Tuesday, March 17, 2015

the voice of Spring...

Top o' the mornin' to ya!
I wasn't wearing a bit of green when these photos were taken,
but I can assure you I am today. ;)
After all, I am a wee bit Irish.

We've been enjoying such lovely weather in my neck of the woods!
It makes me want to sing "Spring, Spring, Spring!"
(You know from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers?)
I just love living in an area that really gets a good dose of all four seasons.
Each season has it's own unique joys.
I delight in watching for the tender green shoots that push their way through the moist ground.
Soon we shall have daffodils {my very favorite Springtime bulb} spreading their sunshine & bringing cheer.
Yesterday was so delightfully warm I was able to hang my laundry out on the line for the first time this year. Nothing beats the smell of line dried fabric. After all that is what dryer sheets attempt to mimic oft times!
I can't wait for the first thunderstorm of the year!
They always make me want to huddle up with a cup of tea & some knitting, or a good book...
Or a good movie if the electricity stays on. :)
This time of year we always break out my DVDs of Rosemary & Thyme.
The beautiful gardens featured in the series always make me itch to get my hands in the dirt.
Although, I wear pastels all year round,
I'm especially fond of them in the Spring.
{Seriously, what gal isn't?!}

This outfit isn't really true to any particular era.
I would consider it more "vintage inspired".
Well, that is probably what category  most of my clothing would fall into.
Although, I actually don't always wear vintage inspired either.
Sometimes I wear overalls & a peasant blouse,
 or skinny or trouser jeans & a sweater or button down shirt.
My taste in clothing is rather wide & varied,
as illustrated on my adorn {Spring & Summer} Pinterest board.
As a 90's kid, I'm also crazy about floral prints.
(As illustrated in my blog theme.)

 Anyhoo. This is one of my favorite vintage inspired getups.
I made the pieces of this ensemble last year.
You may remember my Land Girl Cabled Cardigan.
It is such a staple in my wardrobe.
I wear it at least 3 times a week.
Of course, I won't as soon as the weather gets much warmer.
My plan is to make one in lavender & perhaps pale pink as well for the next sweater season.

My 6 year old niece, Abbey, gave me this sweet brooch for my birthday last year.
It's made of teeny-tiny shells. I just love the colors, and the sweet girl who gave it to me. :)

The tank top came from Debbie Bliss' Amalfi book. I bought the Amalfi yarn on etsy for a super deal since the yarn has been discontinued. It's a lovely blend of cotton, viscose, linen, & silk.  I had loved this yarn the first time I saw it in the Spring/Summer 2010 issue of Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine. 
I remember reading that the color palette of this line was inspired by the 1950's.
Yes, please!
Unfortunately, at the time that it was out of my price range.
So, I was ever so thankful to find such a great deal.
I went a little hog-wild searching etsy, eBay, & Ravelry for more good deals.
I found some in a beautiful duck egg hue from which I made this cardi.
Also, a darker blue for this boatneck sweater {soon to be featured in another post}.  
 I have 6 skeins in a fun limey green colorway that will hopefully get knitted up this season!

This skirt was made from Simplicity 2367
with some fabric I bought at Walmart for something like $3/yard.
The print is quite mid-century styled, don't you think?
It's a very nice heavy-ish cotton fabric with a bit of a linen-like texture to it.
(I believe it came from the home d├ęcor clearance section.)
If I remember correctly is was around 50" wide too, so it only took around a yard to make the skirt. With the fabric I had left over I cut out a wide brim hat that I thought would be nice for gardening, though I haven't sewn it up yet.
So, I've been thinking a lot about becoming more organized with my blogging.
{And life in general, but that's besides the point.}
I can be hopelessly nonchalant about things sometimes,
and things are just not getting done like they should.
So, my plan is to post at least every Tuesday.
I may have some random posts sprinkled in here & there in between, but I want to make sure I get in at least one good post per week. I really don't think that's too much to ask of myself! ;)
Also, I think I need to write some lists. Lists are good right?
*Things I want to make
*Things I need to make
*Ideas for post series
Oh, and another thing, I want to be more thoughtful in my posts.
As a person who is not very wordy it can be very hard for me to even realize what I'm thinking or how I feel about something. I have to realize that sometimes I won't be able to write a post all in one sitting. Sometimes I'll have to save it as draft for later so I can mull things over in my mind. (This post for instance took me about 3 days.) And that's ok!
Well, I think I've officially blathered on long enough. ;)

Thank you all so much for your sweet comments on my previous post.
The prayers & kind words mean ever so much. 
Enjoy the sunshine {& the rain} that accompany this lovely season, my dears.

