Friday, May 22, 2009

Pink and Pastels ....

It's that pink day of the week again... Pink Saturday. I've had so many problems getting to other blogs and my own, I have my fingers crossed that everything will continue to work. I think my downtime with problems caused me to go through blog withdrawels. It was awful. *crosses fingers again...
For everyone wishing to see all the pinks being shown,
just skip on over to at beverly
and see all the pretties. Happy Pink Saturday everyone..come join in the fun...
This sweet pink and white gingham is exactly as the full sized aprons... tho it's only 18" long. I have this one..and a blue. When I saw them..I just had to have them for my own. I hope the little bits of lace show up..they're really sweet touches.

I plan on going some gingham stitch/chicken scratch on little aprons...with a regular embroidery thread. Just haven't decided on a pattern for these tiny aprons.
I have found some beautiful thread..and just love these lucious colors.They're such a soft pastel..they just look like spring. I can use the deeper colors for shading... I also have some ideas using felt with this floss.. it's time I got crafting again..I've been lazy long enough. :)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Sweet Apron Patterns ....A Gift from Sarah

It's that most wonderful day of the week again...Vintage Things Thursday. I just love this day..I get to see all the lovely vintage things from the other participants. If you would like to join in the fun....or look at all the vintage goodies...go to Suzanne aka Coloradolady. Just click on the Vintage Things Thursday button to the right on the sidebar. ( I just can't get it to link properly)..Come see all the wonderful vintage things.

For my offerings...I will show you three lovely apron patterns that Sarah was so sweet to send me. She said she was downsizing her craft room and her patterns..and so she sent me these three apron patterns. The first is a McCalls sample pattern from 1978. It would have been given at perhaps a fabric shop..maybe wherever McCalls patterns were sold. I think it's so pretty, specially the longer red one....

The second is another McCalls sample pattern. There is no date that I can find..however,the clothes and hair....I would assume to be late 50's, 60's. If anyone knows for sure..I would love to know.

Last is this little pattern..also made by McCalls. However, since it was exclusive to the Quaker Oats Company...was this little pattern enclosed in a box of oatmeal as a gift to the buyer...taped to the box somehow..????

I love all these three patterns and I so appreciate Sarah sending them to me. Aren't bloggers the sweetest people ever???
Now..everyone, be sure to run by Coloradolady to see more wonderful vintage things... See you there..

Monday, May 18, 2009

Lovely Blogger Award

Annie over at annie
has sent me this lovely award. Many hugs and thank you Annie for thinking of me.
The rules are to pass this on to 15 people and link to them. I sure would love to link to 15 people..I'm just not that good at linking. Something always goes wrong.
So, to anyone who would like this award, please feel free to take it. There are so many wonderful blogs I visit and enjoy. I think bloggers are the bestest people in the whold world.... :). xxxx

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Beautiful Tiles from Suzanne's GiveAway

I just had to show you all the beautiful tiles I won over at Suzanne's..aka ColoradoLady. She had a wonderful giveaway, with I believe 3 winners...and, yayyyyy I was one of the winners.
My package arrived from Suzanne..and needless to say, I hurried to open it. Inside the outer box..was the box of tiles beautifully wrapped with a lovely green tissue and tied with a sweet green bow....and isn't this card beautiful?????
I think these tile/coasters are the prettiest ever..they look like very very old tiles that have been stamped with the appliance. I just love them. Thank you Suzanne for being the sweetie that you are..and for hosting us all for Vintage Thursday..

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Vintage Patterns. Vintage Things Thursday

It's that wonderfyl day again..Vintage Thursday. This has become my favorite day of the week. I just love seeing all the vintage goodies. To see them all, visit Suzanne over at ColoradoLady. You will have ever so much fun, looking at all the wonderful things we collect.

P.S. I can't make the link work to go to Suzanne, click on the Vintage Things Thursday button to the right on the sidebar This first pattern book is for lovely crocheted jar lid covers. I love them all..I just hafta get organized and make some. They don't appear to be too difficult....This sweet booklet of patterns is copyright 1989 by Leisure Arts. It's a wonderful little leaflet and if you are a crocheter, look for it..I would give it a 5 star.. :)

This sweet booklet of patterns is from 1980 and also by Leisure Arts. I'm not sure who teddy bear is sticking his tongue out at..but he needs to stop.....I love little ducks amd turtle..

This booklet is a favorite of mine. I had one ages ago and somehow after I completed a small necklace,,,.....the pattern either got misplaced or I loaned it any case it was gone. Not too long ago, I was browsing through a favorite small shop...and there on a table, spread out with other craft patterns, was the pin booklet. I almost happy danced in the shop..:). And..look at the price. I paid 75 cents for it...yayyyyy.Little booklet was published in 1972 and I'm so happy it survived.
I do so love looking through older shops..and finding such treasures..and I always look for vintage tablecloths and napkins..and hankies..and, and..well, you get the idea. :)
Does anyone remember these????? The no sew's that we put in hoops?? I have several booklets/leaflets of them. Seems I just can't pass up patterns...

