social saturday

all miscellaneous posts related to the social aspect of the blog

Social Saturday | February 13

a heart garland made of book pages draped across a window with lace curtains and a hanging plant

Hello and happy Valentine’s weekend everyone! I didn’t do a dedicated Valentine’s post this year, but I thought I would still share the cards I made and a tiny bit of festive decor…

I didn’t do anything very exciting this week and was starting to feel just a bit housebound, since the temperatures plummeted this week. It was deceptively sunny outside; but the thermometer was actually at -38 Celsius!!!

a pile of valentine cards and a heart shaped garland draped across a window with lace curtains

There were also so many beret and hat themed posts that I saw this week- including several perfect for Valentine’s Day! If you’ve decided you want to follow my tutorial for making a beret out of an old sweater, here are some great free tutorials.

Brittani of Untitled Thoughts shared a tutorial for an embroidered beret. How cute would it be to embroider it with wool yarn?

And then Charlotte of Tuppence Ha’Penny shared how she made a heart shaped beret last year- so cute!

And if a beret isn’t really your thing, she’s also just released a tutorial for a heart shaped pillbox hat perfect for Valentine’s Day!

And finally, Kristina of The Eyre Effect just posted a Galentine’s outfit with a heart shaped beret (and a cute vintage cape!) in case you are looking for inspiration on how to style your new beret.

I think I’m going to spend my weekend crafting and creating…and maybe baking some sort of heart themed treat for Valentine’s Day tomorrow. Do you have any Valentine plans? Or other plans for this weekend? Do you think you’ll try making one of these hats?

a snowy and sunny cold winter day

Social Saturday | February 6

a cactus planted in a vintage teacup with yellow and brown flowers on it

I can’t believe it’s already the weekend! This week seemed to go by fast for some reason, even though I wasn’t particularly busy. I didn’t do much this week other than work and sew and read…not a bad mix though, right?

This week I finally decided to just go for it…. and sewed a t-shirt! This might seem like a relatively easy project, and it did go together quicker than I anticipated, but I was intimidated to start because I was afraid that the knit would be hard to manage and it wouldn’t turn out well. I know the hem is kind of wrinkly, but it will always be tucked in, so I don’t mind that. There are a few things I will do differently for my next project, but all in all, it turned out way better than I thought it would!

a homesewn pale pink tshirt with cuffs

Janey of Atomic Redhead re-opened her vintage shop this week, with a few changes; she is now selling downloads of vintage cards! She has such an amazing collection of vintage ephemera, including valentines and other holiday cards that she decorates her home with each year…what a great idea to do digital downloads of them! She has quite a few cute valentines, if I hadn’t already made my cards this year, that would have been such a great option. You can browse her Etsy shop here.

Lauren of Wearing History has been putting out so many good blog posts lately! Here is another one I enjoyed this week, about how the “cottage core” trend of late is a reiteration of similar trends of days past.

two vintage photo albums- one black with vintage writing and one mint blue with a beaded applique on the front cover

As I’ve been sorting through my hard drive for my year long goal of finally organizing it, I have been looking through pictures and realizing that I really should print them out, so I can enjoy looking at them. I’d also like to do a family history album of sorts, with photos of my grandparents and other relatives, so I found a few photo albums this week. Vintage photo albums so much prettier than modern ones, aren’t they?

Well, that’s about all for this week. We’ve got an extreme cold warning in effect here (-40 celsius!) so I think I will be spending the weekend cozied up by the fire with a cup of tea and a good book. How are you planning on spending your weekend?

Social Saturday | January 30

desk top with laptop and journal laid out

Here we are already at Saturday! This week was a busy one for me finalizing details to get my shop up and running, and I’m not completely done yet, but am looking forward to a more relaxing weekend.

I enjoyed this post by Lauren of Wearing History about why sewing your own clothing costs more sometimes. I like her perspective, as she has experience as a home sewist as well as someone who has gone into clothing production.

I saw this week, that one of the founders of Fashion Revolution, Orsola de Castro, is releasing a book “Loved Clothes Last: How the Joy of Rewearing and Repairing Your Clothes Can Be a Revolutionary Act”. It looks interesting!

white and pink amaryllis and pink angel wing begonia bloom

In other news sister’s Angel Wing Begonia is blooming! And my mom’s Amaryllis has been blooming as well- with so many more buds set to open!

the other bennet sister book and a cup of tea

Upon the recommendation of a friend, I got “The Other Bennet Sister” by Janice Hadlow and have been enjoying it immensely! If you are a Jane Austen fan, or really even a fan of historical fiction, then I think you will like this one. I haven’t finished it yet, but that’s one of my plans for this weekend.

Well, that’s all that’s going on around here…how are you planning to fill your weekend?

Happy Saturday!

Social Saturday | January 23

a wooden pegrack with vintage purses and a lace blouse hanging on it

Happy Saturday and welcome to a new little series here on the blog. I was thinking the other day about how I miss having a place to post all of the “everydayish” sorts of photos and things I am working on, (now that I am no longer on social media) so I have decided to introduce a new series called “Social Saturday” kind of like the “Life Lately” posts I used to do. It will be a quick little round-up of what I am up to, the photos I take and any posts I have read during the week. Just because I’m no longer on social media, is no reason I still can’t be social here.

a country lane covered with snowy on a cloudy day

We’ve been having such warm weather lately, strange for January, that we’ve been taking advantage of it and going for country walks. It’s supposed to turn cold this weekend though. I guess all good things come to an end…

fabric from a sewing project with a pair of gold scissors and a tape measure and a photo of a pothos plant and little winter decoration on top of a shelf

Starting on a couple new sewing projects after a very long hiatus. It’s nice to get back in front of the sewing machine!

a stack of books tied up in brown paper and twine

I bought some books online, and the seller wrapped them up in recycled brown paper and twine- so lovely!

vintage style leather purse

And, the week ended on a happy note, when the purse I bought online finally arrived! It took two months to arrive from Ukraine, but it was well worth the wait…I’ll do a big reveal in an outfit post soon!

I hope your Saturday is going well, and that you have a great weekend!

A Christmas Hymn For Our Wearied 2020 Hearts

I recently was reminded of the words to one of my favourite Christmas carols, O Holy Night, and found the words of this song to be especially poignant given the year we’ve all just gone through. I’ve listened to this song a few times now, during this festive season, and thought I would share them here today, as I wish you all a Merry Christmas, with the hope that the message of this song, written over 100 years ago, will comfort you today too!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, dear Readers!

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of our dear Saviour’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appear’d and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

   Fall on your knees! O hear the angel voices!
   O night divine, O night when Christ was born;
   O night divine, O night, O night Divine.

Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here come the wise men from the Orient land.
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friend.

   He knows our need, to our weaknesses no stranger,
   Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!
   Behold your King, Before Him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother;
And in His name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name.

   Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever,
   His power and glory evermore proclaim.
   His power and glory evermore proclaim.

-Adolphe Adam, 1847