Tuesday, 6 December 2011

And The Winner Is....

By the magic of technology and random.org, the winner is......

Curtise at Pastcaring

Thank you all for entering, I'm sorry you couldn't all win, but I'll try and do a few more giveaways next year.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Give It Away, Give It Away, Give It Away Now

Here it is then, at last! My promised giveaway -

One lucky (?) person will receive a copy of Cath Kidston's Sew! book, some vintage buttons, some ribbon, a polka dot hanging heart and a make up brush roll made from 1940s fabric. All you need to do to be in with a chance is be a follower and leave a comment to say you'd like to enter, it's open to followers in any country. Closing date will be Saturday 3rd December. Go on, have a go!

Monday, 14 November 2011

Ground Control to Major Tom - and a giveaway heads-up!

There I was thinking finishing work would give me a bit more time, but the last couple of weeks have been really busy with my mum visiting, trying to get reaquainted with Etsy and researching cake decorations. Apologies if I usually comment on your blog but haven't done recently, I have been reading but just haven't had time to comment!

Anyway, these are the pick of the jumble finds from the other week.

70s housecoat but it's really warm and will make a great dress with the right styling. From the 'expensive' £1 rail.

 60s black and silver brocade maxi dress. A tad snug, but it's a keeper. Also from the £1 rail.

Mad 70s chinese dragon print kaftan, 30p.

Wish I could have got better photos but it's so dull here at the moment!

I spotted that I'd reached 103 followers recently (wow, 103 people actually want to read my witterings?!), so I'm going to have a little giveaway this week. I'll post details in a couple of days.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Vix's £5 Outfit Challenge

On Tuesday, the divine Vix challenged fellow bloggers to come up with an outfit for £5. Whilst I can't hold a candle to Vix's full winter look for £4.73 (the woman is a goddess of thrifty glamour), here's my basic attempt. The sequin top is 60s and handmade £1.24, the 70s Renjoy skirt was 99p and the 70s Clarks shoes were £3.20, all from ebay. The jewellery is all presents from Vix, so free! A grand total of £5.43, but no coat, tights or bag. Oh well, a girl can try!

I haven't forgotten to share last week's jumble finds (and I did snag a couple of corkers), I just haven't had much time this week. I will try and do a post on Monday. Bet you can't wait (not)!

Friday, 21 October 2011

Rocking Out!

Guess what I found in a charity shop the other day. Jesus? Richard Armitage (if only)? No, a genuine Dollyrockers by Sambo dress in my size for £7! I nearly had heart failure on the spot - this is probably my best charity find yet. I have to admit, I didn't try it in the shop and it was a little (ahem) snug under the bosoms when I tried it at home. However, closer inspection revealed that it had at some point (joy of joys) been taken in, so I got to work with the scissors and hey-presto, a perfect fit! Oh, and I haven't got a bun in the oven - it's the way I'm standing!

Scarf - bought in a gallery in Port Isaac in Cornwall, earrings £2 (Salvation Army shop), Dollyrockers dress £7 (local hospice shop), big black ring 50p (car boot sale), grey ring (gift from Vix), velvet lace-up boots £4.99 (PDSA shop).

Off to a jumble sale tomorrow, perhaps I'll find an Ossie Clark or a Biba original? A girl can dream!

Have lovely weekends, whatever you're doing x

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

A-Z of me.

I must be one of the last to do the A-Z of me, but here's my answers if you're interested.

A - Age.
30. According to Wikipedia, if I was a piece of clothing I could now ‘officially’ be vintage. I like being 30 – I feel like I can finally be myself and sod what anyone else thinks!

B - Bed Size
Double. I’d like a bigger one but it won’t fit in our bedroom.

C - Chore you hate.
All of them, although clothes washing isn’t too bad.

D - Dogs.
Dogs themselves aren’t the problem, it’s stupid dog-owners I can’t stand. Actually, with a lot of ‘problem’ pets it’s stupid people who cause most of the problems. Don’t get me started on that one!

E - Essential start to your day
A cuddle with Baby Bird and tea!

F - Favourite colour.
That’s a tough one – I love colours and there’s a different for every mood. If I had to choose, I suppose green or blue as I have a lot of those in my wardrobe and house.

G - Gold or silver.
Silver. It’s much more mysterious (and cheaper!). The only gold jewellery I have is my engagement and wedding rings.

H - Height.

I - Instruments you play.
I played the flute (badly) at school and can pick out a few tunes on a keyboard. I’d really like to go back to the flute, but I have too much else on my plate at the moment.

J - Job.
Full-time Mummy, no-time house slave, wannabe vintage clothes seller.

K - Kids.
Just the one little boy, but hopefully another one day.

L - Live.
In Bristol, in a semi built in 1938.

