Brooches (again)

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The previous post didn’t appear to have the text attached to it! Sorry! Why do WordPress alter the template for the blogging? I suppose it is to try and keep it up to date but for us non techies it does make life difficult!
These brooches are my small, very small collection of china brooches. One came in a satin lined box with the words “Capi-di- Monte Porcelain Jewellery handmade in Italy” on the inside. I now own three of these pretty brooches and tend to wear them all at the same time.
It is rare to find them un damaged as the ends of the petals and flowers tend to get chipped. But hey! I like them! I have picked these up for a few pence in charity shops but I suspect that they are not worth much more. I am sort of collecting them with the vague idea that if I had quite a few they might make an unusual trim or adornment of some kind. Who knows? I will just carry on wearing them on my jacket for now.
You can also find the same china flowers imagein tiny vases. Maybe this could be something else to collect……

Tweed and some Rustic Charm

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Tweed and some Rustic Charm

Noddfacrafts:

🌞interesting that this article is not from Scotland the land of tweed💃

Originally posted on The Morris and Sons Blog:

Tweed fabric and tweed yarn. Two different textiles, made in the same way.

Just mention the word tweed and it conjures up images of English gentleman hunting, fishing and doing such- like manly things. Have you heard of  Cheviot Tweed, Shetland Tweed, Gamekeeper Tweed, Sporting Tweed, Thorn proof Tweed or Geographically named Tweed?  There is an interesting article on tweed fabric. How it is made, some history and the men who wear it, over here.

What’s the difference between ‘regular’ yarn and tweed yarn?

Tweed yarn 1

In layman’s terms, generally, regular yarn is spun first and then dyed. The interesting part about the creation of tweed yarn is that the fleece is dyed first and then all the different fleece colours are put together in a kind of recipe and then all mixed up in a kind of mixing bowl and then spun. This is what gives it its flecky, speckled…

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Milking It

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I went out for coffee with a friend last week to one of our favourite haunts. This is Lady Heyes Craft and Antique Centre Frodsham, Cheshire. It is a huge venue with multiple craft and antique mini outlets- perfect!
We really only went for coffee but managed to squeeze an hour browsing one of the antique emporiums. If I visited here every week I would always discover some “treasure”. This time one of my treasures was a “milk jug doiley”. These were made with beads around the edge so that they would wait the cover over the milk jug and stop any flies getting at the milk. A jolly good idea before the advent of fridges.
I remember my Grandmother AKA Nanna using one of these. OK I am fairly mature AKA old(!)but fridges were not the norm in the UK until the 1960′s so that’s my excuse.
Anyhow I enjoyed my wallow in nostalgia and the milk jug doiley currently enjoys pride of place on my kitchen windowsill.

Back to reality (Whatever that is!)

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Let me start by apologising to anyone who follows this blog because of its so called craft, vintage content! It’s not easy to be very creative in a campervan and we’ve no space for many vintage finds. Damnvan1, Hubs, Benji and I have arrived back home after three glorious weeks in Devon and Cornwall. The washing is done and Damnvan1 put to bed in the barn, for now.
The picture is of my new work in progress. I vow that it will not remain unfinished for long as I am prone to do. There WILL be a picture of the finished project next week.

Since returning I have been overwhelmed with the desire to Spring clean. This doesn’t happen too often fortunately. This morning I decided to wash some embroidered cushion covers that I had bought from IKEA some time ago. I forgot that they are feather filled and when I took the covers off there was a feather storm all over my recently cleaned lounge. Still it was clean mess not like the mess from black leading the fire stove yesterday. Happy days!gallery]

By the way does anyone know how to remove black mould from vintage linen and indeed can you remove it?

Sand Between My Toes

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Sand Between My Toes

This will remain a fond memory of this beachy, sunny holiday in Cornwall. Sand, sun, beach, hot, sea, paddle, ice cream, beach cafe, swim, surf, sun bathe, read, camp, campervan, hedgerows, flowers, breeze, relax, sun tan, smile, happy!

We have moved to the other side of Cornwall, an area I’ve not been to since childhood (quite a while ago!) we have only visited The Roseland Penninsula. This is an area about fifteen miles from Truro. We haven’t had long enough here but will certainly return. It is an area of pretty coastal villages, gorgeous coves, and hidden beaches.

Today we walked a very small portion of the Coastal Path after our second visit to the Hidden Hut for lunch. We met a guy walking in the opposite direction in aid of Prostate cancer. We had a great chat, made a donation and said good bye! He’s well on the way to raising £5k for this good cause so good luck to him. His blog is paulbeevers.wordpress.com.

A Hidden Gem

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A Hidden Gem

Today we stumbled across a hidden gem. It was “The Hidden Hut” a beach cafe with a difference. It is situated on National Trust land above Porthcurnick Beach, Roseland Peninsula, South Coast Cornwall. I say stumbled because we had just come along the Coastal Path in intense heat and really needed a nice break. What a joy! Great food, service and location.
Whilst we were there they were filming a celebrity chef for a BBC programme Saturday Bites going out in September.The chef was a guy called Tom Kerridge. He was cooking in the outdoor kitchen and walking along the Coastal Path -although
he didn’t walk very far.Too hot.
The painting is by Claire Henley

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Sun, Sea and Sand

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Sun, Sea and Sand

Sadly I have lost my camera. It wasn’t too expensive or indeed techy so it was time to replace. The problem is I knew how to use it, download, crop etc. I have spent an age trying to download images from my phone with only a small degree of success. Also I have been internet less for the last few days which has been odd.
The weather has been positively tropical with roasting sun and wonderful sun sets. We have been staying at Sennen Cove, Lands End a stunningly beautiful site largely due to the location. We have walked the Coastal path and best of all sunbathed on the beach. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Sand between the toes. The Atlantic waters are very cold but I braved a brief dip. Photos not available as heavily censored!
On top of everything else I have just spilt tea over my iPad so here’s hopping all is well.

Where to find vintage knitting patterns online

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Noddfacrafts:

I think that this list of Vintage sources is really handy💃

Originally posted on A pile of sheep:

Are you a fan of vintage knitting patterns? I certainly am. Luckily for us there are many places to get that vintage pattern fix. There are currently numerous good pattern books in print. But sometimes you want just one individual pattern. That’s where the technological marvel that is the internet comes in! Please enjoy this handy vintage link-fest!

Vintage Knitting Patterns – For Sale

The Retro Knitting Lady
This is one of my favourite sites, even just for browsing. The Fair Isle section is a spectacular wall of 1940s and 50s knitting fashion! You can pay for a pdf, or have the original mailed to you.

Iva Rose
This site sells reproduction knitting patterns and specialises in 1920s and 30s fashions.

Vintage Knitting Patterns
You can order some extremely comprehensive and properly reprinted collections of vintage patterns from here. There are patterns dating from 1895 to 1963!

Yesterknits
“The largest…

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