Friday, September 18, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Craft-Scan Friday: Women Are Delighted By Shills
Friday, June 26, 2009
Cross-Stitch Sistine Chapel
Yes, that's the Sistine Chapel, rendered lovingly in cross-stitch by obsessed crafter Joanna Lopianowski-Roberts (slideshow here). It measures 40" x 80", or around three feet by seven feet and depicts pretty much every nook and cranny of the Sistine ceiling, not just the famous parts. That is an awful lot of tiny Xes to make with needle and thread; she worked on it for about an hour a day for eight years - I'm sure if the pope told Michelangelo, "Hey, Mike, what do you think of needle and thread instead of paint?" he'd have passed on the job. Cross-stitch isn't for the faint-hearted, and anything larger than a pillow is for mad dogs and englishmen.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Craft-Scan Friday: "It's A Thrilling Fad Of The Month Selection!"
Ad from the February 1952 issue of The Workbasket; a magazine which was very fond of presenting advertorials as content.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Craft-Scan Friday: Before There Was The BeDazzler...
Friday, May 15, 2009
Craft-Scan Friday: Make Amusing Table Favors From Fruits & Vegetables
Found inside this vintage issue of Modern Woman Magazine.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Clothespin Desk Organizer
Friday, December 12, 2008
Craft-Scan Friday: Twin Martian Dolls
Friday, December 5, 2008
Dad Says He Tired Of Ties As Gifts?
Instructions and pattern from a vintage set of Coping Saw Carpentry For Boys & Girls cards. You can find nicer patterns and craft project instructions at my other blog, Things Your Grandmother Knew too.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Out Of Macaroni?
Friday, October 31, 2008
You Know What Sucks?
Friday, July 18, 2008
Dimple Dot Kleenex Box Cover Kit
Seeing this ad reminds me of when I was young, someone gave this to my folks as a gift -- :eek: -- and our dog used to bark at like she was rabid (the dog, not the Dimple Doll). My folks would put it away, and then every now and then bring it out to see if the dog still hated it; she did. Eventually, the dog got a hold of it and destroyed it.
Whenever I see them at sales, I want to buy them and set them all in a row on a shelf -- maybe even fill and entire book shelf with them, in all the colors and variations.
I did get one once, but sent it to my sister; one part memory, one part freak factor (she hates dolls so opening a box with a doll head, well, that would be super freaky). But no affordable ones since.
Feel free to send me some, if you don't want them.
Friday, April 4, 2008
Craft-Scan Friday: Get Yer Space-Age Santas Here
See, our moms were busy creating space-age Christmases. Just like Ethel Peterson who had covered the face of her clock (now at a thrift shop near you) with a half-circle of gold-flocked cardboard. "Stars, pasted onto the blue crepe paper, give 'sky' effect."
Pretty potent stuff, merging forever, the idea of travel, space, and free gifts.
Here Santa rides a rocket -- which they call a "jet" ("cut from linoleum rolls and covered with shelf paper, then painted").
What the heck can be better than typing "a reindeer rests on the rings of Saturn"? Seeing it. I can't wait to make hundreds for next year's holiday craft fair.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Craft-Scan Fridays: Accident On The Stairs
These 'decorated paper bag costumes' could have arm-holes, but only for aesthetic reasons by 'creating animal creature with holes at sides so that arms can extend in hornlike fashion' [all sic] Sorry, Billy, horns ruin the lines of your monster's face -- you can stumble around without arms for a while.
No, those aren't the tiniest children ever (although doing this to a 18-month-old using a grocer's sack would make for excellent YouTube) -- the article recommends getting giant paper bags from your dry cleaners...despite the safety-free designs, McCall's magazine had the foresight to warn not to use a plastic bag. Apparently their in-house testing didn't go so well.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Craft-Scan Friday: Binding Your Workbaskets
Friday, February 15, 2008
Craft-Scan Friday: Instructions For Vintage Cloth Doll, Jenny
Friday, February 8, 2008
Craft-Scan Friday: Vintage One Evening Wood Projects
I love the shelf; but I believe that's not only because I own kitschy knick-knacks, but because of the kitschy knick-knacks shown in the photo.
The elephant ring toss is cute, so cute it "will amuse the older folks as well as the children." The suggested rings to toss are fruit jar rings, so while Mom may be a bit perturbed to find she's short a few rings at canning time (and who's mom isn't?) at least the walls won't be marked.
Friday, February 1, 2008
Craft-Scan Friday: Who's Crocheting?