M - Mothers name

N - Nicknames.
I used to get called some pretty horrible things at school, but I’ve blanked them all out now. Now it’s usually just ‘Mummy’ (from the husband as well).

O - Overnight hospital stays
3 nights, all when Baby Bird was born. He was meant to be born at home, but he was taking his time so the midwife decided we needed to go into hospital and it’s routine to be kept overnight with a first baby. We had to go back in a couple of days later as he wasn’t feeding properly and his weight dropped more than it should have. It all got sorted out in the end though.

P - Pet peeves.
Where to start!

Q - Quote from a film

My second favourite film – Labyrinth.
Jareth: You remind me of the babe.
: What babe?
: The babe with the power.
: What power?
: The power of voodoo.
: Who do?
: You do.
: Do what?
: Remind me of the babe.


R - Right or left handed.
Left handed.

S – Siblings
One brother, eight years younger than me.

T - Time you wake up
Around 7 if I’m not working. Usually woken up by baby bird babbling and then he’s brought in for a cuddle. Work mornings it’s 4am!

U - Underwear.

V - Vegetable you hate.
Asparagus – might as well eat sticks!

W - What makes you run late
Everything – I’m very disorganised. If I’m on time, I’ve usually forgotten something.

X - X-rays you've had.
Just teeth, no interesting ones.

Y - Yummy food that you make.
I’ve had compliments about my cakes, so they must be pretty good.

Z - Zoo animal
Can’t really choose, I like most animals.

Friday, 30 September 2011

Frock Me! It's Hot!

 Dress £1.04 (ebay), bracelets and ring 50p each (boot sales), shell necklace 35p, yellow beads 70p (jumble sales), yellow earrings - about £1 (job lot from ebay)

As most of the UK is roasting in a last gasp of long-awaited summer, here is my first Frock On A Friday. A lovely 70s prairie cotton dress which I got for a song on ebay.

I might have moaned about not making it to the flea market next week, but instead I'm having a stall at the Wiltshire Vintage Tea Party in Malmesbury Town Hall next Sunday. Tickets are £6 including cake and unlimited tea. Would be lovely to see you there if you're in the area - do come over and say hi!

Thursday, 22 September 2011

What Next?

Looks like I won't be selling at the flea market next month as I've just had a call to say they're full, so they're returning my cheque. Now I'm stuck as that's the only way I could really see me running my business and actually making sales. I know many people use the internet and I do of course have the Etsy shop (no sales yet), but I'm afraid I just don't have a clue about marketing!

Ah well, perhaps I could go on Dragon's Den and ask for a squillion pounds to buy vintage clothes with (oh and maybe sell them too)!

Monday, 19 September 2011

If It's Good Enough For Scarlett.....


Here you go then - this is my first completed vintage creation. The pattern is from the 60s and designed by 'Orsini'. The cotton fabric was from the jumble sale. If I remember rightly it was about 30p and someone had made it into a makeshift duvet cover. I had to be a bit creative with the cutting out as the fabric wasn't as wide as it needed to be, but I mananged it. I also had to do a bit of readjustment as it was designed for someone with more boobage than me!! 
I'm pretty pleased with it - although there's lots of seams, it was a lot less complicated and far more enjoyable than a lot of the modern patterns I've attempted. I've often said to my mum how patterns seem so involved these days - it's no wonder that some people get put off at the first hurdle. She agreed that older patterns were much simpler. I think that modern patterns tend to have one bullet point per instruction which makes them seem really long-winded, whereas older patterns put several instructions into one section, which gives the impression that you've achieved more when you complete it. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts if you've made up any vintage patterns.

I did a search to see if I could find out more about Orsini. Although I didn't find anything specific to that designer I did find out about the pattern range. They were a mail order range produced in the 50s and 60s, usually by big names such as Oleg Cassini, Hunter Scott, Ardanti and Mr Blackwell. 

Vintage Patterns Wiki has a fantastic range of pictures of these patterns, great for a browse.

Sunday, 18 September 2011


It's been a soggy Sunday, so I didn't go to the usual boot sale today, plus we woke up really late (for us)! We had to get a few things for BB, then we came home and cooked up a nice Sunday lunch and we've just been pottering about this afternoon. I do have some little finds to share from last week's boot sale and (joy of joys!) a jumble sale yesterday.

Vintage patterns 20p each (boot sale). Check out those flares!

Flower ring and lace bangle 50p each (boot sale).
St Michael furry hat, 60s swimming cap and Canda 80s does 40s dress, 10p each,  jumble sale.

 HUGE scarves - 10p each, jumble sale.

Fabric remnants 10p each and vintage umbrella £1, jumble sale. I'm sure I've seen that design of umbrella before, but can't remember where!

Not sure if the cups are for tea or soup, but they're a gorgeous midnight blue sort of colour and so tactile. Made by Tams, England they were £2 for the lot. The vegetable dish is Italian £1, all from the jumble.

