Friday, 27 March 2015

Dressed like a bruise

Perhaps the title gives it away, but I've never been a huge fan of the colour purple on me, although I don't mind it on other people. I don't know why, just a preference I suppose. So in the years I've had this dress I haven't worn it very often, even though it's that classic 60's style I love. I think it cost me about $3 at Salvos. At least it's button front which might come in handy when breast feeding.

Outfit Details......

60's cotton shift dress - Op shopped @ Salvos
Polkadot belt - from another vintage frock
Navy enamel brooch - Etsy
Old bling brooch - Gift from my mum
Small enamel brooch & navy raffia bag - Op shopped
Tape measure bangles - from Tarras in New Zealand
Shoes & sunglasses - Retail

 The Captain and I wanted to say a big thank you for your kind words about our exciting news. 
We appreciated every comment so thank YOU! And to all those who came along just to read that post (and probably won't be reading this one!) I want to say hi to you too. Lets just hope I have enough vintage frockage to get me through the expanding belly months....afterall I do like having a wide selection to choose from!

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Surprise Like No Other

Some of you already know thanks to facebook, but there's been some things going on behind the scenes that have made it more difficult to blog at the moment. The main one being that we are having a baby! Yep that's right, something I thought was next to impossible, but turns out it happened after 20 years of marriage and living with a complex illness for 22 years. So although we were kind of attempting it, I was SO SO shocked that it actually happened, as I really truly felt our time for a family was over. God obviously had other ideas.

The happy shock has brought with it many emotions. Wrapping my mind around the idea that I'll actually be a mummy, which was a dream I'd been in the process of letting go of (due to my age and my health issues that are obviously chronic, which greatly increase the risk of infertility and miscarriage, plus the fact I can't stay off hormones for very long, which means my windows of fertility have been rather small). We had always hoped for one little one, but we waited and waited hoping my health would improve so we would know it was the "right" time. As it turns out that didn't happen. I knew it was now or never so to speak, especially after turning 40, but I didn't hold out much hope of it happening.

But it did! Our little one is doing well so far (YAY!), and pregnancy is fine really, but my M.E has been throwing all it can at me, as I had to come off all of my medications and treatments cold turkey. 10 all at once....OUCH. So it's been challenging to live day to day without those meds, some of which I've been on for 20 years. With M.E having similarities to other auto immune diseases the theory is that being pregnant often helps with these kinds of conditions, but so far the positives of the pregnancy hormones haven't outweighed the negatives of my illness now going untreated. But I am hopeful that now I'm past the first trimester things will improve, especially as I can go back on a couple of the more essential meds.

I haven't been op shopping as much as usual due to my body not behaving, requiring even more horizontal time, but in all honesty it's been hard to even post on here while keeping this secret. So I'm glad I don't have to hide anymore! I have no doubt life is going to change in a HUGE way, but I really don't want to write a "mummy" blog, so hopefully I'll still natter on about my treasures, finds and my frocks when I can.

So here's to 2015 being full of even more adventures then I expected, with the arrival of our miracle Little Bean in September.
I look forward to catching up with you and your blogs ASAP. Xx

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Retro to Deco Fair

I had intended on getting this post out on Friday, but with things being topsy turvy around here it didn't happen. Anyway this post is about Brisbane's very first Everything Deco to Retro Fair which is run by our blogging pal Celia of Kitty's Vintage Kitsch. It's great to have another vintage fair in Brisbane, as so many over the years seem to have disappeared. I have to admit I don't go to these things with an intention on buying things (I'm not much help to my seller mates!), I have so much already so it would have to be something really special or something really cheap for me to make a purchase. There was a wonderful range of collectibles for all tastes, and the Captain and I had fun checking it out with my bestie Miss J and her hubby. Being a hot summer day a cotton frock was in order, this one has a zip front and is from the 60's.

My favourite thing about vintage fairs is catching up and squeezing vintage loving friends.
It was a treat to meet Millie of The pin up life for the very first time in the flesh.

My best girl of 25+ years Miss J

And the lady of the weekend Miss Celia

I didn't take many pics of the fair itself but here are a few.....

Love the Captains happy face

And onto the outfit

Outfit Details....

60's Dress - Bought at the WAC
Fabric belt - Made by me
2 enamel flower brooches - Instagram sale
Deer brooch - Gifted by Queen Helga
Bakelite bangles - Ebay and op shopped
Button ring - Made by me
Beaded bag - Op shopped
Vintage Seiko watch - Garage sale
Shoes - Retail

Friday, 27 February 2015

Take me away

Hello dear blog friends! Although it's only been two weeks since I last blogged, it feels like much longer because we had been away for a couple of weeks at the beach for our summer holiday, so my posts at the time were scheduled. But since returning home I just didn't feel much like blogging with so many other things to catch up on, as well as being in a bit of a shaky patch with my neuro/immune illness. I find this time of year rather uninspiring vintage wardrobe wise, as it feels like summer has dragged on for eons, and I feel sick of wearing cotton dresses all the time! Plus the op shops I frequent haven't had much in the way of 60's and 70's clothing that I love, so I haven't visited them very much. 

But here is a 60's dress I found at a local market. It was originally huge on me, and not even a belt would solve that, but thanks to my new found passion for my Elna I knew I could tweak it to fit. This dress originally had vertical side stripe panels, so I cut those out (and made a belt), and sewed up the dress down each side. It's gone from a modern 18 to a 12, and I had to add some ric-rac for that extra flair. Green and orange is my all time favourite colour combination, so this dress was worth the effort. I teamed it with the little vintage sheet bolero I sewed free-style without a pattern.

 We adopted this little original 60's dolly from a Salvos store (who has been christened Paige)
She is quite photogenic in my opinion. I wish I had eyes like that!


Outfit Details.....

60's Dress - Market find
Vintage sheet bolero - Made by me
Orange enamel flower brooch - Gifted by one of my dear friends
Bakelite bangles - Ebay
Vintage tourist bracelet - Op shopped
Button ring and bird brooch - Made by me
Beaded bag - Op shopped
Shoes and sunglasses - Retail

Friday, 13 February 2015

HVT Wrap Dress

My darling Helga gave me this vintage wrap dress when we met for a play date last September. The print is fantastic featuring my favourite colour green. I took the hem up on the dress, but apart from that it's a nice adjustable fit being a wrap style. I'm not a fan of these pics, something about the light in the backyard, but I had to share this lovely frock with you.

Outfit Details....

Vintage dress - Gifted by Queen Helga
Button necklace - From the Way We Wear Fair some years ago
Enamel brooch - Etsy
Plastic ring - Op shopped
Chunky bracelet - Gifted by dear Tam
Beaded bag - Op shopped
Belt, shoes & sunglasses - Retail

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Spreading like the plague....the crafty bug

Here are some of my recent crafty endeavours....

Bird brooches using vintage wallpaper

A ring using buttons from my op shopped collections

Vintage tape measure brooch

More wooden bird brooches

I altered this dress from a size 20 down to a size 12 by cutting the side seams and sewing it back up, as well as adding ric-rac of course

Some glorious vintage wallpaper I found at Salvos

I made some brooches out of slide projector covers and fabric
As well as my first ever bunting from fabric off-cuts

And I dolled up my handmade bolero with some added ric-rac