Sunday, December 11, 2011

Antique Reproduction of Hand Crochet Sacque and Cap for Preemies and Dolls in Cuddle Brown

Starting with an 1800-1900's pattern from SHELL BEES TREASURES right here on etsy, I crocheted this pattern with love for your preemie baby. For this little treasure I picked 3 ply Sensations Cuddle yarn which is a mix of 70% Acrylic & 30% nylon. It is a very soft yarn which is perfect for newborns in the color Cuddle Brown. The use of increase and decrease in stitches forms the design of the motifs in this outfit. Then the beading of the cap/bonnet & Saque is fed with Pink ribbon & sewn with satin roses. The borders of the armholes & cap are lined with shell stitches. Final measurement of the Sacque is Nine inches from the neck to the tail of it and the cap is made to be taut on the baby's head.. This item is made to be just as unique as your precious new preemie.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Hand Crochet Pineapple Dress in Red for Christmas/Valentine's Day

Up in the North Pole, while Santa and his elves make toys, Mrs Claus dreamed up this unique dress from a vintage pattern from Annie's Attic for baby girls 3-6 months. Created from Aunt Lydia's(Coat's & Clark), Classic #10 ,100%Mercerized cotton crochet thread in Victory Red! The skirt of this dress has shell stitches and Pineapple motifs all around. The bodice front is adorned with a stylish flower accent from Berwiick Offray. The back of the bodice has three sparkly flat buttons from the Blumenthal Lansing Company and a snap to secure the neck. The creator's label is then sewn into the back of the bodice by hand. Then ribbon is fed through the eyelet at the sleeves and inner bodice and around the front to back of the dress. Santa and Cupid will be sure to spot the sweetheart in this little Red dress.
Care Instructions: Remove ribbons and flower. Machine wash gentle cycle, warm water, no bleach, rise well and promptly remove. Roll in towel. Block.

Hand Crochet Pineapple Christening Gown

 Picture this...Hand crochet Pineapple Christening Gown on your sweet baby to welcome your bundle of joy into this world. Made from a vintage pattern, the skirt of this little white cotton christening dress is surrounded by shells and Pineapple motifs. Made to fit 0-6 months. The bodice has eyelet that is fed with ribbons to tie at the back and the sleeves also have eyelet fed with ribbon to tie on the puffy sleeves. The back of the dress fastens with pearly heart shaped buttons and a snap. The front of the bodice is adorned with a pretty and feminine pink rose. From the neck to the tail is 24". Your baby will love wearing this one today and it can be framed as an heirloom for later generations. Comes starched and ready to wear. Well made. Soak in denture tablets for stain removal. Soak in Denture tablets for stain removal. Carefully machine wash and dry in Warm water, Caution , Not too pretty to wear!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Multi pupose Set of five Hand crochet gingerbread men to pin on clothing or appliques

Set of five hand crochet Gingerbread men are so cute together or used individually for Lapel pins or appliques on clothing or as earrings or whatever you would like for them to become. The eyes are buttons and the smiles are string. The bowties are roses. They also make a nice forget me not for Christmas gift giving on present packaging. Each little man measures 1" tall.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Hand Crochet Antique Reproduction Christening Dress

Hello there

According to the website "Gender Specific Colors," it would seem that
assigning color to gender is mostly a 20th century trait. It would
also seem that at one time, the color associations were reversed when
color first came into use as a gender identifier.

In fact, this reversal of what we consider "normal" was considered
conventional, even in the early 20th century.

"At one point pink was considered more of a boy's color, (as a
watered-down red, which is a fierce color) and blue was more for
girls. The associate of pink with bold, dramatic red clearly affected
its use for boys. An American newspaper in 1914 advised mothers, "If
you like the color note on the little one's garments, use pink for the
boy and blue for the girl, if you are a follower of convention." [The
Sunday Sentinal, March 29, 1914.]

"There has been a great diversity of opinion on the subject, but the
generally accepted rule is pink for the boy and blue for the girl. The
reason is that pink being a more decided and stronger color is more
suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty,
is prettier for the girl." [Ladies Home Journal, June, 1918] - "Gender Specific

According to Jo B. Paoletti and Carol Kregloh, "The Children's
Department," in Claudia Brush Kidwell and Valerie Steele, ed., Men and
Women: Dressing the Part, (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1989). -
In the United States: "The current pink for girls and blue for boys
wasn't uniform until the 1950's.

