Thursday, 25 July 2013

Busy Doing Nothing



I'm brilliant at distracting myself with silly side projects when there's serious work to be done. Take this week for example, I've made three dresses, gone charity shopping and visited a car boot sale when I should have been organising my Kinky Melon stock ready for trading at Indietracks festival this weekend.

This one's made from a vintage apron, a jumble sale 1960s curtain and some car booted braid.

Which meant that I was running around the house like a nutter before bed last night trying to get everything in order. 


The floor at silly o'clock this morning.


Poor Gilbert's groaning at the seams and we haven't even packed any food, booze or our clothes yet. 


Thank goodness we've got a trailer.


 In fact, I haven't a bastard clue what clothes I'm taking and we're meeting the gang in the pub in less than a hour. Oh well,  I'm sure it will all come together in the end (although last time we visited Indie-tracks we left our holdall on the bedroom floor and had to live in our travelling clothes for four days)


What do you think of my show girl waistcoat courtesy of the fabulous Skye? I love this 1970s maxi dress but the jersey bodice is backless and completely transparent (which I didn't realise until after Jon had taken a photo of me out in it last year) so it's ideal for sparing my blushes - not that I'm overly bothered about flashing my boobs but there's a time and a place for everything and Asda at 9am on a Thursday morning ain't it.


Skye's adorable son drew this picture in my honour as he loved my soldier curtain waistcoat so much. It's now pride of place on the fridge, the home of all great art work.

1970s gingham maxi (99p, Cancer UK), Madeira souvenir basket (£1.95, Acorns Hospice), Ganesh pendant (Krista-licious)

Right, better get a jog on, pack my bag and look presentable before I incur the wrath of Jon.

Have a fabulous weekend and see you very soon!



75 comments:

  1. Have a lovely weekend, I hope you do a roaring trade xxx
    I love the drawing of you in your soldier waistcoat, it's fab!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I know procrastination all too well. But, as you say, it all comes together in the end.
    Nothing like a groovy waistcoat to hide sheerness or ill-fitting bodices. Love this one, which reminds me of our Pakistani bags.
    You're being immortalized in art on nearly every continent!
    Have a great time trading at the Festival.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I had to laugh out loud with your comment of getting distracted with side projects when there's other work to be concentrating on. I suffer from the same affliction. But I pretty much work well under the pressure and pull it all together at the last minute. Which I am sure yo will do, with style.

    I absolutely adore that gingham maxi and would likely wear it to death if it were in my wardrobe. The solider curtain maxi is a absolute treat and it's no wonder you've reached the masses and little bus hearts to inspire such precious drawings.

    All the best with the remainder of your packing and the festival. X

    ReplyDelete
  4. Have lovely weekend and do hope you have lot´s of customers !

    xxx

    ReplyDelete
  5. I get tipsy just looking at youse- you are such a goddess. Hope you've got packed and are having fun.

    ReplyDelete
  6. The new dress is fantastic!! i adore the artwork--how sweet is that??

    Love the vest with the dress-the embroidery picks up the colors in the gingham.
    I'm sure the old gents at Asda were sad your covered up!!

    Hope you have an awesome time this weekend!!

    ReplyDelete
  7. That drawing is brilliant - he's got the eyelashes perfectly, and I love the detail of the camera, clever boy!
    You're such a spoilsport, Vix, fancy not wanting to flash the Asda shoppers. The waistcoat deals with that particular issue perfectly. The gingham maxi is one of my faves - weren't you wearing it the first time I came to Walsall, the time we met Bob in Wetherspoons?
    Your newly made dress is a beauty, you're a regular production line! All your stock looks so interesting, I want to rummage through it all. You'll get it all together, I'm sure, you and Jon are seasoned festival packers, so I have no worries on that score.
    Have a great time, sell loads, take pics, see you on the other side! xxxxxx

    ReplyDelete
  8. Have a wonderful time! See what you mean about the transparent top. (ahem) I expect you'd make the day of every male in Asda walking round like that! xxx

    ReplyDelete
  9. Have a fab weekend love...knock 'em bandy with yer wares. That drawing is brilliant, love him.
    Have a stonker and I'll see you very soon...yipeee!
    xxxxxx

    ReplyDelete
  10. Have a fabulous weekend my dear! Loving that pinafore dress you made, and the shots of your stock (the dresses the hats the shoes the bags...) are making me drool!

