The past few years have been a challenging waiting game.

- Wait for the court process to play out so we can finally have time with the kid. (2013 - 2015)
- Wait to save money for a house. (2013 - present)
- Pay court costs $$$, and wait even longer to save money for down payment on a house. (2015 - 2016)
- Get the kid, but wait for the attorneys/court process to continue to play out so we can do things like have family vacation. (2016 - present)
- Get a new job in a different city, and wait in traffic 3+ hours a day. (2016 - present)
- Wait to save more money for a house, because we no longer qualify for first-time home buyer assistance programs. (2016 - present)
- The actual waiting game of home buying. Apply for loan (wait for approval). Put offers on houses (wait for response). Put more offers on houses (wait for response). Put offer on house, get it accepted, wait for inspections/repairs/appraisal/loan. 


I just want to live! I want to live…

Vintage Sewing: McCall 1371 Winter Hood

Oh hey! I'm cleaning up old blog posts sitting around in draft form and I forgot that I cut this sewing project and then left it sitting somewhere. Where is it? Hmmm.... it's hiding in the sewing room, but until it's found it's dead to me. 
The project is the hood pictured in lower right of this pattern, which was printed in 1949. I had a very cold winter spent commuting to/from Portland and Salem, and the walk from our commuter van always left my ears very cold. I had intended to sew this with a warm flannel interlining, which, now that I think about it is the reason it went on hold. I don't buy flannel!

Oh someday, maybe someday.

Vintage Knitting: Cabled Infant Cardigan (1959 Good Housekeeping)

When I joined the commuter van, one of the most exciting prospects was my newfound time for extra sleep and knitting time. I spend 3+ hours per day traveling to/from work so being able to avoid driving myself was a huge boon! I sit there in comfort, with my neck pillow and two wool blankets (it was winter after all, when I wrote this last year, and being in the back row = poor air circulation), doing whatever I please until I get to work.

Because of the hassle hauling projects to/from the van and home all the time, I had a short period where all I wanted to knit was baby goods. They are quick to knit, easy to carry, rewarding and productive, and so darn adorable. This sweater was no exception! The pattern is from a booklet titled Good Housekeeping Knitting for Baby, and is part of a 3 piece set. I've not yet knitted the corresponding bonnet and mittens, and wasn't exactly planning on it-- but now that I see them all together again, I think maybe I should. I have plenty of this…

Your Future Home Guide: 1945 house plan designs

Sometime last year I found a lovely booklet of house plans at my local thrift shop. The book was published in 1945, and includes fifty plans for small homes that were designed during a time of frugality and increasing efficiency. With most designs falling under 1,000 square feet, these homes are half of what modern homes are made of-- but I wonder how many people are truly happier with their oversized homes and oversized mortgages.
We've been house dreaming for ages, it seems, and if we were to build I'd be keen to pursue a design like one these contained in the old pages: a focus on community areas such as the kitchen and living room, outdoor patios, and smaller bedrooms. I'd happily trade the garage for a sewing space, and build a small art studio in the back for Steve's endeavors. We can all dream, right?

Beyers Wäscheheft; sewing vintage undergarments and pajamas for the whole family!

One of the ways that I satisfy my sewing craze when my limited time prevents actual sewing, is browsing/collecting/hoarding vintage sewing ephemera.

I've written before about Lutterloh, and once I realized how much I admired pre and post-war German sewing ephemera, I expanded my searches internationally-- which led me to fabulous sewing magazines. I'd heard of Burda before, but it wasn't until I browsed eBay that I realized the trend of sewing magazines began long ago-- why didn't this approach become popular in the US? It's so practical and conservative to issue a full magazine of patterns, allowing the user to trace the pieces once they are ready/interested.

Anyway, I recently purchased a collection of old sewing magazines from a seller in Italy for a very fair price. After winning the bid, she emailed and asked if I would be interested in having extra magazines for no charge except additional shipping. What a kind offer! With an enthusiastic yes and payment, I w…