We are always on the hunt for the perfect vintage furniture for the house. The bedroom search list includes bedside tables, a lamp for Ada’s room, wall sconces…But for now we’ve employed this little vintage suitcase to hold the lamp and water glasses. It is just the right height and can be quickly converted back to its original self when Ada needs a suitcase to carry to Nan’s. Vintage suitcases are abundant at flea markets. Etsy has some cute choices here. Be sure to check inside linings if you plan to use the case for storage. A stack of vintage child-size suitcases also makes a good storage/table option.
I have been wanting to knit up this Vintage Duffle Coat by Sublime for my niece for quite some time. The pattern is in The Fifth Little Sublime Hand Knit Book, which is full of more sweet baby knits. I finally finished the duffle in time for our early Christmas celebration last week. I used the called-for Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK, in Plum Pie and finished it off with vintage buttons. (Etsy has a great selection of vintage buttons here). Baby knits are always so satisfying and relatively quick to make up, and the chubby recipients make even the cutest sweater look even better.
This dress is a variation on Purl Bee’s lovely Embroidered Denim Jumper. I love the Purl Bee blog! The Purl Soho store in Manhattan is an amazing place to visit- it looks like a bright candy store and is full of yarn and fabric and books and projects. I used some vintage plaid to make this dress for Ada. The jumper made up so quickly and easily I can’t wait to try the pattern out in other fabrics. Etsy has some pretty plaid choices here. The jumper requires very little machine sewing and it was fun to play around with new embroidery stitches. This dress is the first of the sister dresses for this year. (Here are last year’s).
Despite the 65 degree day we had here yesterday, cooler weather is on its way. This is one of my favorite knit hats for kids. It is from the Lyalya Hoodie ABC Pattern, available from her Etsy store here. (The pattern provides directions for adult, baby and child sizes- hence the ABC). The hoodie is simple to make up and keeps little necks warm in the wind. We used this amazing yarn from my favorite yarn and craft shop Brooklyn General to make ours. The cashmere is soft and warm and lightweight and this hat will get passed down from big to little sister.
We have a collection of various wooden block sets, but these Uncle Goose numbers are my favorite lately. We keep them in a big antique yellow ware bowl so they are easy for the kids to get to and clean up. I love the colors and the carved details and their weight. This set also has a rocket ship, skyscraper and circus on its sides. There is something perfect and timeless about a child playing with blocks. There are theories that block play leads to better understanding of language structure and spatial relations. But I love to watch the girls imagine worlds and structures without bounds as they stack blocks.
We made these wool felt coasters from some square lace doilies we found at the flea market. They are a simple cut and stitch project which requires very minimal sewing skills. Round doilies could be substituted if you have those. The simple X stitching we used will work for any shape, and a larger set of doilies would be great as trivets. To make the coasters you will need:
*Wool Felt (This is our favorite)
*Thread to Match Doilies
1. Cut felt into squares to match doilies using pinking shears. (Our squares are 3 1/4″).
2. Iron doilies if needed.
3. Center each doily on top of a felt square and pin in place.
4. Using a zig-zag stitch, sew an X through each coaster as sewn. Be careful to remove pins as you stitch and to not let the fabrics buckle.
5. Tie the stitch ends on the underside of felt and trim.
6. Make some cocktails!
We had these library card announcements custom made by Ilfant Press for Josie’s birth. Lisa Hasegawa at Ilfant worked with us to design the layout and then letterpressed the library cards by hand. I love letterpress! Josie (and Ada) were born at home so the library home address made us happy. We used photo corners to attach Josie’s picture and tied them with a bit of baker’s twine.
Handmade lace edging on a vintage hand towel. I love using these in the bathrooms at our house. Linen and cotton hand towels are abundant and cheap at thrift stores. Linen lasts forever and just looks better with age. Be sure to check towels for signs of wear and stains. This cotton hand towel was $6 and makes me happy. Here are some Etsy finds.