Wednesday, 29 May 2013

A Belated Birthday Blog!

Hello lovelies, remember me?
Tis been another lengthy absence from me... what is it this time- two weeks? Well, last week I had an excuse because I was away on a jolly jaunt to Cornwall, and the week before that (I think), I was just being lazy and uninteresting!
Anyway, all in all last week has been a busy one for me, and on the Bank Holiday Monday saw yours truly turning to the grand old age of four and twenty!
(thank you so much for all the lovely well wishes on facebook ♥)
I didn't get up to much, apart from a visit to the flea to see what treasures Ma and I could find. To be honest, I didn't really feel like doing anything because I was so tired... but one must show willing when there's a flea on eh!!!
Care to see some of my lovely birthday cards and pressies?
A gorgeous deco deer brooch and card (just look at his face, aww!) from ma and pa....

Absolutely wonderful knitting books from the 30's, 40's and 50's... 
(the vintage fabric beneath came from the flea.)
 There are sooo many lovely patterns in these... not sure what to knit first!
Super card and mug from my sis...

Vintage felt needle case and a cutie Fox terrier card...
And the treasures I picked up at the Flea fair...

More old snaps (in the middle of uploading them to facebook) and a needlewoman annual. This fab fluffy 40's hat was very kindly saved for me... more pictures to follow, as this photo really doesn't do it justice! Again, the vintage fabric behind was another purchase from the day.

And lastly; some more of my cards, fabric and novelties found at the flea.
Amazingly this wasn't all I came home with, but I'm planning to do posts about those shortly, so you will have to wait ( probably months) to see the other bits!
Hope you all had an enjoyable weekend too- did you get up to anything interesting?
I'll be back soon with pictures and 'finds' from my holiday...
But for now, from the birthday girl +2, that's it!
Tupps xxxx

Friday, 3 May 2013

Duster in Disguise

Yet again I’ve gone AWOL from my bloggin' duties. It really is not on and I shall give myself a firm slap on the wrist (and maybe one on the behind too, though I may need assistance for the latter) to try and correct my wayward ways!

Anyway, to bridge the gap, two whole weeks worth, I thought I would bring forth another of mammy's makes....and what a make it is! I’m so excited by it (giddy as a kipper in fact) that I couldn’t wait any longer to show it off. I know, I know, it should be another R.A.F. Friday, but as I haven’t done a post since the last one, I thought I better do something more varied…. After all, I don’t want my blog to be all R.A.F. Fridays and no knickers….In other words, I don’t want it to be All “R.A.F. F” and nothing else!

So, what did dearest mammy make here littlest? Why, a swimsuit out of dusters of course!
She really does spoil me, you know. It’s is utterly fantabulous and very, very yellow! I’m such a lucky girl.

 Enough chatter from me, me thinks.- here’s my duster cossie…..
(Sorry it's so picture heavy, and for the fact you have to see my pasty skin and skinny self!)

The idea came from a British magazine dated 1944 and great for the girls with few coupons left!
" A brilliant idea, sun-suit from bright yellow dusters!
Will go in the water too."

 A pic of the original- glad to see it's baggy on the glamorous mannequin too!
"Four yellow dusters of the best quality; one pair of coloured silk shoe laces; one card of yellow bias binding; one reel elastic thread; four yards cord elastic; one reel matching silk. (total cost about 7s. 6d.)"
The front…. Rather voluminous aren’t they. Not sure how it will fare in water!!! Luckily, we know that these are colourfast dusters (phew!)- only the best and all that....

 A closer look....

Detailing of the shirring ....
Pictures taken with a shapely and less troublesome mannequin!

The shirring continues around the back, where it laces up with a shoe lace... classy! (not a silk shoelace like the magazine suggests though)
The adjustable straps are crossed over and fastened with buttons on the inside.
(I look like a giant in the next snap- I'm only 5'6 and a bit... honest!)

All in all, this suit is the perfect cossie to wear when dusting, to do a duster dance in (as you do), and....

Hoover in! (Actually it's a Goblin Wizard!)
Funny pics, eh! Well, such snaps are a speciality. ;-)
And again, sorry it was sooooooo long.
So what do you think? Would you wear it?
I actually put it in a wartime fashion display a couple of weeks back (pictures to come) and quite a few people said they liked it- some of the older gals thought it was glamorous! (< those gals have great taste)
  Seeing as we are no longer rationed, and don't need to use un-rationed goods to make bathing suits, I'm hoping Ma will make me another one in a pretty print. Hmm, shall I use my precious leopard print fabric???
Well, I think it's time to do a bit of spring cleaning. Better slip into something more practical, and start shimmying around anything that looks dusty....
And on that note...
Tupps xxx

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