Equipment Failures – UFFDA!

Well, I survived for a full year with my sewing machine taped together. Now, I have a camera that’s sporting some tape as well! UFFDA.

I have (had) a pretty nice camera – way beyond my technical abilities, but I’d figured out most of what I needed to know over the years. Recently, it started have seizures – literally – it wouldn’t even turn on and take a photo. Had it checked out and the camera repair guy recommended just buying a new ‘point and shoot’ because it would cost so much to repair it. Well, then it felt better for awhile – still sick, but functioning (sometimes). Until yesterday. Yesterday it decided it was done forever.
In desperation, I retrieved my little old Kodak. It, too, has it’s share of issues – the automatic eye doesn’t open without some help and – last time I used it, I dropped it, breaking the battery cover off completely.

Well, I figured tape worked on the sewing machine, why not give that a try??!! Yup, my advanced repair and rejuvenate skills won the day – it works! Thanks, 3M!!

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Vintage Christmas

I think my mom saved every card anyone ever gave me – I have a book of them! And they are so cute, especially some of the Christmas cards.

A story card

A story card

and here's the story!

and here’s the story!

I found some cards from friends and one from my kindergarten teacher!
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From Miss Score (see the Hankerchief story)

From Miss Score (see the Hankerchief story)

It’s fun to have some of my very own vintage Christmas cards!

Vintage Christmas-Swear Free Barbie Gown

She’s what??? 54 now? And nothing’s sagging! Barbie was quite scandalous when she was first introduced in 1959. There has been some controversy over Barbie Doll’s figure when it was realized that if Barbie was a real person her measurements would be an impossible 36-18-38. Barbie’s “real” measurements are 5 inches (bust), 3 ΒΌ inches (waist), 5 3/16 inches (hips). And, therein lies the problem for grannies trying to outfit these fashion dolls! Sure, my mom could do it, but when I tried, I was immediately taken off Santa’s ‘nice’ list and moved to the ‘naughty’ category (I think it was the language I was using – oops!).
Mom’s versions were beautiful then and still classy!


Thirty some years ago, when I attempted my first Barbie wardrobe, I had to come up with a simpler model or go crazy.
You may need some Barbie clothes this Christmas, too, so I’m going to share my semi-brilliant Barbie evening gown pattern with you – well, actually, it’s just some pics, but it’s pretty much fool proof, so I think you’ll get the idea!

Vintage Christmas-Dressing the Babies

When I was little, baby dolls were a HUGE part of my life, especially at Christmas! Not only did I request (and get) dolls almost every year, but they always had a complete wardrobe, too!

Dad with Jim and 'Elvis' (the hounddog) and me with my dolly.

Dad with Jim and ‘Elvis’ (the hounddog) and me with my dolly.


Now, I’m embarked on a mission to make some easy on/off doll clothes for little P, who’s just 2 (saves me doing the wardrobe changes every 5 minutes). So, I looked for a pattern that would fit her “Baby Blue” – (she’s very clever with names, just like I was: Big Baby and Little Baby were mine). Not only did I find a pattern (yes, I AM a packrat, what’s it to you???!!), but SCORE!!! there were already 6 outfits cut out: 2 jammies, 2 rompers and 2 dresses with panties. Now I have no excuse – better get going!

Vintage Christmas-The Cabbage Patch Kids

Myrtle Ema and Little Lulu ready for our cold weather!

Myrtle Ema and Little Lulu ready for our cold weather!


Standing in line at the Post Office this a.m., mailing aprons around the country, a man was standing in line with a fairly big box. The clerk kindly offered to let him set it at the counter until his turn, but he said it wasn’t heavy, it was just dolls . . . Then, he elaborated . . .Costco had a shipment of the 30th anniversary Cabbage Patch Dolls and he got two that he was mailing to his granddaughters.

“I LOVE CABBAGE PATCHES!!!” I exclaim, and proceed to bore him with how many still live with me (5), how their clothes are getting kind of ratty, how my granddaughter and I still play with them, etc., etc.

The kids: Brenda Louisa, Bunson Honeydew, Little Lulu, Stephi Carmella and Myrtle Ema

The kids: Brenda Louisa, Bunson Honeydew, Little Lulu, Stephi Carmella and Myrtle Ema


Naturally, I ran home and got the kids out for a lookie loo, dressed them all up for a photo shoot and went through their wardrobes (some of the remaining clothes HAVE seen better days, plus I need to make some easy on/easy off clothes that a 2 year old can handle, so that I don’t have to be involved in all the wardrobe changes).
Once we had Cabbage Patches, I sewed outfits for them like crazy!

Once we had Cabbage Patches, I sewed outfits for them like crazy!


Myrtle Ema and Lulu are MINE!!! I have Myrtle’s birth certificate and adoption certificate but Lulu was a true adoption – she came from the thrift store. I couldn’t stand the thought that someone had given her up, so she came home with me, got a whole new wardrobe and a big sister, too!

My granddaughter, Penelope, loves playing ‘babies’ and we spend hours putting them to bed, feeding them and, of course, changing their outfits. When Penny finds out there are Cabbage Patch bunny slippers, she’s going to go a little crazy, I think!
They now, of course, have their official website:
http://www.cabbagepatchkids.com/
AND their Facebook Fan page (Yes, of course I’m a fan!!!)
https://www.facebook.com/cabbagepatchkidsfan

Vintage Christmas – The Scary Santas

Honestly, it’s a wonder I wasn’t permanently traumatized by the SCARY SANTAS of my childhood! Some Santas are just as advertised: round and jolly – long, white beard, etc., etc. Others – like the one who came to our house were seriously scary!! These Santas had masks – worse than the scariest Halloween mask you ever saw. Well, actually, the first one just sort of looked like a very old man – beady little eyes, scraggly beard. After my first few Christmases, they got a new Santa mask. And, hard as it was to believe, this one was worse than the first!!! I think the masks were made of stiffened cloth and then painted. The new one had rosy cheeks and blue eye shadow! – YIKES!


We were brave little souls (had to be to collect the goods), but those Santas were very, very SCARY!
The earlier version of Scary Santa - not as much makeup, but still pretty scary looking!

The earlier version of Scary Santa – not as much makeup, but still pretty scary looking!

Arrrrgh - he's got me!  And he's put my brother in a coma.

Arrrrgh – he’s got me! And he’s put my brother in a coma.

Help!  He caught Nana!

Help! He caught Nana!

Why has he always got someone in a death grip?!!

Why has he always got someone in a death grip?!!

Vintage Christmas – Tinsel Time!

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Christmas trees at our house always had tinsel. I don’t think anyone uses tinsel any more, do they?
Every year we’d carefully drape the tree with strands and strands of silver tinsel when the tree went up. When the tree came down, the tinsel was removed – not thrown away with the tree, mind you, but pulled off, laid carefully in tissue paper and packed away for the next Christmas. Kind of an amazing thing when you think about it . . .

Just FYI – that’s the same tinsel in the last picture that you see in the first picture, lol!!!