I love the vintage ads and I always make sure I check those out for each month we choose. As I was paging through the November 1978 issue one ad in particular caught my eye and brought back a lot of memories.
I had a subscription to the House of Miniatures. My grandpa built houses and occasionally furniture for us. He was a pretty stoic man at that time and putting together these miniatures made me feel closer to him. I've since given these away so I don't have any pictures of the ones I did but they were definitely put together by a 10-12 year old and were far from perfect. I remember the ones with fabric were my least favorite since it was hard to glue on correctly. I don't think I had an actual doll house but my grandma made me little rugs and blankets for the bed I made.
You can still find kits on ebay of course and there's a great site done by a hobbyist that gives some of the history and shows many of the kits and catalogs. I know I did one of the clock and a Queen Anne Tilt Top Table, a canopy bed and a dining room table with chairs.
Since this is a November issue the recipes revolve around Thanksgiving and are very...brown.
You can see a small piece of the one recipe that has some color - Gumdrop Bars. Gumdrop bars are described as a sweet bar cookie studded with gumdrops. They also add a creamy vanilla frosting if the gumdrops aren't sweet enough.
Next week I'll have the scarf done from the scarf and hat pattern. I ran out of the main yarns with the scarf part so I'm going to skip the hat.
I'm from Minnesota and have been crocheting since 2003. I inherited a box full of Workbasket Magazines from my mother-in-law and became obsessed with the vintage patterns.