Friday, October 2, 2015

Little knits

(Yes, I´m still around. I know, I´m surprised myself.) Today I want to share with you this little kitted jacket I finished the other day.

The pattern dates back to the early 50s and is designed for children 1-2 years old. Now little M is 1.5 years old (whoa!) and the jacket fits rather tight. Like, tiiiiight. I was kind of expecting it since she is much taller than the average child her age and also just a wee bit chubbier. Not to mention that children were generally a bit smaller back in the day.
I started knitting it when she was around 1 and even went up 1 needle size but still... So, the thing I learned from this project is that I could put away all patterns for children under the age of 3 because by the time I had finished them she would have outgrown them. Which is a pity, because there are several knitted coats in my magazines that I would have loved to make for her. Oh well.

The pattern originally included a collar,
but somehow I didn´t feel like doing one.
I considered a crochet border but somehow messed it up.

dress: H&M
toys: vintage

I´m not sure about my next project but I´ll definitely knit up a long sleeve cardigan for her soon. And some cute dresses. And a beret. Because awwww ;). I have what feels like 30 options to choose from, so we´ll see.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Bought in June

Today I finally come around to blogging the flea market bargains I found in June. All in all I was quite satisfied with my first flea market in months. I mainly bought sewing supplies: buttons that I hope to use for a little knitted jacket for little M, a horrible 70s house dress whose fabric I want to turn into a little blouse or dress and a pretty sequined bow appliqué. And, my personal favorite, an old photo album. For the collection. Because I don´t have enough old pictures of complete strangers. But it was cheap and many of the photos are fantastic so I couldn´t resist! Not pictured is the massive sunburn I got for free.

So far July was budget friendly. Instead of melting at a flea market I made a bigger investment in the ice cream department ;). Do you skip flea markets when it´s too hot or are you heat resistant?

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Getrödelt Gefunden Gefreut: June '15

"Mommy found a new toy in the trash."
The things the Mr. tells little M.

The other day on our way to the neighborhood playground we came across a pile of bulky waste and while I was distracted by a sewing machine case the Mr. instantly noticed and mentioned this little bedside table, assuming that I wouldn't take any waste home. Hah! Of course I did.

I'd guess it's from the 50s or 60s. It's a bit wiggly (one leg is to short for some reason), missing the glass plate on top and needed a good cleaning, but I think it´s quite cute. And I totally needed a vintage fix. You can´t imagine the excitement this little piece of furniture caused after several months of unplanned vintage abstinence. And it was for free. My favorite kind of find!

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Getrödelt Gefunden Gefreut: February

It´s the first day of the month, so it´s time for a little show and tell :). This time I want to share with you a little something I bought online. You know where. Here it is:

Amazing, right? ;) It doesn´t look like it but this is a photoalbum. From the 40s. Filled with pictures of a group of student nurses dating from 1941-1943 in various situations at university, in the forest, at the front and also some pictures of their lives after war. All in all it contains around 80 pictures and I probably paid a little bit more than I would have if I had seen all the photos. But it´s a nice addition to my collection and at one point I will upload the whole thing to my tumblr for everyone to enjoy.

Oh look, a little thief photo assistant.

Girls day out in the forest.

The "bigamist", as the note says.
I wish there were more informations on this ;)

"Going home"

The last picture shows photos of "Ulla im Feld", probably at a field hospital, and after having watched several documentaries about WWII and its horrible field hospitals I wonder how she handled her war experiences and how the other student nurses got through war. I actually had hoped to find more field photography in the book, but these were the only two.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Aaaand it´s 2015!

Wow, how did that happen? I still remember writing last years first post and it feels like it was only yesterday. 2014 was a mostly great but stressful year for us at Pennyland (it's like Graceland, but without the money and the fame and Elvis), after all little M will already be one year old in two months.

I'm not a person for new years resolutions. I think if you want to change somehing about your life you can do it any time of the year. But my goal for 2015 clearly is to go back to healthier eating habits. With all the stress that comes with a baby, a job and household work it's so easy to end up in the cookie trap. The sweet, sugary cookie trap. Because it's much easier to open a package and eat a cookie with one hand than to wash and eat an apple. And let me tell you, there were eaten a lot of cookies over the last 10 months. And chocolate. And other sugary stuff.

I wish you a fantastic 2015, full of health, love and happiness. Do you have any goals for the new year?