Saturday, July 14, 2018


Friday, July 13, 2018

Quote Of The Day

image from The Telegraph (UK)
An old error is always more popular than a new truth. ~ German proverb.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Online Bookshelf - Butterflies Worth Knowing

With about three dozen color plates - free download from Project Gutenberg.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Lhude Sing Cucu

image from Bored Panda

This was on a local library's FB page: "The Library will make full-service Bookmobile stops today to the Four Seasons, Oakwood, and Park Place stops.

However, as a needed part is now being located or re-manufactured, we've temporarily fixed the Bookmobile using Duct Tape (we kid), and we will not have air conditioning at these stops (we don't kid)."

Aunt Martha's Workbasket, March 1937

With household hints, crocheted egg-cosies, glass cosies, a tie for father, a boy's knitted sweater, and a pattern for a Star of Bethlehem quilt, among other offerings in this free download from the Antique Pattern Library.

(For those of you who can -- they could always use a little help).

Monday, July 9, 2018

Vintage Magazines - .44 Western, June, 1940

Being a magazine illustrator back in the day must have been a lot of fun.  That bottle flying past his head  is a nice touch; although I admit I couldn't tell at first if it was coming or going.

Saturday, July 7, 2018


Friday, July 6, 2018

Quote Of The Day

Doubt is the key to knowledge. ~ Persian proverb.

Thursday, July 5, 2018


This was our house yesterday.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Aunt Martha's Workbasket, February 1937

"In this issue of the WORKBASKET you are given cutting guides and directions for 48 different pieced blocks - one for each state."

Also included is the embroidery pattern for Ireland, showing a little girl and a pig.  Ahem.

The PDF is available as a free download at the Antique Pattern Library.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Vintage Postcards - Washington, DC

Copyright-free, from Dover.

Thursday, June 28, 2018


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Aunt Martha's Workbasket, January 1937

Patterns for the baby outfit on the cover, a Russian blouse for a schoolgirl, "Dutch Boy" quilt embroidery pattern, how to make yarn flowers, lots of pattern offers, and household tips (including how to get your little girl interested in doing dishes. An apron of her very own should do the trick).  

A free download from the Antique Pattern Library.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Vintage Advertising - Acme Soap

(A wholly-owned subsidiary of Roadrunner Enterprises, Inc).

Saturday, June 23, 2018

All This Without Opposible Thumbs, Mind You

We were mystified by a trail of Swiffer cloths through the house; then I found the box, clawed open and half empty, on the spare room carpet.

Someone likes to nap on the spare room windowsill.   

UPDATE:  I replaced the Swiffer cloths with a knitted shawl.  I found the shawl tossed out onto the floor this morning.  Imma gonna hafta lock up the Swiffer box.


Friday, June 22, 2018

Quote Of The Day

In every gardener there is a child who believes in the Seed Fairy. ~ Robert Brault

Thursday, June 21, 2018


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

A Brief Hiatus

I entered this week with the best of intentions for keeping up with posts, but our regional training institute starts Monday and I'm on the planning staff and I'm an instructor for three of the classes.

We are also planning a quick trip to visit family out west, so...blogging will resume sometime in mid-June.

Monday, May 28, 2018

It Is Foolish And Wrong

collage from 

To mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived. ~ George S. Patton.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Oh, Sugar

From 1942 - sugar rationing had been announced and would take effect in May of that year, so home cooks were starting to swap recipes that substituted honey or molasses, or recipes that used little sugar.  I'd like to try those 'kolachy.'

The Kitchen Klatter website is a fun read, especially if you want to see the sorts of dishes real people - as opposed to advertising copywriters and cookbook publishers - were making.

Let's just ignore that salmon casserole though, shall we?

Saturday, May 26, 2018


Friday, May 25, 2018

Mixed Blessings

copyright-free image from Dover.

Brian's last official day of teaching is today.  I'm looking forward to it, because this past year has been an awful one for him, professionally speaking.

On the other hand, my birthday is tomorrow, and as someone pointed out to me, for a present I am getting my husband 24/7.

