So how is everyone doing with their New Year's intentions? I find intent has less pressure then resolute. Resolution. Resolute has a vaguely defeated air about it, don't you think? Like you know it is going to be a battle that you are likely to lose.
I had intended to start off the year with a brand new blog design since I had two weeks off from work where I could just fiddle around with it. But then I got into this lovely routine of waking up late and leisurely drinking my morning tea while catching up with everyone else's blogs and getting totally lost in Etsy. Some days I would glance up at the clock and realize it was mid-afternoon and I was still in my nightgown.
Now that is a vacation.
I could get used to being a lady of leisure.
I may or may not have ordered a couple of vintage slips off of Etsy purely because the pleated hems were so sweet.
You know what caused it? This picture here:
It's Betsey Johnson's New York apartment as detailed in Elle Decor sometime in the early 2000's. You can see a scan of the entire article here(click on all sizes to see the original size).
She says the dresses are vintage ones that she has copied or tried to copy for her line. I love that she is surrounding herself in inspiration.
So I bought the slips, not because I intend to actually wear them but because I am inspired by the detail. I can see a pillow with a sheer pleated inset. Or napkins with the teeniest pleated ruffle.
On New Year's Eve I spent the day going through stacks and stacks of magazines and was saddened by so many defunct publications. That's were I used to get my inspiration. I would tear out pictures in decorating magazines or fashion magazines and put them in file, little germs of ideas for future projects.
Now I find images on blogs, Flickr, Etsy or various other on-line venues and I think to myself oh, how lovely then click to another page. Never being able to remember where it was I saw something. I'm trying to get better about book-marking pages but the internet can be so transient. A blog can be taken down, an item sold, a link broken.
So instead I buy slips.