I have a vintage fashion creation to show as well, but I'm leaving that for tomorrow - will you bear the wait? (Probably)

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

In The Frame

Do you remember the tatty old frame I bought for 50p back in March? (Never fear if you don't, just follow the link for a reminder). Well, I've actually completed the restoration, much to Mr R&Bs' surprise - he even said it 'looked nice', which is praise indeed from him. He's so used to my mad, half-finished projects littering the house I think he was just pleased to see something finished in less than a year (5 months this time, possibly a personal best).

Here is a walkthrough of the project.

 First, find yourself a tatty old frame. Next you'll need some moulding compound and some plaster. 
I used Siligum and Restoration Plaster, both made by Gedeo.

 Mix together your moulding compound according to the instructions and take moulds of sections that correspond to the missing pieces.

 Mix your plaster according to the instructions and fill your moulds.

After much sanding, remoulding and gluing, the gaps have been filled.

The frame painted up in Craig & Rose 'Pale Mortlake Cream'. 
I also painted a very thin wash of grey paint and water over the top to slightly age the cream.

Next, I cut a piece of hardboard to size and covered it with an offcut of wallpaper.
I had to fiddle about a bit to fix the board into the frame, but I worked it out in the end.

The finished article.

 I also received a lovely birthday parcel from Vix on Saturday. Her fabulousness sent me some funky fabric and haberdashery, a 60s sewing pattern, a great sewing book and a sweet little swallow bracelet. Isn't Vix a darling?

Have fun everyone and see you very soon!

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Finally Facing My Waterloo

Spring-cleaning and de-cluttering seems to be turning into something of a life makeover!
I feel somewhat clearer about decisions for the future and what direction to take. I've even decided to try and knuckle down with the housework!
I used to be quite into Feng Shui and similar philosophies, although I moved away from these interests once I started working and having less time. I also feel like I lost a lot of myself in the process of getting married and being a wife and mother, and it seems like only very recently that I'm re-discovering me. I don't know if that's a result of stirring up energies or having an early mid-life crisis as I turn 30 in a couple of weeks!

Anyway, once the house is fully sorted out, it'll free up time for my Etsy shop and hopefully more crafts. I'm pleased to report that I spent a happy half-hour on Thursday night diving into a large box of old clothes - new stock for the shop (although I'm keeping a few pieces for myself). These will be sorted, washed and photographed in all their glory over the next few weeks. I'm also debating whether to take a stall at Shepton Flea market in October. It's £40 for a table plus petrol, but it could be just the springboard I need.

What do you guys think?

Monday, 8 August 2011

Running Up That Hill


I realise yet again that I've been very quiet blogwise, but I'm finally conquering the mountain that is de-cluttering and spring (ha!) cleaning.
I say de-cluttering, but I what I really mean is finding new ways to hide store it all! To be fair, I have been getting rid of things I really don't need anymore, but I'm afraid I get attached to things and there's always the 'what if I need it?' question. I can't even use growing up in times of shortages as an excuse. I'm trying to limit the things I buy at the moment, so that I can sort out what I really want to keep.

Baby Bird is thoroughly enjoying his days with the childminder - he babbles away on the way home, telling me about his day, then when he goes to bed later on, I can hear him repeating it all to his toys after I've said night-night to him, so cute!

Hope you all have good weeks x

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

The Hour


The second episode of The Hour starts at 9 tonight on BBC2. I'll be honest, I started watching it last week just for the costumes, but actually found I quite enjoyed the story. Set in 1956 in the early days of the British Broadcasting Corporation, the story follows two young journalists who are about to launch a new kind of current affairs programming, the like of which has never been seen before. Along the way, one of them discovers a dangerous conspiracy.

Monday, 25 July 2011

The Bangles

It didn't feel right to do this post yesterday after the awful events in Norway and the sad news about Amy Winehouse (RIP Amy), but here's a round up of the last couple of weeks' boot sale finds.

 Crochet and wood bangle 50p, 70s? metal elephant bangle 50p, 
hinged bangle and 70s? metal bangle 75p the pair.

Urban outfitters? peacock bangle 50p. 
I seem to be collecting a lot of bangles at the moment, maybe I'm channelling Vix?!

Scarf clip 50p. I think I'll turn this one into a ring.

Probably my best bargain for a while - MAC pigments £1 each. 
Pretty sure they're the real thing as it was just these five on the stall.

Books £1 each. The fashion book is great - I got it from the library years ago when I first wanted to go into fashion. I actually ended up studying at the same college Patrick Ireland taught at, although he'd left some years before I went there.

 Tights 50p.

Body set 50p.

60s fabrics. Lurex 20p, flowery £1. 
Easily enough to make a maxi dress out of both.

