Sunday, May 7, 2017

A Vintage Holden Picnic and Wildlife

 To prove I do have a life apart from Royals and Cats I was taken on a picnic yesterday in a vintage car. This is a 1958 Holden station wagon. Registered as a vintage car it has no seat belts, no airbags, no air con. and bench seats but still a comfortable ride.
Friend J has a stable full of vintage cars some dating from the 1920s so I might have been taken in an older car but I had a large back tooth removed 2 days prior and though that went well I have a massive bruise on my face so had to be treated a bit gently and not bounced around in a very draughty old car.
 The picnic area we went to is not far from my home but I had never been there before. There were ducks.
 And a lizard on a tree stump.
The area is named after an Olympic rower who lived locally.
More wildlife. This is grandson A's rescue budgie. Found in the bush opposite A's home and being eyed off as lunch by larger birds this lucky budgie has found a good home after efforts were made to find his original owner. A had a budgie who died of old age only weeks before this one was rescued so there was a cage ready and waiting but as you can see this lucky bird has lots of fly around the house time too

Friday, April 21, 2017

Queen Elizabeth II Celebrates her 91st Birthday

What more can be said about such a wonderful and inspirational woman, Happy 91st Birthday
to you. Long may you reign.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Coronation 1953 Petticoat and More Amazing Coronation Samplers

 Yes! Another amazing find and win on eBay. Such was the excitement and patriotic fever for the 1953 Coronation women bought underwear embroidered with EIIR and a crown. The label has been cut from the back of this petticoat so can't tell the maker. Not sure what the fabric is and there is a net band at the hem to match the net at the bust.
 I have placed red fabric under the bust so the royal embroidery can be seen.
 I can always find space for something as special (and rare?) as this. Had to rush out and buy a new display model.
 I've had the Edward VIII sampler for sometime then the George VI sampler came along. 1937 must have been an exciting year for stitchers and for those selling the samplers ready to stitch.
 I don't like to admit defeat and this was an expensive kit. I finished William but I admit Kate and her wedding dress is almost impossible. There are just too many shades of white and too many odd stitches. I want to hang on to my last bits of sanity and eyesight.If I hadn't had wedding fever at the time I would have known this is a computer generated chart and so too hard to stitch even though I like a challenge. The threads that came with the kit are cheap and the red colour ran a bit when washed. Kate and her dress are folded at the back of the frame so perhaps in the future someone might finish her. Note: to self and others only buy reputable and known brand kits.
 Only a small bit of the edge to finish on this Charles and Diana Wedding Tapestry kit. It was about one third stitched when I bought it so I'm pleased I was able to finish another stitchers work. I can only hope all my U.F.O's are finished by someone else one day.
 Another C&D sampler I couldn't resist. It is a kit and came with very pretty coloured Appleton wools. It is next in the Queue.
 Added to my collection, Princess Diana's flower girl, very pretty.
Princess Margaret and Anthony Armstrong Jones wedding dolls. Sadly the groom's hat brim broke off and the bride's veil fell apart in the wash. I made a new veil but not very happy with it so will try again. I bought these dolls at a local market and the woman selling them didn't know who they were. I didn't tell her till after I paid or she might have charged me more. The dolls are Peggy Nisbit dolls, she makes a lot of Royal dolls. Also I think Margaret's face might have darkened with age.

Your turn next time Shibella, I had too much to show today.

Monday, February 27, 2017

1953 Coronation Party Dress 1937 Coronation Apron and More

 Another dress made from Coronation fabric in 1953. This dress is made from cotton fabric, has no label so might have been stitched by a home sewer or local dressmaker. The belt is missing though there are keepers for a belt at the sides. The dress has 2 pockets so I have placed a Coronation hanky in one and a Queen brooch on the shoulder. There are cap sleeves and gathers over the bust and a side zip.
 And a full circle skirt. I might have been able to make a belt from the hem but the hem has been stitched right on the edge. So did this dress go to a coronation party? I will never know.
 A close up of the fabric.
 This is me a few years after the Coronation and I am wearing a dress of almost identical design. I made this dress and I know it had a full circle skirt and a 2 inch hem. According to my late mother a full circle or flared skirt should hang for a week before hemming then have a large hem so the skirt would hang properly. Wish I had a colour photo of this dress as it was in pretty rainbow colours with sparkles and I am wearing silver sandals ready to go dancing.
 Another lucky/amazing find on eBay. Coronation apron from 1937 with George VI and Elizabeth and I was the only bidder. Sometimes I can't believe my luck when I find an item like this which spans 2 of my collections. Royalty and Aprons.
 A friend took me for a picnic to Woronora Dam on Sunday. The dam is south of Sydney.
When it was time for our picnic lunch friend produced this mug for my tea. I think my Royal Reputation is spreading.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Shibella's Thirteenth Birthday

