2.13.2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

A vintage Valentine's Day card from my collection. And one with a cat - how cute is that?

vintage valentine card

2.05.2013

cats and elephants and bears, oh my

These are easily the cutest thing I've ever purchased on Ebay. And can you believe that I was the only person bidding? It's a set of 18 animals printed on fabric (pretty sure they're 1930s) and designed to be appliqued onto quilt blocks, then embroidered, then everything put together to make a baby quilt. There were no instructions included but I've seen enough of these kits to make a good guess.

cat
A calico cat

There are three each of a cat, elephant, rabbit, puppy, pig, and bear. Some of the fabrics are prettier than others but they all coordinate well together and there are a lot of blues so it won't be too girly when finished. I really love the yellow floral and polka dot print, although there are only two animals with that pattern—the cat shown above is one.

elephant
And a pink gingham elephant

I'm going to scan and trace these so I can share the pattern. I think they'll be really cute with more modern fabrics. Not sure if people will be turned off by the applique part (maybe that's why no one bid on them?) but they could just be used for embroidery patterns, too.

2.04.2013

just in time

For Valentine's Day, that is. A new batch of Primrose Design heart-shaped lavender sachets. I usually make these with vintage eyelet but I decided to use handkerchiefs this time. It's not a bad thing to change things up once in a while.

Heart Sachet

Heart Sachet
These make sweet Valentine's gifts, of course, but they'd also be nice for birthdays or get-well gifts—any time you want to show a little love!