Friday, 11 April 2014

Know Your Aircraft !

A slim undercarriage with a finely streamlined fuselage (but more hump-backed than the Spitfire), distinctive nose and an unusually large wing span....

Ok, so you don’t need to know your aircraft silhouettes here today. I’m just trying to make my new hat tie in with the RAF Friday theme, and thought a few silhouettes of some dashing aircraft would do the trick!  

Buy a new hat, bung on a coat with the best 'silhouette' in the world (See what I did there ;)...oh the shoulders are the absolute tops); then add a few dodgy cut-outs of a Spit, Hurricane, Blenheim, and a Mosquito or two and what do you have? Why a RAF Friday blog, silly!

Sickly sweet or what! Even I want to slap myself in this picture!

As most of you know, I do rather like a nice hat or two (or four or five) and my groaning hat boxes are a testament to that. I need another hat like I need a hole in the head. But when a titfer speaks to me so joyously, how can one resist? It would be rude to ignore it!

I can’t help it. I ADORE hats!


It’s actually a bit of a dream hat. For what seems like forever (ok, only eight or nine years!) I have had an image stuck in my head.  The image is of a lady grocery shopping, wearing a large brimmed hat and a fab coat made out of a candlewick bedspread. I wanted this outfit. I wanted that hat! Well, now I have both. :) (more about the coat later…)
But for now I will just leave you with a million pictures of me wearing my new hat... all frightfully similar, of course!
♥ ♥ ♥

Gosh, I've never seen this coat from the back- looks rather lovely.

The picture on the right makes me laugh. It looks like I've been wheeled into the picture- so awkward!

So there you have it,..

A hat of navy blue,

with wings upon my heart.

Now all I need is an airman to say I do…  think your new hat is rather Tickety Boo!
Here's to the next time.
Have a cracking weekend,
Your Tupney x

And this last one is for my Mammy, just because she likes it!
♥ ♥ ♥
RAF Fridays so far...

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

A bit of this and a bit of that...
Hullo All!
I can finally announce my Sew for Victory projects- hurrah!
It took me a while to decide on the 'prefect' project because somehow I managed to lose all my 'good ideas'. Actually, it put me out quite a bit as I'm never without inspiration- I always have far too much, so to have none at all was a bit distressing to say the least. For a couple of weeks I knew what it was like to not be creative.... and I can tell you I absolutely hated it!
The pattern I have chosen is a " gulpy, gulp - can I do it ? " pattern, and one I originally thought Mammy would be making up for me instead (for obvious reasons- just look at the picture below!). It was chosen in desperation as nothing else looked tempting at the time. The pattern beguiled me when I was at a low, and now I’m well and truly trapped into making it. I’m doomed, with no chance of release until completion! A bit dramatic? Well, if you knew of the trouble it has caused, even before starting to sew the darn pattern, you would think otherwise. To put it simply, the bodice just didn’t fit. So Mammy, the magic sewing fairy, worked wonders on the pattern by doing all sorts and now I have a usable pattern- three cheers for Mammy!
The fabric I have chosen is from the stash, and had been earmarked for this dress for some time. I just hope that the blue doesn't drain what little colour I have!

 Oooh, such pretty details!  I'm really not looking forward to all that top stitching- eek!

I have also decided to make a pair of knick-knacks. I started work on these last week after having a 'lightbulb' moment. I'm not going to say what I'm doing, but I personally think it's genius if a little ridiculous! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it works, and I hoping the trouble I had with the waist fitting is the only trouble I will encounter on this make!

And in other news, I have started yet another knitting project...
 (well I do like to have at least five unfinished projects around me!)

...The rather wonderfully named " Victory 'Wonder-Sock' ".
They are going to be a real labour of love as they are knitted on teeny tiny size 14 needles- oh 'eck!
Apparently they are the perfect gift, but all a I can say is that the receiver would also have to be the perfect chap. There is no way I would knit these and give them away to just any Tom, Dick or Harry!
Oh and I nearly forgot…

About three weeks ago, I had my hair permed again. :) It’s still at the past the shoulder length, but recently I was able to get a shorter style. I even tried out a few finger waves. I usually create waves by pincurls, but this time I pressed and pinned in the waves on soggy hair- I think it worked a treat for a first attempt! 
So there ye go.
I shall try my hardest to be a better blogger this month....

Friday, 21 February 2014

Oh no! Not another RAF Friday!

Hullo Kiddies!
Today I bring to you my latest acquisition. It’s a real corker- obviously; otherwise I wouldn’t have come home with it! (hehe, because we all know I have impeccable taste…. *cough*!!!). I splashed out with the Christmas dosh. I probably spent more than I should have on it, but it was just too super to leave behind. Anyway, that’s what Christmas money is for, right? It’s there to splash out on the special things that you really desire, and not the mundane everyday purchases that usually deplete the pennies in our pockets! Well that's my thought on the matter. No doubt I would feel a little different if I had bills to pay. ;)
Anyroad, I have now gone way off course- back to the purchase….
Fancy a look?
I have decided to take loads of close-ups and leave you guessing what it actually is until the last snap, then all will become clear!
Ooh, so it's embroidered....

...Hmm, a crown... could it be a Coronation cracker or another military crest to add to the collection (remember the RAF crest mammy found?)…


...Oh, so it has the words ‘Peace’ and ‘Victory’ embroidered too- must be wartime related then... First World War? Or perhaps the second???


..."War Ended.", definitely war related then! 

...I say, is that the RAF ensign I see top right….

...3rd September, 1939.
Ahh, its from WW2 then.  Oh and look at the Wings! I know someone who has a thing about those ;) ....

...Starting to take shape but I think something is missing....


... EEEK! A dashing airmen! Everything can be improved/ enhanced with the addition of an airman- especially if he has a nice haircut like the one above!

Sanzzy, eh?

♥♥♥ And here it is in all its glory! ♥♥♥
Such a gloriously romantic piece of history, don't you think? I wonder who made it, and I wonder who the young chap is? Just things I will never know I guess. :(
I can't tell you who worked it, and I can't tell you if he survived the war or not , but one thing I can tell you is that whoever made this must have been so proud and loved this chap very much. ♥
Welcome to the family, young man. Hope you like your new home and guardian! Don't worry old bean, I'll get you a new frame with glass in it as soon as possible! ;)
Here's to a wonderful weekend,
Your Tupney
RAF Fridays so far...

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Home Chat: Feb 12th 1955

(Due to my incompetence, I have had to postpone sharing this lovely twin-set pattern on pdf format. Don’t worry though, as soon as I have worked out how to do something,I will post it here and announce its arrival on a future blog or facebook!)  
I’m sorry if any of the images appear a bit checkerboardy on your screen. I’m not sure what is going on with them. Maybe it’s just my computer, as they seem to be all “Tickety Boo” on Mammy’s ipad!  






I’m afraid this Home Chat isn’t the most enthralling of magazines, but it is the only one that had anything Valentiney in- hence the sharing! I shall endeavour to find a more interesting magazine for next time… honest! ;)
Tupney x

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