Vintage Goodness

My plants have grown a bit these past few weeks, but no yummy, red tomatoes have appeared yet. I’m starting to think they’re not getting enough sun. They’re also getting a bit big for the greenhouse so I’m planning on replanting them soon and lining them up outside with something protective covering it to ward off squirrels and other neighborhood creatures.

I am almost finished with my rainbow granny square blanket — just one more row to go! I do, however, have bunches of ends to weave in, but I won’t think about that now. πŸ˜‰

Once I’m finished I’m going to make a Bower Bird. I’ve been looking forward to this project for a while and can’t wait to get started.

The blanket would have been finished sooner — a lot sooner — but I have been busy these past couple of months with working on my shop, writing, and drawing. I got these lovely watercolor brush pens for my birthday and I’m having lots of fun practicing with them.

I’m also familiarizing myself with coloring with colored pencils — I want to improve my skill by using cheaper Crayola pencils before taking a dive to more high-quality/expensive ones. However, I am surprised by how well Crayola colored pencils can blend!

Here are some new listings for vintage paper ephemera I have listed inΒ my shop. There are lots of cute/kitsch postcards that have been recently listed, and there are many more to come. ~~

Summer

 

I’ve been procrastinating with updated this blog, and I blame these video games: Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Lights, and Ni no Kuni. I’ve already started on fan art for both of them. I received new watercolor brush pens for my birthday and I can’t wait to use them for coloring!

Speaking of my birthday, I had a great one!

I spent the weekend with my family and received a few goodies like the yarn pictured above. I just love all of the colors together! I still haven’t decided what I want to make with them. πŸ™‚

I also received bunches of tomato sprouts. I only had these size containers to put them in, so hopefully they will stay healthy. They’ve already grown a bit since I took this picture a week and a half ago.

I’ve been busy adding new items to my store, including some vintage sewing notions, washi tape, and cute stickers. More items are added almost daily! πŸ™‚

Happy summer solstice, everyone!

Mandalas

Thanks to all who have been purchasing from my shop. Every sale brings a smile to my face. πŸ™‚

I’ve listed all of my washi tape in my shop, until the next batch comes in. The cute strawberry tape that I mentioned in a previous post has already been sold out, but there are plenty of other cute styles still available.

Currently I’m focusing on uploading more vintage fabric. I absolutely love this cat fabric. I’m guessing it might be from the early 80s.

I took a small break from my granny square blanket to pick out all of my yarn scraps and finally make some mandalas.

They are super easy to make. I used Lucy’s pattern for these ones, and I plan on trying out the other patterns she listed as well.

Just wanted to end this post with something I’ve been excited about. I pre-ordered this phone case from Jlist.com back in late December/early January. It wasn’t released until April, and just a few days ago I finally received it after it had traveled all the way from Japan. I just love the design and the color combos. It matches my pink iPhone 5c quite well, too! πŸ™‚

 

Updates

More rain is heading our way this week and I am nice and cozy with my rainbow granny stripe blanket and a cup of warm green tea as I type out this blog post.

I am very much a collector of many different types of fabric. It’s hard to resist the urge to buy cute prints and bright colors and dream about all of the different types of projects I could make with it.

The pictures above are some of my favorites that I just listed on Etsy. I absolutely love this fabric… it reminds me of walking by all of the pretty yukata shops in the spring/summer when I lived in Tokyo.

I still have bunches of paper ephemera to list, and in the next few weeks I’ll have more stationery, including stickers and washi tape.

Isn’t this just the cutest card? It’s from the 1940s-50s, I believe. I want to frame it and hang it up in my office. x

Monday

Happy March!

I’m still working on the border for my granny stripe blanket. Almost there! In the meantime I’m debating whether or not I want to go on to another big project once I’m finished (I have my eyes set on the Ripple Blanket), or start on some littler projects. Blankets tend to take me a long time to finish, but in the end it’s so satisfying to see my colorful creations brighten up the living room.

I’ve also been going through my paper ephemera and fabric while I update my shop. I gathered up a few of my current favorites. I love all of the bright colors together. They are just wonderful designs of an era gone by.

The tiny flower fabric patterns that seemed to be popular in the 70s never fail to make me smile. I’m looking forward to spring!

Tomorrow I’m off for a seaside adventure. It should be a relaxing and enjoyable time. πŸ™‚