Crazy And Not So Crazy Craft Patterns VIII

It must be that time again; the craft patterns are stacking up!  We probably would not have this problem, but a year or so ago a really cool place opened up here in town, that encourages us to drag home even more “stuff”.  The store is called Who Gives a Scrap? and their sole purpose is to prevent craft items from heading to the landfill by taking donations and selling them to folks who can put the items to good use.  They carry fabric, beads, buttons, yarn, pompoms, scrapbook paper, stamps, frames, wood stuff, baskets, bits of tile, bottle caps, old CDs, books, you name it, the list goes on.  If it might be useful, they take it, and sell it for a pittance.  I have never gone in there without a bag full of stuff coming home, and the most I have ever paid is $6.00.  Needless to say, both Deb and I haunt their craft books scouring for fun patterns to share with you, and since we pay only a quarter or so for each one, home they come!  So let’s take a look at what I have scrounged up the last few months.

How about some Hats, Bags, and Beanies?

This booklet was put out by the American Thread Company in 1945, and claims to have all the latest fashions for hats in that year, as well as snoods, calots and half-hats, what ever those are!  (I had to go look the last two up, links included.)  They used artwork to inspire themselves for some of the designs.  Loved the Rembrandt one:

They also included a great little selection of small hats that really would have been quick and easy to crochet, so any woman could be fashionable and up to date:

Gotta say, even with my crochet skills, these would have been a quick make.  I may find myself in need of a snood any day now.

This next one, while not being a straight craft pattern booklet, was pretty funny, too:

It was aimed squarely at the teenager who wants to gussy up her room.  There were four sections for the romantic, the artistic, the outdoor type, and the prom personality.  Here are the pages for the romantic:

There is a little quiz to see if you are this type, and then some ideas for you.  Overall, the ideas were pretty fun, although the suggestion to pretty up a pole (I am hoping from the teen’s room being in the basement!) with fake ivy made of pipe cleaners and plastic leaves was a bit of a stretch.  I was puzzled by the constant reference to waxing things to keep them clean till I saw the back of the book and noticed the publisher:

Well, Johnson Wax had to flog their product somehow.

Next up, some Fun With Felt:

Overall, I rather liked the late ’60s vibe of this publication.  Not too horrific on the colors, and you gotta admit these bags are pretty fun:

I could see the top one with updated colors being a really fun tote, even today.  We are going to pass on the bleach bottle carousel lamp:

I will give them props for ingenuity, but it is never going to be anything but a felt-covered plastic bottle.

Normally, we pass Work Basket magazines right by.  We both have quite a few, and really, how many doily patterns do you need?  This one made me buy it:

I adore the tiny kitty motifs on the place mat.  I even own that sweet little Puss ‘N Boots pitcher, and it is one of my favorite things.  Nothing too exciting in the whole rest of the mag, but it was worth it for the cover.

While not really being a craft thing, I had to throw this in the pile just because I am terribly worried about these children:

Actually, maybe worried is not the right word.  Terrified is more like it.  I am not sure how they found two such hauntingly creepy specimens for the cover, but I really don’t think you should feed them.  Just think what they would do with more energy.  I only scanned one other page in here, but imagine 32 pages of the same:

They had a month for the almanac part, and then were trying to sell you any of their myriad products.  They made vitamins, cleaning products, spices, starch and whole bunch of personal items including tonics for everything that could ail you.  God only knows what was in some of that stuff.  I am going to just let you figure out on your own why that fellow in the picture is winking at you.  Make up your own story.  This was dated 1952.  I did look it up, and Rawleigh is still in business selling only vitamins these days.

This booklet caught my eye with its bright cheery colors:

And here I thought all those sateen ball ornaments were store-bought!  At least some were made by enterprising crafters.  And what do you know: Swistraw is actually  from Switzerland.  Here is the back of the book with more projects:

Gotta say the topiaries and the little umbrellas were pretty funny.  While I was glancing at the instructions inside (I didn’t scan them, as they were in black and white, and color is more fun), I got to thinking that the name sounded somewhat familiar.  Sure enough, the craft hoarder strikes again:

I can remember my grandmother making stuff from this, and picked up a bag of it somewhere along the line.  I almost feel the need to make a pink topiary.  Hey, winter is coming, and I am going to be bored!

