A thought

As you may know, I am one to ramble and I’m sure this post will meet those expectations.

Today I had some very happy post, in the form of some more replica packs of things from WWII (okay, that probably could’ve been simplified, but we’re going with it). I had been waiting all morning for this and when they arrived I was very excited to have a look through all the items. I will probably examine them properly at a later date, as today I’ve not really been able to concentrate on reading.

I then came to a problem. I had no one (or at least it felt like it), to share my excitement with. My parents, I’m sure, were happy to see me so animated about my favourite subject. Yes, I have a friend who I can discuss 40s matters with, which is lovely and I’m grateful for. But I feel so self-conscious, of being too happy with it. It’s not a surprise to me, I always feel that I can’t be too happy about things, it’s just the way I am. But I felt a little isolated that I couldn’t share the feeling of pure happiness I get. It makes me feel closer to my great-grandparents, who I’ve blogged about. A generation that, in my view, were raised so well.

Sometimes, it feels to me, that my generation are a little uneducated about things that happened that ended up shaping the country, the world. It infuriates me a little (a lot) that they don’t take the time to learn about it. I certainly can’t force my views on people (although I do try to drop it into conversations without people noticing. It’s pretty blatant, so maybe I need to work on my subtlety), but I do wish people could at least appreciate it more openly.

I feel a little lost on some days, like today. Maybe it’s because of what I surround myself with (seriously, my room is filled with factual posters about war and motivational propaganda for women) or maybe it’s because my brain can’t understand things properly. All I know is I want to share my joy for an era I love, but I’m too scared to do it, in case someone will judge me for it. I know I over think things, trust me I do. But I do feel a little uncomfortable putting myself out there. When I do it I’m fine, but I just need that extra little kick of confidence to be able to do it properly.

Well, I think that’s all I need to say. I have no idea if that made any sense and I’ll worry about what people think of this post, but hey. Gotta push through it and enjoy what I love. Life’s too short to be worrying about it.

I’ll see you soon with a very exciting post. I’m so happy with it and I can’t wait to share it with you. Expect it sometime this week (if my eyes decide to stop going wobbly, that is).
See you soon!
Jess x

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Charity shops are awesome

Hello!

So, as you can probably guess by the title, I’m here with a post about today’s adventures. Mum and I ventured out into the gorgeous English weather (we’ve had our days of heat, now it’s the rain’s turn) to do some bits and bobs in town. We had a look round a couple of charity shops and I’m so very glad we did!! I’ve been back in the 40s mood for a little while now and as it’s summer (apparently), my pretty wool skirts and thick cardis aren’t the best for the heat. So I had a little hunt (okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit. Mum mainly looked as I was trying to lean on the rails, so as to give my legs a break from standing) for a few summer-y items.

£3.50

£3.50

I really liked this. It’s very flowy, which will be perfect for whenever the heat comes back (not that I particularly want it to!). It is, however, see through, so I’ll need to look around for a plain white camisole or something to go underneath it.

£3

£3

This will also be rather handy, as my only other two shrug type things are black and cream. So a brown one will be handy for the floral tops I have! It ties at the waist, which is probably more late 40s style than the period I’m into. It’s lovely all the same. 😀

Such bad quality, sorry! £3.50

Such bad quality, sorry! £3.50

This pencil skirt was a much needed buy. The only skirts I own of a 40s nature are the one I made, a floral one and a tartan-y one. So if I did want to wear said floral tops, they wouldn’t exactly go! I’m a bit annoyed my hands were too shaky to get a decent picture of it, as it doesn’t really do it justice. Hey ho.

£4

£4

Close up of the print

Close up of the print

I really love my dresses. I can’t resist buying dresses that are 40s style. I have quite a few in my wardrobe now, not that I’m complaining of course. 😉 It’s quite long on me (yay for being a short arse!), so I’ll probably need to alter it a bit, but it was so pretty I just couldn’t leave it behind.

£3.95

£3.95

This one was too pretty. I have a feeling it’ll be one that makes me super static, but hey. The price of fashion? 😛 Again, it’s quite long on me, but I think that’ll be okay. I don’t generally like short (my version of short being completely different to everyone else’s!) clothes, so sometimes a long skirt is perfect. 😛 If I altered it it’d take away from the style of the skirt, so is better to leave it anyway.

