Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day!

Last year I posted a vintage hankie with a French theme about love. This year, it's one in English. Can you see the words written into the scrolling?

                                                          'My love is like a red, red rose'

This line is from a poem written in 1794 by Robert Burns.

O my Luve is like a red, red rose
   That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luve is like the melody
   That’s sweetly played in tune.
So fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
   So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
   Till a’ the seas gang dry.
Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
   And the rocks melt wi’ the sun;
I will love thee still, my dear,
   While the sands o’ life shall run.
And fare thee weel, my only luve!
   And fare thee weel awhile!
And I will come again, my luve,
   Though it were ten thousand mile.

And the little girl in the corner? My thoughts are that she is there to chaperone the couple in the opposite corner.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Vintage Finds

I wasn't going to add anything to my collection of vintage linens. I really wasn't. I was going to look at pieces but they were going to be staying wherever they were. Really, how many hand towels or hankies or napkins do I need?

Ask me how long that resolution lasted!

On a recent visit to Vermont I found this beautiful towel, and at the price it was($9), I really couldn't leave it in the dusty corner of the antique dealers booth!


Then at another multi dealer shop I found this New Mexico hankie and the cards of buttons. The hankie was laid on a piece of mounting board and enclosed in cling wrap. That whole packaging must have cost more than the $3 I paid for the hankie. The buttons set me back a $1 a package.

Oh well, maybe next time I will be stronger.... May be!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

National Smocking Month

February is National Smocking Month.

Is your chapter hosting an event to promote SAGA, smocking and the chapter? My chapter is having a display at a local library. We display small smocked items like Christmas ornaments and baby dresses. We also add copies of SAGANews and books. The locked display cabinet is right at the front entrance where library patrons queue up to check out their books. We also leave SAGA brochures. Our display is always popular and we have had interest in joining our chapter. In fact our newest member 'found' us because of the display and a demonstration we also did at the library. This year we hope to teach a class at the library at the end of February.

Let me know what your chapter is/has done to promote smocking. Email me at and include photos. I will include it in SAGANews Chapter Chatter.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

And the Favourite Monopoly Playing Piece is....

The Thimble!

Yes, the humble thimble is the most popular playing piece in the game of Monopoly. I would have said maybe the dog or the car, but it seems this is not the case. When Hasbro did a study to see which piece was most popular, it turned out to be the thimble, which is as it should be.

The today's game has origins in various other similar games, but one man attributed with making the version played today, Charles Darrow, envisioned a family using everyday household objects. His sister said that these objects should resemble something that would fit on a ladies charm bracelet and the rest, as they say is history.

Wouldn't it be fun for each player to just use a different thimble? My bag of ceramic thimbles (above) would give plenty of choice.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Turtleback Snaps

One thing I re-found when moving and having to re-sort one of my sewing drawers was this vintage package of snaps.

The package is so decorative and full of descriptive information about the snaps. Can you see how they are appealing to the consumer? The red colouring attracts the eye; the snaps are arranged on the picture of the turtle; they give you every reason to want to buy this brand!

Then there is the reverse side of the package.

How helpful is this to know what size snap to use on what fabric and to have a handy measuring tool  printed on the side, along with the various sizes of snaps available? 

Nothing like the boring packs we buy today!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


Batiste ,as most of us know, is a lightweight, semi-sheer cotton fabric perfect for heirloom sewing. The fabric is a favourite for heirloom garments as it is easy to machine and hand-sew, and is great for smocking and embroidery projects. I am sure everyone has some of it in their stash or has used it at some point for a sewing project. I know I have.

But have you seen and used this Batiste?

I spotted this in my local supermarket when buying some shampoo.  Like the fabric, it would appear this product has a sheen and comes in different colours!

Friday, January 15, 2016

A Little Bling.

The windows at Bergdorf Goodman this past holiday season were, to me, a little disappointing, but they were certainly full of bling. My favourite was this one 'The Crown Jewels' (I wonder why?).

The theme 2015 for the windows was Brilliant Holiday and Berdorf teamed with Swarovski crystals (who are celebrating their 120th anniversary). Each window uniquely tells a glamorous tale of fashion set in over 7 million Swarovski crystals.

The choice of pattern for the queen's robe is interesting. It is a mix of symbols from castles to crowns and everything in between. There are also quotes, one of which is "A man with a head on his shoulders is worth  a dozen without".