Friday, 25 February 2011

F...F...F...Friday


A quiet night in for us tonight - homemade pizzas, Fawlty Towers box set and a cup of tea. Wow, it's all rock n roll here!

70s zip up dress (£3.19, ebay), velvet hat (£1.99, ebay), belt (£1, charity shop), boots (about £20, ebay), silver metal ring (30p, jumble sale), ring with stone (about £1, joblot from ebay), flower ring (£3, Athene Noctua on Folksy), earrings (won in Vix's giveaway)

I don't think Mr R&B is too sure about my new look - he just said 'it's bad luck to wear hats indoors' this evening. I love hats, but I end up with a bit of an Ena Sharples look if I'm not careful!

 

Ham for Mr R&B, peppers for me. I even cut the ham and put it on the pizza myself (the horror!!!!)

Two jumble sale visits planned for tomorrow and possibly a car boot on Sunday, along with Baby Bird attending a birthday party. Honestly, he has a better social life than me! At some point I must also tidy up our bedroom and list some things on ebay.

Have a great weekend, whaever you're doing!

Monday, 21 February 2011

The Weekend's Spoils

This weekend I made it to a jumble sale and one of our local car boot sales. The jumble sale was pretty lacking for me - a few sad piles of M&S and similar cast offs, but Baby Bird did quite well as I found him a t-shirt, a teddy bear and a puzzle.

The boot sale was better - a Brora cardi for 50p, a vanity case for £2 and a 70s sewing book for £1. BB got some more clothes as well. I spotted a portable record player - then I spotted a guy picking it up and handing over his cash! How gutted was I? I've been looking for one for a while, but they always go for silly money on ebay. Never mind, perhaps the boot sale gods will smile on me another day.


Metal tray 15p, jumble sale. I love this style of decoration, reminds me of 17th Century Dutch still life paintings.

Vanity case £2 and book £1, boot sale. I'm on the look out for a pale green case like Jem's.

Inside the case. I guess it's 70s or 80s as it's in pretty good condition.

Brora cardi 50p, boot sale. I think I'll have to change the buttons
for something a bit more interesting, though!


I did take a picture of today's outfit, but I couldn't get the lighting to work, so I'm afraid there's nothing to show you! I will probably recreate the look at a later date if you really want to see it.

Friday, 18 February 2011

Back to Black

I don't wear black very often and definitely not solid black (well, not since my brief Goth period), but as a background for a bold print, it works pretty well.

80s Bickler wrap blouse (£3.71 ebay), 70s printed skirt (£11.83 ebay), earrings (from Vix),
necklace (about £1, joblot from ebay), twist ring
(from Vix), turquoise stone ring (same as necklace)

Boots (£15 reduced from £98, Office sale)

How does black feature in your wardrobe?

Thursday, 17 February 2011

My First Outfit post

Ok, let me be honest - I really don't like appearing in photos (maybe that's because I like to be the one holding the camera), so putting pictures of myself on here is a big step for me. Anyway, here's my first styling attempt!

70s dress (£2.19 ebay), belt (Freecycle), vintage tights (£1.59 ebay),
boots (Evans, about £40 3 years ago), earrings (£1 Claire's Accessories sale)

Silver metal ring (30p, jumble sale), grey stone ring (present from Vix),
Pure Turquoise nail polish (Barry M)

I think I'll probably shorten the dress as it's a bit long for my oompa-loompa proportions!

Monday, 14 February 2011

Quick Post

Just a quick post tonight - no jumble or car boots over the weekend, so no finds to share today sadly. I have won several things on ebay instead, so I'll share those when they arrive.

As mentioned, a piccie of Baby Bird in his stripy shirt.

Friday, 11 February 2011

TAG: Question Time

As you know, I don't share a lot of personal information on my blog, but part of my 'new' style of blogging is to be a bit less shy, so inspired by the talented (and beautiful) Sandy over at VainGlorySinner, I'm going to complete this questionnaire.

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM JOB?
I wanted to be a vet for about 4 years, then I saw a programme when I was about 8 that showed the ickier side and it put me off - I was also really scared of cows for some reason and I thought all vets looked after all animals (blame All Creatures Great and Small for that) so I knew I didn't want to do that! Then I decided fashion was for me and throughout school that was what I planned to do. I did start off at art college when I was 16, but I got completely bored of the course as it was too general. After that I did horse studies for a year as I thought I wanted to work with rescued horses, but that didn't work out either as I lost my nerve after a fall! Since then I've not really had any particular dreams career-wise, other than being able to earn some money doing something I enjoy. Haven't quite worked out what though!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FRAGRANCE FOR AUTUMN/WINTER AND SPRING/SUMMER?
Most commercial perfumes give me a bit of a headache as I have a really strong sense of smell (possibly because I'm like Mr Magoo without my contact lenses!), so I don't really wear perfume unless I'm going out with Mr R&B (which isn't often these days). If I do wear any, It's Armani Code for women, which he bought me for Christmas a couple of years ago. That said, I'm supposed to be doing a distance learning course in Perfume Blending, but I need to get myself in gear to actually study!