DEAR GOD NO -- It's Norman Bates' mother! Don't go near her -- she's a wrinkly old dead corpse! Sure, the hotel room was cheap, but a skinny crazy guy will hack up you in the shower! *Phew* It's only a hot Swiss miss with red hair. That smell of a decaying corpse, that was her puppy. It needs some shots and that'll clear right up. As for the chick: she's wearing shorts and flip-flops, but in the first photo she has an antimacassar to keep her shoulders warm. I almost think she was trying to deceive us, and obscure her babe-a-liciousness! Why would she do such a thing?
To sell Dawn Yarns from American Thread -- "For Uncommon Ideas," is their motto, as it is apparently uncommon to find hot chicks knitting their own clothes. Crocheting is an old lady craft? Who would think such a thing! Well, I suppose I gotta agree with them at that point. From time to time, the AP does a story on kids knitting, but it's far less prevalent in hot redheads as it is in grandmoms. (see also, from a few weeks ago)
Friday, January 25, 2008
Craft-Scan Friday: Pomponitis
This, in fact, illustrates an advertisment for Brunswick yarns -- Brunswick Worsted Mills, Inc is still around (sadly, without a website), and their instructional booklets abound online. The photo of the woman with pompoms all over her face is not explained in the ad at all -- the only text consists of a catalog of booklet prices. Why would a woman have fluffy yarn balls attached to her head? Only her doctor knows for sure.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Craft-Scan Friday: Retro Woolite Ad
Friday, January 11, 2008
Who's Home Crocheting?
Friday, December 28, 2007
Craft-Scan Friday: "Gay paper trimmings for a children's holiday party"
The retro holiday magazine says this crepe paper, cardboard and ribbon concoction is for children's holiday parties; I say they could have easily made this a Santa theme rather than clowns -- but then I'll find any reason to change a clown into Santa (or any other non-clown character).
The only thing more frightening than a clown, is a clown with a square head -- and four faces. But maybe you never really liked little Johnny that much anyway...
We remind the brave, and the insane who wish to create the gay paper party trimmings, to click on the images to see larger scans with directions. We also caution the same to think before they create -- did we mention clowns are scary?
Friday, December 21, 2007
Craft-Scan Friday: Mod Record Holder
Sure to make your teen scream, this wild 45 holder is as chic-kitsch as it gets.
Bold velveteen animal print and rickrack? Two tacky things that go great together! All topped off with a dime store fashion doll -- like the cherry on this sweet sundae for your eyes. (We don't advise licking fashion dolls.) And the records inside? They are like the scoops of vanilla -- nearly ignored with all those dizzying toppings.
(This is so grand, I think I need to make kitchen canisters like this. Flour, sugar and tea never had it so good.)
Friday, December 14, 2007
Craft-Scan Friday: Squeaky Clean Bear
I realize wipe-able bears may make practical sense; but in the crinkle vs. cuddle debate, I'm most decidedly on the side of cuddle.
But apparently, these were once the rage. And there were even more modern versions.
You can find more oilcloth projects here.
Friday, December 7, 2007
Oh, Back When The Airplane Was The Aeroplane & More Magical Than Sleigh Rides!
Flying through the air,
In a private aeroplane
O'er the world we go,
High above the rain!
Wings on airplane zoom
Making spirits bright
What fun it is to ride and sing
A flying song tonight!
Zoom and whirr! Zoom and whirr!
The sky's an open lane!
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a zooming aeroplane!
Zoom and whirr! Zoom and whirr!
The sky's an open lane.
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a zooming aeroplane!
Friday, Dec. 7
Eighteen Days To Christmas
Hey, in 1962, December 7th was also on a Friday!
Friday, November 23, 2007
Children of the Atomic Age
The english-mangling caption reads:
In-orbit room for boy has atomic motifs on bedspread, rug with radiant northern lights, sleek tables. String circle, the pillows symbolize sun, moon, and earth. Plane, balloon, show the progress of flight. Setting is by Irma Bolley.
Irma Bolley, it appears, affected a generation with her string art, so it's no surprise she reproduced, as funky string art, something Dave Bowman saw in his descent into spaciness. While she did her best to interpret what a sky-obsessed kid would like, it's obviously what a kid would get if his grandma designed his bedroom using a handful of random space terms pulled from a hat. It even goes so far as to assume some important facts. For example, from the diorama, we can assume that kids who idolize astronauts drink Coca-Cola, eat uncut raw tomatoes, and snack on Shake-n-Bake pork chops. They enjoy the letter M, globes, chess, and Montgolfier. They will appreciate the opportunity to tell their friends that their afghan is decorated with an atomic diagram of beryllium. A truly geeky kid can understand the planetary symbolism depicted on the pillows, and will snort loudly while mocking less-nerdy kids who don't get it. Personally, I think the shag rug might actually be rather enjoyable, lying on my stomach with my nose an inch from that 12" black-and-white TV, even though the 'northern lights' symbolism is invisible even to my tolerant eye.
