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NEW, NEW, NEW!

Author:
karlkat

Yes I’m totally exploiting my brother’s fat cat in order to lure you in and take a peek haha!

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New Look! Lucky Lucille had a mini upgrade this weekend in order to fix a few bugs and make the site a bit easier to navigate. Things should still feel really familiar, but with a fresh face. In the sidebar you’ll find some featured posts, a list of blog categories, and a search bar to help you find things more efficiently. This new upgrade also makes the site super responsive, meaning it should look good on a computer, a phone, and anything in between.

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New Ads! I had tested the advertising waters a few months ago by taking on a few paid ad spots, but wasn’t sure if it was for me. After many inquiries from other bloggers and small business owners asking about ad space, I decided to bring them back. So if you’re interested in that sort of thing, you can check out my advertising page for more information.

You also may have noticed the gigantic featured image on each internal blog page. That’s just something fun and different we’re trying …because who wouldn’t want to see a huge picture of Karl Cat in a stupid bandana?!

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I hope you like the new site (more than Karl likes playing dress up)!

I’m still working on fixing a few things (the newsletter sign-up is down right now), and if you find any bugs or anything that looks askew please don’t hesitate to let me know! I did notice a few of the most recent comments didn’t transfer over, unfortunately.

Hope everyone had an awesome weekend!

xo
Rochelle

love letters

Author:
fluffies

After confessing in my last post about so many things that I realized I didn’t love, I thought it would be appropriate to follow up with some things that I do love. I’m not a negative person by nature but sometimes being honest about a situation, especially when the outcome isn’t what you want, sure feels like a whole lot of negativity. That part can be tough, especially when I like to keep things light-hearted and not so serious around here. I might make this a regular series to help remind myself to take a step back and appreciate all the little things that make me happy. Here goes…

Dear Blog Readers, I love you.
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When I confessed in my last post I wasn’t sure what the response would be. I wasn’t really looking for any kind of help or support, I just needed some official closure for myself so I could move forward. What I got was a wonderfully overwhelming response of empathy and general positivity, and even though I thought I didn’t “need” that… I totally did. I was reminded why the online sewing community is so important to me and if you’re reading this right now, I want you to know how much I appreciate you.

Dear Nature, I love you.
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I do not always love the bugs that live in you but I still love the fresh air I’m blessed to breathe, the warm sun that blinds my sunglass-less eyes, the peaceful woods I’m surrounded by, and the moss that grows on your floor. Moss is really cute and fuzzy as it turns out and I hope I come back as a forest nymph in my next life so I can sleep on it.

Dear New Serger, I love you.
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I was on an anti-serger kick for a while there (not for any good reason, I just didn’t have one I liked) but then I saw you on Amazon Prime for under 200 dollars and I came to my senses. Best purchase ever. I’ve been using it to finish everything, including the raw edges of my fabric before I wash it. Cotton doesn’t fray that much, but still. New serger, as I said.

Dear Fluffies, I love you.
fluffiesEven though I fall asleep every night with a dog butt in my face and a cat paw in my eye, I still always love my fluffy kids. They never, ever fail to make me happy even though I have back problems from never being able to use my laptop correctly. Apparently laps are for cats, not for computers. Even so, my kids are my everything.

Dear Jessica Fletcher, I love you.
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Even though you are arguably the worst person to associate with since you witness at least 52 murders a year, you make for good TV and I think we could be friends in real life. You’re teaching me to be more aware of my surroundings, and making me want more blue eyeshadow in my makeup case. Murder She Wrote is my stress free wind-down show lately. I love it.

What do you love this week?

xo
Rochelle

have a good weekend!

Author:
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First of all, I want to say a huge enormous thank you to everyone who voted for Lucky Lucille in the Craftsy Blogger Awards! We won! I am truly honored to have such devoted readers, and to be recognized by such an amazing company. I’m all smiles!! Congrats to all of the winners, runner ups, and nominees :)

William and I are on our way to a WWII reenactment this weekend and I have to pack two bags because my hair stuff needs a suitcase all its own. Ha! I usually do a farm girl impression, but this event is taking place at a railroad museum so I’m trying out a college/canteen girl impression too. I’m super excited to go, but I will miss my baby dog very much. She’s in good hands with her uncle though.