 Yes it's true today I am thirteen years old. I am looking a bit startled here because SHE remembered my birthday. Last year SHE forgot to remember.
 My eyes are still my best feature and I think I look very good for my age.
 Looking a bit tired here because I am ready for my afternoon sleep.
 We both like the same side of the bed so SHE sleeps this side at night and I sleep here in the day. A bit like Box and Cox. (Google them if you don't know the story) We might rent out the other side of the bed as it is never used.
 This is a handy hint for those very hot days we are having. Sleep under the bed! I find it a little bit cooler down here and am trying to get HER to join me. No luck so far.
I know the postman has been I will look at my card when I've finished eating. I bet It's from that blue budgerigar I met once and never managed to get close to. What a cheek!!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Australia Day 2017

 Australia Day with State Emblems and the Crown still firmly in place.
 A sign at a local butcher shop. Almost turning me vegetarian but I do love roast lamb. And I did enjoy my Australia day barbecue and lamingtons today.
 These are Aboriginal sculptures at Lake Illawarra where I live and I don't quite understand them yet.
 Or the significance of the gold shoes and the mug and plate or even the stack of towels.
 Or the white shoes, is it in case of emergency break glass?
The totems tells the history of Lake Illawarra. Click on this pic. to read the text.
 I have yet to do the 3K walk which will tell the whole story and ALL might be revealed.
 Is this the original 'boy from the bush'? No my daughter brought him home many years ago and he is now a loved if much older family member and father to my 2 grandsons.
Yes, Yes it's an Irish drink and perfect with ice cream. No better way to end Australia day.
Shibella does not appear in this post as she is A British Shorthair.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Shibella and More Royal Souvenirs

 I heard a knock at the door so I'm outside looking through the glass door till I know who it is. SHE knows I don't like anyone coming to the house-hope SHE doesn't offer them a cup of tea. Or worse-a glass of wine, then they'll never go home.
 You can come in now Shibella, they've gone and I want to write about my Royal stuff.
My Buckingham Palace cut-thru is finished and framed. I'm very pleased with the result even though I worked it in 14ct Aida not 16ct which came with the kit. The kit by Bothy Threads came with a generous supply of threads. Lots of back stitch but a separate chart made this a bit easier to work.
 A expertly stitched Gobelin tapestry of Princess Diana, Very tiny stitches like petit point or tiny tent stitches and the back is as good as the front. I bought this from Bulgaria and the parcel only took 2 weeks to arrive.
 A close up of the stitches.
 My favourite model Big Ted is showing a child's coronation party dress, the pocket shows a crown with Elizabeth R 1953 embroidered. The card in Ted's pocket reads The "Glenthorne" Party Frock size 22"to 24" suggested age 3-6 years. The frock came in original packaging and had never been worn, the price on the card is 19/6 or nineteen shillings and sixpence. Ted has teamed the party frock with a Charles and Diana sun hat from THE wedding in 1981. Thank you Big Ted for being such a great model and for being a BIG Ted.
 Is there no end to the souvenirs out there that I must have in my collection and on my walls?? This is a large wall hanging or rug from the Coronation of George VI and Elizabeth. I have placed it above the front door where there was still a bit of space.
 Some fabric bought from America just printed so not original. The fabric took 5 weeks to travel from America but my parcel from Bulgaria arrived in 2. Now I think I love Bulgaria.
 A friend had a big birthday last week and I made her this card as she loves Toucans and I found a chart on google.
As she is an Elvis fan and also shares his birthday this is her cake. Supplied by her daughter-not made by me.