Monday 23 January 2017

Big hair needs even bigger hats!

I love vintage adverts!  These really made me smile - I think it was the name more than anything - "non-collapso" hair pads.

The ad says that they were "manufactured from the finest unbreakable watch springs".  Self-adjusting too! Essential for the stylish woman of 1906 - these ladies don't look too impressed!

Of course big hair needs big hats - have a look at these.

Poor women - they must have had strong necks to carry all that around on their heads!

What a great name for a hat - a large flop!

Love, Liz

Saturday 21 January 2017

Monkey Puzzles

I took this photograph this morning.  Where do you think I was?  Some exotic island paradise -enjoying tropical beaches and sunshine?

Actually the photograph was taken up at Greenock Cemetery!  There are a lot of these monkey puzzle trees there.

Although cold, it is a lovely bright winter day here in Greenock.  There was just enough of a lingering mist to make some areas look a bit spooky.  I was doing a bit of research for my other blog The Greenockian, thus my reason for a cemetery visit.

How are you spending your weekend?

Love, Liz

Monday 16 January 2017

A present from Millport

Look at this fabulous charity shop find!  Two gorgeous cups and saucers in perfect condition and with the most marvellous thistles and tartan design.  They are obviously souvenir items and are marked - A Present from Millport.

Millport is a small Scottish town on the island of Cumbrae a short ferry ride from Largs, not far from Greenock.  When I was a wee girl it was a very popular place in the summer for day trips and holidays.  Still is, to a certain extent.  A popular thing to do there is to hire a bicycle and cycle round the island.

I was delighted with my find - these lovely bits and pieces are becoming rarer at affordable prices.  They are bone china and marked Thistle.

Just love the decoration - so pretty.  I love finding Scottish items!

Joining this week's Monday Social at Let's Add Sprinkles - come and have a look at some of the marvellous things there.

Love, Liz

Saturday 14 January 2017

Feared by the bad, loved by the good ...

I came across this vintage Ladybird book - The Ambush - A Ladybird Robin Hood Adventure.

Fabulous illustrations by John Kenney and story by Max Kester.

Being of vintage age, the mere mention of Robin Hood sets the theme tune from the 1950s Adventures of Robin Hood TV show running through my head -

Robin Hood, Robin Hood riding through the glen.
Robin Hood, Robin Hood with his band of men.
Feared by the bad, loved by the good,
Robin Hood, Robin Hood, Robin Hood.

Does anyone else remember it?  Richard Greene played the hero, Robin Hood.

Here's a reminder of the show's theme on You Tube.  Enjoy!

Love, Liz

Thursday 12 January 2017

Great British cross stitch

Isn't this lovely and pretty as well as patriotic?!

I finished it just before Christmas - it's the one I was having trouble with before I got my brilliant new craft light (thanks again No 2 Son!)

The pattern is from a little booklet that was given away with the Telegraph newspaper some time last year. It was originally a tapestry pattern for a Union Jack purse, but works just as well with cross stitch.  Not sure what I'm going to do with it - any suggestions?

Work in progress
I had forgotten just how cute these little Cross Country Stitching patterns were - look at that gorgeous little face!

Here's a finished one that I made a few years ago - isn't it just lovely!

If you are in the UK then I hope that the snow isn't too bad wherever you are.  Here in Greenock we've had a couple of flurries, but not too much ..... so far!  Fingers crossed!

Stay cosy,
Love, Liz

Tuesday 10 January 2017

New stitching

I love this moment -  I'm ready to make the first stitch in my new cross stitch.

The pattern has been chosen, threads selected and hoop loaded.

I've chosen a pattern from an old copy of Cross Country Stitching from August 1994.  Can't wait to start!

Love, Liz

Monday 9 January 2017

Butterfly cross stitch

Just finished this pretty cross stitch butterfly.

Love the bright colours - very different from my usual style.  Found the pattern in my pattern folder, but can't remember where it is from.  If anyone knows its origins, then could you please let me know.

Just found another use for my craft light!  Used it to help light the cross stitch so that I could photograph it - excellent!

Love, Liz

Thursday 5 January 2017

How to make a tartan book cover

Here's an easy way to make a boring loose-leaf binder a lot more interesting!  If I can do it - anyone can!

This is the time of year when we start to think about making lists or keeping a journal.  I've decided to make a sort of photo-journal of all the Scottish castles and Outlander locations I've visited.  Of course I wanted it to look suitably Scottish - so decided to cover a plain old loose leaf folder with tartan fabric.  It was really easy and, I think, quite effective.

The cover is basically just a big rectangle of fabric.  I measured from the inside of the front cover of the binder, around to the inside of the back cover and cut fabric accordingly.  I wanted it to have a bit of weight, so sandwiched a piece of wadding between the tartan fabric and plain lining.  I sewed the three layers together - the big rectangle.

Then I centered the fabric and made front and back folds and slipped the book inside.  Cover made.

To hide what was left of the folder, I cut some different tartan fabric to size and stuck it to the folder with double sided sticky tape, folding it down over the top and bottom of the folder to hide the ends.

Now the middle ring-binder bit looked a bit bare, so I just got a piece of lace, attached it with double sided tape and took it all the way through the rings from the top to the bottom.

Tra-la!  What do you think? This could be used for so many different types of journal especially if you were planning a Scottish vacation or wedding.  Other ideas could be white fabric, broderie anglaise and lace for a wedding planner or cute gingham for a baby book.  Wouldn't this make a great cover for a school project folder too?  There are so many applications.

I printed some pictures and words onto fabric to be sewn on the front cover.  I blogged about how to do this here.

Of course plain old card subject dividers could be covered in gorgeous scrapbook papers or gift-wrap matching the purpose of the folder. 

Now I can start putting my photos and castle guide-books in place.

Love, Liz

Monday 2 January 2017

Guess what I'm knitting?

Can you guess what it's going to be yet?

Of course it's one of my tea cosies.  Love knitting with these colours - soft creamy beige and lovely shade of pale blue.

It will be finished by the end of the week if anyone is interested - just email me for details.

Love, Liz

Sunday 1 January 2017

First day freebies!

Since it's the first day of a brand new year I'm going to celebrate by offering you some little freebies to brighten up your blogs!  I'm going to share a couple of pictures which you can use on your own blog.

If you love vintage, then this might just be something you'd like - a pretty vintage fabric heart with "I love vintage" in the middle.  How about this is you love all things Scottish -

Perhaps fellow Scottish bloggers would like this -

All you have to do is to right-click on the photo and save it - you can then use it in your blog's sidebar.

Hope you like them.

Love, Liz