Thursday, December 31, 2009

Make Some Noise

Happy (almost) New Year!
I don't know about you, but I am ready to make some noise!! January 1st marks my 2 year selling anniversary on Etsy. My first year was beyond great, so my hope for year 2 was that I would improve the success of the first year. It happened! I look forward to seeing what 2010 brings.
In case you really DO want to make some noise, the adorable vintage noisemakers above can be found in sosovintage! Wishing you all the best of health and happiness in the new year :)

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Big Bowl Order: Check!

These bowls are headed off to their new home in Melbourne, Australia today! I loved working with these colors, and the customer was an absolute dream, too. It was a special treat to have a chance to make my stitchee bowlees in larger sizes; the smallest ones here are my usual size (3" wide by 2.5" high). The medium size is 5" wide by 3.5" high, and the large is 7" wide by 5" high.
Whew... that's a lot of bowl!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Makeover Monday: 12/28 (a day late!)

Gosh, has it really only been a week since I've posted? It feels like a month has passed! Since it has been so long, and since I'm a day late with this post, I have TWO makeovers for you!!

First up we have some organic cotton yarn in dusty rose...

and more of that deliciously delicate vintage lace.

Put them together and here we have a lace topped bowl, just in time for Valentine's Day! This little lady measures about 3" high and 3" wide... and she weighs in at just over one ounce.
Next up, a fabulous vintage sheet. The colors and textures in this one are stunning.

Voila! I have revived a project from my early days on Etsy- the granny square coaster/trivet. Super cushy and a generous 8.5" square, this delightful pad comes with a loop for hanging when not in use. I'm thinking of calling this an *undersquare*... for when you need to put something "under there". hehe.
So, what have you been up to??

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Makeover Monday: 12/21 (a day early!)

I used most of this soft flannel Martha Stewart sheet for a recent rag rug project.
~*~ There was a good sized section that I had already cut into a wide strip, though. I spied it this morning and decided to see how it would turn out as a heart.

This one serves a dual purpose! It's a pretty decoration, large enough to hang on a door or wall for Valentine's Day... or in a baby girl's shabby chic nursery. It is also a perfect size to use as a coaster/trivet in the kitchen for hot pots, casseroles, or oversized mugs of steamy cocoa!
Soft, sturdy, flexible, rustic, romantic, eco-friendly... and machine washable and dryable, too!
I posted today because I hope to be jetting off to New England for Christmas tomorrow. I'll see you when I return...until then, have your happiest holiday ever!! xoxo

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Snow Day!

We are in the middle of a major winter storm! We have 18" of snow and it's still coming down- and will be all night long.
Our backyard is a winter wonderland :)

We are taking this opportunity to dress our tree, wrap presents, play in the snow, and drink some VERY decadent hot chocolate.
There should be a snowstorm on this date every year. It's absolutely perfect to have this time to thoroughly enjoy the warmth of our home, the love of our family, the beauty of nature, and the spirit of the season.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Pretty Polyester

I know, I know... it seems like an oxymoron. Pretty polyester. I have been pleasantly surprised by the beauty of a few of my finds lately, though.
~*~Silky lavender and orchid paisley
Raised knit floral in white and aqua

Waffle weave mint argyle
I have between a half yard and three yards of these fabrics... what do you suppose a sewing person would make with these? Pillows? Totes? I'm not sure, but I could look at that aqua one all day!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Starry Rainbow

Just wanted to share a couple of photos of the 40 stars I made for a good friend to give out with her Etsy packages- 2 each of 20 different colors! Those are the teeny, subtle version of my sosorosey *paper bag tags* on each one.


As I was taking photos, I thought these could be super cute for wedding, baby shower, or party favors. I could do them in any color(s) imaginable! And, instead of sosorosey tags, they could be personalized with names, dates, or a special quote or message.
What do you think of that idea?

Monday, December 14, 2009

Makeover Monday: 12/14

I recently purchased a huge bag of vintage trims and lace.

