21. June 2014

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Unless I am mistaken, which could well be the case, I only have a few more things on my June napkin to record.

Blue Car. Taken from ‘How We Go’, published by J.M. Dent in 1975. The artists are Kailer and Lowndes

This is because I am 47 years old and have never owned a car. Ditto my husband, except he is 48.

My parents didn’t have a car, in fact nobody in my street did, so it’s not like I’ve grown up with anything other than public transport or Shanks’s pony.

One of the things I noticed when I moved to Bromley was the amount of eighty-somethings driving around the streets. This is a strange sight for me. You never see old people driving in my home town, because they couldn’t afford to learn to drive and buy a car when they were younger. Old people in my home town can’t drive, not one of them. Except maybe if they’ve moved there from another, more affluent, place, but that never happens.

Anyway, I would really love a car.

If you would like to see a record of my entire napkin (below), click on ‘June 2014 Napkin’ in the cloud.

Have a smashing weekend, my first weekend off in years, incidentally,

Alison x

PS. My shop will reopen, and a Facebook Giveaway will start on September 1st, 2014.

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20. June 2014

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I was trying to fill in the gaps on my June napkin with relevant pictures. This seemed to fit the bill, with it being exactly a hundred years since  Gavrilo Princip (pictured, bottom right) assassinated Franz Ferdinand. It is a flyer, pulled from the bin, of an exhibition about The Great War at The National Portrait Gallery. I have sewn every face from the leaflet onto the napkin, and I will tell you who they are in a moment.

First, I just want to remind you that my shop will be closing in a few days. I will reopen on 1st September. Most things (not the computer, yet) are now boxed away, ready for the building work to begin. I think it best that I cancel the August Giveaway on my Facebook Page, too. I will be running my operation from my ‘phone, and if you know me you will already be laughing.

My intention is to blog every Tuesday and Friday during August, although it may just be Friday. I want to record the making of my May napkin, which is coming along nicely. I like it better than the June one. Not sure if this is because all of the information was recorded before I started sewing.

By the way, I joined Instagram last week, if any of you are interested. I have no idea how to add the link to that, but it’s just my name if you’re searching. I’m on Pinterest, as well. I generally follow back.

Anyway, back to my June napkin.

Baron Von Richthofen, Field Marshal Von Hindenburg by August Bocher, 1917 (copyright IWM), William Orpen (IWM), Jack Travers Cornwell (IWM), A Grenadier Guardsman by William Orpen, 1917 (IWM)

Baron Von Richthofen: Field Marshal Von Hindenburg by August Bocher, 1917 (copyright, Imperial War Museum): William Orpen (IWM):  Jack Travers Cornwell (IWM): A Grenadier Guardsman by William Orpen, 1917 (IWM)

Field Marshal Haig by William Orpen, 1917 (IWM):  Churchill by William Orpen, 1916 (copyright National Portrait Gallery): Edith Cavell, 1910s (NPG): Soldier with Facial Wounds by Henry Tonks, 1916-18 (copyright The Royal College of Surgeons): Major J.B. McCudden by William Orpen, 1918 (IWM): Gavrilo Princip, 1914 (IWM): Unidentified, 1915 (IWM).

Field Marshal Haig by William Orpen, 1917 (IWM): Churchill by William Orpen, 1916 (copyright, National Portrait Gallery): Edith Cavell, 1910s (NPG): Soldier with Facial Wounds by Henry Tonks, 1916-18 (copyright The Royal College of Surgeons): Major J.B. McCudden by William Orpen, 1918 (IWM): Gavrilo Princip, 1914 (IWM): Unidentified, 1915 (IWM).

A Royal Irish Fusilier, 'Just Come From The Chemical Works, Roeux, 21st May 1917 (IWM): Hermann Struck by Lovis Corinth, 1915 (copyright Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, Munich).

A Royal Irish Fusilier, ‘Just Come From The Chemical Works, Roeux, 21st May 1917 (IWM): Hermann Struck by Lovis Corinth, 1915 (copyright Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, Munich).

