Little treasures from Ortwine

Sometime there are little family owned shops which haven't changed in ages.

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This was the case of Ortwine Hardware. A little 'hidden gem' close to my neighborhood, this store finally closed after 70+ years of business. On December 30th, a couple friends and myself went to the shop and made some purchases.

Now I can hear you ask, 'Carla, why are you purchasing things at a hardware store?' Oh but gentle reader, Ortwine was more than a hardware store. It was part of the True Value family. Now, back in the day, True Values carried basically everything a general store did, save for food. So your hardware, fishing poles and accessories, kitchen supplies, envelopes, fabric and notions. Yes, you read correct, fabric and notions.

The back of the store held a treasure trove that the sewing version of Indiana Jones would swoon over. And it seemed to be trapped in a little dusty(very dusty) time capsule. There were novelty prints, an entire table of Christmas fabrics, knitting needles, drawers of silk buttonhole twist, yarn as far as the eye could see, and many many notions.

I tried to be good. Really I did.  

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Got a couple really cute printed fabrics. I can see the yellow being a nice summer dress.

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I could have really gotten myself in trouble with all these zippers. I mean, come on, they're metal.

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TinyAngryCrafts, notions purchases, vintage knitting needles

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The little spool is silk buttonhole twist. I'm kicking myself for not getting more.

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Around this time, the clouds were coming back in to pour more rain. But a pleat maker, and a buttonhole maker. Little things to help speed processes along.

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Dress shields. but for a cap sleeve garment. I'll figure them out, I intend to make more. 

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I love the Jac-o-net typography. I just wish my hair were grey or white.

It is a terribly sad thing when a long time small business closes. My grandfather would go there to get his tools for around the house, my mom would get little knick-knacks, my grandmother and my father would go and get keys re-sharpened. Its the little things that can bring a community together like a common one-stop shop.

I hope who ever buys the place does more upkeep, and can keep some of the old stock to sell. Or keeps the same type of family owned quaintness. Either way, I wish the family much luck in their endevours, it felt good to help a small business one last time.

Have any of you experienced an old-fashioned True Value?
What are some notions you've purchased lately?
Do you have a favorite family owned business near by?

Fall Dapper Day 2016

It's been a good while since I attended a Dapper Day. Thanks to the extreme kindness of my friend Tony, I was able to attend two of the days of the weekend.

First day I wore a cute patio set I got for a song at the Frock You Vintage sale. It was rather warm that day, so it was a very good choice, I think.

Fall 2016 Dapper Day Patio Set

On our way up there, we grabbed my best bro, Gabe for more shenanigans!

Fall 2016 Dapper Day

We meandered about a bit before Janey texted that she was on her way to the parks. I got on the Haunted Mansion/Nightmare Before Christmas with her for the very first time. It was rather adorable with the NBC overlay!

We then all parted ways, and I crashed with Tony and Erin at their hotel, to rest for the Saturday festivities.

Erin and Tony were all tuckered out, so Tony shoved me to the parks, and bid me adieu. I then ran about with my friend Jenny!

Jenny is a local knitter and vintage lover, and she's got such lovely clothes. I think whenever I visit her home, I'll roll through her closet a bit.

We jumped about more, and finally went to the Dapper Day expo. This time around the expo was held at the Disneyland Convention Center, and my goodness, I was a bit overwhelmed. There was a plethora of things for everyone. Barbers, shoe shiners, hair stylists, and of course clothing and shoe vendors.

Fall 2016 Dapper Day Besame Cosmetics

The both of us made a bee-line to the Besame Cosmetics booth, where I finally got to meet Loni in person. She hugged me on sight, and we gushed over how lovely the other looked.

I snagged the last of the 1930s rollerball perfume, and tested the new rouges on my wrists (I absolutely love 1915 Delicate Rouge and I need it now)

I then made a bee-line to Match Accessories and got a pearly white D brooch. And I got to meet Sam, who was so excited to see me and was explaining to her husband 'That's Janey's friend!! Ahhh I'm such a fan of her.' Needless to say, I made a lot of whiney noises, and we hugged each other a lot.

