I have been in a bit of a funk this week, dear readers. The kind where I just feel blah about pretty much everything, want to curl up in a tight ball on the sofa and watch bad 50s sci-fi movies, drink lots of tea, and generally emerge back into the real world when it’s all over. But not enough that I haven’t been up to something. Oh no! I’ve been re-reading through the pages of a book I’m eager to review for you and announce a little giveaway. So enough crabbing–onto the good stuff!
A little while ago I was contacted about reviewing Amy Barickman’s Vintage Notions. This book got me really excited and when I looked into it (I always tend to investigate these sorts of things first and make sure they’re a good fit for the ol’ blog); they even offered me an extra copy to giveaway to one lucky reader! So how could I refuse?
Vintage Notions is a reprint of excerpts from women’s periodicals of the 1920s. Amy Barickman was so inspired by all the vintage snippets she read in old copies of Inspiration and Fashion Service (two publications from that era connected with Mary Brooks Picken and The Woman’s Institute of Domestic Arts), that she compiled snippets from a number of these amazing publications into one volume. Which is great for us since many of these are becoming harder to find and deteriorating from age.
Rather than dividing the book up into chapters, it’s organized by season and then month. Bits and pieces from recipes, to period advice (some of it amusingly dated), fashion forecasts for the season and a good-amount of period how-to’s for those handy with a needle and thread. It’s a beautiful and lovingly put-together tribute to domestic arts in the early 20th century. I am particularly smitten with the myriad of sewing projects: from handy aprons (one being made from a discarded man’s oxford shirt–our great grandmothers sure knew how to be inventive!), to fetching kimonos, and a capelet to keep the chill at bay in the winter. I am in fact working on one of the projects right now: a fluffy, fabric flower from scraps of the silk I made my Swing Dress up in. If you’d like to take a glance at just a few bits and pieces from Vintage Notions, be sure to take a gander at this page for excerpts!
Not only does the book offer a lot of charming vintage projects and anecdotes, but it is a beautifully put-together tome visually. Which I always appreciate: there is something so calming about opening up a book that uses bits and pieces of vintage ephemera to decorate the page layouts. (My favorites are all the embroidered pieces that were reproduced on the pages!) There are even handy little pockets at the end of each season’s section for stashing bits and pieces you collect up (or pattern pieces; as I have been doing). Ms. Barickman did a gorgeous job putting this book together and I think it would make a lovely gift for yourself, a vintage-inclined friend or even Mother’s Day (which will be just around the corner before we know it!). I know each time I’ve opened the book I’ve been inspired and excited by the ideas and projects. Be sure to stop by the website, take a look at the book’s page and Amy’s inspiring blog as well.
GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED
As I mentioned, they were gracious enough to provide me with an extra copy to give away! (Hooray!) If you’d like to enter to win this copy, please read below:
- Leave a comment on this post telling me what you are excitedly anticipating most about springtime.
- Because this book is slightly hefty, I am sorry to say that I can only offer this to US and Canadian readers. (Don’t despair if you live outside the US/Canada–I have some other giveaways coming up that I’m hoping to offer worldwide!)
- I’ll keep this open until 10am (EST) Monday, March 21. A name will be drawn at random from the comments and a winner will be announced shortly thereafter.
Good luck and I hope you are having a splendid Friday!