Hello! Somewhere along the lines you stumbled upon this blog, and are probably wondering what it’s about. I collect an old craft magazine called The Workbasket. For years I talked about this blog idea and one day decided to go for it. Each month I will pick a magazine from my collection, from a random year, and act as though that magazine just arrived in the mail. I’ll introduce it, then make the crafts, cook the recipes, follow the gardening tips, and even track down items from the old advertisments! All of my progress and thoughts will be posted here.
The Workbasket was made for over 50 years! So when I select a magazine to use it could be from anywhere from the 40s to the early 90s! I’m going to randomly select each month, so some months may have things I hate, because I’m not choosing based on years or projects.
Here is my collection, all laid out to organize and get started!
Each stack is one year, and gaps are years that I don’t have any issues from. Yes, I’m still collecting and hope to fill those gaps too!
The Crafter Behind it All:
About me, well I’ve been crafting my entire life. I know almost every craft that most people can think of. I can knit, crochet, tat, sew, weave, cook, bake, make soap and candles, a wide variety of needlepoint/needlework styles, hot glue, paint, basket weave, the list goes on and on. I’ve even worked in an art glass studio. When people learn I do crafts they usually ask if I’ve tried some craft or another, so far only one person has ever asked a craft I haven’t at least tried.
Once at age 5 I made a doll on the sewing machine with my Mom in the morning before attending kindergarten that afternoon. At 8 I learned to knit. At 13 I learned to crochet. And in the years between then and now I’ve tried every craft I can find. I’m never afraid to try something new.
I’ve been on papercraft and mixed media design teams. I’ve taught both online and in person classes on various crafts and ideas, anything from making paper beads (even with cork paper) to jewelry making, to using a Cricut machine, to altering books.
In the non-crafty side of my life I’m a homemaker. I homeschool my son, who currently is 10. I’m not sure what “grade” he is in. I run our local homeschool group. (BUT I don’t intend to talk about homeschooling much.) I love to shop in thrift stores. I adore vintage finds. I love to rock a granny square poncho. My favorite shoes are Converse sneakers. I’m not into makeup or hair, or beauty really at all. I love to cook with cast iron, I hoard wooden spoons, I dabble in herbalism. I’m just generally really low-key. I make funny faces constantly when I talk, I can’t help it. I’m a chatterbox. I’m married to a man that I’ve been with for almost two decades. I was 16 when we met, 18 when we got engaged, 20 when we got married, 21 when we bought a house, and 23 when I had a son. I hope to be married to him for 80 years.
I am capable of making pretty much any project that comes up in the magazine. I’m also extremely honest and will be open about every fail.
Some projects will be made as close to listed as possible. If a pattern calls for cheap acrylic yarn than in most cases that is what I’ll use. Occasionally I’ll have reboots, where I remake a project in better, more updated materials. I will no doubt use jello in a dinner somewhere along the lines. I’m sure I’ll make more than one doily.
I’ll also add in some new modern crafts, patterns I design, things I make with my child, or things I find in other blogs and websites. I’ll review products, hopefully inspire you to create, and give you discounts and ideas along the way.
Since I try to link things to the magazine and vintage life in general there will always be something new here. They cooked, they cleaned, they sent for weird gadgets in ads, and I will be doing all the same! My entire life IS My Workbasket, and I hope to encourage and inspire everyone to enjoy their workbasket too. I just want to have fun with it! And I hope you enjoy my journey!