Vintage mixed Textiles Aprons 

I am a fabric hoarder… Yes it is true. I hoard mostly vintage fabrics and lace and ribbon and trimming and edging and…. Well you get the picture.  I have been sitting on a cache of loveliness for a few years now.  At an estate sale in Clifton, in the basement of a huge brick well preserved home, I found one of those giant zipping clear square bags that bed sets come in. At first I was thrilled because I thought I had found big lot of vintage bed sheets.  But it was better.  Way better.  The mother load of vintage fabric.  Unused uncut sheet material. Most were cut to size for a kingsize pillow but never sewn.  Some still had the yardage tag still stapled in the corner.  I drug that bag up the stairs and through the house to pay and get out.  The price was perfect.  I had to pick my jaw up off he floor.  Wish I the bag wasn’t clear I nervously smiled to other women who were spying my loot.  The fabric is probably mid to late 1960’s. It is not perfect,  it has some fading and little marks made by the original cutter if the yardage off the bolt. To me it was perfectly aged.  Like cheese. Or wine.  But BETTER!  I sit on fabric believing that I will know what to do with it at the right time.  A few days ago, browsing through the eye candy of aprons on Pinterest I had an epiphany for this stack of cotton. I think the end results are better than anything I have seen on Pinterest or etsy. Soon these will be on Etsy. As for my immediate friends and family, they are for sale now. 

Everything is authentically vintage except the thread and some of that may be as well. 
Some pockets are made from old linens 

All have extra long waist straps to bring around front to tie.  They all slip over the head with enough room to cut and tie if too large.  They are not small aprons, they will cover side to side and may wrap around to mid back in smaller women. 

I call this one American Pansy. It is red white and blue. The flip side (fully lined), neck strap and hem edge is a red gingham.  It has a red and white polka dot waist strap and heart shape top bib. The main front fabric is a pretty blue flower print with the bigger flowers being pansies.

The pocket is a cross stitched red and blue pattern on linen.  For this one I am selling it for $40.00

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The next one is pink pansies with a cherry pattern pocket. It has a pink shaggy edging across the bib. Very light and soft.  Perfect for summer.   For this one I am asking 25.00

The next one is another light apron. I call this one ‘lemon lime’. The bib is lined with green, has a slight arc shape. The pattern is yellow roses and has a bright green pocket. 

In this photo you can see how the ties come around to the front.  You can always tie a big bow in back as well. For this one I am asking 25.00

The next one is another light apron.  Also featuring a yellow rose pattern, this apron has a linen double pocket. It has a pleat across the bib. For this one I am asking 25.00


The next apron has a pretty pink and blue flowe pattern.  It has a cherry pink gingham pocket with a white ric rac edge.  Also a pleated bib with a white lace edge. For this one I am asking 25.00. 


This is my apron. The queen of all fabric.  I have had this since 2009.  I found it in an estate sale out off of Clough Pike on the east side of Cincinnati.  I absolutely love this fabric.  I think it may go back to the 30s or 40s. It is a teal green and grey and black sweet pea print. I cannot even throw away any scraps. I want to be buried in it.  Just kidding. (Not really. Do it.  Consider this a legal document). 

Anyway.. It’s just gorgeous. I only have about two yards. The lining fabric matches perfectly but was found in another estate box deal a year or so ago.  Perfect match. 

Others are running a marathon today. I am running a sewing machine. 
Lemon and Sage apron. Yellow roses and ric rac. Linen pocket with crochet edge. Heart top bib. Sage green lining, ties and neck tie. Same as others with an extra long tie to bring around front or make a big bow in the back. The pocket is very detailed. $40

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I have gone bunting mad 

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I have gone mad.  Bunting mad that is. I love fabric.  I love some of the vintage pieces in my stash so much that I have stingily hoarded them away, searching for the perfect project to match my fabulous old textiles.

And then…. And then!…. As I was strolling down a Pinterest back alley for craft addicts, I came across some precious bunting.   I turned my family room into a party just like that.  unnamed2unnamed3

Bunting, the exposing of the madness of a fabric hoarder.  I did not buy one thing for this project.  Every piece of fabric and edging and thread were already burrowed away in my tote of fabric treasure.

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Seriously how cute is this?  We had a “happy cause it’s Sunday night dinner” party last night… If Ina Garten can have cocktail parties on a whim…. so can I.  I added a bottle of Blueberry Moscato to our grilled chicken Sunday meal. Voila! cocktail party!  Ina would have been proud.

I have had so much fun with bunting, I made my coworker one that matches her theme and colors for her new baby room.

