I have a special book to share with you today, it is a piece of history brought to light, and highlights the art of handmade!

Vintage Notions (as in ideas) is a big book chalk full of insights and inspiration.

Amy Barickman has beautifully compiled inspirational essays, cleaver sewing patterns, cooking basics, and beautiful illustrations from the work of Mary Brooks Picken.  Mary was an innovator of her time (1886-1981), she worked diligently to teach women the art of sewing, dressmaking, designing, millinery and cookery.  Women everywhere sang her praises, as she encouraged them to find happiness, and satisfaction in all aspects of life.  AND many of these principles can still be applied to my life today!

The book is broken down into months, as our projects vary with each season.  I love how it’s laid out!

A few highlights:

From 1923 – Re-model, re-cycle, re-use  ~  Yes, the same concepts nearly 100yrs later!

The images used in the book remind me of all the hand work my Grandma loves.  So pretty!

Each month includes a quick project, with complete directions.  The depth and variety in this book is fun to take in.  This book is a treasure that I am happy to have in my collection.

You can purchase your copy of Vintage Notions on Amazon, or via Indygo Junction.

For a more in depth look at some of the pages visit Amy’s site.

And so the giveaway today – a collection of 6 Indygo Junction Patterns, for one of you!

To win:

Leave me a comment!

Tell me something interesting about you learning to sew, or who taught you.

I’ll select a winner, via random number generator, Monday March 21.

Good luck –


ETA: The winner of the patterns is #79 – Pam!

Congratulations Pam – hopefully you have gotten my email by now :)