Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Queen Victoria close up

These are just some of the amazingly intricate details from the statue of Queen Victoria by William Silver Frith (1860 - 1934) which stands at the top of the Doulton Fountain.  It was sculpted as a celebration of Victoria's golden jubilee.  The fountain is sometimes called the Victoria Fountain.

The Doulton Fountain is just outside the People's Palace in Glasgow.  Originally it was situated in Kelvingrove Park as part of the International Exhibition of 1888 and later gifted to the city by Sir Henry Doulton (you may have heard of Doulton Pottery).

The fountain itself was designed by Arthur Ernest  Pearce (1859 - 1934) who worked for the Doulton Company.  It has lots of other beautiful sculpture and it is hard to believe that the fountain was almost destroyed by vandals in the 1990s before it was moved to its present position. 

You can read more about this amazing fountain at Glasgow - City of Sculpture.

Love, Liz

Saturday, 4 February 2017

It's the Polis!

Got another fabulous vintage Ladybird Book from my collection to show you today.  It is The Policeman from 1962 and how much of a different world does this show!  Look at those old traffic signs in the background.

Personally I think these uniforms are so much smarter, but where on earth would the modern police officer keep all their kit?

The book comes from Ladybird's Easy Reading, People at Work Series by L & J Havenhand with illustrations by John Berry.  Published by Wills & Hepworth Ltd, Loughborough, England in 1962.

Traffic duty wearing a white coat - the neon of the day!

Hope you've enjoyed this wee trip back to the 60s.

Love, Liz

Friday, 3 February 2017

What games did you play in the Brownies?

I used to be in the Brownies when I was a wee girl.  I loved it!  Working towards badges and being with my friends - it was great fun.  For some reason a game we used to play just came into my head - perhaps you know it - "port and starboard".

Everyone lined up down the middle of the hall and then one of the leaders would shout port - and we'd all run to the left hand side of the hall.  If she shouted starboard we went to the right.  Last one over was out!  There were lots of other things too like man overboard - you had to lie down and pretend to swim.  Captain's coming - salute.  Crow's nest - pretend to climb up a rope.  I'm sure there were others too.

A great way to get the smarty pants or big girls who could run fast out of the game was when the leader, once everyone was at port would shout "port" again and a lot of them would have started to run to the other side and were then "out".

Happy days.  Good exercise too.  Did you play "port and starboard" when you were young?

Love, Liz

You might be interested in the latest post on my other blog - The Greenockian.  It tells the story of a riot that took place in Greenock in 1820.  This is a memorial sculpture to those who died or were injured.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Big hair needs even bigger hats!

I love vintage adverts!  These really made me smile - I think it was the name more than anything - "non-collapso" hair pads.

The ad says that they were "manufactured from the finest unbreakable watch springs".  Self-adjusting too! Essential for the stylish woman of 1906 - these ladies don't look too impressed!

Of course big hair needs big hats - have a look at these.

Poor women - they must have had strong necks to carry all that around on their heads!

What a great name for a hat - a large flop!

Love, Liz

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Monkey Puzzles

I took this photograph this morning.  Where do you think I was?  Some exotic island paradise -enjoying tropical beaches and sunshine?

Actually the photograph was taken up at Greenock Cemetery!  There are a lot of these monkey puzzle trees there.

Although cold, it is a lovely bright winter day here in Greenock.  There was just enough of a lingering mist to make some areas look a bit spooky.  I was doing a bit of research for my other blog The Greenockian, thus my reason for a cemetery visit.

How are you spending your weekend?

Love, Liz

Monday, 16 January 2017

A present from Millport

Look at this fabulous charity shop find!  Two gorgeous cups and saucers in perfect condition and with the most marvellous thistles and tartan design.  They are obviously souvenir items and are marked - A Present from Millport.

Millport is a small Scottish town on the island of Cumbrae a short ferry ride from Largs, not far from Greenock.  When I was a wee girl it was a very popular place in the summer for day trips and holidays.  Still is, to a certain extent.  A popular thing to do there is to hire a bicycle and cycle round the island.

I was delighted with my find - these lovely bits and pieces are becoming rarer at affordable prices.  They are bone china and marked Thistle.

