First of all, where is summer?! Seriously, WHERE IS IT?! Since it’s only January and we have FOREVER to go until those balmy months, today’s outfit post/DIY shirt is a throwback to warmer weather because I’m ready to start dreaming up festival outfits and sweating my buns off outside. Anywho…
I had been seeing these vintage deep V tshirts EVERYWHERE except in a store where I could actually buy one. I had seriously been looking for more than a year and then just decided to make myself one. I found this ridiculous “cave art” tshirt at a thrift store and DIYd the shit out of it. I ended up loving it so much that I wore it to a Tame Impala show at Red Rocks.
Shirt: Vintage and DIY by me
Boots & Sunnies: Forever 21
**these pictures were taken on a different day than the show…I was too busy pre-gaming in the parking lot….oops.
I may have made this last summer but I’m totally going to wear it and more like it alllll summer. My question is…should I make some of these one-of-a-kind pieces for the shop? Let me know!
Okay, so she’s a long way from being ready, but…….I have been keeping this secret for months. M O N T H S. Which, if you know me, is a huge deal. But here it is, I’m spilling the beans….A couple of months ago I made a BIG decision…I bought a vintage camper. Why, you may ask? To turn it into a mobile boutique, that’s why!
I’ve had the idea of a mobile shop in an old camper for years and after spending two summers in Denver and seeing all the mobile shops in action, I just KNEW I had to make my idea a reality. I finally realized that in order for this to actually happen I was going to have to make some moves and take a few calculated risks. I started spending hours daily researching what to look for, things to stay away from and tips and tricks on restoring. I quickly realized that this was a project that I absolutely could not do by myself like I had originally thought–I was depressed and lost nearly all hope but I kept looking.
One day as I was perusing Craigslist, I stumbled upon a post for a couple of campers in my price range (which, let me tell you, wasn’t a lot) so I sent an email inquiring–I figured I could at least just go take a look. A day later I got a call and voicemail from Ken, the camper owner, and he tells me that he restores campers to their original glory or flips them into mobile spaces for people–he’s currently working on a mobile art gallery and just finished up a mobile photo booth and even a BBQ food truck. I was SO excited but I was really skeptical because, again, I didn’t have a ton of money to throw around. Anyway we set up a meeting and Jonathan and I headed up into the mountains to take a look.
There were several to choose from but we knew from the moment we stepped into Gloria that she would be mine. Seriously, we both just knew. I waited for a few days for some more research and budgeting and then I wrote the check.
As soon as the title was handed to me and I was alone to take measurements I sat down on the floor and cried. Happy…excited…terrified–I honestly felt everything at that moment.
(Meet Gloria. A 1966 Red Dale camper trailer.)
She’s been partially gutted, had her paint stripped and she needs work from the rails up (literally!) but she’s got good bones! I will be keeping the stove, the ice box and rebuilding the couch that pulls out into a bed so that I can use her for camping as well.
Here are some of our first draft renderings:
In the first view, you can see the couch which will be used to display pillows, blankets and other cute home goods. The area with the sink will have a cabinet that goes over it so that it hides it and becomes a flat display area.
Still trying to figure out how to put a small fitting area across from the sink and stove.
And here is a sample of how it will look all set up on site. I’ll have a roll out awning and some cute display furniture to make the shop look cohesive and inviting.
The actual body work hasn’t gotten started due to winter weather but the goal is Spring/Summer 2017! EEK!!! Again, this is just the first rough draft so there will be a lot of changes but it feels awesome to be lost in the right direction.
I am also planning on branching out from strictly vintage to handmade and new boutique items that fit with the Chance & Coincidence aesthetic. If you’ve had any type of experience with buying or with having your own shop, (mobile or otherwise) I would love to hear from you!
Are mobile boutiques or fashion trucks a thing in your area? If so, what’s been your favorite and why?
So this blog has been around for awhile now and unfortunately it’s been dormant for most of its sad life. The past two years have taught me so much of who I am and what I want (and don’t want) and I’m ready to actually do this thing. No more half-assed posts that I throw in there just because I feel pressured to do it or to just fill space. I’ve been planning and dreaming up this relaunch for months and I’m terrified and excited that the time has come to release it out into the world.
Anywho, without further adieu, welcome!
The new Chance & Coincidence will be a blog that focuses on my journey to creating and expanding my side hustle (aka my shop), outfit posts, DIYs, travel, tips, ideas, inspiration and things that genuinely make me happy. I may occasionally throw in a story or a memory because let’s be honest–weird stuff tends to happen to me, but I’m going to try my best to be much more focused in my approach. I’m hoping that as I do this more and more the blog will continue to organically grow into something that I’m truly proud of.
Take a look around…you’ll notice some new sections that I can’t wait to delve into in the coming weeks. This is what you can expect from each section–new and old:
Start Here/Meet Me: my about me section so that you can take a tiny peek into my head
Projects: DIYs, things I’m working on, etc.
Life: this will eventually be split into sub-sections but for now it’s a space for tips and tricks, anecdotes, inspiration, current music playlists, guest posts, things I’ve been into lately, fitness, food, things to do in Denver…anything that happens in life.
