Modern Vintage Chicago giveaway and interview

Awhile after the vintage show we attended in late February (I demand to know how it’s already April!) I was contacted by some of the brains behind Chicago’s well-known Randolph Street Market and several other local vintage and antique shows. Their next show is the Modern Vintage Chicago Spring Fashion… read more »

Post-haircut photos

I am busy breaking all my previously set rules about not sewing for Viva since I suddenly found myself in desperate need of a blouse to match something, so I’m just going to quickly post a few photos post-haircut. Sorry, they’re pretty anticlimactic actually. The cut went pretty much just… read more »

A-choppin’ my hair will go…

…okay, not really. It’ll only be a few inches. And it’s certainly not chopping itself. But in about an hour and a half I’ll be getting my hair cut. I snapped some pre-cut photos last night before going out to dinner with friends. This was my hair after a Hot… read more »

Little outfit details

I am nearly in panic mode about my wardrobe for Viva Las Vegas. This is in part due to the fact that we did an idiotic, massive spring cleaning last year of our home and everything in it, and that’s left me (actually both of us) with some ludicrous holes… read more »

Bombshell Shocked winner!

And the winner of the Bombshell Shocked giveaway is… Kally of Kalandra Jane Millinery and Musings in the UK! Everyone should check out her blog, too, she’s a very talented gal. Can you believe this is not a vintage necklace but polymer clay sculpted fruit that she made herself? Wow!!… read more »

A thank you and a reminder

A huge thank you to everyone for your support when I announced last week that I’m planning to design a sweater pattern. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it! ♥ Each comment has made me feel great and really cements it for me that I made the right… read more »

Bombshell Shocked Giveaway!

Today I have something super special, my very first giveaway! This giveaway is sponsored by the wonderful Nicole Hughes, owner of Bombshell Shocked on Etsy. She’s a Chicago-based vintage clothing stylist who I met at the vintage clothing show I attended earlier this month, where she sold me my amazing… read more »

First day of spring

Happy spring, to those of you up here in the Northern Hemisphere! Yesterday morning we decided it was the first weekend day that was nice enough to kick off the outdoor season for us. We love going to state parks and forest preserves for day trips and start doing that… read more »

Briar Rose Vintage KAL: Knitted sleeve caps

How is the knitting going for everyone in the knit-along? I admit I haven’t touched my Briar Rose in awhile, but only because I have a (personally set) tighter deadline for another knit so I’m trying to bang out some work on that one before I go back to Briar… read more »

Happy Birthday, Grandma!

Today is my grandmother’s 96th birthday. Isn’t that wonderful? It’s always easy to remember someone’s birthday when it falls on a holiday. Of course, there was the year that my grandfather spaced out exactly which holiday her birthday fell on. Instead of wishing her a happy birthday on St. Patrick’s… read more »

Treading water

Boy, have I sure felt like I’ve been treading water these last few days! As I sat knitting last night while we watched episode one of the PBS series Jazz (oh how I love Ken Burns documentaries), I literally couldn’t remember what we did on Saturday. Fortunately I recovered quickly.… read more »

Sewing fail

Grr. Boy, am I glad I decided to do a muslin! In yesterday’s post I was all excited to try and turn Anne Adams 4855 into a blouse. Not working out well, so far. I re-drafted my pieces, cut out my muslin and started in on the sewing. Putting together… read more »

Prepping for my next blouse project

I haven’t done any sewing since last week, so since I’m still procrastinating putting a button on my castles skirt, naturally I thought I’d start another project. (Makes perfect sense, right?) I’ve really been in the mood to sew another blouse. I just couldn’t make up my mind when rifling… read more »

Blog award, i.e. 7 things about me

I have received a few blog awards lately and have been remiss in posting about it! Most recently I received the Stylish Blogger Award from the wonderful Temperamental Broad, so thank you very much! ♥ Without further ado, here are seven completely random things you probably didn’t know about me.… read more »

Vintage show finds

I’ve been meaning to post this all week! Last Saturday, we went out to the ‘burbs for a huge annual vintage clothing, jewelry and textiles show. We missed last year (though I can’t recall why), so I was particularly excited about it this year. I was literally talking about it… read more »

Briar Rose Vintage KAL: Thoughts on reading the pattern

Happy Friday! I promised a post that I’m not sure very many of you actually need, but I thought it would be helpful just in case (and since I know how online knit-alongs go, it might prove useful for someone in the future who plans to knit Briar Rose). I’m… read more »

Cardigan twins?

Today the funniest thing occurred, and something rare in the life of a knitter, I think. A new reader to my blog, Miss Margarita, left me a comment this afternoon, and when I went to her blog I discovered an adorable photo of her… wearing a sweater I’ve actually knit… read more »

Briar Rose Vintage KAL: Knit-along cast on!

Thanks so much everyone for the kind words about our anniversary! ♥ Know what today is? That’s right, those of you who are knit-alongers know: March 1st, our cast on day for the Briar Rose Vintage Knit-Along! Today was the first day since fall that I had to break out… read more »

Our anniversary

Today, Mel and I are celebrating our 9 year anniversary. Well “celebrating” would be a bit of an exaggeration, we haven’t done much different today than a normal Sunday, which is a-ok by us. Having a lovely and relaxing day. So here’s the anniversary rendition of our photo-a-week. And an… read more »

Briar Rose Vintage KAL: Resizing the knitting pattern, Part 2

Today is part two of resizing in our knit-along. We’re now going to learn how to resize our vintage knitting pattern to our own size. This is the long post. Don’t worry if you’re not ready to sit down and do this! I know some of you are still swatching… read more »