Monday, 24 October 2011

Presence Of Mind & Presents


One of the two jumble sales we went to on Saturday charged 10p per item of clothing and when stuff's that cheap (and it's for a great cause) you can see the potential in everything. 


If you've only spent a few pence on something it's not scary to customise it, like this 1980s tee shirt which benefited from some scissor-happy DIY.

Fringed cat print tee shirt worn with 1970s C&A maxi (50p, car boot sale), 1960s wood love beads (20p, charity market), 1970s suede patchwork shopper (50p, Bridging The Gap charity shop), Denim waistcoat (had forever)

The Autumn's no friend to bloggers. It was only 4pm when we took these photos and it looks like midnight. I must try and get my act together sooner in the day.


I've had two exciting parcels from some wonderful bloggers recently:


The fabulous Louise sent me a leopard scarf, a Top Shop leather bag I'd admired on her blog, two pretty hair clips, an Indian anklet, a groovy Floozie make up bag, a stunning doll face compact, some beautiful ethnic earrings and a scary thriller.


The divine Dee-Dee sent me this beautifully packed box of goodies on Friday. It seemed almost a crime to rip them open.


An wonderfully kitsch orange plastic swizzle stand, retro sweeties, a frame worthy Trechnikov card, a Sara Moon poster, a huge plastic cocktail ring, a funky vintage shopper, vintage buttons...


...some of her own gorgeously packaged home made green tomato and apple chutney (can't wait to give that a go), 1980s wild spotty tights.....


and a 1970's Ronco Buttoneer which after watching the TV adverts as a kid always longed for and am so excited to finally own one.

Spoilt, me? Definitely! Thanks ladies, you are so thoughtful and have my taste down to a tee.


See you soon. 

68 comments:

Leticia said...

DAMN, Vix! I was away and i hate to miss your awesome looks. This one is kind of rocker hot! love the cats t-shirt and the bag. plus, you´re always surrounded by great inspiration, doll! much love. peace

http://lovelyboheme.blogspot.com/

The Brunette said...

wow that cat t-shirt is gorgeous and I love what you have done with it xx

Rose&Bird said...

There certainly is potential at that price! Those cats look a bit possesed - good for halloween!

Great presents as well x

heartshapedbruise. said...

You look bloody amazing :)

That cat tshirt is .. inspired! & 10p? What a bargain!? They might as well GIVE it away!

You've got some very generous blogger friends - you always seem to be getting various lovely things from them. Lucky thing :)

My favourite has to be those lovely vintage buttons. In fact, they'd be perfect for my friend - she's making button bouquets for her wedding in the summer (instead of flowers) & they fit the colour scheme perfectly! May have to get my bum on eBay & try & dig out some vintage buttons of my own to pass on to her :)

www.heart-shaped-bruise.blogspot.com

delia hornbook said...

awww thank you for sharing the package the photo's look lovely, im so glad you liked it all it gives me a warm feeling knowing it will all be loved and used. Im loving your outfit you really know what suits you and to cut the t-shirt is a fab idea. The clocks go back an hour on saturday night so it will be even darker in the evenings ;-( Have a lovely week, dee xxx

wardrobeexperience said...

what a kittykat-tee... love it. it reminds me on my big cats-allover bag. i have to wear it again!

http://wardrobexperience.blogspot.com

jules said...

those sweets. THOSE SWEETS! Kids don't know how to live these days! I love Dib Dab when I was a kid! :p

And I love the fringed effect you gave the tee. And great goodies you got in the post, too!
Jules
http://andsuddenlyisee.wordpress.com

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

You've definitely got the customising magic these days - you're on a roll. The cat T doesn't know what hit it! And you deserve all your lovely goodies xxx

Eeek said...

T shirt is so much nicer with the fringing!!! And for 10p Whay Hey!!!

LUCEWOMAN said...

Your look is always unique, but more so with the customized pieces.
You seem to be on a roll with your creativity.
I'm glad you've had some parcel love returned to you, and what brilliantly inspired gifts.
I challenge you to model an outfit head to toe that cost under a fiver, shoes, accessories and all!

DeniseAngela said...

such beautiful & thoughful gifts from friends! The wrapping & homemade chutney is just as beautiful to look at. Your tee is a fab idea!

Anita said...

What lovely gifts you've received! I especially love the orange swivel stand; my fave color! I remember those buttoner commercials as well; you'll have to let me know if it lives up to all of the hype.
xo, Anita

trashsparkle said...

wow - two parcels of lovely goodies; there's an awesomeness of patterns between them both. love the swizzle display thingie; perfect for the sweets.

great t-shirt customise! x

Mum said...

Fantastic way of wearing an old T-shirt. I'm now thinking of raiding hubby's drawers. I must keep an eye open for a denim waistcoat - I keep admiring yours and it seems to 'go' with all sorts.
Love from Mum
xx

Louise said...

Well darling Vix you are such a lovely person you deserve all of those goodies. I'm so glad you're happy with your bits.