Just so you don’t think vintage craft books have all the worst, here we have a nice modern one for your favorite fashion doll:

I have no idea what prompts me to snag all these plastic canvas patterns, because mostly they are just horrendous.  I might be tempted to make the tissue box, as it would be funny, if Babs were not immune to gifts from Great Aunt Velma or whoever.  Maybe that is the reason I bought the book; it sure wasn’t any of the projects on the back cover:

If you made that swing for any little girl, it would just be mean.  It would collapse under the weight of even the tiniest of dolls with those flimsy legs, and I bet that poor horse would catch cold trying to drag that carriage around on wheels that would only turn grudgingly at the best of times.  I did flip through this and come up with why I purchased it:

With some tweaking, these could work.  Ah, a project for another day.  Right after I use up my Swistraw!

Tune in next week, when we get back to normal with our annual Halloween post.  Drop us a line if you have found any weird/cool craft patterns lately.  We love seeing them.

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Sisters Make Fridays Even More Fun

As Kathy said last week, two of my sisters were visiting and we all went shopping together.  If there is something that the women in my family do well, it’s shopping.  Especially at garage/estate sales, thrift stores, and the Goodwill bins.  We really don’t like to buy anything new; secondhand is better!  Except maybe for underwear and toothbrushes.

First up, we have a couple of leftovers, which seems appropriate for these dishes:

FIre King Refrigerator DishesWe saw these two Fire King refrigerator dishes at the thrift store.  I really liked the decorations on them; they are unusual.  I would have bought them, but they were priced pretty crazy.  It seems like thrift stores are going through another cycle of pricing things like they’re retail vintage stores.  It happens every so often, and then sales fall, so the stores start to adjust prices.

This platter was so cute:

Kuiani Platter 12.99 They make Geisha ware tooI love the owls—what an awesome detail.  The company, Kuiani, also makes geisha ware, which Kathy collects whenever she sees it priced affordably.  One of us would have bought this platter, even if we need it less than another hole in our heads, but it was $12.99 and that’s not a fun price for a platter like this.

This polyester three-piece suit was in with the Halloween clothing and costumes:


I’m not sure what you would use it to dress up as; even The Church Lady wouldn’t be caught dead in something with silver trim. That would be the work of … Satan, obviously!  The peach polyester and silver pattern is so hideous that maybe it would be appropriate for Dolores Umbridge since it matches her interior ugliness.

We went to an estate sale of a lady who was very crafty:


She sewed beautifully and made lots of fun outfits.  This is just one sample and when we checked out the zipper, we had a laugh.  She obviously didn’t have a yellow or white zipper and decided that bright green would work.  They had some of her longer dresses advertised as prom dresses, which was a great idea.

This family kept all the paperwork, and boxes for everything:

I have never seen old Ace bandages still in their boxes.  After the second or third time of taking the Aces out of the box, at least one or two of the flaps would fall off and it wouldn’t look so shiny new.

I’m not sure what this is:

It looks Japanese, but I’m not sure about the glass deer.  Usually, these little tchotchkes have an Asian scene in them, with a different side reflected off the back mirror.

These pillows were in the driveway:

They made me sing, “One of these things is not like the others, One of these things just doesn’t belong.”  Oh goodness, that crochet pillow is so bad even without adding in the blue backing.

Here’s the example of saving paperwork:

This table is probably from the ’60s, and there is the brochure from Sears.  These people must have had some major filing cabinets in the house to keep track of brochures for 50 years.  I frequently can’t find a piece of paper that I just had in my hand, never mind half a century later.

We found some problem pockets at the Bins:

What the heck were they thinking while sewing this?  Those two stacked pockets look like they’re trimmed with the biggest and ugliest rickrack I have ever seen.  I like orange, and this skirt just makes me shake my damned head.

It’s still better than this pocket:

For love of God, if you’re going to rip the pocket off your jeans, at least do something with it!  This is the lamest craft fail we’ve seen in a long time.  Put something fun or attractive on and in it.  Not just some stupid fake flowers.

We swung back by another sale by the people who sold us all of those Barbies.  They were happy to see us and had a few more Barbie goodies for us, which they just gave us.

My sister was so excited to see this at the sale:


We had a Flintstones’ car when we were kids.  My dad said it was the hardest thing he had put together for a Christmas present; it had a ton of pieces and he had to glue things together. It was waaaay smaller than this boat, so thank goodness that he bought us the car.  We were devoted to the Flintstones, and when we were allowed to watch TV, it was our go-to show, until we were older and discovered Dark Shadows.

