Friday, June 21, 2013

21 Weeks Pregnant with Twins + Severe Round Ligament Pain

Today I am 21 weeks and 3 days pregnant with twins (a boy AND a girl, yay!!) and last night around 4:30 am I woke up crying out in pain.  The pain was coming in waves, and lasted for about 20 to 30 minutes.  It would die down then flare up again, all in my lower abdomen.  I could feel babies kicking and moving all over the place.

My husband, mostly annoyed that I had woken him up with my cries of pain (his cranky butt had gotten up at 5:30 the previous morning to take his mother to the airport) says, "well you aren't in labor are you?"... um really? This is my first pregnancy.  And it's twins.  HOW THE HELL WOULD I KNOW IF I WAS IN LABOR???!!! So Dr. Hubby looked on the internet and said he believed it was just round ligament pain and told me to toughen up* (*note:  this was a mean thing to say.  He thinks it's funny to tease me till I get pissed off me because he thinks I have a temper... and apparently he somehow finds humor in it.  However, I do not think it was an appropriate statement to make at that exact time. So I made him rub my belly and back after that until I was able to fall asleep. Hmph.)

This morning I called my doctor's office and asked the nurse if this was normal, to which she replied, "most definitely not".  She called back a few hours later (why the rush?) and said the doctor believes it was round ligament pain which presented itself in a very severe manner.

Well freaking great.  I am so sore it isn't even funny.  My entire lower abdomen has never been so sore.  My back hurts.  I have an all over unpleasant feeling.  It hurts to go up and down the stairs.  It hurt to carry a gallon of milk.  When I walk around it feels like things are just going to fall out.  So I asked the doctor what I could do for the pain and I was given these exciting tips:

1. Take Tylenol, up to extra strength (which she said if I only had regular strength I could take up to 3 which would equal extra strength.

2.  I can use a heating pad on the very lowest setting for 15 minute increments... so on for 15 minutes and off for 15 minutes rotation.

3.  Apparently the way I am sleeping can be a factor, so I can utilize a wedge pillow OR try sleeping on the couch if it is comfortable (which it is not).  I have been sleeping only on my left side pretty much, which she said when we sleep in bed with someone we tend to sleep facing away from them on whatever side of the bed is ours.  She said people find on the couch it is easier to wedge the pillows in front and back and get more comfortable.

We have a "red neck" sofa as my mother likes to call it.  It reclines, it vibrates, it heats, has reading lights, cup holders, and a slide out drawer with storage for your remote controls with a built in beer cooler.  It is the best couch on earth in every single way... unless you want to sleep on it.  There are too many metal components underneath that are not comfy whilst lying down across the couch cushions (as opposed to sitting in recliner position).

Interesting note on the way hubby and I are sleeping though... I was told that basically I would have so many pillows around me to be comfortable that I would be taking up about 3/4 of the bed and hubby would barely have any space.  Apparently he didn't get the memo.  I wake up all the time to see him sprawled out on my pillows with his elbow in my face, and etc.  I have to push him back to his side! lmao!

4.  The nurse said that most of the pain is probably due to the rapid amount of stretching and extra pressure being put on me by having two babies in there... so she recommended that I get one of these ultra super sexy contraptions...

It's You Babe Best Cradle, Small (90-165 Pounds)

It is called the "Prenatal Cradle."  She said you wear it during the day for extra support for the tummy and back and take it off at night.  My husband is picking me up one on his way home from work.  Frankly, I don't care how overly sexy it is as long as it takes the pain away.  :)  We will see how this goes...

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

PDF McCall's Magazine September 1903 Fashion Patterns by vkcouture

I just opened my Etsy store back up and have recently listed a few items, including a few digital items... including the following.  Trying to figure out if I should take the watermark off of the cover image... hmmm...

PDF McCall's Magazine September 1903 Fashion Patterns by vkcouture:

'via Blog this'

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Rooster Bit Me. My Sister Has Too Many Kids. Men's Cabana Set & Cashmere Overcoat for Sale.


Today has been a day.  My phone started ringing at 8:30 this morning.  As it turned out, my 6 year old nephew broke his tooth and had to go to the dentist to get the rest of it pulled out.  I ended up skipping work for a while and sitting over at my sisters with her remaining children:  a 4 year old, a 2 year old, and a 2 month old.

Actually, I ended up having a lot of fun.  The baby slept the entire time, the 4 year old loves to hang with me, and the girl... the 2 year old actually acknowledged my existence for the very first time EVER.  Usually when I watch her, she cries the entire time.  If I talk to her she hides behind the chair.  If I pick her up she cries more.  Somehow today, holy cow, she was under the couch avoiding me... then suddenly out of nowhere stood up, and pointed at the picture she drew and showed it to me!!!  This was followed by an hour of smiles, playing, laughter... and I was even given my first kiss goodbye!


