Spring is Here

Spring is Here on Lost and Fawned

“Spring drew on…and a greenness grew over those brown beds, which, freshening daily, suggested the thought that Hope traversed them at night, and left each morning brighter traces of her steps.”

Charlotte Brontë from Jane Eyre

After an exhausting winter, it looks like spring is here to stay.  Monday was the warmest day since last October.  We opened the windows and let the house breath.  I’m starting my spring cleaning this week.  We are casually making plans for the garden and mapping out summer backpacking trips (the first of which, is our traditional Memorial Day Weekend trip).

What are you doing to get ready for spring?  What are you most looking forward to?  Please share in the comments!

Rainy Day Spring Outfit

Rainy Spring Day Outfit on Lost and FawnedIt is a classic rainy spring day today.  While some may grumble, I rejoice.  Rain is not snow.  Rain brings buds on the trees and wakes up flowers.  As they say “April showers bring May flowers”.  So instead of griping, why not put on some boots and take a walk?

Start with a dress.  This one was just released today on Modcloth and it’s perfectly adorable and versatile.  Add some functional pieces and a clever accessory and you are ready for puddle jumping.

The Dress:  A Whim-Whim Situation Dress on Modcloth – $69.99

  1. RAINCOAT  //  Marmot Marsell Rain Jacket from Sierra Trading Co  –  $164.95
  2. UMBRELLA   //  Duck, Duck Umbrella from Modcloth  –  $17.99
  3. WATERPROOF BAG  //  Timbuck2 Scrunchie Tote from Zappos  –  $89.99
  4. RAINY EARRINGS  //  Silver Raindrop Earrings by Erin Austin  –  $55.00
  5. RAIN BOOTS  //  Sundance Rain Boots by Luckers on 11 Main  –  $44.50

9 Reasons to Follow @lostandfawned on IG

Nine Reasons to Follow Lost and Fawned on InstagramDo you follow me on Instagram yet?  I’ve been more active this month and I’ve met some AMAZING people.  As we inch closer to summer, I’ll have more adventures to share (in winter my feed is much more limited since I practically hibernate).  I post lots of progress photos of ongoing projects like dress alterations, quilts, updates to the house and new additions to my collections.  Stop by and say hello!  I love seeing what you are up to as well!

Here are 9 simple reasons to follow me on IG today (@lostandfawned):

  1. Food
  2. Sewing
  3. Vintage
  4. House Updates
  5. Vintage Dresses
  6. Tea
  7. Dogs
  8. #happymail
  9. Nature

Spring Reading

Spring Reading on Lost and FawnedHappy April!  I’m not big into April Fools, so no jokes here today.  Instead, lets celebrate spring!  It’s almost time to grab a blanket and a book and soak up some sunshine while you read en plein air (here in Ohio, we are still months away from it being warm enough for that, but a girl can dream, right?).  My wishlist is filling up with cookbooks, art books and lots of fiction, so I thought today I would share a variety of things currently on my reading list.  Here are my April picks…

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Vintage Rehab / Cleaning Baked on Build Up

Before & After - Cleaning Baked on Residue from Vintage Cookware

Time for a new series!  I am all about shopping used.  We have expensive taste and tiny pockets, so I often hunt for overlooked items that can be saved with some elbow grease.  I find deals at thrift stores, online consignment, garage sales (real ones and Facebook pages) and craig’s list.  So this spring, I’m planning to share some of my favorite tricks to make used/vintage items look like new for less.

I had some good conversation come up in my post last week about vintage Pyrex.    You can, of course, buy shiny, ready to display pieces from Etsy or EBay, but if you are looking for the best prices you need to find them “in the wild” (aka thrift stores, estate sales, garage sales, etc.).  Often times this means luck and willingness to drive to sales and dig in cupboards.  A lot of the time antiquers will snag them all in the first hour, so be prepared to go home disappointed.  BUT if you are lucky enough to find retro glassware, it usually needs some love before it’s ready to use.

Removing Baked on Residue from Vintage Cookware

Here is a prime example.  I found a nice stack of these adorable Anchor Hocking ‘Athena’ dessert cups recently.  They are from the 1970’s and were part of a full opal glass place setting that came in 2 patterns.  They were shoved all the way to the back of the shelf and look just awful.  Most people would think “omg gross”, but I saw potential.