This is a goofy set of party napkins:

They are decorated with the strangest looking “Little People”.  Maybe they’re a 1960s interpretation of the classic Irish myth.  I’m also wondering what Party Papers are?  I don’t think that kids’ birthday parties are the proper place for the papers that I used to party with in the 1970s as a teenager.

Finally, this is kind of hard to see from the picture:

It’s one of those fun-fabric covered dogs that are poseable because they’re built on a wire frame.  I’m not crazy about the yellow “fur” but the name, Bonnie and her Bon Bons is pretty funny.  Obviously, no one played with poor Bonnie since she still had her tag.

Thanks for coming along for the ride. Depending on how many pictures we end up with, we might be starting our Halloween post sooner rather than later.

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Random Stuff

Well, it’s been another week.  Not sure what else there is to say about it.  We had the lightest touch of frost a couple of days ago, and a hard freeze is on the way.  This sends us both scurrying out to the garden to gather the harvest, put it up, and get the yard ready for winter.  This is always a bittersweet time for me, as I relish the relief from yard chores, but hate to have to give up my garden time.  Plus it spells the end for garage sales, making us rely on the thrift stores more.  Oh well, at least there is a never-ending supply of “junque” to keep us amused.

I noticed that we had a few photos we had skipped over on different posts, so this is just some random stuff we saw along the way at estate sales, garage sales, and the ubiquitous bins.

First up, a couple of rather nifty lamps:








These are terrific for the mid-century modern collector … as long as you’re a fan of pink!  The one on the right had a 95 dollar price tag on it, so they probably didn’t go far fast.  Considering that lamps like this were relegated to the trash heap, or sold for a buck or two just a few years ago, they have come a long way.  I know a lot of mid-century fans who are NOT happy about it!  They are having to pay a whole lot more for their “fix”.

Here is another little tableau that we liked:

We liked everything here but the prices.  It was “one of those sales”.  Heck, they had a used twin mattress priced at 75 bucks!  We don’t know what they were smoking, but we wanted some.  We did really like all of these items.  That pitcher and bowl set is lovely, but they are not really in fashion anymore, so they are a hard sell at any price, let alone the types of values they had set here.

OK, I let you off easy to begin with; it’s all down hill from here!  Let’s start with this poor baby:

She is not a very pretty dolly, and the play value is limited trussed into that blanket like she is.  I don’t care how many feathers you hang off the bottom—it is not decorative.  I adore the Southwest, and I even like their decorating style, but I am so thankful this faux west look has gone away.  Of course, that just means we see a whole lot more of it at the thrift stores.  Sigh.

I am not sure whether to applaud this next item or cry:

I am all for quilters, and admire their stamina in completing their projects, but could you please just start out with better fabric to begin with?  This seems like an awful lot of work to end up with a double knit quilt.  The colors don’t look too bad, but trust me, the plastic burn you would get just moving this around on your body would not be worth the effort.  She might as well have made it out of steel wool.  On the other had, we both have fond memories of camping items made with the flannel in the background.  I know for a fact that we had a sleeping bag lined in that cheerful pattern.  Kinda makes you want to break out the old canvas tent!

One of our pet peeves at the bins is tangled messes.  This one took the cake and probably a few more things, as well:

That poor dolly is never getting loose from the yarn, some sort of rack, and those extension cords.  If you had really wanted something in the mess, a quick cut with a pocket knife seems like the only solution.  We were thankful that wasn’t a vintage doll, and we could walk away like the bad Samaritans we are.

We also pulled this demented doggy from the bins:

He really looks like he is two ingredients shy of a dog treat.  On his behalf, I will say he was hand-carved, but I am not sure that the carver had ever looked at a dog, or if he had, it was one weird-looking pooch.  You know that Deb has a thing for dogs, and she wasn’t least bit tempted, so you know it was not only bad, it was awful!  On the bright side, he would make good kindling.

While we are being rude about crafters, check out the doorstop:

This poor innocent brick was just lying around, possibly doing its duty as a doorstop, and wham, someone comes along, covers it in plastic canvas, and makes a rectangular horse out of it.  I’ve got to say that the stitching was rather well done, but it still doesn’t make it any more sensible.  It was pretty well worn, so someone felt like it was worth seeing at their feet fairly often.  I might have just let the door slam.

