Thursday, 31 December 2015

Christmas and New Year Wishes

I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas! I've been very busy recently due to starting university and moving away to Chester so I haven't had much time for blogging but hopefully in the New year I will start regularly updating Pearls and Purls again.

I am training to be a Primary School Teacher so there's a lot of work but I'm really enjoying it so far. Chester is also such a beautiful city with so much history. The city is originally Roman and the walls still surround the city now. In the centre, the architecture is Tudor with ' The Rows' which are unique to Chester.

These postcards were originally sent from chester in 1926 to a family member of mine, my mum sent them back to me in Chester! 

Happy New year to you all and best wishes for 2016! 

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Liebster award!

I have been nominated for the Liebster award by Madison of Minnie Muse! I only recently found her blog but it is a great read. I was very pleasantly surprised when I realised that she had nominated me, thank you Madison!
1) What has been one of your fondest birthday memories?
I love birthdays and we always do special things for family birthdays. My favourite memory has to be my 18th when we went to Monaco! We even went in the casino, it was fabulous!
2) Are you a planner or a spontaneous person?
 It depends on the situation, if I have to do something or I have a lot of things I want to do then I plan but I do love a spontaneous day out! I think you enjoy spontaneous things more, when you're not expecting it.
3) What is something surprising people wouldn't know about you?
 I go on holiday to Austria every year and I am an ambassador of a town there called Kitzbuhel.
4) What is one of your favourite words or one you use a lot?
Lovely, I always seem to be using that word! Especially when I'm writing.
5) What is one of your favourite hobbies (apart from blogging)?
Knitting, i'm like a granny! I always have about five projects on the go. I even knit on the train or sometimes in the pub!
6) What is your favourite TV show (current or past)?
I love a good war drama so probably Foyle's war. I am partial to Poirot too though, anything set in the past really.
7) Why did you start blogging?
I'd been reading blogs for a while and decided that I wanted to share my views on topics, my outfits and what i'd been making, so I started Pearls and Purls.
8) Oh....what is one of your favourite quotes?
I have a lot but probably "Behind every cloud, the sun is shining." I always try and see the positive in things and keep smiling!
9) If you could meet anyone dead or alive who would it be?
That's a hard one, there are a lot of people but Audrey Hepburn would be near the top. She was beautiful in looks and personality. I'd love to talk to her about her childhood through the war, her career and her later work with Unicef.
10) What are three things you CANNOT live without?
Laughter, my family and knitting!
11) What is your guilty pleasure?
Eating chocolate and knitting with an Audrey Hepburn film on.
11 random facts about me:
1) I play the violin.
2) I have three Blue Peter badges.
3) I'm studying to be a primary school teacher.
4) I used to dress up as a Victorian for a job.
5) I'm obsessed with sausage dogs.
6) I love Northern Soul and Motown music.
7) I once got stung by a Jellyfish.
8) I have had two cameo appearances on TV.
9) I am left handed.
10) I can drive a car but I can't ride a bike.
11) Everybody says I was born in the wrong era. 
I nominate:
Porcelina of Porcelina's World
Mim of Crinoline Robot  
Christina of Gussets and Godets
Here are the official rules of the Liebster Award:
  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)
  3. Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
  4. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
  5. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)
  6. Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
  7. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
  8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)
Your questions:
1) What's the best job you've ever had
2) If you could go back in time for one day, which day and year would you go to?
3) What is your biggest fear?
4) What is your ultimate dream or goal in life?
5) What is the one thing you would most like to change about the world?
6) What is your favourite time of year and why?
7) What three words would you use to describe yourself?
8) What compliment do people give you the most?
9) What is the best book you have ever read?
10) What do you enjoy most about blogging?
11) What instantly puts a smile on your face?


Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Fifties Roses

I bought this fabric from a charity shop recently and fell in love with it! I decided that it just had to be made into something I could wear, and it has now become my new favourite skirt. This fabric is definitely old, I'm not sure how old but it has a very fifties vibe to it, so a fifties style skirt it became!
 The fabric was already hemmed at the perfect length for a skirt so all I had to do was stitch across the top to make gathers. I gathered the material to the right size for my waist and a couple of inches extra.
I then stitched down the side of the skirt and attached a waistband by hand.
The skirt is fastened with a press stud and small pearl button to keep it simple. 

