Handmade objects always have a story. They have a real character and charm over mass-produced items. My blog is featuring all the handmade items I make and I'm also going to post Free Patterns for crocheting, knitting and other crafts. I'm also going to post my favourite recipes for free! Are you interested in a certain pattern or recipe? Feel free to contact me.

I love to recycle books and records and create unique purses, clocks, IPhone docks, Ereader Tablet Covers, hollow safe books. You can find my crafting in My RETROGRANDMA Etsy Store

I also love to seek out collectible treasures and you can find them in my RetroClassics shop on Etsy

I've had a number of opportunities for my unique handmade items to be featured on many blogs. I LOVE the RETRO ERA and that's why they call me "RETROGRANDMA"! FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/Retrograndma

28 February 2008


Are you a Single White Female???? Take this out and you will get alot of attention! Handbag made from the cover of a Laser Disc Movie SINGLE WHITE FEMALE, with Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

22 February 2008

Recycled Record Holder

Well today I had a great idea!
Needed a break from the purses today....& decided to make a RECORD HOLDER. It can be used for your bills, in the bathroom or bedroom for your cosmetics or hair accessories, at the office, a napkin holder, for your remote controls...or whatever!

20 February 2008

Cookbook Book Purse

I'm sitting here tonight on my computer & viewing the eclipse of the moon through my window as I work. It's just about half covered right now! My camera isn't that great, but I snapped it anyway.
My creation for today is a COOKBOOK BOOK PURSE. What a neat gift for that special cook!

17 February 2008

Retro Fishnet Curtains

My great find at the thrift shop this weekend were some awesome retro daisy accented curtains - in like new condition. Of course anything I buy I need to alter! I couldn't resist them - perfect match to my dining room and I've been searching for something retro for a long time. I cut the top off which was pleated with the old 3-4 prong hooks and used that material for tabs - which gives it a touch of the modern look. Remember the fishnet curtains?? They came in all colours. I found a pair in their original packages! I've been redecorating my home with retro decor lately. I'll show you more photos later on of my findings - spaghetti swag, sphere-shaped pole lamp and matching floor lamp, couch and chair (in like new condition from the 1970's...the plastic was still on the bottom of the couch!) Check back soon...gotta go and craft now.

15 February 2008

Nancy Drew Book Purse

I told you I was addicted! This is my latest Nancy Drew Book Purse. The Nancy Drew Mystery Stories by Carolyn Keene were first published in 1930 by Grosset and Dunlap. My Nancy Drew purses are of the 1960-70's series. The early Nancy Drew is smart, adventurous, flippant, and daring. She has captured our imagination and our spirit for mystery.

One of my customers response after receiving her book purse was: "this is an absolute darling :) i brought it out to the shops the moment i received in the mail n got many ooohs n aahs n admiring looks"

14 February 2008


Happy Valentine's Day! For the last few days I've created a few more book purses: Beauty and the Beast and Black Beauty. I realized today that I do have an addiction to making these purses! I love making them - each is unique and one-of-a-kind. I can't wait to see the end result and then I can't wait to start another!


10 February 2008

Vintage CARE BEAR Recycled BOOK Purse

I live in Sunny Saskatchewan but this weekend was wicked! -50's with the windchill! Best place was to stay indoors and craft. This is my new creation today and listing on Etsy - A Vintage Care Bear Book Purse! I also finished a BEATLES Record Purse (look below for photo) Amazing what you can accomplish when you can't go out!

5 February 2008

A Collectible Basement

I LOVE RETRO and have a passion for seeking out collectibles. Go back in time in My Ebay Store "A Collectible Basement" . I've been a member since 2004. I'm a trusted seller with 2172 positive feedbacks. I have a basement full of treasures that I'd like to share with you - which includes Toys, Dolls, Kitchen and Housewares, Retro Lamps and Swags, Clocks, Board Games, and MORE! Check it out!

The music, furnishings, clothing and life style of the 60's & 70's are the BEST!