Monday, June 25, 2012

My Little Sewing Box - 1960's House Beautiful Mags

I like boxes...lunch boxes, flower boxes, jewelry boxes, and my new sewing box. I had a 40% coupon, an extra hour to make a craft store run, and a craving for some sewing goodies--so this is what I ended up with! The coupon saved me over $8, and I found a shelf full of this cute new stuff from a brand called "Sewology." I like it! I picked out the cutest sewing box I saw.  I do have quite a bit of my own organizationology when it comes to my sewing and crafting stuff--but when I saw this little box, I realized I needed a cozy, handy place to keep a few often-used items. PLUS: it has a handle!

Also, it has a built-in pin cushion in the lid! In my mind, that's a perfect place to keep already-threaded needles. I couldn't wait to load it up with some sewing goodies that had been laying around and I was not ready to put them completely away. 

I tucked in some of my favorite threads, one of my pairs of stork scissors, a needle book I made, and my favorite Chinese store pin cushion in a mini version to hold extra straight pins.

Aren't they cute? I love these little guys.

I think part of what makes anything you do fun is enjoying the process and even the tools you use to do it. Like in the kitchen, I love using orange, pink, and purple spoons to stir with, and I even have the cutest purple chef's knife! I have fun mixing bowls and cute pans too--love it!

My cute sewing box reminds me of when I was little, and my mom gave me an old jewelry box--in my mind it looked just like a treasure box. So that's what it became. I kept my sea shells, crayons, Barbie shoes, necklaces, pop bottle tops and anything shiny in it. My teenage sister tried to trade me out of it one day and she managed to get it away from me for about half a day one summer--but I got it back and she could not bully it out of my clutches ever again! I loved my little treasure box, and I think I held onto it for years and years. I guess you could call that "boxology."

Sew.....with my cute little sewing box all loaded up now with tools and some project pieces, I am moving along with my little knit dress project. And from there--I've got to do a cross-stitch quilt this summer, and I must get back in the writing mode--I've been playing too much! That's why I love summer.

Joseph says "Hi" to everyone. Here's his summer schedule: get up when Mommy does. Eat  breakfast. Play in the back yard and watch for bunnies in the garden until it's too hot. Come inside and lay on the cool tiles for about half an hour. Lunch. Have Mommy comb me. Nap under Mommy's desk (she put a pillow on a footstool so it's my hideaway). Get up. Stretch. Play on the greenhouse. Nap on the Greenhouse. Dinner. Hang around Daddy. Nap on the big bed. Hang with Mommy. Have a territory issue with Minnie. Take a bath when Minnie does. Watch a little TV. Nite-nite. Midnight snack.

Oooh...I have another find to share. I visited my favorite flea market and found some old House Beautiful magazines! So fun--they were a dollar, so I snatched up a couple of them. It's not only fun looking at decor from the early sixties when I was little, but it's fun looking at those old ads too.

I hope you enjoy every day of summer!

Inside a 1967 issue of House Beautiful

A flowerbox of dreams, in my own front yard.


  1. Hi Sandy,
    What a find on the magazines! I love the old magazines too and try to pick them up when I see them.
    I love your blog. It is such a colorful happy place.

    1. Thank you so much June! Yes, isn't fun finding those old magazines? And I love it when they are a bargain. I also look for old home economics text books. Crafty hugs to you!

  2. thank you for visiting our blog and taking the time to leave a comment too. We love your blog... so enjoyable. All the things we love too. please say purrs to Joseph who looks very splendid. Helen, Darcy and Bingley x

    1. Thank you! Joseph says hello and a high paw to Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley!