TIME ON YOUR HANDS? OUR GRANDMOTHERS KNEW WHAT TO DO . . . . .

IMG_1151IMG_1152They always had a basketful of projects, like these from McCalls needlework and crafts magazine from 1956, whenever the weather or the doldrums hit.  Getting ready for Spring  was more than closet-cleaning and ordering from the seed catalog.

True vintage aprons and decorated tote bags are always lots of fun to find and useful, too.

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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3 thoughts on “TIME ON YOUR HANDS? OUR GRANDMOTHERS KNEW WHAT TO DO . . . . .

  1. The sad thing is I’m not my grandmother. Yeah, my (maternal) grandmother sewed (hell, when I was a child, she handmade all my clothes), she cooked (and I mean marinara sauce from scratch, not from a jar) but she also passed away when I was nine, before I had any real interest in any of that. So I never learned anything from her. My mother is the complete opposite of my grandmother…sauce from a jar, clothes off the rack, everything quick, fast, in an all-tearing hurry. Now I’m out of work, which means I have LOTS OF TIME, and the two eye surgeries I had in 2014 left me with near-perfect eyesight. My late grandmother’s Singer sewing machine, circa 1950-something, sits up in my attic (it is in need of repair, possibly needs a part, but even if I got it fixed, I have no idea how to use the thing). I could clean out my closets…at one point I wore a US size 28 jeans, & now I’m down to a size 18, I have god knows what all in my attic, could probably open up a store with what I’ve got up there. Sorting through that would probably keep me busy till spring.

    • Well, hey, sounds like you have some really neat projects available now that you have the time. Explore that attic, and see what could be included in your wardrobe or re-designed. Unfortunately, “home economics: where almost every girl learned the basics of using a sewing machine and a needle and thread, is rarely available in school now. However, it would be easy to find a class, or person who could show you how to start simple stuff and learn from experience. Even on-line. What a great opportunity to have all that raw material upstairs and a machine to use! You go!!

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