After, Jenny and I made some fun purchases, tried on pretty dresses, and made our ways back to the parks.
We then left, and made oodles of plans to hang out at later dates.

I had such a lovely time, it was well needed, and I'm so grateful of all the lovely people who helped in making my weekend so grand.

Here is my haul from the weekend.                                  

Fall 2016 Dapper Day Besame Cosmetics

The 1930's scent is absolutely amazing, and I want either it, or 1920 in the larger atomizer spray.

I've already made a muslin of the Hollywood pattern, it's so lovely!

I've been a fan of Match Accessories for a good while, and it's so lovey to own one of their brooches!!

Fall 2016 Dapper Day

Simplicity patterns had a booth space there, and had patterns for sale. I don't really buy modern patterns, so I grabbed a freebie they had. I think I can teach my little sister to sew in the new year!!

Have any of you attended Dapper Day? If not, what would be your ideal Dapper Day?

12 Vintage Instagrammers you should be following

Since our world is plagued with listicals that just anyone can scribble up, I will contribute in my own way.

Here are some vintage loving instagrammers I believe you should be following.

1. @lifeofavintagegiraffe

Zoe is an absolutely adorable gal who lives in London. I can't wait to follow more of her adventures.

2. @jennyrieu

Jenny is a wonderful curvy model from France who lives and works in LA.

3. @retro_alina
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Alina is a Maryland-based vintage dresser who is a dancer, and a little bit of a nerd.

4. @adria.renee

Ok, I actually know Adria IRL. She's a fellow cosplay friend and seamstress, who modeled for me in my senior show. She's made of actual sunshine you guys.

5. @rockinzena

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Zena is a LA based seamstress who is absolutely lovely! And her clothing is totally enviable!

6. @redvelvetlola

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Velvet is a Mississippi based gal who loves the 30's-50's.

7. @esperancitaaa

Esperanza is an absolute darling who's from LA. She's one of the gals in the Iconic Pachuca Looks video.

8. @ladyeccentrikb

Lady Eccentrik is a sweet gal from Jamacia who looks like she stepped out of a 50's photoshoot.

9. @theblackpinup

Angelique Noire is an internationally published model, and real estate agent in LA.

10. @dandywellington

Dandy is the coolest brotha in showbiz. He's a New York based bandleader and performer. I not so secretly wish he'd make an appearance in San Diego...

11. @electric_hanako
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Hanako is a 30's style seamstress from Japan.

12. @barriodandy

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J.C. De Luna is an LA based accessory designer and stylist.


Some of these people I've recently started following, so my descriptions for them are piddly, but let their lovely images speak for themselves.
As a person of color, I wanted to include a bit more diverse group of vintage enthusiasts that are deserving of your follows.

Are there any instagrammers you're loving lately?

Thrifting Tips

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Often I get asked by my friends where I get my vintage; according to one “How are you such a thrifting queen?!”
Now, I don't think I'm a 'thrifting queen', I just get lucky sometimes. I've cultivated a lot of skills over the years and, because I love to share and help people, here are some tips I use when I'm out thrifting and searching for vintage.

Utilize technology.
Thankfully, in this age of technology, we can do a quick internet search for anything we want to look for. Sometimes just searching 'thrift store' and your area can come up with some new places to check out. There is also the site The Thrift Shopper
 which is a thrift store directory!

You can also check the Vintage Fashion Guild's Label Resource for some 'brand name' vintage garments to see how prices online compare to those in the shop.

Have an idea of what you're looking for.
I use Evernote to make a list of items I'm on the lookout for. Usually it'll be something simple; such as cardigans. This is my last list from my trip to the San Diego Costumers Guild.

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But you can also make a general list of things you’re hoping to find with pen and paper, and put it in your bag.

