Sunday, March 22, 2015

New Stock

I've been a busy beaver this past week and have finally added some new stock to my Etsy store. Britt was kind enough to model for me (in a wig, in case you were wondering), and even Aggie joined in at one point. Here are a few of the new items:

While I never went on an official break from my shop, it has certainly been on the back-burner for the past few months. But now I'm back to working on my shop more or less full-time. I'm still doing a bit of tutoring (and contemplating getting a second degree), but the shop is taking priority. My studio overhaul is almost complete (pictures of my space coming soon!), and it is so much more functional. Working in such a small studio has always been a challenge, but the new setup is making all the difference. Sewing/designing is my passion and I am so grateful to be able to continue doing what I love.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

That's All. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Making an Edwardian Toque (circa 1910)

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Winter Blues

Spring is finally in the air! Unfortunately, the ground is still covered in 3 feet of snow, so it still looks like winter. (Please go away winter. I like you, but it's been long enough. I want flowers and greens plants again!)

Speaking of spring, I've undertaken a massive spring clean. This includes going through every single thing I own and deciding whether or not to keep it. While I will never (ever) be a minimalist, I am trying to streamline my rooms and live more simply. I have a bunch of vintage magazines, sewing patterns, etc that I'm going to be selling (cheap!) so stay tuned for that. 

This outfit is almost entirely me-made, as I knit the hat, designed/sewed the skirt and top, and even made my earrings. Britt was kind enough to snap these photos for me. I had everything set up, when she popped by to pick up some beads I ordered for her. It's so much faster to take outfit photos when someone else presses the button!

An obligatory photo of Aggie:

She is such a cutie, but very tricky to photograph. Her fur is almost entirely black, and her only facial feature is her eyes. If her eyes are closed you can't tell one end from the other!

I hope everyone is having a good week!

That's All.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Saturday, February 21, 2015


I'm stuck on the sofa this weekend with a terrible cold. Actually I think it is some sort of cold-flu hybrid that not even elderberry tea is knocking out. I made a really potent batch of elderberry syrup, so hopefully that is enough to kill it.This cold certainly has me longing for 2 weeks ago when I was in fine fighting spirits and managed to sneak in a trip to the antiques market. 

Now, I'm not really a bit fan of my local antiques market. I was horribly spoiled with great antique markets when I lived in Waterloo, and the one I'm stuck with now just doesn't compare. It has a poorer selection and higher prices. However, every once and a while a treasure can be found. 

I wore my "new" vintage dress for the outing. I picked this beauty up in Toronto during my last trip with Britt. It needed minor mending, but was nonetheless a bargain. It a 1970's dress and a little shorter than I normally wear. (In all honestly, I tend to sit in a very unladylike manner and thus prefer skirts long enough to prevent flashing random strangers). I do love this dress, even though it should be slightly out of my comfort-zone. It's nice to try something different every once and a while.  

My only purchases at the antiques market were two postcards. I love old postcards but am very particular about what I add to my collection. These two met my criteria of being pre-1920s, and having an interesting message. 

I hope everyone is having a great weekend.

That's All.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day! I must admit a certain affinity for Valentines day. I love the colour scheme and the excuse to make pretty cards. My best friend and I exchange cards every year and sometimes a small gift. 

This year I used some of my watercolour card paper to make her card. Sorry for the poor quality scans. My scanner doesn't seem to like the bumpy watercolour paper. 

Hamster Cupid! (She loves hamsters)

Britt is the fox and I'm the grey cat. 

For the gift I included a velvet fox colouring sheet she wanted, as well as a hand-knitted rose. The pattern originally called for a knit stem, but instead I dissected a fake-rose from the craft store and glued it to the rose. She loves blue roses, so I made her one that will last forever. 

I hope everyone has a great Valentines Day, regardless of whether or not you have a romantic love in your life. There are other types of love that are just as important and which should be celebrated as well. I miss elementary school when the emphasis was put on giving cards to your friends to show them how much you love and value their friendship. And so: Happy Valentines Day to all my lovely readers. You always make my day a little bit brighter. 

That's All.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Quick Knits

My wrists are definitely improving. I've been having massage therapy every week for the past month and can happily report it is making a difference. Improvement is of course slow, but steady. Which means I've been knitting!!

I've finished 3 projects over the last couple weeks, including 2 sweaters. The first one completed is the Quick and Easy Knit Jumper from 1938. I made a number of modifications, such as less puffy sleeves and a deeper v-neckline (ok that one was a happy accident). The top ribbing is supposed to be smocked, but I was impatient and wore it without finishing that part. I actually like it with just the ribbing so I may not bother ever adding the smocking. 

The second sweater I completed (this morning actually) was the infamous 3-Hour Sweater, also from the 1930's. I had made this sweater before, but I obviously did it completely differently as this version fits very differently. I didn't know my yarn was self-striping until I started knitting with it, but I am pleased with the final look. I was a little worried about the stripes not even remotely matching up, but somehow it doesn't detract from the look of the sweater. And no, it didn't take 3 hours to complete.

I've already cast on my next project (a 1920's sweater) and may start a secondary project as well. As much as I love finely knit sweaters, I find myself drawn to chunkier knits lately. My knitting time is limited but chunky knits provide satisfyingly quick results. Anyone have any recommendations for fast vintage knitting patterns? 

Feel free to add me as a friend on Ravelry. I love checking out other peoples favorite patterns and finished projects!

That's All.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Fabrics and Dresses (1917)

I've been diligently working at completely reorganizing my studio. I would love to devote more time to my business now I'm sleeping a little better, but I've come to realize my studio needs work first. It's a very small room and just wasn't functional. This is proving to be a monumental task. 

Of course, playing with all my fabrics has certainly gotten me watered up to sew something (anything!). To create a work/life sewing balance, I'm going to try dedicating weekends to sewing things for me. I would love to actually make some of the vintage patterns in my collection, as well as trying some trial designs for the shop. Some more Edwardian-style skirts are also on my wishlist. They are so comfortable and great for the colder months.

That's All.