Thursday, June 17, 2010

What I Did. Bad Packrat.

Click on each pattern picture for a larger view.

Guess I'm not yet ready to post about what happened this past winter. So, I'm going to just say that I am home. Everything is still in boxes, because there isn't anywhere to put the stuff.

I'm feeling about 95 percent better, but still have an off and on earache. Have been to the dentist.  No bad wisdom or other teeth, but I might be clenching my jaws/grinding my teeth at night which could be part of the problem. Stress. (Ya think??!!)

Daughter (and group) made it home from Europe all in one piece. She had a wonderful time, but now wants to go back with just one or two people or work or study abroad.  (Sadly, she cannot be in Vandaleers next semester, because she has another class that she needs to graduate at the same time Vandaleers class is held.) I'll try to get her to post a few pictures of the trip.

Monday, Tuesday, and today - cold (below 50 degrees), damp, rainy, dark, and depressing.


Sunday:  Daughter called and chatted for a minute, then she said she needed to get off the phone because she had to go to the bathroom.  Said she'd call back in a few minutes.  I'm thinking, "Well, that's silly.  You called me.  Why didn't you go to the bathroom before you called?"  I continued putting dishes away.  All of a sudden the front door flies open and someone hollers, "Is the bathroom free?"  The instantaneous thought was that it had to be my friend Marcia because the dogs were just excited and not barking ferociously.  I turn around and my daughter is standing there.  I never made the "bathroom connection", because Daughter was last person I expected to see that day.  Just call me SLOW ;)

Saturday was community yard sale day, so guess what I did? Yup, I spent money...

The four patterns on this page are out of a box of patterns that cost a dollar for the whole box.  No copyright date on these four.  Most are from the mid-sixties with the newest ones from 1970.  Almost all are in the 31 to 32 inch bust sizes, with quite a few being teen sizes.
I also bought lace, ribbon, remnants, fabric, and books.  But, what I consider the really good stuff will have to wait for another post.  Stay tuned.


Vee said...

Ahhh, I remember tent dresses well and how I loved them! I really think that last top is very cute. Your daughter went through all the trouble of being clever and you didn't get it? Ha! That's fun!

Madeline's Album said...

Glad your home and glad your daughter is back home. It was very funny how she showed up to use your bathroom. Love all the patterns,they reminded me of when I used to sew for my girls. Thanks for checking on me I am getting my strength back and am doing more every day. I'll send you some of our hot weather it's been in the 90's here. Have a blessed day. Madeline

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Glad you're feeling mostly better. Yes, we need to stop grinding our teeth at night. ,-) You can go to a sports store and get those plastic teeth guards, which HS football players use... Heat and mold to your mouth and put it in at night. [I got, I never used, I just stopped myself from grinding I guess. -grin-]

If you are SLOW, than I am slower. I just don't understand all that about the call and daughter and bathroom. ????????

Oh dear, community had a group yard sale, and you spent money. Mmmmm, that's not how it's supposed to work. LOL. And that's why I never go to yard sales. ,-)

Hope your weather improves. Ours was dark, cool and depressing. Supposed to "sizzle up' today. -le sigh-

BevB said...

Would have loved to see your face when your daughter walked in. And those patterns. I think I had them all. Remember when patterns were 50cents?
Here's hoping we all get some sunshine soon. We need some to lify our spirits.

Barb said...


So sorry your are still suffering with headaches! Hope they find the reason really quick!

I'm a little late on the draw, but last week, the weather was horrible! Today, it was beautiful, except for the wind and a few clouds, but, the wind always blows here!

I know what you mean about boxes, I don't think we will ever get my mom's boxes gone through.

I love the patterns! Do you make them, or just collect them? I think they are adorable!

Funny story about the potty! I don't think I would have gotten it either - but it was cute!


Pat aka Posh said...

I thought I was seeing things when you said it was cold and gloomy there.. we're under a heat advisory with high temps and humidity.. care to share some of that cold with me?
Love those patterns.. I have a vintage tent dress pattern and was so excited to make myself one.. LOL you don't want to know what I looked like in it.. lets just say it wasn't very flattering heheee
Glad you're feeling better.. how exciting and sneaky of your daughter to tease and pop in on you like that.. I always wanted to do something like that but afraid if I didn't warn them I was coming the joke might be on me when I found them not at home :-)

Trudy Callan said...

How wonderful that your daughter was able to go to Europe. What an experience.

That is amazing that you got a whole box of patterns for just one dollar. They are really cute.


Vickie said...

Hey! Looks like you've been one busy gal this summer! I'm glad your daughter went to Europe - my son went last summer and he loved it! He was there for a month attending King's College in London and toured a bunch of different countries during his stay. Now all we hear is that he wants to go back over & live and work for a couple of years. Wow. I never dreamed of such things in my youth. Of course, I never had the opportunities that our kids have today either.

Thanks for your visit! Missed your posts! And have a great weekend!

myletterstoemily said...

i love those vintage patterns!

and i thoroughly enjoyed your
comment about getting a "suit"
to trade seats with you on the
plane! good thinking, mom.

Trudy Callan said...

Thanks so much for stopping by to see the skirt I made.

I'll have the pics up from the photo shoot of my latest skirt on Monday. See you then.


gemoftheocean said...

Hi, tagged you on this devotional meme.

gemoftheocean said...

oh, and BTW, you brought on a seriouse case of nostalgia by posting this pictures of patterns.

My mother and all my aunts sewed like dreams (having worked in the garment industry back east before they sold them all off to 3rd world countries where they pay their workers 2 cents an hour.) But one of the constants of childhood was going down to the fabric stores with them when they picked out patterns and bought fabric..I used to love watching the dial on the fabric measuring thingie -- I guess because that meant the trip to that store was almost over!!! They, as a rule didn't do stuff with many shirt buttons (too much like work!) but as for aline dresses and skirts etc. they did a lot of those and I was the recipient of a lot of nicely handmade dresses and skirts when I was little. Tailored just for me!

Trudy Callan said...

Thank you so much for your nice comments on my blog and for the great information about New Home sewing machines.


Roxanne said...

What a great surprise! Smooth and sneaky LOL!

When I was at an all-time stress high a couple of years ago, I was grinding my teeth ALL the time. I ended up with a couple of episodes of extreme muscle cramping in my face (very scary).

Are you taking anything for this?

Emily said...

I made my first pajama shorts. I actually made two. I wear them to bed every night. I am so happy with them. I should probably make some pants soon as it the weather will start getting cold. Hope you'll come take a look. By the way, I am turning 10 this weekend.


aka the Mom said...

I love vintage patterns. I hope you do something fun with them.