Don't be afraid to rummage.
Something my mom taught me, you'll find some amazing things if you take your time and dig for them. I once found some nice deadstock stockings in a box of belts at a sidewalk sale!

Ask questions.
Of course, this depends on where you are, but sometimes just a 'hey, do you have any more of these?' can yield a nice response. Once in an antique mall, I asked if there were any more magazines, and the booth owner moved a box aside to reveal a plethora of knitting magazines; nothing I was looking for, but I was gracious she showed me.

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Check the seams and armpits.
Nothing like getting something super lovely, only to notice the armpits are completely stained, and the shoulder seams busted open. Now, these can sometimes be cleaned, depending on what you purchased/the fiber content. Also, sometimes, if a tag doesn't say 'as-is', you can possibly ask for a small discount.

Keep a little cleaning kit in your purse.
Now, searching for vintage treasures can be a bit messy. Dust, jacket collars covered with hair...sticky candy still in the pockets (Yes, this happened once), are among the unpleasantries you’re likely to encounter. I have some hand sanitizer in my purse if there's no bathroom, and some lotion to keep my hands nice and soft. Baby wipes are also a very good idea.

Sometimes the garment just needs a belt to bring it all together, or a popped seam needs a safety pin.
If you can't change, or don't have the correct undergarments, then a tape measure will be your best friend. Keep your measurements written down, and also have them halved.

Don't wear makeup.
Rather, don't wear a full face without it being properly sealed. I've seen makeup smears on contemporary clothing when I'm out shopping with my sister, and it's so saddening. I try to just keep a light translucent powder and maybe my brows done, but if I do have a full face of makeup on, I have a secret weapon. I keep a scarf in or on my purse. When in the dressing room, I'll tie the scarf on my head, then try the garment on. Any transfers happen on the scarf, and the clothes are left clean.

According to my grandma, department stores used to keep scarves in dressing rooms for that very problem!

Know the difference between a thrift store, second hand store, vintage boutique, and antique mall.
I know I titled this with thrifting tips, but there is a difference between the various places you can shop.
Thrift stores and second hand stores have no specialization of eras, and tend to be very affordable.
Vintage Boutiques and Antique Malls are specially collected and sorted by era, and are sold at a higher price.

And here you have it, my little tips for thrifting. I hope you can utilize them, and find yourself some lovely treasures!!

Do you thrift often?
What are some of your tips?

Constance Bennett's Daily Beauty Rituals

I always love watching or reading about other peoples beauty routines. I remember saving a video about actress Constance Bennett showing her routine ages ago. It's nothing to write home about, as some of the products she recalls have no modern counterparts as far as I can tell. (If they do
I so know that the 'glow base' is a translucent powder akin to Coty or Besame's Brightening Powder
And Besame has a creme rouge, but it's currently out of stock.

I hope you enjoyed watching this. I'm thinking of showing my own beauty routine one day!

Do you like watching beauty routines?
What is your favorite makeup tip?

(Post contains affiliate links; if you click the link and make a purchase, I get a small commission)

Costumers Guild Sale Haul

This Sunday, my friend Adria and I decided it's been too long since we hung out, and hit up the annual San Diego Costumers Guild Sale. It was a bit overwhelming, with many sellers peddling costumes, vintage goods, and many other treasures.

We stuck close together, so the other would be 'good', and we both made it out of there like bandits.

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This dress was actually one of my last purchases, but Adria and I were mulling it over, and fussing with the tape measure, then it was gently shoved in my direction.

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I love the color, and the decoration of the bow and center front of the dress. There's no makers tag, just a 'lot number' tag on the inside.

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I got a proper bullet bra! Now, I've made a couple, but this one does the job completely. I'm sure I'll be attempting to knock the pattern off, and make it in a multitude of colors!

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Slowly starting my collection of slips. I have a white one, and a creme colored one, but now I can wear my darker garments with no issues!

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This huge fluffy vintage fur stole will keep me cozy when the temperature finally drops. And I have something to wear whenever next years Fur and Feathers is announced.

