Raggedy Ann and Andy Nursery Art

Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy Wall Hangings

Made in the USA in the 1970’s

Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy, just their names gives one a warm feeling inside. These pictures show Ann in a bright yellow jumper and her trademark gingham in the garden reaching for a watering can. Andy, wearing bib overalls, a gingham shirt, and blue cap  is hard at work hoeing the garden with his bluebird friends at his side.  The pictures are mounted on particle wood boards. Both boards measure 20 inches long by 16 inches wide. Big enough to be seen. There are original holes in the back of each making them easy to hang in the nursery. 

Raggedy Ann is a character created by Johnny Gruelle in a series of books from the early 1900’s he wrote and illustrated. Raggedy Andy was introduced in 1920. 

The Raggedy Ann and Andy pictures are for sale: $45 USD

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Sewing Patterns for Children

I don’t know about anyone else but I’ve heard women say their moms sewed all their clothes. Mine didn’t. She didn’t like to sew, didn’t know how to use a machine, and was lost in the fabric department. She wasn’t ashamed of it, either, but she did teach me how to mend clothes and sew on buttons. Pretty handy. Still, I’d listen to these women and wonder “Who are these women and where are the patterns?”

Well, I think I found the stash of a couple of these women or at least part of the stash. Check out these patterns.

Aren’t they wonderful? Most are complete and in good condition. So Cool!

You can find these patterns  in the GoofingOff Sewing shop.

Happy Sewing!

It’s About Big Buttons at GoofingOff Sewing


When out thrifting I am attracted to sewing stuff, especially vintage sewing stuff. supplies. I can sniff them out better than an old coon dog on a trail….which leads me to this post. Buttons. Lots of buttons of all types, colors, and sizes. Today it is about these big, beautiful buttons.

Big buttons are more than closure devices. When buttons are big they have the ability to show off, to shout out on their own. They become a focal point of a design. They are much more than a way to close a coat.

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Tan shank buttons with copper inset, 1 1/2 inch diameter

These buttons were most likely a rescue from an old coats that had seen better days. I found them in the most adorable sewing basket at an estate sale. I will share that later. Today, it’s about the buttons.
The buttons are big, 1 1/2 inches in diameter. They are made of a plastic material, maybe Bakelite. The round brown insert is copper. The buttons have a metal shank.

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Black textured buttons

These buttons are big, thick, and textured. 1 1/2 inches in diameter. A heavy button that would stand up to the thickest wool. The hole is recessed in the back.

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Jade green buttons 1 1/4 inch diameter

These lovely jade color buttons are 1 1/4 inch diameter. A small mark on the side of one. Still, lots of vivid, beautiful color.

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GoofingOff Sewing’s Mid Week Rummage: Devil’s Food Cake

During a recent thrifting expedition, I ventured out of the sewing pattern section into the books. I can get lost in old books. I love books, especially old ones. I love the look and feel of them. Well, I had the good fortune to find a copy of Baker’s Famous Chocolate Recipes. “What makes this special?” one might ask. This copy is from 1936 and in very good condition. The cover graphics remain sharp and the pages are not brittle. While there is light yellowing throughout the book it is in incredibly good condition.

CCF15092015_1CCF15092015_2 What does chocolate cake have to do with sewing? Coffee and cake to keep you going…and chocolate is a necessary part of life.

Now to get back to sewing.

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My Mission Trip to Haiti: Making the Dream Come True

I didn’t realize what a big undertaking going on a mission trip would be. Our group is made up of nurses from Maine Medical Hospital and two nurses from Florida. I’m one of the two from Florida. The distance adds a challenge to getting things ready and fundraising. Instead of 12 helping hands there are 10 and 2. Thank God for friends and family. Things like attending the fundraiser in Portland, Maine is out. It sounds like it will be a good time, too. It will be on November 15 at 12:00 PM at the Flask Lounge…..and I won’t be there, which means I need to do other things to keep up my end. It does mean if you are up that way…GO! Click Here for more information: HERE

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From Miss Eileen’s Vintage Shop is this Kodak Brownie Duraflex ll Flash Camera Outfit in the original box.
The kit comes with the camera, flash unit, instruction book, and a roll of Kodak Verichome Pan Film. The film expiration date is Jun 1968 and it is in the original box.

