Fill the Box Game – Final addition $157

I’ve decided to add two items this morning. First is a plaid wool pin ball. This is a versatile yet compact pin cushion. Second is a vintage bodkin. Bodkins make running cords and drawstrings so much easier. 

This will be the final addition of the week. To continue the game, I will keep changing the price. It looks like there have been a few pretty steady readers following this. So, best of luck. 

In the box is….

  • A Vintage Bodkin
  • Plaid Wool Pin Ball
  • A Star Wax
  • A Vintage Spool of Thread
  • 2 Black Tailor’s Chalks
  • A Roll of Cotton Prints, period correct of course 
  • 2 Vintage Needle Packets
  • A Pair of Scissors in a Wool Holder
  • Of course the Box! 


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Fill the Box Game – Addition $93

Saturday evening’s addition is a must have for your thread. This little wax star was made by me. It will help you keep your thread from tangling. 


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Fill the Box Game – Addition 4 $111

Saturday day morning’s addition is a vintage spool of thread. This white spool is big. 

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Fill the Box – Addition 3 $97

This afternoon I’ve added black tailor’s chalk. This is the waxy kind. Tailor’s chalk is incredibly useful for marking fabric for cutting. You never have to worry about breaking a pencil tip! Plus, I’ve decided to added to the fun by changing the box price each time I add something! 

Published in: on September 15, 2017 at 4:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

Fill the Box Game – Addition 2! $167

Good morning! 

If you are going to have a sewing box, you are going to need something to sew. This morning I am add-in this starter roll of fabrics. Each piece of cotton fabric is in a period appropriate print, excellent for FanU projects, a little quilt, or a search book. 

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Fill the Box Game – Addition! 

Next addition! (8pm Thursday) 

What is a sewing box without needles?! Here are two vintage packets of needles. 

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Fill the Box Game!

It has been a while since I’ve hosted a game. This one should be especially fun. 

I just listed this sewing box in my Etsy shop. ***To make this more fun, I will be adjusting the price each time I add something new!*** There will still be shipping. 

I will be “filling” the sewing box with goodies, at least once a day, sometimes much more often. “Filling” is in quotes because as I get going, not everything will fit in the box. I will post the new additions here. I may also post about them on Facebook as time allows. 

The box can be purchased at any time during the game. The purchaser gets the box and everything that has been added up to that point! 

About the box: This handsewn box has been one of the most popular items in my Etsy shop. At 4″ long, it travels easily while holding your sewing essentials. The fabric is a green cotton with pretty pink Paisleys. It ties closed with silk ribbon. 

The first additions! 

Every sewing box needs a pair of scissors. This pair of scissors is nearly identical in design to an original pair I have. Of course, if you have scissors, you need a scissors case to protect the point. This is a handsewn wool case.

Next addition! (8pm Thursday) 

What is a sewing box without needles?! Here are two vintage packets of needles. 

Good morning! 

If you are going to have a sewing box, you are going to need something to sew. This morning I am add-in this starter roll of fabrics. Each piece of cotton fabric is in a period appropriate print, excellent for FanU projects, a little quilt, or a search book. 

This afternoon I’ve added black tailor’s chalk. This is the waxy kind. Tailor’s chalk is incredibly useful for marking fabric for cutting. You never have to worry about breaking a pencil tip! Plus, I’ve decided to added to the fun by changing the box price each time I add something! 

Saturday day morning’s addition is a vintage spool of thread. This white spool is big. 

Saturday evening’s addition is a must have for your thread. This little wax star was made by me. It will help you keep your thread from tangling. 

I’ve decided to add two items this morning. First is a plaid wool pin ball. This is a versatile yet compact pin cushion. Second is a vintage bodkin. Bodkins make running cords and drawstrings so much easier. 

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Today’s Millinery 

This fashionable spoon bonnet is made with a pale straw. It will fit an average to smaller head best. 

Find this bonnet in my Etsy shop. 

Published in: on September 13, 2017 at 4:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

Destash Yardsale 

I am having an online Destash Yardsale! It is in the form of a Facebook group. 

This is the group.
I will start it off slow while people join. I will be adding fabric in various lengths, trims, some doll things, sewing notions and possibly some jewelry. 

Published in: on September 9, 2017 at 1:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

Genesee Country Village & Museum’s Domestic Skills Symposium 

The Genesee Country Village & Museum is hosting its Domestic Skills Symposium November 10th through the 12th. 

 Saturday, November 11th is filled with exceptional lectures covering 18th and 19th century domestic topics:

  • Manuscript Cookbooks as Documents of Social and Family History,” by Peter G.Rose, author and food historian at http://www.peterrose.com, South Salem, NY
  • Street Foods of the Late 18th and 19th Century,” by Nancy Webster, Curator of National Friends Historical Association
  •  “Store it, Cook it, Eat it. The Potter Made it All.” by Mark Presher, Master Potter at Genesee Country Village & Museum, Mumford, NY
  •  “Calico Capers” by Patricia Tice, Curator, John L. Wehle Gallery, Genesee Country Village & Museum, Mumford, NY


On Friday and Sunday, a wide selection of workshops are offered. I will be teaching both days this year! 

    On Friday: Exploring the Work-box: Tools and Trims 

      Explore tools and techniques used to create the trims, finishes and special touches on nineteenth century garments and accessories. During this workshop, attendees will discover the techniques used on original garments and how to reproduce the look while developing their own sample book. Both antique and eproduction tools will be available to use. Some types of trims we will explore: ruching, pleating, pinking with pinking dies and pinking machines.

      On Sunday: A Sampler of Pincushions 
      Make two or three small period styles of pincushions. All 
      materials for your chosen designs will be provided and instructions for all 
      designs will be given to each attendee. Participants should bring: a sewing 
      basket with scissors, thimble, pins, needle, seam ripper, marking 
      pencil/pen and a notepad. 

       
       Visit www.gcv.org to learn all about the Domestic Skills Symposium and Register!!!

      Btw – I am totally giddy that my photo heads the Symposium page!

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