January seems to be a time to reorganize and start anew. I've got plans for fluffing up my kitchen and my blog and have spent
I've gotten out what I have on hand in the way of dishes and linens and have an idea of what I need. I love my vintage potholders and wanted more. I don't see them often enough anymore... but --
Duh, I know how to crochet!
I started searching for patterns on Ravelry and the web when it hit me...
I have a few treasured vintage craft magazines... this winter 1962 - 1963 edition is from my dear Aunt Shirley, the artist.
|Shirley, circa 1955|
One of my favourite memories of spending time on the same farm that she and my mom grew up on (the farmhouse is pictured in my header) is finding Shirley's many drawings on the inside of the granaries we played in. I always wished I had a piece or two of the wood with her inked images on them... always of fashionable ladies.
Just look at these vintage kitchen bits!
The doll and Barbie clothes are so cute too.
If I only could knit... this book was a gift from my neighbour friend Louise. Just look at Ken and his super turtleneck!!
Another gift from Louise... the 1966 edition.
Check out the hats!!
Louise also gave me some great 70's magazines. Love the granny square dog coat. Max was eyeing it up too.
One of my favourite books is this 1952 Needlecraft for the Home book. I spotted it at a thrift store and loved the colour, and the subject matter, of course. It's got the perfect potholder patterns inside. Can't get much more authentic than that.
I love browsing through the old magazines. The ads are hilarious and bring back memories. Those of us that love retro and vintage can appreciate the wealth of information these volumes hold from 'the good old days'.
Not sure about 'the good old days' when we see fashions like this though!
I just finished some crocheted hats and sent them off to my friend Vickie at Ranger 911 for her grandchildren. All I can say is "Vickie, you're darn lucky I found these patterns AFTER I mailed the package". I think the green number in the upper right would of had your name on it. Although that centre creation is something too.
I'm hoping my kitchen will be all bright and cheery before too long, and then it will be the blog's turn for a makeover. Hope you're having fun with your January projects -- thanks so much for visiting!
P.S. Now that I look at it, if I could pull off the look I think that green hat would be awesome in turquoise...
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