It would also seem that Nazi Germany had something to do with the
association of pink with femininity:

"Catholic traditions in Germany and neighboring countries reverse the
current color coding, because of the strong association of blue with
the Virgin Mary...the NAZIs in their concentration camps use a pink
triangle to identify homosexuals. (The yellow star of David is the
best known symbol, used of course to identify Jews. The German system
was quite complicated, using various symbols an colors to identify
criminals, political prisinors, an a whole range of other groups). The
NAZI's choice of pink suggests that it by the 1930s was a color that
in Germany had become associate with girls." - "Gender Specific

Here is another site backing the same color history.

"The preferred color to dress young boys in was pink! Blue was
reserved for girls as it was considered the paler, more dainty of the
two colors, and pink was thought to be the stronger (akin to red). It
was not until WWII that the colors were reversed and pink was used for
girls and blue for boys..." - Quote from Dress Maker Magazine

"Jo B. Paoletti concludes that the effect of color-coded gender
differences (pink for girls, blue for boys) existed oppositely
initially..." - Quote from book review "The Material Culture of
Gender, the Gender of Material Culture" - Winterthur, Del.: Henry
Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, 1997 - From the Journal of American
History - Please note that this is a cached page as the current page
is different:

While there are also myths and legends supporting both or either color
for gender identification, those resources dealing with straight
history date the identification of pink with femininity to the period
of World War II or later.

Search - google
Terms - color + gender identity, pink +for girls +and blue +for boys -
(note, the + signs are used to the google search will include the

If I may clarify anything before you rate the answer, please ask.


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Hand Crochet Welcome Runner all Cotton SC State Fair 2011 winner

An Awesome welcome for guest to see when they visit for dinner on Thanksgiving, Christmas or anytime of year. This Ecru runner measures 17" x 43". It is made of 100% all cotton crochet thread with two borders that surround the filet crochet formed word of "Welcome". This item could also be framed to hang on the wall or give as a gift. I won a Blue Ribbon with this one at the SC state fair. Completely machine washable and dry in the dryer.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Hand Crochet Shell Booties in Pastel,"Giggle Print"

Made from a vintage Pattern these booties are sure to become a keepsake. They will fit babies 0-6 months. From heel to toe measures 41/2". Pretty polka dot ribbon is fed through the shells to tie at the ankle and secure on the foot. I made them from soft 3ply yarn that is manufactured by Coats & Clark right here in SC. Care instructions are: machine wash warm, gentle cycle; tumble dry low.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Hand crochet Pastel Sweater and Bonnet for babies from a vintage pattern

Cooler weather has arrived and your,"sugar and spice", little girl will look so adorable in this Sweater and Bonnet that I hand crocheted from a vintage pattern. It is made of a soft 3 ply Red Heart Pastel yarn called ,"GigglePrint", that is manufactured by Coats & Clark and complimented by colorful buttons that are manufactured by Blumenthal in Langsing,Mi. The three buttons close the yoke together after you tie the pink ribbon at the top. The sleeves of the sweater are tied at the wrist with Pink ribbons also. The matching bonnet is the same shell pattern with shell scallops at the neck and tied with pretty Pink ribbon. The front of the bonnet can be turned back or pulled forward to fit baby's head. Your baby will be very warm and comfortable in this sweater and bonnet set.
Care Instructions: Machine wash warm, Gentle cycle; Tumble dry low

Friday, November 4, 2011

Sweet and Petite Bootie sets for baby girls

Everyone will be in awe of how sweet your baby is in this hand crochet bonnet and bootie set. It is made to fit 3-6 months size from #10 crochet thread. The bonnet has a swirl design at the back of it and a crescent design on the crown. There is a neckband that has eyelet fed with pink ribbon and accented with a pretty Pink Rose and trimmed with crochet frills. The booties are also with the crescent motif and accented to match. Bonnet and Booties would be great with a pink outfit or with a christening gown. For stain removal, soak in denture tablets, then wash and dry.

