Vintage Crochet Pattern Oak Leaves and Acorns Place Mat

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Welcome to this Friday’s VTNS Fan Freebie!

Is it feeling like Autumn where you live yet? If not, maybe this pattern will help bring in the cool weather of Fall. It’s a crocheted leaves and acorn place mat.

Vintage Crafts and More - Oak Leaves and Acorns Crochet Placemat Pattern

The place mat measures 13 x 18 inches when finished and is done using Crochet Cotton and a No. 12 Crochet Hook.

The crochet instructions include following a chart similar to Filet Crochet, which is a pattern made up of open and solid meshes. You can find out more about Filet Crochet in this post, Exploring Filet Crochet.

The chart looks like this ~

Vintage Crafts and More - Oak Leaves and Acorns Placemat Pattern

Besides the normal abbreviations for crochet, Ch, sc, dc, etc. you’ll need to know hdc = half double crochet, sk = skip and blk = block. In Row 2 of the instructions it explains how a block is formed for this project.

Once you’ve finished the body of the place mat, there are instructions for the Edge, the Acorn and it’s Cap. The acorns are made separately and sewn on.

You can print the instruction page and chart shown in the post by clicking on them. They will open in another window and you can save or print them from there. Also there’s a green PRINT button at the bottom of the post you can use.

Vintage Crafts and More - Oak Leaves and Acorns Placemat Crochet Pattern

If you’d like to save the pattern as a PDF file, it’s below:

Oak Leaves and Acorn Placemat Crochet Pattern PDF

The pattern is in PDF format so to download it you’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer. Most computers come with it, but it is free and can be found here.

Download Instructions: Right-Click the link and select either “save target as” or “save link as” depending on what browser you are using or simply click on it and save or print.


Easy Halloween or Fall Double Orange Cake Recipe

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orange cake recipe

Double Orange Cake Recipe

Need an easy orange cake recipe for Halloween or Autumn, or both? I made this cake and it’s delicious. I got the recipe from one of my issues of the Mail Box News. A little monthly newsletter written by Maid of Scandinavia that started back in 1956.

It was written to compliment the company’s mail order business of  wonderful cookware and accessories for baking.  Unfortunately the company doesn’t exist anymore and the magazine was purchased by Grace McNamara Inc in 2003, the publishers of American Cake Decorating. They turned it into a full color magazine format, but sad to say, Mailbox News is no longer produced in print.

You can find some of these sweet little vintage magazines for sale here and there on the internet. I haven’t posted mine for sale (I have about 50 of them) in my store yet. I guess I should share and make them available. We’ll see.

The issue I used was from September 1971. It has some great ideas for cake decorating, of course, but also many tested sweet and savory recipes from readers.

I don’t have any ball cake pans, so mine was made in an ordinary 9 x 12 sheet cake pan, which meant I reduced the cooking time to around 40-45  minutes instead of the 60 to 65 suggested. I used all of the batter in the sheet pan and it fit perfectly.

The cake mix I used was Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Orange Supreme.  For the frosting, I used a can of white cream frosting. To turn it orange I first mixed a couple drops of red and yellow food coloring together, then mixed them directly into the can of frosting until I liked the color.

It was very easy to make, moist and a fun treat. It would be fun to decorate however you’d like for Halloween or Fall.

On to the recipe:

orange cake recipeIf you’d like to print the recipe, just click on it and file, print. This is the cover:

orange cake recipe