Fun with Sewing Lingerie> DIY Sexy Things


Saturday mornings I like to wake up and lazily lie in bed looking through Instagram (I know I’m not the only one who does this!) Ending up in a rabbit-trail of awesome retro-inspired and creative lingerie posts, I was inspired to set out and create my own sexy DIY lingerie. Not only because I rarely have the budget to purchase lingerie, or because I’m hard-to-fit due to my curvy endowment, but because I thought making my own creation would be so much more fun!

Using some sheer, stretchy polyester I had on hand combined with small bits and pieces of scraps from other projects – a little cotton, black satin ribbon, elastic & lace elastic, fuzzy leopard print, black and white striped t-shirt material, and a vintage rhinestone button to top it all off with – all the makings for an awesome girly, one-of-a-kind lingerie were hanging out in my sewing box. The sheer polyester I’d nabbed from the LA fabric district when on the hunt to recreate a favorite ’60s vintage babydoll. I’ve had a bit of a challenge finding the right fabric to fit the bill, and even this sheer aqua isnt’ quite right (it snags easily and is lacking body) but it’s good enough for some trial-run projects.

In the process of creating this DIY babydoll I had tons of fun! I loved how much imagination and creativity I could use because 1.) The garment isn’t very big and 2.) It will only be worn in the bedroom. Follow along on my fun, creative process…

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Cheap & Simple: DIY Atomic Starburst Painted Wallpaper


I was browsing through my favorite home decoration site, Retro Renovation, and stumbled upon a fabulous idea for hand-painted “wallpaper”. Not only was it super-cheap and super-easy, it was a fabulous retro-atomic starburst shape! While I don’t have a lovely post-modern home like I drool over on Retro Renovation posts, my current garage loft living can use all the help it can get. Yes… I live in an industrial garage! Because this is just a “for a few years” sort of situation, it doesn’t warrant any interior decorating that is either expensive or time consuming… so this DIY project fit the bill perfectly.


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Fun On Thanksgiving: Christmas Crafting Party


I’m usually a strict “No Christmas until after Thanksgiving” sort of person. But I happened to be visiting my parents for a weekend in early November and we found ourselves in Michael’s craft store. My family isn’t always the best at just hanging around and talking – we’re either off doing something or the TV is on -so working together on a simple craft is a great excuse for the family to just sit around and enjoy each other’s company (I’m sure a few of you can relate!) While in the craft store we each selected a simple and inexpensive little Christmas craft kit (all were under $5) then set to work around the family room table.

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Sew For Victory Sewing Challenge


I’ve been busy wrenching away in the garage, working on my very first engine rebuild for my 1955 Studebaker and blogging about it on – but when Lucky Lucille announced Sew for Victory 2.0 in March I couldn’t resist! I’d found out about last year’s Sew for Victory just as it ended and was super excited to see it come around again! Sew for Victory is a sewing challenge centered around making something 1940s style…right up my alley!

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Sewing Dainty-Things for Valentine’s Day

Vintage Lingerie Sewing Tutorial with Valentine’s Decoration

Vintage is something I regularly integrate in my lifestyle – from my 1955 Studebaker to my wardrobe – so of course when it comes to under things, I want those to have a retro nod as well! Trouble is, you can’t exactly buy vintage panties. In the past I’ve tried buying granny panties from department stores, but they don’t usually end up fitting right – besides, they don’t come in exciting colors with fun embellishments. There are a few retro-remake lingerie makers, I’ll share some of my favorite at the end, but I don’t generally have that kind of a budget for underwear! So I decided to make my own – I took my favorite pair from my drawer, evaluated what I would change on them, and began to measure and draft a pattern. The first pair turned out WAY too small…but by my third pattern I had it down pretty good. If drafting a pattern is beyond your patience…I found a great vintage panties sewing tutorial with printable pattern over on


The cherry print pair were my first success, but I kept wanting a pair of more authentic vintage briefs. So using my previous pattern for the cherry underwear, I measured the difference for where I thought the briefs should go on my body. Switching around the pattern a little, I soon had something to work with for vintage briefs…beware, these always look extremely huge on paper and when you cut out the fabric…but just take a gulp, remind yourself you love your body, and continue on.

