Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Vintage Weddings - part 2

Following on from my post of a couple weeks ago, here are some more vintage weddings from family photos, full of the varying styles of the decades...

my maternal grandparents wedding in the early 1930's in a dress her father (a royal tailor) made her

their bridesmaids ready to go to Church

Another early 1930's wedding, the 1920's style is still somewhat noticeable in the style of hats and the dresses, although the exaggerated hankerchief hems have gone

check out the fabulous hats on the bride and bridesmaids (including my grandmother on the far right) and monsterous bouquets

I believe this is an American wedding (one of grandma's brothers moved to San Diego), it certainly looks like it from the fashion, and just love the simple but elegant style of dreses on both the bride and the guests

a late 1960's wedding, with pill box style headdress, and a gorgeous devore coat for the mother of the bride (or groom) on the right

and a photo from my parents wedding in 1960, you can't really see in this photo but my Mum's dress is completely made from Nottingham lace


Monday, 25 July 2011

Hollywood Magazine Adverts - part 1, makeup and hair

Taken from Hollywood Film Magazines, these adverts are from the 1940's mainly.  I find them fascinating, especially for some of the claims they make :)


we all long for a well-groomed look & matt loveliness 

how the brand has changed over the years!
 and hair...

hmmm, I like the sound of this - curls for even the straightest hair...

then how to control them once you have them

you just don't get prose like this for hair products anymore do you?

It all makes beauty sound so easy, doesn't it? :D x


I've luster after Airstream trailers for years now.  They look so gorgeous, all silver and lovely on the outside, and deliciously vintage on the inside - well the original ones are; the new ones are rather futuristic inside.

On our last visit to Suffolk there were two of them on our caravan park; one was an original airstream that had been revamped sympathetically, the other one was a brand new one.  We managed to get a quick sneaky photo of the new one...

They're so cool and epitimise for me a great period of American history.

I feel the same way about Automats too, if only they still existed! x

Friday, 22 July 2011

July hols

I'm taking a bit of a break for a week and a half; Hubby's on holiday, and from today so am I (hurrah).  We've got lots of things planned, from house stuff (has to be done) to some markets and another break to Suffolk.  Sadly the weather here has been atrocious, we're yet to see any sign of Summer, but with lots of do I'm sure it won't matter.

I've set up a couple of posts whilst I'm "off" and can't wait to catch up with you in just over a week. Hope it's a good one whatever you're doing. x

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Silky post

Look what I won on ebay this week...

it's a vintage silk souvenir scarf from Austria, with a cute snowman in the middle and logos round the edge. So cute.

It's my Dad's 78th birthday tomorrow so I'll be making chocolate cupcakes in the morning for him and we're having a Chinese with them later.  x

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Knit knit knit

Well, I couldn't resist! This time it was Debbie Bliss Andes, a mix of alpaca and silk, sooooo soft, in a lovely dark, rich, grape colour (number 13) and size 7 needles.

One thing I would mention is that this wool is not in a ball, but comes as a skein (I think that what it's called) - well, I've never had that before, and merrily went on my way, only for the whole first 'ball' to knot up and sadly I spent 3 hours (!) unravelling it - it also gets knotted into itself (again, presumably why it's in a skein) so I had to keep cutting it.  This means that one third of my scarf is less than perfect, having lots of knots where I've joined the next piece, but the next skeins I made sure I laid them out carefully and gently.  I'm really happy with the finished product and cannot WAIT to wear it.

I've got so many scarfs I don't suppose I really need any more, but I love to make them, and I'm sure there are some colours missing from my collection! x

Monday, 18 July 2011


Ok, so Friday night my bf and I went to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.  Loving the books as much as I do I always enjoy the films as an add ons, but am always slightly disappointed in the bits they leave out.  Well....

it was AWESOME!!!! I have NO complaints, we cried, we laughed, we even applauded! It was an amazing end and I was so happy that they kept in all the bits that were important to me.  We left the cinema feeling sad (that it was all over) but happy as it was awesome.

Hope you all enjoy it too :D - we're planning on going back again next weekend!!!

The rest of the weekend was filled with charity shop finds, including a lovely 1930's cabinet for just £20 which now sits just inside our hallway, and today has been topped with a lovely fern-like plant, it looks lovely...

