Monthly Archives: January 2012



Seems quality and craftsmanship are in decline these days.  Possibly one of the reasons I enjoy sewing and needle crafting.  Not only do you get what you want, you get something unique and enduring and something of real value.  Handcrafted items include the energy of love usually.  And that energy becomes indelibly stamped for the ages.

In a visit late last year to the state of Texas, I met a young woman whom I found very pleasant, insightful, intelligent and artistic.  We both shared an appreciation for Kahlil Gibran.  We both enjoy working with our hands and being creative.  She does crochet, but her stunning and artistic endeavors proved to be quite earthy.  And earthy is the operative word!  She is into creating stunning pottery.

She showed me her collection and some of the pieces she had for sale as she was carefully packaging up some pottery she recently sold to a customer in upstate New York.  The pottery I saw was unique.  It was in one box of pottery waiting to be packaged that I spied the most beautiful sea foam green bowl.  Yep, it was already sold.  Seems it was a popular item as she told me she had many inquiries about it.

Before parting company she gave me her card.  When I returned home, I visited her website.  As I browsed thru her site, I was not only impressed with her pottery, but I had a sense that I had entered a very calm and serene space. I enjoyed reading her posts and the insight she shared.

You can find Ms. Hardy’s pottery at Sibbotery.  I think you’ll enjoy her unique offerings.

Until next blog ………

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I truly enjoyed sewing for my daughters. Sewing days were often crock pot or casserole dinners; it helped free up more time for sewing. 

Holly HobbyWe had a lot of fun coming up with different outfits.  The television show, “Little House on the Prairie,” was popular at that time and was an inspiration for some of the things we came up with.  The Holly Hobbie craze was big too.  We made a trip to the historical Virginia City, Nevada dressed in the Holly Hobbie outfits.  My youngest daughter was in over-sized ego mode as strangers were asking if they could take photographs of them.  An antique photography studio owner approached me and asked if  she could purchase the outfits.  I used Simplicity 5996. The sewing pattern consists of a dress, pinafore and bonnet.  However, instead of elastic at the wrists, I made a band, buttoned cuff.   There’s a similar pattern offered by Butterick; Butterick 3186

1930s Photograph
In a different vein, I used this photograph to help date Simplicity 447.  The photograph was taken between 1934 and 1936.  Styles didn’t change as often back in the day as they do now.


Until next blog…..

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A few months ago, I wrote about Elias Howe, the man attributed with being the inventor of the sewing machine.  When I did research on him I stumbled on a site run by Alex Askaroff of Sussex, England.  He has a grab bag of information on his site, but if you are interested in or curious about antique sewing machines, he has quite a bit of information.  He also has some helpful information on sewing machines as well.  It was a fun site to visit as well as interesting and unusual. I highly recommend his site:  Sewalot

Currently, I am working on an upcoming sale.  Sorting out the computer programming is the issue at the moment; in short, doing the sale with the least amount of hassles for you, the customer.  Thus far, glitches are popping up that are quite frustrating, and that just won’t do. But do check back and expect the sale soon.

I am also putting together some pattern comparisons to share with you; patterns that are similar in style, but differ in price.  With a little compromise, you may get what you want. 

Hello to my friends in Australia and thank you as well.

Happy New Year and Happy Sewing.

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