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Judith Van Atta Roenke. I am a Navy Submariner wife. Triathlete. I am the proud mommy of Henry the Fifth and Peter Tristum. Welcome to my Blog...

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Surprise Package!

The other day I got a surprise package in the mail from one of my best pals, Lillian. She is relocating from NOLA to Paris and was de-stashing. HUGE win for me!!!! I couldn't believe it when I opened the package. She knows me so well!

Check out all my new-to-me vintage loot!

Fun postcards.
Scarf and placemat/napkin set

Ribbon perfect for boy clothes. If we have a boy, I am doing the room in submarines and whales, so these will be perfect for baby and definitely for Henry 5.

Vintage fabrics!

Vintage patterns!
I love this John John pattern. The shirt has a Peter Pan collar, which I have been looking for. The size is right for Little Henry for next summer. The shirt would work for a girl too.
I adore this coat and hat! Perfect for a boy or girl.

Goodwill Treasures

Hooray for $1.29 Mondays at Goodwill. I have been going there in search of pants to convert to maternity. This week I found some other goodies too! I still feel a little guilty about spending money, but I love what I got.

My best treasure is this fantastic polyester shirt for after the baby comes (and maybe some extra weight loss.) I love it! I never find awesome vintage stuff there, so I was totally psyched to get this!
I made the mistake of browsing the dishware section which was ripe with vintage pyrex finds. I am using more vintage pyrex and corningware for heating things in the microwave because they are made of tempered glass and do not leach toxins into the food. Vintage corningware can also be used on the stove top, unlike their newer versions.

Un-needed awesome tin and vintage pyrex bowl. They don't quite go with my kitchen colors- hence the bit of guilt. (I didn't spend much, and they are soo cute!

Sunday, September 05, 2010

I finished the vintage bell bottoms for Henry the Fifth. Simplicity Pattern 7204 purchased from ebay. I used vintage corduroy and vintage floral fabric for the pocket contrast and linings. The pattern is a size 4, so I added elastic to inside and shortened the pattern and added cuffs to make them fit. I need to move the buttons for the inner elastic since they are still too big!
Next time I may add another dart in the back to help fit them.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Census Safety Information

This is the text from an email I got from a trusted source. This director of the Infant and Toddler program for Virginia in this region. It is about safety and avoiding census scams. I figured I would cut and paste it here so it gets on my Facebook page.

Here it is...

2010 Census to Begin

WARNING: 2010 Census Cautions from the Better Business Bureau

Be Cautious About Giving Info to Census Workers

By Susan Johnson

With the U.S. Census process beginning, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises people to be cooperative, but cautious, so as not to become a victim of fraud or identity theft. The first phase of the 2010 U.S. Census is under way as workers have begun verifying the addresses of households across the country. Eventually, more than 140,000 U.S. Census workers will count every person in the United States and will gather information about every person living at each address including name, age, gender, race, and other relevant data.

The big question is - how do you tell the difference between a U.S. Census worker and a con artist?

BBB offers the following advice:

** If a U.S. Census worker knocks on your door, they will have a badge, a handheld device, a Census Bureau canvas bag, and a confidentiality notice. Ask to see their identification and their badge before answering their questions. However, you should never invite anyone you don't know into your home.

** Census workers are currently only knocking on doors to verify address information.

Do not give your Social Security number, credit card or banking information to anyone, even if they claim they need it for the U.S. Census.


While the Census Bureau might ask for basic financial information, such as a salary range, YOU DON'T HAVE TO ANSWER ANYTHING AT ALL ABOUT YOUR FINANCIAL SITUATION. The Census Bureau will not ask for Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers, nor will employees solicit donations. Any one asking for that information is NOT with the Census Bureau. AND REMEMBER, THE CENSUS BUREAU HAS DECIDED NOT TO WORK WITH ACORN ON GATHERING THIS INFORMATION.. No Acorn worker should approach you saying he/she is with the Census Bureau.

Eventually, Census workers may contact you by telephone, mail, or in person at home. However, the Census Bureau will not contact you by Email, so be on the lookout for Email scams impersonating the Census. Never click on a link or open any attachments in an Email that are supposedly from the U.S. Census Bureau. Here's their web site: http://2010.census.gov/2010census/

Additional security related information to keep in mind:

Any request for census information from the Census Bureau will be clearly marked as coming from the U.S. Census Bureau and as OFFICIAL BUSINESS of the United States

It is a federal offense for anyone to pretend they represent the Census Bureau, or any other office of the United States Government

When the 2010 Census takes place, you will receive a letter from the Census Bureau Director, notifying you that, in a few days, your household will receive a form in the mail, or a phone call from the Census Bureau, or a visit from a Census Bureau representative

Identifying the Census Taker

All census takers carry official government badges marked with just their name

You may also ask them for a picture ID from another source to confirm their identity

Some census workers might carry a "U.S. Census Bureau" bag

If you still are not certain about their identity, please call the Regional Census Center toll-free number to confirm they're employed by the Census Bureau.

Most importantly, the Census Bureau will NEVER, under any circumstances, ask to enter your home.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Scrappy Tea Cozy

I have been drinking a lot of tea lately with the chilly weather. I was getting tired of my tea in the pot cooling before I was done drinking it.
So today, I pulled out a bunch of scraps and went to work. The cozy is lined with scraps of chenille from all the bibs I have made and has a thin layer of cotton batting in the middle for insulation. I think it turned out really cute.
Now for some Sleepytime Tea and local honey from our CSA farm. Yum!

Saturday, January 02, 2010

True Up Favorite Fabrics of '09

True Up wants to know about my favorite fabrics of 2009...

- Favorite Print from [Country of Your Choice]- Taiwan, the bicycle print from Tine at bytinster

- Favorite Handprinted Fabric

At Green Olive on Etsy. I wish it was in yardage!!

- Favorite Digitally Printed Fabric- The image on the fabric from Henry’s Daddy Doll

Favorite Home Decor Weight Fabric or Collection – We are plannning to reupholster a victorian couch from Henry's grandfather. I want to do something similar to Nie Nie's couch pictured here.

- Favorite Trend (Motifs) – hedgehogs and mushrooms

- Favorite Trend (Colors)- turquoise and orange

- Favorite Novelty Print – Petit Ecole purchased from Superbuzzy


Favorite Floral Print I made a 50’s style dress with this pique from Hancock Fabrics.

- Favorite Organic Print or Collection I love the collection at Volksfaden.

- Favorite Holiday Fabric or Collection – Michael Miller’s Funky Christmas

- Favorite Juvenile Print: Boys – monkey’s for Henry’s romper

From Matatabi

- Favorite Reproduction Print or Collection – Marcus Brother’s Aunt Grace. I have a few, but I am thinking of one of them for café curtains in my kitchen

- Favorite Solid/Nonprinted – anything that coordinates with my prints and is on sale!

- Favorite Fabric Shop – online: Superbuzzy, ReproDepot Walk in: G-street, local: JoAnns

- Favorite New Fabric You Worked With in 2009- craft weight fusible Pellon. OK, technically not a fabric, but it is new to me and helped make cute fabric boxes for my son’s toys.