I would never have thought of doing that with the t-shirt. How does your mind work? Inspired.

Xx

señora Allnut said...

whouu, love how you customize t-shirts, and this one rocks!
And so magnificent goodies in so pretty parcels!, I'm loving the buttons!
besos

Jen said...

OH!!! I LOVE the kitty t-shirt... although I do feel sorry for those shredded kittens at the bottom! Looks great with the denim waistcoat. x

Helga! said...

OMG I am so often blown away by your making something I would NEVER have considered worthy MORE than totally worthy!!That cat T is now FANTASTIC! So simple,but SO clever! You look quite the lucious bohmeian princess!
Yay for being spoilt!What darlings those ladies are!Treats for the sweet,I say!
Love you to BITS!
helga xxxXXXxxx

Ivy Black said...

That's brilliant, that t-shirt. I love it.
Wonderful pressies from wonderful ladies...I actually squeaked when I saw the Sara Moon poster. I had one on my wall when I was younger. She is responsible for my drawing faces with huge eyes!
Have a fab week. xxx

Make Do Style said...

Feeling guity that I haven't got to the post box yet! Love your 80s outfit from previous post & shredded cat tee is a gem! Xx

Please may I? said...

Such a lucky lady! Great parcels to receive, what wonderful people. that t shirt looks fab, reminds me of many a one I had as a youth.

You must let me know where the best jumble sales are to visit as I would love to have a go at the fur collar you made. The charity shops are all so expensive!

X x

Alice said...

As a fellow cat lady, I am completely smitten with the tee. I’ve been trying to spot a Russian Blue, I think there’s one lurking on there somewhere! xxx

p.s Thank you for taking the time to read my last post, your advice is always appreciated.

Little Blue Mouse said...

I love what you've done with the tee shirt, but oh how jealous I am of your jumble sales!

Such lovely parcels to receive; I've still got a Buttoneer somewhere.

Jennifer Fabulous said...

LOVE what you did to that adorable cat shirt. It looks so much more cooler now and I agree, more special now that you put your own stamp on it. ;)

Monday Receptionist said...

I'm SO envious of all your jumble sales, I'm eternally searching for them locally here in Leeds but to no avail. Love the cat tee & if you do make some velvet leggings, I would love to see a tutorial so I can line Phillip Greens pockets no more!x

Amila said...

Oh hello, I'm here first time, and I already can say I love this.
Love vintage and all this you have and you get.
I'll be here soon again, cause I like your blog a lot!!!

mirrorandmoon said...

That is such a cool outfit, you have a lovely style, i especially love the cat tee. That sale sounds so fun too

xx

mirrorandmoon.blogspot.com

Llara is the Little Scribbler said...

Oh Vix, this t-shirt made me laugh! In the best possible way. Trust you to rock up something most of us wouldn't look twice at! x

Tanvi said...

You really do have some great blogging buddies! :) Loving the fringe tee look!!!


♡ from © tanvii.com

Sophie said...

You really do have the best blogging buddies. How lovely to recieve all this in the post! Lucky lady! Loving the bit of DIY!
Sophie
x

Krista said...

Hi Sweetie! I love the crazy shredded cat shirt and even your kitty made an appearance! MEOW! Your green shadow and nails look fanfriggintastic! I love all your yummy presents especially that black and silver leather bag, so you so hot!!!! See we all love you so very much!!!!!

I can't believe how dark it is at 4 but just so you know it's been warmer at your place than mine....but I know the cold is a coming!

Love you!!!!

Veshoevius said...

Love the customised kitty tee! I'm dreading when they turn the clocks back - I won't be able to take photos period.

Shewearscrazywell said...

While you sleep tonight...I'm carefully removing that t-shirt from your dresser! It is requiring me to teleport back and forth...so its trickier than it sounds! LOVE your look. Hearts, Janna Lynn

La Dama said...

Vixcita,
adorable cat shredded t shirt! so a la hippy would look great with your fringed waist coat. you deserve all the gifts and mas amor. your always so generously sweet. love your prosti make up.shit locks!!I know its getting darker earlier.
besos

Collette Osuna said...

Awesome fringe top...and lucky you with some awesome gifts:) ROCK ON!

Enter my Shabby Apple Fab Frock Giveaway!!

Love Sushi and Fashion said...

I so love your tee! <3<3

Mimi and Tilly said...

Your t-shirt looks fantastic and your parcels of goodies are gorge. I just wondered what the buttoneer was? I haven't come across that before. Em x

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

OMG! Sara Moon - I had 3 of them in my lounge, all bought as engagement gifts from woolies! I used to gaze at them and wish I was as beautiful as they were! What a waste of wishes! lol! x

lady liquor vintage. said...

awww, your little gifts look wonderful! lucky you. & that cat tee is ahhhhmaaaazing! need need need!

xoxo.

Kezzie said...