 To go with the skirt, I have decided to knit a small 'Gretel cap' in a fine lacy knit. I picked up this pattern from a charity shop and the wool is from my stash but I think it matches perfectly!
I paired this with a simple white top and pink cardigan and a very cute sausage dog brooch which I recently bought from Cath Kidston. The hat is a fifties one andthe bag is also vintage from a charity shop too.
This skirt will definitely be getting a lot of wear, the fabric is just too beautiful to be locked in a cupboard!
Have you ever made anything out of vintage fabric and do you think it is the right thing to do, or should it stay as fabric to preserve it?
Hayley Ann

Monday, 5 October 2015

Summer in October

In typical British fashion, the weather can't make it's mind up so here is another summery post! These photos were taken yesterday, we are now in October and seem to be having better weather than we've had all summer! At least we can keep wearing our lovely summer clothes. This outfit came together so well and with the perfect weather I couldn't miss an opportunity for some photos. Especially as we were in the lovely town of Bridgnorth, home to the Severn Valley Railway.

 The Severn Valley Railway has always been a favourite place of mine, especially when the forties event is on! There were no special events this weekend but it's still a great place to go. I'm so lucky to live close by.

 I wore a skirt that I made earlier in the year, I love the fabric so much and it was very easy to make. It's perfect for summer weather and is so comfy too.
 The basket is my new favourite accessory, I've been looking for a handbag basket for a long time so when I found this one in an antique centre recently, it had to be mine!
Maybe the British weather will realise it's October soon but for now i'm quite enjoying this unexpected sun!

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Sun, Sea and Shells

The weather was so lovely on Sunday that we decided on a impromptu trip to the beach! We just went up to North Wales for the afternoon and did all the beachy things.
First we had Fish and Chips(classic!) then went hunting for shells on the beach which is something I've always loved doing.
 There were loads of Jellyfish on the beach too, they looked so pretty! We finished by playing on the penny arcades- another thing that a trip to the seaside isn't complete without! It was such a lovely day out and the perfect way to make the most of the weather!

Have you ever had great spontaneous days out?
What are your favourite things to do at the seaside?
Hayley Ann

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Beamish and Birthday Celebrations

A few weeks ago we made a trip up to Durham in the North East of England for my birthday.On my birthday we visited Beamish which is a living museum set over 300 acres. There are a few distinct areas running from 1820s to 1940s. These areas are farmland but there is also a 1900s Colliery, Pit Village and Town.

I have wanted to visit this museum for a long time so I was really looking forward a day there. To me, these kind of museum are the closest thing to going back in time. Especially when the staff are dressed in period costume, it really brings the buildings to life.

One of the first things we did was go down the coal mine. This gave a real insight to the hard labour and long days that ordinary people faced.

The whole museum is connected by trams and vintage buses which are a great way to travel around!

One of my favourite shops to visit was the Co-operative which is split into a Grocers, Hardware and Drapers. Running through the whole shop is an original Lansom tube cash system which is used to take the money to a cashier. I find it fascinating to see what brands and products still exist now and which don't. Even some of the packaging is exactly the same!

Obviously I loved the 1940s bit, the farmhouse was so lovely. 

I wore my Collectif Princess coat which is one of my favourite pieces of clothing. I love it so much! My dress is also reproduction and made by a local company called Okie Mo who make beautiful items. I am going to review this dress in another upcoming post. 

My birthday at Beamish was perfect. I would definitely recommend a visit, I was there all day and still didnt' see everything! 


Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Parasols- The Perfect Accessory

Another summery post today, I'm determined to make summer last! When I was in Italy I took a parasol and it was the best thing I could've taken for the heat! I have always loved these elegant accessories and I found that they not only look pretty but are also very practical.

Parasols have a long history all over the world. Paper parasols originate from the East in the countries of China and Japan. They are traditionally made from natural products such as leaves and used to keep the complexion pale. These parasols are often decorated with paintings of flowers and birds. Even now paper parasols are associated with Asia and the Geisha girls of Japan.

During the 18th and 19th centuries Parasols moved west and became popular in Britain. At this time, Britain had a huge empire  and imported items like tea from China. We also imported fashions and values from the east too leading to a love for Parasols. English parasols tended to be made from fabric such as lace but they were still used for the same purpose. A lady from the upper classes wouldn't leave her household without a parasol on a hot day. Throughout the 20th century parasols deteriorated  and fewer people used them as a tan became more popular than pale skin.

I still think a parasol is very useful in keeping the heat of the day off you and providing shade at the same time as looking elegant and completing an outfit. Maybe over the next few years we will see a rise in the use of parasols again!
Hayley Ann