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Vintage Made Modern: Dapper Dan

Did you (or your parents) keep any of your toys from when you were little? Most everyone has one or two special items that they just can’t part with. One of my favorite childhood toys was Dapper Dan. He was a good friend to me when I was young and to my kids when they […]

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Free Image Friday! Men’s Spectator Shoe

Happy Free Image Friday! Today I have for you a classic man’s shoe to complete any dapper gentleman’s wardrobe! To download these free images, be sure to click on the image first to see the full size image. Then right click (Mac: control+click) and save to your computer desktop or a folder of your choice. […]

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Christmas Treats: Candy Cane Popcorn Mix Recipe

When I read Vintage Notions, one thing that I am struck by was Mary Brooks Pickens encouragement to take a moment out of your day to do something kind for others, even something as simple as having a neighbor over for a visit. Christmas Kindliness, the article we feature in the December issue of Vintage […]

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Free Image Friday! Winter Sportswear

It’s time to bundle up! What will you be wearing while skiing this winter? To download these free images, be sure to click on the image first to see the full size image. Then right click (Mac: control+click) and save to your computer desktop or a folder of your choice. This process will ensure you […]

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The Department of Sewing: Creative Machine Tips

I ran across this article in my Vintage Notions archives and thought how it is still applicable today. I am amazed by the advances in sewing machine technology today. I love to see all the new tips and tricks offered by new machines, from a huge library of decorative stitches, to presser feet that make […]

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Spool Craft Christmas

Want to unwind during the holidays? Salvage your thread spools to make a cute Christmas craft! I discovered these adorable handmade ornaments at an antique mall a few years ago. I love how simple this project is but what a stunning statement it makes. These tree-trimmers are adorned with lace or rick rack and topped […]

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Free Image Friday! Mildred Playing Card

I love this vintage playing card. My grandmother – who happens to be named Mildred – is my artistic inspiration! This fun card reminds me of her love of flowers. My book – Indygo Junction’s Fabric Flowers – was dedicated to Mildred. To download this free image, be sure to click on the image first […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving! To download this free image, be sure to click on the image first to see the full size image. Then right click (Mac: control+click) and save to your computer desktop or a folder of your choice. This process will ensure you get the best quality of the image. […]

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Embroidery Inspiration + Free Pattern!

Today I want to share with you a post I wrote for Coats and Clarks blog, Sewing Secrets. Be sure to hop over to Sewing Secrets and check out my  other posts! These days you see embroidery everywhere. From Paris to Peoria embroidered garments, bags and accessories are adding a lush, bohemian vibe to fashion. […]

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Quick Holiday Gift Idea

I know we haven’t hit Thanksgiving yet, but for all of us crafters it is never too early to start thinking about and making our holiday gifts. I love the simple idea of using a vintage image to decorate a jar that you can fill with anything festive: candy, cookies, or hot chocolate mix. Use […]

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