Monthly Archives: May 2012

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We had storm clouds a-gathering yesterday.  We watched them roll in from inland but we didn’t see a drop of rain.  Just as well as we spent part of the evening hanging out round one of the bunting comittee’s contribution to the Jubilee.  I didn’t mean it to be so red, white and blue, but thought why not – you can’t fight it…

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“I like making crowns. I like making flags. I like wearing crowns. I like waving flags…”  …but actually I still just want to have a strop, throw everything on the ground and cross my arms at you all…so there…

 

 

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Well, where to start!? From finishing work on friday to going to bed on sunday, it has been the most beautiful photogenic weekend EVER. The weather was just incredible and we found time for paddling, walking, car-booting, gardening, buntinging, eating, sewing, playing and basking…

The highlight for me was the collection of treasure waiting to be discovered at the car-boot sale.  We found a whole box of old rolls of pianola music, all decorated in lovely graphics and type.  My eyes popped out at the 1890s sewing machine still with its instuctions!  Although the manual was a little worse for wear – never use sellotape on paper, ask my sister;  it’s a paper conservator’s nightmare.  Also uncovered was a lovely old ink pad tin, with ink, a ludo box full of marbles, a roaring, walking, gnashing, flashing dinosaur and a very funky golf cocktail set… 

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Wowzerumba what a week weather wise!  I took a million photos – here’s just three to get you started…

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Oh my, I think I’m in love…

 

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Oh my I’m so excited!  You may remember a while ago I showed you a sneaky preview of some lovely little dollies I designed.  Well, they’re ready!  Here they are, the first four…

Aren’t they pretty!  And what fun they look like they’re going to have.  Which is your fave?

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I get the feeling there’s going to be a bit of a party in June – and what’s a party without bunting?!  I can spell out anything you like for any occasion, but here’s some inspiration and ideas to get you started…  Head over to my folksy shop to let me know what you’d like!

  

 

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Wowzers!  After a shaky and slightly damp start, spring sprung this weekend with a big smiley grin on its sunshiney face…

 

 

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 Well, I’m not sure what the weather’s been up to this week.  We’ve been from torrential rain to thick fog to frost.  But today, at last,  it’s been the most beautiful glorious sunshiney day today and we spent the morning having a lovely rummage around Bridport’s vintage quarter.  It’s so much fun down there, there’s so much to see and quirky little shops to investigate.  We ended up in Pam’s though, where I seem to end up a lot.  It’s a house clearance warehouse and the people of West Dorset seem to have a lot of fun and interesting stuff to clear out!  It’s very scruffy, very varied and very musty – I tend to get an itchy nose after about 5 minutes, but there’s nearly always something worth taking home.  I’m going to share my favourite finds of today with you.  I love, and I mean LOVE old books, vintage typography, handwritten journals and beautiful handwriting.   Well this little find ticks all of my boxes….

It’s old, musty and full of history.  And at £3 it was a bargain too!

The person who owned it first used this book for all kinds of interesting things.  It’s full of newspaper cuttings, of course, including a mix of stories which have been neatly cut out and stuck in, lots of clippings and photos from the death of George the Vth in 1936, hand-writing practise, a painting of the nautical flag alphabet and lots of pressed flowers…

 

 

 

 

I love the care with which they’ve been put in and labelled in such beautiful writing, even the ‘common daisy’ and the ‘dead nettle’!  I’m guessing the flowers were pressed in the book around the same time as the newspaper clippings which makes them 76 years old.  To think they’ve been sitting there for all that time just waiting to be discovered – what a treasure!  And even though the flowers have lost their colour, they’ve lost none of their beauty…

…moving onto the hand-writing practise.  The start of the book has an alphabetical index and there are beautifully drawn words for each of the letters…

 

 

…and look at the brilliant choice of words… Apple, Banana, Cabbage, Dumpling, Eton, Fowler, Greedy, Heed, Ipswich, Kettle, London, Mother, Nothing, Orange, Pineapple & Quick.  I love it.  But wait a cotton picking minute.  What about the J’s?  Between Ipswich and Kettle, where Joey should be, there’s just a big nothing.  And not the same Nothing that comes between Mother and Orange.  Anyway, I love them just the same.

I love this little advert about The Ways of Women ….

…apparently we “keep the home together, cope with the weekly shopping AND look after the children.”  Wowzers.  Cope with the shopping!  Those were the days.  When being able to shop was considered an achievement.  Mind you, supermarkets on a saturday morning are something I actually can’t cope with. 

Anyway, this is fun too – X-Ray measured shoes…

 

….and then just neatly cut out and very kitsch picture of the queen, well, not THE queen, but the queen then…

…and my favourite of all – a beautiful hand painted nautical flag alphabet.  All in all, a lot of history and pleasure for £3 don’t you think?

I also picked up this super fun book of fun for £1…

 

…and, to fulfil my need for vintage design, typography AND foreign language, an old French car parking disc for 50p…

So that rounds up my little visit to Pam’s, except to say that I also got fabulous set of old artists’ inks which I’ll wait until the morning to photograph so you can see the colours properly.  See you then x

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