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Crafty nannie
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Crafty nannie
1011 days ago
 
I remember when a child I used to collect rose petals and soak them in water thinking I was making perfume which I was so proud of . And those liquorice sticks that you soaked in water and kept in a dark cupboard till it was ready to drink , tasted awful. Loving this post down memory lane
  
maryliz
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maryliz
1011 days ago
 
Ohhh yes Liz......Sweets???? um I remember orange coloured ration books for sweets...we were allowed as a child 4 ozs of sweets per week..I used to buy a barley sugar twist...(long sticks of twisted barley sugar) and Rowntrees fruit gums and eat all the black ones first....then after the war finished in 1939 rationing stayed for a while to help the economy....and then when rationing was taken off there were long, long quues outside shops for sweets and Cadburys chocolate...but the shops used to allocate their own rationing....can't remember how much they allowed each person, but it stopped people being greedy........I used to love the sherbert dabs too.......talking about sweet things I remember sugar was sold in blue paper bags...my mother used to open up the seams on the backs to get the final grains of sugar from the bag...each bag had been weighed carefully by the grocery store staff....oh. more memories...think I should write a book...am writing one, but not on this theme....but could write for hours on my memories of childhood, which has turned out to be the happiest years of my Life, but we cannot stay in that vacuum forever and Life has learning curves for us all...with challenges along the way......

Not sure what this has to do with Crafts, but will get back to that on my next posting. Promise. Mary
  
maryliz
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maryliz
1008 days ago
 
I remember the open coal fires we used to sit around to keep warm.....we had blackout curtains at the windows...the windows were criss crossed with brown paper tape in case bombs fell and shattered the windows...the tape was supposed to help contain any shattering...but as children, we would as a family in the evenings and if the sirens sounded to alert us enemy planes were heading our way would sit huddled together near the fireplace ready to dive under the large wooden table for protection...my mother would often be knitting and completely calm...my Dad was in the ARP (Air Raid Patrol) and a tin hat hung on the door...he would go out when the sirens sounded if a knock at the door..one of his ARP mates calling on him to go and man searchlights, which they had near the riverside searching for enemy planes....my mother and two brothers and I would remain together in the kitchen by the warm cosy fireplace...I remember my mother made a knitting bag which consisted of dark navy material and she had two strips of wood which she need holes through to thread thin rope for handles after covering with more of the rather poor navy fabric..she sat with a poker in the hot coals and made holes through the wood by burning them through the strips of wood...making sure the smoke from that went up the chimney of couse and carefully placing the fireguard back in front of hot coals...she would sit for hours making something out of very little....the knittingbag I remember very well....she gave it to me and we unpulled 2 old sweaters, wound the wool into skeins and washed them by hand using soap flakes...then few days later when they were dry...having hung them in the sculllery at the back to dry....2 different colours...navy and grey....I suppose I must have been about 9 years old, but had been knitting since 5 years old. I started to knit from a pattern...one shilling price on cover....about 5pence in todays money...I made my Dad a waistcoat in fairisle diamonds...buttons were taken from a jacket.....he loved that waistcoat and recently I realized that old photographs I have put in my album with him in the photo he is wearing that first real make of mine. I wonder how many 9 year olds today would attempt such a thing...but it was all part of the "Make do and mend" of wartime and creativity was a great thing....I wonder how many people today would pull apart old sweaters for the colours....I have made sweaters in myriads of colours in stripes, but only to use up leftovers of yarn and crochet small flowers to put on bags from tiny bits left over from something, but would never bother to unpull a sweater......but of course today we recyle.....regularly we have bags put through the door for charities collectin clothes etc. very useful...I have recenly filled a bag full of clothes that I no longer need...too many buttons or the fact I lost so much weight this year...so we recyle rather than re-use...life changes.......if clothes are too worn to recycle I still tend to cut the buttons off for reuse.....if they are in good condition.....so, if you get a card with a button on.....just think there are some interesting bits and bobs around for crafting....
  
Crafty nannie
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Crafty nannie
1008 days ago
 
I too cut buttons off mary if item is no longer any use, it's something we would always do without thinking, so I continue to do it. My eldest daughter who is 53 in a few weeks time does this also however my youngest who is 31 would never consider keeping buttons , how times have changed . I loved winding the old hanks of yarn before knitting a garment it was relaxing and my children held their arms out for me to use.
  
maryliz
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maryliz
1006 days ago
 
yes, Liz, everyone became involved...good family unity...however.....another thing my mother and aunts used to do was "smocking", usually on dresses around a dress from waist upwards...can't remember ever doing that myself, but very pretty...

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