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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Hanky history, part 1

Handkerchief, hanky, kerchief, pocket square, handkercher, tomayto, tomarto...whatever you call that square piece of fabric you blow your nozzle on, did you know that the handkerchief can be dated as far back as the Romans, when it was used for signalling the start to chariot races and according to research done by Handkerchief Heroes (I love that name!), some historians state that it can be traced back as far the Chou dynasty. That's 1000BC folks! Apparently, it was used then to shield a person's head from the roasting sunshine! Now I can't help but get an image of grandads at the beach wearing white vests and hankies on their heads, knotted in the corners and also, a slight stretch admittedly but this sketch by Monty Python of hanky wearing on the head comes to mind and is just brilliant!

Hankies have certainly featured in Shakespeare's time (Othello, Cymbeline, As You Like It) and in the 16th century they started to come out of the dark and feature as fashion accessory. According to Fashion Encyclopedia, "King Louis XVI of France (1754–1793), made it a law that all handkerchiefs must be square, and they have remained square ever since"! What a strange thing to impose but hey how often do you see a round hanky? Maybe I should start selling them or would the french royality have something to say about that. Hmm, don't fancy having my head chopped off!

Since then, the handkerchief very much became part of men's fashion being carefully folded and tucked into the left breast pocket of suits and available in a whole range of fabrics, colours and patterns. This tutorial by Liberty's on different methods for folding your hanky is particular good to get that perfect suit look!

All interesting stuff hey? I've actually found a whole heap of history on the kerchief, so rather than overwhelming you, I will share part 2 next week. And well, it would be remiss of me not to say that I'm actually flippin' proud to be keeping the tradition of handmade hankies alive and kicking in my Etsy and NOTHS shops.

Are you a hanky person? Do you have different hankies for different ocassions? I'd love to hear what you think about the good 'ol handkerchief!

Friday, 24 October 2014

What's on the dukebox, Jo?

Can't believe I've only truly just discovered Muse!! Have I been living under a rock? Quite possibly. Of course I've heard of them but never really gave them a listen until I heard this particular track on 6 Music recently and thought, god damn it, this is good! I turned the volume up and have had it on repeat ever since.

What's on your dukebox at the moment? Have you only just discovered a band that's been around for aaaages?

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Adventures in the garden: veg tops

Vegetables are such beautiful creatures. Their different shapes, colours, and textures. I love growing them and seeing how they develop and form. Watching them go from seed to vegetable produces a mixture of feelings in me: excitement, admiration, and peace. I don't know what it is about gardening and being out in the garden but it's almost like a form of meditation for me. I feel so calm and unbelievably happy that I can't help but notice the change in myself. My shoulders relax, any tension in my body lifts and my mind is at one with itself.

This year has been the first time I've combined this feeling and love of all things green, with my other love - my camera, Beryl. On sunny days I've found myself grabbing Beryl and racing out into the garden to snap pics of those veggies. You would think the world was going to end the speed at which I was running into the garden.

In September I was admiring how the veggies in my little plots looked from a bird's eye view and so, I tried to capture what the resident Black Bird might see when perched on the fence. Granted the Black Bird would have to be digging for worms to view the fennel at that angle! ;-)

I particularly love the beetroots and carrots and boy oh boy it's harder than it looks pulling carrots up! There was me bumbling along, thinking I'll just pull a few carrots up for tea but ha! They are tough little ladies. Their roots hold strong and the only method is to get the fork out and carefully dig them up. This discovery made me admire them that little bit more.

This may be the last gardening post for a little while but we'll see. I may be able to slip one more in before Xmas - the late batch of sprouting broccoli is certainly ready for its photo shoot!

Monday, 20 October 2014

New in the shop: Classic Handkerchief with a twist!

Hey folks! There's a brand spanking new handkerchief design in the shop! Woo!

Meet the Classic Handmade Handkerchief, ta da!

I've taken my classic white handkerchief design and given it a much needed splash of colour! 

I had loads of fun trying out different coloured rolled hems and decided to go for these three: red, green and blue. I feel these particular shades are great classic colours but they also stand out well against the bright, white cotton.

Available in both my Etsy and NOTHS shops, you simply choose which colour and personalised option you would like. I currently offer a choice of 1 -3 letters or a memorable date. 

Each handkerchief comes in a gorgeous gift box (completely free of charge!) and makes a lovely, handmade, personalised present!

As ever, I'm always open to custom requests, so if you would like a completely different colour or a twist on the personalisation, please do drop me a line!

I hope you like them and if you missed it last week, another new design hit the shops. Check it out here!

Friday, 17 October 2014

What's on the dukebox, Jo?

I've had this song by Joan as Policewoman on repeat this week, love it and the video ain't half bad either.

What's on your dukebox at the moment? Any good recommendations?

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