Well, that’s all for now. I’ve got lots of items to list in the vintage shop and a few patterns, too. Remember to use the coupon code BLOGGIN for 10% off your purchase in MissEileen’s Vintage or GoofingOff Sewing. 

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My Mission Trip to Haiti: Part One

The Dream

Ever since I became a nurse I dreamt about going on a medical mission and caring for people in need.

About a month ago, my friend Denise told me about a group of nurses from Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine (Denise graduated nursing school with the trip leader)  that were planning a medical mission to Haiti and I thought this was finally my chance. Luckily, they had room for one more, me, so I am going on a medical mission to Haiti in January, 2016.

Am I nervous? A little.

Am I excited? Terribly so.

A million things come to mind….the practical like clean water and good food (I think I will bring my own almonds). Safety (That’s a concern no matter where you go…but I’ll leave my jewelry at home anyway)……The touchy-feely good stuff (the chance to help others). I don’t speak French, just a few words, and even less Creole, but caring and the touch of a human hand is universal.

Next thing is to make the dream come true.

I set up a Go Fund Me page to ask for help with some of the costs involved. The group estimated our costs to be approximately $1200….flights, ground transport, translators, food, and lodging.

I also thought I could have a yard sale or two (yes, I have that much stuff, lots of vintage and antiques) and use the profits from my Miss Eileen’s Vintage Shop on Etsy, too. Maybe bake and sell cookies….hmmm, you never know.

Lots to think about….lots to do. Wish me luck.

Royal Society Floss Embroidery Linen

Recently I came upon some lovely stamped linen for embroidery by  Royal Society Floss like this beauty.

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Royal Society Floss Stamped Embroidery, Roses, Roses, No.500

 The stamp is still clear despite the fact the linens are from the 1940’s or 1950’s. 

So, it got me thinking about the company, Royal Society….

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 According to “The Dawn of DIY: When It Was Hip to Stitch” by Ben Marks “(the) Nonotuck Silk Co. of Northampton, Massachusetts, promoted a thread brand called Corticelli, to give the easily replicated commodity a romantic, Italian sensibility. Verran sold its thread and embroidery kits under the wealthy sounding Royal Society brand, even though its cotton thread and rayon floss, Euler writes, were less expensive than the silk floss sold by its competitors. As a point of reference, a typical Richardson Silk Company pattern, without the floss, cost 15 cents; selling thread was business of a lot of nickels and dimes, so differentiating your product in a marketplace where brand loyalty was largely absent was especially important.”

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He was right; the name Royal Society Floss does sound pretty fancy but honestly, the linens have a good feel to them and the designs are beautiful. 

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You can find embroidery linens in my other shop, Patternhaus. There are knitting needles, embroidery, crochet, and knitting patterns, and yarn available for purchase as well. Oh, and some of the patterns are available for immediate download so you can save on shipping costs. 

As a special to blog readers the coupon code BLOGGIN for 15% off is valid in Patternhaus, too. 

Make magic one stitch at a time. 

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Where the Magic Happens

“So, this is where the magic happens” my friend said when she came to my house….only I don’t feel like a magician. My name is Eileen and I color outside of the lines, or want to more than I do. I live and work very conservatively that I feel like I blend into the woodwork. Disappear until no one knows I am here. The ultimate legal beagle that never breaks the rules because I did long ago and didn’t like the consequences.

Why I blog

Recently I was asked why I blog. I blog to be heard. To announce “Here I am” to people around the world because I feel foolish speaking above a whisper to those I meet or know especially if the group is larger than two.

I blog to connect with people who love to sew, who love to create, who love to read, who love vintage, people like me, and maybe they might find something I found that they love.

Goofing Off Sewing Supplies

I opened a shop on Etsy, GoofingOff Sewing, after finding a bag of vintage, 1960’s sewing patterns at a yard sale. I looked over each pattern, amazed at the condition, surprised they were complete, and ready to become fabulous clothing. I thought about the first time I sewed, how magical it seemed as the fabric took shape and became a dress, and how I wanted to wear it forever. I knew then I wanted to share that magical feeling with others and could do so by supplying the materials.  The world of sewing pattern sellers is crowded, though, so I blog to set myself apart, to show off my items, to give ideas to customers so they can feel the magic, too.

