Salt & Pepper Shakers

Salt & Pepper Shakers
One of my favorite finds while on vacation in Pennsylvania

Not the store bought variety...

Not the store bought variety...
I loved the color of these beauties in a white bowl

Friday, January 16, 2009

Some Vintage fun! And a sneak peak...

Aren't these old rick rack packages so cool? I have been hitting eBay and buying up vintage trims, patterns and fabric. Some of the fabrics are from the 60's and 70's, some are not. I have been trying to stock up my sewing stash. It has been really fun! I thought these old packages were so neat-I don't think I will throw out the wrappers they are just too fun!

Look at the prices marked on them-10cents, 19 cents-oh my gosh!

And look at the top there the wool for mending-that is for things like socks-which we don't darn socks anymore-well most of us don't! Well I do but not with wool-lol! Could be used to mend a sweater as well. But I thought the packaging was so cool!

These are just a few of the trims that I bought. I was so lucky to be able to buy over 100 yards of trim for a little over ten dollars-how cool is that? When I got the box in the mail it was like Christmas for me to open it up and go through all my trims!

I also bought some darling vintage patterns to make some little girl dresses and coats~perfect for Easter or even through summer! I have some cut out getting ready to sew them up-they are going to be sooo darling wait until you see them! Can you tell I am excited-I am! I truly enjoy creating!

And take a look at this trim package-it is my favorite one of the whole bunch.

Isn't Prudence absolutely adorable!

I am not ever going to use her trim! I think somehow I need to incorporate Prudence in my blog or logo or something. The perfect use for her will come to me in a moment of creativity.

But I fell in love with her the moment I saw her!

Take a look for yourself...

And here is a look at some of my sewing projects I have been working on.
I made a Valentines gift for my little Emily Jean.
A vintage style apron.
She always likes to help out in the kitchen so I though she would like that.
I made it a little big, that way she can use it for a long time.
I added some little touches like in the front there where it connects and the fabric criss crosses I put a little heart button. The pockets were not on the pattern I decided since I was making this for Valentines it had to have special heart pockets.
Which of course had to have rick rack trim, bows and heart buttons! I have made aprons like these in the past out of vinyl fabric. Those are great for messy craft projects with the kids!
My photos are not the best~I apologize for that.
It is so gloomy here and not much light to work with.
Plus I am trying to get to know this camera a little better. Hopefully I can improve and learn some tricks as I go along?

And then look what I did on the inside~something special for my girl~a tag with her name on it!
I love making these tags they are so fun! I have label software I like to use and then print them on printable fabric. You don't have to use a special program to make them though.
Sometimes I sew the tags framed with some cute contrasting fabric. So you will see more of these in my projects.
Isn't that little bird sooo cute?!?! I made a bunch of labels for my granddaughter over a year ago just to have on hand for my projects. I think she will like it.

This apron is another vintage style-pretty basic, but a lot of fun to make. I made this one to add to my stock of items for sale. I think it would make a darling Valentines gift for a little girl. It is a size 8. Both aprons are lined. I trimmed this apron out with rick rack, bows and buttons as well. I just love rick rack don't you?!?!

I bet you are wondering about this next photo huh? LoL! Well it is my sneak peak of my latest little projects. Guess what I am going to do with these items? Go ahead...come on now I want to hear ideas! I will give you a hint..."Easter" I love to use, re-use or recycle things whenever I can. I hate to be wasteful so I try to come up with ideas once in a while. I look at things and how they are currently being used and dream up new ways to re-use them. This was a fun one. These items no longer look like they do in this photo. And they sure came out cute! I am almost completely done with them, just a few more details. Then I will share them with you. So keep your eyes open for them!

Hope you all enjoyed my post today~I certainly had a blast with my lil projects!
Have a wonderful weekend...see ya around blogland!


  1. Hi Tam,
    Thanks for your nice comments. I sure do like your little projects- you know I can't wait to see that Easter one, I'm stumped. Cindy @ Applestone Cottage.

  2. Love all the trims, I don't often come across them on my thrifting adventures, and your handiwork is lovely! Hope your weekend is going well too.
    Lucy x

  3. what lovely finds & treasures you've now got here!

  4. Helly Tam,
    I am glad you visit my blog, I am eventually getting to others blogs. Yours is fun, Love the Roosers, and what in the world are you going to create,,,looks like a bleach bottle, humm, they used to make so many things,,how about a purse, or basket. I will be back to see!
    Your little Emily is a cutie!

  5. So many interesting things posted here. I love rick rack too and vintage trims arriving in the post sound like TREASURE! I just adore the label you made for the apron and of course the wonderful aprons themselves. What a super gift! My little girl likes helping in the kitchen too and the first thing she always does is choose a pretty apron to put on. I do look forward to seeing the little girls dresses and the surprise Easter project, very intriguing! Could it be an Easter bunny design "basket"?

  6. What a great job on the apron, I'm sure she will love it! I love rick rack too, something about it is just so fun.

    Thanks for coming by and checking out my colors and fabrics! I'm hoping it all comes together in the end the way I picture it. :)

  7. Vintage is so sweet!
    Your projects are DEAR!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing...

  8. OMGosh Tam! Your aprons are gorgeous. Where do you sell them? Do you custom make aprons? Prudence is adorable. From the looks of that graphic, it must be very old, earlier than the 60's or 70's. I just love your blog and beautiful creations. I'm going to take a few minutes this morning and explore some of your previous posts. xoxo

  9. Hi Tam - I'm so happy to have found your blog! I think I found you through a comment you left on Dawn's site. I've bookmarked you to visit regularly and hope you drop by to my place for a little visit as well.

    Your Easter creations are quite ingenious and turned out so well!