Forlorn and forgotten

I have a habit with knitting sometimes, and it’s a habit that does not cross over in the slightest to sewing. I temporarily abandon projects. Maybe for a month, sometimes 6 months, sometimes 2 years or more. It happens for lots of reasons. Generally speaking, I’m a fast knitter. But… read more »

Why I love (but am not doing) Me Made May, AKA it’s a Me Made Life

Happy Friday, my friends! I got up early before work to take some quick photos to talk about something that’s been on my mind this month. You get lip balm, an un-ironed dress and possibly unbrushed teeth. Aren’t you lucky. 😉 As we near the mid-point of May, I thought… read more »

A very basic 1950s sleeveless top

I have my next Vintage Pledge item of the year to share! I believe I pledged to sew 5 things from vintage patterns, which I figured would be easy for me, since I sew with vintage patterns quite a lot in general. Though I haven’t been sewing as much this… read more »

6×4 chartreuse cardigan for a tiki night

I’m happy to share my latest knitting project! This is a little vintage-style short-sleeved cardigan or bolero, however you’d like to think of it. I came up with the design for this cardigan myself. I knew wanted a fitted little vintage cardigan or bolero. I knew the yarn I was… read more »

Plastic fanatic

There are a lot of things I love about vintage and retro styles. It hits all the fashion high notes for me… the clothing, the purses, the shoes, the jewelry, and other accessories. Swoon! When it comes to jewelry, while I love lots of different styles and types of jewelry,… read more »

An outfit for doing something and going somewhere

Hello hello! First off, thank you for all the sweet sweet birthday wishes! ♥ ♥ It was a wonderful birthday and a great weekend spent celebrating with friends. Just perfect! I have to say, the longer I go not blogging as regularly, the easier it becomes! It’s been a struggle to… read more »

Victory Gardening birthday dress

Hello hello, my friends! Lots of things to say today! And it’s my birthdayyyy! I don’t usually go three weeks between posts, but I’ve been extraordinarily busy lately. We were already having a very full early spring and then about the same time as our friends who moved to Wales… read more »

My tweed Cascade duffle coat

Wee heeeee, my Cascade duffle coat is complete! And this is a big post, because hello, I sewed a coat and it took me from January to March, so there’s a lot to share! Right off the bat let me apologize these aren’t the greatest photos… it was as bright… read more »

Knitting pattern release: Sprigs and Berries

I’m very happy to announce that I’ve just released my latest knitting pattern! It’s a unisex mitten pattern in four sizes and two color palettes, and it’s called Sprigs and Berries. You can buy it and read more about it on Ravelry (you don’t have to be a member!). I… read more »

Sparkling up any ol’ winter day

As I’ve mentioned on occasion, I mostly work from home. This is something that developed slowly over time at my job to where, several years later, we work remotely 99% of the time. The few of us from my department that are actually located in the same city sometimes pop… read more »

Coat toggles until the end of time

Friends: do you ever have a piece of a project that absolutely paralyzes your ability to make a decision? I don’t care if it’s a craft-related project, but perhaps it’s writing, work, whatever. When it’s a hobby however, I personally find it’s very easy and sometimes fun to let myself… read more »

Light on the bottom

Hi, friends! Before I move on to today’s post, I have to stop and say how much I’ve been loving all your comments on my last post about my new hair color and more importantly, about celebrating yourself. Thank you for all the lovely compliments, but REALLY thank you for… read more »

Blue eyes, black hair, and celebrating yourself

So I mentioned in my last post that I went back to black hair last week. I’m enjoying the much more carefree routine, including using our fancy rain shower head again, woo hoo! Prior to red, I had dark brown hair for awhile, but I’ve had black hair more often… read more »

And then there was Snow White in a glass casket on a dress

At the end of last fall I was really excited about sewing knit dresses. Until I realized that sitting around wearing knit dresses a lot meant I’d gained a few pounds and hadn’t even noticed. Whoops! So that kind of soured me on them for awhile. But there’s one I… read more »

My pattern stash interview for Vintage Pledge at Kestrel Makes

Hi everyone! If you sew, you probably already know about Vintage Pledge, which is the vintage sewing challenge being hosted this year by Marie and Kerry. I’m tickled to say that Kerry interviewed me all about my vintage sewing pattern stash, and today the interview is up on her blog!… read more »

Tour of our retro kitschy kitchen!

Ready for our kitchen reveal?? Okay, “reveal” makes it sound like we did a big remodel. We didn’t. We really we just painted, hung up some new blinds and installed a new doorbell. But if you’ve seen my previous two kitchen posts (where we painted and the “before before” photos),… read more »

A technical look at my Innsbruck pullover

Hi everyone! I’m back with some details on my Innsbruck ski pullover. Like I said in my first post, I knew I was going to have a lot to say about the construction, so I wanted to dedicate a separate post to it for the folks who like the dirty… read more »

Kitchen painting, by way of attic insulation

It took 2 years and 8 months of living with a disgusting kitchen color to finally DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. You never saw proper photos of our kitchen before, because I was embarrassed over the paint color. I would literally apologize to new guests about it. Wait, you saw me… read more »

Innsbruck ski pullover

I wanted a comfortable, over-sized vintage ski pullover for winter, and now I’ve knit one! I have a good bit to say about the construction of this pullover, so I’m actually going to save that for a separate post on Thursday. I knit this from a pattern from a 1956… read more »

Knitting a new version of something old

I thought I’d share a little bit of details on a kind of fun project I’ve been working on lately! I’ve owned this red 1950s bolero for at last four years, and it’s probably one of my most frequently worn articles of clothing. I wear it in the summer to… read more »