Monday, March 31, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Here is an Autograph Album from the 1890's that I was privileged to view. You can imagine how thrilled I was to read all the poems and marvel at the beautiful handwriting, and wonder about the people who wrote in this little book! I spent a good afternoon reading it.
The Album was a present to Miss Caroline Jacobsen by her brother, John. It looks to me to be a Christmas gift.
Here is a picture of Caroline, who was born in 1879.
Her brother John wrote in it first:
When far far off
Where the woodchucks die
With the whooping cough.
Most of the poems are sweet instead of joking. Here is one I liked:
For album scribbles I feel grieved
Such nonsense oft is said
One half will never be believed
The other never read.
(The note says that Caroline married Jacob around 1902)
The last entry, written on a leaf in the back, was done by Caroline's youngest daughter, Ruth. It is especially sweet when you understand that this little girl died the year after she wrote this.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
The over-dress (I am not sure if it is a proper pelisse or not!) above was partly inspired by the striped dresses in the A&E version of Emma. I used the Simplicity regency gown pattern, making a front closing and omitting the sleeves.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Our Craft Editor sat down one evening to make a little booklet, with hidden surprises and flaps and pictures, and with quite a lot of teaching, for a young lady of her acquaintance. This project can be done very easily with What You Have On Hand, as you will see in this example. Crayons were used for the illustrations, and the text is handwritten. Stickers and papers were used from the scrapbook or stationery stash. This is simply a piece of paper folded over, but could be made with more than one page for a real "book" if you felt inspired and extra-creative! More 3-d type things could be added, or left rather flat the booklet would easily be mailed to a friend.
Here we see a list of the Things to Remember: "Do something for someone else; Take care of all your belongings; Be cheerful even when things go wrong; Dress your best; Be clean; Speak kindly; Create something; Learn a verse from the Bible."
Above is the back of the booklet. There is a flap entitled "Make a Proper Pot of Tea" (with a tea set picture cut from a catalog) and a pocket holding some "Be Creative" project.
Behold, proper tea brewing instructions!
I hope this little project will inspire my readers to try their hand at their own teaching or friendship booklets!
The little purse is included as an example, and holds note paper; the yellow purse is a pattern to trace so that the recipient can make some for her friends.
When given, the booklet included a small, rolled-up paper "scroll" tied with a ribbon and fastened to the cover, which held a personal letter. The booklet was hand-delivered.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
This is a beautiful dress site for girls that I am adding to the Sewing/Dress links. When I was younger, I would have chosen the pink striped V-neck with rose insert (scroll down to see the dresses)!
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Before the mountains were brought forth,
Friday, March 7, 2008
The newest product from the scrapbook section at the dollar store: cut & fold cards. They even come with envelopes! There are four to a pack. Add to this some stickers from the same section and some glitter glue (Wal-mart, 79 cents).
Fold the cards up and then embellish with stickers, outlining the design on the card and the sticker with the glitter glue. Looks pretty good, if you ask me.
If you really want to splurge, add some trinkets. These little keys came off of a pair of dollar store earrings, and make the perfect little shiny 3-D accent!
To that she added a "trellis" that she picked up at Goodwill, which used to frame a picture. The picture out, and the "trellis" painted green and white, it adds a bit of the garden indoors when placed over the roses.
A coordinating bouquet painted on a hollow-core door.