Mata Hari (IWM): Siegfried Sassoon (IWM).

Mata Hari (IWM): Siegfried Sassoon (IWM).

Isaac Rosenberg, 1915 (NPG): Unidentified by Ernest Brooks, 1917 (IWM).

Isaac Rosenberg, 1915 (NPG): Unidentified by Ernest Brooks, 1917 (IWM).

If you would like to find out about the rest of the napkin, click  ‘June Napkin’ on the cloud to the right of this post (or at the end, if you are viewing on a mobile device).

Have a great week,

Alison x

 

 

 

19. June 2014

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Hellish   23rd June

This relates to a documentary I was watching on the iplayer. It was about the artist, Jack Vettriano, who is a pitman’s son.

Jack was talking about the fact that a miner would never romaticise  being down the pit, and described the conditions as hellish. He went on to say that only people who have never been down a coal mine would ever romanticise  it. This is true.

My dad was down the pit at fifteen years old. He never talked about it much, but we all knew how horrible it was. Some things are obvious, working deep underground in cramped, wet conditions, knee-deep in water all day. Even as a child I knew his lungs were covered in black tar, as I could see it when he came in and spat in onto the fire. I can sill hear the hissing coal.

But some things aren’t so obvious. Like where do you go to the toilet? I’ll tell you where. You go in exactly the same place as you sit to eat your sandwiches. Sandwiches you eat with hands that are only white for two weeks of the year. Sandwiches you eat as you watch rats running around in front of you. And I’m not talking about Victorian times, either.

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If you have not been following my napkin work, and have no idea what I am talking about, then read on (if you have been following, then I am about to repeat myself) and I will explain. The idea, at first, was to sew a word onto an old napkin for each day of the month. A word with some relevance for that particular day. However, as usual, I didn’t stick to my own brief. ‘One word’ soon became ‘a few words’, or sometimes a picture. The aim is to end up with a memento of the month. If you look at the cloud to the right, or at the end of the post, and click on the ‘napkin’ heading, you will be able to view notes about the other words.

Have a good weekend,

Alison x

P.S. We are having building work done in August, due to finding loads of rotten floorboards (a twenty year leak we knew nothing about when we moved here, a few years ago) and asbestos. Anyway, we will be living in one room with a microwave, which we have yet to purchase. Meanwhile, I have to pack everything away, including the computer.

I have decided to close my shop for the whole of August, but will continue with my giveaway.

18. June 2014

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Yay! I have finished my June napkin. Although, I may or may not add a backing.

The final section was taken from our 2011 calender.

The photograph was foolishly, and unflatteringly, taken on our wipe-clean tablecloth.

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If you have not been following my napkin work, and have no idea what I am talking about, then read on (if you have been following, then I am about to repeat myself) and I will explain. The idea, at first, was to sew a word onto an old napkin for each day of the month. A word with some relevance for that particular day. However, as usual, I didn’t stick to my own brief. ‘One word’ soon became ‘a few words’, or sometimes a picture. The aim is to end up with a memento of the month. If you look at the cloud to the right, or at the end of the post, and click on the ‘napkin’ heading, you will be able to view notes about the other words.

See you Friday,

Alison x

P.S. We are having building work done in August, due to finding loads of rotten floorboards (a twenty year leak we knew nothing about when we moved here, a few years ago) and asbestos. Anyway, we will be living in one room with a microwave, which we have yet to purchase. Meanwhile, I have to pack everything away, including the computer.

I have decided to close my shop for the whole of August, but will continue with my giveaway.

17. June 2014

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I was trying to find relevant stuff to fill in the gaps on my June napkin, and I came across this. Relevant, of course, because of the Tour De France being in Yorkshire. It was taken from a cycling magazine leaflet (see below), which fell from Mr. S’s Guardian.

I’m really sorry to say that I don’t know who did the illustration. I like the way the inside leg is not tanned, nor under the arm.