This next one just creeped us out:

We were pretty sure it depicted a stalker, as the guy in back just looks too creepy for words.  The kids looked a little suspect, too, as if they were the devil children that you see in movies who come at you with a knife just when you think things have gotten back to normal.  Heck, the woman was no treat, either.  She is probably plotting how to poison her neighbor and use the kids for cover-up.  Do you get the feeling that this terrified us?  And if not the look of the whole thing, the 50 dollar tag (OK, $49.99) pretty much finished us off.

Deb’s sisters have arrived in town, so shopping this week should be a blast.  It is like shopping with Deb times three.  The world had better watch out!  If you miss us during the week, be sure and check out our Facebook feed.  We always have some fun things there, too.

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Another Friday in the Thrift Mines

We came crashing back to earth last Saturday after an extended streak of vintage Barbie luck.  Kathy called me and invited me along to look at someone’s vintage Barbie collection that was “priced to sell”.  We’ve been so lucky that it seemed to be spitting in fate’s face not to go look.  Well, we looked and only bought one doll, a red-head swirl, and a small bag of tiny rollers for fixing dolly hair.  Most of the dolls were in rough shape, and they wanted eBay prices.  The ladies were nice, but defensive of their pricing.  I wish them good luck, but the days of vintage Barbies sending your kids to college are over, if they ever existed.  During the Beanie Baby craze, I had an acquaintance tell me that she was “investing” for her kid’s futures.  What ever happened to savings bonds?  Time for a sip of my medicinal gin and tonic!

The bins were our last stop Friday, but for some reason I’m starting the post there:

The minute we walked in the door, we saw this worthwhile book.  With all the impolite discourse going on these days, why would anyone get rid of this handy-dandy guide?  I actually think that this book ought to be used in a high school class teaching things that adults should know.  Way more valuable than some of the classes I took—golf, batik, bowling!  Of course we didn’t need to buy it because we disarm everyone with our charm and wit.  😉

I’m glad we ended up at the thrift store because almost all of our pictures come from that one visit:

 First off, why does this exist?  It’s a chicken figurine that doesn’t move, hooked up to a wagon with wheels.  The mental picture of a chicken going in the direction that you want it to go strains credulity.  I take care of a friend’s chickens from time to time.  They  will occasionally stage a great escape, which I call “Deb’s Chicken Olympics”.  The last time it took me over an hour to catch them all.  Thank goodness their wings were clipped, or I might have had to climb a tree as well as run as fast as I could while swearing.  The other thing that bugged us about this chicken is the plaid nest full of veggies.  I’ve heard of broody hens, but that takes the cake.

This is just mean:

I’m overrun with real mice most every fall.  They wander in through the dog door and make themselves to home.  Of course, the current dog is not helpful catching the mice.  I’ve caught him just watching them steal food out of his bowl!  So, this crochet mouse with its crochet cheese and real trap touched a nerve.

I haven’t seen one of these since I was 16 years old:

I’m pretty sure it was an antique even back then!  Where the heck has this been for lo these many years?  And, why is it at a thrift store?  Who would want it?  So many questions.  No matter how uncomfortable your doctor’s exam table is, it’s miles ahead of this one.  Those stirrups look like torture.  This seriously might be one of the strangest things we’ve seen in our travels.

Well, maybe not ’cause we see lots of strange things:

like this sweet potato for sale for $15 at a garage sale.  We didn’t have the nerve to ask the sellers what the story was, and why they called a sprouted sweet potato “Moose”.

We see lots of fun vintage things at thrift stores before Halloween:


There were several vintage hats in their boxes last week.  We love the straw sweetie with its funny little matching feather.  We might have bought either of these if they were being sold for $5, which seems to be the going rate for old hats at estate sales.  This thrift store doesn’t have a sense of humor about their pricing, so we usually only go for pictures.  The fur hat on the right still had a label on the box:

We love details like this.  We could tell that she loved her hats because they were immaculate.  The boxes had some wear, but better them than the hats.

I nearly succumbed to this drink set:

It was so 1960s and in great condition.  The wooden lid and tray gave the set a Scandinavian vibe which is so mid-century.  I wonder if the set had a cocktail shaker—if so, it must have been awesome!  There are a couple of elephants in this picture.  The amber decanter and the clunky glasses are also vintage ’60s, but from less desirable designers.

