Category Archives: 1930 – 1950 design (UK)

Quick dash – interim report

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Something like this?

Well, not quite like this first photo.

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Her embarrassment was so great I just had to do that skirt, well, and then the sleeves, belt and earings too. Here, posing, her skirt is ballooned out as she has been sitting for some time.

More like this

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She’s come for a nice chat over a cup of tea

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but if she doesn’t take care she’ll have poured it all over the place

Handbag to be made and everything to be fixed down with the missing milk and knife added too.  Still waiting on the odd bit for the bureau and must do the photos for the bookshelves.  Oh, and find the charcoal for the coal bucket.

Must dash – have a good weekend 😉

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Said I wouldn’t

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but I have

There were to be no human figures in this house, just animals and toys.  Then one day at home we had a conversation that wandered down memory lane and ended up for some reason talking about floral wrap-around aprons and head scarves and I just could not resist the temptation.  Somewhere along the line, when I come to do the fences and what passes for a garden, I’ve taken a fancy to having a go at a woman standing at the side fence looking over – possibly chatting, possibly just being nosey.  We’ll see.

In the meantime, having let figures creep into my mind, I’ve plumped for one in the sitting room, sharing afternoon tea with the dog on the sofa.  I’ve used a kit doll (head and upper chest, legs and arms) from World of My Own.  I like the ones with heads on elastic so that you can get a little movement.  I think she’s the same model as in The Gossips in Hogepotche Hall.

Shirtwaister, hat, clutch handbag
and Great Aunt Agatha

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She is still awaiting sleeves and skirt and even a brooch, but, to save the embarrassment, I’ve draped a piece of cloth over her pink satin bloomers. She’s also in need of a hair trim but that will keep until she is fully dressed.

About making this dress:  well, put it this way, I can’t see me having a go again at this style of clothing anytime in the near future.  Not just the usual fiddling around disentangling arms, legs and head from the sewing thread, that’s par for the course, but the collar was such a pain!  I’ve used a close woven shirt material which is fine until you get across the weave when it runs away at the first whiff of a needle.  Anyway, the bodice, hair and hat are on, with the three-quarter sleeves, skirt and belt plus the handbag still to come.  Then she can have her cup of tea in peace.  Poor woman may have to wait a little, sitting there in her underwear and top, as am tied up a little over the rest of the week.

Things beginning to arrive for the sitting room

A battery-powered standard lamp which came with a very, very white shade and bulb and a gold stem.

That cup of tea

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This I’ve had for a wee while. The cup of tea being poured and cake to come. Must get a milk jug and knife sorted out.

Fire-irons and coal bucket

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Fire-irons in the hearth and coal bucket to the side on the right – must put some coal in it. Magic cup of tea all set out and the standard lamp needs pushing back into the corner again along the chair and table too

 

Bathroom Commodities

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I’d like to say comestibles, but, unless you are one given to eating soap, it would be rather misleading.

I’ve ordered in many a printed packet of 50s style goodies to dress up here and there on shelves.

On the ‘to make’ list: some glass shelving and a wall cupboard (possibly mirrored) to hold them and, as one who is always resistant to splashing out on single items, I thought I’d have a go at making a bath tray or caddy as I couldn’t find one that didn’t seem rather out of my league for price.

Also in need of a laundry box of the hard wooden kind with a cork top

On the ready made or almost ready list: a wall mirror, a bath mat, towel rail and some wall tiling in strategic places.

There’s a possibility of some slippers, I have a fancy for a liberty bodice airing somewhere and for it to air I think I need a hanging rack but not sure about that yet.

Started with the bath tray as a new year challenge as ideas of how possibly to attack it were bouncing around.

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However, although still knobbly, when it is loaded it up it may just past muster

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I gave it white mock rubber handles and when parked on the bath and with you eyes half closed it might do the job

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While I was cutting up mini bits of soap, I made a bar of Imperial Leather hand soap for the wash-hand basin. 
It should be creamy in colour but I have tried to make the ‘pillow’ shape cut of the edges.

Imperial Leather info site

 

Awakening from hibernation

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Warning: prickly person tucked up

At this time of year I am most like a hedgehog:  I sleep, snore very loudly, emerge from time to time to stock up on food and other stimuli and trundle about, wrapped round and round in layers of this and that.

On the vaguely human side

Emerging, blinking into the light of the new year (and a belated Healthy, Happy and Peaceful one to you all) I sat at the computer and got around to ordering some of the things I can’t make for the bathroom etc and decided it was definitely about time to shake a leg and get on with that sitting room and get it out of the way once and for all.

A very good intention, so, orders made, I went back to sleep to have another think about it.

Emergence 2

The sitting room – things to do:

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Clean up the general mess being stored in this space, disentangle where necessary and get that dratted central hanging light bulb to work more than one time every five that it’s powered up.

  • Sort out the woodwork,

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that is a bookcase; had a pediment and base both of which I’ve stripped off, stained and varnished remaining carcass

  • and dress them.

  • Once cleaned, wax corners of the carpet to ‘fix’ and ditto with the three-piece suite.  Probably later as like playing with details.
  • Unearth the vases, photos, and general knick-knacks to be dotted around and about.  Frame the photos if they’re going to be used.
  • Crochet or stitch pieces of lace for placing on the furniture.  Best decide on a small able first.
  • Work out a way for the dog’s tea-party to work and try to set it up.  Think I might add a figure here after all.
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Interim report – have put holding wax under the carpet and hearth rug

Lots to do so I’d better make a start, but first I’ll just curl up for a little snooze …
snuffle, snuffle, snore, snore.