Textile Works by Amber Avalos and Amy Cools: Gallery Show Up!

Amber and I hung the show today! And we’re so excited!

Well, mostly Amber and the incomparable Vincent Avalos did: how lucky are we to have the head guy of installations at the Asian Art Museum volunteer his time to help us display everything just so?!?

I can’t thank Vincent enough.

So we’ll be there for First Friday from about 5 – 9, in addition to our own dedicated reception on Jan 10th, next Friday. That night, from 7pm onward
we’ll have snacky-foods, wine, and
artist’s talks, as well as more time to
spend with you all.

But if you can’t
make next Friday, come see us tomorrow night!

I’ll have oodles of new bags for you too, if you’re needing one.

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Plaid Friday goes all week long at AC Clothing and Bags and afterglow vintage!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kristin Skirt – AC Clothing and Bags / Red wool dress with striped black piping soon to arrive at afterglow vintage

To celebrate Plaid Friday, all about supporting small and independent businesses during the holiday season, afterglow vintage is offering this coupon for the whole week.

Take 20% off by entering coupon code PLAIDFRIDAY
when purchasing from
AC Clothing and Bags / afterglow
or from
afterglow vintage 

Coupon code is good through Dec 1st, 2013 and on all purchases over $10.

Happy Holidays!

Crescent Button Bag by
AC Clothing and Bags

P.S. All purchases can be wrapped in vintage holiday paper with personalized card included, and sent to the address of your choice.

Vintage camel Pendleton coat now at afterglow vintage

 

Fantastic 1963 Vogar Fabrics print, featuring dancers and drummer with scarves and feathered hats

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Fantastic 1963 Vogar Fabrics dancers and drummers print

My new favorite fabric in my collection right now!

44″ tall / wide
2 yards 11″ long

Fantastic 1960’s dancer and drummer border print fabric in green, brown, yellow, orange, and black on white
The selvage reads: ‘Vogar Fabrics Div. of Carolina Cottons Inc. c. 1963

There are a few areas on the fabric with light discolorations from age, that washing did not removed, but are so pale they didn’t show up in pics. I don’t think it really detracts from this wonderful bold print

Oodles of new pieces coming soon to afterglow vintage

Gunne Sax by Jessica McClintock Toile and Lace
Wedding Dress at afterglow vintage

Gunne Sax by Jessica McClintock toile and lace wedding dress, midcentury red plaid fuzzy blanket, 1980’s Gitano striped sweater with peekaboo sleeves, bright striped rugby shirt, paint splatter beach shorts, Hawaiian trapeze print dress, beautiful vintage fabrics, and so much more…
just photographed today and arriving soon to afterglow vintage and AC’s vintage fabric shop!

Midcentury Woolly Blanket at afterglow vintage
1980’s Gitano at afterglow vintage

Vintage Bright Striped Rugby Shirt at afterglow vintage

1980’s Board Shorts at afterglow vintage

1960’s Hawaiian Print Dress at afterglow vintage

Vintage Peacock Print Fabric at AC Fabric Shop

Vintage Paris France Fabric at AC Fabric Shop

Vintage 1930’s Theme Floral Print Fabric at AC Fabric Shop

Too Much To Do, and Pickles

AC Clothing and Bags / afterglow vintage studio

The last few days have been super hectic, with family in town and great vintage fabric and clothing hunting. So the sewing and the laundry is piling up, but that will have to wait for my next in-studio work day, stay tuned for lots of new goodies in my Etsy stores...

In the meantime, I’m making a new batch of pickles! They’re so easy, I’m surprised I’ve never done it before. But I always thought it required lots of steps and boiling jars in a hot kitchen, like canning, so the thought of all that made me too lazy to learn.

But then my sister and my friend both mentioned that they’d done it before in a much more simple manner, and when I researched a bit, I found it was the same sort of process that results in a light, crispy pickle, like half-sour kosher pickles, which are my favorites. So I’ve been on a roll lately

This batch is cucumbers with fresh dill and garlic. Everything that can be made with garlic, in my kitchen, is made with garlic, and if it does have garlic, it has a lot.

I think it’s a two liter jar, which I half fill with water and nearly 1/4 cup salt. Then lots of fresh dill, lots and lots of garlic, and the cucumbers. Make sure the cucumbers are pushed down so everything is fully submerged in the water, otherwise, mold grows on whatever sticks out.

Then, I leave the lid partly open, and cover the top loosely with a kitchen towel to keep the dust out, and I let it sit on my counter for a few days. The last few times, I left the jar out three days; this time, I’m trying four. I’ll let you know how it goes.

After it’s fermented for three (or four?) days, I refrigerate them for at least a full day, just so they’re nice and cold, and they’re ready to eat!

By the way, I found that you can re-use the brine from the last batch to make a new batch of light pickles. I had made a batch of pickled cucumber and green beans with dry dill, garlic, and lots of red pepper flakes, and when they were eaten, I cut carrots into long thin sticks and left them in the brine, in the fridge, for 3-5 days (we ate them over that period of time). They were crisp and delicious!