Wednesday, June 17, 2015


And the good things just keep coming...

L'uccello had a sale! I had a voucher! Yeehar! 

Vintage buttons, appliqué, French soaps and Potuguese bath salts. Plus some super cheap fabric for a blouse. I had some sewing that was all done save for the buttons so I was able to finish those off on the weekend. 

No more vouchers. So sad.

I am a winner!

Oh happy day! I won a prize!! 

Thanks to the Vintage Starlet and Arthelia's Attic I have a new platinum snood.

So my hair is still a bit short after hospital so this is an aspirational piece!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

D-day 6 June 1944

American Red Cross nurses land in France

British women serve tea to US troops traveling to embark for Normandy

Canadian nurses arrive in France

The Canadian home front

The women who made U.S. Landing craft

Entertaining the troops in a U.S. Rest camp in France

Women leaving an American synagogue

A woman of the French Resistance

Today is the 71st anniversary of the Normandy landings, the opening salvo of Operation Overlord.

I had to look it up but the D in D-day seems to stand for 'day'!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Hair inspiration

Getting a bit of length back in my post hospital hair. The pixie cut was great at the time but I miss my victory rolls. There's still not enough length to do anything with it but I've started looking at styles for shorter hair. Today's inspiration is from vintage lass Johanna Ost.

Now my hair's not long enough for any of these yet. I think I'm going to need some scarves to se me through!

Sunshine on a rainy day

I got a parcel in the mail!

A sweet little tea cosy that just fits my red enamel teapot from the Imperial War Museum. Thanks Dad and Graziella!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

In which I go shopping and spend nothing

Good thing = Spotlight voucher
Extra good thing = Spotlight sale
Super duper good thing  = complicated, unadvertised 40% discount scheme
Super duper but slightly dodgy good thing = free stuff!

The sun was shining, the sky was blue. Kim had taken me out to the French patisserie for coffee. Spotlight was just around the corner. I was only going in for interfacing...

All thus is blouses-to-be with vintage buttons from L'uccello (I have zero voucher!)

The dodgy part of all this is this -

Didn't scan through the register! I have brown wool for a skirt. Just need lining from The Fabric Store on Brunswick Street. Who are having a sale. And guess who has a voucher? Yay!!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Fair Isle knits

One of the classic vintage styles is Fair Isle. My dear mum is willing to take on the challenge. These are all from Susan Crawford's A Stitch in Time.

Notice they are all twinsets!! And of course, I must include my beloved reindeer top. Because I ask for it every year and I STILL HAVEN'T GOT IT!!!

(I'd normally include more about the history of Fair Isle and some 1940s examples but I'm blogging from my phone at the moment so that's why the posts are so short.)