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Friday, November 27, 2009

My Place & Yours: My Collection


Well I simply had to join in with this weeks My Place & Yours: My Collection, from the lovely Meet me at Mikes.

Some of the things Kate wanted to know

I want to see a photo or photos of what it is that you collect.

Then if you feel like it you could let us know what your collection rules are;
Does it have to be green? Does it have to be from another country? Does it have to be second hand or a gift? Does it have to be old or complete?...
What constitutes a collection for you? Is it more than three of the same thing? Is it rare things?
Is your collection ongoing or is it complete?
...what's your story?
Collections, collections, where do I start?....

My first love collecting wise is British School Stories.
School Stories

I guess my collection is ongoing. Considering there are c. 2500 British School Stories published between the 1880s and 1960s and I do not have them all then it an ongoing collection!!

Having first stumbled across school stories when I was 8 years old and we went to a secondhand book sale and I purchased 21 old childrens novels including a few school stories, I didnt really begin to find many more until I was in my late teens and I started going to op shops and found some more examples then started looking for similar books and becoming interested in the genre and wanting to know more about the authors and the novels. Fast forward to now and I have managed to acquire a massive collection through much opshopping, book fairing, and purchasing from other collectors. I also managed to acquire an MPhil in Australian school stories along the way!

winifred darch

Over the last couple of years I have slowed down in acquiring new titles, and I have done quite a lot of non school story reading! but I am looking forward to re-reading all my favourites and just spending some time in my library looking through the annuals (another collection!!), updating the spreadsheet, scanning covers, trying to do a few bits of research and just generally enjoying them.


School Stories


Enid Blyton...
I also bought some Enid Blyton titles that fateful day when I was 8 years old... which have now been added to considerably...

Enid Blytons


Over the rest of my years I have also somehow managed to acquire some other mini collections....

hankies
Vintage hankies


1980s noveltly erasers

1980s novelty erasers!


1970s linen tea towels

1970s linen teatowels


I think with all my 'collections', you first discover one item, ie one glorious 1970s linen teatowel, and then you want to find more... and more... and more...!! I guess being such a passionate op shopper for over a decade it is perhaps almost inevitable that I have ended with a collection or two!

I am also very partial to: kawaii stationary, patterned envelopes, vintage pillowcases, vintage aprons, vintage children's picture books & fabric! but these remain photoless at this stage...


Thanks very much to Pip for My Place & Yours and to Kate for her theme this week.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Quilt Project: Redwork Design

For Kootoyoo's The Quilt Project.

I love 70s floral fabric prints so I wanted to create a floral design reflecting this. I used a 70s linen teatowel, stool cover and bedsheet for the inspiration for my design, with the final design looking quite different from my early drafts.

The Quilt Project: Inspiration

I really liked the layout of the teatowel and the bold flowers on the stool cover so I mixed them together then right at the last moment altered the flower in the middle drawing ideas from the bedsheet.

Technical details: DMC in 666: 3 strands
Stem, running & back stitches & french knots.


Redwork Design

Monday, September 21, 2009

Searching for Clues with Kootoyoo

I have been busy searching for clues with Kootoyoo this week,
 and after much Nancy Drew style clue collecting, and wandering around gathering milkbars, softies for mirabel, plywood, crochet and various other othings, I have unjumbled the letters (YMINOTUMC) and I think the word is

COMMUNITY

:o)

Monday, June 15, 2009

Secret Seven Passwords

For your Blyton enjoyment, here is a list of the passwords used in the Secret Seven series:

Secret Seven Passwords

Adventure
Beware
Cheek Charlie
Easter Egg
Fireworks
Grim
Guy Fawkes
Holidays
Indians
Jack Sprat
Lollipops
Mint Sauce
Picked Onions
Rabbits
Scamper
Stable Boy
Telescope
Thump
Thursday
Toad in the Hole
Wee Willie Winkie
Weekdays
Wenceslas
Wuff
Wuff-Wuff


Secret Seven Passwords by title

1. The Secret Seven (1949)
Wenceslas
Weekdays

2. Secret Seven Adventure (1950)
Rabbits
Indians

3. Well Done Secret Seven (1951)
Adventure

4. Secret Seven on the Trail (1952)
Picked Onions
Cheek Charlie

5. Go Ahead Secret Seven (1953)
Jack Sprat
Beware

6. Good Work Secret Seven (1954)
Guy Fawkes
Fireworks

7. Secret Seven Win Through (1955)
Thursday
Easter Egg

8. Three Cheers Secret Seven (1956)
Lollipops
Grim

9. Secret Seven Mystery (1957)
Mint Sauce
Stable Boy

10. Puzzle for the Secret Seven (1958)
Wuff
Thump

11. Secret Seven Fireworks (1959)
Wee Willie Winkie

12. Good Old Secret Seven (1960)
Wuff-Wuff
Telescope

13. Shock for the Secret Seven (1961)
Toad in the Hole

14. Look Out Secret Seven (1962)
Holidays

15. Fun for the Secret Seven (1963)
Scamper



Hopefully more Blyton tit bits to come soon!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Summer of 69 Thrift Store Refashion Frock GIVEAWAY!!!!

Summer of 69 Thrift Store Refashion Frock GIVEAWAY!!!!

How could I resist the chance of winning this amazing dress!!
I am signed up to Wardrobe Refashion, but am better at opshopping than actual refashioning but I am really excited about having a go and doing some refashion. This dress is gorgeous! I feel inspired to rummage through my opshop surplus and see what oversize dresses I have....
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