many were on their ships, some in Europe, even some in POW camps. All vividly recalled what was going through their heads when they were told of the surrender of Japan. 

Tiny Angry Crafter Spirit of 45 San Diego


Tiny Angry Crafter Spirit of 45 San Diego

I popped back a bit to talk with John and Dianne, and saw they had disappeared. I was told they went dancing, and I snuck some shots that Dianne gleefully told me to post on the blog.

I tried to not 'Awww' loudly.


Tiny Angry Crafter Spirit of 45 San Diego

Tiny Angry Crafter Spirit of 45 San Diego

Tiny Angry Crafter Spirit of 45 San Diego


Tiny Angry Crafter Spirit of 45 San Diego


I was very fortunate to be able to speak to this kind gentleman. His name is Stu, and he's a Pearl Harbor survivor. He recanted what he experienced December 7th, 1941 in excruciating detail, I shed a tear or two. Stu's job was gun pointer for turrets, which had him shooting shells which were 5ft2in tall, when he told me that, I mouthed 'That's how tall I am!' and he got a big laugh out of that.




When I got home and talked with my grandparents and asked where they were during the end of WWII, and they had said with the both of them being kids, and on two different sides of the states (grandpa in San Diego, grandma in Pennsylvania), it was interesting to hear how they reacted.
Grandpa watched as people hugged and partied in the streets downtown.  My grandma had a somber feel, knowing her older brother wouldn't return home, but was happy that other men and boys were able to.
I also asked them what their parents did during wartime. Grandpa said his mom was a welder, and his dad worked for the Highway Patrol. Grandma said her parents just did their usual jobs. Guess there was a huge difference in what people did depending on where they lived.


On the 15th, I'll be attending another WWII event, and will share photos of that with you.

Have any of you been to any of the WWII related events in your areas?

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Wearing History Smooth Sailing Blouse Review

Hey, I've actually been sewing things in my silence.

Last December, I finally redeemed my pattern for backing Wearing History's Kickstarter campaign. After humming and hawing, I finally picked the Smooth Sailing Sports Togs pattern, and printed it from my computer. I pieced it together, and shoved it in a manila envelope for a month.
I bought fabric in January, with color advice from my sweet friend Tony.

In May I made a mockup in an evening after studying


TinyAngryCrafts: Wearing History Smooth Sailing Blouse review


The next day, I cut the fashion fabric.


TinyAngryCrafts: Wearing History Smooth Sailing Blouse review

I had read the pattern extensively while doing the mockup, and again as I made the final blouse, so it was smooth sailing as I worked on it. (hahaha, I know I'm terrible)


TinyAngryCrafts: Wearing History Smooth Sailing Blouse review




After I bothered my mom about buttons, I threw it in a bag, then went thrifting with a friend, and was asked where I got such a lovely blouse. They were surprised to hear I made it myself.

TinyAngryCrafts: Wearing History Smooth Sailing Blouse review



I had such a blast sewing this blouse, I am ready to make more and more.

Sewing Details

Fabric: Quilting Cotton from JoAnns
Pattern: Wearing History Smooth Sailing Togs Blouse
Year: 1930s
Notions: Plastic buttons, self-made bias tape
How historically accurate is it? For a blouse inspired by a 1930's pattern, I'd say it was accurately sewn. Imagine the fabric was feed sack!
Any tricky parts to the pattern?  None at all!
Did you change anything?  Not a thing! I didn't even have to shorten it!
Time to complete: About 2 weeks. School was still in session.
First worn: May 31st, 2015
Total cost: Uhhh I wanna say about 35 maybe total? I'm terrible about keeping track of this.
Notes: I had fun making this blouse!!

TinyAngryCrafts: Wearing History Smooth Sailing Blouse review


This blouse is quickly becoming my 'go to' blouse. It's cozy, fits wonderfully with skirts and pants, and was such a satisfying thing to sew. It's got a lovely billowy effect to it, which is nice to move in. As the pattern was pretty much made for swing dancing in!

TinyAngryCrafts: Wearing History Smooth Sailing Blouse review



TinyAngryCrafts: Wearing History Smooth Sailing Blouse review




There are some close up photos, and here are some detail shots


TinyAngryCrafts: Wearing History Smooth Sailing Blouse review


There is a LOT of catch stitch in this blouse, it keeps everything nice and close together.



TinyAngryCrafts: Wearing History Smooth Sailing Blouse review


Mom decided on these buttons for me, and I love how they look against the blue!



TinyAngryCrafts: Wearing History Smooth Sailing Blouse review


Clean finished insides is one thing I love about sewing my own repro-vintage clothing.



TinyAngryCrafts: Wearing History Smooth Sailing Blouse review


And the top stitching of the yoke and the collar was one of my favorite bits. It's kinda satisfying.

So there you have it. Will I buy another Wearing History pattern with actual cash money? Hell yeah I will! I've been eyeing the playsuit pattern for AGES, so I might get that next. Oh and one of the hat patterns! Oh Oh! And some of the gorgeous fabric!

Have any of you sewn anything from Wearing History? Do any of you have any of her gorgeous garments which are made right here in the USA?

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