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Gathering ‘Round the Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving is a holiday when we can hopefully  put away the distractions and stresses of our daily lives and come together for a day of food, family, and fun. And where is that we come together? Around the table, of course! Matching china and silverware, place settings, tablecloth, napkins, centerpiece….it can add up to a […]

Ahh! Scary amounts of candy!

Vintage Devil’s Food Cookies – A Not Too Sweet Halloween Treat!

Sweets and treats come in a seemingly endless supply during the season of Halloween… Candy corn, cookies, Snickers, Twix, bubble gum, candy, chocolate, gummies….so many options with one common denominator: SUGAR! Yummy at first, sickening after awhile, right? But treats haven’t always been as sweet as they are today. Many vintage recipes call for much […]

Fun in the Model A

Small-time Celebrations

One of my favorite ways to celebrate the Fourth is by doing it small. Here in Kansas City, our friends celebrate every year with the Cherry Bomb neighborhood parade in their cul-de-sac. The ritual of planning our red, white, and blue attire and decorating the kids bikes made for a creative day with great photo […]


Grand Ole Flag

Today is flag day in the U.S., and a chance to reflect on the pride and tradition woven into the fabric of Old Glory. I found a few of my favorite flag images to share with you, old and new.  Also, you can find free download images of flag Americana on The Vintage Workshop blog. […]


Happy Valentine’s Day

Since it’s Valentine’s Day, I thought I would share a few of my favorite items, Valentine-themed, of course. I love this tattered and torn, embroidered Valentine that I found at the Mission Antique Mall last season. It’s so simple and beautiful. I just bought this “Lovers” image (at left) at the Bottoms Up Sale in […]


A New Year’s Wish

As you know by now, one of the reasons I felt compelled to write Vintage Notions was due to how deeply I was moved by the writings of Mary Brooks Picken and The Woman’s Institute. As this year wraps up, I’d like to share another selection from an Institute “Inspiration” newsletter dated Jan. 1926. This […]

Sequin Santa

Sequin Sparkle

I recently came across some darling vintage stockings and fell in love with one in particular, “ROB.” That is my little brother’s name so I had to have it…a perfect gift!! I thought I would share a few in my collection. I love the shapes and the simple sequin details. Here are some instructional diagrams […]


Best Intentions, never enough time…

As I am thinking of the Thanksgiving dinner menu I am thinking of Fall and of all the things I have enjoyed doing and all the things I had wanted to do but was not able to fit in. My mind never slows. A million creative ideas but how to fit them all in… A […]

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