Sunday, 29 April 2018

Uranium glass dessert bowl set

Five small green art deco uranium glass dessert bowls and one large matching serving dish.
You know when you promise yourself you're not going to get any more of something – you have enough – and then you see one you've just got to have? For some people it's bags, for others it's shoes, some people might accumulate tools or CDs or pottery frogs. For us it's plates and other food-serving items. And when we saw this uranium glass dessert set in a charity shop yesterday we just had to have it. Usually one or the other of us will be sensible enough to put on the brakes, but each of us was prepared to find all sorts of reasons why we should hand over £15 and take the bowls home. So we did.

Friday, 27 April 2018


I did some tidying to remove a couple of tags, so apologies if any old posts have turned up in your feed. Computers, eh? Rubbish.

Monday, 23 April 2018

Weekend sewing: peg bag

While I had planned to do more work on perfecting the top pattern over the weekend, on sunday I woke up and realised I'd left some laundry outside in the thunderstorm – along with the plastic ice-cream tub of pegs. Spreading the pegs out to dry, it occurred to me that for years I'd been thinking I could do with a proper peg bag, and now I have a sewing machine it should be really simple to make one.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Outfit post: here comes the sun!

And I still can't fit into my vintage, and I haven't got round to making The Top: Part II yet, so I'm wearing stuff I took on holiday, and modelling them in the oh-so-stylish setting of the fire escape at work. These wide-legged linen trousers are some of my favourites, because they're so cool and easy to wear. I don't buy into all that 'vertical stripes are slimming' nonsense; nothing's going to make me look slender, and the contrary part of me rebels at the suggestion I should spend all my life trying to be something I'm patently not anyhow. (Vintage magazines are very fond of 'slimming lines' I find, though the designs in Stitchcraft for stout figures still never go up to my size!) But I like stripes anyway.

Monday, 16 April 2018

Shiny new 60s shoes

It's no secret that I wear a lot of navy. I keep trying to tear myself away from it, but to little avail. I've got a gorgeous navy bag that Goody gave me, and for ages I've been looking for a nice pair of navy shoes. Maybe it's because I was looking in winter, but I could not find a pair I liked. (Admittedly my options were limited because I have wide feet.) Anyway, in keeping with my theory that if you don't get what you want, it's because life is about to send you something you're really going to want, a few weeks back I discovered Modshoes, and then they released their spring/summer 18 range with these beauties in. Perfect.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Go go gadget green fingers

a pile of Fothergill's seed packets, and a sausage roll on a retro plate
Planning my planting with a sausage roll...
When Mr Robot and I first got our house, we had all sorts of ideas about how we wanted it to look, and over the next 16 years or so… pretty much none of them came to anything! I even had a book where I planned out how I wanted the back garden to be planted, with lots of fiery colours accented with blue, because the garden’s south-facing and I wanted shades that would stand up to the mid-day summer sun.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Two current 1940s TV shows

Have you been watching Ordeal By Innocence? The BBC sneaked this Agatha Christie adaptation out quite quietly. I find it odd, both for the lack of fanfare and the time of year – And Then There Were None got a big Christmas push a couple of years ago. Without spoiling it for you, it's the story of a family - a couple and their five grown adopted children, one of whom is married. The mother is murdered, one of the two sons is accused and dies in prison... then, just as the father is about to marry again, someone arrives to provide the dead son with an alibi for the crime.

Monday, 9 April 2018

Sew and… no

(Apologies if you're fed up of my sewing posts; it's the only blog relevant thing I've done of of late - I'm sure you don't want to hear about the hours I'm putting in playing farming game Stardew Valley or my reread of the Dresden Files urban wizard novels.)

My Big Plan for the weekend was to get another copy of the pattern for the top I sewed recently, another fabric remnant and zip, and have a go at a full bust adjustment. I needed another copy of the pattern because for an FBA you need to cut out the pattern size to fit your shoulders, then widen it below to accomodate a large cup, and hey presto, a top with no gaping armholes or flappy fabric above the bust. But fate had other ideas...

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Jerusalem: 1940s-set espionage drama for Channel 4

Channel 4's not one I usually pay much attention to, Agents of Shield aside (and they've just taken on Gotham too, comics-to-telly fans) so I was intrigued by Double O Section's news that the channel is making a six-episode series set in the 1940s, about a British civil servant spying for the Americans. I'm guessing the series' name, Jerusalem, has more to do with the William Blake poem/popular hymn than the city, and notions of Englishness*, but with spies involved, the city could come into it, though everything I've been able to dig up on filming suggests it's being shot in England and Wales. 

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Is the vintage trend over?

As we're hoping to get a loft conversion, I've been paying more attention than usual to homewares, and it looks like the trend for shabby chic, 'twee' vintage interiors may finally be coming to an end. (Can you believe that the phrase 'shabby chic' was coined over 20 years ago?) I can't say I'm sorry to see the back of it; I nailed my colours to the mast back in 2012 when I ranted about why I hate upcycling. In case you're wondering, I don't hate recycling – taking broken stuff and salvaging the useful bits – I just can't bear people who split up perfectly good teasets to make naff candles, or cut up old books for papercraft projects, or paint and 'distress' perfectly good early 20th century wardrobes. Distress the wardrobes? It distresses me.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Little stitching projects

Did you have a good Easter? I meant to post but got sidetracked by my PlayStation. (Why yes, I am a middle-aged woman, not a 12-year-old boy, thank you for asking...) Anyway, before Easter I quickly ran up little bags with bunnies on and filled them with chocolate eggs for the members of both my teams at work, then popped them on each desk before anyone got in. On Good Friday itself I made 10 washable makeup wipes.