HOW DO YOU TAKE YOUR TEA/COFFEE?
I used to hate coffee, but then I discovered that real coffee doesn't come out of a glass jar and I was hooked! I don't drink it that often, but it's a nice treat when I can afford it. As for tea - well, I drink gallons of regular tea, but always with milk and no sugar. I'm also partial to a herbal tea now and again.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST IMPORTANT BEAUTY SECRET?
Smile!

IF YOU HAD AN ALL-EXPENSES PAID VACATION ANYWHERE - WHERE WOULD YOU GO?
That's quite a hard one as there's so many places I haven't been but would like to go to! I don't fly, so it would have to be somewhere you could get to using trains and boats. Australia and New Zealand go without saying, but I would absolutely love to do a tour of the Far East - particularly Borneo and Japan. I would love to see an Orangutan in it's natural habitat before they're extinct in the wild and I'm fascinated by Japanese culture, both ancient and modern.

IF A GENIE POPPED UP IN YOUR LAP RIGHT NOW AND OFFERED YOU THREE WISHES - WHAT WOULD THEY BE?
I'm supposed to say world peace and an end to poverty and hunger, aren't I? Actually, I'd think I'd just wish to be happy and have enough money to be comfortable. Also I'd wish that my family would all be happy and healthy too.

IF YOU COULD ONLY HAVE BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER OR DESSERT FOODS FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE - WHICH WOULD YOU PICK?
I think probably breakfast, because actually you can eat pretty much anything for breakfast, especially when you explore different cultures.

IF YOU WERE HELLO KITTY - WHAT COLOUR HAIR BOW WOULD YOU WEAR?
Sparkly sea-green, with some fake fur!

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST PET PEEVE WHEN IT COMES TO MAKEUP?
That I can't get away without cover up as my skin is bad, but everything I try makes me look like I've mixed up chip fat and brick dust, then applied it with a builder's trowel!

IF YOU COULD ONLY WEAR ONE PIECE OF JEWELLERY FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE - WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Well, that would have to be my wedding and engagement rings. I always wear them together, so I count them as one. Simples!

WHAT TALENT DO YOU WISH YOU HAD?
Sings 'I wish I could fly, right up to the sky..' for anyone that remembers Keith Harris and Orville The Duck. Actually, to be able to sing properly would be great. I think I sound ok to myself, but in reality I think I'm more like Phoebe from Friends - I sound amazing in my head, but horrible to everyone else!

WHICH PRODUCT WOULD YOU CONTINUE TO REPURCHASE?
I don't think I've found my must-have product yet, although I've bought Soap & Glory's Hand Food handcream and I-Foam shower cream several times.

IF YOU COULD LOOK INTO THE FUTURE, WOULD YOU? - WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW?
I would, but all I would want to know is that my loved ones would be safe and happy. I used to be very into Tarot and astrology, but as I've got older I've realised that you're in control of your own future and it's up to you how it works out.

WHO IS YOUR BIGGEST CELEBRITY CRUSH? - INCLUDE PICTURE
I'm not really one for celebrities (and I find the whole crush thing a bit cringy, to be honest), but I'm rather partial to the lovely Richard Armitage (hope Mr R&B doesn't read this!). My heart beats a little faster when he appears on the tv and he's done quite a bit of voice-over work recently, which has the same effect when I hear it!


WHAT MADE YOU START A BLOG?
Originally, it was jumping on a bandwagon as lots of crafters were doing it, but now it's evolved a bit more and I've 'met' some lovely and very interesting people through blogging that I would never have in real life. I think it's also broadened my mind as well.

I tag anyone who reads my blog, who'd like to share a bit more about themselves.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Presents and Makes

As promised, here are some photos of the lovely things Vix sent me last week. Although we've only known each other a short time, she's picked out a perfect selection for me, thank you darling!

Vix tells me the yellow beads are 60s, and the owl and paisley pendant were jumble finds. Mr Owl needs some minor reconstructive surgery as one of his eyes fell off in the parcel!


The brass hoops are from India and the colourful beaded earrings are 70s.


