Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Play Clay (1965)

"You can make play clay for the children right in your own kitchen. To make enough for two or three children to work with you will need 2 cups baking soda (one 1-pound package), 1 cup cornstarch and 1 1/4 cups water. Mix all three together in a saucepan, heat to boiling, stirring constantly, and remove from heat as soon as mixture reaches a dough like consistency. When cool enough to handle, knead slightly.

To make enough for four to six children, follow the same procedure with three 1-pound packages of baking soda, one 1-pound package of cornstarch and 4 cups water.

To color the entire batch of clay, add food coloring or tempera paint to water before adding other ingredients. Or leave clay white and color with paint, crayon or felt tip marker when dry. Clay can be stored in a Pliofilm bag or in a airtight container and will remain pliable for several months.

Finished models will dry overnight or they may be placed in a warm turned-off oven for half an hour or parked on the radiator for an hour or two.

The number of projects that can be made from play clay is unlimited. A pretty wall plaque or paperweight could be made by rolling the clay into a ball then flatten it into a thick pancake. Press little shells, colored pebbles or snips of colored aluminum foil into the clay to form a collage-type design. Then press figures of appropriate size into center of pancake. Remove gently. Color indentation with paint or felt tip marker. Press shells or pebbles into clay around edge to form frame.

Let the children make some decorations for Christmas trees by rolling clay into balls about one inch in diameter. Insert regular Christmas tree decoration hangers or paper clips and roll ball in colored glitter.

Play clay is an inexpensive modeling material that is safe for the children to play with, won't stain clothes or furniture, and will give children hours of fun and pleasure." (The Workbasket and Home Arts Magazine Number 10 - Vol. 30 - July, 1965)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Vintage Pattern Covers

I bought some vintage patterns this weekend and thought you all would like to see them.

1. 1930s ?

2. 1930s/40s ?

3. 1940s

4. 1940s

5. 1940s

6. ?

 7. ?

8. 1940s ?

9. 1940s?

10. 1940s

11. 1940s

12. 1940s

13. 1940s

14. 1930s ?

15. 1958

16. 1940s

17. 1950s

If anyone knows the correct dates, or eras for the patterns with question marks. Or even if I dated some of them wrong. Please let me know! Thanks. 


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Strawberry Cream Roll (1965)

Strawberry Cream Roll (1965)
Serves 10.

4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sugar
1 cup of sifted cake flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 pint heavy cream, slightly sweeten and whipped
1 pint strawberries, sliced and sweetened

Beat eggs and vanilla at high speed of mixer or with rotary egg beater until thick and lemon colored. Gradually beat in sugar until mixture is fluffy and thick. Sift together dry ingredients and add all at once, folding them in by hand. Pour into 15x10x1-inch jelly-roll pan that has been lined with foil , lightly greased or into foil pan, lightly greased, on a cookie sheet.

Bake cake in moderate oven (375 F.) for 12 to 15 minutes or until a very light brown. (Do not overbake.) Turn out on large of foil, which has been generously sprinkled with sugar. Peel off foil lining or foil pan. Trim off crisp edges. Roll up in sugar-sprinkled foil sheet, leaving ends open, and let stand just 15 to 20 minutes. Unroll and spread with whipped cream and strawberries. Roll again and chill 1 hour in refrigerator before serving. Cover with foil during chilling. (The Workbasket and Home Arts Magazine Number 8 - Vol. 30 - May, 1965)  

picture from: Life Images on Google

Saturday, May 15, 2010

E-Pattern giveaway!

There is another giveaway on my blog Bramblewood Fashion. This time it is for an e-pattern from Sense & Sensibility Patterns! But hurry, as it ends Tuesday, May 18th at 12:00PM EST.

Enter giveaway here.


Saturday, May 8, 2010

A quote for Mother's Day

The modern challenge to motherhood is the eternal challenge — that of being a godly woman. The very phrase sounds strange in our ears. We never hear it now. We hear about every other kind of women — beautiful women, smart women, sophisticated women, career woman, talented women, divorced women, but so seldom do we hear of a godly woman — or of a godly man either, for that matter.

I believe women come nearer fulfilling their God-given function in the home than anywhere else. It is a much nobler thing to be a good wife than to be Miss America. It is a greater achievement to establish a Christian home than it is to produce a second-rate novel filled with filth. It is a far, far better thing in the realm of morals to be old-fashioned than to be ultramodern. The world has enough women who know how to hold their cocktails, who have lost all their illusions and their faith. The world has enough women who know how to be smart.

It needs women who are willing to be simple. The world has enough women who know how to be brilliant. It needs some who will be brave. The world has enough women who are popular. It needs more who are pure. We need women, and men, too, who would rather be morally right that socially correct.
- Peter Marshall (In 1950 before the United States Senate.)

Image from: http://www.erasofelegance.com/

Friday, May 7, 2010

My Wife by: Robert Louis Stevenson

My Wife
by: Robert Louis Stevenson

TRUSTY, dusky, vivid, true,
With eyes of gold and bramble-dew,
Steel-true and blade-straight,
The great artificer
Made my mate.

Honour, anger, valour, fire;
A love that life could never tire,
Death quench or evil stir,
The mighty master
Gave to her.

Teacher, tender, comrade, wife,
A fellow-farer true through life,
Heart-whole and soul-free
The august father
Gave to me.
Image: "In the Garden" by: Charles Schweninger from: http://www.erasofelegance.com

Monday, May 3, 2010

A Giveaway....

Hello everyone! I'm having a giveaway on my other blog, Bramblewood Fashion. Go and check it out. But hurry! As it ends on May 9th. =)



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