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This is an easy project and not made for the perfectionist to enjoy.  All you need to do is make triangles and attach them to something.  Easy right?  And you get to look at all that pretty fabric that you have kept stowed away.

First gather up all your pretty fabrics.  You will need a ruler, good pair of scissors or one of those cutting wheel quilt things…. I used both.  You will need pins and some edging or ribbon or string… whatever you want to use.

Decide on a size.  Do you want them big, small, medium?  It’s all about how and where you will use them.  I downloaded my bunting flag size but can’t remember where to help you out here.  You just need to keep in mind that the wide end of your triangle should be an inch longer than you want it to be and that there is a / on one side and a \ on the other.  I don’t know why.  image

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Cut out the triangle on a piece of paper.  THIS IS YOUR PATTERN FOR ALL of the FLAGS unless you want them different sizes which is well… Ludacris

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Stating the obvious, you must have two pieces of fabric for each flag.  Putting right sides together, pin your pattern to your fabric and cut away.

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All the way down to the point and head back home. Leave the wide edge openimage  image(again stating the obvious) so you can turn it inside out.  Use something with a blunt end to make that point.

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image Iron into a nice little flag and run a stitch along the /\ to finish it off  image

This one is my favorite 🙂image  I have hoarded this vintage Lily of the Valley fabric for years.  I found it in the attic of a farm house estate sale.  I made an apron out of it and have kept the little left overs hoping for a project such as this. Its so lovely.

Back to the instructions……

imageOnce you have all of your little flags ready, use a ruler and trim off the top so that you have a perfect triangle.  Make sure that wide end is straight so that it doesn’t mess you up later when you are sewing them to your ribbon or edging.  image

once you have all of the flags the way you want, I did play around with some ric rac on a few.  Since I happen to have a stash of vintage ric rac along with my stash of fabric.  Amazing how we can stash away so much fabric.  I hide mine in totes, bags, a suitcase.. seriously I have a problem.  I like dishes too but that’s for another 12 step program.

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Now you are ready to start attaching your flags to your edge.

I used what I could find which ended up being a few different colors of edging.  Make sure you use something to space your flags evenly.  You can bring out some perfectionism here but not too much.

imageDouble fold edging.  I used wide ones and narrow ones…. because guess what?  I have a stash of this stuff too!

imageimageMy guide between flags was some ric rac.  this was about 2 1/2 inches wide.

Lay the flag on the edging and sew down.  image

I made my flag as long as the edging was.  Some were full lengths and some were shorter.  My longest flag in the pictures above is probably 6 feet.

After you have sewn all your flags, fold the edging over and sew down again.  image EWWW!  Please excuse my ironing board.  It hasn’t been a clothing ironing board in a few years because it inadvertently became my crafting table.  It’s perfect height and length for sewing projects.  It is now covered in hot glue drops, glitter, paint… looks pretty gross in these pictures 😦

imageYou could be less lazy than me and find some matching thread but really… these are hanging high.  Who is looking at the thread?

So much fun.  If sewing is therapeutic for you.  I recommend this for your treatment plan.

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Thread crochet earrings inspiration

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It is such a cold winter.. I have been a crocheting maniac.

I am much better at inspiring people than instructing them. I made these crochet earrings with pink variegated crochet thread and a small hook and store bought earring do dads.

Make a magic circle, crochet 9 Hdc in the round, chain three, triple crochet two in each round (18). Chain three, scallop the next round in threes.

Leave a long tail.

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Soak earrings in a sugar starch mixture, two parts sugar plus one part water. Lay earrings and long tail out on wax paper and allow to dry. It will be stiff.

Put the long tail through the hole of the claw style earrings.. Is securely, cut excess.

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Seriously.. How cute.

I have made pink hearts, white circles, flowers and black circles. M

Itchy doggie dog food

I love my sweet doggie Stella. My husband and I adopted her in 2011. She was at the shelter after being found roaming the streets. She has been a great dog. She loves and protects us like it is her job. She tolerates my grandchildren who are terrified of her because of her size. She is a very good dog.

About 2 years ago, she got itchy. When I say itchy I mean middle of the night, shaking the house itchy. Her skin was red and she was miserable. We took her to the Vet… No fleas but itchy skin enough to take steroids. As soon as her meds were finished, she itched again. I gave her fish oil.. She itched. I gave her benedryl, she itched. I changed her food to high priced food, she itched. I gave her probiotics, she itched and itched and itched and itched and itched.

