My new Coronation Jubilee bed cover set fresh from Marks and Spencer London. I ordered this set over the internet and only a few days later it arrived. Great service, I hope I don't get addicted to M&S shopping.
A close up of the design, I love those corgis and crowns. Most of the squares have 60 on them.
Look, a matching apron. I know your apron doesn't have to match your bed but nice if it does. The good thing about this apron is it is a one size fits all and a bit big. I'm not so big, if I needed a bit of fabric for some project I haven't though of yet I could cut a bit of fabric off the side or end and it would still fit. Easy.
This is a very special Royal Visit 1954 supper cloth. Expertly embroidered, there is a map of Australia with kookaburra in 2 corners and a waratah, rose and thistle in the other 2 corners and a very nice crocheted edge. Bought on Ebay last week from a friendly seller in South Australia. The glasses and cane holder are also from the 1954 Royal Visit.
This is the same design cloth only much larger. A little bit of embroidery has been worked and it has a beautiful crocheted edge. All the blue spots in the middle have been worked also the sprigs of wattle and the year 1954. The cloth above has yellow spots in the middle. This cloth came from Gina in Melbourne. I think Gina thought I would have finished it by now. What were you thinking Gina??
Here I am explaining to Charlotte that my bed is really too special for her to sleep in now and could she sleep in her own bed. I am telling her that I might even sleep on the floor rather than spoil my bed.
Well that didn't work. The lump in the bed is Charlotte. Cat's never listen!!! No point me sleeping on the floor now. Move over Charlotte.
Don't think I've shown my curtain valance before. It has ER and crowns. The wallpaper frieze is original coronation paper and also has ER on. I have shown the paper in a previous post.
I rarely finish anything I start to knit so I am very happy with my finished tea cosy. The pattern was sent to me by Gina in Melbourne and I sent to the U.K to buy the exact colour and type of wool stated.The fun part was finding the jewels. It might not look exactly as the one in the pattern but I think mine is a work of art. For display only, if you want a cup of tea at my place it will be a tea bag tossed in a cup.
I had a lovely mothers'day on Sunday. I was taken out to lunch and received my favourite gifts of books, wine and flowers. Perfect.
This might be my best ever gift, it was inside one of the books I received. A bookmark with very clear instructions on how to use it. Please feel free to print this if you need to refer to it again.
Here's a few reasons why you might need these instructions and a bookmark.
1-Do Not dog ear the page-example turn the corner down and ruin the book.
2-Do Not try and remember the page # as you fall asleep. You won't remember the # in the morning, you know you won't.
3-Do Not grab a tissue from the box next to your bed and place inside the book. Have you no class?
4-Do Not use a photo of your child, grandchild or cat/dog/bird etc. It will end up in lost property at the library.
5-I know the last time you used a bookmark you lost it in the bedclothes, have another look there could be more in there by now. Try using a peg to peg your bookmark to your pillow while you read but don't wake up with a peg embedded in your face.
I'm assuming everyone reads in bed like I do, my favourite occupation.
I've rounded up a small selection of my bookmarks to show, I know I have lots more SOMEWHERE.
I wish I could say this is my bed, no it's another doll house bed. The cover was made from a doiley and I lined it with pink satin. The pictures over the bed are of Kate and William.
I wish I could this is my car but no. This was outside my local craft shop last week. I don't want to be disloyal to my reliable little car but this one is so cute and in my favourite colour.
Kate and William's 2nd wedding anniversary today and I almost forgot. How could I? I've rushed around and put a few photos together. First, the balcony scene. I was there and lucky enough to be near the front. The royals on the balcony are looking up at the fly past. A never to be forgotten day.
I gathered together a few souvenirs I don't think I've shown before. Two jigsaw puzzles. Display only, I have no patience with puzzles so will never do them. Two souvenir tins that once held very nice shortbread biscuits. A small calendar on the left and a sticker book behind the jigsaw on the left. I should have bought 2 sticker books, one to play with and one to keep.
A plate, one of many sold in London at the time.
Mini cup and saucer bought on ebay.
I am so proud of my cross stitch so it deserves another showing.
Happy Anniversary William and Catherine. I am looking forward to the new baby and more souvenirs to collect and cross stitch to be worked.
PS. I haven't finished the wedding cross stitch yet. So many royal events, so little time.
Newest apron for my collection shows a very elegant lady standing in front of a smart car. This was a purchase from an Etsy shop and is my new favourite. the lady's suit is filled in with very tiny stitches all hand done. The apron has never been worn, another one finished then packed away for 50 or 60 years. I would love to find the stories behind these aprons. I know some were made to enter country show competitons and display a talent and perhaps win a prize
Another Ebay purchase, this one was described a a child's apron but when I received I saw it is a full adult size. All the embroidery is finished it just needs lace or bias binding round the edge. The apron has been folded and stored for years. The pocket was folded with it and I will sew that on so it will never be lost.
A very unusual apron for my collection.
Another recent purchase with the dress all filled with tiny stitches. Very pretty and different.
A pretty apron with a party girl. The stitcher must be a bit like me-took the easy way and didn't fill in the dress with stitches.
