Friday, October 17, 2014


I'm not normally short of words.
If I'm comfortable around you, I'll talk your ear off.
Just ask my friends and colleagues.

But blogging words aren't coming lately.
I've been sewing and knitting lovely things for FESA.
I'm just having trouble finding the words to chat about them.

I can easily compose a blog post in my head,
but sitting down to write it isn't working right now.

So, keep posting your items to the FESA Flickr group.
As soon as I can remember my Flickr password, I'll join the conversation.

See you back here when the words flow again.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wooly Goodies

I'll be stocking my Etsy shop over the next few weeks with handknit wooly goodies.
These pink fingerless gloves are available here.

 I'll also be adding vintage sewing patterns as soon as I make sure that they are all complete!

Happy shopping!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Thrifty Finds

Oh, how I love a good thrift store! I would happily spend hours hunting its treasures than flipping through cookie cutter racks at an RTW store.  Value Village and Talize are two of my favourite thrift stores in Hamilton.  Talize is more geared towards clothing and Value Village tends to turn up a variety of treasures.  Now that I'm saving for a cargo bike, any frivolous shopping (including fabric shopping - woe is me) has been brought to halt.  Necessity is the theme for any shopping I do from now on.  This 'is another reason to add to my long list of why I prefer thrifting over RTW / new shopping.  RTW prices are getting shocking, aren't they?

Last week, Miss G and I went on our weekly thrifty adventure; she to look for Littlest Pet Shop (she is crazy for LPS!) and me to look for a lightweight coat.  I had some lightweight corduroy in my stash and was trying to convince myself up to make a coat with little success.  Sewing outerwear, unfortunately, holds little interest for me.  I ended up making some pretty snazzy pillows for our living room from the corduroy instead. 

Miss G and I hit the mother lode of LPS accessories, finding 4 grab bags stuffed full of everything from beds, to roller skates, to kitchen accessories.  She was well pleased to say the least.  I tend to bring Miss G with me when I go thrifting.  Not only is she a great companion, she has impeccable taste.  She knows what she likes and she has no problem telling me that something I'm only half in love with isn't a good buy. 

Well, the thrifting goddesses were certainly smiling on us that day! In the mile-long racks of coats upon coats, I found this beauty.  It's gorgeous, right?  Earlier I had tried on a Duchess of Cambridge-inspired cotton trench in a rather utilitarian shade of beige but when I saw this girl, I knew she was for me.  Miss G enthusiastically endorsed my decision, informing me that a hot pink coat was perfect for me.  I not only love the glorious colour (obviously!) but the roomy front pockets and the $7.99 price tag are excellent!

Check out those princess seams and the perfectly matched buttons! The Jones New York label reinforces that this is a quality garment that will last.  In addition to Miss Pink up there, I also found a bright red 3/4 length cotton canvas coat from Old Navy for $9.99.  Booyah!  We left the shop feeling very proud of ourselves, let me tell you.

Now, I know the coat looks big on Mrs. Singer but there is method to my madness.  All of my coats need to have room for me to wear a cardigan (or fleece in the coldest winter months) underneath or it's no good to me.  I swear, I am turning into Linus and his security blanket! It's quite rare for me to leave the house without a cardigan.

Do you thrift?  What have been your best finds?