I’ve used the Happy Housewife fabric before, but not in this way. Going through all my fabric has inspired me to use all the good stuff I have and the house wives and the butterfly fabric are a natural match.
The colors are the same tone and the illustrations have the same seriousness to them. But it goes beyond that. Butterflies are a symbol of the Goddess. They show up again and again on ancient pottery and on goddess sculptures. So I love the idea of juxtaposing the 1940’s house wives with the ancient goddess.
But even if you didn’t know about the goddess connection, the butterflies still work in depicting a sense of freedom compared the restrictions placed on women, not just in the 1940’s but throughout history.
I also couldn’t help thinking of how all those happy housewives are so happy to be vacuuming and showing off their refrigerators because those appliances actually did free up time for them and in many ways made life easier.
I’ll be making more of these this week, until I run out of fabric, and will have them for sale next week. They’re $15 each + shipping.
A magnet on our fridge that Jon gave me