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Pattern! Pattern! Pattern!

I love photographing nature, textiles, and color. I suppose it’s because they all have pattern in common. But what is pattern exactly and what about it appeals to me so? Pattern as a simple definition is a set of lines, shapes, colors, sounds or movements that are repeated regularly.From birth we are pattern forming and […]


Chicks Choosing Chickens

Friends and colleagues: I have something to share with you. After a good run in the craft industry for over 20 years, I have decided to throw in the towel and try something new. Namely, poultry. This may seem like a big leap, but I assure you that my reasons are sound. After all, as […]


Turning Craft Into Cash

Handmakers, your heyday is here. Chalk it up to the recession, the green movement, or just history repeating. Handmade is hot, and more folks are shunning mass production in favor of original and practical art. Case in point: Since the 2005 launch of, the online handmade marketplace has catapulted to more than 9 million […]


Fresh as a Daisy the Summer Through

Show of hands! Who here has felt a little less-than-feminine when temperatures soar to sweltering triple digits? I love summer as much as the next person, but we ladies know it’s tough to feel our freshest during bedraggling doses of heat and humidity. I adore the advice offered in vintage beauty articles, including a magazine […]

Dress and Look Slender

Timeless Wisdom for a Slimmer You

As I collected material for Vintage Notions my favorite “department” to concept each month was” Amy B.’s Vintage Advice, from the quirky to the conventional.” The March chapter featured the article “Disguising Generous Proportions” from a 1923 Inspiration newsletter. I loved this quote from it: “In the struggle to keep young, women often view the […]


VN Excerpt: Words of Wisdom

Disguising Generous Proportions Inspiration, 1923 But good, firm flesh, rightly distributed, makes a woman look younger after she has passed thirty-five. Instead of regarding it as a calamity, then, be thankful for it just so long as you keep it within bounds. Growing Old Graciously Fashion Service, 1929 I wish that every woman, as she […]