Welcome to Pieceowork

Pieceowork is the blog/website for my Etsy shop: JBHVintageHandmade. It’s where I’ll tell stories, make suggestions, and feature specific items available.

The shop sells vintage photographs in three forms: file downloads, prints, and ceramics. The downloads are scanned slides spanning the late 1950s through 1980s. My father, Harry L. Burnett Jr, a professional photographer, took most but not all of the downloads. You can find some of his work via the Library of Congress or the Architects Office of the Capitol, where he worked for 35 years as the first official photographer.

The shop also sells what I call Things to Put Things In: bags, totes, pouches, rolls, boxes, and bowls. Mom was an avid seamstress turned quilter. I inherited her stash but not the quilting bug. Combining our stashes into random acts of fabrics, I’m sewing (on Mom’s machine) self-storing shopping bags, tote bags, jewelry pouches & rolls, pencil/pen/crochet hook/knitting needle rolls, eyeglass cases, and anything that catches my fancy. Some patterns and kits also show up when I find things we bought but never got around to making.

As I went through the photographs and fabrics, I realized how their life together needed to be honored by something relatable, not just for my family but for others. This and the Etsy shop are my attempt to honor a 70-year relationship and my own education.

A word about the proceeds of the shop. Yes, Etsy and selling things starts off as a for-profit venture, but my goal is to honor my parents. In so doing, a portion of any proceeds will be donated to the following organizations: Alzheimers’ Association, American Heart Association, and a variety of personal charities.
Thanks for shopping and reading. Please comment but spare me your nasty, vindictive, or other bad behavior. You’ll be marked as spam if you do, and possibly reported. Just sayin’.

Special Announcement

Now that I have your attention, let me tell you what’s going to happen here at Pieceowork.com. Starting in October, Pieceowork.com will be the blog and news feed for my Etsy shop: JBH Vintage Handmade.

It’s taken me a long time to deal with things after my parents’ deaths. Pop left photos in all shapes, formats, and sizes. I have files of every slide taken between 1960 and 1983 when he retired and switched to totally digital. I’m offering downloads of some of these files for you to use. Pop was the first official photographer for the US Capitol architects’ office. As a professional, he could make vacation snaps look good–and he did.

The year before, Mom left sewing machines, fabric, pattern books, and a whole lot of things we didn’t know what to do with. I took what I could work with and looked at it for a while.

With JBH Vintage Handmade, you’ll get the opportunity to see and purchase some of the photographs as file downloads, prints, and his final project, photo-ceramics. Almost every photographs fits both the vintage and handmade categories.

I’m using Mom’s machine (not vintage, btw) and combining our stashes of 100% cotton fabrics (most of which ARE vintage) to offer a variety of small, useful objects: shopping bags that zip into their own pocket, jewelry pouches and rolls, fabric boxes and bowls. It’s a loving collaboration I call Random Acts of Fabric. The stash isn’t organized, so choices are made on the fly, the way I used to do any quilt project.

I hope you enjoy my offerings. This is where I tell some of the stories about the photographs and family memories.