Marije’s Reader ReFash

Today’s Reader ReFash comes from Marije, who has a brand-spanking new blog, called The Adventures of Making. I knew I had to share her latest project with you, as it combines two of my favorite things: Big tote bags and tacky thrift store art!

“Are you sure about that one?” the cashier of the thrift store said, raising one eyebrow while looking skeptically at the items that I was buying. She wasn’t talking about the sweet pair of high heels (new! can you believe my luck?) or the couple of storage cans I wanted to buy. No, the reason for her eye-brow action was a framed embroidered artwork, depicting some medieval, bearded man doing whatever bearded medieval men usually do.



By the look of it, it had been in the thrift shop for ages. I could feel the hesitation of the cashier: the thing was incredibly ugly. But I bought it nevertheless. Was I out of my mind? Maybe, but I had great plans for it: making a shopper bag!

First, I took the embroidery out of the frame. I figured that I needed some extra fabric to actually make the bag, so I looked in my stash until I found a big piece of denim fabric that once was the cover of an ottoman.

Out of this denim I made a basis for the bag, with box pleads at the bottom. If you don’t know what box pleads are, you can either follow the instructions on my blog  where I have step by step instructions on how to make such a bag, or think about those triangular, flappy things on the side of juice or milk cartons; it’s exactly the same principle.

When my basic bag was ready, I sewed the embroidery to the front. And because of my awesome measuring skills (okay… luck) it completely filled the front of the bag.

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Thrift Score Thursday: Sylvia Edition

This week’s Thrift Score Thursday isn’t very thrifty, but it’s still pretty nifty.

My favorite find this week was this cute little stovetop espresso maker for $2.50.

Isn't it adorable?

Isn’t it adorable?

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You Too Can Rock a Formal Mumsy Jacket!

What do you wear on a day that’s juuuust cool enough for a light jacket?

...a light jacket! Duh!

…a light jacket! Duh!

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Made in Italy by Roslein

In my most recent thrift haul, I scored a few pieces that were made in Italy in what I’m what appears to have been the 60’s.

This happy frock is one of them. :)


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ReFashionista Sets Sail!

Hello friends! I’m back from my much-anticipated vacation with my lovely pals.

As many of you know, I went on a cruise last week to Nassau, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten. It was divine.

However, while on the boat, I was unable to get my pics to load from my phone to WordPress. :/ At first, I was really stressed out about it. But after a frozen mojito (or more), I decided that if I could take a vacation from my day job, it wouldn’t kill me to wait a week to post my fabulous thrifty cruise wear.

So, how does one outfit oneself for $1 (or less) per garment on vacation?

Hop in and let me show you!

Hop in and let me show you!

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