Amy's Blog • Amy Barickman

Amy’s Blog

I am an author, entrepreneur, and designer with a relentless passion for all things vintage particularly sewing and fashion. I use my blog, A Thimbleful of Thoughts to share ideas, tips, & projects with you that are vintage-inspired, but timelessly true. Subscribe to my newsletter for updates as well as weekly vintage art printables exclusively for my subscribers. Thanks for stopping by!

Fabric Valentine Fun!

Fabric Valentine Fun!

Digging through Valentine images I found this gem!! Dian Stanley made me this fabric Valentine 10 years ago! If there was a year to send Valentine's to friend and family, this is it! So how about...

Vintage Notions Book Club: A Fresh Start

Vintage Notions Book Club: A Fresh Start

  The theme that resonated most with me in the January Chapter was that do-overs are allowed, and that our happiness is not contingent on getting things right the first time. I believe it is...

Joy of Making a Snowman

Joy of Making a Snowman

Living in Kansas City snow can be scarce so I looked forward to our family trip over New Year's to Northern Michigan and the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of falling snow and the winter wonderland...

New Year’s Inspiration For You

New Year’s Inspiration For You

Excerpt from the New Year's letter to the students of the Woman's Institute, Inspiration Newsletter, January 1922 As many of you know, I am an obsessive collector of vintage fashion and sewing...

My Pearl Button Adventure!

My Pearl Button Adventure!

  "Meet "Gus"! This is the Mississippi Harvest statue that sits on the banks of the Mississippi in Muscatine, Iowa. Gus is standing in a small boat with a pair of large tongs and mussels at his...

Halloween Greetings

Halloween Greetings

Happy Halloween! I had some fun making treat bags for my neighbors and wanted to share the project with you. The image is a printable in our FREE Printable area! You know I love vintage notions so...

Menswear Art & Upcycling!

Menswear Art & Upcycling!

How about some ideas for Father's Day Cards and Gifts! Watch the video below I created to showcase the men's fashion images we have for sale as downloads in the Image Library on this site, as well...

A Chat with Strawberry Swing’s Curator Katie!!

A Chat with Strawberry Swing’s Curator Katie!!

I sat down with Katie co-founder of Craft Show CEO, the mastermind behind my favorite indie craft fair, The Strawberry Swing! We chatted about how I got started with the sewing pattern company I...

Mother-of-Pearl Button Jewelry MAKES

Mother-of-Pearl Button Jewelry MAKES

https://youtu.be/Jlu2iWhFH4U Watch to see FREE printables in our Image Library for Mother's Day gifts and cards! My goal is to share hidden gems from the past that will inspire your creativity...

Color Yourself Calm!

Color Yourself Calm!

I just read that 80% of us are currently "sheltering at home". In this unprecedented situation, I think we are all looking for the good that can come out of this VERY difficult time in our world....

Discoveries at the Amelia Earhart Museum

Discoveries at the Amelia Earhart Museum

As soon as I discovered Amelia Earhart's connection to sewing and fashion, I decided a research trip to Atchison, Kansas was in order. I set out to search for any more information I could find,...

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