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Did everyone have a good Halloween? Wil and I enjoyed a low key evening filled with vintage spooky songs, pumpkin carving, a Supernatural marathon, and popcorn. Not a bad way to spend Halloween if you ask me! Do you like my Victory pumpkin? I’m pretty proud of it :)

Well, we’re off to our reenactment! I’ll definitely have lots of photos to share next week when we get back.

Have a great weekend!
xo
Rochelle

Chronically Vintage interview, Welcome new readers!

Author:
chronicallyvintageinterview

Today the beautiful Miss Jessica, of Chronically Vintage, has interviewed me on her blog. She asked some fantastic questions that I haven’t been asked before and it was a pleasure to talk about vintage sewing and rescuing pets with her. Click here to read the interview!

For those of you who are new to Lucky Lucille, hello and welcome!

Here are three of my favorite posts featuring Lucille: onetwothree

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Jessica also mentions how we met, and yep, it’s all because of wigs!

Here are three of my favorite posts featuring me in a wig: onetwothreefour

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 (every post on this blog is me in a wig up until very recently)

If you’re a Lucky Lucille reader who’s new to Chronically Vintage, then you should definitely pop on over and say hello to Jessica! She shares the most gorgeous vintage outfit posts, and lots of resources that any fellow vintage lover will appreciate.

Thanks again, Jessica!

xo
Rochelle

 

Links and Life Lately

Author:
lifelately

Boy things have been busy around here! First of all, I want to say thank you to everyone who left a tutorial suggestion in my recent post. There are some seriously great ideas in the comments and I’m working on making many of them happen for you.

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In other news, I got to meet a blogging friend in real life!! I originally “met” Gillian through the Colette Handbook Sewalong back in January 2012 and I’ve been following her blog ever since. She and her husband came down to Buffalo NY from Canada and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to meet her in person. I was slightly nervous at first, but Gillian is every bit as sweet as she seems online. She’s just a nice, normal, awesome person! (…I hope she thought the same about me haha!) We were too busy laughing and talking to take any photos other than this one. I think that’s a sign of a great time had by all.

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I got an amazing thank you package in the mail from Project Sunshine! This seriously made my day, week, month etc! I’m going to hang the letter on my wall next to my sewing table. It makes me smile ear to ear.

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Yesterday I scored some more WWII era LIFE magazines to add to my growing collection, two awesome books (also from the 40’s, no surprise) and two vintage patterns. This antique store was advertising their vintage sewing patterns as great for “Modge Podge crafts like scrapbooking”. That’s blasphemous!!! Especially considering these two included the instructions and were still in factory folds. I bought the one on the left for myself, and the one on the right for my bestie, Erin. It was her birthday recently and I’ve been collecting some things to send out to her ;)

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And finally, Lucille and I have been hammin’ it up in the summer sunshine! Seriously, that dog is a ham.

 

Links Loved:
Have you seen these detailed Game of Thrones costume shots?! Amazing.

I recently finished the “Shape Up Your Content” eCourse offered by the ladies at Braid Creative. They’re working with me behind the scenes on some blog/brand improvements and I can not recommend them enough. Tara and Kathleen are magical creative geniuses.

I also recently finished the Design and Sew an A-line Skirt class on Craftsy and it’s been super informative. The instructor is really fun to learn from, and I definitely suggest giving it a shot if you’re interested in learning the basics about flat pattern drafting. I’ll share my finished skirt photos soon.

I was really sad to see Melody Miller’s typewriter design get blatantly ripped off by whoever made these socks for ModCloth. So not cool.

Check out this very couture looking froggy backpack pattern! Ha! It’s so ridiculous and amazing. What will Vogue think of next?

How is your summer going so far?

xo
Rochelle

 

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Fabric wizard and wielder of needles with a passion for bygone eras and natural things. Making magic and messes in the backwoods of New York.

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