Introducing The Ephemera Book! (and a Giveaway!)

I met Janine Vangool of UPPERCASE at the Creative Connection event in 2010. We were both on a panel to discuss publishing books.

I admired her work the minute I was introduced to it, and I have enjoyed her Uppercase magazine for years. The Vintage Made Modern story below was my contribution to an issue a few years ago. Janine’s recently created an amazing series called the Encyclopedia of Inspiration, “beautiful books to inspire, inform and delight”. I was lucky enough to have some pieces from my collection included in the first volume, Feedsacks: The Colorful History of a Frugal Fabric. My studio and collection were most recently featured in the Ephemera volume.

This is an example of Uppercase, a magazine “for the creative and the curious”. As you can see Janine and I also share a love of vintage buttons. Note the border pattern in the title bar and spine of the cover, these patterns inspired an Uppercase fabric line Janine creates for Windham Fabrics.

And we have made up several of our Indygo Junction patterns in her fabulous Uppercase Fabrics–all three “volumes” of it! Be sure to head over to the Indygo Junction Blog post featuring several of the patterns and fabrics!

Here are a few pages of Encyclopedia of Inspiration: Ephemera sharing my vintage notions collection as well as my Woman’s Institute archive.

And, we made the cover!! The gentleman in red stripes spine image is a button card from my collection!

This book is filled with wonderful artists and designers, a few talented friends of mine including Cathy Holden and Eliza Bullock. Be sure to take a look at their wonderful work!  

Janine offered a copy of Ephemera for me to give away, so in celebration of the the 103rd anniversary of the Woman’s Institute this month we will be giving away a copy of both Vintage Notions and the Ephemera book! This giveaway is for one lucky winner.  We’ve included several ways to enter, and since we are giving away a book by a Canadian and American Author, we’ve opened this giveaway to residents in the USA, Canada, the European Union, and Australia. Also be sure to follow me on Instagram and join my Facebook Group Vintage Made Modern!

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343 Responses to “Introducing The Ephemera Book! (and a Giveaway!)”

  1. I have a Victoria style pincushion made of silk and crocheted lace which is my favorite vintage notion. hanks for the chance to win these lovely books,

  2. love the Vintage Notions book!

  3. Love the look of this book. Thanks for a chance to win!

  4. My favorite vintage notion is buttons! The books look like eye candy.

  5. Jenniffer Eberley March 8, 2019 at 1:18 pm Reply

    I have a slight obsession with old buttons

  6. Very inspiring!

  7. These both look great!

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  10. Vintage cotton rickrack for the win!

  11. Oooh, this is such a neat set of books! I love vintage pictures of all sorts and use old postcard art in some of my designs. Vintage clip art is wonderful, too . Some of my favorite pieces, though, are from old ads.

  12. Wonderful giveaway. Who does love Emphemera

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  15. I am so grateful that you were in UPPERCASE’s newsletter. What an amazing, beautiful publication you’ve made. I love finding new artists, and I am enthusiastically subscribing to your newsletter.

    My favorite thing is finding vintage buttons on their original cards at thrift stores. The cards are sometimes more beautiful than the buttons. Oo, and the same with vintage needles, in their original cards. I love finding beautiful graphic design on such simple things.

    • Hi Kristina! I am with you, I love discovering amazing the graphic design, and there is so much of it in vintage notions!! Follow me on Instagram as I am going to share more of my button cards based on how many comments we received of friends interested in these treasures!

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  19. How lovely!! These books look beautiful, a great resource to have on hand. Thank you for a chance to win!

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  21. *sw00n!*
    I too am a lover of all things ephemeral — buttons and labels being in the top tier of this obsession. I’ve got all my parts crossed for a win, here 🙂
    Congratulations on your features in this lovely publication!

    • Thanks Penny! I love labels too! It is fun to find those from clothing companies based in KC. Our garment industry was just second to NYC in the early and mid 20th centuries!

  22. Becky Potts Baker March 7, 2019 at 8:05 am Reply

    I love, love, love buttons! One of my favorite things to search for at yard sales, tag sales, antique stores ….. I could go on forever!

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  24. Thank you for the giveaway! I have some vintage silk fabric my grandpa bought in Thailand in the 60s, and my grandma never used it, then gave it to my mom who never used it, then my mom gave it to me a few years ago. I am still trying to decide what to make from it, but am determined to actually use it this year. 🙂

    • We have some Indygo Junction patterns to take a look at. The Easy On Top is super simple and would showcase the fabric. The Slight Sleeve is another that might fit the bill!

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