    ReplyDelete
  11. I swear when you guys are getting ready for a festival to sell your stuff I totally get envious not only do I want to have a good rummage through all your stuff but I want to come along and sell with you all day long! I know this is ass busting hard work but Vix you make it look so fun too! I love your stock and those leather bags have me weak in the knees along with that soldiers waistcoat. Good luck this weekend, I doubt you will need it.

    OMG I watched the last episode of Luther last night I want more now!
    LOVEYOUHONEYBUNNY!!!!!
    XXOO

    ReplyDelete
  12. good luck for the trading! I love your german/belgian dress!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Love that check maxi!!!

    Have a good weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Fantastic picture, I love the camera and the eyelashes, what a talented boy. I too am a terrible procrastinator, I'm doing it now..blogging when I should be completing a job application. Just read a hilarious story on BBC website of curb crawler fined in Walsall for soliciting. His excuse - she was only telling him where he could buy tomatoes! (Snort)
    Have a fab weekend and hope you sell loads.

    ReplyDelete
  15. hurrah for great self made dresses and thrifting activities!!, sometimes distracting ourselves is a fabulous art!!
    and wish you a great weekend, poor George seems full of delightful stuff!!
    besos & fabulousness

    ReplyDelete
  16. I'm sure you'll look amazing whatever you end up taking.

    ReplyDelete
  17. That's a cute dress. Very girly gingham.
    You get such bargains, here in Shropshire the prices are very much higher, I'm sure the people that run the charity shops here think they're running a branch of Harrods !!
    It's not uncommon to see things priced higher than you can get them new !!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Making 3 dresses ain't 'nothing' in my book, I'd call that impressive, not to mention shopping which is imperative...your store stock looks awesome (lame bags!) have a great time, hope you sell a bunch!

    ReplyDelete
  19. I love too your new handmade dress! *__*

    ReplyDelete
  20. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  21. PS: I need one of your clutch bags for a wedding this Saturday ;__;

    ReplyDelete
  22. Hope you have a busy weekend - that gingham dress is amazing.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Sorry last post (Paul) was from me.Sorry last post (Paul) was from me.

    ReplyDelete
  24. I do know that problem so well - but it will come together. Somehow. (Even if you have to borrow the forgotten tooth brushes :) The vest? Super fabulous!! xo

    ReplyDelete
  25. There's a time and place for everything -- You make me laugh! I'm sure you'll get it all together. Some people just work better with deadlines! And: Love the gingham.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Everything you wear comes together beaut!! and those adorable dresses are multiplying, your so talented Vix. Have fun at the festival ;) hope you sell loads Xx

    ReplyDelete
  27. look at all those sun hats and to think I had to go to asda for one, should have asked you first , have a great weekend xxx

    ReplyDelete
  28. Ah, you fecking foxy MINX! Looking perky and ready to ROCK!
    Love the new waistcoat, and the multi gingham is always a winner!
    Yeah, when there is something I HAVE to do, I can find all sorts of things to distract me...but, hey, frocks must take priority, and one can quell the creative muse when she's roused!!!
    Have a brillant time at Indie Tracks and sell up a storm!!!
    Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

    ReplyDelete
  29. Ah procrastination -- one of my favorite vices. Why is there always something so interesting on the 'net when I have, er, chores to do? You look foxy-fine - hope your weekend is v. happy and successful. xooxo

    ReplyDelete
  30. I love how you put that outfit together! You look so pretty and calm for all the things you have to do! I'm feeling lazy and guilty seeing how productive you are. The picture of gilbert cracked me up for some reason. Sell lots of booty!!! XXX

    ReplyDelete
  31. I loved tje green dress you made (I ready "liked " it on Facebook ;))

    Hope you have a good weekend and sell lots of goodies :D

    Sal xxx

    ReplyDelete
  32. Oh and btw you've got the busy doing nothing song stick in my head now haha ;P

    ReplyDelete
  33. Have a fab weekend - here's hoping for sunshine and plenty of sales :)

    I'm off camping too - beer festival nearby - am dancing and sampling - should be fun :)

    ReplyDelete
  34. Yep that's me! Things would get done so much quicker here if I stuck to one thing at a time lol I'm sure you'll be ready on time, you could do it with your eyes closed! Have a great weekend. ♥

    ReplyDelete
  35. have a good one! I love that solider waistcoat too. That pile of stock looks really tempting, I'd love a rummage. I'm sure the indie kids are going to love it all too. Your new dress is rather wonderful, such gorgeous fabric! How many more will you knock up? Loads I hope! xxxx

    ReplyDelete
  36. I LOVE that tiered gingham skirt - gingham just says summer to me and I love it so much. I also love your latest DIY frock - you really are on a roll with your sewing :D That picture is just adorable - awww... I hope you have a successful market:)

    ReplyDelete
  37. Have a great weekend! Like you, I can always find something else to be getting on with when there are important tasks to attend to! x

    ReplyDelete
  38. The vest looks exactly like it's found the perfect new home. Yay for a good adoption story!

