Friday, 8 December 2017

Normal service will be resumed asap



Sometimes in life we have to step back for a while
Hide away, hibernate





Refresh ourselves



Normal service will be resumed asap 




Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Winter what’s on and what’s off



Oops !  I casted off to soon.


One thing I will not be casting off  is my winter clobber, it’s freezing up this hill.  
As my wandering welder husband likes to point out to everyone
 “well we are 1000 feet above sea level that’s why it’s so cold”.
Not sure about that, I would have thought that would have made us nearer the sun.
print by Rachel Grant


Then again if I stay in I won’t need my coat and hat and might even get round to some crafting again. It’s been empty desk syndrome for a while now.

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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Cost pair outing


I’ve definitely had a good £12 worth out of this M&S coat I picked up in the charity shop recently.
Here it’s worn with a dress made from a curtain that also came from a charity shop then upcycled by friend Val.


I’m wearing the coat with vintage St. Michael’s Boucle  scooter dress from the 70’s


It had another outing today teamed up with a frock that came as a freebie to me, a couple of lacy petticoats, opaque tights, a crotchet waistcoat and a pair of Fly London boots from last year.


The hat and scarf are charity shop finds as well.



I’m fed up with the cold weather already, aren’t you ?

Monday, 6 November 2017

In the blink of an eye


October came and went and I must have blinked I nearly missed it.


The nights are drawing in earlier and it’s fast approaching the silly season



I can feel I’m starting to hibernate away from the mayhem already


I’ve got this theory that if I get presents over and done with now, I’ll save myself weeks of thinking about it and wishing it was all over.  Yes I am one of those people who can’t stand the hype of it.


Anyway for now I’m getting snuggled up with a book friend Vix reviewed recently.  I read a sample few pages on a free kindle app and liked it enough to splash out on a hard copy.  I don’t do kindle reading only for samples, I much prefer to feel the structure of a book in my hand 

Link to Vix’s review 

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Auntie Gladys and the horses


I had to take my lovely 85 year old Auntie Gladys to hospital on Thursday for an operation to remove a cancer on her hand so I thought I better dress nicely, didn’t want to let her down.


Here she is a few summers ago sat in her garden in her best straw boater.  Well she regaled the doctors and nurses with her tales about her interest in the horses and how she liked a bet on a Saturday and how she follows certain stables and owners.

The local Chinese chippy man calls her Mrs Hobbs after one of the owners and often asks her for tips.

When they asked her how she was going to manage on her own cooking she told them she was quite able to throw a few peas in a pan.



As we came out of the recovery area I spotted this painting on the wall and pointed it out to the nurses and we all had a good giggle. Auntie Gladys said “How’m I goin to write me bet out now with this pot on me arm” and set us all off laughing again.


There’ll be lots of hospital visits over the coming months so I better get my outfits sorted for more high jinx’s with Auntie Gladys.  The nurses loved my clobber especially when I said it was a combination of vintage and charity shop finds and recycled curtains, sheets and pillowcases.



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Saturday, 28 October 2017

It's curtains for me again



Lovely talented friend Val has been at it again upcycling curtains into new outfits for me.



It was Val herself who spotted the potential for this curtain and quickly grabbed it knowing I’d love it.
The stripey top, scarf and waistcoat are charity shop finds.



The M&S blazer I found for £5 in Todmorden last year. 



Stitched wristband by the very talented and lovely Hens Teeth - Viv Sliwka.
www.hensteethart.com
The suspender brooch on my jacket is one of  Viv’s too.
She also holds some fantastic workshops

Silver bangles from Kendal based
http://www.carawaysilverjewellery.com/

There's a pinafore dress in the same material as well but I'm saving that for another day