Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Aunt Martha's Workbasket, July 1937

This month's issue has only two patterns - a fancy Dresden Plate quilt, and a crocheted bedspread.  Readers are offered a titillating glimpse of issues to come, though.  

A free download is available from the Antique Pattern Library. 

Monday, December 9, 2019

Vintage Images - Edwardian Christmas

Copyright-free, from Dover.

Saturday, December 7, 2019


Thursday, December 5, 2019


Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Holiday Crafts - Pomander Balls

From The Old Farmer's Almanac, instructions on how to make pomander balls in time to give for Christmas.

Saturday, November 30, 2019


Friday, November 29, 2019

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Thursday, November 21, 2019



He wrapped the forsythia in burlap so the little songbirds had a place to shelter from the wind.

This kestrel had other ideas.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Aunt Martha's Workbasket, June,1937

I seem to have fallen a couple of days behind ever since I got back from Dorian.  Here's an attempt to catch up.

 Nothing on this month's cover is actually in the booklet - there is an offer for a baffling racial mix of tea-towel transfers (Scots, French, Danish, Portuguese and the usual cringe-inducing "Dinah and Rastus"), instructions on how to make a garden decoration, a Star Flower quilt, crocheted lace gloves, a pixy cap to either knit or crochet, and two crocheted handbags.

There are also the directions for the "clever coat" promised in May but that was a snare and a delusion - you cut out the coat from muslin or feed sacks, using any coat pattern of the "most becoming length" and then candlewick it.  The instructions are strictly for the candlewicking process but  Aunt Martha's editors promise the end result will look just like the new rage in Hollywood.

The PDF to download (free) is from the Antique Pattern Library.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Sunday, November 10, 2019

On The Road Again

Headed for DC - three training days at National.  Blogging is suspended until Thursday.

Happy Birthday, Marines

Saturday, November 9, 2019


Friday, November 8, 2019

Quote Of The Day

Impulse manages all things badly. ~ Latin proverb

Thursday, November 7, 2019


EDITED TO ADD: and in other news, Little Man stood up and put his paws on the dining room table while I was eating lunch yesterday. It was a baloney samich.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Aunt Martha's Workbasket - May 1937

Another issue of Workbasket magazine - this has what I would say is the epitome of "between the wars" quilt on the cover, the "Basket of Daisies" pattern to piece and applique inside.

There are the usual pattern offers, instructions (with no illustration) on how to make organdy carnations, and a crochet table mat project.  There's a teaser about the next month's Workbasket that will include "Hollywood's Latest - A lightweight coat that breathes cleverness and last minute style." 

Monday, October 28, 2019

Happy Hallowe'en

New Yorker cover by the one and only Charles Addams.