Monday, 30 March 2015

Bath with bloggers

Nope, not offering you the chance to take a cheeky dip with anyone – this is Bath the city, not the tub. On Sunday I met up with Sarah from Porcelina's World and Catherine from Vintage Frills, plus two lovely friends of Sarah's, to have a poke round the Vintage Market being held as part of Bath in Fashion's Vintage Sunday. Sarah and Catherine were also going to a couple of talks later, but I was there mainly for shopping and to go to lunch.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Five things to buy from charity shops

Vintage book, vase and crime novels
 You've probably taken one look at the headline to this post and responded, “But Mim, you can get everything, more or less, from charity shops.” You'd be right there. However, these are five things I believe you really don't need to look for anywhere else. Of course, the golden rule of charity shopping still applies: go regularly, because the stock of unique items will change regularly. You probably won't walk in to one shop and pick up all these items in one shopping trip (though you could manage at least three, depending on how picky you were feeling).

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

How to look after and shop for vintage perfume

A sepia photo of three bottles of perfume
Just a short post, this, but as the one on Phul-Nana seemed popular and Cate (Vintage Gal) mentioned she'd got a bottle of Je Reviens that was at least a couple of decades old, I thought I'd pass on some advice.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Back in Time for Dinner

mum serves up cold liver 1950s style Back in time for dinner
Cold liver. Kids love cold liver.
Do you like retro recipes? I do; I've even got my own retro recipes tag over at Greedybots. Somehow Mr Robot and I completely failed to spot that Back in Time for Dinner was starting on BBC2. If you ever enjoyed the programmes Giles Coren and Sue Perkins did as the Supersizers, where they ate their way through the cuisines of various time periods, then you should enjoy BITFD. A family, the Robshaws (Mum, Dad, two teenaged daughters, small son) are eating their way through the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s, one day per year. The meals are all authentic: for one week a year between 1940 and 2000, as part of the National Food Survey the British govenment got people to note down what they ate every day for a week. All the menus in this programme, then, are ones served up by real, identifiable people in a particular year.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Adventures in burlesque: Part 3 - Frome for one more

A bottle of perfume and vintage-style necklace lying on some 1920s lingerie
Well, I've swapped burlesque classes to go to a different group. For all sorts of reasons – cashflow, health, other commitments – pretty much everyone else dropped out of the Bradford on Avon group, so I've swapped to the Frome one. The main issue for me there is transport; Bradford's just down the road from Trowbridge and gets regular trains, whereas Frome is harder to reach as the rail service is limited, so I'll need to see how I get on with the buses. One leaves from near my work and should drop me off in time for class.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Crinoline Robot's Vintage Week

After last week's train-driving fun, this week has been a pretty quiet one. I've got a new old dress winging its way to me from America - a 1950s cotton day dress. I think I'm so eager for the weather to warm up so I can wear my summer dresses that buying a new one off Etsy was the next best thing. It's quite neutral in colour but has a very busy pattern, and I look forward to showing it to you.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Victorian perfume reborn: Grossmith Phul-Nana

A bottle of Grossmith Phul-Nana standing on vintage table linen
At the start of February, Fleur de Guerre did a post on advertisements and products associated with King Edward VIII, and commented that it was a shame so many of the soaps and perfumes were no longer available. But wait! More might be available than you suspect, as Grossmith, one of the big names in English perfumery at the end of the 19th century, was revived a few years ago.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

I drove a steam train!

Mim in the cab of steam engine 'Spartan'
Better than a car.
Yesterday I had one of my best adventures yet when I got to drive a real steam train! For my birthday, Mr Robot bought me a replica steam train driver's outfit and paid for me to have a session driving a train at the Swindon and Cricklade Railway. We had to reschedule it as it clashed with his mum's funeral - something which, obviously, we hadn't planned for. However, the lovely people at the railway were able to move my driving day, and the weather yesterday was absolutely gorgeous, which was a bonus.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Odhams book knit-a-long

Knitted bedjacket, 1940s, OdhamsThe first rule of the fair isle cardigan is, we won't talk about the fair isle cardigan. Well, probably I should talk about the cardigan: it's actually progressing jolly nicely, if at my usual slow speed. I'd probably be a bit further along with it had things not all gone horribly, horribly wrong in February, but now Mr Robot and I are adjusting to the New Normality better and I've picked up the cardigan again. It was weird trying to work out what stage I'd got to, and I am SO GLAD it is a fair isle design because the colour changes made it so much easier to work out what row I was on after a period not working on it. If it had been a plain colour, I'd have been all over the place trying to work out where in the armhole shaping I'd got to.

However, despite enjoying picking up my cardigan again, over on the All Things Vintage group on Ravelry they're having a knitalong from the Odhams series of knitting books, and I really want to join in with that. It's a bit naughty to cast on something new with a big project still on the needles, but I really fancy a new project for spring. It's a time for new beginnings, and I really fancy something fresh.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Thank goodness it's March

TS Eliot wrote 'April is the cruellest month', but after the February Mr Robot and I had, I'd take unknown April over another Feb any day.