• 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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  • The Cave Supper Club, June 18th 1942

    November 5, 2015 Kate

    When in Vancouver recently I got to spend some time with a dear family friend, Vera. She was best friends with my Nana and actually with her the night she met my Granddad. Now 95, she’s my last living connection to my grandparents from their generation. She knew them in a way I never did, in…

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  • Vintage Mail Order Quilting Patterns

    September 4, 2015 Kate

    Last one in this little vintage sewing series – quilting patterns. In this very worn paper Eaton’s bag I found a stack of newspaper clippings as well as some cardboard cutouts of my Grandma’s. The Laura Wheeler Designs clippings seem to be from the 1930’s. I have no experience quilting so I’m not sure what all the…

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  • Vintage Butterick & Walker’s Embroidery Patterns

    August 27, 2015 Kate

    A follow up to the post on my Grandmas White Zig Zag Sewing Machine, here are a few of her embroidery patterns. I’m not sure when these were published, but I think the illustrations and designs are so sweet. I just love finding old packing. I’m so intrigued by the layout, type, illustrations, text… all…

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  • White Zig Zag Sewing Machine

    August 13, 2015 Kate

    I’m told this is the machine my Grandma did most of her sewing on (home projects, clothing, quilting, embroidery). My Dad had it serviced to working order a few years ago “just in case”. Last time I visited I took a few photo’s and rummaged through some of her saved supplies and notions. I didn’t try using…

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