Archie and I motored down to Chipping Sodbury for the Vintage & Handmade Fair on Saturday. Although I had wrapped up warm as Arch's heater throws out about as much hot air as a polar bear's fart, it turned out to be a lovely sunny day and by the time I decided to drive back home, I had discarded my layers and had the window wound down. The fair was a lovely event and you could see the amount of time and thought that had been put into the sellers' displays. Temptation was high yet again and I brought a few bits and pieces, including some vintage Christmas paper decorations. We didn't bother with Christmas decorations before the arrival of Monkeychild, although that's all changed now.
After the fair, I decided to call into a charity shop that's never thrown up any goodies for me whenever I've visited it before, yet I thought I'd just go in on the off chance and here's what I found:
|'CC41' 1940s/50s Utility blanket, a 1960s/70s Witney blanket, bud vases and a cotton crochet tablecloth.|
Other recent finds have been a pair of unused leather Topshop clog boots and some crimplene and polyester remnants. Being a boot fiend, I was very happy to find these, especially as I paid a fraction of the price (£10 if you're asking!) that they would have cost originally. I'm hoping that I'll have enough of the red crimplene to make a maxi skirt and will probably use the other material for summer dresses/tops for Monkeychild.
Yesterday we went to a 'Make Do & Mend: 1940s Christmas' event at the Museum in the Park in Stroud. I had planned to dress Monkeychild and I up in our vintage garb and enter the 'Best Dressed' competition, but time wasn't on our side. However, when we got there and saw the effort that everyone else had put into their outfits, I wish we had dressed up too!
Anyway, we had a go at the Make Do & Mend crafts on offer, with Monkeychild keen to have a go on the vintage Singer sewing machine (she's asked Santa for a 'Hello Kitty' sewing machine this year - start them early I say!). All the usual WWII exhibits were on show, from gas masks to ration books and delicate slips made from parachute silk. Also on show were a collection of brooches made during the war by local schoolgirls out of electrical wire, buttons and anything else they could lay their hands on. These fascinated me, especially the more intricate ones.
And finally on the knitting front, here's my gearstick gaiter cover that I've knitted for Archie to cover up his black rubber one. I've even matched the colour of the yarn to his original 'Tartan red' upholstery. That's car love (or automotive madness) for you!
P.S. Don't forget that this Thursday is the final day to enter my giveway.