A ditty is a short rhyming song. For example:
A Ditty box was issued to sailors to store their personal belongings or tools
Ordinary Seaman Peter S. Kennedy was my grandfather. He survived WW1 and went on to drive ambulances during WW2. He later became a fireman and was awarded a medal for bravery.
This Ditty box now contains some of my treasures and memories.
I recently visited Chester Cathedral with the intention of seeing a knitting exhibition. There was a display of knitted Bible stories, Hand crafted and lovely.
There was a “side” show of knitting hats and scarves for the homeless. Very admirable and kind idea.
The cathedral is a beautiful, large church, warm and cosy. What I couldn’t understand was why ?
Why Heat the lovely space to such an extent when all the visitors are warmly wrapped up in scarves and good coats?
Why have such a large attractive space open to the public when some of the public are homeless ( for whatever reason) and sleeping rough in doorways?
Why close the doors at night to keep the Church warm when some are shivering with no bed to sleep in?
I know that the homeless is a complex issue. Many people do help and do their best. Maybe I’m doing Churches in the UK a disservice . Maybe they do open their doors at night. Just maybe a little more could be done?
I must give full credit to the Chester shareshop and all their hard work for the homeless people of Chester and elsewhere. When I shop in Chester I always buy myself a coffee. It costs me only a little to buy another coffee for someone out there.
Can you believe that December is with us again? Today being 1st December we can allow Christmas into our lives! Today we can play Christmas music, shop for gifts and even eat mince pies. Christmas should be banned until 1st December and then celebrated in all its glory. We can now buy a tree, decorate our homes and write Christmas cards.
I have a busy few days ahead with a trip to Liverpool with girl friends. We have ambitious plans with afternoon tea, cabaret, cocktails, spa massage and Prosecco. Oh and we might fit in a little Christmas shopping. All this and a hotel sleepover as well!
As mentioned in my earlier blog I recently celebrated a Vintage birthday( Don’t ask!) with a Vintage Tea Party. Here are a few more pictures to show you the beautiful embroidered linens and a small selection of the Vintage China that we have available for hire. This is from Nanna Amy’s Vintage Tea Party.
We have beautiful China and lovely lace cloths. Nanna Amy’s Vintage Tea Party offers a bespoke vintage service tailored to your requirements. You can hire all the vintage table settings that you need for your special event.
We also offer bespoke vintage bunting and hand poured candles in vintage China cups. Call for information Nanna Amy’s Vintage Tea Party on 01352 740631
Having bought so many knives and forks in recent months I began to wonder what the definition of cutlery was! Thanks to Wikipedia for this explanation. Don’t you just love the “modern” words eg spork etc?
Cutlery refers to any hand implement used in preparing, serving, and especially eating food in the Western world. A “cutler” is a person who makes or sells cutlery. The city of Sheffield in England has been famous for the production of cutlery since the 17th century and a train – the Master Cutler – running from Sheffield to London was named after the industry.
Cutlery is more usually known as silverware or flatware in the United States, where cutlery usually means knives and related cutting instruments. Although the term silverware is used irrespective of the material composition of the utensils, the term tableware has come into use to avoid the implication that they are made of silver.
The major items of cutlery in the Western world are the knife, fork and spoon. In recent times, hybrid versions of cutlery have been made combining the functionality of different eating implements, including the spork (spoon / fork), spife (spoon / knife), and knork (knife / fork) or the sporf which is all three.
Some Vintage cake forks from my collection for Nanna Amy’s Vintage Tea Party.
I have spent hours washing and starching lace doilies. I reckon that I’m the only person who uses starch these days. You do get a lovely stiff finish however.
At the last count I had ironed 47 doilies and 6 table cloths! This is for our new venture “Nanna Amy’s Vintage Tea Party” whose launch party gets ever closer!
With the party in mind I have made Blackberry jam. Imagine freshly baked scones, clotted cream and Blackberry jam. Heaven on a plate! All served on vintage place settings.
Nanna Amys Vintage Tea Party is a hire service for very vintage China and freshly laundered (and starched) table linen. We’ve got lace, embroidery and crochet cloths to compliment beautiful mix and match vintage tea sets. It’s great fun. Perfect for a very special very vintage party. Go to nannaamysvintageteaparty on Facebook, Instagram or web page.
I have been sooooo busy sorting,washing and cataloging all the vintage China that I have in my tiny cottage in preparation for the launch of Nanna Amy’s Tea Party next week. Darling Daughter and I are starting work on the marketing and networking for our fledgling lovely business next week. So there will be loads more to tell you!
Nanna Amy’s Tea Party is a hire business for very vintage China, freshly laundered linen and all things Vintage Party Plan. WATCH THIS SPACE.
Darling Daughter has been working hard on the internet side of the project. We are about to launch the web site, Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter, all of which I need lessons on. It’s great fun and exciting.
The business is named after my Grandmother who was a beautiful needle woman and I have inherited her embroidered table cloths and lace doilies.
Nanna Amy died many years ago but is fondly remembered by my eldest children. I had a bemused phone call from elder son yesterday as he had received a Twitter message from Nanna Amy?!! I had not told him about the business details and he was bemused how he could receive a message from “beyond”.
Today I stumbled across a great magazine called “Vintage Life”. I am really a magaholic but find that since I’ve been Blogging and reading bolgs I don’t buy as many magazines. I suppose that there is only so much reading time in a day so I’m more inclined to savour a magazine as a treat. Which is what was doing today. I say ” was” because after I had taken the following photo I knocked the cup of tea all over it! Ah well! I did manage to salvage it even if it now has curly pages!
Maybe I will go and make another cup of tea and try to separate the pages.
Apologies to Darling Daughter but the knitting pattern did bring a smile to my face!
I hope that you enjoyed the re logged post from The Renegade Seamstress today! It was good to watchtheYouTube clip and how simple the upcycled hat was!
Today being Monday my village craft group met in our newly refurbished village hall. It is a stunning location and we are lucky to enjoy a great venue for our crafting. What I REALLY enjoy about the group is the diversity of the crafts enjoyed, the knowledge available to tap into and the friendship happily shared. The chatter often gets louder and drowns out the click of needles and the hum of spinning wheels. The tea and coffee flows and all this for £1 a week!
Already I am looking forward to next week!
Finally I’ve done it! I’ve threatened to do it for a long time! Now it’s done! I’ve sorted all my knitting needles and I mean really sorted. More than a year ago I bought a needle roll from a crafty friend (thank you Lyn) and it’s been in my stash cupboard ever since.
I have LOADS of knitting needles and pins. I inherited my Nannas ( Grandmother’s) and subsequently my Mum’s. I have complete sets of original needles, complete sets of metric needles, not to mention Tunisian crochet hooks, crochet hooks and double ended knitting pins, circular needles etc etc. in fact I could open a needle shop!
As I have already mentioned I have sorted out a complete set of knitting needles into the lovely, well made needle roll. They are in size order and can easily be found when needed. Phew! I haven’t touched my stash of crochet hooks or double ended pins. I also seem to be amassing a set of circular needles! Is there no end to the “must have” kit that crafters can’t manage without?