THEN

I got to work, realized that I had left my work bag at my sisters, had to head back then found out that Drake (the one with the broken tooth) bit the heck out of his lip because of the Novocaine and was bleeding all over the face.  Poor kid looks like he lost a fight now.

Instead of going all the way back to the office again, I decided to come home to work.  It looks like I will be working the rest of the night.

Oh, and did I mention that I got BIT by Mr. Bubbles on the back of my hand because he was being a mean brat? That was really the icing on my day.  Grrr.


I have some more fun vintage items for sale!


Vintage 1950s Kitsch ATOMIC Rockabilly Men's Cabana Swim Set - Swim Trunks & Linen Top in Excellent Condition




This is an authentic man's cabana swim set from the 1950s. It features a short sleeve shirt with a fabulous atomic print in blues, greens and black. The shirt appears to be made of high quality linen. Closure is by five plastic buttons up the front of the shirt, and a sixth button at the neck which buttons closed with a loop. The shirt has three patch pockets on the front, two at each front bottom side, and one breast pocket. 


Rare Vintage 1950s Mens Heavy Overcoat High Quality Coat by Hart Schaffner Marx 100% Cashmere Silver Trumpeter XXL in Navy Blue




Vintage 1950s-1960s Overcoat Hart Schaffner Marx Cashmere Silver Trumpeter 52 XXL Navy

Soft, Luxurious, High Quality

Olive green velvet lined pockets, black satin lining, back vent.


Well, it's back to work for me now!

Check out my ETSY store!
Check out my EBAY store!
And as always, my website! Vintage Kitsch Couture

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Etsy Love! Vintage Dresses, Bellbottoms, Robe & Fur. Me and My Pretty Chicken!

So I have officially had a store on Etsy for 11 days now.  I could never figure out the hype with Etsy, though my best friend has been selling her hair accessories on there for years now.  But I finally figured it it:


ETSY IS FUN!!

Seriously, I feel like I'm back in art school again.  I get to network with other artists and see what they have been creating.  It's like Facebook... but funner... and it pays! :)

And it's so simple to use. Why wasn't I on Etsy sooner?!   The only thing I shake my fist at Etsy for is that I got really excited to see that an app for Etsy came out for the iphone only to discover that it apparently doesn't work on crotchety old iPhones like my ancient 3G to which it just tells me it is "incompatible." Poo.

I am still continuing to sell some on Ebay as auction-style listings have many benefits, and it also allows my items to be seen by a wider audience, but sadly Ebay has been hiking up its fees like crazy lately.  And Etsy has way more of a cozy community vibe than Ebay could ever have.

Also, my remodeled website is nearing completion.  I saw a working draft of it yesterday and all I can say is it is AWESOME.  I'm so very excited! :)

Below I am going to show some nice new listings I have on Etsy & Ebay... but FIRST, I want to show off the awesome pic that my hubby took of me and my chicken, "Daphne" (taken on his newly born iPhone 4-whatever sparkling showoff phone.  If only my husband would start drinking, I really think I could convince him to trade phones with me.)


She's so pretty.  She's a rare Ohio Buckeye Chicken.  Once we get the farm I'm going to get more Buckeyes!  I seriously think she could qualify as a show chicken.  Her coloring is STUNNING.

I don't think I have sported the turtleneck-sweatshirt look since about 1992 but this was taken right before we were leaving for Thanksgiving dinner and I wanted to cover up my cream colored sweater so as to not to take a chance of showing up at the in-laws covered in chicken shit.

As I mentioned above, I wanted to post a little about my newly listed items for sale.  Currently I have up for auction at Ebay:


VTG 40s 50s BRIGHT Floral Kimono Style Dressing Gown

This dressing gown features a lovely and bright botanical print in pink, yellow and green an empire waistline.  The gown is trimmed with yellow grosgrain ribbon around the waist and neckline.  Additionally, a smaller pink velvet ribbon wraps the waist.


At Etsy you will find:



This is a PHENOMENAL soft pink angora/mohair knit pant suit/jumpsuit in EXCELLENT CONDITION.  This two piece set features a bright pink sleeveless jumpsuit made of super soft and luxurious knit pink and white angora. 



This is a GORGEOUS bejeweled sparkling sunshine yellow floating chiffon 2-piece dress in technicolor!

This dress features a bright yellow chiffon dress with billowing sheer sleeves, and frilly chiffon skirt. The dress is lined in light yellow. 