Coat made by a customer using 1960's Simplicity 4738

Coat made by a customer using 1960’s Simplicity 4738. The pattern was from that first bag I found at the yard sale. I am so proud she sent me a picture of the coat. It is marvelous.

My Goal

I have been blogging for a few years but still have yet to develop a following. I am awed by writers who have huge followings and dozens of comments. I feel honored just to have people read what I have written, honored they took the time, their precious time, to read my thoughts or ideas. My goal is to build my audience by producing relevant posts that crafty folks, sewers and needle artists, can use to bring their ideas to life.

New Listings in GoofingOff Sewing: Be Still My Rockabilly Heart!

It’s mid summer and incredibly hot in this part of the world. Summer in north Florida is like this: hot in the morning, rain in the afternoon, hot in the evening. Sometimes we are lucky to get a breeze..and when we do I love to stand in it and savor it. The next best thing is a fan on the front porch blowing while I sit in the front porch swing.  There are times I want to stay outside sans A/C, especially if I am working in the yard. Today darling hubby put up a fan above the swing (had one that died 2 years ago…fan, not the hubby) after I bought a new one. Hooray! Maybe I will sit in the swing and let the fan blow on me (a little, not gale force) during our afternoon shower.

Meanwhile, back at GoofingOff Sewing, there’s some new patterns just listed. Some, like the Rockabilly Summer Tops, are perfect for summer…as in now…others good for fall or holiday sewing. Either way, each one has its own charm.

Be Still my Rockabilly Heart! Simplicity 2118  Misses’ Blouses and Bras from 1957 in size 18, Bust 38. COMPLETE



McCall’s 2542 Misses’ Pullover Dress from 1986 in size 10. COMPLETE



Simplicity 5979 from 1965. Misses’ Weskit, Pants, Skirt, and Blouse in size 12, bust 32 inches. COMPLETE
What is a weskit? It looks like it is part vest, part blouse; this one is lined and double breasted.
McCall’s 6996 Men’s Shirts in 38-40. COMPLETE
New Look 6251 Misses’ Two Piece Dress. European sizing. COMPLETE 
Size 8-18 or 36-46 (Euro) Six Sizes in one Pattern!



McCall’s 6597 Misses’ Playsuit sized for stretch knits. COMPLETE
Simplicity 9738 Script Alphabet Embroidery Transfers
Simplicity 6411 Hip Huggers, Bra-Top, and Shirt in size 18, Bust 40 inches. COMPLETE
Simplicity 4762 Men and Boys Vests and Ties UNCUT Imagine matching vests and ties at a wedding, a holiday gathering, or photo shoot. Too cute!
Simplicity 8161 Misses’ Shirt-Jacket, Pants, Skirt from 1979 in size 10 COMPLETE
McCall’s 3857 Misses’ Jacket, Top, Skirt, & Pants Size 12 or 14. COMPLETE



Use the coupon code BLOGGIN to get 15% off your purchase at GoofingOff Sewing

Savor the summer and Happy Sewing!

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Mid-Week Rummage: Accent on Daintiness

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Happy Wednesday.

My good friend, Nan, finished counting and checking about 100 patterns….which means I HAVE LOTS OF WORK TO DO! However, a gal has to take a coffee break sometime, so I did, and while I sipping my dose of caffeine (medicinal purpose…clears the cobwebs from the brain) I traveled back to 1939 through the pages of Ladies’ Home Journal.

I love to look at old magazines and newspapers. I heard someone say photography is like time travel…..well, I guess that is what I do. Today I traveled back to December, 1939, when Europe was at war but the U.S. wasn’t….yet.  English mothers were worried about their children surviving bombing raids, dresses were still long, and the photo gallery for 1940 shows legends like President and Mrs. Roosevelt. Among the pages was this advertisement for Hollywood Patterns by Charlotte Johnson.

Hollywood Patterns, Accent on Daintiness, 1939

“Accent on Daintiness” show several patterns for nightgowns, negligees, slips (fitted bodice and brassiere!), and robes. I love the hair styles and the Fred and Ginger fashions. Be still my heart! Maybe I can find some music, like Glen Miller or Benny Goodman to play so I can stay a little longer.

Coffee break is over. Back to 2015. Got to quit goofing off. Wait…I am GoofingOff! lol

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