• How To Make The Most Of Your Jewellery Collection

    July 15, 2014 Kate

    I like my necklaces to be versatile. I like options, being able to switch pendants between chains and layer them as I wish. Maybe that’s why I’ve always gravitated towards delicate pieces, they have for me the kind of flexibility that ‘statement’ necklaces don’t offer. A charm can serve just as well as a pendant,…

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  • 1950s Handmade Doll Clothes

    June 26, 2014 Kate

    As a little girl, my Mum kept her doll and it’s wardrobe in this trunk. Most of her dolls clothes were hand sewn by my great-aunt Emma in the 1950s. I think they show patience and pride, as well as being an interesting reflection of dressing standards at the time (e.g. a slip under a dress,…

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  • Handmade Nursery Rhymes Quilt

    June 12, 2014 Kate

    I think this is just darling… nursery rhyme characters embroidered on cut up muslin flour sacks. My Mum’s grandmother Hannah and her sisters would have done this on the farm in the 1920s or 1930s. What a great way to repurpose the muslin bags their flour and sugar would have come in (which they also sewed…

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  • A Vintage Yardstick

    May 23, 2014 Kate

    Distance between plants, the times tables, standards for weight and height of children, wedding anniversary gifts, measurement conversions… all things you might need to reference in a hurry. This belonged to my Nana, and looking it over has given me a good laugh. Were these the yard stick essentials for a 1940s housewife?

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  • 1984 Finger Painting

    May 1, 2014 Kate

    If you can believe it, this was my 8-year-old brothers idea of finger painting. Pretty awesome looking, right?  

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  • A War Bride, My Nana’s Engagement Ring

    April 18, 2014 Kate

    My Grandad proposed to my Nana during the War with a ring in this delicate little pouch. They met over a Christmas in 1941, and were married shortly after on May 15, 1942. My Grandad was a RAF flight instructor and sometime after they married he had to return to service, leaving them separated for…

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  • Wonderland Book To Paint, A 1920s Vintage Colouring Book

    January 16, 2014 Kate

    Here’s a few pages out of a 1920s colouring book that belonged to my Nana. She was born in 1922 in Preeceville, Saskatchewan, and since her childhood is mostly a mystery to me I’m thankful someone saved this. I just think the illustrations are wonderful. I love the style, the whimsical variety of figures and objects,…

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  • The Learn How Book, Needlework Arts 1941

    November 21, 2013 Kate

    I’m so glad I come from a long line of hoarders. Here’s a few snapshots of a needlework magazine published by The Canadian Spool Cotton Company in 1941. It’s given me a few good ideas and I always appreciate subtle sponsorship. Coats and Clark before, you know, Coats & Clark.  My Baby Just Cares For…

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  • How I Learned To Weave (With Grass!)

    October 16, 2013 Kate

    In honour of Throwback Thursdays (I really need a better title for this series) here’s a little something I discovered carefully pressed between an old sketch pad, woven by a 6-year-old Kate. In the summer my Mum and I would stay up north by the lake and I loved being outside. In fact, I actually refused to…

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  • ‘The Red Man’ Petit Point

    August 8, 2013 Kate

    To think I thought embroidery looked tedious… This is a petit point my Nana did of an Indian chief called The Red Man. If you’re wondering what petit point is, I understand it to be a more intricate form of needlepoint using very small, fine stitches on single threads of canvas or cloth (if you…

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