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Creche Patterns Suitable for Stitching, II

As with yesterday’s post, this design seems better suited as an embroidery pattern. It was originally designed to be made from piped sugar icing, which seems like it would be such an extremely fragile display for all that work.

Designed by Clare McCanna.

[Taken from McCall’s Christmas Make-It Ideas magazine,vol. VI, 1963]

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Creche Patterns Suitable for Stitching, I


Today’s post is from another of the vintage Christmas magazines I bought at that great thrift store in Watertown, New York.

The directions are to make these ornaments from the craft-weight aluminum foil, but I think they might actually be more nicely done as embroidery on felt or muslin.

Design by Margreet Akkerman.

[Taken from McCalls’s Christmas Make-It Ideas magazine, vol. VI, 1963]

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1963 Ken Paper Doll

1963 Whitman #1976:59 (back cover)

1963 Ken

Mattel copyrighted these images in 1962, but the Whitman folder was dated 1963.

Go here for the Barbie from this set.

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1963 Barbie Paper Doll

(I finally got this to upload – Enjoy!)

Because the folder is larger than my scanner, the top line was cut off. It reads: “Clothes ready to punch out ~ no scissors necessary”.

Barbie ~ Whitman #1976:59

Both the Barbie and Ken in this set are copyrighted with the year 1962, but the published date of the folder is 1963.

Barbie’s clothes in this set also fit the Whitman #1963 set, copyrighted 1962. That Barbie has a bubble cut hairstyle, too, but is blond.


The flared red coat was called either a trapeze style or swing, I think, and the length was referred to as a car coat.

Go here for the Ken doll from this set.

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1963 Riviera

Every time we see a vintage Riviera, my husband always thinks about his Aunt Betty, who drove one out in Orange County, California.

No one in my neighborhood even owned a Buick.

The above photo is taken from the June 18, 1963 issue of LOOK magazine.

The magazine cost .25.

The car’s base price was $4,333 and with options ran up to $5,000 according to the Wikipedia article, which has some nice photos and the history of the car.

The average salary was $5,807 that year. Can you imagine buying a car that equaled your income?

For a list of other interesting facts and price about 1963, as well as a cool youtube video of Johnny Cash singing “Ring of Fire”, go here.

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Vintage Aprons with Instructions

This 1963 issue is one of several vintage Christmas magazines I bought for .50 each at a thrift shop in Watertown, New York. I had gone there with our older son; it was a really junky store and I probably wouldn’t have gone if I hadn’t been with him.

But I am so glad that I did! It was a real treasure trove and the prices were excellent. They even had a table of free books out on the sidewalk.

These are mostly Christmas aprons, but check out that Bongo Music Apron in the upper right corner. Just the thing for a cool, retro party.

(Click on photo to enlarge; resolution with improve if you then click again.)

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C.S. Lewis: How to avoid God

Franklin, Tennessee

“How, then, it may be asked, can we either reach or avoid Him?

The avoiding, in many times and places, has proved so difficult that a very large part of the human race failed to achieve it. But in our own time and place it is extremely easy. Avoid silence, avoid solitude, avoid any train of thought that leads off the beaten track. Concentrate on money, sex, status, health and (above all) on your own grievances. Keep the radio on. Live in a crowd. Use plenty of sedation. If you must read books, select them very carefully. But you’d be safer to stick to the papers. You’ll find the advertisements helpful; especially those with a sexy or a snobbish appeal.”

C.S. Lewis
This is an except from his essay “The Seeing Eye” and included in the book “The Seeing Eye and Other Selected Essays from Christian Reflections “. The essay was first published in the American periodical Show with the title of “Onward, Christian Spacemen” in February, 1963 (the title of which was chosen by the editors of Show). Walter Hooper the editor of “The Seeing Eye” changed the title out of respect for Lewis, who disliked the Spacemen title.

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