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

24 December 2010

EReader Covers made from Books for Kobo, Kindles, Nooks, Sony

Merry Christmas!!!

Before the holidays I started to create EReader cases/covers out of my hardcover books. What a trendy way to hold your EReaders.....Kobos, Kindles, Nooks, Sony, DX's, IPads. If you want to have one made out of one of your favourite books contact me....I do custom orders as well. Visit Retrograndma on Etsy for more great unique items made from books and records.

Hope the New Year brings you Peace, Prosperity and Happiness!

23 November 2010

Christmas Dessert Recipe with Mandarine Oranges

Today I thought I'd share one of my favourite recipes that I use at Christmas. It's a nice light dessert. (since you probably have many dainties to also serve with, not to mention chocolates, cookies....and so on :-)

It's called CREAMSICLE Dessert
2 (3 oz) pkgs of orange jello
1 c. boiling water
1/2 cup cold water
2 pkgs. (102 g) instant vanilla pudding
2 cups cold milk
2 cans mandarine oranges (drained)
2 cups whipped topping
Dissolve jello in boiling water. stir in cold water. Chill until slightly thickened. Prepare pudding using 2 c. milk. Fold in oranges and jello and 1 cup whipped topping. Chill for 4 hours. Enjoy!

9 November 2010

Unique Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas is fast approaching! I have some great unique gift ideas for the "hard to buy for" person for him or her. Handmade handbags made from books and records, clocks, earring holders, wallets, hollow book safes, containers, and invisible floating bookshelfs. Enter my shop here: Retrograndma.

Also check out my vintage etsy shop Retroclassics where you can find almost anything from toys to kitchenware to retro clocks and lamps. Again...something unique for a gift. Great vintage toys from the past.

All my items are unique and NOT AVAILABLE in stores! No one will have anything like it at all! Watch heads turn as you walk down the street with one of my whimsical book and record handbags! Spark conversation at the office or in your home with one of my record containers, book and record clocks or floating bookshelfs.

17 October 2010

Handmade Nancy Drew Book Handbag

Run out of ideas for Christmas? Check out my Nancy Drew Book Purse. Watch heads turn as you walk down the street with this conversational purse! Your friends will envy you for this BLAST FROM THE PAST handbag! Come and see my whole selection at RetroGrandma's Shop on Etsy.

21 June 2010

Vintage 1982 Hasbro Gloworm Glo Worm

Some of you may remember this classic Gloworm from 1982. Press his tummy and he'll glow. Great comfort toy for any child at night. No child should grow up without one! He is very rare and you can find him in my Etsy RetroClassics shop. Check it out plus browse at all my other vintage items - A Blast From the Past!

Beatles Greatist Hits Record Handbag

My newest record handbag creation with the Beatles 20 Greatest Hits Record. All 20 songs listed reached the #1 position on the pop singles charts! Cover has a protective matte clear covering (easily wipes clean). Velcro closure. Handle made of poly web 37" long, which can be used comfortably as a shoulder strap/messenger bag or as a hand held bag. Vinyl material for sides and bottom - double stiched with 2 layers around the edging of sides and bottom - and the top corners backstitched several times. Very strong & durable handbag, yet very soft and light. Lies completely flat when not in use BUT yet it has ample room inside.

You will find it in my Etsy shop.

9 June 2010

Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon Handbag

Handbag made from the Classic record cover of Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd. I remember putting on my HUGE headphones and listening to this fabulous album! Today's music doesn't even come close to some of the classic music we had back then. I created this handbag thinking back to the past. You will find it listed in my RetroGrandma Etsy Shop.

30 May 2010

Handmade Nancy Drew Handbag The Crooked Banister

Yet another Nancy Drew Book Handbag. I like the macrame handles - gives it a different twist than the beaded handles. Did I mention that I do customer orders? I've done quite alot of them....my next order is someone who wants to personalize and give each of her bridesmaids a handbag made out of one of their favourite books. What a great idea! Something unique and will always be remembered!

1 May 2010

Handmade Nancy Drew Book Handbags

Like I mentioned before I'm "addicted" to making book handbags! I just purchased alot more volumes of the Nancy Drew books. Here are my latest - Nancy Drew Clue of the Broken Locket Handbag and Nancy Drew Clue in the Jewel Box. I've made these with macrame handles...something a little different than the beaded handles I've been making.

18 March 2010

The Beatles Rubber Soul Record Handbag

My last Beatle Record that I've created into a handbag - called Rubber Soul. I still love listening to the Beatles! I remember watching their first live performance on the Ed Sullivan Show! On our black and white tv...ha! those were the days.

13 March 2010

Rush Record Handbag

My husband actually had this particular album in a glass frame...and the other day he decided to part with it and have me make a handbag out of it.......he loves the artwork on it. Rush Record Handbag for sale on Etsy now. Watch heads turn as you walk down the street with this awesome bag!

24 February 2010

Milady's Textbook of Cosmetology Book Handbag

Just made and listed today! Awesome handbag made out of Milady's Standard Textbook of Cosmetology, copyright 1991. Now this is a fashion statement handbag! Walk down the street and watch heads turn!

20 February 2010

Featured today in Etsy Storque Main Showcase

I got lucky and purchased a spot in the Etsy Storque Main Showcase today. At the moment my Nancy Drew Book Handbag is being displayed. To get a spot it was similar to a bidding war on Ebay lol!

12 February 2010

Vintage Dick and Jane Book Handbag

Imagine all the little fingers that went through this classic book of "Fun with Dick and Jane"! I could not resist creating a handbag out of this particular book. The wear of the hardcover gives it character. I also have another Our New Friends Dick and Jane purse listed.

6 February 2010

I Made it to the Front Page of Etsy!

I made it to the Front Page of Etsy with my recycled vinyl holder in January. I was thrilled!!! It's VERY hard to get on the front page. I've seen alot of record bowls (which I've made myself) made out of the vinyl....but thought I'd try to create something a little different. This would go great with the vinyl record container that I also make in an office. Pencils in one and mail in the other. I'd love for one of my Book Handbags to be on one day.