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More Treadle-Stitching Homemade Christmas Ornaments

My in-laws will soon receive a handmade set of fabric Christmas ornaments stitched on the Singer Redeye 66 treadle sewing machine.  Once the treadle got into working order and I learned to wind a bobbin, I was ready to sew.  My first ornament was a heart-shaped one decorated with a vintage doll print. Inspiration for […]

Continue Reading By on December 2, 2011 in antique, craft, frugal, sewing, thrifty, vintage, with our own hands

Health is Wealth Calendar

I love the crisp green color on this fabric kitchen calendar from 1966.  It belonged to my grandparents, who gardened and farmed on a small scale.  There is no brand name on the calendar, so it was apparently not a promotional item.  I use it now as a small table runner. Love the “Health is […]

Continue Reading By on January 12, 2011 in green, vintage

Retro Tied Polyester Quilt

Frozen winter nights have prompted me to reach for some retro comfort from the closet. I had forgotten about the double-knit polyester quilt that Grandma Imel made me decades ago. Aesthetically, it’s never been my favorite. I tend to cozy up to the soft, cottony quilts from my great-grandmothers’ quilting days. Yet, when my daughter […]

Continue Reading By on January 6, 2011 in frugal, quilt, sew, thrifty, vintage, with our own hands

Dishes Still Made in the USA

I contacted the company that made the Golden Wheat dishes I wrote about Monday, but was not able to find out much additional information about them.  These are the everyday dishes my grandparents used, that my sister recently shared with me.  I was hoping to find out more about the scope and popularity of the […]

Continue Reading By on December 23, 2010 in made in the USA, vintage

Vintage Christmas Ornaments & Handmade Stockings

Our family recently added a box of vintage Christmas ornaments to our eclectic collection of holiday decor.  My husband’s  relatives weren’t interested in using the delicate items saved from a great grandparent’s estate.  Several glass balls are stamped “Made in USA,” and some also say “Shiny Brite.”  A few little felt ornaments are apparently handmade by a […]

Continue Reading By on December 22, 2010 in Christmas, made in the USA, vintage

Golden Wheat Dishes

My sister recently gave us both an  early Christmas gift by passing on to me our Grandma’s everyday dish set and clearing several feet of kitchen cabinet space for herself.  She had talked for months about wanting me to have the dishes.  They are the Homer Laughlin Golden Wheat design.  I was grateful for the chance to […]

Continue Reading By on December 20, 2010 in grandparents, made in the USA, vintage