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At the booth where I picked up the bullet bra, I also grabbed this pack of deadstock cotton stockings. I'm assuming due to the packaging, they're from the 60's and therefore seamless. But I'll more than likely wear them when it's cooler out.
I also snagged some glove dryers. I have a growing glove collection, so I can put them on these dryers, which will keep them in shape as they dry!

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And I got these absolutely darling fan earrings. I'm reminded of the giant fans my mother and grandmother had in their houses as a child. My favorite thing about them, they close!

So that's my haul, I'm very happy with it, and I can't wait for next years sale!!

Have any of you recently made any vintage purchases?
What are your favorite novelty pair of earrings?

9 tips to survive Dapper Day

9 ways to survive Dapper Day

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The 7th anniversary of Dapper Day is coming up, and I'm hoping to attend. I've learned some tips from the past few times I attended, so I figured I'd share them with you.

1. Pack smartly.
- If carrying a purse, try not to let it get super heavy.
-Ask a friend to carry things for you.
-Utilize the locker services if you're there a long time.
-Consider bringing a portable charger for your phone.

2. Check the weather report.
-bring sunscreen and water.
-carry a small cardigan.
-bring or buy a parasol or umbrella.

3. Bring your camera and take photos!
-Trust me, you'll feel a million times better. After picking out your amazing outfit and seeing everyone else dressed similarly, you'll want to remember this day!!

4. Be friendly!
-goes without saying, a smile can take you a long way.
-use social media to network with other people.
-compliment other peoples’ outfits.

5. Plan accordingly
-ride the rides you want to get on, be prepared to wait a good while; use fast-pass when you can!
-if with a group of people, schedule certain times to check-in with each other.

6. Be prepared for possible wardrobe malfunctions
-carry a small sewing kit with you.
-If not wearing 'true vintage' carry a small bleach pen with you.

7. Wear comfy shoes
-You'll be walking around the Disney parks A LOT, you'll thank me later.

8. Check out the Dapper Day Expo*!
-If you can’t actually get into the parks, or you are doing the 'twilight ticket' you can check out the FREE expo. Make some awesome purchases from the oodles of vendors selling vintage clothing and accessories there. Who knows, you might want to make a wardrobe change or two.
*The Expo is only available at the Disneyland CA parks.

9. Have Fun!!
-You're in a lovely vintage outfit at The Happiest Place on Earth. How could the day get any better?

Have any of you been to Dapper Day?
Are there any other tips you'd suggest?

Whats on my table

Oh it's been a while since I've done one of these!

Lately, I've been a busy bee, flitting to different projects here and there like many flowers. It's keeping me content, thankfully.

I'm craving a beautiful 1940's suit, and McCalls 4184 is just the ticket. I finished tracing the skirt, and will be perusing where to get an appropriate weight muslin so I can make mockups!! (I have a 'how to work with vintage sewing patterns' primer in the pipeline, so keep your eyes peeled.)

I decided to take on a fun little project I'm chronicling for the blog, I can't wait to share it with you all. It's all in the spirit of Making do and Mending!

Why yes, I'm still working on my Date Maker Cardigan. These are the sleeves, which I'm working two at a time. Making slow progress, as it's been very warm in the afternoon and that's sapping my want to knit, but it'll be done when it's cold!

And I'm finally making sizable progress with a commission to a sweet lady. I have the muslin cut out and will be testing the fit before I work with the fashion fabric.

And that's it. Jugging these four projects is very fun, and is keeping me nice and busy.

What all do you have on your worktables?
Are any of your working on your fall wardrobes?

Product Review: Besame Cosmetics Victory Red Lipstick

Edit to add- Besame's Marketing Director reached out to me, and asked me about which are the best ways to do photograhs for showing the product on varying skintones, and my opinions about diversity in general.  I appreciate it, gratefully. I am excited to see how this new step in the more diverse direction of Besame.

