Friday 1 February 2013

The Link of Love

Afternoon! I thought it was about time I stopped by and said Hello. I have been very busy this month working away at lots of interesting projects for the coming year, scheduling lots of lovely free vintage patterns for 'The Vintage Pattern Files' and doing lots of home reorganising, in the hopes that I will be able to make 2013 a slightly more organised year than 2012. Fingers Crossed!

So seeing as I have had a bit of a hiatus from blog reading (and writing) and seeing that I am now the proud (though sweary) owner of a shiny new windows 8 laptop (reason for swearing; Apps crashing and 'One-finger swipe' thing are annoying me no end....Grrrr. What is worse is that it was a lovely belated Birthday/Christmas present, so I feel rather guilty about grumbling so much) I have finally had some time to read lots, and lots of well overdue post, I thought I would be nice to share with you a little of the lovely stuff I have seen over the last few days!*
  • I linked up to this pattern over at my other blog at Christmas but it's so good it deserves another shout! The lovely Melanie of The Folly Bird has posted a pattern of 1940s War-Time Crochet Jewelry - I will have to get my Mum on the case with these as I couldn't crochet anything that delicate! 
  • I love my woolen skirts, especially at this time of year, but they can be expensive to have cleaned. Mim from Crinoline Robot has the answer with her post on  How to Wash a Wool Skirt Its definitely going to save you the pennies! 
  • Not sure which lovely blogger led me to this site, but I am in totally in love with the gorgeous prints of Edward Dulac seen above!
  • Cassie is a supremely talented Artist, Teacher and Crafter and her latest creation "Put A Bird on It" cardigan is too cute for words. Who would have though needle felting could be so wonderful! 
  • Something I mentioned in my Dad's pullover post and is worth repeating is that you can block acrylic knitting! Yep, it's done slightly differently, but it certainly can and should be done, see Beadknitters post all about it Here
  • "Love to look neat as a pin? Like to comb your hair after you put on your dress?" Then this Apron Smock pattern that Anna from A Few Threads Loose gave away to mark 2013, its perfect for you!
  • Speaking of free stuff did you see the wonderful knitting pattern that the lovely Lucy posted after Christmas Knit Yourself a 1940's Turban. It's the pattern that she used to make the one I am modeling above. Honestly its so lovely it's been on my head daily keeping my ears lovely and warm and hiding many a bad hair day!
  • Is it just me, or have you ever wondered how people put those short links rather than the full www address, in the comments box?  Well, wonder no longer as Rebecca from The Bexter explains how to do it here!
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  • Those of you that have been around here for a while will know I love a post full of screenshots dripping with fabulous vintage outfits (another film fashions post is already in the production line). So when the stylish Hannah of Leopard and Lipstick posted her screenshots of Flowers of War I was certainly not disappointed and have another film to add to my must watch list.
  • Speaking of beautiful stylish ladies May Loh's stunning series on the wonders of QiPao is just a treat for the eyes!
  • I have been using this for a while now but it time I shared I love Pilxr-o-matic for vintage-o-fying my pictures. It's downloadable so can be used without the internet and best of all its free!
And as a link up post in my eyes would not be complete without some kind of cakey goodness ...

So there you go just some of my favourite creative posts from the last few months. If you like this kind of post and want more suggestions then I can heartily recommend reading Elise's Faff Favorites. I have spent many an hour clicking on their suggestions and found some amazing things in the process!

Have a great weekend!
Wendy x

*Oooh, too many brackets! Honestly, the number of times I have thought I should rename this Blog 'My life in Parentheses (Blogging in Brackets); or some such similar thing. With this paragraph being the worst offender yet. Sorry!


  1. Aw thanks so much for the shout out! Super appreciated! Great post, clicking away through the other links now! Jx

  2. Thanks for the mention! Really like the other links - thanks for including me in such esteemed company!

  3. Oh I love those fairytale paintings by Dulac and your look perfect in that turban! You have so many exciting projects on the go it seems! And thank you for the mention ;) xxx

  4. Thank you for the mention lovely xxx

  5. Thank you so much for featuring my tutorial on how to turn tights into 1920s style stockings! I'm glad you found it useful. Hurray for flapper style!!!

  6. Aw thanks, my library post was one of my favourites to write, I'm obsessed with my local library, it's a good place to hide out in the heat and be entertained for hours! I love your turban, keep meaning to have a go at one myself :)

  7. As I have been so terrible at commenting lately I thought this would be a nice way of showing/sharing the love so you are all more than welcome, thank you for such inspiring posts! xx

  8. Great post - I've been clicking away at all the links! Thanks for the mention :-) x

  9. Thank you so much for the lovely mention my dear! You are just so sweet! Must say there are so many lovely posts you highlighted and I have found some great new gems of discoveries! Brilliant way to start an inspiring new year I say!
    May xx

  10. Thanks for the mention, glad you enjoy them. Lots of good things to check out here, I shall be kept very busy! And there's no such thing as too many brackets, otherwise I'd have to rename my blog too (and where's the fun in that?) x