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I used to go to my grandmother's house in Massachusetts in the summer, when I was a little girl. She would sit for hours, knitting Barbie clothes for my sisters' dolls (I was more into G.I. Joe). She would crochet doilies and the edges of pillow cases and hankies, pot holders and shade pulls.. She would do all these crafts with her hands, because she never could just sit. No one just "sits" in New England! I moved away to go to school and never asked her to teach me how to do all those wonderful things she knew how to do. But when we went to her apartment after she had passed, I found HUNDREDS of hankies, and doilies, bureau scarves, chair arm protectors- literally hundreds of items. No one wanted them except me. I kept them for years, occassionally displaying them. But I had too many to keep all to myself. I tried to think of someway I could use them, so that other people would love them as much as I do. I came up with the idea of…

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  • Born on September 18
  • Joined March 15, 2009

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vintage hankies, linens, doilies, vintage t shirts, rick rack, trims, appliques

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I used to go to my grandmother's house in Massachusetts in the summer, when I was a little girl. She would sit for hours, knitting Barbie clothes for my sisters' dolls (I was more into G.I. Joe). She would crochet doilies and the edges of pillow cases and hankies, pot holders and shade pulls.. She would do all these crafts with her hands, because she never could just sit. No one just "sits" in New England! I moved away to go to school and never asked her to teach me how to do all those wonderful things she knew how to do. But when we went to her apartment after she had passed, I found HUNDREDS of hankies, and doilies, bureau scarves, chair arm protectors- literally hundreds of items. No one wanted them except me. I kept them for years, occassionally displaying them. But I had too many to keep all to myself. I tried to think of someway I could use them, so that other people would love them as much as I do. I came up with the idea of making baby gifts. I made blankets, onesies, burp cloths and bibs with old hankies, doilies, bits of lace, pieces of vintage fabrics. Voila! "SNOOKIE-OOKUMS" vintage hand-made, up-cycled baby accessories was born! But I live in Los Angeles and not everyone here is into lace and ribbons. So I took searched at yard sales and in thrift stores, I begged and borrowed from my friends and took my own vintage t-shirts, and made a second line of gifts- BEBE OUTRE. For when your favorite colors are NOT pink and blue! I make one-of-a-kind gifts for your one-in-a-million baby.
AND SOMETIMES, USUALLY AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MONTH, I MARK DOWN ONE ITEM TO A TENTH OF IT'S PRICE. Yes, if it cost 19.99, you can get it for 1.99, plus s/h. That means you can own an original, one-of-a-kind, hand crafted keepsake SNOOKIE-OOKUMS item for a tenth of the cost and you will only know about it if you read this notice! SHHH! It's a secret!

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