Friday, 23 September 2016
Sunday, 10 July 2016
The machines were sold as either portable models, or in writing desk style cabinets, usually made in the country where they were sold. In Australia the cabinets were made by Bebarfald.
During the 1920's and 30's Vickers sewing machines flourished, as women were encouraged to sew not only their own clothes but those at their families.
By the end of the 1930's demand was so high for armaments for the next World War, the sewing machine was put on the back burners as Vickers concentrated on the more profitable weapons, ships and planes.
It's thought that Harris & Co bought the rights to the Vickers sewing machines in 1939, and the company produced the model 7000, in black and also a yellow-cream. By the end of the 40s and the end of the war there were cheaper imports available with more features and the Vickers/Harris models became obsolete.
Of course the machines are still able to be bought, and are highly collectable. And, if like me, you love to sew, they can even be used as more than just lovely pieces of furniture!
Wednesday, 22 June 2016
Thursday, 16 June 2016
My family love their aloe-vera softened, eucalyptus oil enriched tissues - recycled tissues are 'too scratchy" and hankies are too much effort....until they leave a tissue in a pocket in the wash!
|A pretty vintage hankie|
In the 1930s there was quite a stir in Australia when the Handkerchief Association of Great Britain (I kid you not) decided to make hankies larger, meaning of course more fabric, more hemming, and more cost.
Although the Japanese have used paper facial tissues for hundreds of years, Tissues as we know them today were first introduced by Kimberly-Clark as Kleenex in 1924, as a means to remove cold cream. They didn't really take hold in Australia until the 1950s - a time when clean and new became more important that environmental friendly or frugal. And what couldn't tissues do?
|Kleenex ad, 1955|
By the 1960s kleenex was still being advertised as a beauty aid.
But the ads also became cute - little girls, little boys and pets started to appear - although the slogan "don't put a cold in your pocket" was still used.
Despite Kleenex's claims, I don't think using hankies make you sicker. As long as you wash your hands after use, which you should do with tissues as well, and wash them well, they are fine.
Well, I have started using hankies again. I even iron them - or get the kids to - after soaking, washing and line drying! I have sold quite a few vintage hankies in my store - the blue or white lace ones are popular for brides, and some pretty hankies are bought by crafters for turning into dried flower sachets.
If you are crafty, why not try making your own hankies, and even try a little crochet....here's a pttern from 1967 to get you started!
Friday, 27 May 2016
If you follow me on instagram you will know I make scones now and then for afternoon tea (seriously its quicker than driving to the store). This is my easy never fail, cheat recipe -
3 cups self raising flour
1 cup lemonade (or other soft drink)
1 cup pouring cream
Mix ingredients together gently, don't knead, and press into a round about 1cm thick. Cut into circles with a floured glass. Place on greased tray, brush with milk, beaten egg or water and bake for about 15 minutes. Serve and enjoy!