Vintage Notions by Amy Barickman


The Creative Goddess at the Olive Grace booth with Amy Barickman.

Ok, I promise, this will be my last post from the Country Living Fair.

I think. ūüėČ

I bought only two things at the fair…¬†one of them was Hankie Style and the other was Vintage Notions, both by Amy Barickman.


Hankie Style by Amy Barickman

Yup, I spent all of my allowance at one booth. And boy, am I glad I did!


I had read the review about Hankie Style in Country Living Magazine and knew I had to have it.

You see, I have one heck of a pile of vintage linens here and¬†while I don’t use them often I’ve been wanting¬†to. I just wasn’t sure how to go about it. THEN I saw the review of¬†Hankie Style and knew that not only my hankies but vintage tea towels and cocktail napkins might¬†finally be put to good use. ¬†

There are some really great ideas in this book. Things that you would expect like aprons, and head scarves but also things I hadn’t¬†thought of like brooches, collars and cuffs, skirts, shirts and¬†cardigans.¬† (Pattern pieces for many of the designs are included in the pattern insert in the center of the book.)

While the sizes go from small to extra large and I’m GODDESS SIZED I can still use the main ideas, shapes and proportions to help me make some fun, one of a kind pieces for my wardrobe.¬†I can’t wait to show you what I make!¬†¬†

Vintage Notions by Amy Barickman

The second book, Vintage Notions, I bought on a whim. All Amy had to say was “HISTORY” and she had my full attention.¬†I’m a¬†HUGE history buff and I especially am intrigued by personal history. The stories of REAL people fascinate me to no end.¬†

The front cover says “An inspirational guide to needlework, cooking, sewing, fashion and fun”. Now that is what I mean when I say “Delight in a Creative Life”!!

Anyway, I flipped though the book, saw the beautiful vintage illustrations, mix of recipes, fabrics, photos and personal stories and well, how could I pass it up?

I came home from the Country Living Fair and a long, extremely fun day with girlfriends and immediately put my feet up and began at the back of Vintage Notions in the Chapter “September” because, well, it WAS September. I read all the way through the end of the year by the time I decided I’d had enough fun for one day.¬† I’ve been back to read various articles and stories several times.

This is one of those books that you’ll want to go to at the beginning of each month, or at least at the beginning of each season to be inspired as you plan your crafts, meals and get togethers of all sorts.

I have to say too, that I also love the way it makes me appreciate how far women have come since the early 1900’s. I’m amazed at all of the beauty they created without all of the luxuries we have today.¬†

I consider both books allowance well spent.


By the way, I decided to sign up with the amazon affiliate program. If you click on either of the amazon links above and purchase the book I’ll get a nickel. Seriously, it’s not much more than a nickel. But I thought you should know. :)



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