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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Magazine Art

Lately, I've been keeping busy with sharing information with new-to-me relatives who have found a couple of the little biographies on my History Nut blog, extracting and transcribing old magazines for the Missouri State Genealogy Association Journal, which by the way, the first in a series of articles called "Missouri Contributors to National Women's Magazines" has been published in the newest issue (Vol. XXXIV, No. 1, 2014)

and contributing scans of old magazine covers and advertisements to a magazine website called Magazine Art which I found at Pinterest.
Look under "New" for the ones I have contributed so far to Michael Ward's website (June 17, 2014 date). It has links to the various covers and advertisements that I have shared with him. Mike is also a family historian so he understands the need to preserve and reproduce old print and artwork such as that found in periodicals (magazines, newspapers), ledgers, books, and other ephemera for use in one's artwork. He also has links to books on magazine design and famous American illustrators for high school homeschoolers who would like to do a unit study for an art history or graphic design credit. 

Mike said when he was of high school age, he stumbled across 4 volumes of old Century magazines at a library sale, loved the illustrations and was hooked. He has a large collection of magazines pre-1950 and a very understanding wife.
About 2002, he began scanning the magazine covers and putting them online for people to see.  A few years later he began putting the ads online as well. His goal is to interest and amuse his website viewers, and educate them about this almost-lost part of our cultural history.
Soon I will be designing a new mobile phone pocket for my mother as she has requested a few more in other colors and designs, so be sure to come back for a look-see. Have a great week!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Stamp Show

Sadly, I didn't get to attend the rubber stamp show, but a girlfriend took a photo of Mark and Cynthia Stansell of Stamp-a-mania stamps for me.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Coming Rubber Stamp Show!

I just received a postcard in the mail for our annual Rubber Stamp Show being held at the Overland Park Convention Center this year. Yeah! Closer to home and more accessible than the convention center clear up at the airport with more parking!

Gals and guys, it's coming soon! I can't wait! June 28 and 29, 2014. So mark your calendar! Saturday hrs -- 9:30 am to 5:00 pm; Sunday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Ticket good for BOTH days. Ticket at door is $7.00, Pre-paid ticket -- only $5.00. Ages 12 and under FREE with an adult. Last year if your name was Kathleen, you got in free. This year--the name is ELIZABETH! Show proper ID and get in FREE!
You can purchase tickets from selected Kansas or Missouri stores, or you can get them through the mail, call Barbara for more information at 417-443-2231 or you can buy them online at Website also has information on vendors, like Stamp a Mania and others and the rules for  two card contests.

Kansas Stores = Ink Paper Rubber, Overland Park; Mrs. O'Leary's, Wichita; Stamper's Ink, Shawnee.
Missouri Stores = Scrapbook Boutique, Lee's Summit; Scrapbook 'n Memories, Harrisonville; or Scrapbook Workshoppe, Blue Springs
Rubber Stamp Events,
PO Box 1109, Nixa, Mo. 65714, 417-443-2231,
barbara (at) rubberstampevents (dot) com,

Friday, May 30, 2014

Mobile Phone Pocket_4


I got an idea to make a patriotic phone pocket. It follows the basic directions for the striped pocket (#5) up half-way, then goes to a solid.
# 8 Pocket Supplies and Directions:
* Boyds Crochet Hook, size D
* Aunt Lydia's Fashion 3 Crochet Thread . 150 yds of Blue Hawaii color. (Note: I wanted navy blue and a tan thread, but the three stores I visited did not carry those colors, so will have to make do with what I could find.)
* Aunt Lydia's Fashion 3 Crochet Thread. 150 yds of Scarlett color.
* Red Heart Fashion 3 Crochet Thread. 125 yds of White.
* 1 safety pin or 1 stitch keeper
* Tape measure or ruler.
* Scissors
* Large-eyed yarn needle. (I prefer a slender blunt-end steel needle.).
* Sewing needle and thread to match
* 1, either red, white, or blue button. I chose white..

Follow the directions for number (#5) phone pocket. Begin with the red thread.
Step 1
: I chained 32 for my phone, but I'm making phone pocket for a friend in this same pattern. She has a T-mobile cell phone which is 3 inches wide x 5 1/2 inches long x approximately 1/2 inch deep. I chained 40 for her phone. She has a plastic gel skin on her phone which adds a little
bulk, so I didn't want the pocket too snug. Catch end of chain, ss together, ch. 1 and make a single crochet in each of the back loops of each chain around. SS into top of beginning sc, ch 1.

TIP: As you are crocheting this first row, watch that you are not twisting the chain. If you get to the end of the row and you find your fabric is twisted, you'll have to unravel it back to where the twist begins and sc to the end correctly.

