Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Vintage Pattern - 1930s Cosy Knitted Slippers

I do love knitted slippers, as you may remember, and this week's magazine from 1935 has another lovely pattern.  These have soft leather soles and are lined with fleecy lambs wool.  They are apparently simple to make, in any 4 ply wool. Perfect for our wintery Australian days...

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Kleenex and the death of hankerchiefs

As a child, I learnt to iron when mum let me do the hankies and the tea towels.  I loved the large checked hankies for Dad, the smaller hankies for Mum that I folded into rectangle, and the tiny hankies for my sister and I that went into neat little squares.  I still use tea towels every day, and now my own children are learning to iron on them, but hankies have sort of fallen by the wayside.

My family love their aloe-vera softened, eucalyptus oil enriched tissues - recycled tissues are 'too scratchy" and hankies are too much effort....until they leave a tissue in a pocket in the wash!
A pretty vintage hankie
A pretty vintage hankie
Cloth handkerchiefs are not only vintage, they are of course better for the environment. Up until the 1970s everyone carried a handkerchief. They were useful as bandages and little bags if you were a child, and even as a make do hat if you were a balding man, like my grandfather - simply tie each corner.  Of course dapper gents would have one sticking out of their breast pocket. I've heard they also make a good tea strainer if you are desperate!

In the 1930s there was quite a stir in Australia when the Handkerchief Association of Great Britain (I kid you not) decided to make hankies larger, meaning of course more fabric, more hemming, and more cost.

Although the Japanese have used paper facial tissues for hundreds of years, Tissues as we know them today were first introduced by Kimberly-Clark as Kleenex in 1924, as a means to remove cold cream. They didn't really take hold in Australia until the 1950s - a time when clean and new became more important that environmental friendly or frugal. And what couldn't tissues do?

Kleenex tissue ad, 1955
Kleenex ad, 1955

By the 1960s kleenex was still being advertised as a beauty aid.

vintage kleenex ad, 1960s
Kleenex 1965

But the ads also became cute - little girls, little boys and pets started to appear - although the slogan "don't put a cold in your pocket" was still used.

vintage kleenex tissue ad

Despite Kleenex's claims, I don't think using hankies make you sicker.  As long as you wash your hands after use, which you should do with tissues as well, and wash them well, they are fine.

Well, I have started using hankies again. I even iron them - or get the kids to - after soaking, washing and line drying!  I have sold quite a few vintage hankies in my store - the blue or white lace ones are popular for brides, and some pretty hankies are bought by crafters for turning into dried flower sachets.

If you are crafty, why not try making your own hankies, and even try a little's a pttern from 1967 to get you started!

vintage crochet pattern for hankie edging

Friday, 27 May 2016

To Transform the Homely Scone

What to do when you've made soup for dinner but are out of bread and short of time? Make scones!
Every 50s housewife know how to make scones - usually sweet with jam and cream - but a scone recipe is adaptable, and can be savoury as well.

vintage scone recipies

If you follow me on instagram you will know I make scones now and then for afternoon tea (seriously its quicker than driving to the store). This is my easy never fail, cheat recipe -

3 cups self raising flour
1 cup lemonade (or other soft drink)
1 cup pouring cream

Mix ingredients together gently, don't knead, and press into a round about 1cm thick. Cut into circles with a floured glass. Place on greased tray, brush with milk, beaten egg or water and bake for about 15 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Sunday, 24 April 2016

The website is up and running!

Yes, I have finally organised a website for the shop, somethings I have been planning on doing for a while.

See it at

Let me know if you have any suggestions.

This week I'm focusing on a new lot of kitschy salt and pepper shakers and egg cups that just arrived, and vintage compacts - they'll all be in the store soon. Here's a few to give you an idea -

Enjoy the weekend kittens

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

A new look and a new name

Yes its time for a name change for the blog, to match my new Etsy shop name.

Why Kitten Vintage? Well it combines my two favourite things - kittens and vintage!

Here are our two newest additions, Sebastian and Charlie, rescued by a friend who kept their mother. Their arrival coincided with my twins birthdays, so of course we had to keep both of them!

Hopefully a bricks and mortar store is not too far away....

In the meantime, you can follow me on Facebook, Instagram or Tumblr.....I'm enjoying making gifs from vintage films at the this one:


Bye for now Kittens