I really like this one...

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Little Cuties to Embroidery or to Woodburn

Again, these little patterns were in the bottom of the box of old patterns. As with the other patterns, click on to enlarge..copy and then with a transfer pencil,trace the pattern off. These are sweet little patterns and would look cute on most anything..

Friday, May 8, 2009

Apples,Apples..Who Halved the Apples ....A Chicken Scratch Pink Saturday...

It's that great day again..Pink Saturday. The time when all pinky participants gather, share and enjoy all the beautiful pink offerings. So come on in..join the fun with our great hostess
at Beverly How Sweet The Sound.

I love this pattern for cross stitch/chicken scratch on gingham. I've thought of these for aprons, curtains......or cute gingham potholders. My favorite fabrics seem to be ginghams and soft calicos.
They're just soft to the touch and so sweet. I hope you enjoy the pattern and that some will use it. I keep wishing for more hours in the day..alas, I just can't stretch the day...

Birds for Embroidery

This is one of the older patterns in the bottom of the box of patterns. It's on tracing paper and has been carefully traced from looks like it could be for a tablescarf, a runner or pillowcases.
Click to enlarge...copy..and with a transfer pencil, trace over the pattern. It's the all set to iron on whatever you choose.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Farm Girls Sunbonnet Sue and Hannah, Counting Eggs..... Watkins Old Fashioned Pound Cake

Sue and her best friend,Hannah........have been very busy. They have fed all the chicks and their mamas and then went out to search for eggs. They looked in the tall grass where 2 of the speckled hen liked to lay their eggs and found some. Next...on to the barn to look in the hay. Some of the girls favorite hen friends liked to lay eggs in the soft hay, so the girls always find eggs there. Now, on to the house where the chickens live at night... and guess what??? More eggs were there. The two girls were very, very happy cause Mother had promised to make a cake for supper if they could find enough eggs. So the girls were looking very hard ... They were very careful and hurried to count the eggs when their little bucket was filled and guess what??? There was enough to make the cake.
Now, all their chores was done..they could go play... Away they went, to get their dolls and go out by the big swing under the shade tree. There was mud pies to make and all sorts of things. Would you like to play ?? Come on.. While everyone is playing, Mother is in the kitchen... all dressed in her pretty apron, busily measuring all the the cake ingredients. And getting some sugar on the strawberries so they will make some syrup to top the cake....and making sure the cream is very well chilled so she can make whipped cream for the top. Yummmmmmmm
Here is the cake Mother is making for the girls.....

Watkins Old Fashioned Pound Cake
1 pound ( 4 1/4 cups ) sifted cake flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Watkins nutmeg
1 pound butter ( that equals 2 cups)
1 pound sugar (that equals 2 1/2 cups)
1 pound eggs (that equals 6 to 8)
1/2 teaspoon Watkins Almond extract
1 teaspoon Watkins vanilla

Sift flour once, measure and resift twice with the salt and nutmeg. Cream the butter and add the sugar gradually..cream together until very light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after eack addition. Add sifted dry ingredients gradually, beating until smooth after each addition. Add flavoring and blend. Pour batter into greased and paper lined loaf pans about 9 x 5 x 3" in size..and bake in a 325 degree F. oven about 1 hour or until done.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Strawberry Mouses to Embroidery or Woodburn

Whilst out, doing my thrifting thing..going through some of the older shops..etc., I came across this huge box of patterns. I leaned over to kinda look through..and to myself, went..dang!!. A good find. In the box there was some little girls baby clothes patterns, and some older dress patterns from the 40 and 50's. Annnnnddd, embroidery transfers still in packages, loose transfer patterns, partially hand drawn patterns....and on and on. The loose patterns were in folded papers, little file packets.. I don't how they came to be in that shop, I just knew they had to come home with me. These are two of the patterns.... little mouses with their prized strawberry... and the strawberry they're gong back to the patch to get.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Little Sweeties to Embroidery or Woodburn

Click on photos to enlarge....and run off a copy of your choice. Using a transfer pencil, trace the pattern onto tracing paper..and iron onto your're all set to embroidery.
For woodburning...the way I do is to use transfer paper..I have used carbon paper..lay that onto the wood piece, then the pattern over that. Make sure your pattern is stable and won't move. Trace the pattern..and the transfer paper will copy it onto the wood piece. I'm not a really great woodburning artist..I've only done the basics, but it's a hobby I enjoy. I also have colored pencils to highlight and color some bits and pieces of the piece I've woodburned. Then seal the wood..and it's all set to display.

Carnations to Embroidery

Click on photo to emlarge...and make a copy. Use your transfer pencil of choice to trace the pattern...and you're all ready to embroidery.
*Note...I use a Dritz red transfer pencil. I found mine at JoAnn's Fabrics, but I'm sure most craft stores have them. They do a wonderful job..I really enjoy using them.