Saturday, January 3, 2015


Checking In 
The last few months have been a blur, as I knew they would be.  I spent a lot of time gearing up for the greatest local craft show, Indie Emporium, then catching up after it -with lots of Etsy custom orders (yay!) plus my own holiday shopping/shipping to take care of (all of my kids/grandkids live in different states).  I am pausing a moment to catch my breath and catch up with you guys.


I was recently mentioned in a Tulsa World article (about Tulsa's old movie theaters) that had a very serendipitous result; both myself and Vern Stefanic are featured in it.  Vern is married to my sister.  Reporter Jimmie Trimmle had no idea; no reason to ask, no reason to tell, although I did have a sneaky suspicion it might be him when he mentioned “an article, written back in 1983” during our interview.  But he never said his name.  It was a pretty neat Sunday morning surprise. You can see it HERE

Another cool thing happened before 2014 was over: I was contacted and asked if I wanted to lead a class for OSU’s OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) spring schedule.  The subject? Why, Tulsa history of course.  I am looking forward to doing this beginning in February at the Tulsa Historical Society.  You can see the course HERE (scroll down to page 28)

New Things
While things have slowed down quite a bit now that the holidays are over, I am still designing and printing new pillow covers.  Here are a few:

Last but not least, in addition to Made:Tulsa, my pillows will soon be for sale over at the Vintage Vault- yay!  

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Vintage Hankie Projects

I opened a drawer the other day that had not been opened in quite some time.  And what was in there but no less than 20+ vintage hankies that my neighbor had given me (along with the doilies and other goodies).  So what to do with these?  First things first, I soaked them in some Oxyclean and warm water, then rinsed, patted with a towel and hung them to dry while I went on Pintrest to see what I could learn.

And, I learned quite a bit!  It took me quite some time, but I matched some of the projects I found with some of the hankies.  First up was something I wanted to make for MYSELF and that was an infinity scarf.  They are so easy, pretty and in this case, useful for using 8 of the hankies.  I just sewed them together, folded them in half and sewed them again, making a tube.  Then I sewed the ends together.  I really like this!

I saw quite a few sachets made with hankies, but I really liked the little pillows better, so I chose 2 of the hankies and made these little 6x6 inches cuties:

The most intriguing (and challenging) project I found was making hankie paper dolls as well as little dresses on a hanger.  Only I modified mine to be undies (corset and petticoat) on a hanger:

The paper dolls were so fun; it's been decades since I cut out paper dolls of any kind!  I printed the women heads onto card stock, then reversed the image and printed them again, then glued the 2 together.  I did that for 2 reasons: one, to add more stability and two, to make these reversible:
Last of all, I made some cute little envelope holders.  I lined the inside of these with batiste fabric.  I think you could put anything lightweight in them, such as thin necklace/bracelets or potpourri.  Back in 'the day' I would have suggested putting hosiery in them, but those days seem to be gone for many.  
They are quite delicate but I have sewn reinforcement stitches (by hand) to ensure stability.
I might add a little button to this one:

So there you have it- some ideas on what you can make with old hankies!