Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Monsieur Le P...

...has been busy creating again. He's sickeningly talented.

I just love his painting style. He paints in oils and they have that lovely vintage look, popular in the 1930's. So beautiful. This one is destined for the shop it measures 32cm x 37cm (outer edge of the frame) and is £95. He is in demand - there will be more.

Friday, 20 January 2012

I found this...

...knitting pattern book the other day. It belonged to my Grandmother and by the looks of it was printed in the 1940's, when girls were "Gels" and fashionable men smoked a pipe.

Obviously in wartime Britain fabrics and clothing were in short supply, so it was common to knit. Often old knitted garments would be unravelled to be knitted into something new. It also seems that there was nothing that couldn't be knitted. This book has patterns for almost everything... including underwear.

This foxy little number has the caption (to be read in a classic clipped British Ealing Studios/BBC accent)
"Who cares if it snows? Certainly no one if they're wearing this variation of the vest and pantie set. It is knitted in such fine wool that it can be worn under a fitting frock, and is so warm you can laugh at a north-east wind"
HA north-east wind! I laugh at you!

There are also some rather bonkers knitted hat designs. I'm calling this one the "Flock of Seagulls".

However this is the one that really made me chortle.

Ooo-er missis! I particularly like the use of the Bull-Worker as a fashion accessory. Wonder if you could knit it in shetland wool?

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

I do love...

...India Knight. She's a hoot. I love her books and newspaper column. She also writes a blog. Her latest entry made me laugh outloud...

Funky Rain-Mates. Genius! It might be my age, but what's not to love about a natty fold-away hood to keep the rain off your blue rinse!

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Did you have...

...a wonderful Christmas? I had a really lovely time this year. It was relaxed and relaxing. There were many pyjama days. For me, it was a rosey affair which I absolutely loved.

Firstly, these bad boys - just heavenly. They were even sweetly scented!

Gorgeous rosey coasters. A gift from The Mad Woman of Yorkshire. She came down to visit and us Mamma's did "The Hump" after a couple of egg-nogs...it's a DANCE!

A little bit of heaven from Charbonnel & Walker...my most favourite chocolatiers.

Best of all; this piece of gorgeousness. Hoping to have more from the artist for the shop and website very soon. Let you into a secret...it's the very talented Monsieur Le P, also purveyor of lovely photographs and websites. Clever sort.

Finally, nothing says Christmas like a new pair of slippers!

Wishing you all a very wonderful new year.
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