Now to my Bothy Threads. I've finished all the cross stitches and now I've started the backstitch, french knots and a few beads to be added.It's now confession time. I CAN"T DO FRENCH KNOTS. I've had private french knot lessons, been to french knot classes, been to french knot boot camp and read french knots for Dummies and I have given up. French knots on this sampler are mostly the eyes so I just do a few over stitches and look some have their eyes already. No complaints then. For the dot above the letter i I might use a small bead.
The rest of the Kings and Queens waiting to be finished. I need a few more weeks yet before completion day.
Question? Does 4 swans make a collection?. I love swans and can't resist buying one now and then. Three of them are early Australian lustre ware and the green one at the back is plastic. I could look out at the lake and see plenty of black swans but I like these coloured ones.
I even have a swan apron in my collection with a lady wearing a very pretty dress and hat feeding the swan.
It is illegal to feed seabirds here but I won't tell apron lady and spoil her day.
Charlotte just woke up from one of her long naps and insisted on being in the last pic. Just in time Charlotte, I'm all finished.
Here I am at Circular Quay station on my way to a concert at the Opera House. The famous bridge, opened in 1932 is on the left and the Opera house on the right. No cruise ships in today, they are moored just on the left in front of the bridge. The city is behind me.
Now I am in front of the Opera house but didn't climb all those steps. The Opera house is 40 years old this year. It was opened by the Queen in 1973.
I went underneath and climbed all these steps up to the main concert hall. I'm sure there is a lift somewhere, I haven't found it yet. And I would like red carpet on all those concrete steps.
The side of the Opera House where I came out at the end of the concert. Then it started to rain but there is plenty of shelter back to the station.
This is the concert I went to hear. Played by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. The Water Music was written for George I and played by 50 musicians on a barge on the Thames while George and his entourage floated down the river on another barge. For a while I was able to close my eyes and imagine I was trying to push my way through the crowd to see the king and hear the music played at that river party on the 17th July 1717. Wonderful.
Some buskers on the walk to the Opera house.
I put some money in the tin. Next thing I know I am sitting on the kangaroo skin (poor kangaroo) banging some sticks together and a passing tourist was handed my camera and told to take my photo. I am laughing because busker on the left told me "you are so pretty". A lot of fun.
Next busker is holding up 2 fingers meaning I must pay $2 to take a photo of him playing a didgeridoo. These buskers are very firm that you must pay for photos snapped.
Look to the left and under the bridge and you will see the famous Luna Park. Opened in the 1930's still a popular place to visit.
Please send Get Well wishes to Misty, she is a neighbour and friend of Charlotte and Emily. Misty had a hip replacement last week and is doing very well. Too much jumping around as a puppy and being a bit overweight caused hip problems. Misty recently celebrated her 8th birthday She is such a beautiful and friendly dog and I hope will soon be running along the beach again with her doggy friends.
Misty doesn't like that collar much but she is being very brave about it and the collar will be removed soon.
No I won't go and visit Misty and take grapes, I've just settled in the washing basket for a sleep.
AND I sent her a card, that's enough.
I don't want to visit Misty either, she might bark at me. I signed the card too and anyway I need a sleep.
My only market bargain yesterday, I hate to go home without a bargain so I was happy with the tray.
I thought it was against the rules or law to sell puppies or kittens at the market. So when two police spotted Staffy puppies for sale what happened? They rushed over to admire and pat the pups and say how cute they are. I wanted them to rescue the poor pups and drag the sellers off to prison forever. Didn't happen.
Then the police strolled off to look for bargains like the rest of us. Was it their tea break? My cardigan man wasn't there. Was he arrested for selling cardigans that 'fell off the back of a truck'?
A good day at the local markets yesterday. Charlotte loves her new bed. I supplied the cushion and sheet and she moved right in for a sleep.
Emily refuses to try any new bed and is now spending her old age sleeping in my bed.
I love anything Laurel Burch and these fabrics came from America. I bought a yard of each (America sells by yards and inches) and they are 42" wide. Not sure what I will do with them, they will go in my fabric stash for now. Haven't been able to find these fabrics in Australia but I'm sure it would be less expensive to buy from America.
Yes!!! Another Laurel Burch bag, this one from the U.K, love the colour. Yes!!! Another pair of new Hush Puppies from the OP shop. Sadly I can't keep a secret and now friends and friends of friends etc. are saying "oh but I take a 6, I must go and look" so this might be my last pair.
A cardigan bought at the Sat. market, a bit grannyish but that's OK I'm a granny. This one was $10 and it's Damart brand. Normally about $60 and this one brand new with tags. The seller had more stock. Did the stock fall off the back of a truck???? I asked no questions.
At Last, I have my pens again. These are Charles and Diana Wedding souvenirs from 1981. I had a set in 1981 but used and lost them. These came from ebay at a price I could pay, the pens come up for sale now and then but usually go for a high price.
Cat lover, collector of British Royalty memorabilia, Anglophile,avid reader and cross stitch addict. Keen op shop, market, collector fairs and ebay shopper. Mother of 2, Grandmother of 2 and I have one Birman cat Charlotte and mourn the loss of her sister Emily.
Not very tall, not very slim and more bad hair days than good. Don't like cooking or gardening so recipes and gardening hints will never appear on my blog.
To sum me up, think minimalist, I am the opposite.