Saturday, 26 July 2014

Hem Raiser

I picked up a couple of cute dresses in the Cancer Resarch shop recently, they are identical in shape but with different patterns, beautifully handmade, but a little too long for my liking. So I decided to raise the hem by a few inches, I wacked a bit off and sewed it up only I think I took a bit too much off! A few inches had turned into more like 20! Whoops! I won't be bending down to pick anything up in this dress! I've yet to take the second dress up, think I'll be measuring a little move carefully!

Hope you're all enjoying a lovely weekend xxxx

Monday, 21 July 2014

Skip dived Stools

I've been off work for a weeks holidays and been enjoying lie ins, walks on the beach, trips on my bike, having picnics, updating my Etsy shop, working on a few crafty projects and generally just pottering about, it's been great! During my week off I had time to clean up and change the fabric on two stools I skip dived from the skip round the corner. I choose my favourite fabric, which began life as a bedspread, it's fast running out now but it's been used to cover a lampshade, make some cushions, and now cover these stools, I love the bright colours and pattern. Once I covered the stools the other chairs were begging for a little makeover too.

Have a great week everyone! xxx

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

The joys of skip diving

The house around the corner has a skip.......UH OH!
Half the stuff in said skip should not be in the skip. I felt it my duty to 'rescue' a couple of things before they end up in the dump. So far I've rescued a little black vanity case from the 1960s which I gave to my friend, two stools for our living room which I cleaned up and given a little makeover (I'll show you next time) a bag full of records and some pretty tea cups. The joy of skip diving! I think you'll agree these deserved a second chance....

 Off to watch Fill your house for free Like I need any incouragement!

Have you ever found anything good in a skip?
Hope you're all having a good week xxx

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Granville Car bootie Lootie

Last month we took a little trip to the Granville car boot sale, the last time we'd been was back in 2012 eh? what happened last year? can't believe we didn't go in 2013! The boot sale happens every third Saturday, check out this list for lots of other boot sales in Northern Ireland. There's always a huge crowd and a lot of stalls and you'll be sure to come away with something or things that you completely didn't need......And that's excatly what happened to me! I was being relatively constrained and kept the purse strings tightened for a bit, until I bought one thing, then the wheels came off and I bought all round me! Must have been the country air, all the methane went to my head, I bought a vase, not one but two clocks, an American Tourister travel bag, a handbag, a tin and a deer ornament, oh I nearly forgot a children's book about cats, quite a car bootie lootie but not bad for a total expenditure of twenty quid.
This guy again, happy to pose for a photo!

Loving car boot season! (A little too much maybe!)

Hope you're having a great weekend, I'm off on a week holidays! Sweet

Thursday, 10 July 2014

There's always an alternative

So it's that time of year again . Traditional in Protestant areas bonfires are built and lit on the 11th of July. A LOT of pallets are used to build these bonfires but there's always an alternative if you choose to see things from a differnent outlook. Two pallets that I found out the back of work escaped a firey end by coming home with me. The big lad removed a couple of the slats and with some leftover paint I added a bit of colour. Filled with soil and some colourful plants and we now have a  raised flower bed. I love how this turned out, I have plans, just need a few more pallets..... it's annoying me everytime I go past a bonfire I just want to rescue a few more!

Check out Pinterest for loads more ideas with pallets! Inspired!
Hope you're all having a great week xxxx

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Off with the collar and cuffs

This was the post I had lined up before one cycle trip, a coffee and a cat took precedence, hey sometimes life gets in the way of blogging!
One day a while ago I got an email from a blog friend Mel she was in Belfast for the day and had a surprise parcel for me. I arrived home to find a parcel on the doorstep inside the brightest yellow 1970's dress and a note from Mel saying that she thought this dress was made for me! Mel was right I love this dress, the shape and colour are perfect and I love the checked fabric detail however I had issues with the collar. Maybe it's because I have short hair but the collars did not look right on me. So after altering the dress to fit my size I decided to remove the collar and cuffs, and I love it even more now and feel much more comfortable wearing it! Thank you so much Mel for this gorgeous dress! It will be loved and worn forever more and that's the joy of vintage!

On the subject of vintage fashion, Channel 4's programme This Old Thing hosted by Dawn O'Porter, all you vintage fashion lovers are you watching? Dawn's wardrobe for the show is divine I can't argue with that but  I would have liked to see some real life vintage wearing people like Vix or Curtise grace the screens, maybe next time channel 4 you'll feature vintage lovers not haters.

Have a great week everyone xxxx

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Coffee and a cat

Gorgeous sunny day in NI, ok there's a dark cloud looming but who cares! I've cycled to Comber along the greenway and am currently blogging from the monument in the square beside a black cat I've befriended, I've named him Gillespie after the monument. We're just chilling out, he's cleaning his bum and I'm sipping a cappucino. 
I could sit here all day. Watching this cat. But he's just ran off so I'll be on my way when I've finished my drink and my blog.
Have a lovely Saturday everyone! Xxxxxx