Saturday, May 31, 2008

Vintage Hankies

Look at those great colors! In the days before Kleenex everyone had to carry their own hankies. My grandmother said that you could tuck it into the cuff of your shirt. If you watch old movies, occasionally you'll see a lady removing one from her sleeve. These, like gloves and hats, have dropped out of use.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Vintage Embroidery Transfer

We've left the chicken coop for further fields. Cute kitties, puppies, and various other illustrations exhort us that all is sweetness and light! Though we couldn't leave the chickens completely.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Vintage Embroidery Transfer

From Barnyard Romance to Barnyard Happenings. Those barnyards are REALLY busy! Now we know that Monday is Laundry Day, Tuesday is Elvis Recreation Day, Wednesday is either Read to the Kids Day or Potty Day (hard to tell), Thursday is Errands Day, Friday is Cleaning Day, Saturday is Gardening Day, and Sunday is Date Day. I find that Days of the Week themes for dishtowels are repressing. Sometimes my dishtowels are clean enough to use for more than one day and what a schlub I would look like if I had a Tuesday dishtowel in my kitchen on Wednesday. Would people think I didn't own a calendar? (I recognize that I'm not particularly funny, but please do try to read the above with a little sense of humor!)

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Vintage Embroidery Transfer

Did they really run out of 'ick' rhyming words? And I know they probably wouldn't put 'ick' itself on dishtowels! Dick wouldn't be good either, I imagine. And you wouldn't have all these dishtowels out at once, so the theme is pretty inconsequential. Once you discount the theme, what in the world does 'slick' mean with regard to chickens?

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Vintage Sewing Pattern for Toddlers

Boy, do I miss having little girls and rumba panties! Now that I have an older girl actually dancing the rumba, I wonder if she would mind huge amounts of ruffles on her butt? You only get one guess (and if you choose 'no', try again).

Monday, May 26, 2008

Vintage Sewing Pattern for Girls' Dress

Great dress for kids. The button placket in the front I haven't seen in modern patterns for kids outside of a polo shirt.

Vintage Sewing Pattern for Girls' Dress

This is just completely adorable. Love the details and the line of the dress. I wonder how hard it would be to update this for my oldest daughter who is about a size 10.

Vintage Sewing Pattern for Girls

Cute. They don't show it on the front, but the pants have suspenders too. Quite a Christmassy color scheme going on. Do you think the mom had to strap girl #2 down to get her hair into the french twist? I definitely would need to use some robe to get my girls to have any of those hairstyles. My one daughter actually asked for a chin-length bob and then wouldn't talk to me after we did it and proceeded to call herself ugly until her hair was back down below her shoulders. Which is just so untrue! If you've ever seen a little girl with a bob, then you know they are just adorable!

Good Hostess vs. White Rugs

I have a pet peeve. It's actually a rather large peeve. I believe that people who ask me to take off my shoes before entering their house are rude. Not everyone is prepared to remove their shoes (holes in socks, complicated fastenings, foot odor, ugly shoes, ugly feet, orthotics).

Hosting is about making your guests feel comfortable. Comfort does not include asking guests to partially disrobe. Maybe you don't think shoes count, but you put them on in the morning not expecting to have to take them off later. If your house is so precious that you're afraid of dirt or your cultural heritage differs then don't invite people over or at least warn them that you expect them to remove their shoes when they are invited.

I also think that people who refuse to shake hands because they're worried about germs are being ridiculous as well. If you're that concerned, don't touch your face until you wash your hands. Though I will state I believe that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger when it comes to viruses. If you are really, really likely to become violently ill from a normal virus that would just give someone else the sniffles, then perhaps you ought to gear up like Michael Jackson in the surgical gloves and face mask.

Pom Pom Fringe

I hit the yard sale lottery!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Ball Room Dance Show

My daughter has been taking ball room dancing lessons for over a year now. Here she is with her new partner performing at a nursing home. With a future of competitions ahead of us (if everything works out the way she'd like), I'll definitely need to learn how to sew leotard material and lots and lots of filmy materials. And beads--lets not forget beads.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Poor, Neglected Blog

Unless you count setting up for a birthday party, I've done nothing crafty or interesting in the least! I have a favorite shirt, though, that has seen better days. I think it's time to experiment with making a copy. My mom did this for me when I was a kid with a skirt I really liked. It's especially wierd now. The baby's almost 5 months old now and I just don't feel like I've bounced back in any way. Makes sewing a hassle because it's a lot of work for a shape that is far different from the one I've had for a few years (which is FAR different than the one I had before my first child).