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Monday, 17 February 2014

A Year's Supply of Handmade Soap

A Year's Supply of Handmade Scented Soap (as you like it)

 12 bars of handmade soap.  As you like it.  All different or all the same.  You pick scents, colour etc.  A real bargain
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Thursday, 13 February 2014

Little People In Drawstring Bag

"My family" includes a cotton drawstring bag and five figures, mummy, daddy and 3 children, 2 girls and a boy.
These little figures are ideal for little fingers and can also be used for story telling, encouraging language, identity etc
The characters are my design and I make them from 100% cotton and are fully washable.
Size of bag 6"X9", figure size 3" and 4"

I have other figures including Granny, Grandad, cats, dogs which are also available so please contact me if you wish a different combination of "My family"

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Greeves Motorcycles

Bert Greeves MBE set up the Invacar Company in 1952. While  mowing his lawn he came up with the idea of fitting a lawnmower engine to his disabled cousin's wheelchair  and the invacar was invented.
Greeves won a major contract to supply 3 wheeled, invalid, motorised vehicles to the UK Govenment of Pensions and National Insurance.

Greeves then started to produce motorcycles,  production began in late 1953. When the Japanese entered the market place in the early 1970's production started slowing down and the company finally went into receivership in 1976.

The company  reformed in 1999, http://www.greevesmotorcyclesltd.com/


Tuesday, 11 February 2014

J P Coats Ltd Check Weave Canvas Embroidery

This interesting book was published in 1977 and has designs by Joan Nicholson who studied at The Royal College of Art.

Please email vinmodunite@btinternet.com for details.

general information
designing on graph paper
designing on canvas
developing a design
enlarging a design
application of designs
plaited and interlaced patterns

Friday, 7 February 2014

R. V. Marriner Ltd Keighley West Yorkshire

R V Marriner Ltd was established by Watson, Blacky, Smith & Greenwood Cotton Spinners in 1784.
The Company subsequently became William Marriner 1784 - 1808, then B & W Marriner 1808 - 1888, Marriner, Son & Naylor 1888 - 1908 and finally R. V Marriner in 1908.
R V. Marriner Ltd, Spinners. Greengate Mills, Keighley, West Yorkshire

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Jack Vettriano Retrospective at the Kelvingrove

We were up in Glasgow on Tuesday and looked in on the Jack Vettriano Retrospective at the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery. Entry is £5 (£3 concessions) and the exhibition ends on 23 February 2014.

The paintings feel connected in content and look like scenes from gangster movies of the 40s. I like his style of painting, and the art works are enormously popular. Some of the paintings on display were owned by celebrities such as Jack Nicholson.

My favourite painting shows Sir Malcolm Cambell on the sands at Utah with his car Bluebird, ready to break the land speed record. See an image of it here.

The rest of the Kelvingrove is well worth looking around, too, of course.

If you fancy a spot of lunch afterwards, I can recommend the Mother India's Cafe opposite. We had a superb lunch of four mixed vegetarian dishes (aubergine fritters, chana daal (split yellow peas in a spicy sauce), baby aubergines with potatoes, and okra with tomatoes), with rice and nan bread. All delicious, and differently spiced. The cafe has a nice, informal feel, with friendly waiting staff and fast service.

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