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05.02.08 {which one?}

My printer has been humming away lately. I’ve been doing loads of research into various areas of graphic design lately. I’m not one of those people who likes reading long articles on my computer (perhaps it’s because I do spend so much time staring at the screen!). Now I have a stack of papers next to my desk. Scribbled and highlighted. Reminds me of prepping for a research paper!

I also printed off something much less… wordy: the Ruby shorts from Burda Style! Confession time: I hate wearing shorts, but they are a nessecity in the hot and humid Virginia summertime. Last pair of pants I tried creating totally crashed and burned too… So this is Casey Going Out on a Limb! But I bought a red, stripy (yay! I know, I’m obsessed with stripes–and red.) material at JoAnn’s the other day. I think I’ll use a fun vintage print for the facing and turn it to the outside so they’re a little more interesting than the usual shorts-fare. But we’ll see how this goes… Not sure when I think I’m going to have time to sew these; life has just been far too hectic lately! lol.

 a cute idea for really saving your pennies!
 I love these stylish, diy shelves
 the perfect “flea marketing 101” guide!
 this space is inspiring me with it’s vintage whimsy!
 allison’s photography is breathtaking!
 how to clean vintage linens, part 1 and 2
 freelance management (specifically for graphic designers, but I think can apply to anyone!)
 vintage sewing manuals–galore! [ source ]
 amy’s adorably fun take on the traditional clock-face

What are your plans for this weekend? I hope you’re doing something fun, and relaxing! I’ve got a packed weekend… all kinds of fun and games, and little plans here and there for all sorts of excitement!


04.28.08 {rediscovery}

Honestly, I haven’t been staring at my computer, working on my side redesign exclusively for the past week! lol. Saturday ended up being my self-imposed Computer Break (because I had been fiddling with the site layout too much. I must learn self-control in the area of tweaking little code snippets!). Instead I set to tackle the *dundundun-dun* Mess.

The upside of my compulsive antiquing/thrifting/yard saling/bargain-hunting is that I find some really amazing treasures that have proven to be very useful. It has fostered a greater resolve to not spend so much money, and recycle/reuse. The bad is that it gets to a point where the stuff starts taking over my room (and eventually my little corner half of the basement). Clutter depresses me. It chokes my urge to sew, create, or generally have anything to do with my room besides work on my computer, exercise, and sleep.

04.28.08 {springtime giveaway | one}

I took everything out of my closet, sorted, re-boxed, threw-out and bundled up to give away and sell. I went through all my papers and put aside large stacks of vintage ephemera to package (for the popular Vintage Paper Packets I sold out of last autumn!). Even my bed was pulled out, vacuumed under (the dust bunny population was not happy…). Now I just have to go through my fabric and clothing that is stored in the basement. That scares me! Not because there is so much (though there is…), but I tend towards keeping rather than getting rid of when it comes to old clothing. But what if I need it, you know, later?! is what the excuse is to resist the decluttering.

So, all this to say that in celebration of my newly-organized room and the new site, I’m having a little Springtime Giveaway!!! This little packet consists of a 1930s Vogue Guide to Sewing*, a vintage dishtowel embellished with openwork (teatime picnic, anyone?!), and a cd to while away the springtime hours (in this case, the Emma soundtrack, which I love!). Oh, and there’s a little goody attached to the outside as well…

* I must confess, this is in rather sad condition (it came to me that way), but I couldn’t bear to just toss it. I think it would prove useful for collage–or even tearing out the pages and framing them!

04.28.08 {springtime giveaway | two}

Comment in this post between now and Wednesday evening, and I’ll randomly draw a name on Thursday. Be sure to comment with your email (it won’t be published) so I can contact you if you win!

This week we’re going back into the 19th century with Vintage Monday! I love this illustration from the mid 1850’s; I mean look at the skirt’s flounces!! I sercretly harbor a desire to have a three-flounce skirt, only probably at a more manageable length (I am nicknamed “Casey the Klutz” for a reason…). And look closely: the flounces have stripes. Which is even better, in my opinion!

04.28.08 {vintage monday}

Thank you all again for your sweet comments about the portfolio site and blog–you all are such dears!

After days of furious coding, databases crashing (not my fault…), late nights, and trying not to change the design yet again, I have a portfolio website!

04.27.08 { new site | one }

I’m so ecstatic! In the process I also moved my blog, and the new address is: As with my last blog-move, I’ll be posting in conjunction with the “old” blog for a week, and then will permanently move to the new home. So please adjust your feeds (sorry about this–I know it’s so annoying!).

04.27.08 { new site | two }

So what do you think? I’ve been attempting to move away from my Elegant Musings moniker for awhile; it’s been an online identity I’ve had since my late teens and doesn’t quite fit anymore. Its a huge leap of faith for me–I’m really nervous people will view my blog/work differently (in a less friendly/approachable way; does that make sense?). But after talking with Kate a few weeks back about establishing an professional presence online, I know that this is the right move. Especially as I’ve been getting more work in the graphic design field and realizing that I really needed a portfolio!

There will be a few changes to the site and blog. Elegant Musings will still be maintained as a place to house my favorite inspiration images. I love sharing those with y’all! The site will probably be restructured later this year to reflect the changes, but will remain at it’s current address.

04.27.08 { new site | three }

Here’s a preview of some of the exciting stuff I’m working on for the new portfolio and revamped blog!

– The blog will be restructured a tiny bit. I still plan on writing about my sewing and other projects, but I also really want to bring in topics like art and design; two things that are near and dear to my heart, yet I have rarely talked about online. I think I feel somewhat shy about thrusting them on my blog readers, since my blogging to this point has been so creativity-centric. Well, I guess it’ll still stay creative–just an expanded definition!

