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Friday, 30 January 2015

Let me show you some TRUE Art Deco..

Hello everyone.

I have found an amazing catalogue from a French company, made in 1925 - a high time of Art Deco. As our trusty friend Wikipedia describes it: "It is an eclectic style that combines traditional craft motifs with Machine Age imagery and materials. The style is often characterized by rich colours, bold geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation"... and let me show you what it looks like - so you may get some inspiration from the era.

The Hall

The Salon

The Living Room

This is where we end first half of this catalog.
For me, this was a dream come true. It's an amazingly inspiring and every single item is true to it's form (not a "modern twist" or "inspired by"). I'm pulling a lot of ideas from here.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

BURDA Wednesday - December 1956, part III

Hello everybody!

Buttons and patches and the cold wind blowing,
The days pass quickly when I am sewing.

Today, we are taking a closer look to the last part of 1956. Burda magazine. Yet another amazing issue (might not containg so much fashion) - but Burda is more than fashion to me, as it was to the ladies who saw it in it's original printing time. Burda is a way to remember the history of ladies lifestyles: to learn how they spent their days, what they liked to do in their leisure time.. 
To me, Burda is a historical document - of a fun kind. :)

We start with decorating

Now, this is the first time we're 
being introduced to "put this in your home" pages

Another first:
order previous issues or a whole year of magazines
(in case you want to give them to someone,
or you've missed a number)

"Palmin" - it's a vegetable cooking fat

Flowers for December:
palm trees for your living rooms.

Thinking "Rexona" is a new brend?
Think again.

"Cable knitting wins over
international knitting fashion"

"Give with love"
in this issue we get to see what were the ideas
for the gifts nearly 60 years ago.

"Maxwell" coffee 
sold their firs product (instant coffee) in 1954.
See: HISTORY: :)

Those were the days when ladies had more leisure time
(less reality-TV, less stress)
so they knitted, embroydered...
why did we stpooed doing that?!

Spot the cushion in the middle.
It's done in cross-stitch
(the one and only handcraft I know)

Ladies learning about comfort:
it has been a while since we've seen 
ballet-flats as a fashion shoe.

THIS is the page I wish I had a pattern for
(unfortunately, no pattern pages are attached to this issue)
...and I'd love to be able to sew my own menagerie.  :)

Modern kitchen
and another instant coffee.

More history:
For most people it’s a question of convenience. Folks became freed from the grinding, boiling, plunging and pouring, People take pleasure in the simple preparation of instant coffee: a kettle, a cup and Nescafé. 
Some speculate that this ritual has its origins in television, when the short breaks between programmes left insufficient time for preparing ground coffee. 
Others think it came from the “coffee break” a 1952 invention of the Pan-American Coffee Bureau that set the precedent for a quick fix at work.

Washing machine ad.

Achieving amazing elegance:
just a collar or a neckleace make the difference.

Two exclusive models:
finely shaped bust, draping materials
..and the other has a medevial note to it.

Kintting winter fashion.

Festival menu.
I like the idea of filling the gap-cake with candles.

Sleep matteres.
That is wny we muct pick out bedding carefully.

I would never wear this.. again
(since, I have worn it as a child and hated it's feeling on my neck)

“When pockets were first added to women’s clothing in 1913, a Paris reporter wrote, “It’s all over with men’s superiority over women.” Pockets are indeed indispensable, and they come in two types: patch and set-in”
― Claire B. Shaeffer, Sew Any Set-in Pocket

Monday, 26 January 2015

Garden guide; WWII leaflet: January

Hello everyone!

While we can learn much from the victory gardens of the past, part of the growth of today’s renewed interest stems from the fresh, innovative ideas gardeners bring to the movement.

I came about this leaflet a while ago; but I have forgoten about it. Fortunately, there's still time (it's still January) for me to start sharing these..

However you define your mission, by embracing the victory-garden concept with a purpose, you transform your efforts to a more meaningful level.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Love Story: Interlude!

Hello everyone

Another cold wave has came our way. After some days of quite the spring-feeling weather, we are again feeling the icy breeze on our cheeks. I don't mind it, as it reminds me of my grandpa and what he used to tell me when I was a child "There's no cold then we put some pace to our walk". :)

Are you enjoying your weekend?
Here's a story, to make it more pleasurable... as of this Sunday, we're reading "Romantic Secret" magazine.. and, gosh.. they have some marvelous stories.. you'll see. 

I love it when the story ends with a hug.
A hug is an universal sign of caring.