Thursday, May 24, 2018


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Aunt Martha's Workbasket, December 1936

A festive-looking offering, but with disappointing contents.  A few crochet and embroidery projects, and instructions for making the poinsettia on the cover, but the bulk of the magazine is given over to mail-order patterns.  Free pdf available for download at the Antique Patterns Library.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Happy Birthday To Us

From the History Channel, This Day in History:  "Clara Barton and Adolphus Solomons found the American Red Cross, an organization established to provide humanitarian aid to victims of wars and national disasters in congruence with the International Red Cross.

Barton, born in Massachusetts in 1821, worked with the sick and wounded during the American Civil War and became known as the "Angel of the Battlefield" for her tireless dedication.  In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln commissioned her to search for lost prisoners of war and with the extensive records she had compiled during the war she succeeded in identifying thousands of the Union dead at the Andersonville prisoner-of-war camp.

She was in Europe in 1870 when the Franco-Prussian War broke out, and she went behind the German lines to work for the International Red Cross.  The American Red Cross received its first U.S. federal charter in 1900.  Barton headed the organization into her 80's and died in 1912."

Sunday, May 20, 2018

War Is All Hell

Suggested menu from Kitchen Klatter, March, 1942.

Saturday, May 19, 2018


Friday, May 18, 2018

Quote Of The Day

If you cannot walk more than a block in your shoes, they are not shoes; they are pretty sculptures that you happen to have attached to your feet.  ~ Linda Przybysewski

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Online Bookshelf - Notes Of A Golddigger and Golddigger's Guide

This unfortunately turned out to be a manual on mining in Australia in 1852.  I had such hopes.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Division of the Spoils

image from

I brought in a fistful of catnip about three hours ago and gave it to the New Kids.  I'm not saying someone got more than her fair share, but Sheba is currently sprawled on one of the bathroom towels, completely and blissfully zonked.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Aunt Martha's Workbasket Magazine - November, 1936

The most recent Workbasket offering from the Antique Pattern LibraryIf my calculations are correct, this one is from November, 1936.  Offered are projects in crochet, embroidery, tatting, and, well...cornhusks.  A pdf is available for free download.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

On the Road (Again)

Headed for the West Coast (of Illinois) for a couple of days.  Blogging will resume on Monday!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Crochet - "Veranda Handicraft" from 1915

From Woman's Home Companion, July 1915, a "fascinating" crochet project for summer days.  Click to copy, save and enlarge - it will be legible.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Vintage Advertising - Colgate's Talcum Powder

From Woman's Home Companion, January 1915. Wish it still came in these containers.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Quote Of The Day

She was one of those persons who will squeeze into the same partition of a revolving door with you, on the pretext of causing less trouble. ~ Shirley Hazzard

Thursday, May 3, 2018

The Online Bookshelf - Peter Poodle

A free download from Project Gutenberg.  Enjoy the Edwardian toy illustrations!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Tatting - Two Edgings From 1911

From the January, 1911 issue of McCall's magazine, two tatted edgings (the second one looks particularly nice).  Mandatory legibility comment*:  click to enlarge the image and print it out.  The instructions will be readable, I promise.

*For those of us with vintage eyesight.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Vintage Advertising - Postum

What beautiful colors advertising artists used to use.  This is from McCall's magazine, January 1911.  

Saturday, April 28, 2018


Friday, April 27, 2018

Quote Of The Day

Any man that can make a living doing what he likes is lucky, and I'm that. ~ Charles Russell.

Thursday, April 26, 2018


Saturday, April 21, 2018


Amuse me, hoomin.  I'm bored.

Thursday, April 19, 2018


Tuesday, April 17, 2018


Because I don't have anything of my own scanned today, I am offering a link to a French vintage enthusiast's blog.  Every Monday she posts scans from her collection of fashion, sewing and knitting magazines (click on Vintagerie for back issues).

Even if you don't parlez-vous, they're a lot of fun to page through.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Vintage Advertising - Kestos Swimwear

Image from patricia's wonderful site, posted because it has been snowing on and off all day and I'm a cruel person.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Friday, April 13, 2018

Quote Of The Day

It is in truth a most contagious game;
Hiding the Skeleton shall be its name. ~ George Meredith

Thursday, April 12, 2018


And in other news -- it snowed last weekend.  I spent this afternoon out in the back yard, wearing a tank top and pedal pushers.

According to an ominous email I got from the National Weather Service, it's going to snow again this weekend.