I dedicate it to Vincent Harding, keen (understatement) cyclist and all round decent bloke and good egg. Vincent was one of the first people who followed me on Twitter, back when I first started interfering with social media and entertaining everyone with my accidental slapstick. Took me ages to figure out what a DM was. Anyway, despite Vincent following me because he thought I was a cycling fanatic (my name was Upcyclist at the time), he was, and continues to be, very supportive. Thanks, Vincent.

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If you have not been following my napkin work, and have no idea what I am talking about, then read on (if you have been following, then I am about to repeat myself) and I will explain. The idea, at first, was to sew a word onto an old napkin for each day of the month. A word with some relevance for that particular day. However, as usual, I didn’t stick to my own brief. ‘One word’ soon became ‘a few words’, or sometimes a picture. The aim is to end up with a memento of the month. If you look at the cloud to the right, or at the end of the post, and click on the ‘napkin’ heading, you will be able to view notes about the other words.

Have a good week,

Alison x

P.S. We are having building work done in August, due to finding loads of rotten floorboards (a twenty year leak we knew nothing about when we moved here, a few years ago) and asbestos. Anyway, we will be living in one room with a microwave, which we have yet to purchase. Meanwhile, I have to pack everything away, including the computer.

I have decided to close my shop for the whole of August, but will continue with my giveaway.

16. June 2014

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National Treasure   30th June

This was the day Rolf  Harris was found guilty of twelve charges of indecent assault. I feel deeply affected by this.

I added the Peter and Jane (Things We Like, Ladybird) bit to emphasise the horribleness.

The Monty Python finger was added because the gang are currently doing some shows to fund various alimonies, or so they say. Like Peter and Jane, it also seems to emphasise the horribleness of Rolf Harris. I took it from the Flying Circus Datebook 1995.

Oh, and by the way, today is the last day for the July giveaway over on my facebook page. Please pop over and enter before 8pm. Customers are entered automatically.

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If you have not been following my napkin work, and have no idea what I am talking about, then read on (if you have been following, then I am about to repeat myself) and I will explain. The idea, at first, was to sew a word onto an old napkin for each day of the month. A word with some relevance for that particular day. However, as usual, I didn’t stick to my own brief. ‘One word’ soon became ‘a few words’, or sometimes a picture. The aim is to end up with a memento of the month. If you look at the cloud to the right, or at the end of the post, and click on the ‘napkin’ heading, you will be able to view notes about the other words.

Have a good weekend, it’s a scorcher in London,

Alison x

P.S. We are having building work done in August, due to finding loads of rotten floorboards (a twenty year leak we knew nothing about when we moved here, a few years ago) and asbestos. Anyway, we will be living in one room with a microwave, which we have yet to purchase. Meanwhile, I have to pack everything away, including the computer.

I have decided to close my shop for the whole of August, but will continue with my giveaway.

15. June 2014

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Royal Festival Hall   29th June

I pass this building every time I come into central London. I have lost count of how many times I have been inside. On the day I was married,  our extremely small wedding party ate there. The restaurant at the time was The People’s Palace, with Gary Rhodes in the driving seat.

I cut the picture from ‘Time Out’ magazine (2283). The illustration is by Anne Gerish and Thomas Havell.

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If you have not been following my napkin work, and have no idea what I am talking about, then read on (if you have been following, then I am about to repeat myself) and I will explain. The idea, at first, was to sew a word onto an old napkin for each day of the month. A word with some relevance for that particular day. However, as usual, I didn’t stick to my own brief. ‘One word’ soon became ‘a few words’, or sometimes a picture. The aim is to end up with a memento of the month. If you look at the cloud to the right, or at the end of the post, and click on the ‘napkin’ heading, you will be able to view notes about the other words.

Have a good week,

Alison x

P.S. We are having building work done in August, due to finding loads of rotten floorboards (a twenty year leak we knew nothing about when we moved here, a few years ago) and asbestos. Anyway, we will be living in one room with a microwave, which we have yet to purchase. Meanwhile, I have to pack everything away, including the computer.

I have decided to close my shop for the whole of August, but will continue with my giveaway.