Here is my line up, starting on the left and moving right…

The Linup - Cleaning Baked on Build Up from Vintage Cookware

  • I always start with the most mild products first.  A nice long soak in some hot water with simple dish soap will sometimes do the trick.  Fill the sink and let them sit.  Then come back and give them a good scrub.
  • If that doesn’t work I start bringing out the bigger guns.  Next I try a very mild abrasive cleanser, like Affresh Cooktop Cleanser.  It’s made for cleaning ceramic and glass cooktops and comes with a little blue brillo-like pad.  Some people swear by Liquid Barkeepers Friend, but with any of these types of cleansers you have to be REALLY careful.  Do not use them on any gold leaf and use them very gently.  If your piece is nice and shiny, you can dull the finish over time with these mild abrasives.
  • Next on my list, if the above doesn’t work, is powdered Barkeepers Friend.  This is an abrasive.  You have to be super gentle.  I usually make it into a paste and try it somewhere unnoticeable first.  If it’s something with a lot of decoration or is a solid painted finish I sometimes skip this step all together.  This is great for the inside of the white glass pieces to get rid of the silver utensil marks.
  • The last thing I try is this heavy duty oven cleaner.  It comes in an aerosol can and smells awful.  Try and use this on a day when you can crack a window, because it will give you a headache.  The upside is this cuts through just about everything.  Like with other products I have listed, you need to be cautious.  I’ve seen some blogs say to spray it on and let it sit up to 15 minutes.  I stick with 5 minutes.  After 5 minutes everything wipes away.  I’ve heard through the grapevine that this can strip paint.  I haven’t experienced that personally, but better safe than sorry.

Removing Baked on Residue from Vintage Cookware

These bowls went from dish soap to Affresh, and straight to oven cleaner.  I need to get a toothpick to clean out in between some of the little spaces in the lettering, but by the time I am done with them, they should look almost new.  I probably won’t be keeping them, since I have more than enough bowls in my cabinet, but I know someone out there is looking for them to complete their set.

Next on Vintage Rehab:  I will be sharing my favorite tool to take those annoying pills off of vintage sweaters, ties, upholstery, etc.  This thing is seriously life changing.

Cleaning Baked on Build Up from Vintage Cookware on Lost & Fawned

Vintage Spring Florals

Vintage Spring Floral Threads on Lost and Fawned

I’ve been busy prepping my closet for spring, which means mending, cleaning and pressing my vintage pieces.  Today’s collection is inspired by the bulbs and blossoms popping up across the country.  Etsy has a wealth of vintage stores, ranging in price and decade.  Here are some of my favorite fresh spring picks…

  1. Bright Floral Circle Skirt from Chariot Marie  /  $88.00
  2. Floral Embroidered Cardigan from Chic Vintage Hawaii  /  $32.00
  3. Green Floral Dress from Dalena Vintage  /  $135.00
  4. Floral Tea Dress with Glass Buttons from Satorial Matters  /  $104.41
  5. Embroidered Floral Heels from Wear it Well Vintage  /  $54.00
  6. Atomic Floral Print Dress from Very Vintage Store  /  $71.00
  7. Beaded Floral Purse from Antique Florals  /  $12.00
  8. Sketchy Floral Blouse from Small Earth Vintage  /  $26.00
  9. Purple Sundress with Floral Applique from When Decades Collide  /  $156.00
  10. Pink Shirt Day Dress from Shop Rabbit Hole  /  $88.00
  11. Van Gogh Dolman Dress from To Be Determined  /  $40.00
  12. Pleated Floral Dress from Red Light Vintage  /  $48.00

Shades of Spring

Shades of Spring on Lost and Fawned

It’s officially spring!  It’s still chilly here in Ohio, but my bulbs are peeking up and there are hints of buds on the trees.  Soon everything will have a haze of green over it as the world starts to wake up from the awful winter we had.  Green is my favorite color.  So today, we are celebrating all shades of spring green, from sage to mint (mostly mint).  Here are my picks…

  1. Umbra Mint Waste Can in Mint  /  $20.00
  2. Pom it Up Scarf in Mint  /  $24.99
  3. Ring True Phone in Sea Green  /  $59.99
  4. Essie Nail Polish in “Mojito Madness”  /  $8.50
  5. Waring Retro Green Blender  /  $99.95
  6. Swedish Hasbeens Braided Sky High in Mint Pearl  /  $269.00
  7. Keds Champion in Mint Green  /  $45.00
  8. Herschel Duffel in Foliage  /  $55.00
  9. Poppin Mint Desk Set  /  $40.00
  10. Boden Spring Polka Dot Parka  /  $117.60 SALE
  11. Silk Unity Stripe Tie in Apple Green  /  $19.00

So your friend is a Pyrex collector

Pyrex Collector Gifts on Lost and Fawned

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed a lot of vintage cookware popping up in the last year.  I am a collector of many things (note I said “collector”, not “hoarder”), and one of those things is vintage Pyrex.  Like most Pyrex collectors, I have a favorite design that I focus on.  My pattern in called Early American, but I also collect metallic promotional pieces.  That may sound like giberish to most of you, but to a fellow collector it says a lot.

