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Christmas Cardinals

Whoooo…  I… started this post, and then I got distracted, and now I’m finally publishing it.  Better late than never, right? And as far as I’m concerned, cardinals are seasonal at least into February… Because I cannot resist a theme or a last-minute project, I decided on the 23rd that I totally had enough time to make a new dress for Christmas. I found this cardinal print cotton by Cotton + Steel in the fabric store in the morning, and by the evening I’d managed…

Now We Are Eight

It’s kind of outrageous, but I’ve apparently been writing this blog for eight years as of Friday!  Sure, it’s changed purposes once and changed hosting twice, but I’ve been attempting to care for and feed a blog fairly regularly since 2010. 1940swinter

A Shoe Review: Aspen

Hello! It’s me, I’m back with another shoe review! I got the Aspen boots from Royal Vintage Shoes at the same time as my other purchases, but the fall weather wasn’t really motivating me to wear them. But when we went to visit my granddad in Wisconsin for Thanksgiving, I figured they’d be the perfect…

Chocolate Mint

It’s no secret that one of my favorite flavor combinations is chocolate and mint.  When my husband’s cousins were in town to visit, they invited us go with them to the locally famous Langham’s Chocolate Buffet, and I knew I had to come up with an appropriately chocolate-themed ensemble. 1940sfalllifemake do and mendsewingwinter

In Which I Change My Spots

One of the vintage items that was on my wishlist for quite some time was a two-piece sweater and skirt set. Sometimes in the winter you just want to wear a full-body sweater, and look good doing it. It took me quite a while to find something in both my size and my budget—my large…

A “Quick to Knit” Cardigan

Now that Rhinebeck has come and gone, it seems like I am long overdue showing you what I made with my yarn from last Rhinebeck! I actually finished it last winter (when these photos were taken) but kept putting off blogging about it. Last year I had much less of a plan going in, and managed to…

Here Be Dragons

Right before I broke my foot, I had started daydreaming of knitting a vintage fingering weight colorwork sweater. Not the quickest of projects, to be sure, but it seemed like it would be a great way to get through the long winter evenings. And then I broke my foot and suddenly I was faced with…

Cardinal Again

More in the theme of “Frances dresses like cardinal in the wintertime”, an outfit from a rather snowy day. 1950swinter

Cardinal Colored

I have more California pictures to share, and indeed many more summer and fall pictures to share, but it was 3°F this morning and I found myself rather resenting the ice-free photos. And honestly, I didn’t have a lot to say about them. “In this picture here, it is a reasonable temperature. I was warm.…

Shocking Pink

Here I thought I’d be needing to apologize for unseasonal posts as I’m still catching up on sharing pictures from March, but unfortunately for me the weather (and accordingly, my outfit choices) hasn’t changed much! The main difference is that there are now some leaves on the trees to get in the way of the…