Friday, August 19, 2022

Thursday, August 18, 2022



Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Scrap Crafts - A Mobile from Pack 'O' Fun


A baby animal mobile to make of wallpaper scraps (or fabric - this would be cute in bright calicos) from Pack 'O' Fun magazine, March/April 1991.  Two pages of instructions can be found on my Flickr account.  

Monday, August 15, 2022

Vintage Advertising - Campbell's Soup


From Redbook magazine, February 1931.  Although I have long since given up eating canned tomato soup because I now think it tastes tinny, "back in the day" a bowl of this and a toasted cheese sandwich on a cold winter's day was a real treat.

Of course, back in the day our idea of a jolly afternoon's fun included flinging ourselves onto a toboggan and racing straight down a 45 degree slope for about 75 yards before hitting the chain link fence at the bottom (the fence was there to keep us from winding up in the road).  Good times.

Saturday, August 13, 2022



Friday, August 12, 2022

Quote of the Day


photo by Jeffry Lamb

Grief, I've learned, is really just love.  It's all the love you want to give but cannot.  All that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in that hollow part of your chest.

Grief is just love with no place to go. ~ Jamie Anderson

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Sewing - A Dishtowel Dirndl and Top from 1947


From the Woman's Day "Found Money" article, August, 1947: "Probably we're presenting this wrong by calling it a dish towel dirndl, although that's what it is.  It's also very darling and very smart.  If we'd titled it "Cotton Play Dress with a Mexican Air" it would sound more chi-chi."

This top, bag and skirt - perfect for a hot, muggy summer's day - is to be made from inexpensive kitchen towel fabric. Two pages of instructions can be downloaded from my Flickr account.

Saturday, August 6, 2022



Friday, August 5, 2022

Quote Of The Day


When you look in the mirror you see not just your face but a museum.  Although your face, in one sense, is your own, it is composed of a collage of features you have inherited from your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and so on...We carry the past around with us all the time, and not just in our bodies. David W. Anthony

Thursday, August 4, 2022



Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Summer Kid's Crafts - Dollhouse Furniture from Corncobs

From the August, 1973 issue of Pack O Fun - a summer-specific and rather odd little project.  Instructions can be found on my Flickr account and the original magazine on

Monday, August 1, 2022

Scenes From Last Weekend

The high school basement was completely flooded.  Since the high school, the junior high school, and the elementary school are all in the same building, and the mechanical room and the server are in the basement, that means school may or may not open on time.


For All the August Birthdays


Copyright-free image from the Graphics Fairy.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Or Maybe Submarine Week

 We got seven inches of rain in one hour and forty-five minutes this weekend, and about an inch and a half of that, made its way to our finished basement. Note to self: there will be no more keeping yarn in decorative baskets on the floor.  EDITED TO ADD:  Don't expect much from me this week.  

Monday, July 25, 2022

It's National Marine Week


Oh, you meant the other kind...

Saturday, July 9, 2022


 I've been assigned to the Highland Park response and will be not be posting for the next five days or so. EDITED TO ADD: So, I'm being released from the response so I can attend a 3 day FEMA class, and going back on until next Sunday.  This one is lasting longer than I anticipated - but then, I've not covered a mass shooting response before. It's...different.

Thursday, July 7, 2022