Okay, now we are being taunted:

For Pete’s sake, all we want is a vintage, silver-plated cranberry server that doesn’t cost the moon.  This stainless steel version has seen lots of wear and tear over the countless holidays it’s been used.  As desperate as we’re getting to find one, we couldn’t use this as a giveaway.  Sigh, it’s good for us to be thwarted; we don’t want to get too spoiled.

Thanks for reading.  Stay tuned, who knows what we might find!


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We’re in Trouble Now

I have never understood the phenomenon at yard sales of seeing things in waves.  Some days you see enough cat carriers to stock a shelter, but the corollary of this is: just try looking for something.  Deb needed a new Knifty Knitter.  Simple enough, we see them all the time.  It took us eight months to finally find a set in the 99¢ bins.  Since we found one, I have seen at least three sets at garage sales in the space of a few weeks.  The same thing is holding true for the cranberry server.  We have been looking for over a year, but the only ones we have seen have been in sets.  Fear not, gentle reader, we are still on the lookout, and one of these days there WILL be a giveaway for one.

Along that same line, Barbie stuff seems to be creeping out of the woodwork (not that we are complaining!)  We purchased a huge lot about a month ago. Week before last, we hit up a sale and picked up a couple of things, then asked if there was anything else, but someone had beaten us to the dolls and clothes.  Oh well, they must not have been ours.  Just this past week, we spotted this table in an ad for one our local estate sale companies:

Needless to say, we felt the need to get there early.  Strolled up about an hour before the sale and still got numbers in the 30s.  But, we were able to get a few things, and felt like we were not overly abused.  We also found this table:

A sale with Barbies and jewelry?  Now that spells trouble for both of us.  I think if you told us we had to get rid of all of our myriad collections, the dolls and the jewelry would be the last to go.  I think we both managed to keep our purchases well under $100, and I went back the next day for a few things, but that is doing pretty well at this company’s sales, as they are one of the higher priced ones in the area.  Now that we have had so much Barbie luck, we will probably enter a long drought, but at least we have plenty to play with in the meantime.

This same sale had several boxes of these round cylinders:

If you have never seen these, they are records!!  Some of the first records were made in a tube shape.  The player was one of those large horned jobbies like this.  There was no player in sight, so I have no idea why they had so many of them.  It sure would be fun to hear how some of the music sounded.

We also spotted this grouping at the sale:

Giving the sale company bonus points for putting together this mid-century display.  We liked the tables, and at the risk of condemnation from arbiters of taste, I rather liked the crazy hula lamp.  It was made of pot metal with a real hula skirt.  The only question is what sort of shade could compete with that skirt?  This was pretty much the entire lot of mid-century stuff at the sale.  We have no idea how it hung around this long, as most of the rest of the stuff was newer late ’70s early ’80s  decorator junk.  We didn’t look at the prices, but they must have been rather high, as most of it was still there on the half price day.

After the estate sale it was on to the bins.  Apparently, we got there late.  Check out these carts:

I have no idea what sort of treasure they think they have in there, but it didn’t look like much fun to us.  The worst thing in the world is to get behind one of these mile high piles at checkout.  And woe to you, if you make behind two of ’em!

We just hope those carts weren’t loaded up with things like this:

The ’70s called and they want their skirt back.  We couldn’t think of even one kind thing to say about this.  If you were stuck with this monstrosity, about the only thing it could do for you is keep you from being buck naked, but your birthday suit might be preferable to being caught dead in it.

We also dragged this shirt out:

Whatever you do, please don’t pair it with the skirt from the last photo.  Montgomery Ward has a lot to answer for:

At least it was permanent press, but again, a stint in a nudist colony might be preferable.  The real problem with this double knit stuff is that it will NEVER wear out.  Years from now, when they excavate the vintage closets of yesteryear, it will still be there, pristine as ever.  It might give the cockroach a run for its money in the evolutionary survival department.

We thought this teapot was pretty silly and very vintage:

When we picked it up to look at the bottom, lo and behold, it was made in China!  It was still repulsive, but it really does look like a refugee from your grandmother’s back shelf in her pink kitchen.  This begs the question of why anyone would purchase this nowadays.  You can’t give away grandma’s pots, not even the pretty ones, so why buy a new one that is probably loaded with lead glaze, and looks clunky and ugly?

We have a few more weeks of garage sales before the weather turns and we are relegated to thrift store shopping only, so keep your fingers crossed for more Barbie stuff … and a cranberry server!