Adventures: pretty self explanatory–travel and things I get into
Style: Outfit posts, Style tips, things I’m dying to buy, etc
Shop: A link to the Etsy shop which will be relaunching with a new look in February and a link to “Gloria”…you’ll have to wait until Friday to see what the heck that is 😉
You’ll notice that the old content is still here but you can expect new content three days a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7AM MST. Follow my Instagram or Snapchat (username: fallingupstairs) for daily posts.
What would you like to see on here? Leave your ideas in the comments below!
While perusing Pinterest awhile back I was really inspired by this image…it’s for a website that makes free watercolor backgrounds but I love the display of the different colors and textures all put together.
Click Picture for Watercolor Website
I did this project in two parts. Here’s what you need for Part A…
-2 Sheets Watercolor Paper
-Spray Bottle (Optional)
-Cup with Water
When using your paints remember that they go a long way so only use a small dot of each color. Remember, you can always add more if you need it!
The little spray bottle simply makes the colors run together more so that it looks sort of marbled…a look that I was going for. Of course you don’t have to do it this way…there are TONS of watercolor techniques that you can use. If you’re unfamiliar with them and aren’t sure what kind of look you’re going for check out this video for help.
I picked out two different colors for each sheet and went to town with the paint. If your kit doesn’t have the colors you’re looking for, you can mix them. Just remember your color wheel!
As the paint and water dries your pages might curl up, mine certainly did. I allowed them to dry fully and then placed them on a flat counter with a clean, heavy box on top for a day or so.
Here’s a close up of my dried sheets…the left was made with violet and blue and the right with red and yellow.
Now that your paintings are dry, you’re ready for Part B. Here’s what you’ll need…
-Photo Frame (your personal choice of course)
-Some Type of Background Paper (since my watercolor paper was the same size as my frame I went ahead and just used another piece of the paper)
Measure out how big you want your strips and draw lines to cut along–be sure to do this on the BACK of your paintings…it’s easier to see and you won’t see them on your finished project.
Cut the strips along the lines…to make these even straighter, you can use a cutting board and a razor–I had scissors handy so I just used them and cut as straight as I could.
Arrange your strips on your background piece however you like. Honestly, you can’t go wrong! You can even make the strips all different sizes. It’s your artwork so it’s up to you!
Once you’ve figured out the arrangement…make small marks on the background so you that you know where to put them back. Then take your glue and go around the backside edges of your painted strips. Be sure not to use too much glue or things will get messy and the paper could possibly curl up again! To make sure I had the glue even I went over the glue with a Qtip after applying it.
Now glue down all of your strips.
An easy way to make sure your strips are glued well is to press a piece of clean cardboard over them. I used this strip and then applied pressure to each strip with my hand.
Allow glue to dry…drying time will depend on what kind of glue you used…and then put it in your frame.
And there you have it, an original piece of artwork!
There are so many different possible variations of this piece…you can do all different types of colors or different techniques for your strips. You could even use a paper punch and use the punches instead of strips. This is also a project that you can have the kids help with! Just have them paint the papers and you do the rest!
Let me know if you try this project because I’m nosey and want to see what you’ve come up with!
If you’re like me you have tons of scrap and random fabric lying around. Here’s a quick bracelet to make using those scraps (or you can use strips you cut from bigger pieces of fabric).
All you’ll need is fabric and scissors for this project. I used the buttons in the upper right-hand corner to help me decide how big to make the starting loop. They aren’t necessary for the completion of this bracelet.
If you don’t have long, skinny scraps, just go ahead and cut some from bigger pieces of material.
I tried to use all sorts of different colors in mine.
Pick one of the strips as your starter piece. Twist it around multiple times so that it makes a tight “rope”. Turn the twists around your finger so that you can create a loop. Be sure to keep one of the tails quite a bit longer than the other.
Make sure the loop is big enough to accommodate a large knot. Again, I used this button only to size the loop.
Now, start twisting the long strip of material.
Now twist the other side. To start twisting the two “ropes” together twist the right side over the left side and hold tight. Continue down the material.
Once you need to add a strip, open one side a little bit (don’t untwist what you’ve already done) and fold the new piece of fabric into the short strip. Start twisting down the piece like you’ve already been doing.
Keep winding the individual strands separately and then continue twisting them together. Your piece will start looking like this.
Keep adding fabric until you’ve reached the desired length. Once there, tie the strands in a knot and trim the ends.
Then, go through and trim off the extra pieces sticking out from your fabric transitions.
I made mine long enough to wrap around my wrist three times but there is no limit to the length you can make!
Enjoy your bracelet!
For a long, looooong time I have dreamed of having my own pop-up shop AND IT’S HAPPENING. After years of collecting product and months of preparation things are starting to come together!
Here’s just a bit of the journey so far…
The poor clothes had to make the cross-country journey in vacuum-sealed bags.
Working on hanging clothes up to air out and de-wrinkle.
Just a few things that I’ve collected…I have women’s clothes from the 1950s to the 90s and only collect items that are in excellent vintage condition.
Jeans, shorts or pants anyone?
I still have tons of hats and shoes to unpack.
I need a few more racks (I still have more boxes of product and handmade goods) a display table, and a few more odds and ends but here it is so far. I also just got in shopping bags and price tags so that I can start pricing everything. Tonight I’ll be ordering business cards and banners. I’ll be ready in a week or so.
Just imagine this not in my garage but under a tent at an event! Eeeek! I am beyond excited (and a little scared) and hope to be selling at a venue soon!
If you know of any venues in Denver and the surrounding areas let me know!