    I didn't actually see the drawing before it was sent off, he'd bundled it into one of his envelopes (we have a big stack we got from the recycling centre, and he likes to put all sort of things in them) and sealed it before I had a chance to look. So I'm very pleased to see it now on it's new fridge door locale!

    Have an awesome weekend of trading, and may Gilbert be skinny as can be on his return.

    ReplyDelete
  39. hope you have a great weekend of trading! Love the dress, really cheerful :) x

    ReplyDelete
  40. I love the pic of Gilbert packed to the max.....I can just imagine you guys heading down the road, music blasting. Hope the trip home is much lighter. Good God woman...
    you are becoming a one man (woman) dress factory.....I am in awe of what you accomplish on a week!!!

    ReplyDelete
  41. OMG!!! I am in love with the dress you made, the gingham wonder and absolutely all the purses on the floor!!!! I'm sure everything will come together and you'll do a roaring trade!!!

    ReplyDelete
  42. I love that dress -- but the drawing takes the cake, especially with the XO's on the hem!

    ReplyDelete
  43. I'm an expert at distracting myself from the important things that need to be done with blogs, books, magazines, porch-sitting, etc. but never anything as productive as dress-making. I justify it by saying I work best under pressure. I'm sure everything will be ready to go when you are. Have a fun weekend with lots of sales!

    ReplyDelete
  44. the title of your post is the story of my life! you look fab in the gingham and of course i adore the soldier dress too. have a great weekend.

    ReplyDelete
  45. Always in total AWE of how much you're able to accomplish, Vix! It's just amazing!!!

    The new halter maxi is da bomb and you always look so cute in that gingham number; like how you styled it.

    So you've got your "racks, packs and stacks" (as I call my flea market gear) in place and are ready to blast off in Gilbert for another appearance of Kinky Melon on the road! Look out, fans! (Got two shows comin' up myself.) Have fun, party on and best of luck to ya! :)
    xxx

    ReplyDelete
  46. Holy arsebastard, amor, you are frickin amazing... I LOVE the green maxi more than life itself. The gingham maxi is one of my all time faves and I feel utterly ripped off that we don't get a good perve at yer tits, so I say a big NO to the waistcoat!

    Hope you make a motzah, drink yourself into a coma, make loads of new friends, find a new treasure or ten and have a FABULOUS time!

    Love you more than that AMAZING soldier waistcoat (seriously, how fucking incredible it is!),

    Sarah xxx

    ReplyDelete
  47. Aw! I love the drawing and I'm still in love with that soldier fabric. Delicious.

    ReplyDelete
  48. I hope you have a great time at Indietracks. I love that maxi dress and that waistcoat is fabulous. You'd make any show girl proud.

    ReplyDelete
  49. Your stock looks so tantalizing ... People will surely be all over it. I love your waistcoat and for once can say I have something similar to yours in my own closet! Have a great weekend.

    ReplyDelete
  50. Have a brilliant time at the festival, hope Gilbert makes it. Love the art work, such a clever boy

    ReplyDelete
  51. I'd love a good rummage through all that stock Vix, and as usual I'm lusting after your flowered bag and Gilbert. I love both your gorgeous dresses and the little waistcoat is perfect on you. The little drawing of you is so cute, you're obviously a bit of a muse to artists of all ages. I'm brilliant at procrastinating too but you seem to get a lot done whereas I seem to get nowhere fast! Have a great time at Indietracks, I'll look forward to hearing all about it. xx

    ReplyDelete
  52. Silly o'clock, lol! Wow, you do keep busy Vix, I must say ... but you always look stylish! Love the waistcoat! Hopefully all went well with your packing. xx/Madison

    ReplyDelete
  53. Blimey, poor Gilbert is busting at the seams. I'm worried you haven't left enough room for the booze.

