Category Archives: Made by Callie

A Blog Renovation

Hello to all!

As I mentioned in my last post, I have sort of been trying to figure out what I ‘d like to do with the blog since I went on a bit of a hiatus to finish school. Well, I would like to invite you all to begin following my new blog adventures over at calliemakes.wordpress.com…As some of you may have noticed from following Polka Dots and Leopard Spots, I wear quite a few things that I make myself. And that will be what Callie Makes is more about. Because, truthfully, that is what I AM about. I make things. I LOVE to make things. Literally (as cliche as it sounds) since I can remember.  Mostly clothing, yes…but I’ll give anything a shot, really.

So, for now…I am going to put down PDLS for a rest and focus a bit more on what I would call my niche-sewing and making. Because it is what I love to do and what I would like to share with you.

 

Hope to see you there,

Callie

Printed: Blue & White

Blue and white prints and designs have always been very striking to me.  There are such interesting backgrounds associated with blue and white motifs among various cultures. Chinoiserie and Delftware derived from the Netherlands, for example.  My mom has always had a wonderful collection of Delftware, (a lot of which came from Colonial Williamsburg) so that is very likely one reason I am drawn to blue and white prints…it’s apparently ingrained.

So, I made this dress over the summer with the intention of wearing it to a wedding but opted for a different one.  I wanted to wait until the winter to do a blog post with this dress because I thought the blue and white print would probably stand out way better with a snowy white background.

 

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Coat-Vintage Bill Blass (with altered lining)
Dress-Made by me
Boots-Aldo

Toeing the Towpath

Ohio’s nature offers some really great backdrops for blog photos, especially since we have a National Park fairly close to Cleveland.  The other day we took a stroll down the Towpath at Boston Mills in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (#CVNP).  The Towpath follows the path of the Erie Canal and follows along the Cuyahoga River.  Today, there are 35 numbered locks from Akron to Cleveland, although there were many more functional locks in the 1800’s.  If you’re intrigued, there is much more information available online about the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath.

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It’s pretty interesting to see a picture of the Lock from it’s functioning days then viewing it present day.

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Wearing Jessica Simpson black top and booties (similar), Big Star jeans,( similar), Velvet shrug and necklace made by me, Scarf from a market in London, Calvin Klein coat, (similar).

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If you’re ever touring CVNP, stop by Boston Mills along the Towpath, there is a Visitor Center and the Boston Store where you can take a pit stop for a snack or two. :d

Poppies of Color

It’s hard to believe that summer is closing in on us.  I will say, it sure has been a whirlwind of a summer this year, too.  And now that we’re in the ides of August, I, as I’m sure many other people can relate, have started recognizing the things on the Summer Bucket List that have not yet been accomplished, as well as the fewer number of things that have been.  It’s kind of a bummer, isn’t it?  You think you have all summer to do all these awesome things, and then POOF…summer isn’t summer anymore.  Well,  since I didn’t post as much as I had hoped to this summer, this one is probably going to be one of the last of my pitifully bare summer post series.  But then it’s onto Autumn-which we all will love and appreciate dearly until those white flurried guests come back to stay for longer than they are welcome, so you can expect more of a post abundance for my favorite Ohio season.

So, here’s some pop of color to add to your Summery Sunday (at least it’s pretty summery today here in the CLE, thankfully)!

 

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I made this dress several summers ago to wear to an outdoor wedding.  I had kind of forgotten about it because I had it tucked away since it needed some minor alterations.  Well, I found it again and fixed it up so I could finally give it some more air time.  It’s such a gorgeous print of poppies that it suits a maxi dress (and summer) so perfectly.

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It’s also a great dress for spinning.  ;)

 

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Made the dress; Sunglasses-Jessica Simpson; Sandals-Target; Bracelets-Turquoise from Morocco in Disney World! :) other is vintage; Various rings.

 

#Blogfit of the Day

Why, hello! Long time no blog! It’s been a crazy fast summer guys! I can’t believe it’s already the end of July!  Just wanted to share an #blogfit with you, so today’s post is short and sweet.

 

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Just checkin’ out my tomato plant (featured in the last post) which now has two more ripe tomatoes! I’m crossing my fingers for the 6 others growing to turn just as red and ripe (and delicious) as they’ve been so far.

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Isn’t this bracelet awesome?? I love how the found objects and colors complement each other so well.

 

‘Bazaar’ tee from Dillard’s about 4 or 5 years ago; I made the polka dot skirt; bracelet from Anthropologie last year (no longer available), shoes from Target.

Lock[ed] Treasure

I’ve really been enjoying getting to know more of the nooks and crannies of our wonderful Cuyahoga Valley National Park, aka #CVNP.  Each place is like a little piece of treasure, some more hidden than others.  We wandered around the park near Deep Lock Quarry, which was the biggest lock (#28) of the entire Ohio Erie Canal.  It’s about 17 feet deep which is pretty impressive to see in person and to picture how it had been utilized in the past.

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Top: made by me

Shorts: thrifted Levi’s 501’s and cut off. Belt also thrifted.

Shoes: Target

Purse: Vintage Coach

Bracelet: Target (? Long time ago!)

