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Back to School SALE! at Pattern Playing (on Etsy)

Pattern Playing on Etsy is having a “Back to School” Sale!


Use Coupon Code “BACK2SCHOOL” at checkout time, to get a 20% discount on all vintage patterns in the shop!


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August 3, 2013 at 6:13 PM

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Just In! McCall’s 2441 Vintage 60s Adorable Toddler Girls Sunsuit & Topper with Cherries Embroidery Transfer


Helen Lee designed Ruffled Bum Sunsuit & Topper – Vintage 1961 – Adorable!

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July 5, 2013 at 11:41 PM

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July SALE! at Pattern Playing (on Etsy)

Use coupon code “JULY2013”

to receive an additional 20% off your pattern purchase!



Happy New Year & Thanks! 2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,600 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 9 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

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December 31, 2012 at 1:40 AM

Simplicity 9097 Vintage Barbie Doll Original Wedding Dress & Wardrobe Sewing Pattern

Simplicity 9097

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Vintage Barbie Doll Sewing Pattern - Get ready for that June Wedding!

Homemade Dog Biscuit Recipe


Every dog loves a yummy treat now and then and they especially love the peanut butter in these delectable, nutritious goodies.

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling Yield: 31 Servings

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup toasted wheat germ
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 egg
2 tablespoons vegetable oil


In a large bowl, combine the flour, wheat germ and cinnamon. Stir in the water, peanut butter, egg and oil. Knead lightly.
On a floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-in. thickness.

Cut with a 3-in. bone-shaped cookie cutter.

Place 2-in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.

Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned (tops may crack).

Cool on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container.

Editor’s Note: Reduced-fat peanut butter is not recommended for this recipe.

Nutritional Facts: 1 dog biscuit equals 61 calories, 3 g fat (trace saturated fat), 7 mg cholesterol, 12 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

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March 16, 2012 at 3:54 AM

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French 75 Cocktail Recipe

French 75

Named after a piece of artillery during World War I, this drink was originally made with gin. Over time it became more popular using brandy.

Happy Friday!

Total Time: Under 5 mins
Makes: 6 drinks

6 cubes brown or white sugar, or 3 teaspoons granulated brown or white sugar
12 dashes orange bitters
6 ounces gin or brandy
6 lemon wedges
1 bottle sparkling wine, chilled
6 orange twists


  1. In each of 6 glasses place 1 sugar cube or 1/2 teaspoon sugar, 2 dashes of the orange bitters, and 1 ounce of the gin or brandy.
  2. Squeeze a lemon wedge into each glass and discard the wedge. Stir.
  3. Divide the sparkling wine evenly among the glasses, garnish each glass with an orange twist, and serve.

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February 17, 2012 at 6:14 PM

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