Monday, August 23, 2010

1960s Vintage Sewing Patterns Giveaway!

It's been a while since I've given away some sewing patterns!  So, in celebration of the one-year milestone this month for both Serendipity Vintage and Serendipity Handmade I will giveaway two vintage sewing patterns to one lucky winner! Both of these gems hail from 1967:

To enter, just leave a comment at the bottom of the post. Don't forget to include your email address, website, or profile link so I can easily contact you.

You also have the option of additional entries to increase your chances of winning. For each action post one additional comment:

2. Follow Serendipity Handmade with Google Friend Connect in the right margin.

3. Follow Serendipity Vintage on Twitter and tweet or retweet about this giveaway:

It's a groovy giveaway @SerendipityVint: win two #vintage 60s sewing patterns at #sewing #retro

4. Like the Serendipity Vintage Facebook page.

This giveaway is open internationally, and will end at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on August 31st. The winner will be chosen by random number and announced on September 1st. Good luck all!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Madison Avenue Monday : Hero Knitting

From McCall's Needlework & Crafts, Spring-Summer 1960

A wise reader of this blog suggested last year that I start on winter holiday craft projects in the I thought I'd remind you all that we have about four months until insanity sets in and  the winter holidays arrive.  Get started on those gifts now!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Happy Blogoversary -- With a Little Present For You!

Hooray -- today is Serendipity Handmade's first birthday!  This year has gone by in a flash.  I don't want to get sappy but I do have to thank all of you for being loyal readers and friends; I enjoy all of your comments and I'm tickled pink that you enjoy my blog. 

As such, I have a little freebie for you:

Vintage Workbasket embroidery transfer

Just print out and trace it on to your fabric using tracing paper with a stylus or ink pen.  Happy embroidering!  I have tons of complete and partial Workbasket transfers that have been separated from their magazines, so if I had to guess at a date for this one I'd say it probably hails from the 1940s.

As an extra treat, take 20% off of anything in the Etsy shop with the words "Blogoversary 2010" in the "message to seller" box this week (until August 15th).  Enjoy!

Saturday, August 7, 2010


Well, I'm excited. It is only two days to my blogoversary -- Serendipity Handmade will be one year old on Monday!  My, how time flies right?  We'll celebrate the whole month long, starting this coming Monday, so you should get excited too.

Today I'd like to introduce you to the lovely Carla, as her fabulous blog, Favorite Vintage Finds, turns one year old today. Happy Blogoversary Carla! I believe that Carla was the very first follower of Serendipity Handmade and she's become a supportive bloggy friend. If you haven't already visited Favorite Vintage Finds blog, be sure to do so, as Carla regularly features vintage and vintage-inspired creations from some very talented artists.  She sometimes shows off items from her own vintage and vintage-inspired collections as well.  And of course there are the giveaways....

I have been trying to win one of her 1940s era butterfly pendants every time she gives one away:


Darling, isn't it?  Just visit her blog to enter the giveaway!  Carla will be updating her vintage shops too, so be sure to pop by them soon:  she is *sensibility* on eBay, and also has a soon-to-open blog shop, also named Sensibility.

Be sure to visit Serendipity Handmade on Monday for a special little vintage something just for you!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Winner of the Meet the Artist Bennett Millinery Giveaway!

I'm excited to announce that the winner of the fabulous Black Beetle Whimsy is none other than:

Commenter #8, Jessica Cangiano
of Chronically Vintage!

Congrats Jessica!  Thank you to everyone who entered July's giveaway. And I want to thank Kelly for providing such a wonderful prize for those of you in the blogosphere who are vintage fashion lovers!

My one-year blogoversary and shop anniversary is coming up next week, so August is a special month.  I'll be taking a short break and will return on August 6th to give you a preview of next month's giveaways (yes, there will be more than one).  If some of you twist my arm, I might just offer a sale in one of the shops too....