Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Used Hankies In Your Hair
I don't care how much it's laundered, turning your bridal hankie into a christening bonnet for your baby is just asking for a bad case of cradle
Inside McCall's Needlework & Crafts, Spring 1978 issue.
Monday, November 24, 2008
The Game Of Stickerchief
A splendid game that can be played by any number of children is "Stickerchief." It is quite as exciting as hockey or lawn-tennis, and it has the advantage of not requiring expensive balls, racquets, or sticks.One shilling? What am I, made of money?
Stickerchief is played with a handkerchief and some short pieces of bamboo, of the sort used by gardeners to hold up tall flowers. A dozen of these bamboos can be bought at any florist's for one shilling.
Who compares hockey to lawn-tennis? Well, I might; I find neither "exciting."
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Hankie History To Sneeze At?
Historians credit Marie Antoinette with the invention of the pocket handkerchief. She was so broken up at leaving her home in Austria that she cried all the way to France and wiped her eyes with bits of lace torn from her dress and lingerie. Anticipating future tears, she made it a point always to have a piece of lace tucked in a pocket of her dress. This, say the historians, was how handkerchiefs were born.
I don't know if this is true, even if it is said that Marie-Antoinette made an observation that a square handkerchief is most convenient and pleasing, and so King Louis XVI published a decree ordering the new lengths.
In any case, because of this, I do not think it's right that we sneeze, tear, snot or otherwise 'goo' onto hankies with French motifs, including but not limited to, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, the Statue of Liberty, or French language.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Milk-Mucus Connection Found
Monday, August 25, 2008
How About A Punch -- & Judy -- In The Nose
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Amanda Always Hated It When They Returned Her Hanky
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Feeling Sneezy? Put A Feather By Your Nose
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Rockefeller Center and the Empire State Building: Architecture To Sneeze At
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Snotty French Tricks
Pour Le Rouge De Vos Levres means, "For The Red Of Your Lips."
Yeah, put your lips to what I blew out of my nose here. No, no, it's fine. Would this sweet little kitten fool you?
Friday, November 2, 2007
Naturally I have no problem blowing my nose on children. How many times have children -- not even just my own children -- covered me in their snot?
Meh. It's the circle of life.
(If those are, in fact, children -- they look like lawn gnomes come to life; hence their fear of garden snails, their sworn enemy.)
Vintage hanky via eBay.