As I was saying….today’s etsy finds.

I have been searching etsy and the web (with some prompting from my partner in crime) for….clothes. Yep, I said it. Now, I’m not a fashion princess and I can’t stand spending the money on clothes sometimes. But I can use a sewing machine and have found some great resale shops so I go to my computer now for inspiration. I don’t buy a lot because a) I don’t always have occassion to wear some of the things I love (I’m a working mother with 3-5 kids in the house on any given evening and I live in Cleveland – see “What happened to punk in Cleveland?” over on UnderCulture Unlimited) and b) did I mention the money issue? And sometimes, I just don’t quite have the skill on my machine yet to knock it out myself.

This morning, I found two very different but very cool shops.

Priscilla Dawn Cute, fun, retro-style dresses for feeling girlie. I love this one, and another lime green one she has listed. Since their handmade, and many custom, expect less-than-bargain prices – and that’s not a bad thing. Hand-crafted items like this will be one-of-a-kind and much different than off-the-rack quality.

Smarmy Clothes Totally different feel than the first shop, this one has a lot of variety and a little more rough and edgy style. I found this dress, which I love, among many others. The custom hoodie below is also a great example of her style. There’s accessories, panties, and a lot more. I can see so many of these pieces in my closet. Again, expect custom/handmade prices.

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About Mama's a Mess

Who am I and what am I doing here? Well, at the end of the day I'm a mother and a wife, a lover of classic monster movies and comic books, of music, TV and movies. I'm a sucker for pop culture. I'm a fangirl. I'm an artist. As my husband always puts it, "Baby, you're a mess!" I have a penchant for creating and collecting. I feed my brain with a mix of anything from hot rods and pin-ups to handmade and natural. I like to dig in the dirt and grow things but sometimes picture myself doing it like Donna Reed. I will always, always choose to wear a dress first. I am head over heels in love with my husband and have a fantastically crazy life with him. Follow all our adventures and musings on our blog at https://blakow.wordpress.com. Twitter: @mamasamess Pinterest & Polyvore: mamasamess
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