The brass bangle is 70s and the rings are from Vix's collection.

Way back in November, I set myself a challenge to be Creative Every Day for a week. This little shirt was one of the things I was making and I've finally finished it! I often find I get a burst of enthusiasm to make something but it takes me ages to get round to finishing it off. It's always something silly like the hem or buttons that gets left. Anyway, here it is. I'll try and take a picture of Baby Bird modelling tomorrow.


These cute little shoes are about to be sent off to Oxfordshire as they're a present for my friend's baby girl. Good job I made the 3-6 month size as she's 5 weeks old this week! The shoes are knitted in Rowan Fine Milk Cotton and the pattern is from Natural Nursery Knits by Erika Knight although I found it in Love Knitting For Baby. This isn't a sponsored post, by the way, just sharing where I found the pattern.

Monday, 7 February 2011

Rumble In The Jumble - Part Deux

As promised, the rest of Saturday's finds, all from the morning sale. Some of the finds will be going on ebay later today.

Handmade 70s dress, 20p.


70s/80s Paisley dress, 20p.


Handmade 60s? nightie, 20p.


Handmade 60s tie, 70s? John Lewis bag, 10p each.


Blue bead choker, shell necklace, metal ring, Dan Brown book, 30p each. Loved the other Dan Browns, especially Digital Fortress and Deception Point.

I've got lots of things that I want to post about for a change, but I'm going to space it out over a few days otherwise I'll end up not posting again for ages!

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Rumble In The Jumble

Most Fridays we receive the local free paper through our door - mostly just adverts for local businesses, cars, property yada, yada etc etc (good for lining the Guinea Pig cage, but not a lot else). However, for those in the know, there is a special, glorious half page know as 'What's On' - not Sherlock's friend (boom, boom) but the community events listings. If you look hard enough among the tea dances, toddler groups and whist drives, you'll often find that magic phrase 'JUMBLE SALE'! This week's paper turned up two of the beauties.

So off I trotted on Saturday morning - late of course, as Baby Bird was joining me in his occasional role as Chief Granny Distractor. I'm not naturally a very punctual person anyway, but it seems to take even longer with a baby! I had imagined a queue around the block, but there were more volunteers than customers, so I was able to browse in relative peace.

We were even later for the afternoon jumble (sleepy baby this time), and I initially thought there was nothing to be had as the textile table looked very bare. A little bit of rummaging on the book table turned up a vintage Ladybird book for 10p and then I was on a roll at the bric a brac stall.

I've shared some of the finds below, but the camera battery ran out, so I'll post the rest tomorrow.

Embroidered tablecloths, 60s towelling fabric, 50s? abstract remnant, all 10p each, morning sale.


Embroidery transfers, 10p for the lot, morning sale. The two at the top are from 'Woman' magazine with instructions on how to claim the transfer. A far cry from today's women's magazines!


Vintage Ladybird book, 10p, afternoon sale.


Clock, 20p, afternoon sale. Wierdly, I decided on Friday that I needed a kitchen clock and then I saw this one at the jumble.


Jewellery box, £3, afternoon sale. Will make a nice home for the jewellery lovely Vix sent me on Thursday (more on that tomorrow).


Picture, 50p, afternoon sale.

And finally-

Jumble Sale Massacre

The greatest number of old ladies to perish whilst fighting at a jumble sale is 98, at a Methodist Church Hall in Castleford, West Yorkshire on February 12th 1991. When the doors opened at 10.00am, the initial scramble to get in cost 16 lives, a further 25 being killed in a crush at the first table. A seven-way skirmish then broke out over a pinafore dress costing 10p which escalated into a full scale melee resulting in another 18 lives being lost. A pitched battle over a headscarf then ensued and quickly spread throughout the hall, claiming 39 old women. The jumble sale raised £5.28 for local boy scouts.

(Taken from http://www.whimsy.org.uk/urbanmyth.html)

You weren't anywhere near there, were you, Vix?!

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Back For Good (And Some Recent Finds)

Hi!

Did you miss me?

As you can see the blog's had a bit of a makeover and the format will now be slightly different. As well as crafts and baking, I'll also be throwing in a few style posts. I've always been a bit shy, but I may even show my face now and again as well!

Here we go with a few of my favourite recent buys:

70s/80s Eastex blouse 99p, 70s Dereta blouse 99p (both ebay)


60s Cotton zip dress £3.20 (ebay)


80s Arabella Pollen Jacket £1.49 (ebay)


The best find - a Scottish wool/mohair cape for £7 in the local hospice (expensive) charity shop.