I decided to try my hand at crocheting some of the lace into a heart. Now I ask you, does it get more romantic, girly or Valentine-y than this? I think not!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Rectangular Rug: Check!

Yippee! I put the finishing touches on the rectangular rug last night!

She weighs in at 6 pounds, 3 ounces, and will be making her way to her new home in Wisconsin very soon. She'll be sure to add a super dash of color, charm, and comfort to the kitchen!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Thrifty Goodness

I found this gorgeous satin lined standing/foldable needlework bag the other day, and was so excited! I have seen these before, but never one quite this awesome. It is smell-free, rip-free, and sturdy as can be.

I need help there a special name for these things? And, does this look like barkcloth to you? Any info you can share is much appreciated!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Holiday Tags

Better late than never, I've just added some handmade tags in Christmas colors! I have a very limited supply of these red roses, though, so *darn* I will have to hunt for more very soon!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Shape of Things to Come

Hearts, of course! I've been hard at work perfecting a signature sosorosey upcycled heart which I hope to debut in early January. I have more than ornaments up my sleeve, but for now I'm not tellin'!
Have you started thinking about Valentine's Day projects yet, or am I the only nutjob around here?

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Angel Eyes

I'm hoping this beautiful girl can find a new home for the holidays! Vintage HH Japan, she stands about 6" high and is in mint condition. She's in my shop and ready to fly off today :)

Monday, December 7, 2009

Makeover Monday: 12/7

I started out with a big stack of fabrics in greens and blues...

...and I'm halfway finished with this *ocean wave* inspired rectangular rug.

The colors are balanced, yet uneven. This lends a less structured, more freeform look to the overall rug versus a strict striping effect. I have promised to have this completed by 12/15- I'll post finished photos then!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Vintage Christmas

Set of 6 honeycomb Santa hat snowpeople ornaments: $18

Green glass & glitter, multiple indent tree topper: $15

There's still time to add a dash of Christmas past to your holiday decor! Find these lovelies (and many more) in the *celebrate* section of sosovintage!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Hey Now, You're a Rock Star...

So, this isn't just a super cute photo of my baby girl. It's an homage to her first really good thrift find! The shades are vintage Polaroid Cool Ray sunglasses- rare and quite fabulous.
I was floored when she held them up from her end of the bric-a-brac aisle and said, "Hey Mom, look at THESE!!". I praised her ability to hunt up a fantastic treasure, then put them carefully in my cart.
I cleaned them up when we got home and put them on the *to be photographed* shelf. When she saw them up there, she was aghast. Beside herself. "You aren't going to SELL my rock star glasses, are you??????" Well, I guess not!!
What can I say, I've got a cool kid.
(Thank you, Smash Mouth, for my title.)

Monday, November 30, 2009

Makeover Monday: 11/30

I started with an ordinary ball of cotton string...
~*~ ...threw in some festive metallic crochet thread...

...and voila! Natural feeling and sassy looking at the same time, these new stars measure 3.25" across. Aren't they fun? They will be sold in sets of 3 in sosorosey very soon!
Happy Monday!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

2009 Star Favors: Check!

I had such a relaxing and productive Thanksgiving holiday! I hope you did, too. I finished these star favors yesterday, and I can't stop looking at them!! They are so, so cute and festive. They will be mailed off tomorrow along with MANY other packages. Among them, the finished oval shabby chic rug and the 20 yellow upcycled stars.
I have a fun and shiny new star set for Makeover Monday tomorrow- please stop back by!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Makeover Monday: 11/23

I started with this big, beautiful stack of shabby pink fabrics...

