Category Archive: Old Books

Women’s History Month

I thought we might all enjoy this little peek into the past.  In 1894, J. L. Nichols published Safe Methods of Business, in which he devoted two whole pages (out of 338) to “Teaching… Continue reading

Flurry of Fabulous Finds

My focus for February was supposed to be Finish It Up, but instead it has morphed into Find Fantastic Objects. I just had a lovely visit from my mom, sister, and 4-year-old great-nephew. … Continue reading

The Signs are in the Knees

Vegetable gardening is a challenge in Texas (at least for me), because there are such long, hot summers to contend with.  The best time for planting can easily pass by, and you find… Continue reading

Spinsters Gone Wild

Craftswomen are well known for working in groups – quilting bees, spinning retreats, knitting societies… the list goes on.  For summer fun, you may be thinking of planning such a Girls’ Night Out,… Continue reading

Happy Feet

I’d always assumed these stockings were hand knit, just because they were made of cotton and had fancy stitches.  But since reading the 1914 book Textiles by William H. Dooley, I think they may… Continue reading

Umbrella Etiquette, 1922-style

After a year-long drought, we are getting days and days of rain.  Of course one’s first thought on getting caught in a rainstorm is, “How do I protect my clothing?  And more importantly,… Continue reading