Thursday, 29 October 2015

The other Dracula

Carlos Villar as Dracula in the 1931 Spanish-language filmBack in 1931, Universal made a film version of Dracula.

And back in 1931, Universal made another film version of Dracula.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Are you a winner?

A toy robot in a pub
If you're Paul Starkey, then congrats, you are! You've won a vintage copy of The Second Pan Book of Horror Stories, plus some other bits and bobs. (Frankly, you're lucky the gingerbread mummies are making it into the parcel, as I was tempted to eat those myself.)

I posted some Halloween cards off to relatives on Saturday, but still need to make my Halloween cake for work. I'm planning on making a mummy-head carrot cake this year, and bought a special nozzle so I could pipe the cream cheese icing into 'bandages'. I hope it works!

Today is the second day of Thadingyut, which Mr Robot and I mark.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

The Pan Books of Horror - GIVEAWAY!

When I was a teenager (in the 1980s-1990s), battered old copies of the Pan Books of Horror Stories were everywhere. Secondhand bookshops had loads, as did just about every jumble sale or car boot stall. Anywhere that sold secondhand books, it seemed, would have one of the volumes.

Friday, 23 October 2015

The desire to hibernate

An art deco cup on top of 1930s film magazines
I don't know if it's the weather, or the nights drawing in, but I'm feeling rather less outgoing than usual right now – I just want to hide at home and cook and make things. Having had sore ears hasn't helped. I've definitely not been in the mood to go places or do anything exciting (ie bloggable). Unfortunately by the time I've got in from work and have done all the things that have to be done any enthusiasm for intricate projects has drained away and all I'm really good for is watching telly*. At least when you're a knitter telly time can still be productive.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Halloween cards with vintage elements

A trio of halloween cards plus two spiderweb bowls
My cards! And the cobweb bowls are from Lidl, if you're interested...

The Robot has been rather light on Halloween content this year, for which I apologise. But look, cards!

Friday, 16 October 2015

Confessions of a hoarder

This blouse was one of this year's purchases
My name is Mim and I'm a hoarder. Oh, not to the point where you'll see me pop up on one of those horrible exploitative reality programmes on telly, but I do have a problem letting go of things. I think it has two main root causes: moving around a lot when I was very young (I think my mum threw out stuff when we moved thinking I'd never miss it, but of course I did - and for years couldn't understand how I'd been so careless as to lose so many things!) and then the time a few years later when we were very hard up and I didn't like getting rid of things because there was no guarantee I'd ever be able to replace them.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Three novels by Francis Durbridge

It's funny where you find things. We've got a couple of bookshops in Trow, Waterstones and then Super Book, a place that sells cheap books. Usually their stock is stuff that's been on sale for full price elsewhere, but I've honestly never seen Arcturus Crime Classics on sale anywhere. The bookshop was selling them at two for a fiver, which makes them less than half the price of the British Library classic crime reprints. What really attracted me was that three of them are by Francis Durbridge, creator of Paul Temple!

Sunday, 11 October 2015

A trip to Guerlain

A woman seated at a table in Guerlain's restaurant
Guerlain has a restaurant. A RESTAURANT.
As a perfume lover, when I went to Paris recently the flagship shops of some of my favourite perfume manufacturers were high on my list of places to visit. Most of my favourite fragrances are made by firms which specialise in scents and beauty products; while when the likes of Coco Chanel and Christian Dior ran their businesses they seemed to release scents that were the olfactory equivalent of their dresses – stylish, impeccably made, desirable – nowadays the perfumes seem horribly mass-market, designed to give people into the idea of the brand a way to wear it even if the cost of a top would be out of their reach. As such, what's in the bottle doesn't matter as much as what label's on the outside.

Friday, 9 October 2015

Judy in Paris

After all my agonising about what to wear in Paris, I ended up falling back on a few favourites. I haven't blogged about it yet, but I bought this 'Judy' dress in the 'wonky wedges' colourway from Heyday! at the Vintage Nostalgia Show, and it's already become a wardrobe staple. I hadn't planned to take it on holiday, but popped it in the case at the last minute and it was perfect.

Monday, 5 October 2015

New faces / old hobbies

Two tabby kittens
Pippin is crosseyed; she does look funny!
I've just had a packed weekend: on top of various work deadlines, I've had these little moppets to distract me. We've just adopted Pippin formerly called Dizzy) and Ziggy from our local Cats' Protection.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Bloofer gent: Christopher Lee

 Every October I salute a Vintage Hottie of Horror – lady or gent doesn't matter, all that counts is that they are creeptacular retro-crumpet – and this year there can only be one candidate: Christopher Lee.