If you picked up this issue on the News Stand (I assume it was sold there) you may also have just bought hamburger meat at 53 cents a pound, and dropped off your $80 rent check. There is a pretty good chance your family owned a car (3 out of 5 did,) as well as a telephone (2 out of 3) or even a television! (1 out of 3) It is sad to say though that on that TV you may have watched news of the Korean War, or Nelson Mandella’s arrest, or about the polio epidemic. There was some good news this year though.Read More →

Every week I discuss what I'm working on how it's going and what I'm up to. --My Workbasket

It’s May 28th I have had the best day! Earlier I took my son and two friends to a local school and randomly bumped into a local guy who is a Guinness World Record holder! He is on for something bike related and put on quite a show for us when I asked if that was him. The new book comes out in August and I have a feeling we’ll be buying it and then carrying it around hoping for another encounter and a chance to get an autograph! It was really cool. My family also went out and visited a local comic book store,Read More →

I’ve decided to start doing a regular post called Weekly Workbasket, where I’ll share with you some of my To Do List and goals for the week. Besides this website I also homeschool, run a homeschool group, and of course mother and take care of the house. All of that will be reflected somewhat in what you see here. Here’s what I have coming up. I recently started a lacy crochet project for next month’s blog. So hopefully I’ll be working on that this week. I have 2 out of ??? parts done. It’s using this yarn, which I balled up this week, (and encounteredRead More →

In the April 1949 issue there was an adorable little egg cozy, just basic crochet with instructions to make a rooster or a bunny. I was very excited because we eat insane amounts of eggs. My son and I will often has 2-3 soft boiled eggs for breakfast. Having cute bunnies and roosters would be a nice pick me up at the breakfast table. I got right to work and made one. First you build the basic base: Then you add the details like bunny ears or rooster parts. So I did. Went for the bunny first. And Now For the Fail: And then IRead More →

The last two issues I’ve done correlated very well with the time of this year’s Easter. Easter themed projects in both. The April issue had several quick crafts and I’ve accomplished several of them that I’ll be telling you about. This cross is one thing I made, and it was super easy and quick. The best part was that I used skeins of perle cotton, just the cheap kind you’d buy in a big pack for friendship bracelets and such. It used two skeins of pink and one of white, and I just used all the leftover to make the tassel, so that it usedRead More →

Finished Owl from a Diamond Embroidery kit

Almost every issue of The Workbasket features some variety of send away craft kit. Send away and get this or that or the other. So recently I decided to “send away” (in reality, order online at like 1:02 am) a craft kit for 5D embroidery. I had originally heard of it when I was in a huge cross stitch phase (doesn’t everyone have one of those) and some of my groups mentioned them, or they’d come up while searching. The idea is that you glue a tiny rhinestone in a spot, similar to how you’d stitch an X and create a picture. The big differenceRead More →

I spent some time trying to finish up some projects in my workbasket, and one of them was this tatted edge from the February 1967 issue. I do know how to tat, both needle and shuttle, but I admit I am not well practiced and I struggle. I’ve discovered if I really get myself mentally into it first I do better. I can pick up a knitting or crochet project and just take off, but with tatting that is not so. Knowing that I opted to keep this edging quite short, and only made about 6 inches worth. After finishing, I did a four strandRead More →

My Geraniums from the December 1948 issue are coming along. I have four leaves done and four of the sixteen flowers.  I’m using size 10 crochet cotton, though I do hope to one day try a size 5, and a very thin florist wire. I may have to switch to a stronger wire for the stems. We shall see.  I strongly suspect my “Men’s Scarf” will not be done in time for Christmas. If I was working on it steady it would, but I’m trying to do it in secret only while my son plays outside, and this early nights, and recent extreme cold, andRead More →