    Love the new Kinky Melons creations, all of them. Never mind doing nothing, I don't know how you fit it all in. Ooh yes, I can see it's see-through. I echo Curtise: spoilsport! :)

    I know how super-organised you are so I am sure it all came together in the end. Your portrait is fantastic! So funny! Have a blast and make some dosh!! xxxxxxx

    ReplyDelete
  54. ooh I do love me some gingham, you look amazing! I had some nipple-age the other week, considering it was the school run and i have boobies i decided to be a little more aware, you are right, there is a time and a place - have the best time and i wish i was there to rummage x ps your pic is fabulous x

    ReplyDelete
  55. Hi my dear! Adore this gingham maxi and cute waistcoat, another adorable outfit! Have a fabulous weekend! xx

    ReplyDelete
  56. Oh you look so gorgeous....I love the waistcoat teamed with the maxi. SO you!!! And how divine is that orange frock in your stock, the things that pass through your hands must be incredible! I hope the weekend goes well. Xx

    ReplyDelete
  57. Wow, you look great! I always find myself being distracted too - but charity shop hunting and car boots sales are definitely worth the distraction! X

    ReplyDelete
  58. OOH there are some gorgeous goodies being packed up.
    Love that little waistcoat, perfect cover up to avoid a bit of a tit flash whilst shopping. ;)
    xx

    ReplyDelete
  59. Ahhh! I still love the soldier curtain waistcoat, and I love that a kiddo made a drawing of it because it's so great.

    Happy trading!

    ReplyDelete
  60. Looks like you have some great stuff to sell and your van is packed to the brim there hehehe!! Have fun!!!! xo Heather

    ReplyDelete
  61. Geniales imágenes!!
    Besos
    http://judithbysucre.blogspot.com.es

    ReplyDelete
  62. I, too, am famous for doing lots of "fun stuff" when I should be on task! LOL. I love the term silly o'clock! Hope all the weekend goes well for you. Love the sewing you've done.

    XOXO
    Lynn

    ReplyDelete
  63. At the end things do appear to get themselves in place!
    Gilbert is full of treasures and the drawing is so lovely.
    You got great boobs so shown them up darling!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  64. Those handmade dresses you make are wonderful.

    ReplyDelete
  65. You are one busy girl! No wonder you inspire artwork. Such a cute portrait! Speaking of cute....you in that gingham dress!

    ReplyDelete
  66. Love the gingham w/ black. I'm coveting the tooled leather goods I see in the pic. Hope you sell lots of stuff and have fun. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  67. oh gosh i love that gingham maxi it is so fabulous and haha i ´m like you i always distract myself when i would have to do something else;)
    wish you a great weekend!
    love and kiss,mary

    ReplyDelete
  68. I am a complete rat-bag for doing other things when I have important jobs that have to be done to!!!!! It's fun being a rat-bag though.
    The dresses you are making are just fabulous.....are you going to sale them at the market??????
    You can do it Gilbert.........he such a great wee work horse, with a tummy full of wonderful vintage treasures.
    Hope the weekend has been truly amazing.
    Love V

    ReplyDelete
  69. You are such an inspiration Vix, you pack more into your day than most ppl do in a month...Hope you sell loads a the festival xxx

    ReplyDelete
  70. Silly side projects always distract me too - to the detriment of actually blogging about them! Gotta love your handmade dresses; you always create something wonderful and original out of various vintage bit and bobs. That's why I've given your blog a mention in my vintage sewing pattern article in August's Vintage Life Magazine :-) xxx

    ReplyDelete
  71. Hope you had a fab weekend you look great x

    ReplyDelete
  72. Hi Vix!

    How are you doing? Busy i think?
    Hope everything went all right for you at the end-
    Looking good!

    ReplyDelete
  73. I absolutely love that you were writing this post as you were running out the door! You were right to be Busy Doing Nothing as you're a dab hand at this summer vintage market/festival malarky now and certainly deserve a good break from all the hard work that goes into such exhausting events. Yet you do it always looking so beautiful and fresh my lovely!! What a darling drawing of you and thank you for the pic of your soldier fabness once more ... in fact, you can pop that pic into every post randomly and I'll understand. ;) xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

    ReplyDelete
  74. Vixcita,
    Your an amazing dress making Mama! You got the skills and more amor. That soldier vest like dress is the best.Cute drawing of you. fab gingham dress.I'm the same I bullshit all day and wait until night time and run around like a chicken.

    besios

    ReplyDelete

Don't be shy, if you enjoyed your visit leave a comment, I can come and visit your blog if you do.
Love from Vix
xxx