Oil painting £3.

Baby Bird has his first day with his child-minder today, so I have a day to myself. I really need to organise my sewing room, so I'd better get cracking!

Have fun on this lovely sunny day x

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Back From Outer Space

Hi all!

Apologies for being a bad blogger and not posting much recently. I've had a strange couple of weeks and not much energy or enthusiasm for blogging again. If I usually comment on your blog, but haven't recently, please know that it's not you, it's me (how I hate that phrase, but it serves a purpose). I have been reading about your activities, I just haven't had much to say in response. Unfortunately I have spells of ups and downs, beginning to wonder if I have manic depressive tendencies, or whether most people feel like that at times?

Anyway, I do hope to do some more fun posts soon, mood and energy allowing. Much love if you're still following me x

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Buried Treasure

Having managed to make it to a boot sale and a jumble sale over the last couple of weeks, I have a few things to share with you. First up, the boot sale, which was about as busy as when I was visiting back in the winter. Another, more well-known bootie has started it's season, so I suppose the sellers had gone there instead.

Butterfly pot 50p, floral dishes 20p each. This table was run by a couple who I'd guess were around my parent's age and I spotted so many things that I remember from my childhood. In fact one buyer actually said 'this stall is my childhood' and she was just a couple of years younger than me.

 Wooden bangle £1, ring 30p

 Wooden bead necklace 50p

Last saturday I actually went to a jumble again. They seem to go in fits and starts around here - there's none for ages, then you get 3 or 4 the same day. I only went to the afternoon one in the end as I just didn't feel like going to the others after my usual early start at work.

60s 'Justine' crimplene mini sundress, Per Una cotton cardi and 70s housecoat/overall 20p each.

Modern silver brocade hotpants, 80s LARGE pedal pushers, 
70s? St Michael pleated skirt, also 20p each

 Crochet beret, 70s/80s crinkly striped scarf, 70s Pippa Dee scarf 20p each, belt 10p. 
I did some googling and found out that Pippa Dee was the clothing 
equivalent of Tupperware back in the 70s.

 Patent bag and leatherette briefcase, 25p each. The briefcase is a bit tatty, but should look better with some tlc. It had a piece of chalk in the bottom - I wonder if it belonged to a teacher once upon a time?

The yellow sundress from the first picture is my best jumble find yet. Sadly I haven't got a hope of fitting into it, so it's for sale as are all the clothes. If you're interested in any of the items, please get in touch via my email (on my profile page).

Have fun, whatever you're doing today x

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Taking The Plunge

I've been fiddling and faffing about and have finally opened an Etsy shop! There's just a few items to start off with, but I'll be adding more as I find them. I thought I'd share a few pictures to give a flavour of what's to come.

Sidgreene of London maxi dress

Susan Small wrap dress

Lurex maxi skirt

Poole Pottery breakfast cups and saucers

Here's the link to the shop and there's also a link on my sidebar. Looking forward to seeing you over there!

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Hold The Front Page!

Ha! Yes! It's an outfit post!

70s Lerose dress  - £3.20 (ebay), brown cutout belt - 30p (jumble sale), silver shoes - 99p (ebay), 
earrings - £2 (charity shop), 60s necklace (Vix), silver-coloured ring - 33p (jumble sale), 
gold tone ring with stone - about £1 (ebay joblot)

Better picture of the beads

Not the greatest of photos. This highlights to me how much I need to improve my photography skills. No wonder I never made it as a professional!

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Five Minute Fixes

A little bit of drama here yesterday - the car failed it's MOT with corroded brake pipes! £230 of your English pounds and it's back on the road for another year. I can't complain too much as this is the first MOT it's failed since I bought it 4 years ago.
Dear Vix wanted to know more about my new job - well, it's really not that exciting, but I'll tell you anyway. I'm starting on the deli counter at a supermarket next week. A little daunting as I've not had a paid job since going on maternity leave last year, but I'm sure it'll be fine.

On to the fix-minute fixes of the title. I made myself do some mending (there is a huge pile) on Sunday and it came to me that by actually getting up off my bum and doing something, I find myself more motivated to do other things - it's a case of keeping up momentum. I'm sure that it's no great revelation to most people, but it takes me a while to get these things into my head!

Anyway, apart from mending a frayed sleeve on a blouse and sewing a button onto a cuff, I finally got round to jazzing up the Brora cardi I found back in February . All I did was cut off the old buttons and sew on some funky new ones, but I like the change.

I also did a bit more cooking today. Again, not anything special, but I have to do things when the mood takes me.

Lentil soup - adapted from a recipe for weaning food but really nice
cooked with more stock and blended down.

Wholemeal bread - I have a breadmaker, but I only use the dough setting and then I cook it in the oven. 
You could build a wall with the stuff that's baked in the machine.

Have fun everyone!