Well, it’s happened, as we knew it would. Our county has gone to what they call Red for Covid, which means they really want you to stay home except for necessary trips. While we can sometimes feel a trip to the thrift store is absolutely essential, they would probably not see it that way. We need to do our part, so homebound we are. But, we have a small backlog of photos, plus an almost unlimited supply of craziness that lives in our homes, and I have a few boredom buster posts planned as well, as I am sure there are others stuck at home, so never fear, we are here!
Lucky for me, we have adopted the ultimate boredom buster:
Meet Ramses. He is a Bengal kitten and already has enough purr-sonality for three cats. Bengals are notorious for tons of energy, and this little guy is no exception. There are times when just moving around the house can mean taking your life into your own hands:
No good can come of walking by here.
We will post updates now and then on him, as he is a ton of fun, most of the time.
I had a little stash of craft books that I had been stocking up on, and decided we needed yet another installment of our Crazy Craft Pattern series, so here we go.
Deb loves aprons, and she really likes the “chicken scratch” embroidered gingham ones. But, she has so many, that unless it has really cool embroidery, it doesn’t come home with her. Well, if she is not careful, there may be a poodle one in her future, as look what I found:
Gotta admit, it’s cute, and it makes a rather fun variation on the poodle skirt in this form. The pattern is so fun, I thought I would upload the rest of it, as a little gift to you:
And here are the instructions on the back to make the top and the skirt:
Now get cracking. You have plenty of time before Christmas! This was actually a free giveaway pattern by Coats and Clarks in 1961. How is that for value?
These patterns are from a Bernat book that cost all of a dollar in 1962. I want to work on my snooty hat pose:
The hats are all perfectly harmless, but I love those knowing looks. That lady in the pink; she just poisoned your scotch. On the opposite page from the hats we have the slippers. From top to toe!
I can’t even decide which one to make first. They all would provide hours of fun for Ramses. Walking pompoms are the best! The little mohair ones are very pretty, but not real practical, and you can bet the ones that got made the most were probably the ugly granny square ones. Why do that, when you can add sequins to your feet? The ultimate in ’60s glamour. The rest of the book was pretty tame, and in black and white, so we will move on.
Next up some patterns from a McCall’s Crochet It book has copyright dates from 1975 to 1980. Apparently they milked this one for a while. There were some cute cover ups, but I really draw the line at crocheted bathing suits. There were not one, but three of them:
The maillot is cute, but there is no way it was very modest. You better hope the person making it had the tightest crochet stitch in history, or you were going to bare most of it. Bet it was hell on wheels when it was wet too. Can you imagine weighted down with water and dropping off your shoulders? Ugh.
The next one is even more revealing:
Good thing there is a cover-up to go with it. The cover-up is actually kind of pretty. I would wear it as a summer sweater. Great for those cool evenings on the beach. They finally gave up, and decided this last one was just a plain old centerfold:
There were probably a slew of teenage boys with their mom’s crochet magazine stuffed under the mattress just for this image! You would be the hit of the beach too. Two scraps of crochet and an afghan for a cover-up. Yep, all set for Rio.
This next book is a little different. I love vintage decorating books, so this was right up my alley:
The date seems to be around 1958, and it is a decorating book from something called Colorizer Paints. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of info on them, but the booklet is fun. In the center is a fold out paint chart. A perfect reference for those ’50s restorers:
Then on subsequent pages there are lots of design schemes with little windows to put your swatch in and see what it looks like in the room. I have added a white piece of paper in it, as I didn’t want to take out the color charts and mess up the booklet. Here are just a couple:
These first couple of a little more traditional, although the one on the left features some Danish Modern furniture. This one is much more Mid Century Modern:
And this one seemed awfully familiar:
Wait could it be? Yes, I think Barbie’s Dream House looks just like this:
Just goes to show how on trend Miss B has always been.
This last one looks fairly harmless:
Marketed for 29 cents some time in the ’60s I think. Inside, well, we have this:
Personally, I think this is perfectly on trend. Can you imagine adding a sequined face mask for the total picture? These are terrific for folks that have gone without a haircut or dye job for months, too. Just insist that you are a slave to fashion, and you are good to go.
Or you can try this one:
This one also reminded me of someone:
I can’t imagine why.
If there are any patterns here you are interested in, please let me know right away, as I end up putting things away, and then there is no way I can remember where they came from! I will gladly copy them and email them to you, as long as I can find them! Better yet, just download the cross stitch one and do that!
Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving celebrating remotely with your loved ones. Stay strong, it will get better sometime!