Thanksgiving is on the way for little baby boys

How cute would your little pumpkin be in these Blue crescent booties and bow tie? The set is made from #10 crochet thread. The booties measure 4" from heel to toe. Four crescents motifs make up the cuff of each bootie. Eyelet surround surrounds the ankle of each bootie. The eyelet is fed with pale Blue ribbon to hold the bootie snug and secure on the foot. The instep of each shoe has eyelet also and accented with a pumpkin button for a nice pop of color for the Thanksgiving season. Booties appear even more dressy with the addition of a sweet little hand crochet bow tie in matching Blue that snaps at the neck for a complete set.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Our vacation to Connecticut


On our last day in Connecticut Anna took us to Massachusetts to see Sturbridge village. We saw how people must have lived back in the 1800's with real people staging different real life from that era. They were dressed in appropriate clothing for that era. We got to see how they would have made their clothing also. They began with animals who shed their fur and then the people spun it into thread which then got dyed and hand sewn into the clothing which they wore.
It made us think about how far we Americans have come with industrialation, and how dependent we are on machinary to create our every day items of clothing. They also crocheted many items and knitted some too. We saw the tools that they used too. Spinning wheels, looms, and such were in homes first before they were ever in factories.
Animals of that era weren't just pets but they were used for transportation, food, fertilizer,and clothing. They had a horse drawn wagon that we could ride inside of if we wanted to. They even had a bank with half cent pieces displayed and a general store. We got to see their weapons and their Miltia attire.
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Hand Crochet Holy Cross bookmarks

Shown are the bookmarks that I just finished this morning.  They are drying on the freshly made autographed cards that I created.
These Holy Cross bookmarks makes a nice present in a new book. Crocheted using soft cotton thread to form shells and Picots. Then fed with a satin ribbon. Measures 12 inches from the top of the cross to the end of the tassel. I presently have 4 Rainbow colored, 5 Variegated Green, 2 Pink trimmed in White, 1 Yellow, and 5 Purple in stock. These come mounted on a card that is colorfully printed with the Antiquebeginnings logo and personally signed by the artist and sealed in a package to protect. They are the perfect gift for the upcoming Christmas season. Can be machine washed and dried.
For sale here

Hand Crochet Rainbow colored Ribbons and lace Bib

I Hand Crocheted this absorbent cotton bib & fed it with ribbons through the eyelets at the shoulders and down the center. The edges are accented with picots, for babies 0 to12 months. Finished measurement is 11" from neck to bottom x 9" from side to side at the widest point. I made this bib with Rainbow colored thread that accents the White satiny ribbon which has pastel poka dots on it. This can be used for a girl or a boy. Buttons at the neck with a light reflective button. Easy care instructions are to machine wash and dry. This is a sweet and festive beginning for any baby! Sure to become a keepsake/ heirloom to frame and keep, or to pass on. For sale here

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Hand crochet Santa Striders

They are made from Red acrylic yarn and accented with White straps that fasten to the outside of each shoe with cute Santa buttons on each side.  These measure 5 inches from the heel to the toe of each bootie.  These can be machine washed and dried and baby can give Santa a warm welcome.  

A word of advice:
Small parts (buttons) are sewn on as securely as I can. Please be careful and use supervision while your baby is wearing the shoes.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hand Crochet Antique Baby Dress reproduction

This hand crocheted dress is made in eight separate pieces,(Front yoke, left and right back yoke, left and right sleeve caps, Yoke edging, skirt, and bottom ruffle) and sewn together to create a magnificent reproduction of an Antique Baby Dress. It is made from #30crochet thread, which is very fine string. There are many love knots on the sleeve caps ,around the outer edge of the yoke, and the edging around the neck. The flower diamond and mesh motif is repeated in the yoke, sleeve caps, It is joined together by hand sewing and fed with satin ribbons at the yoke,around the sleeves, and button holes, and between the skirt and bottom ruffle. This dress is made for 0-3 months 
20 1/2 "chest
It measures 28" from the neck to the bottom of the dress. This makes a great christening dress and a great piece to preserve and frame after your baby has outgrown it for the next generation.

While I make this sort of item I think of all of the Grandmothers of the past who took time to do this for their children and Grandchildren because there weren't any manufacturers or so many stores to buy them in.  Some of them even had to spin their own cotton.  
Due to detail work dry cleaning is suggested but it is also possible to hand wash by soaking in Denture tablets and rinsing then soaking it in fabric softner and drying in the sun.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Hand crocheted Fall carrot striders

Fall is definitly in the air while you harvest these cute little striders in 12 month size.  They are made from Yellow acrylic yarn and accented with straps that fasten to the outside of each shoe with cute carrot buttons on each side.  These measure 5 inches from the heel to the toe of each bootie.  These can be machine washed and dried and baby can definitly hide these carrots under the table.  

A word of advice:
Small parts (buttons) are sewn on as securely as I can. Please be careful and use supervision while your baby is wearing the shoes.