The Frumpy Hausfrau Etsy Shop

My Etsy shop hasn’t been terribly successful yet…I’ve only sold one item…but I haven’t put a whole lot of effort into it, either. That is about to change, however.

One of The Girls from church (with whom I go thrifting) makes hand-made handbags for a minimal fee. Recently, I purchased a remnant of fabric and asked her to make a purse for me. Part way through construction, she brought me another bag she’d made to show me a sample of what extras I might like for mine. My heart went pitty-patter when I saw that other bag! Thankfully, she was willing to sell it to me. So now I have two Mary Bags!

The bag on the left is made from the fabric I gave Mary;
the awesome vintage Native American print bag was her “sample” that I snagged.
As for the Etsy shop, I asked Mary if she would like for me to sell some of her creations in my Etsy shop – and she agreed! We still need to figure out pricing, but I anticipate having some fabulous Mary Bags in The Frumpy Hausfrau Etsy Shop very soon!

An Alteration, A Copycat and Some Penguins

It took some doing to get Sunday’s outfit together. The inspiration for my outfit is a page from the September issue of All You magazine:

(Sorry for the poor quality of the pic…I could not find a photo of the outfit on the All You website, so the best I could do was scan the magazine.)

I love the Southwestern look of this comfortable ensemble! Being a frugal hausfrau, I have been searching for the past few weeks for the components of the outfit at thrift stores. I did purchase a scarf at regular price from Target, but not the one pictured – my Target had that one in stock, but it was too large for my frame. I found a chambray shirt for a quarter at the once-a-month Catholic church thrift store; deep red pants for a few dollars at Goodwill; wonderfully comfortable moccasins on eBay; and accessories from my own collection.

First, the thrifted finds needed to be altered to fit me properly. The pants were hemmed up about three inches, an easy fix, but the shirt needed some major work. Here’s the fit before:

It’s kind of hard to tell from the picture, but the shirt is too big in the bust and waist area, but tight across my tummy (notice I didn’t button that last button?) and it poofs out like a balloon in the back (forgot to get a pic of the back). Plus, the hem of the shirt hits at a bad point on my hips. An alteration idea came to me one night while I was laying there not sleeping, so the next day, here’s how I implemented it…

 I folded it up several inches all the way around the middle at the waist, thereby raising the tight tummy area up so it would be closer to my actual waistline, and raising the hemline at the same time. It took a couple of pinnings to find just the right spot for this up-take. Then I sewed it up, with the excess fabric on the inside.

 Next, I pinned two darts in the back, to draw in the waist and eliminate the bubble effect. Again, it took a couple of tries to get the correct position and amount to gather. At first, I was going to make traditional darts (kind of a C-shaped seam from the top of the shoulder blade area to several inches below the waist), but that is very difficult to achieve on an already-constructed shirt. And so I simply sewed over the existing seam I’d just created at the waist, thereby securing the tucks.

The fit is much better now!

 Notice I can button the bottom button now? And yes, the shirt is a bit rumpled…had to take pics after we got home from church. That is one bad thing about chambray – it wrinkles easily.

The back fits better now, too, although Some Postman neglected to tell me there was a wrinkle right at my butt. Sigh…and I’m wondering if I should reduce the curve of the hemline. Now that I see the back view, I’m not sure it’s all that flattering. Perhaps I will do some further alterations….

And here is the entire copycat outfit:

The “bracelet” is a turquoise necklace from my MIL’s collection that I wrapped around my wrist.
After church, Some Postman took me to the City, where we had lunch at Red Robin (love the sweet potato fries and the cherry Cokes!) and then went to visit the zoo. The penguins will be leaving the zoo at the end of the month, and I had been wanting to see them all summer. Penguins are just sooooo adorable!
The Frumpy Hausfrau and some napping penguins

I’m a Penguin!

What a Frumpy Hausfrau Wears To….

…Conduct a garage sale

On Saturday, my daughter and I borrowed a friend’s garage to hold a sale during our Town’s city-wide fall yard sale. (We live out in the country, and Daughter lives in an apartment, so our friend kindly offered us her in-town empty garage.) It was a bit chilly that day, so Daughter made a McRun for some McCoffee and then we had fun taking silly pictures during the slow times.

My phone is merely semi-intelligent, so Daughter took the cool Instagram pics with her phone and shared them with me, so that I could share them with you. We had FUN together, got rid of a lot of stuff, and made enough money to pay for a tank of gas apiece.

Divine Design, Week 3

Week Three for Frumpy Hausfrauen…Week One, Day Four in the book Divine Design

A Fresh Image

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. ~ Colossians 3:12

“While we live here on earth, we still have access to the closet of our old life. From time to time, we may be tempted to pull out items that belong in the past. God wants to give us a fresh new image, inside and out….Because I wear the robe of righteousness Christ gives me, I can clean out my closet.”

Saturday will be the first day of fall – one of my MOST favorite days of the year, because it ushers in my favorite season! With the advent of Autumn comes the Changing of the Wardrobe. Time to bring out the sweaters, scarves and boots! This week’s Bible study is timely, since I am cleaning out my closet and replacing old clothes with fresh new (or new to me) items. As I remove each old piece, I think of an “old self” attribute that needs to be tossed out along with that old t-shirt. And coming in with those new red pants is a desire to make sure my speech is wholesome and edifying.

Wardrobe Workout

1.  List some reasons why it is so difficult to accomplish change in our spiritual closets.
    ~ Those “old self” attributes come naturally to us, via our sinful nature. It goes against our natural inclination to change to the “new self” attributes. It takes a concentrated effort to act in a godly manner; it is SO EASY to let “nature take its course”.

