Monday, January 21, 2013

a vintage baby book

I truly adore the 40's and 50's for so many reasons, but the children's books during those eras bring such a happiness and warmth to my heart. Well, last week at a thrift store I came across this adorable 1946 Our Baby, The First Five Years book by The Whitman Publishing Company. 
The graphics and colors are the sweetest! I love all the pretty flowers, especially the pink roses. How precious is that baby's face with those rosy cheeks and those cute baby fairies! 
The book is in really good condition with only a few pages filled out. 
A sweet baby born on February 13, 1952 with...
the most adorable little footprints.
So many cute pages are left to be filled with memories, first words, birthdays, holidays, and more.
These graphics would be sweet made into cards or other crafty goodness, too.
I have a dear friend who is expecting a baby in May, so I will have to see what I can create using some of these pages! 
Do you have a special baby book that you have found treasure hunting or one of your own from childhood?
The pretty pink rose pot holder is finished! I love how it came out and can't wait to hang it up in my kitchen. I actually even have some hanging in my living room, because they are so pretty.
The next one I am set out to make is a yellow rose one, and I even bought some variegated yarn in pink, green, and yellow that I look forward to trying. I was thinking of having samples of different colors in my shoppe,(and eventually different patterns), and making them as custom orders, so that they could be customized to the colors in your kitchen or as a gift. So, I'll let you know once I get that up and figured out. ;)
Over the weekend I crocheted some mint and cream coasters using this lovely pattern. I had made some for gifts this Christmas, and wanted to make some for myself. They are simple and quick to make, and look adorable on the table.
Wishing you all a lovely and creative week!! 

95 comments:

  1. What a sweet baby book you have found. I am just in love with the 50's. Your pot holders are just amazing. You have done a beautiful job. Thank you so much for sharing the pattern with the coasters. I am really trying to learn how to read the patterns.
    Hugs
    donna

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    1. Thank you Donna!! I am still learning how to read patterns, too! It get's easier, at least I hope it does. :) xo Heather

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  2. Love the baby book!! Someone gave my daughter a vintage baby book this summer as a baby gift.she kindly let me bring it home for the exact reason you are talking about...the graphics!!! They are darling!! Can't say enough about your potholders!

    chris

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    1. Thank you Chris! Oh, I remember that you have one! So fun! xo Heather

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  3. I really love how your potholder turned out! Those baby book images are so sweet....

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  4. I have always loved vintage baby books...so I was thrilled to find my Dad's baby book in a box of books and papers he left with me. Dear Grandma Zetta filled it out in loving detail...it isn't often that you find those details of a parent's first five years. What a treasure you have! =D

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    1. Thank you Shirley!! So sweet to have your Dad's!! A treasure for sure! xo Heather

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  5. Such pretty graphics from the baby book. I love your pink potholder, too. Thanks for sharing your talents! Jean

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  6. What a darling baby book you have found. The graphics would be so perfect for future baby showers and crafting projects. As always, your pot holders are just beautiful.

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  7. If you start these crocheted hot pads I'm pretty sure it will be one of those tickled pink and addictive things. They are so darn cute and variations and the zillion patterns for them are so adorable! My collection of thrift store saves continues and I love your little pattern, I have no pink. May need to do one of those orders later!

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    1. They are addictive!! Have a great evening! xo Heather

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  8. My baby book looked a lot like that--I have no idea where it is now.
    Whitman's Publishing was the publisher of all those wonderful Golden Books.

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    1. I do love all their children's books, too!! So sweet they all are! Have a great week! xo Heather

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  9. That little baby book is so sweet. Can't believe someone parted with it. Great idea to make a gift out of the pages. Your crochet is lovely.

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  10. Your rose potholders and coasters are all so beautifully made! The illustrations on the vintage baby book are so sweet. I have all the "welcome baby" cards that my parents received when I was born. They are tucked into a keepsake box. I suppose at my age, those are now considered vintage/antiques. LOL!

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    1. Thank you!!! You are too funny! ;) xo Heather

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  11. I have a baby book very similar that my Mom filled out very neatly!

