Saturday, July 22, 2006

My name is Petula, and I'm a shopaholic

I'm never the most organized of people, but I feel like I'm even worse than usual right now. My to-do list seems to be growing exponentially each day as I look on helplessly, wringing my hands. Of course, it might help if I actually wrote down the to-do list, rather than just watching it run endlessly through my head as I'm trying to fall asleep at night. I think I'll add "make list" to tonight's show.
I aim to be a 3-times a week poster, but that's another thing I've fallen behind on recently. Of course, since I haven't been completing many projects to post about either, the bright side is at least I don't have a backlog of finished projects nagging me to be photographed and shown off!
Anyway, to make up for my lack of posts containing crafty goodness, I'm going to liven things up by giving away two early 1960s sewing books.
The first one is a 1960 edition of Sewing Made Easy (403 pages). The pictures are so appealing that I somehow ended up with 5 copies of it! Actually, I only have two copies of this edition - the other three are from the 1952 printing and have different pictures (that's only slightly less compulsive, isn't it?). Not only is it filled with sewing information, but it has a very entertaining section about fashion dos and don'ts (see image on left).

The second book is Better Homes & Gardens Sewing Book from 1961 (320 pages). I should warn you, this one is a bit musty smelling. I bought it because, once again, the pictures won me over. And, once again, I realized when I got home that I already had another copy (but just one this time!).

If you would like me to send you these books, you just need to guess how many sewing machines I currently own. The first person to guess correctly will receive a lovely bundle of retro crafty goodness. Make sure you give your email address when you leave your comment (I'm the only one who can see it) so I can contact the correct guesser. I'll pay for the shipping if you live in the U.S.


Anonymous Old comments saved from HaloScan exodus said...

My guess is that you own 3 sewing machines. Maybe even a serger, for good measure. Those books look too fab!
Gina | Homepage | 07.23.06 - 6:42 pm | #

7 machines and 2 sergers.
hummm, I'm guessing one of those machines is light green w/ a darker green base ( machine cover included along w/ singer instructions from.. the 70's?)
wild guess
Anonymous | 07.23.06 - 8:49 pm | #

I found you through SewRetro and I love your blog. I'm in for the guessing game
Three machines, one of them vintage.

And I'm sooo with you on the high-school reunion thing. My 20th is next month (I'm not going) It makes me feel too old and I refuse to be O.L.D.!
Christine | Homepage | 07.23.06 - 9:31 pm | #

I actually only can sew a straight stitch, and I own the second book ! hmmm, I guess you own 1 working machine and 1 decoritive vintage machine.
jungle dream pagoda | Homepage | 07.23.06 - 10:27 pm | #

The correct number is within the range of your guesses, but no one has hit it exactly. To keep things simple for you, I'll count any sergers I may or may not have as regular sewing machines.
Petula | Homepage | 07.24.06 - 12:32 am | # about 5 machines - sewers and sergers inclusive. I enjoy your blog!
Robin | Homepage | 07.24.06 - 2:14 pm | #

Very close. If the exact answer hasn't been given by midnight tonight EDT, I'll send the books to the person who has the closest guess.
Petula | Homepage | 07.25.06 - 8:54 am | #

I don't even sew, but like to collect, and my sister sews. 4 machines?
victoria | 07.25.06 - 9:00 am | #

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