"We plough the fields, and scatter the good seed on the land;
But it is fed and watered by God's almighty hand:
He sends the snow in winter, the warmth to swell the grain,
The breezes and the sunshine, and soft refreshing rain.
 All good gifts around us
Are sent from heaven above,
Then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord
For all His love"

{Old English Hymn}

{Photos snapped by Kelsey & edited by Yours Truly.}


  1. Your outfit is so pretty and springy! I am so impressed with your knitting, and I love your color choices. You look like a spring day. : ) "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" is one of my favorite movies. I was just saying how I would like to watch it again. I am always so pleased when I see that there is a new post from you! I hope you have a lovely day!!

    1. Aw, thank you, Sarah! :) I hope you have a lovely day as well.

  2. Lovely outfit! Hasn't this weather been simply amazing?! Classic spring, and for OVER a week! :-D

    Best of luck to you as you follow a blog schedule. :-) Personally, I thrive on schedules so I love my planned-out blogging! I compile several posts at once, and go to the local coffee shop every Tuesday to write them. They typically sit for a couple weeks before they're scheduled to post, so that allows me plenty of time to write, mull, and re-write. ;-) Then again, I greatly admire bloggers who can post in-the-moment! Such feats are beyond me. ;-)

    1. Thank you, Lily! Yes, this weather has been so wonderful! :D
      Those are some good tips to consider about post writing - thanks a bunch.

  3. Lovely spring outfit. It's suits you perfectly!

  4. It's awesome that you're keen to focus on writing more here sometimes. I frequently take multiple days to finish some of my bigger posts, either due to the volume of research, writing, photo taking and editing, or a combo of those things involved. It's good to focus on intently on our blogging and really craft something that makes our heart smile when we finally post it.

    What a charming, classic, and very pretty outfit. I'm a huge fan of vintage inspired looks and think this one hits many 40s elements, so that's the general vibe I get from it.

    There massive cheers for pastels and the start of spring this week!!!

    ♥ Jessica

    1. Thanks, Jessica! I like that - "really craft something that makes our heart smile when we finally post it."

      I think this outfit does have mostly 40's bits - especially my cardi.

      Hear, hear on the three cheers! :D

  5. *Three* - thank you, autocorrect! :)

    ♥ Jessica

  6. You look lovely, as usual. Looking forward to our visit!

    1. Thanks, Debbie! I'm so looking forward to it too!! :D

  7. You look just lovely! Oh, and so does your outfit! ;)
    I just love that sweater, and the fact that you even knitted your own tank is amazing. The skirt is so cute as well! :)
    So being a 90's kid is why I'm crazy about florals? I didn't know it, but it makes perfect sense! :) Florals are my absolute middle name. Heehee.
    Good luck with your blogging schedule! I think you will enjoy it - I find it so much easier to be able to plan ahead than to try to think of something on the spur of a moment. Can't wait to see how it goes! :)

  8. A cheery good morning to you, Miss Michelle! :) I was thrilled to see you at Roses of Inspiration - thank you, my dear, for linking up. Your blog is a place FULL of inspiration and charm.

    Your outfit is simply darling! I love the layers of soft color and your shoes are just too cute. Have a beautiful day! Hugs to you!

    1. Thanks, Stephanie! I've never done a linkup party before, so I'm excited to see how it works. :)

  9. I love your outfit and it's perfect for spring. You did a great job sewing you skirt!

  10. the colors in your outfit is very pretty together, you did a wonderful job on your sweater

  11. thanks miss michelle for following, im following you too..my link to my other blogspot...i saw you are a christian too..what a blessing to meet you...http://greetingsfromarnhem.blogspot.nl/?zx=ad0da187c838ddc8

  12. g'morning. :) yesterday was our first (of a scant few expected for the year) thunderstorm of 2015. hail joined in, then heavy rain for a bit, a few funnels formed just northeast of me (yes, in california) - and all of a sudden it was a party. then the sun took center stage. :)

    1. Yikes! That sounds like quite the crazy weather! I do not like tornados. No, not one little bit!


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