Sunday, 2 August 2015

My five current favourite Etsy clothes shops


I've bought some lovely pieces off Etsy over the past 12 months, so I thought I'd share my five favourite Etsy clothes shops with you. These are all shops I look at regularly, because I know they have great stock, in a good choice of sizes, and they're not massively expensive – though everyone has a different definition of expensive, and I'm lucky enough to have a full-time job; you might feel differently. Being fuller of figure, as much as I love a chazza bargain I'd spend a lot of time naked if I didn't fill in with stuff from vintage dealers or modern manufacturers. I've stated what I've bought from each one not to be boastful, but to reassure you that I do put my money where my mouth is – I've bought from them as a regular punter and had good experiences.

Friday, 31 July 2015

And the winner is...

The random number generator picked out number six, LOUISE NORMAN!

Louise, please email a postal address for me to send the box of robotness to - my email address is crinolinerobot AT yahoo DOT com.

Congratulations!

Everyone else, I've got a huge pile of wool at home, so I'm thinking of doing a winter woolly giveaway later in the year when I get my knit together. If I do find time to make some nice hats and gloves, what are people's preferred eras/colours? I won't do those as a draw, I'll do them on a 'first comment wanting it gets it' basis.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Birmingham with a toy robot

Every blogger looks at the search terms people use to find their blog. As I've covered both Chrystabel Leighton-Porter (the model for risque wartime cartoon strip 'Jane') and the astonishingly buxom Sabrina (no surname needed, back in the 1950s) in my 'Forgotten Bombshells' pieces, I get a fair few people looking for them, usually either their measurements or in the nude. Oh, internet*. However, a while back someone searching for 'Nice places to go with a toy robot' found my blog. Were they looking for nice places to go that already had a toy robot for them to meet, or nice places where their toy robot would be welcome? Sadly, I had no way of knowing.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Partners In Crime [television]

Agatha Christie Partners in Crime Walliams Raine episode 1
 I had a mixture of hopes and fears for the new TV version of Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime stories. On reflection, it wasn't awful, but I didn't fall immediately in love with the programme.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Win a box of robotness!

Yes, it's a little later than I'd have liked, but it is time for my annual blogoversary giveaway. In case you're not familiar with them, to celebrate another year of speaking my branes I give away a box full of things I like in the hopes that you might like them too. They're always all things I've bought or made, I'm not simply passing on promotional freebies. Anyone from anywhere in the world can enter. All you have to do is leave ONE comment, and then I'll pick a winner using a random number generator. Dead simple, eh?

Monday, 20 July 2015

New old dresses, old old dresses

1970s-does-Edwardian. Gorgeous.
I took delivery of a new old dress at the weekend - a grey wool late 1950s jobbie with a slim skirt and 3/4 sleeves. This is an odd time of year to be buying wool dresses, I suppose, but I got it because it was on sale on Etsy and the price was too good to resist.. It'll be just as wearable in three or four months' time. With that and my new 1960s pink cutwork shift (swapped for a silk Trashydiva dress I'd outgrown) I'm doing quite well for frocks this month.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

In which I apologise for being rubbish

I have not been eating cake. I spent seven days
living on soup, and can now manage mash.
I would like to claim to have been bimbling again, hence the lack of interesting activities on my part, but the truth is that with print deadline next week – my magazine recently went up in pagination, so there's loads more work and I went into the office yesterday (Saturday) – and my hideous dental infection sapping my will to do anything I've done very little of any interest. But here's what has gone on/ is coming up...