Thursday, January 31, 2013

Vintage Valentine Finale

Here are the last vintage Valentines
that I have to show you.
I love this amusement park ride valentine
with the little planes!
A raccoon burglar? 
How cute!
This train locomotive reminds me of my grandpa,
because he was a train engineer.
I love that it has glitter!
Bye for now!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

What I'm Working On

 I've been working on this fun project lately,
using calico fabrics, felt and assorted sewing trims.
I really love cuckoo clocks 
so this was my first design.
I made this as a wall hanging
and will keep this one myself.
But I'm making more designs that are brooches
and those will hopefully be for sale very soon!
Stay tuned!
Bye for now!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Around the House

 Lately I've been working on some 
fun projects in calico fabric. 
I will be showing the results very soon!

 And I moved my record player upstairs
to my dining area near the kitchen.
That way I can listen to music 
while I bake!
 Of course, as I took pix of my records,
Smoke showed up to supervise.
Hello there!
I think the top of his head is so pretty!
Bye for now!

Monday, January 28, 2013

February Jack and Jill from 1963

 Here are vintage illustrations 
from the Feb. 1963 Jack and Jill.
Art work on the first two pics: 
Lou Segal

 Paper Dolls art work: 
Audrey Walters

Bye for now!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Cake Pops

 Because a certain young lady is turning 12 very soon...
we made some pretty purple cake pops!

And I decorated the bulletin board 
with a paper collage. 
Bye for now!



Thursday, January 24, 2013

Bunny Ball

 One morning I looked out to see a ball of fur in our yard,
a bunny ball!
 Could he get much rounder?
The better to stay warm 
while one chews on a twig?
Bye for now!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

February Jack and Jills

 All these great vintage illustrations
are from my vintage Jack and Jill magazines.
First is this poem from Feb. 1972. 
Art by Jackie Lacy.

 The next two are from the same issue.
Art by Jackie Lacy.
 The last one is from Feb. 1973.
Art by Betsey.
Bye for now!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

I Wore a New Coat

 New coat: Xmas gift (Old Navy)
dress, tights and boots: Target
jacket and purse: thrifted
Sorry about the blurriness of the second pic!
Bye for now!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Sweet Vintage Valentines

 This group of vintage valentines
features a card for teacher. 
Do they still make them for teachers nowadays?
I don't think so, which is too bad.
 I truly love this little panda bear!
 And anything with a bee is cute to me!
Bye for now!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Around the House

 I love wrapping gifts, 
especially for my girl's upcoming birthday!

Pretty things on my bedroom dresser.

Playing around with calico and vintage trims.
Bye for now!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Flower Loom Heart Tutorial

 This is a demonstration of how I make a heart
on a vintage flower loom.
First, it has to be a loom with adjustable pegs,
so you can form the shape of a heart.
You can see this shape in the pic below.
 Secondly, you need to know how to wind the yarn
around the pegs as you would for a flower.
I started winding my heart
at the top and bottom points.
 Then worked my way around till 
I got back to the beginning.
Also, I wound twice for each time
to give a little thickness to the heart.

 After winding is done,
you need to finish the center
and tie off.

 Now you can remove the heart from the loom
and start to crochet around the edge.
I use a single crochet stitch,
and started at the top center of the heart.
I slip stitched onto those top loops and then chained 6,
single crochet onto the next set of loops
and chained 4.
 I just kept going around like this, 
adjusting the number of the chains in between
to keep the loops in a heart shape.
Once I got back to the start at the top, 
I slip stitched and tied off.
And here is the finished heart!
Bye for now!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Unbearably Cute Vintage Valentines

 Here are some more of my 
vintage valentines.
I think my favorite is the one below,
"wooden shoe" agree!

 They are all pretty sweet though!
Bye for now!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Estate Sale Finds

 Last Friday we went to a 
pretty great estate sale.
I found these fabulous vintage sheets!

 Plus, I'd been wanting a spool holder for ages,
and I found this cutie.
And a bag of sequins!
 But best of all was a box with flower looms
and a instruction booklet.
I can't get enough craft books!
Bye for now!