Monday, November 21, 2016

Back in the Day: Children and Their Goat Carts

Hi there! I hope that you are having a great day.

In my collection of vintage photos, I have made it a point to collect old RPPCs (real photo postcards) of children in goat carts. In the 1920s and 1930s photographers traveled not only with ponies, but with cute goats pulling carts that I imagine were used as a sales pitch to get moms and dads to pay them to take photos of their children. The carts were often outfitted with a sign bearing the year the photo was taken, and sometimes with the state that it was taken in. I don't know what made me become so fascinated with these photos, but I have quite a few and decided to finally create something with them.

While Mr. Perch was still in the hospital recovering from his surgery this past summer, I brought along some previously-started work to complete the hand sewing on while he was watching TV or dozing off. On a previous blog post I think I shared a few photos of the materials that I was going to use on this one, but here are some photos of the piece that I completed, which was actually a large-form "snippet roll". I am showing single sections of it here because it is a rather long piece. Since it was a summer project, I wanted to use the garden colors of pinks and greens.

The hanger was made of sari silk.
At the top of the doily
 I used a vintage metal
"something" that I had owned
for a while...

I used laces, vintage buttons,
cheese cloth, moiré ribbon...

...velvet, various trims and

...crocheted pieces...

...rick rack and a crocheted hanky...

...collaged with various fabrics onto
5-inch wide burlap ribbon.


It was good therapy and brought a smile to
my face during a time this summer
that was not always so happy.
Art therapy is what I think they call it!

Many thanks for coming by.


  1. How lovely to see your pretty work again. Please give my best wishes to your husband and tell him I'm sending peaceful thoughts. Now, you take care of yourself, and please share all your projects with us. I do love to see them. Blessings

    1. Thank you so much Lesley. He really appreciates that, and so do I. I will share, and am so glad that you like what I do. Peaceful thoughts to you, too! Hugs your way.

  2. What a beautiful snippet roll, Sue. The colors are so lovely, and all the sweet kids, in the photos. It is so good with therapy projects, now and then.
    Dorthe, xxo

    1. Thanks Dorthe! I love those little kids. Thanks for your sweet comment! Hugs!

  3. So beautiful Sue! I love the colors too! I hope to try making one of these in 2017!

    1. Thanks Nancy. They are fun to make! And such a great way to use up bits left over from other projects. Hugs!


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