Sewing Project: Gathered Skirt

I whipped up this skirt last weekend with some vintage fabric I found at the Goodwill a while back. Something about this light blue fabric just seemed perfect for a dirndl-style skirt. I used Gertie’s great tutorial on her blog (find the link here), but modified it just a little.[Read more]

Trip to Virginia

A little over a week ago, Marie, one of my best Peace Corps friends, got married in her hometown of Chesapeake, Virginia. I made the long journey out there from California to attend her wedding, and even after what seemed like countless delays and a cancelled flight, I don’t regret[Read more]

Thrifty Thursday Vol. 8: Baubles

Hello and welcome to another edition of Thrifty Thursday, my feature where I share some of my many thrift store finds. This week, I’m sharing some of the jewelry I’ve picked up over the last few years:

Outfit Post: My Lucky Day Dress

I was really excited when I found this vintage dress in a local thrift shop for just $5… and even more excited when it actually fit me perfectly! This is possibly one of the best finds in my entire thrifting career. It has buttons running all down the back, which[Read more]

First Impressions of Tonga

  As some of you know, I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Tonga from 2009 to 2011. Of course, it was a major life experience which shaped me in so many ways and I think about it often, but in the last few weeks I’ve found myself thinking of[Read more]

Thrifty Thursday Vol. 7: Blues and Greens

Here’s a selection of my recent thrifting finds in shades of blue and green: Fire-King bowl Pyrex dish- with a lid! A pretty aqua-blue plate Tourister train case More pyrex (This item is currently for sale in my Etsy shop here)  And more pyrex! Mid-century votive holder Thanks for looking![Read more]

Sewing Project: Dress from a 50’s Paperback

During my time working at a vocational program for disabled adults, I worked with a group of people who did contract jobs for local businesses. When we didn’t have much other work to do, we recycled the paper from old books that were donated to our program. As a result[Read more]

July in Photos

Snapshots of July… Clockwise from top left: 1) Bosley, 2) a hilarious record cover, 3) C-3PO, 4) Phillip 1) Small World 2) Me on the way to Marie’s wedding 3) boat controls 4) animatronic hippo 1) Portsmouth ferry 2) extremely tired feet 3) Phillip and I at Disneyland 4) beautiful[Read more]

Thrifty Thursday Vol. 6: Yellow and Orange

A bright and cheery thrifting update this week! Some Franciscan ware teacups- gotta love those speckles!(The yellow cup is currently for sale here in my Etsy shop!) A little pitcher perfect for some juice A small orange Fire King bowl (This item is currently for sale here in my Etsy[Read more]

My Vintage Patterns: Part 1

Years ago, when I was just starting to learn to sew, I started buying a lot of vintage patterns online, hoping to make them someday even though I knew my skill level was nowhere near that at the time. I’ve ended up amassing quite a collection and I’d like to[Read more]