1950s Handmade Doll Clothes

As a little girl, my Mum kept her doll and its wardrobe in this trunk. Most of her doll’s 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,…

A Vintage Yardstick

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?

1984 Finger Painting

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

Wonderland Book to Paint, a 1920s Vintage Colouring Book

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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,…

Handmade Patchwork Coat

Meet Hannah, my great-grandmother. Here she is (center in the enviable specs) with my mum (left) and my nana (right). Like many women of her generation, she was always in the midst of something, always creating, whether it be in the garden, the kitchen or living room. A maker in the truest sense of the…