A “before before” look at our kitchen

We love our little house, built in 1955. I’ve really neglected posting about the Golly Ranch (as we lovingly call it sometimes) on my blog. I do get asked questions about it and I’m totally guilty of procrastinating about taking proper photos and sharing some of the things we’ve done.… read more »

Joan C.’s flannel skirt

I’ve been sewing slowly so far in 2015. Thinking about my two coat projects, taking my time, and just knitting more, I guess. But I finally finished up a skirt I’ve had mostly done except for the hem for nearly 2 weeks! This is my first pattern for Marie and… read more »

It’s going to be a queue jumping duffle coat!

Sometimes I find a pattern that tickles my fancy and suddenly I must make it nowwwww! Everything else gets put on hold. This is definitely one of those times! When I saw the new pattern from Grainline Studio this week, the Cascade duffle coat, oh my goodness, it was love… read more »

Mary Rebecca

The first finished thing you’re getting to see from me in 2015 is the last thing I finished knitting in 2014! (And I apologize that we’ve entered the season where you’re mostly going to see me stand next to this stack of hat boxes in the guest bedroom trying to… read more »

Two red riding hoods and Alphonso

Over Christmas when Mel and I were at my mom and step-dad’s house, I was lucky enough to get in some BFF time with Rochelle, who came to stay the first weekend of our trip with us! Uh, happy faces, anyone? This photo was taken just a few minutes after… read more »

Vintage hairstyle trick to hide bangs

A little over a week ago, when I was at the salon getting my color touched up, I decided to have my stylist cut bangs. By the next day I was already regretting it! They’re cute but don’t feel “me” and even styling around them for a few days was… read more »

Planning a 1956 swing coat

Hello my friends! I thought I’d share with you some early thoughts for probably the biggest project I’m planning this year. I’m going to sew Simplicity 1928, a swing coat pattern from 1956. The best part about this pattern? A HOOD! Hoods are a huge winner on coats and jackets… read more »

More vintage, more embellishment, and a confession

Happy New Year! In my wrap-up of sewing and knitting in 2014, I mentioned that I had a few ideas floating around in my head for this year. And while wanting to keep it very low-key, two things keep surfacing in my brain: more vintage, more embellishment. So here I… read more »

Reflections on 2014

Happy (almost) New Year, my friends! It’s that time of the year, so I thought I’d do a reflections post. Instead of rounding up everything I’ve made (gag—not this year, I’ve made too much), or try to draw any conclusions or do a lot of soul-searching, I thought I’d instead… read more »

Thank you, {Secret} Santa!

Well, we’re off to my mom and step-dad’s for the holidays tomorrow, and I’m in a particularly cheerful mood! Mostly because I’m excited to see family and friends, but also because it meant that today, I got to open my Secret Santa gift! Jessica from Chronically Vintage organized a Vintage… read more »

Thanksgiving weekend and holiday cards

Hello friends! I meant to do this post a couple of weeks ago, but here we are, closer to Christmas than Thanksgiving. And so it goes this over the holidays, sometimes! I just wanted to share a few photos from our long weekend over Thanksgiving. As it happens, we unfortunately… read more »

The galaxy dress and a cardigan that almost was not

Some sewing and knitting today for you! You may recall that earlier in the fall, we established that I really love galaxy prints. Well, now I’ve had the opportunity to sew a galaxy print dress! This dress comes as a result of being generously offered to try out fabric by… read more »

Inspiration for planning a vintage ski pullover

If there’s something I’ve wanted to knit for ages, it’s a ski sweater! Especially when it starts to get really cold out, my thoughts always return to the idea of knitting a somewhat Scandinavian-inspired pullover, but I haven’t made it happen yet. This winter, I’m already wearing my oversized pullovers… read more »

Lounging with Linden and pink squirrels

Hey guess what, I wear sweatshirts! Well I mean, sometimes, obviously. I only have a couple, but they’re both oversized with raglan sleeves… pretty much the exact shape as the Grainline Studio Linden sweatshirt, but with a crew neck. So if any pattern was ever going to get me to… read more »

Pants update: I (kind of) (maybe) have a winning combo!

Thank you all so much for all your comments and suggestions on my post about my pants fitting struggles and seemingly endless cycle of muslins to try and fix the bagginess at the back of my thighs. I really appreciate your thoughts, helpful ideas, and commiseration. After my post, I… read more »

An outfit to walk to the zoo

On a recent weekend, Mel and I had a couple of errands to run in one of the neighborhoods in which I grew up. We weren’t really planning to take any photos but as it happened we had along a little point-and-shoot camera. While my nicer DSLR takes much better… read more »

Pants muslins and back of thigh wrinkles have nearly done me in

My sewing friends out there, I’m about to get all fitting saga on you. And it’s about pants. I know. It’s a really really really long post about pants. You’ve been warned. I kind of wish this were about the British use of the term pants, it would probably be… read more »

A vintage-inspired Jenna cardigan… that I sewed!

I sewed a cardigan. Now there’s a sentence I never expected to come out of my mouth in a million years. Being a knitter, cardigans are the domain of my knitting needles. Not my sewing machine or serger. The idea of actually sewing a cardigan was never something I had… read more »

Seeing spots

Here’s a post full of polka dots on a couple of projects for you! I finished up my first Lady Skater dress, a pattern by Amanda from Kitschy Coo, and I definitely understand why this is another knit dress I’ve seen all over the sewing blogosphere! This outfit ended up… read more »

Ten of hearts cardigan

This fall I’ve been on a knitting roll, which happens to a lot of us knitters when that season hits. I finished off one old project from the spring, I’m working on finishing another from the spring, and just this week I finished one from literally 4 and a half… read more »