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DIY Christmas Ornament


Every year, my best friend and I get/make a matching ornament. It’s a super fun tradition and now even more unique that we live on different coasts. A couple of years ago, we were in Washington DC together during December, so got an official White House ornament – last year, she was visiting me in California so I planned a crafty ornament. I had forgotten about it until I decorated my Christmas tree, but when I saw it again I remembered how much I liked it along with the fun time we had making it together.

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What’s for Dinner> Pumpkin Waffles


I just dipped fresh homemade pumpkin waffles into made-from-scratch caramel sauce. Oh. My. Goodness. I’m in heaven. I found both recipes online and they are delicious apart, but I highly recommend them together! I made the salted caramel sauce this past weekend for ice cream and caramel apples…so when I took up my favorite pumpkin waffle recipe for dinner tonight, how could I resist thinking of the sugary goodeness that was sitting in my fridge. Since I’m actually still cooking as I type, I’ll cut myself off here before destroying any waffle-y goodness.



Go Retro>Comic Strip Creation

I just completed using some crafy-skills to help tell the story of losing the brakes while driving my 1955 Studebaker. It just so happened I was wearing a bathing suit at the time (on the way to the pool and got hot in LA traffic!) Not only that, but at one point I jumped out of my moving car – bathing suit, barefeet and all – in an attempt to stop it (don’t try that at home!) Of course my readers at were asking for reenactment photos…


The idea for a retro comic originally came about from this great app I have on my iPhone, Halftone. After my friend Lori took some great reenactment photos – I wasn’t quite sure how they fit together to tell the story…I didn’t just want a silly picture of me in a bathing suit!

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What’s for Dinner> Baked Garlic-Mustard Salmon

Having a limited kitchen where I live (consisting of a hotplate, microwave, and toaster oven), I’ve been pushed to become more creative in cooking. Back when I had an oven, baked salmon was one of the simplest and most delicious dishes I could whip up, so I decided to try the baked approach with my little toaster oven.


The simple ingredients for a delicious weeknight dinner!

I found a recipe that sounded great on Natasha’s Kitchen, Baked Salmon with Garlic and Dijon. The garlic, olive oil, and Dijon (or whole-grain mustard at least) I had – but the lemon and parsley weren’t in my kitchen so I left them out.

Click here to get the recipe for the simple, delicious, and healthy Salmon dinner!

Beautify While Working


Most of the time my manicures get ruined when I work in the garage – but I couldn’t resist giving myself a manicure, just this one time. My husband and I were madly working to rebuild the front end of our 1960 Ford Falcon. Beginning with a nearly untouched engine bay, 60+ years of service had added a good deal of grease and grime. After removing the engine I got straight to work sanding the engine bay (engine bay=the body area under the hood where the engine sits).

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Beginning Digital Scrapbooking

I’ve always enjoyed putting a good scrapbook together. Usually that means waiting years for a big group of photos and then spending a couple of intense days putting it all together. My last book (covering my entire life up to that point!) was almost 10 years ago. Between the elapsed time and the fact that I’ve gotten married in the past year, I’m due for another book (or two!) I don’t remember how I ran into “digital scrapbooking” on the Internet – but I happened upon Sahlin Studios. They produce digital scrapbooking products which have a fun, vintage-y feel to them. Their freebie downloads and ready-to-go templates got me on my way.


These are my first 3 completed layouts. Putting them together was fun – although it did take a bit of time, however I imagine with practice it would be quicker! While my real-life paper scrapbooks are fairly simple, the ease (and no-cost-ness) of adding elements to these has been a fun alternative. I won’t be doing all of my book like this, but adding in some “fancy” pages will be a nice change. One thing I like about digital scrapbooking is that everything I need is already in my laptop!

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Valentine’s Day Wreath


I re-awakened my crafty bug recently when I offered to do decorations for a friend’s baby shower (which I still need to share here). Usually working on car projects, crafting felt like a good outlet. As soon as I saw the lovely felt-based Valentine Wreath from Positively Splendid, I knew what my next project would be. Besides being adorable, it was the perfect excuse to take down our little Christmas tree (my husband is a firm believer in leaving the tree up until “after finals”…even though we’re both long out of school).

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