Just love the decoration - so pretty.  I love finding Scottish items!

Joining this week's Monday Social at Let's Add Sprinkles - come and have a look at some of the marvellous things there.

Love, Liz

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Feared by the bad, loved by the good ...

I came across this vintage Ladybird book - The Ambush - A Ladybird Robin Hood Adventure.

Fabulous illustrations by John Kenney and story by Max Kester.

Being of vintage age, the mere mention of Robin Hood sets the theme tune from the 1950s Adventures of Robin Hood TV show running through my head -

Robin Hood, Robin Hood riding through the glen.
Robin Hood, Robin Hood with his band of men.
Feared by the bad, loved by the good,
Robin Hood, Robin Hood, Robin Hood.

Does anyone else remember it?  Richard Greene played the hero, Robin Hood.

Here's a reminder of the show's theme on You Tube.  Enjoy!

Love, Liz

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Great British cross stitch

Isn't this lovely and pretty as well as patriotic?!

I finished it just before Christmas - it's the one I was having trouble with before I got my brilliant new craft light (thanks again No 2 Son!)

The pattern is from a little booklet that was given away with the Telegraph newspaper some time last year. It was originally a tapestry pattern for a Union Jack purse, but works just as well with cross stitch.  Not sure what I'm going to do with it - any suggestions?

Work in progress
I had forgotten just how cute these little Cross Country Stitching patterns were - look at that gorgeous little face!

Here's a finished one that I made a few years ago - isn't it just lovely!

If you are in the UK then I hope that the snow isn't too bad wherever you are.  Here in Greenock we've had a couple of flurries, but not too much ..... so far!  Fingers crossed!

Stay cosy,
Love, Liz

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

New stitching

I love this moment -  I'm ready to make the first stitch in my new cross stitch.

The pattern has been chosen, threads selected and hoop loaded.

I've chosen a pattern from an old copy of Cross Country Stitching from August 1994.  Can't wait to start!

Love, Liz

Monday, 9 January 2017

Butterfly cross stitch

Just finished this pretty cross stitch butterfly.

Love the bright colours - very different from my usual style.  Found the pattern in my pattern folder, but can't remember where it is from.  If anyone knows its origins, then could you please let me know.

Just found another use for my craft light!  Used it to help light the cross stitch so that I could photograph it - excellent!

Love, Liz

Thursday, 5 January 2017

How to make a tartan book cover

Here's an easy way to make a boring loose-leaf binder a lot more interesting!  If I can do it - anyone can!

This is the time of year when we start to think about making lists or keeping a journal.  I've decided to make a sort of photo-journal of all the Scottish castles and Outlander locations I've visited.  Of course I wanted it to look suitably Scottish - so decided to cover a plain old loose leaf folder with tartan fabric.  It was really easy and, I think, quite effective.

The cover is basically just a big rectangle of fabric.  I measured from the inside of the front cover of the binder, around to the inside of the back cover and cut fabric accordingly.  I wanted it to have a bit of weight, so sandwiched a piece of wadding between the tartan fabric and plain lining.  I sewed the three layers together - the big rectangle.

Then I centered the fabric and made front and back folds and slipped the book inside.  Cover made.

To hide what was left of the folder, I cut some different tartan fabric to size and stuck it to the folder with double sided sticky tape, folding it down over the top and bottom of the folder to hide the ends.

Now the middle ring-binder bit looked a bit bare, so I just got a piece of lace, attached it with double sided tape and took it all the way through the rings from the top to the bottom.

Tra-la!  What do you think? This could be used for so many different types of journal especially if you were planning a Scottish vacation or wedding.  Other ideas could be white fabric, broderie anglaise and lace for a wedding planner or cute gingham for a baby book.  Wouldn't this make a great cover for a school project folder too?  There are so many applications.

I printed some pictures and words onto fabric to be sewn on the front cover.  I blogged about how to do this here.

Of course plain old card subject dividers could be covered in gorgeous scrapbook papers or gift-wrap matching the purpose of the folder. 

Now I can start putting my photos and castle guide-books in place.

Love, Liz