Friday, 28 October 2011

I can't believe I used to fit into these clothes!

My daughter Phoebe decided that it would be fun to have a dressing up day after she found some old clothes of mine that were lurking about in the garage from goodness knows when! We had a really good time digging through boxes and I was transported back to my earlier years, touching on long forgotten memories of days gone by.  I used to love getting dressed up and it was lovely when my daughter asked me if she could have the dresses that she had found. Quite honestly, I thought they were long gone. The dress she is wearing in the first picture is made from a gorgeous red silk fabric, that is as beautifully finished on the inside as it is outside. We took a couple of hats from my mannequins and she spent a couple of hours prancing about in the garden (poor thing was half frozen) so that I could take some pictures.  

Although this jacket is more eighties in style it goes well with the shirt and tie, and pencil skirt.

2011, this is how she dresses today ~ not a lot has changed ...........

Eighties look, she found an old pair of my sunnies which she has also added
to her collection. The dress in contrast is actually an original Mary Quant cross over dress from the sixties, made from crepe ~ very elegant. I always used to wear it on Christmas Day (I wish ....)

Her Princess Di look.

A touch of colour .........

Well, it's time for me to get myself off to work although I would
much rather continue playing about on Picnik.

Happy Friday ~ Haizi Daizi x


Monday, 24 October 2011

I've always wanted one of these .....

My heart's desire ........ A French bottle carrier, not as rusty as I would like it, but I'm not complaining.
 Purchased at Shepton a couple of weeks ago.

I couldn't resist this one either ~ comes complete with it's own family of spiders ....... Eek!

When I was in the States recently at a local swap meet, a seller had four of these lovely plant holders which are often used by florists or funeral parlours. Although mine isn't too big and the flowers are not quite as glamorous as they might be, it's in lovely condition and I look forward to finding a home for it somewhere, amongst the boxes and piles .........! My husband breathed a big sigh of relief when I told him that I nearly bought four of them and that he should count himself lucky I was only buying one this time.

This lovely cornishware jug which has a tiny nick on the side was an absolute
bargain at a £1.00, big smiles all round.

Another set of steps to add to my collection, they are really shabby
 and scruffy, just how I like them.

Sorry it's not very interesting ~ more to follow .......

Haizi D xx

Monday, 10 October 2011

A de-stressing time ~ Bobbins and Lace

As the last vestiges of the glorious sunny weather we've been enjoying draws to an end and the leaves on the trees have turned into a beautiful array of autumnal colours, I am reminded daily of how blessed I am to be able to enjoy so many simple things in life that not only give me pleasure but enable me to deal with the general ups and downs of daily living. Although I wasn’t surprised to read the latest health reports that made the headlines recently, about stress overtaking muscular skeletal disorders as the main cause of long-term sickness absence from work, it did make me reflect on how much of my time is spent at work during the course of a week. I’m lucky that I don’t generally suffer from feeling ‘stressed’ despite experiencing some very challenging and life changing events over the last few years. That is not to say that I don’t get times when I want to tear my hair out when I’m feeling under pressure and overwhelmed. I believe my love of collecting (well, I know it’s an obsession really) and having a tolerant family helps me enormously to maintain some sort of work/life balance. We are all affected by stress in different ways, and I’m a great believer that we should all try and have at least one fun thing to do whenever possible preferably on a daily basis.

Alongside my need to continue collecting and hoarding, my recipe for maintaining my own health and well being includes taking time out to spend quality time with my family and friends, to read, to daydream, and to just ‘be’.  One of favourite past-times is blogging and catching up on all the wonderful creative and talented people that fill me with inspiration and a desire to get on and do something. I love reading through all of the different blogs that show me what a talented world we live in. From knitting to crochet, embroidery to altered art, lace making, sewing and needlework, painting and decorating, revamping something old into something new, cooking and baking name it ~ it’s all scrumptious stuff..........! Mind you as a result, I have so many things on the go at the moment ~ I'm knitting, crocheting, sewing (nothing finished yet), and of course, tidying ~ lol!
I also feel the need to mention ‘withdrawal symptoms’ at this point and one of my most important tasks is to always make sure that I have a vintage fair, boot sale, flea market or a visit to local charity shops booked into my diary, so I have something to look forward to especially at the weekend. I know for myself I am obsessed, yes, there are no two ways about it, plain and simple I just can’t help it.  I’m currently studying the merits of collecting small vintage step ladders, yummy scrummy ............. oh, and some more linens and lace, maybe a few more wedding toppers, embroidered pillow cases ~ sigh .......... crocheted toys and I do so love a bit of coloured glass and anything rusty ~ bliss .........!
Based on the above format, I went to Shepton Mallet this weekend and although I did get a bit carried away (pictures to follow) ~ a jolly good time was had by all and my car was bursting at the seams ................!  Next weekend it's Malvern.

I was disappointed though when I watched Strictly in the evening that Vincent Simone my favourite dancer was the first to leave the competition, although I think his partner Edwina was a bit of a naff choice. Still someone had to get her I suppose (grumpy face).
SUNDAY EVENING: Bobbins and Lace:
Ages ago my mum gave me a big box of bits and pieces (she's is a retired dressmaker) and when I was rifling through it I came across some old wooden cotton reels that she always used for her ribbons and bindings. At Shepton I managed to buy some big bobbins from a lovely stall holder and thought they would look nice with some of my lace wrapped around them. I also bought an old wooden box which I've used for the background, along with a basket of lace and a doily or two.

A beautiful tapestry based on an old William Morris pattern made by my mum
years ago and a selection of vintage lace .......

The Nora Wellings sailor doll insisted on being in the picture
Voila! the finished result ......

Wishing everybody a joyful and happy week ~ HD xxxxx