This was actually a difficult review for me to do, for a number of reasons, which you'll read in this.

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I was ecstatic to see a new Besame Cosmetics color! A color from 1941 called Victory Red.(currently sold out) I buzzed about it with friends, and a friend helped me get it, as she'd be awake early for work.

A week after she got her lipstick, she sent mine, and I was still excited, but not as much. On the fair toned models who bought it in store and the fair toned Besame Girls Promotion team, it was starkly bright. I was worried, but I tried to hold the worry in the back of my head, as it might be different on me. I was hoping to see it on a darker toned person, but I didn't.

I tried it the night I got it, doing my usual applying from the tube. It was the worst experience ever. It was akin to dragging a crayon on my lips. So I got my lip brush and gingerly applied it. It looked like costume lipstick was on my face.

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It was very bright. And very drying, my lips feel chapped.

I scrubbed it off my lips and said I'd try again the next day. So I did. And I tried again the next day. I tried to make myself like it, but alas, I can't.

I'm reminded of this post I've seen floating abut the internet.

That's the same shade of lipstick on two different skin tones.

Its a darling color, it's perfectly accurate, but its not for me. I think if Besame had put the lipstick on a variety of skin-tones, it would have bettered my purchase. Honestly, if I saw it on someone similar skin-tone to me, I would have not purchased it.

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I talked it over with a friend who was curious about the company, she looked through their Instagram and told me she counted less than 10 darker toned women who's faces were featured. (This was on June 27th of this year) That made me very sad.

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I talked it over with my sister, and she said she'd probably not want to make a purchase due to that fact 'If I don't see someone who looks like me, I wouldn't want to waste money hoping it works' She tried it, and was quite shocked at the starkness, and scrubbed it off after a while, saying 'It would work for the club maybe'.

My friends assured me I look lovely in the shade, but I am not a fan, sadly.

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Like I mentioned earlier, the lipstick is a beautiful shade in the tube, and there are many many girls who look stunning in it, and rock it, but its not for this darker toned vintage lover. I'm hoping in the future, Besame has a nice gambit of skin-tones of vintage lovers, instead of maybe, three lighter tones.

Have you had an issue with a lipstick?
Do you own Victory Red? How do you find it?

EDIT- 8-23-16: I found this lovely article which addresses some of my concerns for having a more diverse cosmetics company.

Disclaimer: I purchased this with my own money and am receiving no compensation from Besame Cosmetics.I have used affiliate links in this post.

Late summer picnic

This weekend, I had my little picnic at the beautiful Balboa Park. Darling friend, and fellow blogger Janey of Atomic Redhead attended, as well as her friend, and my new acquaintance, Christine of Smitten.

We had a lovely time chitchatting, and making each other laugh. Because of that, I have no photos of us relaxing next to the botanical gardens, or spinning in our dresses.  A couple of my guy friends showed up dressed snazzy, but we all were too busy having fun to capture the moments on film.

Incidentally, Janey, Christine, and I all wore nice pastel shades.

Outfit Details
1950's (???)Dress- Buffalo Exchange
Hat- Flashbacks
Shoes- "borrowed" from grandma

I will most certainly be planning some other get-together again, maybe sometime in November. I had fun with this, and I'm sure others will as well.

Have any of you had a picnic this summer? (or this winter for those of you in the southern hemisphere?)

Where are your favorite places for get-togethers?

WWII Pin Inspired Giveaway!

Hello everyone, I'm giving away an adorable WWII inspired pin set

I picked this up at SDCC this year, and it was created by my friend Dan Bois, who's a local San Diegian, and artist.

 photo IMG_0413.jpg I grabbed one for myself, and another to giveaway, as I figured some of you'd appreciate the adorable vector art!

We have Fifinella, A United States Army Corps logo, Curtiss Propellers logs, an a cute mechanic pin-up.

 photo IMG_0415.jpg a Rafflecopter giveaway
Good luck to those who enter!!

Mid-year resolution check in

Hello All! 

