Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Retro Peacock Chair for Groovy 70s Rag Doll

Just had to buy this super cute doll sized peacock chair - sure I will make use of it in the future as I want to stitch some 70s themed rag dolls

Sunday, 13 July 2014

1950s The Book of Good Housekeeping

Just a few photos from an interesting vintage 50s book - The Book of Good Housekeeping - did anyone out there ever look that happy using a vacuum cleaner??? x













Monday, 30 June 2014

Sew 70s - Clothespin Dolls

These little handmade clothespin or dolly peg dolls are dressed in the fashions I wore as a teenager in the 70s - jeans & smock tops, long maxi floral dresses & of course flowers in their hair! x


Monday, 23 June 2014

Revamp Vintage Dresses into a Smart Occasion Outfit

What a fab way to revamp a couple of old vintage dresses into a lovely dress & jacket combo - wouldn't this be perfect for a mother of the bride outfit?  I love the way this uses vintage dresses, which so often don't fit well, to make a lovely smart two piece.  This article was found in an early 60s Pins & Needles magazine.  Do let me know if you use this idea to rework an outfit of your own. x

Friday, 6 June 2014

The way we wore the 70s


I thought it would be nice to dress some peg dolls in fashions I remember from my teens back in the 70s - so here we have on the left a maxi dress in a pretty ditsy floral & a shawl made from daisies.  Then on the right the doll wears jeans & a smock top with a jaunty daisy loom waistcoat & bright shoulder bag.  Both dolls wear flowers in their hair, just like I used to!! x

Saturday, 11 January 2014

To blog or to sew, that is the question? x

Have never been the most conscientious blogger and for the last year or so I have been seriously focusing on my sewing projects so blogging has got less & less.  Added to that, I seem to find Blogger really slow these days, whatever browser or laptop I am using, and in addition I am unable to comment on my fellow bloggers' blogs in the way that I would like due to "long running scripts" & other teccie glitches that are way beyond my comprehension
 
So, for now, have decided that sewing must take precedence.  Please follow & like me on Facebook on my Karen Vallerius page if you have time as I am uploading short posts & photos there.  Also have some Pinterest boards going with more photos so please see what my inspirations are here.  A few more photos of my workroom below - and please be assured, small dog may be allowed to keep me company by sleeping on a chair but he is NEVER allowed to touch my textiles and NEVER allowed to help with the sewing!  Bye for now, Karen x



 
 

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Etsy & Everywhere

 
Finally listing some of my handmade items on Etsy, please visit my brocobelle shop there.