Monday 23 April 2012

A Thank You & Some Random Facts About Me!

Now, I have been rather remiss in acknowledging the fact that, two lovely ladies were kind enough to honour me with blog awards recently, so it is about time I made amends and thanked the ladies in question!

So First up is the 'Liebster Blog Award' given to me by the super talented Charlotte who blogs over at Sew far Sew Good, which is a must for your blog roll. I don't know how this lady does it she is a wife and mother, a sewist, a crafter, a gardener, an environmentalist, stylish cyclist and she still finds time to blog on, not one but three blogs!!!

My next award was 'The Versatile Blogger' award which was given to me by the ever glamorous May Loh who blogs over at  Walking in May and I highly recommend you go and check out her site too, it is full of her fabulous vintage outfits,tutorials and wonderful reviews on all the best places to be seen in London.

To accept these awards I need to list some interesting (I'll use that term very loosely) facts about me so here goes...

1. I am 5'10" Tall
2. I am Terrible at Spelling: Even though I have an A level in English Literature, I can not spell to save my life, some of the most simple words confound me time and again. Without a spell check (which I thank the heavens daily for) I would be lost completely. I do apologise to you all (especially Keshling) for this so please feel free to let me know if I've spelt something totally wrong or used the wrong word's for my own good:)

3. I love the smell of WD40 : OK this is a really odd one, but hear me out on this. 
My Dad used to own a Sunbeam Rapier (see picture below) which he had since the 60s, as my Dad is a frugal and talented engineer he would carry out all his own repairs and servicing, which always required copious amounts of WD40 and epoxy resin filler (not a nice smell). 
A very pixelated picture of Mum, my little brother and me with said car on our yearly holiday to the I.O.W
Anyway every time I smell it now, I am taken back to my childhood on those sunny Saturday afternoons sitting on our front doorstep fighting to keep my socks up whilst watching him tinker with the car, and occasionally helpfully passing him tools. I loved that car as much as he did and I was distraught when it got vandalised and he gave it way, I cried for days. I guess I have always loved old things, riding around in that car in the 80s always sparked interest from other people and was a fabulous conversation starter. It is my dream to one day own a Sunbeam Rapier myself, and learn how to tinker with it just as my Dad did. Our next car was a muddy brown Toyota, of which there are no photos.

4. I love old Hollywood musicals: No big surprise here! But if I had to choose a favourite, it has to be Meet Me in St Louis.
Image Source: The Judy Room
It's so colourful, that it is like looking into an antique jewellery box and so wonderfully American too. When I first saw it as a child I was totally entranced and spent the rest of the week singing 'The Trolley Song', wanting a red velvet dress, wondering how I could make my fringe curl just like Judy's and dreaming of eating giant sponge cakes topped with Technicolor frosting (so not much has changed). I just love Judy Garland, she exudes Hollywood beauty and when she sings 'Merry Little Christmas' it always melts my heart and knowing it was filmed while WWII raged on makes the words a lot more touching. Oh yes I know it is all a bit schmaltzy, but it's Hollywood schmaltz layered three tiers high and served with a big ole' dollop of pink frosting! 

5. I Love Sci-fi: Star Wars, Star Trek (mainly the original Captain Kirk series) and I love love love Lord of the Rings (can't wait for the Hobbit to come out). Essentially anything that suspends reality completely in a mythical world or outer space and I'm captivated.
6. My Dream Job: Would be working in a museum or old stately home. Being surrounded every day by years of history and dust sound fabulous to me!

7. I Love to Watch Bad Tv: Only way is Essex...Coach Trip...Dog the Bounty Hunter...Come Dine with me...4 in a Bed (which sounds much more exciting than it really is). Basically, reality shows that you would too embarrassed to admit to watching, I'll watch (except big brother, never got it). I'm not proud of it. I should point out I watch documentaries too, I love BBC 4 but sadly I am much more likely to retain the utter nonsense in last weeks TOWIE than a word of the fascinating 2 hour documentary about ancient ruins, which I enjoyed watching just as much, but forgot almost instantly. It's a shame and probably why I'll never get my dream job:)

And finally, as I am sure I haven't embarrassed myself quite enough...

A picture of me aged 8 (with same hair as now, shortly before it got hacked off by mum) in my favourite t-shirt ever! Kylie Rocks! No arguments :)
Last to do is to pass these on I nominate:

Jess of Pink Sunshine
Lucy of Pin Up Crafts
Helen of Sew Styilish
Eleanor Kay of Victory Rolls and Roses

Wendy x

Friday 20 April 2012

The Story of Keep Calm and Carry on

 I hope you all had a wonderful Easters! (I realise it was a while ago) I do love Easter it has to be my favourite holiday, with it being at the beginning of spring and with the promise of a warm sunny summer (fingers crossed) and it's also a time where eating chocolate is actively encouraged without the usual diet related guilt!

Rather than chocolate for Easter my Parents sent me a lovely parcel full of veg and flower seeds a book on gardening (much needed) and also two tea towels which carry the ever popular 'Keep Calm' logo this time reincarnated into Keep Calm and Be a Domestic Goddess (fat chance I'm far too lazy). As I mentioned in my dinner party post lots of us own a copy of this sign in one of its various forms. It seems that the nation has taken this little posters nostalgic motto to heart, though it is easy to see why it's a statement that embodies the quintessentially British 'stiff upper lip' of yesteryear and the clear-headed resolve that tells us everything will be OK if we just keep going.

 Puppy Love Princess posted a link to the film below a few weeks ago. So rather than me waffling on at you about the history of this poster, I thought I would repost it, as it tells the story much more eloquently than I ever could.

Also recently while watching some recorded episode of  the BBC's Antiques Roadshow, (yes I watch it and yes I've series linked it) Moragh Turnbull from Fife, Scotland, brought in for the experts appraisal a stash of 17 original Keep Calm posters that had been given to her by her father who was a member of the Royal Observer Corps during the war. These posters are thought to be the only remaining stock of the original full-size poster which are thought to be worth about £1000 each!  

Wendy x 

Tuesday 10 April 2012

Drum Roll Please....

So without further ado the winner of the Put a Spring in Your Stitch Giveaway is...

Commenter No. 21 Which is the lovely...

Thank you to all those who took part and Congratulations to Miss Marie!

I will be holding another little give away shorty so keep your eyes peeled:)

Wendy x