• My Great-Grandmother’s Charmion Lever Watch

    January 25, 2018 Kate

    I’m told that if you saw Hannah (my great-grandmother) you could bet on your life she was wearing this watch. That, and she’d have a left ring finger stacked with rings. In every picture I’ve seen of her that proves to be true. She died in 1978 and we’re guessing she got this watch in…

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  • Vintage 1950s Peter Rabbit Toy from England

    January 11, 2018 Kate

    Well will you look at this. My Mum’s very own stuffed Peter Rabbit toy from England, looking remarkably dapper given his age. Her English Grandparents mailed it to her in the early 1950s. The tag says it’s made by “Chiltern Hygienic Toys” (so glad they specified?!) and the inside actually looks like it may be…

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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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  • 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”, and I took a few photos of it the last time I visited. This is a White Zig Zag Sewing Machine, model 9951…

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  • Yarn Shopping in the 1970s

    November 28, 2014 Kate

    When a dear family friend passed on her loom to me (!!!) she also gave me a binder of her weaving notes. Notes from the classes she had taken, swatches of various styles, and tucked in the back were these sheets of yarn samples. It looks like a catalogue of yarns and other supplies you…

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  • My Nana’s Sewing Supplies

    November 15, 2014 Kate

    A peak at a few of my Nana’s sewing supplies I have with me in the city. I still use and absolutely treasure that little metal pin case, but thankfully a serger has replaced the pinking sheers. Why are good pressing hams so difficult to find now? That and weighted o-rings. If anyone knows where…

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  • Smalley Ladies In Hats

    September 7, 2014 Kate

    In the spirit of all those Sunday’s I had to put a comb through my hair and hat on my head for church, I give you a look at two sophisticated Smalley’s and their hats. This blue hat (below) was worn by my nana on her wedding day in May 1943. Her suit was a…

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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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