I decided to make her own food. Now hard could it be? They lick butts, taste isn’t an issue. They don’t need seasoning and it doesn’t have to be aesthetic, they eat their own vomit. This can’t be too hard. Protein plus carbohydrate plus vitamins….

I tried a few different versions… Beef plus rice plus lentils… She liked it but still itched.

Finally, I have come up with a good combination and she hasn’t been itchy. Her skin isn’t irritated and she seems to like it…. ALOT

I am terrible at measuring things, this is more of an instructional a inspiration than recipe. This is what I do.

Roast a whole chicken. I only use organic chicken. No, I don’t buy organic chicken for my butt licking, vomit eating pooch. I buy a whole chicken because I split it with her. I usually pay between $7 and $9 at Kroger for a decent sized whole chicken. Roast chicken. Limit spices, I usually just use a rosemary salt, and pepper.

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I let it cool and harvest what I want. I want the breasts and some of the thighs. Then I pick it… Really pick it. I wear gloves because it’s gross.

Pick everything off the bones.. The skin, knuckles, meat…. Everything BUT the bones. Discard them or throw them in your back yard for a raccoon to choke on. I have a vendetta, long story that involved my beloved flock of domestic chickens. Die raccoons, die! I digress.

I have the BEST stock pot. A few years ago I was on my way to my dads house in Lincoln County, Kentucky. Along the way I stopped at an antique/junk barn. I bought this beautiful vintage yellow/brown enamel stock pot for $12 !!!!!!!!

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Score!

I fill the stock pot about half full of water. I add the picked chicken mess. It is not for the faint hearted, it is a sloppy gross mess. Stella watches and licks her butt lips.

To that I add a bag of rice.

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Add a bag of lentils

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Coarsely chop a sweet potato or carrots. I used a sweet potato and I don’t peel it.. Just scrub it clean and chop. Remember… Vomit eaters aren’t too picky and there are good nutrients in the skin.

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Allow it to cook on low for about 40 minutes, until rice and lentils are tender and moisture is absorbed.

This is how I made her food until I may have found the magic ingredient….Mr. Jack Mackerel. Yep, cheap regular jack mack. $2.59 a can.

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After it has cooked, I add two cans, juice and all. I usually open a can pour in the mackerel juice and with a butter knife, cut up the pieces of fish.

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It’s not pretty, it’s dog food.

Then I jar and freeze. I used to use pint mason jars… If you leave a space up top, the jar wont crack or break, usually.

20140223-192232.jpg I know, the lid isn’t in tight in this photo, make sure the lids are tight before you out them in the freezer. I take in out the night before so it’s thawed by morning.

I am using something a little better now, a good plastic jar. For over a year, my husband ate peaches at lunch, they came in these jars. I saved or recycled them. They work better. No fear of breaking glass. Bigger portion too.. My dog weighs almost 70 lbs.

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I think the mackerel is an oiler fish. It seems to be the added something that helps her skin.

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Christmas tree make over

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Oh what a sad little tree. It’s 17 years old and has probably seen better days. Its shabby skeletal remains don’t seem very jolly or merry even.

I never had a white tree until I met my husband. We gave my son my large green artificial tree because it was just too big for the living room. The white tree that practically fits in a winter sweater tub is perfect size. I like the white tree, the ornaments are more noticeable. I conformed.. I’m a white tree lover.

The only and very obvious problem with this tree is that it needs some weight. I can see all the way through it to all the lovely wire mess on the floor. I can see out the window through the tree.

So my brain began twisting and churning until this genius idea popped into my head… TOILE! Netting.. Whatever you want to call it. The stuff that properly fluffs a 1980s satin sheen prom dress and a princess wedding gown. And much to my pleasant surprise, it was on sale on Black Friday at Hancock’s for .99 a yard. I got 10 yards.. I could have used 12 but I stretched the 10.

I didn’t do any measuring.. I just eyeballed it, I cut sections that would accordion well. I trimmed as I went up.

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I scrunched the length of it. I took some wire and cut a 2-4 inch wire and twisted it around the center. Leave wire to attach it to the tree branch.

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Then I brought both ends together, making a poof.

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Find the end of the branch where it goes into the tree. Twist onto the branch.

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Open up both bunches of accordion and spread out.

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Yes yes, I see the problem here.. I need lights on a white cord. That will happen next year. I was too impatient to run to the store to buy new lights, I wanted to get this idea out of my head and into something tangible.. Weird creative people will relate.

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Much better. I can’t see out the window at the cat on our porch making fun of our tree.

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Much merrier!

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