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Barbie-riffic Garage Sale

Well, it’s been a pretty good month of garage and estate saling so far.  We bought a box full of vintage Barbies, clothing, and the Fashion Shop a couple of weeks ago at a garage sale.  We have split up our goodies to sort and identify.  There are lots of outfits where Kathy has half of them and I have the other half.  We’re mending and washing as fast as we can. Last week, Kathy found a Suzy Goose bed and I picked up a Suzy Goose hope chest and shook it—just reflex at this point.  Imagine my surprise when it rattled.  I slid it open and, lo and behold, there were lots of the little extras that go along with vintage Barbie outfits.  There was a shower cap, an electric razor, a hot water bottle, sunglasses, pearl necklace, and lots more.  All for $2, which is our perfect price point—no bargaining required.  It’s amazing how something small like that makes our whole day just a little brighter.  If you want to see all of our Barbie bits and bobs, check out our Facebook page on Sunday.

Here’s your clown warning.  It’s at the very end, and creepy, of course, but not too scary since it’s Barbie-related.

Kathy wanted the #3 Barbie, so I took the more recent blonde ponytail and Roman Holiday, an outfit from 1959, Barbie’s first year:


We have more pieces of Roman Holiday (leftmost doll) but I didn’t have them (black glasses, belt) for the picture.  The outfit comes with a lot of little fun things for her purse: compact, hanky, and comb.  There is also a drop pearl necklace, gloves, and a hat that weren’t in our lot.  The lady we bought them from says she has more Barbie clothes in the basement.  She has our phone number so our fingers are crossed!  The redheaded bubble Barbie is the other doll that I got from the pile of dolls.  Kathy took a blonde bubble, so neither of us are deprived.

This hat from Picnic Set is why we love vintage Barbie outfits:

This hat still has its little frog, flowers, and ribbons attached.  There wasn’t a good reason to put that little frog on the hat, but they did, just for fun.  We love all the little details.

There were other little dolly things at the sale:

Betsy McCall Case2

Kathy carried this around for a while, until it became clear that we were going to spend some real money on the dolls.  She also bought a present for her dad, which was a little more expensive, so sadly Betsy McCall’s case went back on the table.  It sure was cute, though.  She also had some Ginny doll things, but we won’t go there.  We collect more than enough dolls as it is.

There were lots of other things at the sale to enjoy.  I loved this ceiling light cover:

Cowboy LIght Cover

I’m not a huge western fan, but this would be adorable in a little rootin’ tootin’ cowpoke’s bedroom.  I love all the brands on the diagonal ridges of the glass.  It’s a fun decoration, although I might feel differently if I were a cow!

Not everything at the sale was wonderful:

Avocado Green Velvet chair2If you read our blog with any regularity, you know how we feel about avocado green, and the 1970s in general.  That piping on the chair just adds to the overall badness.  If those cheesy side tables are made of real, solid pine, I will eat them.  Just saying.

This furniture grouping has some good and some bad:

The Good and Bad Furniture

Honest to God, those lamps are pretty alarming, and the oak table that they’re sitting on is nothing to write home about.  I’m thinking that the lamps might be someone’s wood-working project that took a turn for the worse.  On the other hand, I do approve of the head and foot boards, and that little table to the far right of the group is pretty cute and handy.  I’m sure that the sellers are really worried about our approval of their furniture.  If you were furnishing your first apartment, and got a good deal, you’ll find that paint (properly applied) goes a long way to fixing these things.  When you’re ready to buy better furniture, have a garage sale!  I hope no one buys the bedroom furniture and paints it; it just needs some polishing to look good again.

Besides the Barbie finds, I also bought a few postcards and some fun poodle pins:

Poodle Parade   Poodle Pins

It’s a nice little pile for $2.50!  When I got home and looked at the pink hat and coat wearing poodles, I noticed that their legs swing back and forth.  I put their legs in two opposite positions in the picture on the left.  They don’t move a lot, but we have shown in the past how gaga we are about pins that move.  I didn’t think that the black enamel pin at the top of the picture was old, but Kathy said that they are older than you think, so in he went.  ( Kathy here, the black poodle dates back to at least the 60s.  I have seen that stamping and a variation of it in a circle, on belts, pins, necklaces and a purse! )  It amazes me that with all the vintage poodle pins that I own, there are so many more out in the world to find.  Just like Scottie dogs, poodles, and dachshunds are overrepresented in the vintage world.