2.  Colossians 3:5-13  Verse 10 spoke most clearly to me: (you) have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

How might you respond to Paul’s encouragement to put on Christ in your daily life?
~ This is a process – I am being renewed. It isn’t instant; becoming that new creation in Christ will take a lifetime and will only be fully accomplished after my body dies. I must keep pursuing the goal of becoming like Christ each day, without giving up, despite the inevitable setbacks.

3.  Key lesson:  Just as I purge my wardrobe of ill-fitting or out-of-date pieces on a regular basis, so also I need to purge my heart of sinful attitudes and behaviors – even MORE often!

4.  Writing out the memory verse (Eph. 4: 22-24)….I missed a phrase in the middle. Oops! Shows I haven’t been reviewing my memory work every day this week.

Study Styles

Ephesians 4:22-32 Wardrobe Chart

What Not To Wear

  • Old Self
  • Deceitful desires
  • Falsehood
  • Holding on to anger
  • Theft
  • Unwholesome talk
  • Bitterness, rage, brawling, slander & malice

What To Wear

  • New self
  • True righteousness and holiness
  • Truth
  • Working usefully
  • Helpful talk
  • Kindness & compassion
  • Forgiveness

If you are following this Bible study along with me, I would love to hear your input. Please feel free to comment below.

A Day on my Feet

It’s been a while since I posted an everyday outfit. Today, I cleaned house for a lady, then visited my grandson for about an hour, then drove to Big Town to stock up on groceries. All this being on my feet required a very comfortable outfit.

Tee – thrifted
Pants – Goodwill
Vest – JCP
Kalso Earth Shoes – eBay
I’m not a big fan of vests, possibly due to the hideous vests that were part of my school uniform for 5th and 6th grades. This one, however, is tolerable. It’s lightweight and adds a touch of “special” to an ordinary t-shirt.
The Kalso Earth shoes, with their negative heel, are supposed to put my hips in perfect alignment, thus alleviating back and leg pain. They do help for a while…but by the time I got home at 4pm this afternoon, I had to toss back some ibuprofin. My hips, knees and heels hurt so much I want to cry. Even sitting hurts. How am I going to sleep tonight? Perhaps I should pour myself a glass of wine…
As has become my recent custom, my trip to Big Town began with a stop at Goodwill. Oh how I love that store! Every time, at least one fabulous piece goes home with me. Today, there were several! I’ve been stalking deep red or burgundy jeans for this fall, but have had very little luck, even online. Finally found a pair on eBay, but the price is a bit on the steep side for this cheapskate hausfrau. Guess what I found at Goodwill today??? Deep cranberry red corduroy jeans! Woo-hoo!
OK, that’s all the fashion talk I can think of for now. Time for fuzzy jammies, that glass of wine and snuggles with my Dachshund babies on the couch. G’night!

A September Sunday

Sweater top – thrifted
Skirt – thrifted
Scarf – can’t remember the name of the shop downtown
Shoes – thrifted
I like the colors and the general look of this outfit…but the top gave me fits all morning in church and the skirt emphasizes my tummy. The top is now in a box headed for this coming Saturday’s yard sale. The neckline is just too low and kept sliding to the left, causing my underthings to show. Good thing I had the scarf to help keep me covered! The skirt is staying. It can’t help it that my tummy sticks out. And I really do like the skirt; it just looks better if I wear an un-tucked top with it, or if I wear super-strong Spanx with it.

Thrifty Fashion Saturday

Actually, it’s more like “Thrifty Fashion Friday”, since that is the day I went thrift shopping, but since I am writing about it today, we’ll leave the title as it is.

The Catholic church in Nearby Town didn’t have a sale in August, so they had lots of new stuff for this weekend’s sale. Sadly, I did not fill my Mary Bag full. This is due to the fact that I will be having a garage sale myself next Saturday, and I don’t care to add more clutter when I’m trying to get rid of some clutter. Also, I’m being more choosy about clothing that I purchase, whether thrifted or not. My closet is full to overflowing, and a lot of what’s on the hangers isn’t even worn much. After my sale is over, and once I’m sure the weather is going to stay fall-like, I plan to cull my closet flock thoroughly.

And so, here are the few items I purchased yesterday:

The cap-sleeve sweater fits well and drapes nicely; it cost 50¢. I’d been looking for a chambray shirt at all my thrifting excursions lately, so was happy to find this one for a quarter. However, it doesn’t fit well. Boxy button-up shirts like this tend to pouf out in the back and be tight across my middle. This shirt is behaving just like that. But…I had an idea for an alteration that should hopefully fix the troubled areas. The cookbook, priced at $1, provided excellent reading material as I stood in line waiting to pay for my goodies. I have the 1993 issue of the series on my cookbook shelf already, and knew that this one would provide the same quality recipes, too. And of course, I couldn’t resist getting a Thomas the Tank Engine movie for my Boo! Hopefully my dollar won’t be wasted on this DVD, as it is somewhat scratched, but as long as it plays, I know he will love it. After I took this photo and put away my purchases, I noticed that I’d forgotten to include the belt I’d found for 50¢. It’s a wide black elastic belt with leopard print on the fastening ends. You’ll see it worn soon enough.

No yard sales for me to scour for bargains today, sadly. With our main road being closed due to bridge reconstruction, I’m making as few trips to town as possible. The Flint rock on our gravel roads is really hard on tires (Some Postman goes through a lot of tires delivering the mail out here!). I’ll try to remember to take my camera along to my sale next Saturday, so you can join me.

Did you find any great deals or bargains this week? Feel free to share!