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Kool Kitsch for Sale on eBay–Kitschy Crafting Edition

Kool Kitsch for Sale on eBay–Kitschy Crafting Edition

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by Andrea One thing they definitely don’t make like they used to is craft kits, the best ones always seem to be mid-century!  Sara recently stumbled upon an eBay seller, rankens-toys, who has a whole bunch of awesome NOS craft kits.  When she sent me the link, I knew I…

Great News For Vintage Yarncrafters!

Great News For Vintage Yarncrafters!

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by Andrea While shopping online for yarn the other day, I made a fantastic discovery – did you know that Mary Maxim sells downloadable versions of nearly every pattern they’ve produced, going right back to the 50’s?   If you’re not particularly concerned about owning the actual original paper pattern,…

Make It Yourself – 1973

Make It Yourself – 1973

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By Andrea As soon as the weather turns cold, I really get the urge to knit or crochet – and love to make something that looks a bit retro!  I picked up volumes 1-5 of a series called Make It Yourself: The Complete Step-by-Step Library of Needlework and Crafts a…

Everyone Loves A Scary Mid-Century Clown

Everyone Loves A Scary Mid-Century Clown

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Boo! Are you terrified yet??? This post originally ran in August of 2010, but it is just too horrifying not to run it again. By RetroRuth Good Lord!!!! I found the World’s Scariest Clown Doll in the whole world! Don’t believe me, huh?? Well check this out! Reeeee! Reeeeeeee!! Reeeeeee!…

Vintage Crafty Saturdays – FREE Half-Moon Cape Pattern

Vintage Crafty Saturdays – FREE Half-Moon Cape Pattern

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By RetroRuth Alas! The fabric for our apron that I mentioned last week was a poor choice.  So, we are choosing other fabric and starting over!  So, no apron to see today, folks. But hold on to hope for the future. 🙂 Instead, check out this Half-Moon Cape! It is…

Vintage Crafty – Free Checkerboard Hot Pad Crochet Pattern

Vintage Crafty – Free Checkerboard Hot Pad Crochet Pattern

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By RetroRuth Welcome to this week’s free pattern, oh Crafty One. I have a cute vintage checkerboard potholder pattern for you to crochet. I think this is an especially cute vintage look, so get your crochet hooks ready! …

Vintage Crafty – Free Crocheted Mosaic Mod Pillow Pattern

Vintage Crafty – Free Crocheted Mosaic Mod Pillow Pattern

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By RetroRuth I love this pillow.  The pattern is from a vintage Workbasket magazine, which I found a ton of recently. Love the colors!…

Vintage Crafty – World’s Scariest Clown Doll Pattern

Vintage Crafty – World’s Scariest Clown Doll Pattern

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By RetroRuth Good Lord!!!!  I found the World’s Scariest Clown Doll in the whole world!  Don’t believe me, huh??  Well check this out! Reeeee! Reeeeeeee!! Reeeeeee! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Check out the extra-long neck, perfect for wrapping around your poor child’s neck to choke them while they are sleeping.  And if that isn’t…

Vintage Crafty Saturday – Learn To Crochet and Free Coin Purse Pattern

Vintage Crafty Saturday – Learn To Crochet and Free Coin Purse Pattern

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Hello, everyone!  I came across a great stack of knitting and crochet books from the 1950’s and 1960’s at my local Salvation Army recently, and I was so excited.  Stay tuned for some great sweater and accessory patterns!  Until then…well…I have to learn how to knit.  And crochet. Luckily, I found…