Step 2: Make a sc in each sc of last row. When you get to end of row, ch 1 and repeat this row until you have a total of 5 rows. At the end of row five, ss into beginning st, attach white thread, dropping the red thread towards the back. Do not end off as you will be picking the thread up and weave it into the inside of the fabric as we did in the black and white striped phone pocket.
Step 3: Ch 1 with the white thread and sc into first stitch and all around row. Repeat this row 4 more times, catching the red thread into the beginning stitch by crocheting over it, then drop it to the back when making 2nd stitch in the row.
Step 4: Since you have been weaving the red thread into the beginning of each row, it should be easy for you to start crocheting with it again. With white thread, ss into beginning sc with ss, snug up loop, dropping white thread under red towards the back and ch 1 with the red thread. Make a sc into first sc of last white row and in each sc of last row. Repeat for 4 more rows, catching white as you did for the red.
Step 5: White band. End white off and weave in ends.
Step 6: Red band. End red off and weave in ends.
Step 7: Attach blue and single crochet blue until it measures 2 1/2 inches. To finish the fabric, rsc around top of blue to make a rope like finish. I'm not making the button loop as I believe the gel skin she has on her phone will not allow it to fall out of the pocket as easily as if it was slick plastic like my phone. Whipstitch bottom end together with red thread.
Step 8: Make handle. I made it as long as mine. If that's too long, she can tie a knot in the end of it.

Star: To make star, ch 5. Catch end ch and make a ss into it to make a circle. Ch 1 and make 13 sc into circle. Make a ss into first sc and ch 1. Sc into same sc that you ss'ed into. Sc again in same space. Make 2 sc into each space until you come to the end of the row. SS and ch 1. Make a sc in first space, repeat 4 more times. Ch 1 and turn. Dec two stitches by sticking hook into 2 spaces and pull up a loop, then pull another loop through all three hoops on hook. Sc across the rest of the stitches to the end, ch 1, turn. Continue to dec on first two stitches in each row, until you come to a point and end off, leaving enough thread to attach point to fabric of bag.
Attach thread and make another point. Continue until all five points are made. Sew star to bag and a button to center of star.
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#9 A Busy Bee Mobile Phone Pocket
* Boyds Crochet Hook, size D
* Aunt Lydia's Fashion 3 Crochet Thread . 150 yds in black, yellow, & white..
* 1 safety pin or 1 stitch keeper
* Tape measure or ruler.
* Scissors
* Large-eyed yarn needle. (I prefer a slender blunt-end steel needle.).
* Sewing needle and thread to match
* 3/4 inch white buttons and 2 smaller black buttons for eyes

Follow the directions for number (# 5) phone pocket. Begin with black thread.
Step 1: Begin with chaining as many stitches as you need (Note: I chain 32 for my phone.), Complete chain by slip-stitching into first chain to make a circle and single-crochet in the top of each chain. To complete row, slip-stitch into first sc of row, ch 1, then sc around again to make 2nd row. Continue until you have 5 rows for one stripe and enough rows to cover your phone plus 1 inch. Follow (# 5) directions for finished edge and neck loop also.
Step 2: Sew on black button eyes and whip-stitch bottom closed.

Wings = Divide the number of your beginning chains in half to make beginning chains for wings. Mine is 16. Chain that in white. Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across (15 sc). Turn work so that bottom of ch is facing up and sc across the bottom of the ch (15 sc). Turn work and ss into beg sc.
Step 2: Ch 3. Make 2 dc into first sc. Make 15 sc across 1st row. Ch 3 and dc in same stitch. Next stitch, 3 dc, then sc in each remaining stitches. When you crochet the last sc, ch 3, then make 2 dc in same stitch. Connect to beg ch with a slip-stitch, chain 1. Sc across last row. When you come to the middle stitch between the two sets of 3 dc, increase (inc) work by crocheting 3 sc into that stitch, then continue making 1 sc into each stitch round. Do the same at the other end. Connect to beg sc with slip-stitch.
Step 3: Ch 3, then make 2 dc in same stitch; 1 dc in next stitch, then another set of 3 dc in next stitch after that. Sc across the row till you get near next end, then make 5 sets of 3 dc with 1 dc between. Sc across row and leave enough stitches at end to make 3 sets of dc with 1 dc between. Connect to beg. ch with slip-stitch.
Step 4: Ch 3, make a dc in each dc until you get to center end of wing and inc by two dc in 1 stitch, and a sc in each sc around. Connect to beg ch with slip-stitch, and fasten off. Weave ends in. Cut a piece of thread about 1 yard long and thread on yarn needle. Fold wing piece in half to find center, then make a running stitch along that line, leaving a knotted tail a few inches long to tie off. Gather the wing fabric along running stitch and wind string around center several times. Tie off with end of tail on front of wing fabric, then sew on back of "bee" near top third of pocket at center back. Tip: I found it helpful to fold wings in half and whip-stitch under wings a couple of times. Be sure not to catch front in stitches. Fasten off and weave both tails in.
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# 10 Rainbow Stripe Mobile Phone Pocket
Another friend ordered a rainbow striped pocket , so I'm making it like my black and white (# 5) pocket in many colors except I'm adding some nubby popcorn stitches in the third row of each stripe.