Petal Pink

Happy Easter!  I hope everyone had a lovely holiday.  It was an absolutely BEA-utiful day for us here in CLE, which is usually a hit or miss for this annual special Sunday.  But when we do get a warm and sunny one, it makes this Spring holiday that much sweeter.

Today, I wanted to share this pink petal coat (freshly finished) project of mine.  I was inspired by a street-wear picture I came across a very long time ago and loved it so much that decided to give it a go myself by upcycling an old coat.  I’m extremely excited with how it turned out.

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I don’t know what it is about this color, and I know I’ve said this multiple times before, but I truly love it, especially for the Spring.  It just suits the season perfectly, I think.

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It’s so exciting to finally see green sprouts showing up everywhere!  A couple days ago it seemed like Mother Nature just flipped the on-switch for Spring…everything had become noticeably greener, which is just so very inspirational and reassuring.

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Our yummy Easter creations this year. >:o)

 

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Dress-Antonio Melani from Dillard’s (n/a)
Shoes-Jessica Simpson (n/a)
Necklace-made it
Upcycled coat

Over the Holidays

Happy New Year everyone! I hope everybody had a fun and safe holiday! We spent ours in downtown CLE and it was so much fun! A very memorable experience for the books…including one delicious Moscow Mule, a handshake with a rock guitarist, and a hug from a stranger. Not a bad way to start 2015! :) These past few weeks leading up to and including the holidays have been ultra hectic, so it’ll be nice to finally have a few days to just breathe and relax.

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A great view from East 4th for the NYE downtown fireworks.

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Tower City Center.

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A fantastic Moscow Mule from Society Lounge on East 4th.

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So, a couple weeks ago, I made myself another coat that I’ve been patiently waiting to actually accomplish. And at last, I finally have.

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Wearing a Gap blouse from a few years ago, black skinny jeans, boots by Bed Stu, hat by Converse from Target many years ago, and silver earrings and tooled leather purse were mom’s.

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For Christmas, we had a very yummy meal and our traditional Flaming Plum Pudding. Since it has to be started the day after Thanksgiving, my mom will often just buy a pre-made one from somewhere like William-Sonoma, but this year she was on the ball and actually made one from scratch…complete with the brandied hard sauce!

Silent Snow

Happy post-Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you all had a great Holiday and stuffed your bellies full of delicious food, I know I did! :)
Today I bring you a snowy post. The pictures were actually taken a week or so ago, in more parts of Ohio’s wonderful parks. I love going to the park after a snowfall because it’s so peaceful, I think snow in general is very peaceful and tranquil. But in the park, it is especially noticeable because there is barely any sound…maybe a bird chirping once in a while, but mostly just silence. Which is indeed something we should never take for granted.

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I finally made this coat a year or so ago after having it cut out and ready to put together for wayyy tooo long. I am so pleased with the outcome and it has quickly become a winter favorite…here it is in previous post!

Also wearing booties by Bed Stu, found here. And mom’s tooled leather purse making yet another appearance.

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This early snow has me wondering what kind of winter Ohio will experience this year. But regardless of type, I am pledging to still try to remain positive and make the most of it by actually pursuing wintery things, like sledding and ice skating, and drinking a crazy amount of hot cocoa…and I’m sure there will be future posts to prove it. ;)

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One week later, and there’s still plenty of snow on the ground and water turned to ice…we even dipped down to about 15 degrees the other day, which is definitely a temperature more suited for January of February here in our neck of the woods. However, I am plenty thankful we have not gotten 6+ feet of snow like some of our Great Lakes neighbors…I can’t imagine how difficult that has to be, thoughts and prayers for anyone having to experience that.

Yesterday, we took a little stroll down in the CLE Metroparks to see some snow covered grounds and iced over rivers. I will say, even though it is freezing, Winter nature can be very beautiful.

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Wearing a sweater vest, (literally!) that I constructed from a sweater and an old vest. Scarf from a market in London, skirt made by me last year in a desperation for a light brown skirt, boots by Sorel (link below), hat with feather pom from Target a few years back. Mom’s vintage tooled leather purse, coat by Calvin Klein.

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These are my most favorite Winter boots-by Sorel. Very warm, very comfy. You can find some here.

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Anyone else see the lady face in this ice? ;)

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Don’t worry, at least one of these Guinness glasses actually had Guinness in it, post photo opp. ;)

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After a little CLE Metroparks exploration, we decided to go to P.J. McIntyre’s in West Park for dinner. It’s an Irish Pub with delicious Irish fare and drinks. I got a traditional Irish Full Breakfast which consisted of bangers, potatoes, black and white pudding, tomato, mushrooms, two eggs, beans, ham, and toast. It was. so good. And eating it instantly reminded me of the first time I had a Full Breakfast in England. It’s just a whole lotta good food on one plate. Nice and hearty, great for this cold Winter weather.

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The atmosphere is absolutely perfect for a pub, too. Dark wood, barrel tables, fire place…even the floors have this very suitable motif. If you can’t already tell, if you’re in CLE and have never been, or you’re visiting and want somewhere to go, check it out!

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