I also found some more audio books...

I also bought some great plates, then the bag broke in the food shop & most of them broke! Not good!

Saturday we popped into town to a vintage fair and I bought a fab bag of vintage buttons

Today we spent the day cleaning out the garage, a dirty job, but one that had to be done; and did a bit of gardening (inbetween all the rain!).  We've even had a few tomatoes ready for picking, lovely...


Friday, 15 July 2011

Movie clippings

Hubby's late aunt was a big film fan whilst growing up.  She kept a big scrapbook full of clippings of movie stars she liked from the 30's and 40's.  I'm lucky enough to have this scrapbook now and it's fascinating for me as I too love these things.

Here are just a few bits & pieces from that golden era...

Erroyl Flynn

Clark Gable

Bette Davis

Cary Grant & Rosalind Russell

Stewart Granger


Lots of her clippings haven't been stuck into her album, and on the back of them are vintage advertisements for all sorts of things.  I'll be posting various ones now and then.

I'm off to see Harry Potter later today, cannot wait! Enjoy your weekends. x

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Tea towel bag

In 1994 Mum took me to Sicily for a week's tour as my birthday present.  It was an amazing holiday, full of wonderful history and fabulous sights (& delicious icecream).  One of the souvenirs we brought back was a huge tea towel, about twice the size of a usual one.  I've never used it before because of it's size, and for some time I've been thinking it'd make a fab bag.

So, that's what I've done, I put in a lining, and am so pleased with it...

I've always wanted to make a bag out of tea towels as you can get some lovely ones, and let's face it, they're really just a good piece of fabric.  I've got a few others, though normal size, that I'd like to make into one too (will try to remember to photo the stages for a tutorial next time).  Mum loves it too, so is now on the lookout for large tea towels to upcycle. x

Wednesday, 13 July 2011


I know it's still the start of Summer, but sometimes you just have to plan ahead, or in my case, have to pick up those knitting needles.  Over the weekend I finished myself a scarf, the colour could be described as a teal, somewhere between a peacock and a petrol blue (the pictures don't quite capture it).

It's made from 3 balls of Debbie Bliss cashmerino aran, colour 300010 and is soft and lovely...

They have so many gorgeous colours in this wool, I think I'll be getting some more, I'm thinking hot pink, mauve and a soft sage. 

I should mention that the only thing I knit is scarves!  My Aunt kindly taught me to knit (we always had great jumpers from her growing up), but I never had the patience to learn to follow a pattern or learn any other stitches than knit and purl, but perhaps it's finally time to do so - another I think the scarves are here to stay, they're just so versatile and I love to wear them.

What do you knit?  Did your mother or family member teach you, or are you self-taught? x

Monday, 11 July 2011

LPs galore & haberdashery bits

Well, we had another lovely (if somewhat wet) weekend in Suffolk.

And managed a few finds, Hubby came away with 26 LPs and a single, so was a very happy chappy, especially as half of them only cost £1 each and the other half only 10pence each!!!

from classic 80s Jesus & Mary Chain, Robert Palmer and The Jam to Bob Dylan & Ella Fitzgerald

some were soundtracks for both of us

you can't turn down Prince's 'Batman' now can you, especially for 10p!

and we couldn't turn down the soundtrack to what was one of my favourite tv shows growing up - well worth the 10p (hee hee)

"I pity the fool who doesn't buy this record" ha ha ha

We went to our usual haunts too, and I came away with some great haberdashery bits, including these fab bakelite buckles for 50p each (should have bought more perhaps) - haven't decided yet if these will be belt buckles or used on either a headband or as hair decor (will let you know) ...

and a small selection of fab vintage buttons for craft projects

from a little local vintage market I picked up this Canada souvenir silk scarf

and a couple of pieces of this wonderful vintage fabric (feels like 1950's curtain fabric)

and a length of fine pink suede

I also found another great book, a travel book for London in 1936, which has some great maps and fabulous information on where to go, stay, and 'customs' if you will. 


I'm so pleased with my haberdashy/crafting finds and can't wait to go back (I always find something it seems), the fabrics are already washed and ready to go, I just need to choose what to make with them now... x