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More natterings than you can shake a stick at! Est. 2002

Julie Barrett is a freelance writer and photographer based in Plano, TX.

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Still Alive
Wow, I didn't mean to let this sit fallow for a month. But it's not entirely my fault. First, I had computer issues. The hard drive started acting up big time. We put in a new drive, replaced the (also) faulty CD-ROM drive, then installed Windows 8. It worked ... until it didn't. This was not a Microsoft problem, though: I managed to track it down to a really old version of a program that I like. So now I guess I get to upgrade. I have another program I can use instead, so there's no hurry on th...
4/11/2014 3:39:00 PM
The Perfect Excuse To Get A Flask!
Today I found one of my "Holy Grail" wardrobe pieces. Walked into the thrift store (looking for something different, of course), and found this:

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Yep, a genuine Inverness cape. (Pardon the dust on the bas...
11/18/2013 7:32:42 PM
Vintage And Thrift Finds
It's been a while since I've shared my finds. Frankly, I haven't had many lately, but those I have had are pretty amazing. First, this vest that I found on half price day at the Salvation Army:

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And you may notice that is not Honoria Glossop. We found this form in a pile of junk at the First Saturday sale a few months back. Paul suggested ...
7/10/2013 5:00:44 PM
Vintage And Thrift Finds
It's time for me to recycle clothing for the new con season. I'm very big on vintage and thrift items. Here's the latest haul. I have to apologize for the pictures because it was windy and Honoria Glossop (my dress form) fell over after I brought her outdoors all dressed with the first outfit. Her boobs are now squished and rather high. Uh, oops. Oh, well. It'll work for you to see what I bought.

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Vintage Hats And Shoes!
My cousin sent me some hats and shoes that belonged to her mother. This was so kind of her to do, and these are lovely pieces.

First, hats!

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The blue hat and shoes were part of her "going away" outfit on her wedding day in , and the other hat dates to that era, too. 

8/9/2012 2:15:21 PM
New(ish) Vintage(y) Dress!
I've been a bit busy at the sewing machine this week. I decided it was time to do something for me. When I hit the local thrift store on Tuesday I found this amazing dress:

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I deliberately adjusted this in Photoshop so you could see the detail.

The dress was $13! My next purchase was a dress for about $5. It was huge, bu...
2/23/2012 4:56:14 PM
This Week's Thrift Store Haul
It seems that there are more Steampunk-type events on the horizon, so I went shopping for more clothes. I hit one of my favorite thrift stores today, figuring that they'd have a lot of new stock out today since the tax-free weekend starts tomorrow. Boy, did I come out good!

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Not shown: A white hat box. I haven't decided if I'll actually wear t...
8/11/2011 2:33:06 PM
New Vintage Dress
New vintage dress

I'm not sure if this is the right era I'm looking for, but it will have to do. 

This dress was hand made, but it has some echoes of B...
7/15/2011 3:45:00 PM
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Still Alive
4/11/2014 3:39:00 PM

The Perfect Excuse To Get A Flask!
11/18/2013 7:32:42 PM

Vintage And Thrift Finds
7/10/2013 5:00:44 PM

Vintage And Thrift Finds
4/9/2013 3:27:15 PM

Vintage Hats And Shoes!
8/9/2012 2:15:21 PM

New(ish) Vintage(y) Dress!
2/23/2012 4:56:14 PM

This Week's Thrift Store Haul
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New Vintage Dress
7/15/2011 3:45:00 PM

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