Posts Tagged ‘thrifty’

Thrifty: Vintage Anchor Knit


I found this eeoons ago, but every time I sit down to sew something in my studio, I think of all of the sweet little baby things I could make with it.

Am I getting baby hungry for another? Ummm. . . maybe?

No, no, no. Nevermind. I just remembered how much I hated being pregnant. I enjoy breathing, seeing my toes and a waistline.

Thrifty: Floral Jersey


I found this floral jersey some time ago, perhaps about a year ago, for about 50¢ a yard (a major steal), but I hadn’t made anything until just recently.

I wanted to make some progress on my project run and play outfits, but my fabric wasn’t scheduled to arrive until Monday (it came today, yay!). So I prototyped one of the many pieces I’m making for the competition in this fabric. Unfortunately for Penelope, the pattern was much to small for her. Fortunately for our little neighbor, it fit her perfectly. I just adore how it turned out on her!

I added pintuck detailing in the back and a high-low hemline to the bottom. It looks so sweet on her (especially with those super hip purple skinnies).

She was such a cute little model, but a little bit more camera shy than Penelope. I think my camera might have traumatized her a bit, the poor girl. But I was able to snap enough pictures of the detail of the shirt, you get the jist. Now I need to make one for Penelope. Then maybe one for me. I think it turned out too darn cute.

I also broke out the twin needles for this project. I’m not sure I’ll be going back when it comes to using knits! I found out about the glories of twin needles from Make it and Love it. Do you use twin needles? Have you ever? It’s so easy, but you’ll feel so professional.

Thrifty: Penelope’s Darling Dress


I can’t believe it’s the weekend already. Seriously this week has just flown right by. Chris and I are making serious progress on the calligraphy site (sign up for the newsletter here). I can’t begin to describe to you how excited I am for this class!! I hope you are, too.

Last weekend, Penelope and I went thrift shopping for the first time in a long while. We found so many awesome treasures, like the mommy/daughter clogs, I’ve been thinking of going again everyday this week. The thing about thrift shopping, once you find good stuff, then you want to go all the time and because everything is so cheap I either end up spending way more than I thought I would and/or come home with stuff that I don’t actually need.

So, I’m not purchasing a whole lot of home goods on my thrift excursions and I’m being more picky than ever. However, clothes are very easy to justify, especially for Penelope and Felix. They’re both growing like weeds, so they really can’t have enough. Especially Penelope, who’s dresses are all more like shirts these days.

I picked up this sweet little dress for Penelope (she was so excited when I showed it to her). It was $2. For serious. I love the gingham print and the peter pan collar. It’s just so stinking adorable and perfect for winter with the color palette and perfect for the summer with it being sleeveless and all. Score all around.

Thrifty: Striped Tees


I found these striped tees for Felix about 2 months ago and have been meaning to share them with you for some time. I’ve been waiting to shoot them when I have them all clean at the same time, but alas, they’re in such tight rotation it never happens.

These shirts were part of a huge thrift store haul, none of them were more than $2 each. Someone must have donated an entire boy’s wardrobe from the eighties earlier that day. It’s so hard to shop/make clothes for boys. I’m just not that creative with boy’s clothes, anyway.

Two of these shirts are Healthtex. When I showed them to my mother-in-law she said something to the effect that that brand was one of her favorites. I can see why. They’re really high-quality tees. Healthtex still exists, but you can find vintage healthtex all over etsy. Here’s a little list of my favorites while browsing the listings: Primary Striped Shirt • Striped Hoodie •  Train Jacket • Plaid Seersucker Dress • Pink Striped Dress • Velour Striped Sweater • Striped Polo

How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun or find any sweet thrifty finds? Fill me in, in the comments below!

Keeping it Thrifty


As I mentioned yesterday, Chris lost his job last week. I would be lying if I said it was a surprise, because it’s not. The company that he worked for (and was warned about before working there) is totally falling apart. It’s one of those start ups that’s doomed to fail for lack of good management.

While it sucks that Chris is out of work, we’re feeling very peaceful about our situation. Chris can now spend all of his time working on developing my calligraphy site and I can spend more time catching up on life, design and the kiddos. I haven’t had a whole lot of time to finish up the tutorials and projects I’ve had in the works, and I’m going to blame that on the weather and something that’s going on in my ears. I haven’t been able to go without a 3 hour nap (kids jumping on me or no) any day this week. Hopefully I’ll be feeling better soon.

We’ve done the super cheap thing before and I’m prepared for us to do it again. I’m just so grateful for all of the support we have had from family, friends and all of you. Thank you!

With our current budget, we’re still throwing Felix a little birthday party this weekend (really? how is he already ONE!?). I’ll be keeping it low-key, but making a few fun little decorations for the festivities. I can’t wait to share with you his big milestone.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

FYI – if you’re in the Orem/Provo/Utah area next week, there’s going to be a big get-together for bloggers, blog readers, pinterest, twitter and instagram lovers. It’s hosted by Soel Boutique and See Jane Blog. It’s sure to be awesome! I’ll be there hanging out with friends and hopefully meeting new ones. Be sure to come up and say hi! The first 50 people through the door get a goodie bag from the following sponsors. You don’t want to miss. See you there!

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