What got me going on those dress patterns was that I was looking for more pillow case embroidery patterns. I think I’d like to just make a couple sets. And I noticed the one I did buy out thrifting is made out of pillowcasing–that is, the fabric is a tube. There is no side seam, you just sew up one end, and hem the other. I guess it’s a tube they just cut lengths off of. Can I still buy this kind of fabric? My only source for fabric is Joann’s. Can I buy it there? Something tells me they don’t even make it anymore, or it’s very specialty.

Oh, and I noticed there was a pattern for a pillowcase dress from the 1910s. So if you thought the trendy dresses for tots made out of pillowcases were NEW, think again! Mom’s have been reusing pillowcases for dresses for at least one hundred years!

just adorable

My problem (if I had any real problems) is too many interests and not enough time! Look at these adorable dress patterns! Did I ever mention I like old clothes? well I do! And having someone around to actually make adorable little dresses for–my goodness, what could be better?

So my question is, by the time a little girl is 8 years old, is she going to look at a dress like one of these and say, “But mom, NOone wears clothes like that! Not even to church!”

Because the above is just beautiful! And Elle’s hair will bob just perfectly, so she would look terrific with a ribbon in her hair and that dress! It’s for an 8 year old, though, as is the next one.

This nightgown is a child’s size 3–but what that meant in 1910 I don’t know. But I can tell it would be easy to adjust bigger or smaller, whatever it is.

This one is for a 6 year old and it looks just too short to me, but aren’t those panties adorable? Don’t you just want it for the panty pattern??

If you think my kid would say, “No way, mom!” when she’s 8 to the first two dresses, let me know so I don’t buy the patterns. That nightgown is just right, though, I think, for any age!

Saturday thrifting

What a day! At first I was stacking my cart with $1 a piece Fiestaware plates, cups, saucers, sugar bowl, etc. And then I was thinking, “I don’t really want these, but I know I should buy them.” Luckily my second hand shop acquaintance came in, and he explained they were reproductions because they said the word “genuine” on the bottom. Oh. So I knew I only half wanted them to begin with, and then I decided I didn’t really want them so put them back. He didn’t want them, either. (In hindsight, I SHOULD have bought them to give to Elle when she moves out, drat!) Two of the pieces were the good stuff, originals, and I let my acquaintance have them to sell in his shop. I couldn’t see buying them just to sell on ebay–I’m not QUITE to the point to just buy stuff to resell yet. I buy stuff I’d like to keep, or give to someone who might like it.

What I did buy was this set of China. Remember I mentioned yesterday I didn’t want to break up the set? I half broke it up. I left behind the shallow bowl (finger bowl? sorbet bowl?) and another teacup. The background is a rich cream color, if the photo makes it look white.

I also picked up a grab bag of embroidery thread which included this half finished pillow case. I’d love to be the kind of person who has embroidered pillowcases!

If anyone out there who NEEDS embroidery thread wants to do a swap for some, let me know. I have enough now for 5 lifetimes, and would not miss some. If you have something you’d like to swap for a small stash, let me know.

More on books

This first is an example of my least favorite kind of art, published in 1968. Brings back memories of Yellow Submarine, and all those horrible cartoons like The Three Stooges.

This second example is from the mid 1970s, and is a much more easily embraced style of drawing.

I picked the above illustrations for a reason. One of them shows a tiny bit more attention to detail, or was thought out a bit more in advance. It’s hard to say what exactly happened, but one of the artists forgot that to have so many hats in the air meant people needed to actually take off their hats.

We love that book, though. The below illustration makes me smile every time I look at it. I feel exactly like that little girl feels when she looks at the math problem on that blackboard.
mr. muggs

Friday Thrifting

Today I found this crystal serving dish (it’s about 10-inches across) and this beautiful periwinkle blue china plate. I am not a good judge of real crystal, but I picked up this server and it was very heavy so I guessed it was real. My acquaintance with the second hand shop verified it as real. Now I’ll just have to polish up the silver rim and voile! And for one dollar! The dinner plate is part of a collection I’m just beginning–just beginning even though I’ve been LOOKING a long time, I’m not just not finding exactly what I’m looking for. You wouldn’t think “eclectic” would be hard to find. No, but seriously, china with flowers. That looks not too modern. The bottom of this one is marked “22 karat” and the periwinkle is so pretty. There’s another set of dishes that’s been waiting for a buyer for a while, with 2 teacups, 1 saucer, 1 bowl and 1 plate and I HATE to say, “Can I buy just that plate?” because they’re all so pretty together.

I’m very happy with each of these today! The plate photo is really washed out, the colors are pretty bright.

crystal server

Yesterday I bought two hydrastone pots, big sizes, for $4. I went to Home Depot and noted I would have paid about $60 if new. Sometimes it’s crazy to buy things new.

More a roving

I ordered more colors of wool roving, and more felting needles, so hopefully I’ll be doing more needle felting. Pretty colors are of course always an inspiration to pull everything out and get to work creating!
roving bright

The first wool I ordered (from someone else) had more muted colors, and there were a lot of twigs and grass in the wool. I understand it all needs to be hand carded and that sheep lay on the ground, but I thought more of the twigs should have been removed. This new wool doesn’t have any of that, and the colors are so bright!

Book Finds

I thought I’d pull out some of these neat animal books I’ve been buying. They don’t seem to publish books like these any more, I guess they aren’t flashy enough.

This is the kind of book I learned to draw from when I was a kid. Someone else had already identified the important lines and put in the shadow, all I had to do was copy it to learn what was going on.

Today kids seem to be learning to draw by copying manga. I guess that’s fine, too.

I also found this other book. Can you even imagine this being published today?
title page

Nowadays it’s against the law to even pick up a wild creature, and more so to take it home and take care of it. This book does state it’s for caring for babies or injured, and releasing them back into the wild when it’s time. Nowadays you have to take creatures to a rescue center immediately, or face fines.


It’s a very useful book, though, covering terrariums for frogs, and places to keep insects, and a section on birds and of course the above mammals. This one has good pictures, too, very useful for learning rudimentary drawing from.

Cake stand revisited

This cake stand deserves to be on the counter full time! Can’t you picture it with donuts, or cupcakes? It’s great for everything perishable! Why did these things go out of vogue, anyway? Tiny kitchens?

And just as an aside, this little guy was visiting because a neighbor is bulldozing his lawn to make more driveway. Elle was saying, “Snail, snail,” and spotted it first. Then changed it to, “Worm.” It’s the first real snake she’s seen, so close enough.