• The Family Farm in Preeceville, Saskatchewan

    December 15, 2016 Kate

    I know you’ve been on the edge of your chairs waiting for this since that first post about Preeceville Saskatchewan a few months ago, so without (even) further ado, here it is… Visiting Preeceville was one of the primary reasons for my Mum and I’s trip out West this past summer. As I mentioned, it’s where my…

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  • Carl Larsson Cards

    December 13, 2016 Kate

    You know the stack of miscelaneous greeting cards all Mums have somewhere in their house? Ya. Turns out, you can find some pretty good stuff in there. Like these — picked up at The Swedish Christmas is Toronto many (20?) years ago. They’re prints of Carl Larsson paintings. He was a rather famous Swedish artist (1853-1919)…

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  • Aunt Lilly’s 1920s Party Dress

    November 21, 2016 Kate

    My great-aunt Lilly, all dolled up for what I can only assume was a very special evening. I’m sorry to say I can’t tell you anything about that night. I can’t tell you what the occasion was or where this was taken. But what I can do is show you the dress. That’s right, nearly a…

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  • A Mum Made Costume, Halloween 1995

    October 31, 2016 Kate

    Let’s talk Halloween. Specifically, Halloween 1995. My Mum made all of my costumes when I was little (check out 1993 an 1994 here) but this one was my favourite. A floor length fairy gown in watermarked taffeta, complete with silk flowers on the bodice and a sparkly crown. Sigh…. It was magical—the rustling sound it made when I twirled, the way…

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  • A Pact Between Friends, July 1st 1935

    August 7, 2016 Kate

    A pact between friends, to meet at the train station in seven years time, found tucked between my Nana’s autograph books from school. I mean, come on. Are you seeing this? I love it, everything about it, right down to the colour of the paper and the texture of the tape. It’s written by my Nana, Billie…

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  • My Nana’s High School Autograph Books, 1936-1937

    July 28, 2016 Kate

    Well if this isn’t the most precious thing… Did you have these? I remember getting them in primary school. We’d all practice signatures at our desks before rushing around in a frenzy, making our friends write us a message. It was probably the first time we’d distinguished between writing and signing our names, and let me tell…

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  • My English Pencil Tin + An 80s Illustrated Notepad

    July 4, 2016 Kate

    Sigh… How sweet are these? My sisters notebook from the 80s and my Hunkydory pencil tin, made in England in 1992. I looked at them sitting on my shelf the other day and felt like they needed to be shared. This notebook belonged to my sister Simone in the late 1980s. The original cover illustration was…

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  • A (Not Embarrassing) Grandma Made Sweater

    March 3, 2016 Kate

    Well, this isn’t embarrassing at all — is it? No cats, no boring beiges. None of the things that come to mind when you think of Grandmother made sweaters. It’s really, truly, wearable. I mean, maybe not everyday wearable (it’s pretty heavy and real-deal-wool-scratchy, one of those sweaters you wear in place of a jacket) but the design…

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  • Learning To Weave, Ute’s Weaving Notes

    November 24, 2015 Kate

    A sneak peak into the most beautiful, detailed, and inviting set of weaving notes I’ve laid eyes on. When Ute passed her loom on to me (you’ll see a shot of the manual below), she included a bench full of books and notes along with it. This binder of notes are from lessons she took in Toronto…

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  • 1930s Handmade Applique Tablecloth

    November 5, 2015 Kate

    In addition to the stunning 1940s photograph of my grandparents, Vera also gave me this sweet tablecloth her mother made roughly 85 years ago. It’s applique with a tatted edge. She knows I’m into this sort of thing so she made sure to show it to me during our visit. She remembers her mother sitting at the…

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