Thursday, 30 August 2012

Enid Blyton III

Last week the little jammers and I had a treaty day out.
We embarked on what we thought was the final part of our Enid Blyton trail but to make it a bit more fun I decided we'd go by boat.
There's nothing quite like messing around on a boat so they say. So we caught the boat from Wareham Quay
and sailed off down the river
and watched it grow wider and wider

until we spotted Brownsea Island and realised we'd arrived in Poole Harbour.

This was our destination. We were heading to Poole Museum to collect our next clue. The eldest Jammer had been here before with a friend and kept telling me about the 1940's floor and how I'd love it.
She knows me well! I cooed over the shop and chemist but not the dentist.
I love these kind of old chemist drawers with the lettering and cut glass handles. I've bid on them at auction before but never rich enough to get lucky!
We admired the electric shoe driers!
 And then what she'd really been waiting for and I'd already heard all about. Take a peak through the window and you'll see she's made herself at home.
The 1940's kitchen!
We love and use lots of this kind of stuff at home and 12 years ago kitchenalia was what we were dealing in. So much went to Japan and America it was unbelievable.
 Luckily it was all very child friendly and the lady said they could put the apron on and get stuck in. And that is exactly what they did. They read the old recipe books and baked me Egg Mornay! They cooked imaginary biscuits and offered them to other bemused visitors.
I love the way role play is still one of their favourite forms of play.
I couldn't decide whether I loved the cooker or the chairs best.
The cooker would have looked perfect in our old kitchen a couple of houses back which was all cream and green '40's style.
I am pretty sure the kitchen was the highlight of their day. Shame they can't remember my version of it but then they wouldn't have got excited about it.
We ended up skipping the last clue as we didn't have time to do it justice. Something saved for another day.
Now I'm off to look for photos of my old kitchen. I have a feeling they may be pre digital but I'll post one on here if I find them.

Monday, 27 August 2012

Littlest Jammer's Wash Day

Back in the hot weather (remember that?) I had a bit of a washing frenzy. Taking advantage of being able to dry things really quickly in the SUN hit the poor old washing machine hard. Judging by the noises coming from it I think a new one will be needed soon!
anyway littlest Jammer was intrigued by the quantity and variety of stuff going in and out of the machine. She decided some toys might need a wash.
It started off with dolly who was looking rather grubby and ended up with a machine full of 'bed friends'. I will explain. bed friends are the numerous small cuddly toys that accompany her to bed every night. they take over the bedd and leave very little room in her little bed for her. these are probably her favourite toys and get played with all the time.
So she delighted in loading them up
and squealed at them dancing around the drum.
One fast wash later (you can't wait too long) and they were ready for the best bit
going down the garden (Don't ask about the hat - I know most children wear sunhats on hot days...)
for a swing on the line!
This brought back fond memories of washing doll's clothes and toys when I was little.
So here they are at the end of the day. Clean and dry and all in their own bed compartments.
Night night!

Friday, 24 August 2012

Happy customers

Last week I posted off a customer order to Portugal and was delighted to get this thank you this evening!
Janine is a fellow blogger and ordered this duckling cushion having seen similar ones I'd made. I love to see where my things end up and I think it looks great on the pastel blanket.
 A while ago now I made cushions for a lady in Scotland. This is original Sanderson fabric from the 1930's. Eldest jammer has it in her room and I blogged about it here. Anyway Antonia saw it and already had an eiderdown, I think, in the same fabric and asked me to make her some cushions.
When they arrived Antonia kindly sent me this photo of them awaiting a new arrival by the look of it! I love the way the crib is trimmed in the same fabric.
Have a lovely Bank Holiday!

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Amsterdam (again - lucky me!)

A couple of weeks ago we had a long weekend with my sister in Amsterdam.
She took us to Madurodam...
Yes it's a miniature Holland. I was a little sceptical to start with thinking it might just be a load of small houses but it was fantastic. There weren't just miniature houses and famous buildings but factories, an airport, harbour, school, even a moving fairground.
The attention to detail was amazing. The more you looked the more you spotted.
The school photograph being taken.
The rock concert. All the people were different and a lot of them moved!
I decided I'd love a job as a props maker and then we found my future place of work.
This is life size! It is the studio where all the props are made.
We even spotted a mini Mr Magoo in the window!
Dotted around were activities for children.

The little jammers enjoyed measuring their weight in cheeses and then trying to lift the equivalent.
They pumped very hard to keep the floodgates shut!
The littlest enjoyed watching for the train.
Finally there was a clog factory. 1 Euro in the slot bought you the sound of miniature workers hammering away inside then ker-plunk a mini pair of clogs flew down the shute into a truck. The truck duly 'drove' round and delivered the clogs to a very happy customer!!
Thankfully a dry day but you can see the rain clouds moving in from the train window.
Sadly the weather was no better than here!

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Summer bunnies

This family of five joined me in the sunshine today.
...this time in multi pastel stripes.
and two sizes!
This afternoon I delivered them to their temporary home at the antique centre.
Hopefully they'll all have a home to go to soon!!
I've also been venturing into the world of Etsy and stocking my virtual shelves.
Enough making and a day out tomorrow I think.
Have a fab week.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Enid Blyton Part II

Before we headed off last week to do the second part of Enid Blyton trail we needed some refreshments. Refreshments of the old fashioned sugary variety. We were in Corfe Castle to catch a train and popped into the old fashioned sweet shop.
What a choice!
Bonbons proved popular.
Next stop the Ginger Pop shop, dedicated to Enid Blyton. It even had a Wishing Chair outside in case you were in need of some magic.
We carefully perused the windows for the next clue.
Then off to the little station and this is where I probably need to explain I am definitely not a trainspotter. I just got a bit carried away with photographing all the lovely old fashioned 'stuff'.
However that is not to say that I did not love that little station.
The colours.
The cute neat and tidiness of it all.
The view to the castle beyond.
Then it arrived. Our transport for the day!
A good old steam train.
We were riding the Swanage Railway in search of our next clue.
Destination sunny Swanage.

More Fortes icecreams to be enjoyed.
Little Jammer had her first taste of Punch and Judy
and shrieked with surprise and laughter.
Sorry about the finger - bad photographer!
Still 2 clues to go...

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