* Boyds Crochet Hook, size D
* Aunt Lydia's Fashion 3 Crochet Thread . 150 yds in a variety of colors.
* 1 safety pin or 1 stitch keeper
* Tape measure or ruler.
* Scissors
* Large-eyed yarn needle. (I prefer a slender blunt-end steel needle.).
Follow the directions for number (#5) phone pocket. Begin with the any color thread.
Step 1: I chain 32 for my phone and this friend's phone is approximately the same size as mine. Begin with chaining as many stitches as you need, complete chain by slip-stitching into first chain to make a circle and single-crochet in the top of each chain. To complete row, slip-stitch into first sc of row, ch 1, then sc around again to make 2nd row.
Step 2: Third row = begin third row like first two rows. Make five sc, then a popcorn stitch. To make a popcorn stitch, make five double-crochets in a single-crochet in row below. Turn work, make a slip-stitch into beg dc st. Turn work back to 3 row and sc 5 times into 2nd row. Continue until you come to last few stitches of row (Note: I have enough space to make four sc, so I'm making 3 sc and 1 popcorn stitch in last sc before I sl-st into the beg of row.)
Step 3: Sl-st into beg sc of third-row. Ch 1 and continue sc this row, treating the popcorn stitch below as one sc. (Tip: push popcorn stitch down with your thumb and you'll be able to see the connecting sl-st at top of stitch to sc into.) Make 5th row in sc, complete and end off.
Step 4: Attach next color and repeat steps 1-4 until you have enough stripes of color to complete your pocket.
Step 5: Neck Loop = attach color to side and make a neck loop of several inches of chain (abt. 30"), then attach to opposite side of pocket with slip-stitch. Sc back across chain to opposite side. Continue sc around top of pocket, pushing neck loop to inside when you get to that point, until you return to beginning point. Attach with slip-stitch, then end off. Weave end into fabric.
Step 6: Whip-stitch end of tube with matching thread. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

A New Improved Walker Bag

When I first made my walker bag, I had sewn ribbons at the corners to hold the bag onto the walker, but I wasn't sure if they were strong enough to hold the bag if I loaded it. I saw a photo of a walker bag made from pint-size overhalls on Pinterest, so decided I could apply the same idea to the bag I made out of the baby crib bumper pad. (see photo here).
 I believe the walker bag I saw had the bib part of the overhalls machine stitched to the fabric before sewing the bag together, but since I had already sewn my bag, I opened the overhalls along the side seams and sewed a seam across the legs just above the snaps at the crotch and set my bag down into it. Next, I centered the overhalls, pinned it into place, then hand-stitched the bib to bag, but didn't sew across the top like the other one. I figured it would give me an extra pocket front and back. And of course, I would be able to utilize the many little pockets on the front and back of the overhalls for pens, coins, tissues, and so forth. I wondered what to make out of the discarded legs and ended up making little pockets out of them too, except I turned them inside out to see the nice plaid fabric lining on the ankle. I thought perhaps I could attach them to the inside of the bib part if needed, with a sewn on snap at each corner. Or, sew a long ribbon to each side and give them to the little girl next door for a play purse.

Well, the overhall straps (for strength) plus the ribbons (for steadiness) was a success! We tried it out last Saturday when my husband, a couple friends, and I went to a town fair up north. It carried two drinks, my camera, plus all kinds of other stuff that we purchased or was handed from booths along the square.

The basket under the seat had suntan lotion, my checkered totebag folded up (in case) and some purchased items. And I had my seat when my legs and back gave out! It was wonderful to be able to watch the long parade sitting down!

Next on the agenda is to figure out how to attach a "perfect" umbrella for portable shade. I figured out that a "perfect" umbrella would collapse, be about 12 inches taller than the lawn chair one I have so I could see out from under it, would be offset by a few inches to cover the side that see's sunshine, namely my arm and to have a silicone rubber grip on the inside of the c-clamp that twists onto the bar at the back of the walker so that it wouldn't rotate on the bar when I sat down.