Sunday, 21 July 2013

Let's Work




It's not just a whirl of drinking till the small hours, sleeping in the garden and swanning around the fleshpots of the Black Country, y'know, occasionally we have to go forth and work.



Today's venue was the rather grand Victorian Masonic Lodge in the centre of Wolverhampton and, for the first time in ages, we didn't have to erect our own pitch.


Set up, unpacked and raring to go by 9am meant plenty of time to demolish Jon's cheese sandwiches and hang out with our vintage family before the doors opened to the public at 10.


Here's my talented & beautiful friend, Kerry (who blogs HERE) with her Mum.


Having the lovely Yvonne's stall opposite us kept Jon very happy.


Dawn, the boss, did a splendid job in organising.


How amazing is Anna's dress? I want it!


I couldn't resist a snaffling 1960s maxi from Jules and Jules from the stall opposite us.


Our pal Nadine and her daughter.


I met Emma today, talented and gorgeous!


Artist Yvette's stall looked like she'd broken into my house and stolen the contents.


Mick, a fellow Goa-goer and friend we made car booting years ago popped in.


As did Liz (in a Kinky Melon dress) and Adrian.

My latest creation - I made yesterday from a 1970s pattern from Liz and a vintage pair of curtains from Annie

We're home, unpacked, the wine's open and we're waiting for a home delivery from the curry house then it's all stations go in preparation for next weekend's Indietracks where we'll be camping, trading and (hopefully) partying.

Hope you've had a fantastic weekend! I'll be over to catch up with all that's good in Blogland first thing in the morning.

Linking to Patti's Visible Monday.


72 comments:

  1. It looks like there is a lot of fantastic stuff there but you are quite clearly The STAR!

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  2. I'd have been in my element there, loads of great stuff, I see. I bet Mick could tell a few stories, I'd like to share a beer with him. Your latest curtain couture is a triumph, in fact I recognized they were curtains before you told us. Must have seen them sometime in my distant youth perhaps? Put your feet up and enjoy your Ruby. x

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  3. Love ya Sweetie *wink *wink till next time xxxxxxx

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  4. Oh your fairs look so good, lots of lovely stuff and great people, both sellers and punters. Of course you look super-glamorous - when don't you?! Love your latest curtain couture; like Fiona I thought the fabric looked rather familiar... Must be in our collective unconscious, those of us who had 1970s childhoods!
    Liz's dress is a beauty, Mick looks a cool dude, Kerry is stunning, Jon is always dapper, Anna's dress has me drooling, and I am looking forward to seeing the maxi you found.
    Enjoy your evening with your feet up, cos there's a busy week coming up, by the sounds of it! Love you! xxxxxx

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  5. That it what life should be all about. Enjoy it while you do a work you love.
    I shall have a cold beer on you, yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXx

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  6. geez, another cool location. I was checking out the carpet in the photos. I think I rented a house along time ago that had that carpet in the kitchen!

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  7. The fairs you all goes to makes me wanna come over ... Damned ! must i leave this country to find such lovely people and great fairs ?
    xxx

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  8. What a FUN looking show made possible by some fun people! Your booth looks cooler and cooler every time i see it.

    Awesome dress! SO 70s! You look beautiful as always, my hard working dear. :)

    xxx

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  9. looks like you had fun lots of great vintage stuff xxx

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  10. I really do enjoy seeing our fair highlights and hearing about your experiences. You and Jon keep yourselves so busy with it all, it's really it's really inspiring. I'm champing at the bit to get back to doing markers again. Hopefully by October things will of settled into some sort of new normal with a another baby and I'll just pop him in wrap on me all hippy like and be back at it with my market baby with me,

    I love the the newly made rock and the retro orange and browns and Jon is looking rather handsome might I just add. X

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  11. Looks like a fun place to be in :-)
    /www.madelein.se

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  12. It's a pleasure to vitally meet your vintage friends! They all seem to be positively charming. My weekend has been busy working about the garden in anticipation of a ladies' party I'm hosting this week. Oh how I wish you could come!

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  13. I knew I saw this pattern before! My friend has the same curtains (which are now your lovely dress!). I need to find places like this around here, in London everything is overly fancy and overly expensive... xxx

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  14. Your friend Mick looks like Iggy Pop :D

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  15. Always nice when someone else works on the erections! The sales look like so much fun and you guys look hawt as usual ♥

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  16. It looks like a great venue - wish I was closer. You look fantastic as always xx

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  17. I love peeking into your work place! (you'd find mind a roaring bore!) And your new dress looks fantastic, love it. Thanks for sharing with Vis Monday. xoxoxo

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  18. You latest creation made from vintage curtains is gorgeous. I'm so impressed that you whipped it up just a day before you wore it. Your work looks like play, but I know that it takes huge amounts of energy and preparation!

