• A Portrait of my Nana in 1942

    February 1, 2018 Kate

    I mean, wow. I don’t think I need to explain how good this is. What’s this development style called? The wash of colour of stunning. I’ve never seen a portrait of my Nana like this. Something about it—maybe it’s her gaze or the curve of her back—has really struck me. I can’t find a date…

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  • My First Camera, an Exercise in Nostalgia

    October 30, 2017 Kate

    I’m flying to New York City this morning. !!! New York! I couldn’t be more jazzed. I love this city. I love the people, I love how busy it is, I love how bad it smells. I love it’s endlessness. This was the first place I ever travelled to. My first time out of the…

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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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  • 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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