Wednesday, May 21, 2008


I feel like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz--'there's no place like home, there's no place like home'. I was only gone five (5) days, but it sure seemed longer. Taking my 86 yr. old mother to visit my 90 yr old aunt was certainly an adventure. It did make me feel VERY young so that's a good thing-ha.
I picked up these old (1950's) issues of Workbasket magazines. How fun is that? For those of you who don't know, they are needlecraft magazines with instructions on doilie making, crocheting, tatting, home economics, etc. The ads are hilarious. I got them for a bargain of $5.00.
My aunt lives in a tiny place called Oblong, Illinois. Population: 1600 I used to love going there when I was a child to visit her & my uncle and my grandparents. They lived out in the country and owned a Porter Paint store in "town". Every summer my sister and I would go spend one or two weeks up there and it is full of memories. My aunt is the only one left and she moved into town many years ago, but we drove out to the old farm. It was sad to see my grandparents' house had been torn down and replaced with another one. It probably would have been better to remember it the way it had been.
The good news was that there's a great little quilt shop in Oblong, believe it or not. . They have a great selection of fabrics, patterns, etc. The funny part is the store is now located in what used to be the five and dime I visited as a child. Oh, the memories of toys and candy I bought there! But fabric is much, much better-ha.

After we finished our visit in Oblong, we drove south to Paducah, Ky. This is where my mother lived before moving in with us. I grew up there and graduated high school there. We spent the night and visited some friends of Mother's.
Excitement: I got to go to the world famous This is one ginormous quilt store. The American Quilt Society has its headquarters here and this store has something like 30,000 bolts of fabric! I'm sure it's not that much, but it's alot. I was in heaven. You can see what all I got between Oblong and Paducah, I'm set for quilting and sewing for quite a while

Can you tell I love bright colors? No antique, dull ones for me!

And finally, I had to get some of the Kitty Cucumber print for one of my little people. I have loved Kitty Cucumber for years and was so excited to see her in fabric. I even have a Christmas ornament of her. I am hopeless, I know!

Have I bored you all to death? Well, it was fun to kind of re-shop all my finds and bargains.
Now I can dream about what they're gonna be. Luv, Nerm


Jamie said...

Welcome home Nerm!! I missed you!!
So glad you had fun!! I love your bright colors that you picked in fabric! I think it is so neat that the dime store you used to go to is now a fabric store, kind of amazing, isn't it? Something that had so many memories for you as a child, now has memories as an adult!

Wen said...

I am so happy that my Nerm is home safe and sound! I missed you while u were gone. The fabric u picked out is all so so pretty! Can't wait to see you and catch up in person. love you so, Wen

Christine said...

What a blessing...home safe and sound!

Look at all the fun. The colors are so pretty. Enjoy and look forward to see the end result!

Thanks for all your comments and support from one tired mom of 4 kids making my life dirty!

Linens and Laurel said...

Love those Workbasket magazines. I have a few...somewhere! Thanks for visiting my blog. I found just as many MORE buttons this morning. Little zip top bags are great for organizing. to sort more buttons.

TattingChic said...

I'm glad you had a nice safe trip. I have to say I love vintage workbaskets. I inherited my grandmother's from the 1940's to the 1960's and they are awesome. I have gotten some fun tatting patterns out of them.

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