Monday, July 15, 2013

A Sweet Project...U and I Sugar Sack Pillows!

U and I Sugar...Home Grown Sweetness!
Utah and Idaho...the sugar I grew up with!
C & H Sugar...just a sweet little imposter!
This lovely saltine tin was our sugar canister...often found on our breakfast table.
Too lazy to use a spoon...the sugar was poured directly from the tin.
Every bowl of cereal had a half inch of sugar on the!
Lehi Sugar Mill....
Postcard from my collection...Lehi Sugar Mill.
As a child we often drove by the old sugar factory in Lehi.  It was located near the dreaded "Mill Pond"...a body of water rumored to have no bottom, that would suck down any child who swam there.  My mother's cautionary tales were often exaggerated all out of proportion, but I wasn't going to test her theory.  She once told me that it swallowed a train...the "Orem" I believe. 

See all the spooky smoke over the creepy Mill Pond...all for the love of sugar!

The factory was built in 1891 during the height of  Utah sugar production.  American Fork was also competing for the factory.  In the American Fork library there is a copy of a pamphlet put out by American Fork to show all the wonderful amenities our city had to offer prospective industries.  What they should have offered was a building site and land for a beet farm.  Lehi did just that...40 acres for the factory and 1,500 acres of land.  They also built a road to the location, bought stock in the company and gave perpetual water rights.  Also a plus...two railroads passed nearby...The Rio Grande and the Western Pacific. 

American Fork offered photos of lovely homes and a picture of the Postmaster...who was famous for his mustache and cape.  Who would pass over sedately boring American Fork in favor of  boisterous "shoot 'em up" cowboy town Lehi?   Lehi celebrated their victory with bonfires of looted property and free barrels of beer.  Well done, Lehi...well done! 

Sweet Pinterest-Inspired Pillows...
Cute pillow I found on Pinterest.
I found two bags on ebay...5 lbs and 10 lbs.
Sadly neither one was made in Lehi...and one is from South Dakota!
But they had the brightest printing.

Fun use for milk caps...almost like a prize ribbon!

I love the instructions printed on the backs of the bags.
Vintage Sheet Jammie Pants...
I am pretty late to the home-sewn pajama pants party...but not too late!  I have been collecting vintage sheets and pillow cases when I find them in the thrifts.  I can't believe how cheap they are sometimes.  I thought it would be fun to make PJ pants from one of the sheets.  I love the cool feel of sheets in summer.
Pretty violets...full sheet was $4 at Savers and was enough fabric for two pairs.

I trimmed the pants with vintage rick-rack and found a comfy tee-shirt to match.
They are soooo cool and comfortable, I think I will make a few more.
Have a sweet week!


Patti said...

I love the sugary pillows! Very sweet!!!! And, your pj pants are adorable! What a wonderful idea!

Erica of Golden Egg Vintage said...

This is why I just have to learn how to sew! I can't believe how cute your pj pants are! What a great idea. And you can find really smooth vintage sheets sometimes!
My parents told us a similar story about a creepy lake...something about quick-sand all around it, and it will suck you right in! Sooo mean of them! LOL
Erica :)

vintage grey said...

Love the sweet sugar pillows! Such a cute idea!! And you pj pants are so cute, too!! Thanks for sharing!! xo Heather

Tammy's in Love said...

SWEET post! Love the 'ribbons' on the pillows, way to use the craft stash!

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

I love your very sweet sugar pillows!! Those are darling! What a very cute add on that milk cap is too! Your Pj pants look so cute, I bet they are wonderful to wear! :) xo Holly

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

What would childhood be without a bottomless pond or lake?! :)

vivian said...

Adorable sugar pillows! and your jammies too! very cute!
hope youre having a good summer and are able to stay cool. its been so hot here! Thank God for the lake!
have a great week

Dorothy Crutchfield said...

WOW! I love the PJ's you made, so sweet and cool. And those sugar bags are adorable. Love the instructions on the bag about opening the top. My hubby's grandmother used to save every string out of every feed and flour sack and roll it up in a ball to reuse. Talk about thrifty! :-)
I need to be more like that!
Dorothy said...

Ooooh, these are so cute! Loving your pj bottoms too:)