Sunday, October 21, 2018

Finding and Cleaning Up an Antique Sewing Cabinet

During my road trip to Green Mountain Spinnery and Basketville I also stopped at several Vermont antique shops. Big Red Barn had some reasonably priced treasures and almost everything was on sale.

Buried beneath trinkets, the popped open top drawer of this piece caught my eye. Nothing catches my attention like a secret compartment or a unique piece of furniture like this!

antique thread cabinet

It's a sewing cabinet with a swing out top drawer that has built in thread spool storage. It even came with a little bit of thread inside.

vintage thread spools

It just looks like a normal drawer when it's closed. As you can see, it wasn’t in the prettiest shape when I found it.

antique thread cabinet

A good cleaning and some beeswax polish made a big difference in how the cabinet looks.

antique thread cabinet

I did a little research and found similar swing out drawers for spools but nothing just like this one. It looks like the base might have been attached later, so maybe this was re-purposed.

antique thread cabinet

See a little video clip of how it works on my Instagram

Read about my other piece of vintage sewing furniture, a Martha Washington 

Friday, October 12, 2018

Six Years of Marion's Mittens... on Etsy

We have reached the six year mark on Etsy! While Marion has been knitting for friends, family, and local sales for more than 75 years, our venture onto Etsy was the first time people around the world learned about her mittens.

Here are three things we've loved about being on Etsy this year!

1. Customers

Our customers are just the best. Whether they find exactly what they're looking for and order it without any interaction, or they request something custom and we have a lot of messages back and forth to get it right, it's so much fun to hear from our customers.

5 star reviews

Here is some customer feedback from our sixth year on Etsy:
"Best mittens ever. I love the new colors, and the old mittens I have bought from Marion are still great even after all the sledding, and washes. Thanks." - Margaret, October 30, 2017
"These fit my 4 year old perfectly and are so well made. Great purchase and fast shipment." - Jodi, November 16, 2017
"I bought this as a gift for my daughter and she was delighted!" - Karen, November 21, 2017
"I bought my first pair of Marion's Mittens back in 2012 and after so many wearings and washings, they still look and feel as good as new. I purchased this new pair as a back-up because I live in fear of losing my beloved mittens! Thanks again!" - Jennifer, December 13, 2017
"Beautiful! I can't wait to give them to my daughter on Christmas." - Colleen, December 23, 2017
"I bought these for my Anna cosplay and they were PERFECT!! Love these mittens! Thank you so much!" - Heather, December 27, 2017
 "Just like the ones mom used to make me ❤️" - Jude, January 16, 2018
"Beautiful! Arrived super quickly. Thank you for making it the size I requested" - Rebecca, January 30, 2018 
"Absolutely beautiful, wonderfully made. Will make a lovely hand me down. Thank you" - Tanya, May 25, 2018 
"I can't rave enough about the quality of these mittens. I have a few pairs that I wear regularly in winter, and I keep coming back as a return customer to give more as presents because my friends and family all want some too. You can't go wrong with Marion's Mittens!" - Nathan, June 24, 2018 
"I love this little pom-pom!!! It is so CUTE!! Nice Job!!! FABULOUS SELLER and FAST SHIPPING!! Thank You!!! PERFECT!!!!!" - Sherry Lee, July 26, 2018 
There were so many great reviews it was hard to choose! You can see all 220+ of them here.

2. Reaching Near and Far

Some of our items stay local - others went as far as The Netherlands and Australia in the past year!

batch geo customer map

Want to zoom in and get a closer look at the map? Click here and scroll down.

3. Learning New Things

Laura learned to crochet this year and her aunt started knitting on an Addi machine. We're always up for something new... when we have time! Mittens keep us pretty busy. 

crochet baby afghan

Read more of our anniversary updates: 2017 | 2016 | 2015

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Knitting a Super Duper Custom Mittens, Hat, and Scarf Set

We love when customers reach out to us with custom ideas. Recently we had a request for a matching hat, scarf, and mittens set. The hat was similar to ones we already had (just a different color), but the scarf was a new design and the mittens needed to be in a size that didn't exactly match up with what we usually make. No problem! We were up to the challenge.

yellow knit hat, mittens, and scarf set

My aunt made the hat and scarf. She has been making these on her Addi knitting machine. It's still very much a handmade process: the yarn has to be fed onto the Addi, the machine is cranked by hand, the finished item has to be removed by hand, and then there is hand stitching to finish the garment.

yellow knit scarf

Marion made the mittens, of course. They were for someone for small hands and so made to custom specifications with a short cuff.

yellow knit mittens

We are always happy to take requests for customer orders. In the event that we can't make something - we'll tell you. But in most cases we are able to work with a customer's specifications. Customer orders take anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months to make and deliver. Timing depends on the season and how many other custom orders we've got in the queue.

yellow knit hat, mittens, and scarf set

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