As long as antique & vintage buttons have adorned our clothing and shoes, people have been collecting them. Made from a multitude of materials – from metal to bone, wood to plastic – buttons are miniature pieces of everyday history.
Remember apple head dolls – an early American craft with folk art roots that was popular again in the ’60s and ’70s? Find out how to make these shrunken apple dolls, and more about the art of dollmaking.
As long as there have been kids, there have been _bored_ kids. For parents in the ’60s, one magazine offered these great old-fashioned ways to have fun.
Billions of vintage stickers from the ’80s were collected by millions of kids – and appeared on everything from binders to books, cassette tapes to sticker collection albums.
Kodak Brownie cameras revolutionized the way we took photos in the early 20th century, and suddenly made photography a popular hobby.
Take a look back at these creative handmade vintage quilts from the ’70s. These are the 51 prize winners out of almost 10,000 entries.
The classic Nintendo Entertainment System came with a robot, a light-sensing video gun, ‘true-to-life’ graphics and a library of games. Here’s a look!
Based on one of the many traditional needlework crafts, these vintage needlepoint designs might just inspire you to get creative in all-new ways!
Try your hand at these traditional patterns for Americana quilts – the pride of America’s past, and adaptable for many uses today.
Here are a few authentic old-fashioned ways to make homemade soap, with directions from the olden days in Nebraska back in 1908!
How did the Girl Scouts get started? Here’s a look back a century to look at Girl Scout history along with insight into what they offered to girls across the US.
Here, look back at the rediscovered art of stenciling, plus see dozens of examples of traditional stencil patterns from throughout history!
Make bedtime wonderfully wild with these lion and elephant quilted comforters for kids, that can turn nights from hassle to heyday. See how to make them here.
A terrarium is not only easy and fun to put together, it’s a snap to care for. Here are several vintage ideas to help you make your own!
After hitting the market in the ’80s, it didn’t take long for the Rubik’s Cube to become one of the most popular toys ever. Here’s a look back!
Old-fashioned Granny squares are easy to do and multiply so fast, you can turn out an afghan fast. And since you crochet a square at a time, you can carry them anywhere.
Learn to macrame with the classic technique to create some vintage-style projects – a plant hanger, a belt, basket-style coasters & an owl wall hanging – from macrame’s ’70s heyday.
Create your own distinctive beaded jewelry – bracelets, necklaces, belts, headbands – by weaving it on a basic box loom! Here’s how to do this retro bead craft.
Before individual stickers-by-the-yard became popular in the ’80s, sets like these Halloween sticker sheets were the big thing with kids! Take a look back at these vintage treats here.
What were early motorcycles like? Check out 17 of the top models from 1909, plus see how popular they were at the huge Los Angeles motorcycle meet!
Check out these 12 retro basement remodels, including a ranch room with a Western atmosphere, created with cowhide furniture, a totem pole, and a colorful pattern for the floor copied from a Navajo blanket.
Can you guess what was the #1 evening pastime according to nearly half of the people interviewed in a 1974 Gallup survey?
Thomas Edison says people work too hard, but that pleasure is as necessary as food. ‘This is an electric age. The pressure was never heavier, nor the grind harder.’
Scrapbooks keep the cream, the gem, the one poem, or sketch, or speech or story that made us smile or weep; a biography, a history, a journal written by a thousand other hands, and yet our own.
Shortly before her clothing line debuted – and back when her son, Anderson Cooper, was 8 years old – the multi-talented heiress Gloria Vanderbilt came out with her own print magazine: Gloria Vanderbilt Designs for Your Home.
6 million teenagers love to sew – this is what they will make this fall Full of enthusiasm, teenagers all over the country will welcome
How many of these cool vintage scratch-n-sniff stickers do you remember seeing? Can you imagine their scents, too?
When video games first hit the market in the ’70s, manufacturers couldn’t keep up with demand for the new technological novelties. Here’s a look back!
In this Young Model Builders Club from the 1960s, with each model kit, your child would get a booklet outlining the history and development of the original of the model to be constructed.
The thrills of book hunting One unacquainted with the subject would hardly compare the sport of hunting in the fields with that of delving around
Ice skating itself is graceful, Every movement is picturesque and full of life and action, and the fashionable girl typically enjoys studying the art of skating.
Leave it to the kids …if you want an honest opinion of TV’s effect on family life by Jack Cluett When my eldest son, Christopher,
Fads in scrapbooks Collections that are sources of pleasure and profit Well-bound scrapbooks, containing photographs taken by the giver, and cuts, clippings and the typewritten quotations suited
Few people know how much pleasure is to be got out of that old-fashioned contrivance, a scrapbook. It has its own peculiar graces, and the making should afford an intellectual pleasure of a very high order.
‘Anyone can take landscapes,’ is a remark that is often heard among people who have had only a slight knowledge of photography – and often also among those of more extended knowledge.
The new rage for old toys Children move aside — vintage lead soldiers and wind-up Popeyes are for grownups only by Rita Reif Publisher Malcom
No matter what anyone tells you, creativity is not something you are either born with or not: it needs to be discovered, exposed, nurtured, and expressed in order for it to grow and expand.
Antique needlepoint sampler A century-old record of embroidery stitches and designs that are just as adaptable today as they ever were by Roxa Wright, needlework
American Flyer See ’em puff smoke! Hear ’em “choo-choo” First scale model trains with real smoke and realistic-sounding “choo-choo” — both synchronized with train speed.