So there we are! My haul for today! 😀 Coming in at just under £18, that’s not too bad I think! Especially as one item of clothing is about that nowadays. Hopefully this wasn’t too bad a post, as I’m not used to doing these sorts of things, but I really wanted to show you guys the things I had found! I would’ve take pictures of me in them, but as I’m shattered from going out, I’ll save it for another day. Although if I get on top of my hand-sewing (which I started on again yesterday, story to come soon), you’ll probably see the occasional peek of a dress or a skirt!

Well, I think that’s all for today. I’ll be back soon when the hand-sewing is nearly done! I also have made a start on the WWI wall hanging and have been taking pictures along the way, so hopefully that’ll be a good post when it’s finished. I’m also planning to make some more clothes, so when they’re done I’ll be blogging about them too. 🙂
See you soon,
Jess x

Small steps

Hello all!

Thought I’d write a quick post. I have got some planned posts to write, but well, you know me!

As you can probably tell, I’ve changed the blog design a bit. I seem to be unable to find a good design that reflects what I write about, but I seem to have found one now. 🙂 Plus, the layout is easier to manage, so yeah, I hope you guys like it too!!

Now to news, if you can call it that. xD I’ve still been feeling pretty meh, both M.E wise and mind wise, but my friends have been very helpful in cheering me up and knocking sense into me. You know who you are. xD My pal is free from exams as well, so we’ve been catching up (I say that to sound like we’re acting like adults. We aren’t xD) which is lovely. 😀 Then Ann has got me back into Minecraft, which is very funny. We’re attempting to build Esponia, which is interesting in a world of blocks. That and we don’t really know what Esponia should look like. xD

She has also kicked my arse into gear and got me onto a site that teaches languages. I’ve decided to concentrate on German, for the time being. So for the past four days I’ve been learning German and it’s certainly helping me to understand Rammstein songs. xD I bought Till Lindemann’s (Lead singer of Rammstein, if you didn’t know) latest book the other day and am trying to read it. I can understand some parts, which is good! 😀 I’m finding that my brain fog as eased a little bit, with doing this every day. I’m not entirely sure how that works, but I’m enjoying it while it lasts. 🙂

Well, I shall leave you there. These posts are getting awfully rambly, as of late. Must try to change that. I hope you enjoy the new look of the blog! 😀
See you soon,
Jess x

Fourth time lucky

Hiya!

It’s taken me three attempts so far to write this post. Hopefully this one’ll be better . . . It’s not like it’s an extremely important post, but still. The past few have been incredibly rambly, which probably won’t be surprise to you all, but hey. I try to make these posts as good as they can be, so yes.

Anyway, getting on to the main topic. The 1940s. Here we go again. xD I’ve recently gotten back into the 40s mood (kinda, I’m getting there) after a few months of not really knowing what to do with myself. With the relapse I kinda just lost interest in everything. So having something that I love come back to me, has been really great, as I just haven’t been feeling myself without it. I’ve been finding pen pals and getting back into the swing of sewing too, which has been great as I’ve missed that too and really enjoy them. I will try to finish the project I started a while ago so that you can actually see what I’ve been making. xD I am nearly done though, kinda.

Wow that made no sense at all, sorry. I have the perfect idea of what I want to write, but my brain is just screwed with the humidity. xD I really should blog about the old stuff I bought at the vintage fair. I’ll try to do that soon, because they set off the 40sness again too. 🙂 Then I should also have a few things from my granddad when he next comes up, which will definitely be blog worthy. Maybe I’ll do a special post about that all. I’m sure that’d be interesting!

I’ve nearly finished decorating my day room/spare room! I’ve now got some WWI information posters (Horrible Histories ftw) up on the wall, right next to my WWI posters calendar. So I’ve still got the history theme going on, which makes me very happy. I’m thinking I’m going to get a Dig For Victory poster to go on the last big wall, and then my room shall be complete! 😀 It does make me very happy to have it history oriented. 🙂

Well, this is a really bad post, sorry about that. I just wanted to give some kind of update but like I said, my brain isn’t working as it should. Hopefully it’ll fix itself soon . . . Or England will behave. xD I’ve still got my list of ideas that I’ll be posting about soon, so be on watch for them. 🙂
See you soon!
Jess x