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  19. I'm sure I've seen that pair of curtains in op-shops here over the years, it looks strangely familiar, despite being transformed utterly, Scarlet O'Hara! I'm rather taken with that green dress too, although knowing me I'd commit sacrilege and hack it off to about 2 inches below the lady garden!

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  20. You maintain the perfect work-life-booze balance for sure!

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  21. Love the flower in your hair!

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  22. What an awesome maxi dress Vix! Seventies-tastic! And love your yellow hair flower. Your job looks like soooooo much fun! Fab location!

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  23. What a cool day, and Wowsers... you made that dress? Amazing! Dx

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  24. How amazing to spend time with talented people that have love for homemade, vintage and dressing up!
    And how lucky to spend your working hours with your love one doing the things you love. You have the best job in the world!!!!
    carinos,

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  25. I want a rock n roll cocktail!! and I know I would've made a beeline for Yvette's stall, so many wonderful things to explore! I love her insane and amazing art too! I guessed instantly that dress was a pair of curtians but it's jus too good to be left at home! I would've headed to the sweet stall with Jon too! Looks fabulous! xxxx

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  26. That sugar muffins stall looks great :D

    And I like the Kinky Melon dress your friend wore :D

    Sal xx

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  27. Nothing like the curtain outfit from Carol Burnett's version of Gone with the Wind!!! Did you ever see that? Still with the curtain rods in the shoulders; lol! You look smashing! xoxo

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  28. Working in such wonderful company, surrounded by so many lovely things, must make the day fly by. I'd go to the fair just to see you in your just-whipped-up maxi. I love that fabric! And I love the manly photo of the manly men.

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  29. O, feck, that new curtain couture frock is DIVOON! LOVE IT!!!
    O, we do know there's a teensy bit of work going on, but it's all in the BEST possible taste!!! You make work look like the best fun!
    Kerry is a babe, I just recently discovered her!
    All the goodies are terribly tempting....you, most of all!
    Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  30. Looks like such a blast and I LOVE you made that frock yourself:D

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  31. The dress is delicous...Lovely people you work with, the goodies are so tempting xxx

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  32. Well, I almost didn't want to read the post when the title said Let's Work. But your work looks like so much more fun than mine - both the work and the coming home and ordering curry!

    And I almost want that green typewriter.

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  33. Curtain couture rocks again! That frock is a masterpiece! Xx

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  34. You look so super tanned is that natural or St Moriz....if its St Moriz then it looks fab on you. This looks fabulous I would love to come along there must be so many little treasures. Yeah I will post my car boot sale items soon its just I have not got around to taking photos yet xx

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  35. YOu look like one big, happy vintage family.
    I love your new dress.

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  36. YOu look like one big, happy vintage family.
    I love your new dress.

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  37. So many stylish ladies. Love the fifties cocktail bar!

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  38. That dress is seriously wonderful and you look beautiful in it, so slender and stylish. I would never have looked at that fabric and thought 'dress!'. Clever girl. You seem to find the best patterns too. I missed out on a bagful at the booty yesterday and cursed myself.

    You look so happy with your vintage family. I love the pic of Jules and Jules having a cuppa. That's the British way! Let's see your maxi!

    Yvette's stall looks well and truly worth lingering over. That portrait of the Oriental lady is rather tasty. Mick the Goa-goer looks like he'd have a story or two. He and Jon look like partners in crime there. Liz always looks beautiful. Walsall sure produces some fine looking girls! Don't work too hard this week, lovely!! xxxxx

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  39. Looks like it was a great event. Your dress is gorgeous! I just love the colours x

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  40. Love that dress, methinks there was some very careful cutting had to be done with that fabric! looks lovely.

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  41. Your working days look a lot of fun, a nice way to earn a bit of dosh.

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  42. I love the wall plaque of a black woman wearing a tam o'shanter!

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  43. Wow Yvette's stall does look like your place, she's selling some heavenly gear, I love her black wall plaques and jewellery too. It sounds like the latest vintage market wasn't too stressful and you had some down-time to have a wee sniff around before trading started ... gotta love that perk! You know I love your curtain couture maxi and I'm in love with your spiky bangles! xoxoxo

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  44. wow! Annas dress is amazing! And your dress is fab as always! I'm really starting to want a maxi dress after seeing this now - better add it to the list!

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  45. Your wrist stash is getting more ad more amazing, love the neon additions!

    <3

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  46. You look glamourous as always!
    What a fantastic way to spend the weekdn :)
    Have a lovely week

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  47. Hi my dear! The vintage fair stalls all looked amazing and your dress is gorgeous! xxx

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  48. All of you dames look so fetching in your pretty dresses! Anna's dress is darling, and I would be in heaven shopping at Yvette's stall.

