Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas -- "Do Not Squander Time"

Dear Dress Lovers,

Do you, like I do, wonder every year at Christmastime, "how did another year fly by so quickly?"

I guess that thought inspired my most recent collage.

"Dost thou love life?  Then do not squander time; for that is the stuff life is made of."  ~Benjamin Franklin.

In the mood for Christmas dress-up, but not anything traditional, I chose a vintage blouse and topped it with a "vest" that is really a stretch-fit cotton shirt that hooks all the way up the front.  I thought the recent tapestry covered leather belt (a one-dollar steal) went great with the whole thing!
The outfit details:
Blouse:  Gloria Vanderbilt, thrifted
Vest:  6 degrees
Belt:  Recent 1 dollar find.
Brooch:  Handmade by yours truly
Skirt:  apostrophe
Boots -- which you cannot see:  The ever present Steve Maddens (ha!)
Tights:  Apartment 9 (Kohl's)
I hope you enjoy this assortment from my collection of Vintage Christmas Cards.


Some asked me how I did the editing trick of making a photo black and white but leaving the painting intact.  Just like this: 

Some time today I will put a tutorial on one of my other blogs, A Mother's Journal, telling how I did that. 

Most recent collage going into The Shop today as well!

Enjoy your holidays!!


  1. Merry Christmas! I love your Victorian look and your wonderful old cards.

  2. Wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2013. Loving these pictures :)


  3. Merry Christmas! We had a rainy Christmas Eve and it looks like a rainy Christmas Day. But in the mid 70's, I'll take that!

  4. Wonderful always, my dear friend.
    Merry Christmas.

  5. Lynn, Merry Christmas. You are such a unique woman Your art, talent, wardrobe, hair(totally inspires me),thrift finds and wonderful ways are just really amazing. I love the photo in your last post of the black and white background with a pop of red art. You should be recognized all over the world. dawn suitcase vignettes xo

  6. I love your classic outfit and cameo! =)

  7. That last Christmas card is wonderful, it looks like where I live. Although I think you probably feel the same living next to a wood too. You look lovely, the blouse is gorgeous, especially with the vest. Your cameo brooches are always lovely and the collage is great too.

  8. You look like an elegant time traveller from another era. I love your outfit.
    Hope you had a wonderful holiday. xxx

  9. Another gorgeous bird! Your blouse, vest, and belt are so lovely too.
    Wishing you and yours plenty of song and clear sky as we fly into the New Year!

  10. Your collage is beautiful and so is your elegant look. The Christmas photos make me nostalgic for a bygone era of simpler times!

  11. Such a beautiful blog Lynn, I loved the vintage cards, your beautiful collage and gorgeous outfit. I got lost in your blog too looking at all the other little sections you have, there's so much of interest here! Just wish my computer wasn't so glitchy at the moment because I wanted to look at it all to my heart's content but the pc won't let me. And I'd like to wish you a Happy New Year! xx

  12. I hope you had a lovely Christmas Lynn xxx

  13. Beauty in this post, as always Lynn. I love vintage cards, and yours are treasures. Great photography as well. Hope you had a lovely Christmas, and Happy New Year to you.

    Sue xo

  14. Pooh. I did not get to your shop quickly enough to buy that print :( Make more. Please :)

    You look beautiful and romantic, as always.


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