Vintage Pyrex is an American classic (though there are Australian, Canadian and British counterparts).  The designs are iconic.  From Butterprint to Spring Blossom, there is a design for everyone.  The pieces are decorative and usableat the same time, a perfect balance of form and function.  Pyrex collecting has been really gaining momentum in the last few years.  New books have been published, local trading groups are popping up, and the market for vintage pieces has exploded on etsy, ebay and in local antique malls.

If you have a friend that has caught the Pyrex bug and you are considering gifting them a piece of Pyrex, it’s best to ask what they have had their eye on.  Do some research and shop around to find one in good condition at a reasonable price.  Otherwise, there has been tons of art, tea towels and other crafted items springing up online that would make a collector smile.

  1. Fridgie Tea Towel by Fresh Pastry Stand  /  $10.00
  2. Friendship 045 Casserole from Midge & Manny’s  /  $50.00
  3. Pyrex Passion: A Comprehensive Guide to Decorated Vintage Pyrex by Michael D. Barber  /  $49.99
  4. Vintage Pyrex Vegetable Soup Fabric from Spoonflower  /  $17.50+ per yard
  5. Butterprint Mug from Thrifting Fuel on Society 6  /  $15.00
  6. Nesting Mixing Bowls from Rush Creek Vintage  /  $125.00
  7. Snowflake Divided Dish from The Heirloom Shoppe  /  $28.00
  8. 2015 Pyrex Calender by Pocono Modern  /  $25.00
  9. Custom Jewelry from your Broken Pyrex by The Broken Plate  /  $40.00
  10. “Primary Pyrex Stack” Print by P.MaGeebs on Society 6  /  $17.68+
  11. Pyrex Carafe with Original Box from Multistreamz  /  $17.00
  12. Two Yellow Gooseberry 042’s from VintageKindofGirl  /  $22.00

More Art Please / Spring 2015

More Art Please - Spring 2015 on Lost and FawnedTime to freshen up the house for spring!  I’ve already started my spring purge and deep clean, but another great way to renew your home to rotate some art.  I’ve put together a quick collection of pieces that are perfect every room from your powder room to your entryway.

Boden Dresses for Spring

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In Ohio it’s really hard to care about how you look in winter.  It’s all layers (and not the cute autumn-type layers), hats, coats and practical snow boots.  It’s almost officially spring, and while the birds are chirping, it’s still freezing out.  But that won’t stop me from starting to air out my dresses and sandals and start planning the garden.  I am so pumped for dress and skirt season.

I have been obsessing over Boden’s spring line since I got the January catalog.  They kindly offered to send over couple of frocks to share with you, and how could I say no?  (Fair warning: I am in desperate need of a bang trim!)   

The first one I selected, sang to my thrifting and vintage sensibilities.  While the shape is pretty modern, the pattern on the Printed Spring Dress is made up of vintage plates!  I couldn’t resist!  It’s so light and breezy.  It will be perfect for those super hot summer days at the flea market or errand running.  The length is just perfect.

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Spring Boden Style on Lost & Fawned

My second pick is the perfectly named Lindsey Dress!  Yep!  It’s like it was made for me!  I wanted something tailored enough to wear to work, but was as comfortable as my PJ’s, and this fits the bill.  It’s made of a super soft cotton knit that is stretchy, but still holds it’s shape.  I added a blazer, some tights and boots, and this worked well in the snow and ice as well.  I love the color too!  I considered getting the navy, but this green was irresistible.

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I would have loved to frolic in a field in these dresses for the photos, but we are still buried in a foot and a half of snow and ice.  To finish the looks I accessorized with a vintage straw handbag, some simple flat sandals in a fun color (see similar), mid-height t-bar pumps (see similar) and a neutral cardigan (see similar).

Getting read for spring on Lost & Fawned

There are so many gorgeous dresses available on Boden right now, and they are guaranteed to give you spring-fever.  Here are some of my tops picks for spring of 2015…

Boden Dress Picks for Spring 2015Above , clockwise from top left:

Boden has kindly offered one lucky Lost & Fawned reader the chance to kick start their spring and summer wardrobe with $150 to spend on whatever they like!  Get yourself a little summer dress, or maybe you have a reunion this summer and need something amazing to wear!  Use the widget below to enter (if you can’t see the widget, click here to visit the blog post).

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Thanks so much to Boden for making this post possible!  Happy spring!

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