Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Pretties from Pickering!

Hello Folks!

Now, where to start? Blimey, what a time I’ve had of late! The Thursday before last saw the Tickety clan make their merry way (well, made our way…) up to, wait for it…. ‘The North’!!!

Our Destination: Pickering, North Yorkshire puddin’ land.

The Duration: 9 days.

Our Objective: have a holiday, rest, eat out lots, find lots of tat, time travel and be a ‘model’ (of sorts).

I won’t go into much detail of our holiday now, and will leave that for another post. Why ? I hear you cry! Well, I’m having a bit of trouble deciding how to write about the ‘1940’s event’ we also attended whilst up there. You see, I only have one decent picture to share from the whole three days that the wartime thingy took over…. I know, I’m useless… call me a blogger! So I might just forget about that aspect and show some of my other holiday snaps instead! :)

Anyroad, even if my holiday lacked photographic evidence, one thing it most certainly didn’t fall short on was vintage tat finding expeditions! Woohoo!

On the very first day I found a bounty of goodness, which would have kept me chipper even if I had not come across anything else that week! Oh the joys of knitting patterns and George Formby! ♥♥♥

Time to start the showing of the newly acquired tat, me thinks….

 Two Stitchcraft's and a super edition of Fancy Needlework (1930s)... fancy!
I already own the wartime Stitchcraft, but my original copy is a little on the tatty side. Plus it was such a good price I couldn't pass!

Eee, Mother! It's a George Formby songbook... found by my, well, mother!
I picked up the dish next to him- It's a rather nice pullover pattern in thick wools too!
The George Formby Songbook is grand- I adore all the little doodles of George in it. (If you are lucky, I'll do a separate blog about it). It also has one of my favourite GF Songs, 'It's in the air'.. hence the cover pic of George in a RAF uniform!
These airmail envelopes appealed to me too. Sadly they don't have the letters, though. :(
Now we move onto Friday's (and the rest of the week's)  purchases....
Mummy earned a zillion brownie points finding me these autographs! I L.O.V.E Harry Roy. I inwardly squeal with happiness each time I look at Harry's fine face... oh what a face.
Anyway, where was I? Oh yes, in total I now own 4 autographs- Two of dearest Harry ♥♥
One of Henry Hall ♥ (who I also rather like, but he only gets one heart at the moment! Plus, I'm not called Keith Foster!) and
one of Harry Leader. 
Oh my! Just look at my beautiful bandleaders! :)

PATTERNS... We found some sewing patterns!
Oh what useful patterns these will be! I have so many occasions where I need to wear a dance frock or bridesmaid dress....Still, I really fancy making these two dresses up sometime. I'm thinking about shortening them to make them more wearable or just make the top half as a blouse?
I don't need the Maternity pattern either, but I do like a nice smock! The Jacket is a lovely pattern too- it has a half-belt at the back.
Another Needlewoman to tick off the list! And two more pretty jumpers for the collection...
One for the 'To knit' list me thinks....
KNICKERS! I'll show them off properly at some point, but until then...
 the yellow pair are Utility and look like fairy knickers (win), and the blue pair are bloomers (win). Both fit perfectly too!
Some odds and ends...
I have a thing for darning outfits- there's something  really appealing about the colours of old silks and threads, and the fact that they represent the dying art of mending hosiery... I love them!
Another point of sale for my mini collection....
More Snaps.... Oh me and old photos....
A cute wartime love letter, cards and a grumpy airman... all things I like! ♥♥♥
And last, but by no means least, a lovely new chap. I'm rather fond of hand coloured photos, so I couldn't leave him in the shop. I thought he was quite unusual in the fact he's sporting a few tattoos. Both Ma and I are now wondering if he has any more! Notice how nicely he tones in with my new knickers too... it's like he was meant to be! (Don't worry, I don't always choose my men this way!)
I haven't named this chap yet- I'm going to take him out of his fame and see if there's anything written on the back first... I'll keep you posted!
Well, that's enough showing off from me I think. I hope you enjoyed seein' me bits, as I'm rather proud of me finds I must say!
Till the next time....
Your Tupney xxx


  1. What amazing finds - love love love the patterns, blue birds and nylons and the soap is divine - clever you to find them all.

  2. Oh what fun! I adore all of those patterns. ^_^

  3. Dear goodness, what an utterly incredible array of new vintage items you found on your travels. It never ceases to amaze me just how much better luck you wonderful gals over in the UK have on that front. Why can't the vintage find fairy hop across the Atlantic and sprinkle some of those kinds of treasures (in one general areas) in this fellow Commonwealth country? Everything here is tops, but I - die hard romantic that I am - especially adore the love letter.

    ♥ Jessica

  4. Wow! What amazing finds!!! What pattern company are those two patterns from? They look fabulous!

  5. Great haul! Does the songbook have banjo/ukulele chords in too? If so that could definitely warrant it's own post! ;-)

  6. Oh my goodness what a wonderful haul! I really love the looks of the pattern on the men's pullover pattern tucked behind George Formby. What a lucky gal to find all these precious items indeed!

  7. Wow you hit the jackpot!! I'm dying over the sewing patterns. ...and the letters. ...and the photos. ...and pretty much everything!!

  8. Oh such fun finds! I envy you those patterns, and the knickers too!

    Can't wait to see all of them in more detail, and more about your holiday!

    The Middle Sister and Singer

  9. These are no simple "finds" - these are a Treasure Finds. :)
    I hope you'll have the time and patience to share the contents of the letters with us (please do, I'm fascinated by everyday stories from days gone by).


  10. These are fabulous finds. I really like the knitting patterns, the jumpers are lovely. Finding Stitchcrafts is always a joy.

  11. Ooh you found so many precious goodies. Your style is amazing, ciao from Italy!

  12. Fabulous finds. I saw a truly ghastly article in a craft magazine recently that advocated cutting up old magazines, knitting patterns and sewing patterns for decoupage and papier mache. I'm still reeling from the shock and contending with the murderous rage it induced in me! Needless to say it's one I won't be buying again.

    1. AARGH! Oh, how I hate it when people cut up old books and magazines. I've got a few old film books and they're getting ever-harder to find.

    2. I saw the same article and cringed when I saw the magazines they had cut up - photocopies work just as well - doh!

  13. You've got a great haul, there, Tups. I bet your mam will whip you up something fab from all those patterns!

  14. Wow! Such a great haul of wonderfulness - looks like you had 'bargain magnet' all over you that day.

  15. I have just discovered your charming blog and I've already sent links to both vintage and knitting devotees.

    But, I must tell you a story about French Knickers. My lovely Aunty Margaret was talking about her sister in law Olive, I was small at the time but always listening. 'Mr Winstanly must have been expected' she said 'Olive was wearing her 'easy feels'!'

    Another overheard from Aunty Margaret was about another sister in law. 'If our Alice wants to wear French knickers she should learn to sit like a lady.'

    How delicious, I was quite grown up before these snippets fell into place and how I laughed.


Ta very much for your messages folks!

Tickety Boo Tupney xxx

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