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  12. What a delightful post! Your pot holder is so pretty, well worth all the hard work! :) x

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  13. Hi Heather,
    What a cute book and you are on a roll with your makes! Thanks for the link to the coaster pattern.
    Hen x

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  14. that baby book is just adorable.....i wonder where that baby is now?x

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    1. Thanks! I know, that is what I thought, too! ;) xo Heather

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  15. Lovely creamy coasters!!!
    xxx Ale

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  16. aww! cute! I have my own baby book, very similar to that one. but its very sparsely filled in and all the pictures are out of it. My mother wasnt very good at keeping up with it and who knows where the pics went.. but the book itself is really cute! I wasnt the best at keeping up with the ones I had for my kids either...
    have a great day !
    xoxo

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  17. Hi Heather! Oh, being born in 1951, my baby book is similar! The graphics are just adorable! Your crocheting is beautiful too. Thank sfor popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  18. What pretty crocheted goodies you've made recently Heather! I love the colours you've chosen for each project. The baby book is so pretty too, somehow the brightness of the colours never look too much in the way they are used in those days.

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  19. Come to me in guests it is my workshop of http://annadan-doll.blogspot.com/

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  20. I love the pot holder and coasters . What weight yarn are you using ? The baby book is adorable , my mom recently gave me my baby box and I have the flower pot holders from the hospital , one is baby booties , one a cradle etc.. I am planning on doing a blog post on them . Even though I was born in the70 's it follows the style of the baby book.

    Be well!

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    1. Thank you Donna! I am using size 10. Oh, how sweet!! Hope you have a great evening! xo Heather

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  21. This is one of the sweetest vintage baby books I've seen. Your crochet work is so pretty. :)

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  22. AW! What a very sweet baby book indeed! Those graphics are fa-nominal! Your rose pot holder is perfect and soooo gorgeous! Your things are always so beautiful and soo inspiring!! Love those cute little coasters too! Yesterday I was making some little crochet hearts :) Happy Tuesday Heather! xo Holly

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    1. Thank you Holly! Hearts are fun to crochet. I have made some, too! xo Heather

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  23. aahhh those images are truely adorable and so sweet and gentle. Love the pastel colours they used. I also love your potholder such pretty colours again. dee x

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  24. Yes, love the graphics in the old baby books! I don't have any old ones unless you count the 80's as old. :)
    Love your potholder and the coasters! ♥

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  25. I haven't found a vintage baby book while out thrifting but I hope to before my baby gets here in July! Maybe I'll luck into one during yard sale season! Hope all is well with you Heather! :)
    -Denise

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    1. Denise,
      I have vintage baby book that I found at an estate sale. It has a few pages written upon, the baby was born in Aug, 1960. I would be happy to give it to you - just send me your address.
      Betty Smith
      bedofosm@gmail.com

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    2. Glad you will be able to get one now! ;) xo Heather

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  26. Hello sweet Heather, The baby book is so adorable and sweet! Like you, I love those era's too, and the children's books do bring you such happiness with their darling illustrations. I know you will make something lovely for your dear friend. Your pink rose pot holder is gorgeous! You did a beautiful job sweetie! I look forward to seeing it hanging in your kitchen and the others you are making. The coasters are so sweet and pretty too! You crochet perfectly my friend and always inspire me! I hope you have a happy and creative week lovely girl. Love to you, Paula xoxo

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  27. The baby book is a treasure, Heather. Your potholder came out so cute. Love it!

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  28. What a sweet book! How sad though that it was started and never kept up with. Wonder where that baby is now. Your rose potholder is lovely. My cousin taught me to crochet and the pattern was similar to what you are doing. I can't tell you how many baby and big sized afghans I made using that pattern. Thankfully now I can somewhat read patterns and branch out a little more. :) Have a great day. Tammy

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    1. Thank you Tammy!! I wonder where the baby is, too! I am slowly learning to read patterns, but some of them can be quite confusing. Have a great week! xo Heather

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  29. I still have my baby book. So sweet.
    Love your crochet. I am just learning how to do it and maybe one day will be able to make me something as pretty as yours.

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    1. Oh, how wonderful to still have your baby book!! Thank you so much!! xo Heather

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  30. Those coasters are perfect! I collect vintage crochet potholders and use them as coasters.
    That baby book tugs at the heartstrings. Don't you just wonder how it could end up at the thrift with those sweet little footprints inside. Big sigh.

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  31. Well how funny is that....my baby book just happens to be the same exact one! I agree, the images are stinkin' adorable, and now I know someone else with the same book. Your potholders are adorable, and when I get paid next month I'm gonna check back and see if you have any left in your shop.

