Thursday, 25 November 2010

For Dog Lovers

I've been a good girl the last couple of weeks and have actually gone back to Slimming World. I say I've been good but I haven't quite got back into the swing of things yet - only lost 1/2 pound from last week to this.

I hope for more this week although I still haven't read the book properly or tried very hard. I'll be wasting my money I know so I must try harder!

I came across this artist tonight, Maud Earl, who painted lovely dog pictures. Not sure why I haven't found her before but glad I have now as her dog pics are fab.

I have 2 more Christmas sets to do for Printable Heaven and after that I'll be free to do something with these piccies - these and lots of other non-Christmas sets I've got lined up. So many pictures, so little time!

Friday, 19 November 2010

Prelude to Christmas

I've had so much going on in the last couple of weeks it's been impossible to make time to write the blog. I've had a constant head and neckache too which has made me pretty miserable but as it's not too bad today, I've been looking at a few books. Or perhaps it's the other way round - I've been looking at books as my little escape which has actually relieved the stress a little. Must do it more!

One of the downloadables that you get free when you sign up on Printable Heaven is one that I love - 'I Hate Dignity' which is a picture from the Patchwork Girl of Oz by L. Frank Baum. The book is from the Oz series by the author from which the film the Wizard of Oz came.

The Wizard of Oz is a Christmas favourite of course. So many of us grew up watching this film every year, me included. Seeing it gives me lovely warm fuzzy Christmas feelings. Sadly, I put it on for my children and they found it boring and wandered away. Kids today!

But anyway... The Patchwork Girl of Oz is from c.1913 and contains lovely pictures by John R. Neill. Here are a few:-

I love films, all sorts of genres, so I do hope to get time to watch a few this Christmas. I'm sure I'll find that The Wizard of Oz is on some time - I'll record it and perservere with the chldren, perhaps they'll grow to like it too!

Friday, 12 November 2010


Congratulations to Alison & Rob on the birth of baby Lewis, born this morning at 9.03 and weighing 7lb 12oz.

Picture by Ida Waugh from 'Mammy's baby', 1890.

Thursday, 11 November 2010


Not Christmas this time but babies.... I'm just waiting to hear the news that a cousin who's in labour has given birth after being induced. About an hour ago her contractions had only just started so it might be a while yet...

I had a look round for some vintage pictures of babies to celebrate the occasion and came up with these. These one's are by William L. Taylor (American, 1854-1926) from a book called Baby's Lullaby Book: Mother's Songs:-

There are loads of great pictures in this book.

And if you're not into babies, this one's from a 1917 book called baby animals:-

Good luck, Alison!

Friday, 5 November 2010

Is it too early?

....for Christmas pics? I've been producing nothing but Christmas sets for Printable Heaven over the last month or two but somehow I'm not ready for Christmas yet.

But now the Christmas goods are appearing in the shops (I'm sure it's a bit later this year?) perhaps it's not too early to show you some vintage Christmas pics.

This one's very festive:-

This one's kinda cute:-

And here's another:-

These are all images from old postcards/Christmas cards. I'm probably running out of time now for more Christmas sets so these ones may have to wait for next year.

I'm sure we'll still manage to squeeze in another couple though in November. I'm longing to get away from Christmas though (bah humbug!)

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Bit more Bridget

Height 5'7"
Weight: 10st 8lb
Walk to work: Yes, and I walked home as well!
Gym-type exercise: None today, working
Alcohol consumed: glass of red wine
Chocolate consumed: Don't think so
Other bad stuff: Not bad at all

I've been well aware that I haven't really done the Bridget-thing much over the last few weeks - and mostly it's because I just haven't remembered to weigh myself in the mornings. And I'm not going on the scales in the evening, it puts pounds on you!

Over half term I did very little exercise, ate and drank too much and frankly forgot I was meant to be losing weight. And is this week any better? Not really. Sometimes life just gets in the way.

I've been working on a new set for Printable Heaven this week, should be on the website tomorrow or Friday. Not a vintage set this time but it's pretty good nonetheless. Watch this space....

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Ghost town

...and tomorrow never came. But I think I'm back now.

Had a hell of a week last week. Children home, out for days but still had work to keep up with. Worked hard, worked late and I feel I've been out of circulation for a while but I've still been here.

I thought I would be back blogging yesterday but I ended up feeling so ill last night that I didn't quite manage it, went to bed instead.

What I was going to say was.....Southend is becoming like a ghost town.

I grew up in the Southend area which is where I still live but now we are in a village about 4 miles out. On a Monday my daughter goes dancing not far from Southend Town Centre. It's only a 3/4 hour class so there's not enough time to go home but I usually take a walk up the road into Southend town centre. The walk takes me through Southend's previous business area, where insurance companies, banks and the like used to thrive - and where my first job was. The buildings are now mostly empty and desolate, a far cry from what they used to be 20 years ago or more.

I'm sure it's the same story in many towns today and it's just a little sad. I remember so well the girl who worked in the snack bar shouting 'Cheese toastie' when it was ready, just like it was yesterday, but now the building is covered in graffiti with the windows broken.

Usually my little walk into Southend is pretty similar - I walk, I think how sad it all is and then I go back and pick my daughter up. This week wasn't that much different BUT I did pop into a couple of charity shops, something I often do but mostly I come out empty handed.

This week was much better! I found 3 old books in the same series from the 50s that were just £1 each - bargain!

This picture is signed only as 'Mordern', who I'm struggling to find any information on:-

The books are published by Hulton Press who published The Eagle comic amongst others, so Mordern may well have been a cartoonist, but I can find nothing on him.

There are loads of black and white illustrations in my books too - I love them because they're so indicative of the time and the age they're from. Love the style, the fashion and the tiny waists!

Absolutely loads more pictures in these books, will publish more over the coming weeks.

Meanwhile Southend's business area is still dead, hope life will return soon!