Thursday, 27 January 2011


How cute are these coats? Just the sort of thing that my babies wear and I might have a go at one for next winter for Miss Belle.

Mad Men or what?

These patterns and many many more - including one Miss Belle has picked out as her wedding dress - have come from a friend's mother in her eighties who is having a clear out. How lucky am I ! They even have jottings about adding an inch, lengthening, who they were made for in what fabric and even receipts for said fabric. I aspire to this woman's order.

No craft comes without practice and she has served her time, her garments are the best handmade that I have ever seen, and you know I always inspect the inside of anything first! She must have done the required 10,000 hours.

The notes are fabulous, a work of art in their own right, how lucky am I?

A friend from the W.I. gave me this the other night, it was her great grandmothers, 'Mrs Beeton's All About Cookery'. I have looked at many a copy of Mrs Beeton but have never bought one, wasn't sure why, but it is obviously because this very kind friend was meant to give me this particular copy. Again it has notes in and I love a book with extra notes.

I do love it when someone offers me something in a tired plastic bag with the words, "If you don't want it sling it out", always a sure winner. It is so great to be thought of.

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