...and I am sooooooooo close to being finished with this custom oval rag rug. I have one more row to go, and it will be ready to fly off to its new home in New Jersey.
Next big projects: 26 small stars with 2009 charms, 20 yellow upcycled stars, and a rectangular rag rug to complement the green mezzaluna that I made a few weeks ago. Fun!!
Happy Monday! Whatcha got cookin', good lookin'?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Gamble Paid Off

One of my favorite thrift stores sells many, many items in randomly packaged plastic bags. You can't open the bag, mind you. You can just poke at it and try your best to see what's inside.
Most of these are full of kids *stuff*- beanie babies and Pez containers. Sometimes there will be a bag full of old tatted trims or 5 different cell phone chargers. I only glance at the bags if I have an exceptionally luxurious amount of time to spend, which is hardly ever.
The other day, however, a bag of shiny parts caught my eye. There was a single piece of paper, and lots and lots of acrylic daisies. It found its way into my cart like a magnet. I had no idea if the parts were all there, or even what the parts made. I guess I figured that for $2, my daughter would have fun playing with the pieces no matter what they made.
This morning I unloaded the bag, and we spent some quality mother daughter time at the kitchen table. We were both DELIGHTED at the result! This vintage daisy tree is so sweet! It is meant to be a centerpiece, and all of the branch rounds turn. You are supposed to fill each daisy with a little appetizer or petit four, or a fresh flower or Christmas ornament.
Sophie didn't even have to beg very hard for me to agree to keep this one for *us*. Sosovintage will have to do without this treat.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Makeover Monday: 11/16

I started with a gorgeous king size Ralph Lauren cotton sheet...
...and I am almost finished with mezzaluna number 2. I love the way this one has a neutral effect with a burst of festive shabby chic-ness. I plan to try to have one of these half moon rugs in my shop at all times. I'm taking suggestions about what the next color should be. Any thoughts?

Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday's Fab Find: 11/13

Hootie Hoo... This little napkin holder is just the cutest thing! Intricately carved wood, and both sides have this little sweetie's face and feathery bod. Wouldn't this add the sweetest vintage woodland flair to your cottage? You can find it in sosovintage later this evening.
Have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Good Morning To Me!

A big heaping spoonful of thanks to Etsy for choosing my sosovintage mod deco lidded container to grace the front page this morning! Another large bundle of appreciation goes to Felicia at FluffyFlowers for sending me a congrats message :)
It's rainy and gray outside for the second day in a row, but I'm having a sunshiny day on the inside! Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Holiday Party Favors!

I am so happy for these red flannel stars! They get to be the party favors at a New England holiday gathering in December. Didn't that hostess have a clever idea?


I have to do an extra "show off" of the tags I designed and made myself - out of this week's grocery bags. An extra bonus: I shop at Harris Teeter, and the bags are 100% recycled. So, I guess my tags are re-recycled. Is that a word? In any case, I love them, and I hope the guests do, too!
pssst: An extra thank you to Jessi at for sending me the correctly fonted *sosorosey* for my tags!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Makeover Monday: 11/8

For this week's project, I started with a gorgeous, recently thrifted set of vintage Cannon Royal Family sheets.

And I came up with a new pattern for a half-moon rug! This one is super cushy and will last years and years. Fits perfectly in front of a sink or a door- it measures 34" across and is 15" at its widest point. Over half an inch thick, too!

I need to take a few more photos, but look for it in my shop this week. Price tag: $45. Once this sweetie has been snatched up, I'll offer a custom half-moon rug option- you pick the color!

Happy Monday, everyone :)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Old School Jewels

Here we have a perfect example of my thrifting addiction. I rarely wear more than jeans and t-shirts. Sometimes I dress the ensemble up with earrings. My days of wearing shirts that need pressing, let alone blouses with french cuffs, are (please, Lord) behind me.
But yet, I couldn't leave these beautiful cuff links behind once I had laid eyes on them. I am so excited for them to find a new home, but I have a problem. I have no idea what these are made of. No idea of the style, or how to describe the materials. Do you have any tips? If so, please don't hesitate to share!
Don't forget to come back and visit tomorrow- I have a fabulous Makeover Monday to share!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Friday's Find: 11/6

Last week, the Salvation Army had just put out their Christmas goodies when I arrived. I found some nice things, but nothing that made me jump around. I wasn't expecting much in the way of Christmas today, figuring it had been picked over by now.
But, I guess they had more to put out- lucky me! I snatched this snowman up right straight away! He was made by the Empire Plastic Corp. in 1968... the year I was born. Doesn't he have the sweetest face?