Monday, September 16, 2013

a new collection and a winner

Happy Monday!
Hope that you had a lovely weekend and are enjoying the last days of summer. I am looking forward to fall and those cooler days! Thank you all so much for the birthday wishes! You made my birthday extra special! 
Over the weekend I finished up another hexie flower, with one of my favorite Flower Sugar prints. Only a few more to go! Well, I have started a new collection of something that I discovered right before my birthday, and have become quite fascinated with these vintage treasures! 
The Workbasket magazines! Have you heard of them? Oh my, have they just made my vintage heart so happy! I discovered them on this blog, that I had stumbled upon and was completely smitten with them. I have never heard of them or seen them at estate sales before, and I have sure been missing out on these little gems. 
And, to my surprise a very dear and sweet friend had sent me the set above for my birthday, knowing how much I would love them, and she was so right! The day I received the ones she sent, I read them all night and over the weekend! 
I ended up ordering some from 1955 and 1954. Almost complete sets, so I need to look for the ones that are missing. I love all the patterns, graphics, ads, and it is so fun just reading through the articles and seeing the names of the sweet ladies who once received this monthly in the mail. They were based out of Kansas City, Missouri and started in the 1930's. You can read a little more about them here
My plan is to collect as many from the 40's, 50's and early 60's. My eyes are going to be wide open for these when I am out. They are such amazing little pieces of history!
I thought it would be fun to share them by month and show some neat things inside. So, we'll start with this issue from September 1955. Each issue from 1955 has a colored graphic of the flower of the month, which is Aster for September. I am thinking of copying these and embroidering them and making a patchwork quilt of all the flowers. What do you think? I ran out of time to scan more pages, so I will show some more later in the week. ;)
And, now to the winner of my birthday giveaway! 
Congratulations to Helen of Helen Philipps for winning the pretty embroidered pot holder!! Yay! I will send you an email to get your address! Thank you all so much for the sweet birthday wishes and entering in the giveaway! 
And, if you would still fancy yourself a pretty rolling pin embroidered pot holder, I just added these two to my shoppe! If you would like one to match your kitchen colors, just send me an email and I would love to make one specially for you! ;) 

Wishing you a most lovely and creative week! 

31 comments:

  1. I see those workbaskets occasionally in estate sale land.they are yours if I find them!

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  2. Oh Heather, what a nice idea to share these with us! They are so endearing. I'm sure when the ladies received these in the mail, life was much different for them. A quilt made with these would be an awesome heirloom. I need a list of the ones you need so I can look for them! Have a nice week! Twyla

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  3. I love your blog and I like the design so charming that has. Kisses and sorry for my english!

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  4. I think there are a bunch of those workbaskets at my favorite antique store. I will look and let you know! I'll also keep an eye out at sales for you. They're really cute...perfect crafting booklet for you!
    Congrats to Helen!
    Erica :)

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  5. The work basket books look like so much fun. What a great birthday gift.
    Congrats to Helen.
    Hugs
    donna

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  6. Congratulations to Helen!!!! ;oD
    Love those old magazines!!!!!!
    xxxxxx Ale

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  7. Hey Heather. Looks like a fun new collection!

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  8. Congratulations to Helen! Those vintage needlework magazines are perfect for you!! Can't wait to see all the beautiful things you learn to make.

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  9. I'll keep an eye out for the work basket books too. They look absolutely perfect for you. Congratulations to Helen!

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  10. A very Happy (belated) Birthday to you sweet Heather! It sure looks like you had a good one, those vintage magazines are precious. I do believe I have seen them around before and I'm always up for a 'hunt' so my eyes will be looking for these and if I find them they will be winging their way to you...how fun!! xo

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  11. Happy belated birthday to you....those mags are adorable...we have a similar thing in the uk its called 'stitchcraft' goes back to before the second world war!!
    bestest Daisy J x

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  12. Dear Heather.....I got such a lovely surprise this morning when I found I had won your sweet pot holder giveaway!! Thank you so much, I will treasure it! Your work basket books look very inspiring, filled with so many wonderful vintage ideas. And I love your latest hexie flower with its pretty Lecien prints :)
    Thank you again and have a wonderful week!
    Helen x

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  13. Hello lovely, I really hope you had a magical day. Congrats to the lovely Helen, I am sure it will look beautiful in her home. Your new flower hexie in the sugar print looks gorgeous, I so love that fabric. These work basket books look wonderful and I am sure it overflows with inspiration. Wishing you a lovely week Heather and thanks for your sweet comments over at mine. Happy stitching xoxo

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  14. A patchwork quilt of embroidered flowers? I am sure that whatever you do, it will be spectacular! Thank you for sharing your new collection, I have never heard of The Workbasket but now I will keep my eyes open. Love the Aster graphic! :) --Fran

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  15. Congrats to Helen! Love those sweet OLD magazines:) The covers are awesome! Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

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  16. Very cool collection, which you'll put to such good use! Such sweet potholders. Congrats to Helen! & Congrats to you for being one of my giveaway winners! I emailed you.

    :) Pam

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  17. What a fabulous magazine, such a treasure you've stumbled across there and quite the collection you have now. They look wonderful :)

    S x

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  18. I will certainly keep my eyes open for these lovely magazines. We have some pretty amazing antique shops in the area. Lucky girl, that Helen!

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  19. What a fun new collection. I'll keep my eyes peeled for you too. Congrats to Helen!

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  20. Congratulations to the winner!! What a neat new treasure Heather!! I will now be on the look out for these too! Thanks for sharing all the info about them. Sounds like they are really neat!! I think making a quilt with all the flowers would be really beautiful! :) Hope you have a very sweet day! xo Holly

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  21. Congratulations to Helen, what a lucky lady! Those books are just amazing, have fun finding new things to create.

    Hugs,
    Meri

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  22. Congrats Helen! And I have never heard of that magazine. I will have to look on Ebay. :) I have a real problem of buying old magazines. I have been collecting the Farmer's Wife magazines and my husband roles his eyes every time they arrive :)

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  23. Congratulations to lucky Helen! I know she will be delighted.
    I am familiar with the old Workbasket magazines and I am looking forward to your posts about them. I think the flower quilt would be so sweet!

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  24. I just love all your hexies, they are all so pretty!! Enjoy all your new inspiration, cant wait to see what you make! xo

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  25. OMGoodness, Heather! These potholders are gorgeous! You make the prettiest things:)

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  26. Yay for Helen. She is such a giving person. She deserves to receive in return. And your lovely potholder will be perfect for her. Those workbasket magazines are great! I know you have a fabulous time going through them all. Have fun creating -- I know you always do. Best wishes, Tammy

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  27. I'll keep my eye out for those magazines for you!

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  28. The magazines look fabulous. I wonder if any copies ever made it to Australia?

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  29. I have seen those little magazines from time to time, mostly at antiques shops. I'll keep an eye out for more for you!
    The Aster illustration would make a perfect embroidery piece. Helen is lucky! I'm sure she will love the pot holders very much! Have a great rest of the week :)

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  30. I totally have magazine envy ... these are awesome! I wonder if they were ever sold in the UK.

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