Outfit: Just me at home


Both of my kids are in school for most of the day so my week days are filled with plenty of time alone. Although I love the sounds of the house when they're home, I do cherish my quiet, alone time. Monday afternoon, I listened to The Talking Heads radio on Pandora and got a little work done. Nothing fancy for me today, just comfy overalls that I thrifted from the Goodwill outlet. My day 3 crazy curls are clipped back into 2 little buns.

For the past few months, I've been paying special attention to keeping the dining room tidy and cozy. Often this area is our muti-purpose crafty/homework/fixing things/clutter drop area. When dinner time comes, the dining room is such a mess, we end up eating in the living room, which is really not ideal. Every week I replace the table cloth, I set the table daily and light candles at meal times. It makes such a difference. I even kind of love ironing the folds out of the cloths. Since my kids are still little though, I think I need to pick up a clear vinyl table cover to go over my lovely vintage ones because they have been taking a beating with little kid food spills and constant stain removers. I never buy pristine table clothes to begin with for this reason but I'd like them to last a while anyway!

After housework is done, I flip through a stack of old magazines in search of new knitting patterns to share. I share a new one here on the 20th of the month, you can get them all here or check my free patterns page

I check the clock and it's only noon so I grab lunch and knit for a while while I watch a movie. I found Jason and the Argonauts on Popcorn Flix (a free movie app) and I haven't watched that since my mythology class in high school.

While I watch part 2 of Jason and the Argonauts, I realize some of my etsy stock is getting low and I need to make some new Lucite initial brooches for my shop, Tinseltown Accessories. These start out as a strip of clear plastic that is heated, bent and twisted into shape.

I keep them clear until they're ordered and then they're hand painted with a resin based translucent paint so they don't chip. This "Q" was just painted in red and when it's done curing will get a pin back and its ready to go!  I get a few brooches made before its 3:00 and the kids are on their way home from school and then its time for homework, dinner and family movie night. This week's movie pick is Beetlejuice.

Outfit: A little off the trail


On Saturday, St Louis was surprised with a warm sunny day, which is pretty rare for January. I knew it wouldn't last for long so we took the kids on a walk after breakfast to soak up some sun and explore the wooded trails near home.

I almost wore pretty shoes but with all of the rain that we've had lately, I'm glad that I changed into comfortable, smart boots instead. The trails were relatively dry but I'm an off-trail kind of girl and the leaves and moss were still pretty soggy. 

Weekends are usually lazy hair days, especially when we stay in. I've been experimenting with new ways to fix my hair that don't involve curling. My hair is naturally straight and although pin curls are a no-fail method for me, I don't always have the time or determination to pin curl my hair before bed. I've never been good at braiding but over Christmas, my sister showed me how she braids her daughters hair. After some practice on Olivia, I thought I'd try a braided crown on myself. It's still not perfect but definitely getting there and a more elegant style than my usual lazy day hair choice of sloppy bun. It's tricky doing a sideways french braid on myself but I think practice makes perfect! 

We found a fallen tree with cave-like roots clinging to mud. Olivia wanted to investigate but not without her protector little brother by her side. They took turns sliding down the mud hill on the other side but I never mind the extra laundry from muddy butt pants!

I can't wait till the weather warms up for the season so we can go on more nature walks and bring a picnic. I am hoping for a good snow before them because the woods and river are so beautiful and quiet, all blanketed in snow and ice. 

boots: ebay
green skirt- thrifted
mosaic brooch- passed down from my Great Grandma Alma
leather bag- thrifted
stripe top- Target
vintage cardigan- thrifted

Free Pattern: Two 1940s Short Sleeve Blouse Knitting Patterns


1940s free vintage pin up sweater knitting pattern from Va-Voom Vintage

This 1940s knitting book is beginning to crumble and has had a lot water marks, small rips and wear over the decades. Before it cracks and crumbles to dust, I'd like to post the patterns here to share! There's some truly fabulous sweaters in here.  Enjoy these two beautiful knits from 1942 to start with!

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