I love the cat tee! Excellent job with the customising- I had a fringed t-shirt in the 80's!!!!

Nelly said...

Everyone loves you thats why your so spoilt Love what you did to that shirt xx

Miss Claire said...

That's crazy cheap! I love what you did to the kitty t-shirt, it looks as though a cats claws could have done the same job :)

You are a lucky girl! Xoxox

Sabina said...

The kitty tee is brilliant. And I love how you gave it some fringe effects!

Cool vintage swag too!

Misfits Vintage said...

That tshirt is spectacular - the shredded/fringed effect is perfect! Those parcels are fab - I especially love the silver anket (so you!) and the crocheted shopping bag. It's only fair, considering that you are the parcel queen!

Sarah xxx

pinktutu72 said...

Ha I would have never thought to do that with a tshirt! Brilliant :)
Such lovely gifts too.
Karlene

noura. said...

i LOVE this

Vintage Coconut said...

Wow great price for clothing!
I am liking your makeover to the t shirt.

And WOWWWW what awsome gifts you got. My gosh spoiled spoiled! *hehe*

Trees said...

I am loving the way you customised that tee shirt, it looks just fab on you too. Also WOW you recieved some amazing stuff in the mail - mail makes me so happy!

dinoprincesschar said...

i love the cat top - a great use of the scissors! :)
and i can't wait to see those polka dot tights in the flesh! :)

Kelly said...

That cat tee is amazing Vix, good DIY job. The nights are drawing in quick aren't they! I've been trying to do more videos but my house is just too dark and with the lights on I look very strange.
Lucky you with some gorgeous parcels in the post, can't wait to see the Topshop bag in action, it's lovely.
xxx

A Woman Of No Importance said...

A fabulous day's work again, dahlink! That customization of the cats T is very nice. And, a Ronco Buttoneer, good luck with it! I remember I had the tiny sewing machine once - I've never recovered! ;)

What wonderful generosity exists amongst your friends - How lovely that you know each other's tastes so well, although I sometimes wonder how difficult it must be to part with some of the fab finds!

Much love, have a great day, although it's still very dark up here, doesn't even seem to be morning yet! Fhi x

Kitty said...

Enough goodies to keep you busy for a while there young lady! I like the look of those sweets, yum.xx.

Maya said...

wow that cat tshirt is so perfect! Truly a catch!
I really like your bag too =^.^=

Fun goodies! That's nice of you to post the pictures =) sherrrberrrt

Style Sud-Est said...

Hi Vix, miss a few posts again! great stuff you have there, love the laced red and black boots, wow! I prefer you with black hair, but thank you for having the guts to show us you as a blond!

I am on sick leave for 1 month, acute shoulder tendinitis, so will have lots of time to read you all!

Will be posting soon my pics from NY!

Lots of love - Ariane xxxx

Perdita said...

LOVE the scary-cat-lady-t-shirt, the fringing transforms it from somewhat insane to utter genius (isn't that what they say about madness and genius anyway? A fringe is just the fine line between the two). LOVE IT.

Amy said...

Wow, I’m going to look at charity shop clothes in a whole new light now.
I’m a funny shape so I don’t often find things I like and that fit, but if I started customising then I’d open up my options.

Thanks for the tips on Lush the other day, I will defo try shampoo bars.
x

viviane / hippiebohoreloaded. said...

really a great diy shirt, my dear!
xx viviane
hippiebohoreloaded.

Sangu said...

I HATE how early it gets dark now! It's barely four and I already feel like I need to turn a light on. Grr. But you look very rock-chick and cool, so that cheers me up xxx

The Attic People said...

Good job on the tee! What a lovely package of suprises how exciting :)

pastcaring said...

Clever Vix! That t-shirt looks a million times better after your scissor treatment. I note Stephen Squirrel is hightailing it out of shot in case you get any ideas about coming for him with the scissors!
Lovely pressies, which of course you totally deserve, because you are such a kind and generous gift-giver yourself - instant karma, my lovely friend!! xxxxxxxxx

SabinePsynopsis said...

Hotty! I'm always scissor happy with my t-shirts, too. I think they just need it. xo

Mary Lou said...

this kitty shirt is so gorgous i really love it!!! and how beautiful your goodies were packed, its really a crime to rip them open;)
love and kiss,mary

Sarcastic Bastard said...

Love the cat t-shirt.

Rachel - Firebird said...

ha ha ha I love that t shirt!

Strawberry Freckleface said...

I love you I love you I LOOOOOVE YOU!!! You're way too cool.

Comtesse de ferveur said...

The cat t-shirt........... pure AMAZING xxx

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

I remember those kitty t-shirts and I love the DIY you've done on this one - it looks absolutely fantastic! You deserve to be spoilt because you a one fecking amazing woman who can always rock the shit out of a 10p jumble sale find!! xoxoxoxoxox

Serendipity Handmade said...

OMG -- I miss my Sara Moon poster! I had that exact one. Thanks for bringing that memory back!