Once again, my blogging mojo has been quite low. I've had ideas buzz about, but I am unable to curate them to put them to fruition.

Yes, I know you shouldn't start a post with an apology, but as this is a resolution check in, I figured I'd let it slide.

So, remember when I made a 2016 Goals list? Lets see how I fared on them!


Post more/write posts in advance/vlog.
I am now mulling new ideas for the blog, and possibly some future vlogs!! I hope to at the very least post once a week. Two times if I'm really good about it!

So, I did piss-poor on this, mostly due to school being a thing in the spring time. But with summer still in full swing, I can afford more time to this.

-Consider sponsorships.
I keep thinking about it. I might do some for a short time, and if any one who's done them before has any advice, do let me know!

So, that didn't happen...YET! I'm still mulling them about.

Try to do a tutorial/freebie each month.
A friend keeps suggesting I do tutorials, because they are fun and helpful. I agree with them! I think one a month is a very attainable goal, so I shall try my darnest.

I have a couple more tutorials in mind. I'll try to have one up next month. Are there any you'd like to see?

-Organize a blogger meet-up.
I know there are other vintage loving people in my city! But the only 'get togethers' I see aside from Tiki Oasis are flea-markets from what I can see. So I talked it over with a friend and she suggested I do a meet-up. I've never done a meet-up before, so any advice would be terribly welcomed.

GUESS WHO ORGANIZED HER FIRST VINTAGE PICNIC?! If you're in San Diego, love and wear vintage clothes, and want to have a picnic, direct yourself here. I a terribly excited to be doing this!


- Exercise more.
I get stressed out a lot. When I exercise I feel better. I just need to exercise a lot more!

I exercise more or less every day now! I have tiny little bicep muscles trying to be super awesome, and that makes me feel good.

-Meet more people.
I'm a surprisingly shy and quiet person. I'd like to meet more people and make friends and acquaintances!

Last year I participated in a twitter chat ran by some vintage lovers. It was awesome! A friend of mine who I made through that realized it needs to happen again, as it's been a while.

So, a bit short notice for you dear readers, but Sara and I are hosting a vintage Twitter chat on July 28th, at 7pm EST/4pm PST

The topic is Women of WWII, and we would love it if you stopped by!

Our handles are @tinyangrycrafts and @iliveinmylab and the hashtag will be #vintagechatWe recommend you use TweetDeck to keep up!

-Make the best damn collection that I can.
I have to make a clothing collection featuring 3-5 garments in the spring for my schools student run fashion show (If you are local to me, I'm going to be convincing you to go. You've been warned). I need to up all the skills I've learned in school to make a bad ass collection. I'll need a cheering squad.


-Go to more events.
I want to go to the LA Air Raid, thanks to Saras convincing I might try to make it out there! And there are a couple blog-worthy events local to me, so I'll attempt to attend!

Yeah, still finding some events I can make it to. Any suggestions to ones in San Diego/LA?

I think I did good on these! Save for one which culminated with me graduating, I will continue to see how everything goes till the end of the year!

How are your mid-year goals? 

Will you participate in #vintagechat?

On the mend again

No, I'm not sick. I'm referring to the one thing in everyone who wears vintage has somewhere in their home. A mending pile.

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I put all the things I need to fix up in an extra Buffalo Exchange bag. Thankfully its a nice size, and super portable, so I can zone out watching Netlflix as I work on things.

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There are a couple of my me-mades in there, as I love wearing them a lot, haha.

TinyAngryCrafts, vintage mending

The bagged items are stockings, I have a couple that need reinforcement, and thankfully I purchased a darning egg ages ago. I have a lot of embroidery thread, and will darn up a couple things, such as that small jacket.

I really like mending up my clothing items, it's proof I really enjoy and will take care of the clothing I spent a lot of time on.

Sometime down the line, I'll post up a mending tutorial, is there any particular thing you'd like to see?

Do you mend your clothing? If so, how big is your mending pile?