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  49. Ahh, I like the sound of your work! What a great venue too! This all looks like good fun to me and even the resting bit with wine + takeaway. I love that you always enjoy yourself Vix! xxx/Madison

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  50. You have all the best events your way! Must get to see you one day. Love the new dress ... You are like Scarlet O'Hara, remember the scene in Gone With The Wind where she has no money and has to use her thrifty vision and she has a dress made out of the curtains to impress Rhett? Minerva x

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  51. always delightful watching your fairs pics, so many fabulous stuff and people!, and it seems to be a great time!, you look gorgeous as usual, that dress you made is amazing!!, love the print, love your flower, love your attitude!!
    besos & work

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  52. Your latest dress is FANTASTIC!! I would swear it should have a swanky 60's designers name tag in it!!
    Oh I get so jealous seeing the wonderful sales in the UK--nothing like it locally. I'm swooning over that green maxi dress, too!!

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  53. Looks good! I think we had your dress in there former life as curtains! They look much better as a dress :0

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  54. Your latest creation is delicious looking! And I love all the gorgeous displays of vintage love on your friends and shoppers! Everyone looks lovely and individual and that makes for wonderful eye candy.

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  56. That looks like way too much fun to be work.
    Anna trippy dress is amazing as is your Curtain Couture ensemble.

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  57. What a stonking dress! You know what suits you, you look absolutely beautiful in it! xxx

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  58. What a lovely community to be part of. Everyone doing what they love and enjoy, so not a grumpy face or attitude problem in sight.
    I love your friend Mick's pose, i can imagine the tales you're able to trade about partying.
    Great to see so many gorgeous ladies of all proportions and ages looking positively stunning and radiant in vintage dresses. And us there an end up your curtain couture talent? Hope not.

    Read s tweet today which said every time you speed money, you're investing in the type if world you want to be part of. Love the world you invest in!

    Lucy x

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  59. Gosh, I remember buying a pattern and fabric to make a dress to wear in the evening. That was when a size 14 pattern made up to actually fit me! Now I'm one size above and another below - but the big problem is that I am lazy.

    Having said that I am wearing a dress I made last year from a Prima pattern I bought on ebay!

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  60. You know everyone! Love Ana's dress, it is incredible! x

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  61. How do you stay so busy and have time to look so good?!?!

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  62. Open those doors for me, dear Vix!!!! Your world is so colorful and nice that it´s quite intoxicating! And you get to work hard and dress amazingly every time! How do you do that? ;) your posts are like fresh reto air, dear! xoxo

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  63. I'm having market withdrawal symptoms at the moment. They seem to have hit a summer lull down here. I'm trying to get in on the Judy's Affordable action but I am procrastinating a bit cause the seller fee is £70 and I'm thinking what if there is a summer lull in trade as well? I've only heard good things about it though, other vintage/retro traders that do it say they take home a good profit and the footfall stated on Judy's website is undeniably impressive.
    There seems to be a well-established scene up your neck of the woods and that is really cool. Your vintage family members are awesome, I love both Anna & Kerry's fabulous frocks and Liz looks wonderful in her Kinky frock too :)
    Looks like you all had a fab day. I think you should start a Kinky sideline in curtain couture. When Jo and I had our day out we went to Traid in Dalston and perused their line of Traid Remade stuff, none of it holds a candle to your creations...xXx

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  64. What a fabulous venue, love the hanging baskets at the door. Very cool stalls inside too!! Oh you would look fab in that dress your friend was wearing, beautiful colours.

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  65. Nice!!!

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  66. I can't get over how clever and how quick you were in making that dress from curtains! It suits you beautifully Vix, as well as it should as it was made for you!
    Looks like a great market, hope you sold lots my dear.

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  67. Another fabulous curtain creation. I simply can't imagine anyone, ANYONE looking as jaw-droppingly wonderful as you do in a re-styled pair of curtains.
    Every time you post pics of the Vintage Fair stalls you and Jon have done, I spot something I wish I'd been there to snap up!

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  68. Vix you always dress to impress, the dress reminds me almost a little Orla Kiely – though yours is a true one of a kind! The green typewriter looks a beauty xxx

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  69. She works hard for the money, I know it always looks so fun but I know this is hard work. Your new creation is amazing and maybe you need to add a few of these to you stock room, original Vix Curtain Couture. It's gorgeous as are you and Jon!!! I can't wait to catch up with you honey. Liz and Adrian look hot as ever!
    xxoo Love you!
    Krista

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  70. Shit I think you need to come out with your own fashion label!Look at all that vintage eyecandy . Kerry's stall does look like your house.love all these prostis frocks.Vintage fairs look so fun.Jon looking so dapper.

    Besos

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