Thursday, 31 March 2011

From My Needles

I always seem to have some knitting on the go (I fear I may have a slight addiction to yarn!), so I thought I'd share a few creations with you.

Firstly, here's the jacket I started knitting back in November. 
I finally finished it a couple of weeks ago and it still fits Baby Bird!

 This is one of my works in progress (there are several stuffed into my knitting bag). 
It will eventually become a pair of dungarees for the baby. Finished pattern here.
Huge potential for future embarrassing baby pictures with this one!

Another work in progress, this one is a charity knit. A number of ladies from the Shaby Chic Cafe have clubbed together to knit as many figures as possible from this book: Knit Your Own Royal Wedding . The figures will be auctioned as a set on ebay, with 100% of the price going to the Japan Relief Fund. I've ended up with the Archbishop of Canterbury to knit, which is ironic as I'm the least religious person ever!

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Tatty Buy!

I had hoped to be posting a bit more often after the last time, but having had my mum to stay for a few days and then catching a horrendous cold (I think Helga's cold may have found it's way to this side of the world!), blogging hasn't been top priority this week.

 Anyway, just a couple of finds to share with you today. This sunday I swapped the usual boot sale for a different one that's just started it's 2011 season. A distinct lack of goodies amongst the tables of 'genuine' DVDs for a £1 each and 4 kitchen rolls for a 'pahnd' (why do 99% of market traders have a sarf london accent?!), but I did find this rather sad looking frame for 50p. I plan to tart it up and use it for another project.

The rest of the finds are from my usual boot over the last couple of weeks.

Another vanity case, 80s red leatherette by Constellation £2

50s or 60s Sanderson fabric £1

Necklaces 50p each. My favourite is the three strand choker.

 Blue glass dressing/vanity set. At a wild guess, I'd say it's Art Deco, either German or Czech. Sadly it's a bit damaged, but for £2 I couldn't leave it. It was also covered in old makeup (yuk), but nothing a bit of hot soapy water and a scouring pad couldn't sort out.

 Crown Clarence Ironstone coffee pot, 50p.
The handle is cracked, so just a display piece really.
I think I've seen this design before in Blogland, please let me know if you've come across it.

No outfit post today, I just can't seem to get into the habit. I find it quite hard to take photos of myself. I think I need a tripod for the camera, any tips? The camera is a Panasonic DMC-TZ3 if that helps.

Saturday, 12 March 2011

The Green, Green, Grass

Firstly let me apologise for the quietness here. Minor health and mood issues have meant that I haven't really felt like blogging this week, but I'm feeling a lot better now. Hopefully I'll be able to post a bit more regularly from now on.

Now to the subject of today's post: an outfit! We went to a friend's wedding yesterday and this is what I wore. Luckily it all came together as the jacket arrived on Thursday morning.
50s faux fur jacket (£10.51 ebay), 60s suede bag (99p ebay) 
hair styled with a bump-it.

Earrings (£1 Claire's Accessories sale), 60s 'Clevaline' dress (£2.50 boot sale), sleeves (made by me), 
bracelet (£1 Claire's Accessories sale), green and gold cuff (about £3 Nomads), 
rings (£1 each ebay), 70s Lotus glitter heels (£3.99 ebay)

I signed up to take part in Me Made March, but this is only the second time that I've managed to post what I've made. The green dress is actually sleeveless so it being March and me being a bit of a chilly mortal, I made up some sleeves to go with it. I sewed them onto a vest top so that I can wear the dress without sleeves if I want to.

A fun night in beckons - tidying our bedroom!

Friday, 4 March 2011

Feast Or Famine

There I was on Wednesday with no finds to share with you, then today I've come home with a nice little charity shop haul!
 Baby Bird and I tagged along with Mr R&B who was going to a meeting this morning (we went a few weeks ago as well, but I didn't find anything worth buying).

 Marion Donaldson dress (£3.99 Red Cross)

Our Hidden Lives and North and South (£1 each, Relate) 
Look Of The Century (£2.95, Red Cross)

 Handmade needlepoint bag (£2.50 Red Cross)

Huge Tie Rack Russian style scarf (£2.99 British Heart Foundation)

I also picked up a Mock The Week book for Mr R&B and a Spot book and DVD for Baby Bird.

 Eastex paisley blouse (99p ebay), grey trousers (Principles sale, 3 years ago), 
black and white flat brogues £5.17 ebay), chunky ring (from Vix), Earrings (handmade by me)

Prompted by Vix, I've joined in the Me Made March challenge. My pledge is:
I, Liz, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-March '11. I endeavour to wear or use
at least one me made garment or accessory each day for the duration of March 2011'

(I know the picture should be vertical, but for some reason blogger won't upload it properly)

I made these earrings a few years ago. The beads are from a pack I bought in Hobbycraft. I just picked a few out, threaded them onto a head pin, then attached it to an ear wire finding. Actually, that reminds me - I made a necklace with the rest of the beads, must try and find it. 

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

In Which I Share

Despite 2 jumbles and a boot sale over the weekend, there were no fabulous finds, so you'll have to put up with a 'getting to know you' post today!

Having been invited by lovely Vix to share a few fascinating(?) facts about ourselves, I thought I should for once stop hiding behind the computer screen and tell you a few little things about myself.

1. I hate flying
I've flown 4 times in my life (to Dublin and Italy) and hated it so much I swore I would never get on a plane again. These boots are staying firmly on the ground. Unless I'm in a car or train, but you get my point, right?

2. I took 5 attempts to pass my driving test
Just call me Maureen!

3. I have a scar above my right ankle
When I was about 11 I was litter picking during a PE lesson (because I'd brought a sick note and that was what the warders teachers made you do if you weren't doing PE) and got cut by a broken Coke can. Sadly this was pre-ER (and Real Life), so I just hobbled off to the school nurse for steri-strips.

4. I used to be a Viking (well, at weekends)!
A friend of mine was a member of a Viking re-enactment group and I thought it sounded interesting, so I went along with her to a few meetings. I did get to the point of making an 'authentic' costume out of a pink woollen blanket (don't ask), but when I discovered they liked camping in November I soon gave it up! I did learn one thing though - Vikings DIDN'T have horns on their helmets - a fact I recount to Mr R&B whenever there are Vikings on TV!

5. I am a Sci-Fi/Fantasy geek!
The Lord Of The Rings trilogy is one of my all-time favourites, along with classics like Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal. I was a huge Star Wars fan, but was so dissapointed with Episodes 1-3. TV wise, I've watched so many series from recent years. If it's got spaceships and aliens, I'll probably love it!

6. I used to live in a haunted house
When I was 15, my family lived in a rented maisonette that was part of a big Victorian house. My mum (who is slightly psychic anyway), my younger brother and I all experienced that 'not alone' feeling on several occasions. My brother also said he'd seen someone (not one of us and we had no visitors at the time) standing by his bed one morning. All I can say is there was definitely something else present in that place besides us!

7. I'm a vegetarian
I've been a veggie since I was 11, which is more than half my life now. I went veggie because I didn't like the thought of animals being killed for food and many animals were kept in terrible conditions at the time. Thankfully things have come a long way in the last few years and animal welfare is much better than it was, but nothing will convince me to go back to meat!

If you'd like to share more about yourself, feel free to award yourself the Stylish Blogger Award!