Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Vintage fancy dress & why I never grew up to look like Keira Knightley

Don't know about you guys but I often find that my vintage journey goes in phases - I will find various "linked" items during a particular few vintage shopping trips & ebay/etsy/amazon trawling sessions.  The current "phase" is for vintage fancy dress.  Have an amazon purchase of a 20s fancy dress costume book winging its way to me from the States; a couple of vintage 30s fancy dress costume catalogues amongst recent finds; a 70s craft book bought recently has a great practical section on fancy dress making - scans of some of these below.  Amongst my photo collection is the above photo of my great grandmother, Granny Oakford, dressed as an old man in a village fancy dress parade, I would think in the 30s.  I was looking at this photo & another below (Granny O. is the little figure peeping out on the left) & got to thinking, so that's why I never grew up to look like Keira Knightley!  Those of you who read my blog will know I dream of looking like the divine KK stepping out of that fountain in Atonement with a figure & stature to suit the elegant, fluid shapes of 1930s fashions.  Ho hum!


Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Happy Vintage Valentines Day

I probably spent more than I should have done on this ebay purchase of a batch of vintage 30s Valentine cards from the USA.  But these two cards in particular led to my Paypal balance being yet further depleted.  I adore the little couple in their "crinoline" costumes in the first card; and in the second I think the figure on the right is probably a little girl (I understand these Valentine cards were produced for children to send to one another) & I just adored her hairstyle and jazzy edged bell bottom trouser suit.
Happy Valentine's Day x

Saturday, 11 February 2012

My snowy Valentine

More vintage Valentines coming soon ... just thought I would post this image of a heart being used as a sleigh for the sheer vintage fun of it ... and a photo of my little Chum for the sheer love of it!


Friday, 10 February 2012

Sand to snow in one week!

Who would have thought it?  We had barely shaken the sand from our shoes when my buying trip to Newark antiques fair was cancelled by the first snow fall.  Then more snow, and now even MORE.  That's me in the front in the blue scarf and mittens and my little dog running alongside when we went on our walk this morning - last night's snowfall is even deeper!  I have got quite a large ebay parcel run today, wonder if I can harness the dog to a small sleigh?

Posts have been thinner on the ground than the snow, have had a very busy ebay week (good) and a strangely unhappy little dog (bad).  It is our little Chum's adoptive birthday on the 13th of this month - we will have had him two years - and there are still times when we think he remembers and probably pines for his old life.  This week, there were two days when he wouldn't eat or play and seemed to be worrying about something; jumping out of his skin and staring at non-existent shadows.  He wouldn't even lie down & snuggle up in one of his many beds in the house.  Maybe the snow had triggered a memory?  (When we adopted him from the RSPCA it was after he had been found abandoned in that winter's snowy weather).  Anyway, all back to normal yesterday & today, thankfully, so I can stop fretting.  Last night I was even treated to the privilege of sharing the sofa with him so I could stroke his tummy while I watched the TV.

In spite of not going to Newark, have still found some good textiles on my more local stock searches.  In particular, lots of embroidered tray cloths & tablecloths.  Will pop some photos of these on this post later.  In the meantime, ebay packing, here I come!


Thursday, 2 February 2012

A little beach with my name on it ...

What bliss!  Just returned from a short escape to the sunshine and spent a few happy hours wriggling my toes in the sand and paddling in the gentle waves on this pretty little beach above.

Haven't been on a hotel & beach holiday for years as we have spent a lot of our time in France, but on impulse we booked a late deal to Spain and are so glad we went.

Seven whole days of an all inclusive break were just what we needed, and since we arrived home I am finding it extremely difficult to adjust to the fact that cava is no longer on tap.

Saving up for next trip already ....

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