Monday, 29 November 2010

Flowers in the Attic

I've spent the past week redecorating our attic bedroom, inspired by the colours of a beautiful floral bedspread that Mum recently brought for us. I painted the majority of the walls in Farrow & Ball's 'Pointing' and then picked out the deepest pink in the bedspread and matched it with Dulux's 'Garnet Symphony 3' to use in the recess between the two chimneybreasts and on a single wall.

All the furniture in our bedroom is either car boot, reclamation yard or auction buys. The two table lamps are car boot bargains from the late 1980s, my favourite being the 1970s one. I also have a matching chrome standard lamp that I brought at a different boot sale, which I think I paid a fiver for at the time; however, the plastic lampshade is broken and I think I'm pushing my luck to ever find another original lampshade - but perhaps I'll be third time lucky! The swing mirror was one of my first ever auction buys and rests on top of an old chest of drawers that I had in my childhood bedroom.

As our bedroom doesn't have any heating, it can get a bit chilly in the winter, so I've dug out another boot sale bargain: my feather eiderdown, which does make a difference (combined with my trusty hotwater bottle!).

Friday, 19 November 2010

Hand in glove

One of the best things about winter is being able to wear the armwarmers that I've knitted complete with matching nail polish. The armwarmers are knitted on four double-pointed needles using 4 ply sock yarn; once you get into the rhythm its a project you can do whilst watching a good tv programme like Kirstie's Homemade Home or Turn Back Time - The High Street.

I've just completed knitting a fourth pair, which will be a Christmas present for a friend. The thing is, these are so easy to knit and the yarn colouway choices so wide than I find knitting them very addictive; I've already brought the yarn for my next pair!

My pair knitted in Colinette's Jitterbug 'Velvet Olive'

My friend's Christmas present

Gorgeous yarn ready for the next pair!

I'm always tearing pictures out of magazines of things that I find inspiring or pinning things onto my pinboard in my crafts room; however, I've found a great site which allows you to have virtual pinboards onto which you can 'pin' anything from the web or your hard drive. Its called Pinterest and I'm finding it really useful; check out my link on the left - I hope you'll find it as fun as I do.

My homemade pin board  has now lost out to 'Pinterest'!
 Also, I'd just like to thank Wendy at The Butterfly Balcony for my blog award, and if you're into vintage check out Wendy's blog too; her vintage knits page gets a thumbs up from me.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

The Glamour of Good Housekeeping

Whilst browsing through a charity shop on Saturday I came across this March 1956  edition of  'Good Housekeeping' magazine, which has now found a home in the VK archives.

I read the magazine from cover to cover over the weekend and found it fascinating, especially when you consider that food rationing fully ended in July 1954; this explains the host of cheese recipes and the full colour advert for chocolate biscuits - food that could only be dreamt about a few years earlier.

Post war glamour is very evident throughout the magazine, ranging from girdle adverts, fashion features and also a very chic model sporting an enticing 'come hither' look for Lyons coffee of all things!

I'd quite happily squidge myself into the 'Promise' to attain a figure like this!


Perhaps the photo is more suited to a De Beers advert?!

Looking at the photo below you can see how today's fashionable furniture owes a lot to '50s design; the coat rack, sideboard, tables and lamps wouldn't look out of place in a glossy interiors mag like 'Elle Decoration'.

By the way, compare the photo to that of the Ridgways Homemaker plate and you can see a similar plant stand and lamp.

I couldn't live with a tiled living room floor like this!

What's also interesting is how the adverts played upon 'polite society', emphasizing the importance of keeping one's house and offspring clean and tidy; these ads made me chuckle:

Look at the woman on the left: Quelle horreur!

Oh, the shame of it!!

And finally, an advert that still rings true today:

Friday, 5 November 2010

Lovely Finds & a New Knitting Project

After dropping Monkeychild off at school this morning I decided to do a bit of bargain hunting and came away with some lovely finds that I thought I'd share with you all.

I've been hankering after some salt and pepper shakers like these for ages and promptly snapped them up; they're just my sort of thing:

I also brought some books for Monkeychild to read when she's older and a few vintage magazines about  trains, which I shall be giving to someone who appreciates the nostalgia of a diesel engine (I prefer the chug of a steam engine myself).

Luckily, I only have one little mischief!

I was pleased to find this wonderful children's craft book from 1955, which is full of great things to make including some very seasonal Christmas decorations that I'll set Monkeychild to work on. I have to admit that I'm of the "Bah! Humbug!" brigade when it comes to Christmas (you'll hear more about this as the season approaches), but now daughter is of an age to become excited about it all I've had to relegate my curmudgeonly attitude and give in to all most things festive.

Here's another addition to the tin collection that I found hard to resist ...

...and I thought this might be of use to put the Christmas tree (it will be a very small one) in!

Right, I'm off to settle down on the sofa with my new knitting project (and attempt knitting cables), a big mug of tea, a plate of Bourbon biscuits and watch 'Went the Day Well'.

Whatever you're doing, I hope you have a great weekend; see you next week!
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