Saturday, 16 October 2010

A Grand Day Out and Shapeless Bear finds a friend

The Victoria and Albert Museum
Yesterday I had A Grand Day Out with two blogging friends,  Penny and Lorraine (aka Serenata).  We met in the cafe at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and chatted over  coffee.  I hadn't met either of these girls before and was quite relieved that they weren't, after all, big hairy fellas.  Lorraine had made us personalised book marks (pop over to her blog to see) and Penny had made sweet paper birds with a cute button embellishment.

We then wandered around the exhibits, and came across the  famous Tippu's Tiger, which is life size.

 We also found a wonderful fashion exhibition and we ooh'd and ahh'd and winced at the fashions through the ages.
This boot was so tiny and dainty.

Breath in ladies!
Yes, those are bra's forming the skirt for this dress!
We also found this dress - the idea of this fashion was to show off the beautiful fabric of the gown (and I suppose therefore, your wealth).  We giggled at how they'd have to walk sideways through a door and wondered how they went to the loo! 

More by luck than judgement we discovered that we could get in to the Raphael cartoons/tapestries exhibition for free and I'm so glad we did.  It was one of those things that I didn't realise how in awe of them I'd be until I actually saw them.  My goodness, they are HUGE.  Remember ladies and gentlemen, these were made in the 1500's!  The 'cartoons' were painted by Raphael and his assistants as full scale designs for the tapestries designed to cover the walls of the Sistine Chapel, in the Vatican.  The cartoons, or paintings, are kept at the V&A having been brought to England in 1623.  The tapestries are the property of the Vatican Museums and this is the first time the paintings and the tapestries have been together for nearly 500 years!

The detail is stunning.  We were very lucky to see this exhibition because it finishes tomorrow.

Tapestry of The Miraculous Draught of Fishes

The detail on the columns in the tapestry below was incredible. 
The Healing of the Lame Man
This was a super day, with two fab (camera shy!) ladies.  We've got a definite plan to go to The Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy next summer, but hope to meet up before then.
On a totally different subject,  Shapeless Bear has found a new friend, Peanut.  And would you believe it, his new soulmate was living in the same house as him but just on a different staircase!
Shapeless Bear and Peanut
Now you don't get much more shapeless than Peanut!  They bonded immediately and together have been singing their tuneless little songs and playing their pointless little games.   
Happiness is......a small knitted friend.


Serenata said...

Wonderful post of our day out...I think I am going to refer everybody here as you've done all the hard work! ;-)

So lovely to meet you and I look forward to our next meet up.

So glad shapeless bear has found a shapeless friend!

bad penny said...

Wow we did cut it fine for the exhibition ! Those shoes were so weeny.. small shoes - BIG skirts !
Sorry Jo I'm out tonight so can't watch the X factor but you can give me all the goss. I'm wearing that bra dress - not ! Need the corset though.

I'm looking out for knitted friends for you at the CS and I'm still shocked at what you told me about your fantom charity shop stalker !!!

Kimberly at ArtJoyStuff said...

HI Jo,
Wonderful post and photos. My favorite is, I confess, Bear and Peanut, I think they have it right, just keep singing those tuneless little songs and playing those pointless little games.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

How fun that you were able to get together and have such an enjoyable afernoon!!

That dress is crazy!! I'll bet it made her hips look big! ;-)))

SusieJ said...

What a wonderful day out - esp meeting up with crafty friends.
So pleased shapeless bear has a new friend to play and sing with.
Sue xx

missy k said...


Sounds like a fun day out..... I love the wide dress... on the plus side it would make one's waist look small!!!!!

Re the Knits, I agree they look happy.... but perhaps a more gentle spin cycle for Peanut next time?

Have a happy Sunday....


Ragamuffin Gal said...

What a great post Jo! I chuckled, I stared, I wondered, I sighed.. And I am so glad Peanut found a friend ~ and it looks like a good one at that.
Fall Blessings Friend,


Oh, what a wonderful post this was. I enjoyed it all and especially love how much you adore your shapeless friends. I think you would like me too ;o)

Carolyn xoxo

Kristin said...

Always nice to meet fellow bloggers who are indeed not big hairy men :) What a wonderful day out you girls had! Those fashions are indeed something special, I am afraid I would not have survived then!

Also glad to hear shapeless bear made a friend :)
Have a great week Jo!

A Bun Can Dance said...

Hi Jo,
I've found your blog via Serenata and it's great to hear about your V&A trip. Those crazy dresses with the huge hip section always make me laugh - how ridiculous are they??
Hope you have a fun week ahead,
Denise x

Linda said...

What fun to have a day out with friends...I love your photos! Bear and Peanut are sweet...i can almost hear them singing!

Dogwood said...

looks like lots and lots of fun with your blog friends at the museum. i would love to state meeting some blog friends but most live far away from me.

shapeless bear and peaunut and so so cute.

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Wow, what a fabuloua place to meet blog friends!

JaN's ArTy AtC JouRneY said...

Wow, it sounds like you all had a fabby meeting!
..and what great pics!! Mad fashions!!
Awwww Shapeless bear and peanut look made for each other!! bless!!

Jan x

Katie said...

I want to come spend the day with you ladies! Looks like a great time!