Sewing With Vintage Patterns: A Spotlight on Elegant Musings

Last month, my vintage ladies’ group, Bon Vivants, held a sewing get together, which I hosted. Melissa of the great vintage lifestyle blog Technicolor Cutie, was the group organizer.  You can read her blog entry about the event here.

Yasmin, Me, Melody Beth and Melissa, courtesy of TechnicolorCutie.blogspot.com

I have a sewing machine, and there was a time that I collected vintage patterns for the artwork. I also hand-sew toys, like this owl. Or this cat. I’ve hand-sewn toys and dolls out of found fabric, vintage buttons, and cast-off sweaters since I was about fifteen. I also learned to crochet when I quit smoking some years ago (to keep my hands busy), and I’m able to knit a basic stitch.

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Bexie B – Cross-Stitching The Zombie Apocolypse in Kansas

Do you like Zombies? Gaming Geekery? What about cross-stitch? If you do, you need to know more about Bexie B!

Bex by Vixen Pinup Photography, KC MO

Tell us about yourself!

I’m known as Bex of Bexie B Creations.  I am a stay-at-home mom to one human and three canine babies. I also cook, bake, and make  video game and B-movie cross-stitch designs.

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Bon Vivants Ladies’ Group: Ready, Set, Sew!

My fabulous friend, Husband’s hairdresser, and fellow blogger Missy of the blog “Technicolor Cutie” started a vintage ladies’ group here in Los Angeles a few months ago. One day a month, a gaggle of us gals get together and revel in our love of vintage. We try to pick a theme to share a skill or passion we have for things that are related to the vintage lifestyle. This month was hosted at my house, and it was called Ready, Set, Sew!

Missy was kind enough to teach us Sewing 101, and the machine I’ve let sit unused since our wedding reception a year ago is now churning out raised hemlines and stuffed animals with lightening speed! I’m going to edit and upload a video of it soon. Meanwhile, you can read her blog entry and pics about it here.

(Like seeing stuff like this? Follow me on Instagram @BerettaFleur for more behind-the-scenes shenanigans.)

It’s Good, Clean Fun!

I’m happy to report that I am featured with a Spring Cleaning photo and article in the May/June Issue #2 of Atomic Bombshells Magazine ! This is a quality, full-size magazine with great shots of modern pinups, plus tips on living the vintage lifestyle. Get it here.

Beretta Fleur for Atomic Bombshells Magazine by Shotgun Pinups, Los Angeles

How Learning to Delegate Equals Great Parties

A few recent threads and conversations in my social network has got me thinking about parties, potlucks, and events. Specifically, the logistics of executing hosting tasks in a fairly tasteful, fun, and drama-free manner. As we move into the wedding/party season of late spring and summer,  many brides and party  hosts are dealing with these issues:

“I don’t have time.”

“I would ask people to help, but I don’t know how to delegate.”

“How come potlucks always ends up being a random mix of weird foods?”

“I can’t make those cute decorations on Pinterest.”

“How can I feed a large party of people on $20?”

“I just don’t want to be a bitch/asshole.”

“Everything costs money.”

So… many… pom poms….

Let’s approach these issues one by one.  Ready?

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Vintage Decorations for Valentine’s Day

Give these to your loved ones as E-cards, DIY cards, or print and mount on construction paper for party decorations, as cited in my 2/2012 article on Valentine’s Day party ideas on Yahoo via The Daily Meal! (Images may be protected by copyright and are for personal use ony.)

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Modern DIY Yarn Wreath

I’ve always loved the idea of wreaths on the door for seasonal changes…. especially the holidays and for spring. This one is really pretty and basic, and it’s cheap to make! Choose whatever colors you like. I chose red yarn with cream and brown flowers, which I feel works for the fall and winter holidays, but you might choose greens, whites, yellows and pinks for Spring.

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A Hodgepodge Thanksgiving Menu

Husband  and I hosted an assortment of friends and family for Thanksgiving 2011.  My simple yet full menu accommodated carnivores; drinkers; abstainers; gluten-, turkey-, and dairy- allergies; and diabetics. I’m excited to share the menu with you.

Some of these recipes will be available in my book Hosting With Style: Beretta Fleur’s Guide To Parties and Homemaking (out in fall 2012).

The Turkey:


As an ex-vegetarian and vegan, it was a change for me to return to the eating habits of my youth for the holidays for the past year and a half.   Since I can now more easily make choices that do not support factory farming (which is why, after reading Diet for a New America, I became vegetarian and then vegan in the first place), I decided to return to the carnivorous lifestyle. I don’t always buy organic or free-range, but I do when I can.

I chose Leaping Waters Farm in Virginia, and I pre-ordered a Heritage Red Bourbon bird. Then I won a turkey in a  raffle at an NSCA shoot last weekend, so I decided to save that idea for Christmas. The people at Leaping Waters were very nice and I look forward to ordering from them.

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