The amount of media in the room is a nice forward-looking touch, though. Not only is the space-faring child a TV watcher, they're a radio-listener and a record-player-player. Bolley also took the time to make rudimentally-accurate wooden model of the X-15, complete with external fuel tanks, to hang in the room. I admit, without a note on another page I probably wouldn't have recognized it as a real plane, but in comparison they did an adequate job of representing it. The abacus on the wall is nicely geeky, but it was probably as foreign to a kid of the 60s as a slide rule is to a kid today; although, I'd wager that once this kid reached his teenage years, having a counting/adding machine mounted above his couch-cum-bed would lead to knowing looks and innuendo. Having that, his friends might even overlook the creepy string art.
(source: McCall's Needlework & Crafts, Fall-Winter 1968-69)
Friday, November 16, 2007
Susy (Is) Wong
'Cuz nothin' says, "Merry Christmas, female children!" like your very own handmade brothel doll.
The World of Suzie Wong, by Richard Mason, was published in 1957 and the Paramount film (starring William Holden & Nancy Kwan) was released in 1960. (My copy of the book, shown here, is a 1960 paperback printing whoring the movie.)
Hard to even imagine that Fawcett Publications could be ignorant to the connection...
Going from Suzie to Susy won't make a Wong right.
Friday, November 9, 2007
Craft-Scan Friday: Talk To The Zombies
A young lady keeps her squirrel-chow in a frog's-head macrame bag. What's so wrong with that? Of course she's going to be wandering the woods like a sweater-wearing Snow White, singing to lure woodland creatures close enough to taste her wares. Not so:
This, it turns out, is a formerly-deceased squirrel. Now, I've seen my share of deceased squirrels, and none climbed trees. No, this formerly-deceased squirrel is now un-deceased, his paws bent and battered, his ears crushed from years in his crypt, his backbone bent in an uncomfortable pose -- now a minion of the walking dead, stalking the forests in search of tasty, tasty squirrel brains.
There IS the possibility that's the food in the girl's hand is zombie- squirrel- chow, spooned from the finest squirrel's skulls. This would make the girl their friend, not foe: Snow Sweater, Friend of the Zombies; her soleful tune (the only lyric: "brains") causes zombie critters to line up behind her, following her to a hazily-lit clearing where they'll sway to the music and await their handful of cerebral matter. It'd be cute, if it wasn't so terribly, terribly unholy.
In reality, I'm sure the photo was taken on a fall day, taxidermied squirrel wired to the tree, with this phrase repeated over and over "act like you're feeding the squirrel, honey, hold the nuts by its mouth, a little lower, you're feeding him, honey, pretend you're feeding him..." They theory was, of course, that a girl talking to a dead squirrel would sell latchhook kits of owls in love and needlepoint ladybug sunglasses cases (yes, that's what the tiny thing at the bottom is), because, hey, if it looks like we know what a real animal looks like, our cartoony animals will be more valuable. "Buy our latchhook, I've seen a squirrel!"
When it comes to dead things, however, times were different in the 1970s. Dead bodies were often used as marketing materials. This put numerous zombies out of work, no doubt, who almost certainly echoed the sentiment of the string-art mouse pictured on the right-side of the image:
Friday, November 2, 2007
Craft-Scan Friday: Got Your Ears On, Good Buddy?
This plastic-canvas needlepoint project, probably intended towards kids and their interests, is actually a "handy catch-all" box. So, as Grandma browsed this month's copy of McCall's Needlework and Crafts, she'd run across this ad and have an epiphany: "Billy loves CB radio -- this kit is the perfect birthday gift!" Billy's eyes will widen upon tearing away the giftwrap, and all other toys -- the Stretch Armstrongs, the Creepy Crawlers -- will be tossed aside in preference of the fabric-and-plastic faux CB radio. Well, mostly because he knows mom will never look for his pot inside the CB radio. It's the perfect cover!
Knitting Corners must've sold a brazillian of these, because they're still around -- no website to speak of, but they're listed as a knitting source in Ohio...at the same address, no less! We're tempted to order one, not because we need a place to hide our pot, but because we're tired of the static we get on our CB radio. According to this ad, the perfect solution to squelching static is to remove the radio altogether. How handy!
Friday, October 26, 2007
Plush Plant Faux-liage
The examples here were made of corduroy. Which means when you'd dust them, you'd get that 'woosh-woosh' sound. And dust them you must because they are going to be pet hair magnets. But of course, if you can't keep a plant alive I don't suppose you have any pets... Don't worry, there are patterns for stuffed animals in lots of places.