Two small yellow strings at the waist support a 1.75" wide leather-backed belt which is covered in pink and yellow rhinestones pearls, beads, and gold thread.

A matching vest completes the look. The vest features a super kitsch pink, green and white vest with a floral pattern with gold threads. The trim edges of the vest are bejeweled to match the belt.



This is a GLAMOROUS real brown mink winter fur wrap scarf!

Authentic Vintage Mink Fur

High Quality, Real Mink From around the 1940s

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Selling another GORGEOUS A-Line Shift Dress from the 1960s!


While preparing the launch of my website, I have also set up an Etsy store! How much fun I am having!!!

I have been super busy and haven't updated my blog recently, so I'm getting back on it!

Here's a new item!

Vintage 1960s GLAM MOD Silk Formal Shift A-Line Dress/Gown in Robins Egg Blue with Bows


This is a charming 1960s shift or A-Line dress in Robin's egg blue in Vintage Size 10.

This dress is adorned with seven matching bows which go down the front center of the dress. The back of the dress features a pleated design to the upper back area. The dress is lined above the waist on the inside.

Closure for the dress is by a metal zipper and hook-and-eye up the back. The bow around the waist closes by metal snaps and hook-and-eyes underneath at the front. On the inside of the dress is a piece that wraps the bust area to hold up the dress with three hook-and-eye closures - the middle closure hook needs stitched back on at one end.

Sizing is approximately: Bust (on the inside closure) 30/31" Bust (on the outside seam to seam) 33/34", Waist 27, Back Length 35", Front Length 36"

As far as condition goes, I would say this is in good condition. 

This dress just returned from a trip to the dry cleaners! 

The ONLY imperfections I have found on this dress are two teeny pin-head sized rust stains on the back of one of the shoulder straps. Additionally, (and the reason I'm pretty sure this is silk) under each of the arms, at the armpit, the fabric has a small section of shredding (not uncommon for vintage silk) about 1" long. Additionally at the bottom back, at the left seam there is approximately a 6" long (up/down), about 1" thick section of shredding. Neither of these is really noticeable and wouldn't be so if the dress was being worn. I got the best picture that I could of the largest section.

The dress comes pressed from the dry cleaner, spotless and free of any lingering "vintage smell"! It smells fresh and clean, pressed, and ready to wear the moment it arrives! 

I cannot find a designer label, but I did locate a union label inside (see photos).

GORGEOUS! (note: This dress is modeled over a crinoline skirt. Not included)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Selling A Gorgeous 50s Party Dress on EBay & Getting a New Web Design Y'all

I am working on having the site redesigned to include a store.  In the meantime I have been selling some vintage clothing and vintage crafts (and a few designer finds) on EBay.  I had added a tab at the top of my blog to easily shop my ebay store.

I just sold a bunch of vintage crafts this week, but I have started listing more fun vintage items!  My ebay store can be found here:  Vintage Kitsch Couture

Among the items I'm selling this week, here are these two favorites of mine:

This is an absolutely GORGEOUS off-the shoulder vintage party dress from the 1950s in lemon yellow and coral sherbet color with ruching at the bodice.







Vintage Stunning 1950s Party Prom Cocktail Dress Lemon & Coral Chiffon Fred Perlberg

This dress has a layer of chiffon on top, a crinoline underskirt, and a yellow underlining.  The lemon yellow chiffon skirt if very full and flowing.
The "V"-neck bodice shows a gradient of four colors:  Lemon, Coral, Peach and Vanilla.  The back of the bodice shows a modestly plunging "v" as well.   Closure for the dress is by a metal zipper and hook-and-eye up the back.

Sizing is approximately:  Bust 34-35, Waist 26-27, Length 29

Follow the link to see the auction for more information.

The second favorite item of mine, which I am sadly parting with because my feet are too fat for them *sob*... They aren't vintage, but very retro style.  They have been sitting in my closet for about 5 years now.  Once in a while I take them out and look at them with love, maybe try them on again, take a couple of steps and then curse my hooves.  Yes 6.5 is a small foot, but 6.5 E is a WIDE foot.  Hmph. So, I've decided it's time for us to go our separate ways.  It's time for my beloved shoes to to to a nicer, thinner and cuter 6.5.

These are brand new, never worn, and in the box.  These are a size 6.5 and are not sold anymore.


Charles David Exchange "Prose" Open Toe Heel 6.5 White w/Green Bow 


The shoes are white canvas with green decorated with green grosgrain ribbon and rick rack with bows at the toe. 

Follow the link to see the auction for more information.  

Links

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