I was taking a picture for our vintage Halloween board on Pinterest:

It occurred to me that you don’t see a lot of the vintage Barbie, Ken, and Skipper Masquerade outfits on Pinterest Halloween boards.  That had to be corrected immediately, so I dressed our new Skipper and Ken up in the Masquerade outfits and snapped their picture.  My goodness, Ken looks like a serial killer in that mask!  I apologized to Skipper for putting her next to him.  Her side-glancing eyes are protecting her from even knowing he’s near.

Thanks for reading; hope you enjoyed seeing our new vintage Barbies.  We could do a whole year’s worth of posts on our vintage doll collection, but we won’t.

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A Stitch In Time

Deb and I pretty much live in a constant state of denial.  This week’s post represents another of our … ahem … problems.  Not that WE view it as a problem, but others might judge us harshly.  Fortunately, this is an addiction shared by many, so we are in good company.  What vice could this be?  Yes, it is fabric addiction.  We are both firm believers that the person with the most fabric wins, and we are running neck and neck.  Well, lucky for us (?), we found a quilters’ sale a couple of weeks ago, that had us in hog heaven.  The sale was fill a bag for $20.  At least that’s what the largest bag was going for, and you know we jumped on that.  To be virtuous we shared one bag, but you would be amazed at what we were able to jam in there.  We also took some fun pix to share with our readers, so if you are a fabric junkie, or just a small closet hoarder, sit back and enjoy.

Here is a kind of overview of the sorts of things we saw:

As you can see, there were all sorts of crazy things.  We loved the label on the mohair!  We were like kids in a candy store dashing from one pile to another.  People laugh at our enthusiasm for shopping on a regular basis, even though it makes our husbands frequently refuse to be seen with us.

We featured some Elvis fabric in a previous post, and what do you know, here are a couple more.  Who knew there was such a market for Elvis fabric?

I am sure there a several stitchers out there that “Love me Tender” some Elvis quilts.

We both just adore brocades.  I actually have no idea how anyone could resist them:
They are so rich and exotic looking.  That being said, we actually didn’t stuff any of this into our bag.  Too small a scrap for people clothes and too large a pattern for dolly stuff, but, oh, they were pretty.

Ticking is another addiction.  I am not sure why, but I just love these old-fashioned patterned tickings:

This is a particularly elegant one.  I love the tiny flowers in the stripes.  Not so sure about the gold in between, but probably doable for the right project, whatever that might be!

This sale not only had fabric, but what is sewing without trims, buttons and bows?  We bought at least five bags of buttons, and many of the cool cards we found were featured on our Facebook page in the last few weeks, so I won’t go over those again.  (If you haven’t followed us on Facebook, I guess you had better!)

Deb couldn’t resist these teeny tiny pom-poms:

I don’t think I have ever seem pom-pom trim that small!  If they had stocked other colors, we would have bought them all!

She also found these lovely scraps of lace:

The color is pretty accurate, so you can see why she grabbed them.  This was a very popular color in the 1930s/40s and they may be that vintage.  They would make a charming dolly dress.

We resisted this dresser scarf that was just “horsin’ around”:

I mean, what else can you embroider for your horse-mad granddaughter but this?  I don’t think that I have ever seen a horse embroidery transfer, unless it was a full-on cowboy, and even those are pretty rare.  Hope someone picked it up for a little girl who is dreaming of her first pony.

We also passed on the vintage wallpaper:

Not even sure how it got into the pile, but it was definitely vintage.  You would have a hard time using it for anything, as it was pretty brittle, or our dolls might have had some new walls for their houses.

I did find one really interesting item, this old sampler:

This was not a decorative sampler, but a real test to see how well you could actually sew.  The paper tag says that Ada Lee was at the Merrimac Street School.  I was not able to find any info on the school, but they must have insisted on some pretty fine work.  I wish I could sew that uniformly.  The small patches applied on the bottom were pretty amazing too. They are from a time when clothing was much more precious, and it was necessary to darn every hole to make it last.  She even carefully matched the stripes, on the bottommost piece.  I actually have several of these sampler-type pieces.  They just intrigue me.  Especially, as these days most people can’t even sew a straight seam on a machine.  Imagine when you had to sew every single seam by hand on one of those Victorian dresses that took yards of fabric!  No wonder you darned the holes!

Hope you found this interesting, even if you are not a hoarder, or a sewer.  We will return to our usual type post next week.


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