Red ready, amber set, green let’s go!

With the exception of a few last minute items and toiletries, our bags are packed. We are ready for vacation! On the top you can see clockwise from upper left: a vintage blouse, a Nudeedudee feedsack blouse, my pool set (swimsuit and matching teatimer cover up), my handmade castles skirt,… read more »

Crafty countdown to VLV

I have been running around like a crazy person in preparation for Viva Las Vegas! But my projects seem to be under control. Remember when I said I wasn’t going to do any other projects specifically for VLV except for my black sleeveless sweater? Neither do I. New jean snap… read more »

Tutorial: Make vintage-inspired earrings

Yes, you may be thinking wait—she’s leaving for Viva Las Vegas in the week. What the heck is she doing writing up a crafty tutorial?! Well the fact of the matter is that I actually made these earrings for my trip, so I took some photos along the way to… read more »

Birthday weekend round-up Part 2, Instagram style

Part two of my weekend round-up, this time in Instagram photos. There’s no narration for these, you already got the main round-up so you can fill in the blanks. I just love the old feel this app gives photos (when it works right). It’s so much fun to tinker with!… read more »

Birthday weekend round-up Part 1

After work on Friday, we picked up two of our close friends and hit the road, heading to southwestern Wisconsin to spend a couple of nights in Dodgeville. Saturday morning we headed “downtown” (since I live in Chicago, quotation marks are definitely needed when talking about the downtown of a… read more »

And the winner is…

The winner of two tickets to this weekend’s Modern Vintage Chicago Spring Fashion and Jewels Show is the talented Chicago blogger Liz of zilredloh.com! I hope she doesn’t mind, but I had to show you guys the vintage sweater Liz just knitted up. Image from zilredloh.com Isn’t it fantastic? Not… read more »

Finished project: sleeveless blouse for VLV

First and foremost, I want to thank you all so very much for your congratulations and kind comments on my last post. It’s been overwhelmingly wonderful reading all your supportive comments. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! ♥ ♥ ♥ I recently bought a pair of 50s capris… read more »

It’s official

On June 1st this year, Illinois will join 5 other states and allow civil unions. Now I don’t talk about politics on my blog and I don’t intend to start now. However, this is particularly meaningful to this vintage blogger. Yep, that’s my engagement ring. For those of you who… read more »

Briar Rose Vintage KAL: A couple of tips

Hey knit-alongers! How are you doing? It’s been really fun seeing progress photos in the Flickr group! I admit, my Briar Rose is woefully still behind! That’s what I get for setting too many deadlines for myself before VLV. But I can just start to see the finish line with… read more »

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 »