6 things for the vintage-loving girl to do this spring


Yesterday, I was washing lunch dishes before dinner, looking out my kitchen window at the beautiful sunny day when I noticed that I was preparing to make dinner and the sun was still out! My husband reminded me that daylight savings time is in just a few weeks and I was so relieved to know that warm weather and all of the great things that come with spring will be here before I know it.  Winter had kept me pretty cooped up but I'm day dreaming and making lists of all of the things I want to do this spring.....

1. Visit my favorite thrift shops
It's been ages since I hit the thrift stores. One of my favorite spring pleasures is to have breakfast with the family on a saturday morning before heading out by myself for some quiet thrift shopping.  I always find the most killer pieces for my home and wardrobe for very little money and I have a few local spots that I haven't visited in over a year!

2. Wear beautiful shoes
On weekdays while my husband is at work, sometimes the kids and I walk through our beautiful historic neighborhood and look at all of the old houses while I push the stroller along the cobblestone streets. We are lucky to have a couple of nice little antique shops where I find cheap novelty brooches and the kids often pick out books, video tapes and ziplock baggies full of vintage plastic zoo animals. On these walks, I love to savor the weather with strappy sandals, peep toes and any shoes I like, without having to worry about snow and cold.

     by Chelsea Crew                             by Sun Jellies                                           by Chelsea Crew

3. design beautiful stationery
I've been taking some wonderful hand lettering and modern calligraphy classes on Skillshare this month and I'll be spending rainy spring afternoons in the kitchen, hand lettering everything! I'd love to design some stationery and daily organization tools. In the mean time, practice makes perfect!

4. Add plenty of full cotton skirts to my wardrobe
In my early days of building a vintage wardrobe, I bought a lot of beautiful 40s rayon dresses and fancy beaded cardigans. These days, I really want comfort, style and the ability to toss things in the washing machine with the family's laundry. I've been window shopping for cotton skirts all winter and I can't wait to add more to my wardrobe this spring. Nothing is as easy and comfortable as a cute print in a cotton skirt and a simple tee.  I'm loving the novelty print and tulle skirts from Oblong Box Shop

5. find some warm weather vintage picnic clothes for my little ones
Olivia has a few "bintage" dresses of her own and on occasion, she loves to dress up with me.  I can't get enough little nautical dresses like these from Elle Enfant

6. Sew some great basic separates
those cotton skirts need some adorable easy blouses to go with them!  Last summer, I sewed a couple wrap blouses from the Mrs Depew Vintage pattern below and they're so cute. This spring, I'd love some button-ups and beach tops.

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  1. Many of these are on my list too! I am DESPERATE to get out of boots, slippers and wool socks, etc. And our house doesn't run warm, so it's not like I can go around pretending it's spring wearing cute shoes inside most of the time. lol I can't wait to be more active, get into cute shoes, and make my spring daydreaming about what I want to sew or buy and wear for my wardrobe a reality!

    1. same here!! Our house was built in 1930 and is a block away from the Missouri river-very very cold! Im usually in 2 pairs of socks and house slippers. I must buy some sun jellies this spring. I always loved jellies when I was a kid!!

  2. I feel the same at this time of year! I cant wait to open up all of my windows and feel the spring breeze lift everyone's spirit! Just a little longer and my boots will be banished in favour of all the lovely peep toes once again! I'm completely with you on the cotton skirts, colours and prints please!!!

  3. I am looking forward to start work on my Victory garden! I am also looking forward to wearing cute clothes. I live in upstate NY where we have had over 20 days in a row where we haven't been above freezing. I need an opportunity to feel cute. That being said, THANK YOU for being so wonderful and inspiring me. I have needed this so much this winter.

  4. Yes! I can't wait to be able to wear shoes again.

  5. We just got another 6 or 7 inches of snow last night, so that bit about shoes hit so close to home! I can't wait to trade my boots in for a cute pair of spring shoes. Espadrilles that lace up around the ankle, or pretty wedges... Spring just can't come soon enough.

  6. Lovely list! I'm so very ready to embrace all of the awesomeness that spring delivers, too. From yard saling to the farmer's market, walks in the rain kissed woods to sending my winter threads off for a long hibernation.

    Here's to the hope that spring reaches both of us on the double!
    ♥ Jessica


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