    Hugs,
    Meri

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    1. Oh, how fabulous Meri!! It is such a sweet baby book!! Thank you so much!! I will be doing the pot holders as made to order once I get some samples in the shoppe. So anytime you would like one, just let me know! Have a great week! xo Heather

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  32. Heather,
    You are so talented...I received my kitchen towel and I hated to open it, the packaging was so pretty! This is going on my wall, as a piece of art! I would NEVER use this! Thanks again for the custom order! Sandy

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    1. Thank you so much Sandy! I am so glad your tea towel arrived safely for you!! Thank you for your sweet order! xo Heather

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  33. I have my mother's baby book from the 30's. I love it...And I have mine, too, from the 60's. =)

    Your pot holders are so lovely!!

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    1. How neat to have your mom's and yours!! I am sure they are both so sweet!! Thank you so much!! xo Heather

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  34. Heather,
    Inspired by you, I made a potholder, with pink rose, and am delighted with the way it turned out. Would love to have the instructions for the coasters - they are darling. I do enjoy your blog.
    Betty

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    1. Thank you Betty! So glad you made one! They are so sweet to make and pretty! So happy to have you here! Have a beautiful week! xo Heather

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  35. Such an adorable baby book, I wonder who it belonged to.
    Your crochet is just beautiful, your work is so perfect.
    love jooles xxx

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  36. Oh, this babybook is so sweet. Thank you so much for scanning and sharing the pictures with us. I know it takes a lot of time. Your crochet is just beautiful - I keep saying that - but it's soooo true!

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    1. Thank you so much sweet Patti! xo Heather

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  37. The baby book is adorable, Heather! The pretty graphics are just amazing. I love your crochet, it is just so neat and perfect!
    Wishing you a happy day!
    Helen x

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    1. Thank you so much Helen!! Have a wonderful week! xo Heather

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  38. Oh how I adore these baby books....I would be snatching them up too if I ever see them.
    Thank you for your encouraging word about my book...you are so sweet!
    xoxox

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    1. They are truly darling!! Have a blessed week! xo Heather

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  39. I love your blog! I nominated you for the inspiring blogger award!

    http://studiomaisonblog.blogspot.com/2013/01/inspiring-blogger-award.html

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    1. Thank you so much!! Such an honor!! xo Heather

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  40. What a sweet baby book!! I love it!! Your pretty crochet pot holder is adorable and the coasters are too sweet for words!!

    Hope you have a wonderful week-end, Heather!

    Kerri :)

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    1. Thank you Kerri! Have a lovely week! xo Heather

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  41. Your potholders are so pretty. I liked your previous one, too. I'm a sucker for variegated yarns and threads so be sure to post a pic when you finish some more.

    I'm wondering if this little baby book was for a second or third child. My mom filled out my older brother's book well. Mine a little. My younger brother's . . . hardly at all. No time! LOL!

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    1. Thank you Amy! Oh, I definitely will post the variegated ones! ;) xo Heather

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  42. Hello Heather,

    Love love love your potholders! Very sweet...
    The coasters are pretty too.

    Have a wonderful weekend,

    xhaafner

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    1. Thank you so much!! Have a lovely week! xo Heather

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  43. Heather, You should ask Meri, Imagi Meri to clean the pages written on for your project. Thank you so much for sharing these, they are so wonderful. I am sure I will be using them! Lots of new babies in my family. Have you told us what size thread you use and size hook for these wonderful potholders? I would love to give them a try. Thank you for all you share! Elizabeth

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    1. Thank you so much!! ;) I used size 10 thread and size 7 hook. I thought I wouldn't like using such a small hook, but I am loving it!! You should definitely try it! Have a beautiful week Elizabeth!! xo Heather

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  44. I love 40's and 50's too with their cherubic babies with dimpled lovliness - the book is gorgeous - love the tiny footprints and the fact that you will use it to create something for your friends baby - looking forward to seeing your creation. I have myhubby's baby book from all those years ago - also scantily filled in - the new Mums time was filled with nappys and feeding!

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    1. Thank you so much! How sweet to have your husbands baby book! New moms are quite busy! Have a beautiful week! xo Heather

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  45. Oh! There they are. Looking vintage fab. Very cute in a more heavy yarn than I used I see. Love the colors.
    Annette
    My Rose Valley - Scandinavian Homespun
    www.myrosevalley.blogspot.com

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  46. Sweet Heather,
    I admire your incredible eye for color, quality and cottage style. Your crochet is lovely and each time I visit your blog I am inspired!
    Blessings,
    Carolynn xoxo

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