– I’ll also occasionally write about my latest projects/commissions. I realized after I posted Kate’s site that most of you had no idea I do this! hehe. I guess it’s because I have been kind of silent on that aspect, mostly because the freelance work didn’t start coming my way until January. So it’s all still new to me!

– There will be more freebies to download over the course of the summer. I have a lot of desktop backgrounds and other miscellaneous images/resources I’ve created over the years that I’m dying to share with y’all!

I want to thank everyone who has encouraged me (directly or not) during this process! Especially Kate for encouraging me to take the leap into my new identity, and Nubby Twiglet’s sage advice again and again about creating an effective website. And thank you all for following me around the last year as I’ve transitioned and been seeking to find my place in life. It really means a lot to me to have such a wonderful support system. You all are so sweet!

As of tomorrow, I’ll be back to my normal, blogging schedule–sorry about the lack of posts lately! I hope you have had a lovely weekend…

04.07.08 {a sweet little piece}

How are you all, my friends? I hope you had a delightful, relaxing weekend! Saturday was spent busily doing some work on several graphic design jobs and homework (math mostly… nasty stuff…). But Sunday was quite the opposite! I met a blog friend! I admit, I was a bit nervous (as I always am in such situations!), but Kate and I had a marvelous time. We were angling to do some flea marketing, but alas, the weather conspired against us, and it was pouring rain when we met up. Despite the weather, there were a few stalwart souls selling their goodies, and Kate snatched up some gorgeous china, while I snagged a primitive-style crock for my mom (an “early Mother’s Day gift”… hehe!).

Instead of moping about in the rain, we grabbed some brunch, and then on to the massive Anthropologie store. I thought I was seriously had died and gone to heaven. Or worse–was going to go into serious debt (it was that tempting!). But I managed to restrain myself. I so wish I had brought my camera with me–because there were some pretty vignettes that I wanted to remember. But alas, I had accidentally left it in my car. lol. Such is the life of a scatter-brained gal!

04.07.08 {vintage monday | colorful frocks}

I have lately been doing a huge amount of reading for my Design History class. We’ve finally crossed over into the 20th century, and are powering through the early decades. I must admit, although I really love some things about earlier design (especially Art Nouveau), I am fascinated by the modern movements of the 20th century in design. Reading about such things as De Stijl, the Bauhaus, and such avant-garde artists/designers as Man Ray, quite inspires me! I’m taking many mental notes on the principles of what makes good, recognizable design, since many of these principles are still quite relavent today.

04.07.08 {vintage monday | lovely skirts}

In celebration of the modern look in the early 20th century, I thought it would be fun for this week’s Vintage Monday feature to be centered around the 1920’s (when many of these movements really took root)! Enjoy this trio of pretty frocks and other fancies… I hope you’re inspired!

04.07.08 {vintage monday | sporty + sweet}


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p.s. If you’re rather fond of the 1920s, be sure to check out the page of random, fashion images I have on my website!

03.15.08 {old post}

Good morning, my dears!! I just wanted to apologize that I didn’t get the Refashion Reveal up or the Friday Inspiration links yesterday… But my Sweetheart came home a day early, so its been a bit of a muddle around here with my schedule!! hehe. I will post everything late tomorrow instead… so stay tuned!

I hope you all are having a lovely weekend!! I’m off to enjoy the lovely, springish weather we’re being treated to! Hurrah!!!


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03.07.08 {goodies}

[ a new skirt from Frecklewonder in the background!! look at all the extra goodies too! ]

This is a super-duper quick post because I’m off to spend the day immersed in an art gallery! The reason for this trip is twofold: one, I need material for two gallery reports for my Design class; and I have never been to this particular gallery (more details later…). So I’m off to do some exploring, look at beautiful exhibits, and hopefully come back with lots of inspiration and sketches… er, I mean: homework! lol!!

Before going on to the Inspiration links for this week, I’d like to introduce you to a fantastic new blog: the Indie Wedding Guide! It is focused on “recycling, reusing, reducing” on your big day; making the event more about sustainable style. Its hosted by Gabreial of Vintage Indie and Emily of Eco Chic. Be sure to swing by a take a gander–even if you’re not planning a wedding!

03.07.08 {sensiblity!}

[ I love this… so sensible! ]

♥ inspiration [ twenty-nine ] ♥
 a small collection, but oh-so lovely!
 an engaging collection of vintage photos
 a blog on my favorite subject: typography!!
 dear birthday has a new collection up–totally inspiring
 I love this artful flickr photo album


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03.06.08 {sneaking out}

I’m quickly poking my head in to say a big thank you to your dear comments about my dress, as well as the exam well-wishes!!! I have one more review before Spring Break “officially” starts, but otherwise, I think the most worrisome part is over. Though my hand still is sore from handwriting Tuesday’s Design History midterm that consisted of twelve pages of essay questions. Oh my!

I had grand plans to show you another sewing project I’m working on, or perhaps a wee peek at the backlog of thrifted treasures from the past month. But alas, my schedule is quite full this beautiful, sunny morning! So those will have to wait until later. Here is what my day is looking like:

03.06.08 {claw}

to do
+ work out
+ answer “business” emails
+ work on graphic design commissions
+ answer comments? *fingers crossed*
+ clean studio space (really needs to be done! lol!)
+ scan new images for VM features
+ catch up on blog reading
+ work on blog commission

03.06.08 {viens}

I hope you all are having a lovely day! I am enjoying this beautiful, spring-like weather we’ve been treated to in the Mid Atlantic! *dances* I managed to sneak out for a couple hours yesterday afternoon and snap some photos of the sun-filled towns nearby. Hooray!!!


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p.s. Have you seen the lovely, talented Emily’s news about Martha Stewart?! I can’t wait for that episode to air!!!

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