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Susan, be smooth! by Nell Giles, 1940: Chapter VI - Oral Exam

Chapter VI
ORAL EXAM

This is a chapter on how to make people stop and listen. It is all about your mouth without lipstick.

It is, in short, a chapter on how to put salt on the bird’s tail with good teeth, sweet breath, a smile and a voice with swing in it. 978 more words

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Susan, be smooth! by Nell Giles, 1940: Chapter V - A Hairsbreadth Escape

Chapter V
A HAIRSBREADTH ESCAPE

Since 1900. . . long before you were born. . . there have been precious few hairstyles that have made History, compared with the number of dress styles that bring a lump in your father’s throat. 1,907 more words

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Susan, be smooth! by Nell Giles, 1940: Chapter II - Keep it Simple with Subtraction

Chapter II
KEEP IT SIMPLE WITH SUBTRACTION

“Start with one idea and stick to it” may sound like Carnegie or Confucius. . . but actually it applies to clothes more specifically than to empire building. 1,642 more words

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Susan, be smooth! by Nell Giles, 1940: Chapter I - Give it a Thought

Chapter I
GIVE IT A THOUGHT

You are Susan, of course. We wouldn’t have anyone else in the leading part.

This handbook will teach you your lines, but you’ll have to fill in from here. 525 more words

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Susan, be smooth! by Nell Giles, 1940: Introduction and Table of Contents

I’m reproducing this book here, written by Nell Giles and illustrated by Winifred W. Coffin, because if there are secrets to the fresh-faced beauty and poise of the girls of the 1940’s, I’d love to know them. 174 more words

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Catching up

I’ve been neglecting my blog, but I’m back and have 3 quilts to share! I will keep this post short and sweet for you.

First up is this quilt that I’ve been working on as a monthly sew along. 206 more words

Completed Quilt

Flashback Friday - Charm School by Anne Fine

Synopsis: 

Bonnie’s been dragged to a new town.. As if that wasn’t unfair enough, Mum doesn’t know where to find a babysitter, so Bonnie is forced to spend the day at Charm School while Mum sits her boring exams. 582 more words

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