Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Green's A Beautiful Colour, Ain't It?



...said the bloke with a scorpion tattooed on his face swigging a can of Special Brew as I walked past the law courts at 10am this morning.


I waited for a punchline but none came so I simply nodded in agreement and carried on my merry way, later attracting the attentions of a photographer intent on capturing my every move and a man trying to sell me designer perfume from the depths of his grubby Tesco carrier bag. Never a dull moment.


I'd only planned to pop into town for a square of felt (watch this space, I have a plan) but as it was Wednesday it seemed a crime not to have a gander at the weekly flea market at the same time.


I was pretty restrained. 


This hand-carved West German dog has jointed ears and a mad expression. Perfect as a desk tidy.


These 1950s plastic curtains were too bizarre to leave behind. Wouldn't they make a great rain cape?


It was love at first sight when I spotted this 1960s Boots print, Gail by Louis Shabner.
At only £8 it's hard to believe anyone else hadn't snapped her up already.


She'll fit in a treat with the rest of the harem in the lounge ( if I can find any more wall space).


Here's Stephen Squirrel, the cat behind our sleepless Sunday night. If you think cats are languid, elegant creatures you've never met him. He eats scraps meant for birds & foxes, gallops around the garden like a horse and trips up over his own feet. Last weekend he misjudged a wall and banged his neck. He's on antibiotics for an inflamed throat and is a lot more cheerful, but the bump means that he's (temporarily, I hope) lost his voice and for a cat incapable of doing anything without meowing to himself it's eerily quiet round here. 

Psychedelic maxi by Jeannie (Georgia May's Vintage Wardrobe), Handkerchief caftan (Made by me using a pattern from Tamera, details HERE), Tribal pendant (Edie Pop)
Whitechapel's on later, we've Rum & coke chilling and to top things off one of my friends has just called round with a bulging suitcase stuffed with 1970s clothes found in his Dad's loft, who says Wednesdays are dull?

See you soon.

86 comments:

  1. You are an emerald jewel in green.

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  2. Green is a lovely color and I'm wearing it right now! I adore this maxi and that top is killer why I think Cristi should make me one :) I must say that I think this Shabner print is the coolest one I have seen yet! She will make the other girls jealous!

    I had no idea your kitty got hurt, I'm so sorry, I hope she feels better soon and I'm sure by the looks of it she is getting spoiled!

    What's in the suitcase??!?!!?!? Why does that never happen to me :( Can't wait to hear about what's in it tomorrow!

    LOVEYOULONGTIME!!!!!! XXOOXXOO

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  3. That print was such a great find, you would never find one for £8 in London! You look lovely in green, I just love this outfit on you xx

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  4. Sounds like a perfect day! Your outfit is divine. I hope Mr Sqirrel finds his voice soon. xxx

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  5. Well its funny coz I am looking my half painted sideboard in guess what??? GREEN! and wondering if it really is. I had a vision but I am buggered if I can remember it now. I keep saying it will be fine and won't make me sick looking at it. I hope...... watch this space.

    That top is a lovely colour and you look fab in it too. Ahh nothing like a can of the hard stuff outside the Courts on a Wednesday morning;0)

    Loving the picture she is a stunner and will look wonderful in your harem. Love the dog too so cute!

    Oooo suitcase full of clothes. Hope we get a peek at your pickings.

    No Wednesday's are not always dull for sure. Have a rum and coke for me too!


    P x

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  6. Thayt green is killer on you!! i love it with the gorgeous maxi!!
    I'm loling at the comments made whilst you were going to town!!
    The new addition to the harem is just gorgeous!! and those curtains certainly will make a fetching festival raincoat!!

    Poor Stephen Squirrel--here's hoping he has a quick recovery!!

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  7. I green draped goddess you are indeed !
    Green is one of my favs , and a pretty backdrop going on there too.
    Love the Boots pic ,she has facial features slightly reminiscence of Audrey Hepburn . Love the essence.

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  8. Gail bears a passing resemblance to Liz Taylor. Lovely find. I also like the sparkly silver bag.
    I hope Stephen feels better. I understand wild kitties. My Lucy races around the house like a mad thing, and she is supposed to be middle aged in cat years.

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  9. Fab top and what a great colour on you! Walsall certainly has some characters, doesn't it? The mind boggles at plastic window curtains, but I'm sure you'll find something clever to do with them! Poor Stephen - he sounds like one in a million!

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  10. YOU- are a beautiful color. Doesn't seem to matter WHAT you wear, you look lovely in it- true blue really. Love your scores and the way you decorate. LOVE it! It reflects the fun loving spirit I imagine you to possess. Rock on, Vix.

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  11. Green is lovely!! Those curtains are fantastic!

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  12. Its true everything you wear you look great in , although the brighter the better, forgot what the characters were like in walsall remembering a few now when i worked there for two years ,glad the cats on the mend you might be able to get some sleep now ,xxx

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  13. Kisses to Stephen Squirrel.
    Green is a beautiful colour, yes it is.
    I love that tribal pendant.
    Looking forward to felt plan - can we all join in? :)

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  14. Your finds are always epic. I love that artwork. She is so beautiful. You truly have a great collection of ladies.

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  15. Oh how i love that green ensemble! So pretty!
    Xxx

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  16. I love your new dusky lady, though I'm not seeing her as Audrey Hepburn or Liz Taylor -- I reckon she's The Shrimp! Tell me I'm wrong: http://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=jean%20shrimpton&rs=ac&len=6

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  17. your Wednesday is pretty impressive! were you spooked at the photographer? I love the plastic curtains, excellent idea to make them into a rain cape and the lady painting is beautiful (I think she looks like Sophia Loren)I'm glad Stephen Squirrel is feeling better and you are beautiful in your gorgeous gorgeous outfit x x

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  18. Que bonita blusa!!!!
    Besos
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  19. Scorpion guy was right!

    I'm lusting after those plastic drapes (okay, I know I sounds odd!), and you're right about making a cape with them. But if you had enough, wouldn't it be great to make a tent or awning for Gilbert out of them?

    Beautiful picture too, I love those exotic women prints. A local shop has got a stunning one in there for display, but wouldn't sell it to me. Boo! xxx

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  20. Very glad that Stephen Squirrel is on the mend, he sounds a real character. We used to have a boy cat who was a similar klutz and always getting into trouble, from falling into fires to getting a wire coat hanger stuck in his mouth! Well they do have 9 lives luckily so at least you can rest assured that adorable SS has got lots more to live yet!
    That green cape you made for yourself is fabulous, dear Vix, as is the incredible necklace. Green suits you beautifully. Have a lovely Wednesday eve!

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  21. The curtains are strange , ive had a craving for fibreglass ones with big sunflowers like my mum had in the 60s. I will keep on hunting..lol

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  22. Yes green is lovely on you!
    Poor cat i hope he gets better soon
    We do love them so much!
    Oh and lucky you about the suitcase full of 70s frocks!
    My yoga instructor is trying to convice his mother to part with her 70s clothes collection and if he succeeds i will get the lot!

    Take care

    Arianexo

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  23. O, darling Steven!!!! I think he and Peepers would get along well, she thinks she's a dog, and is out in the rain as I type, galloping about.
    Green IS a beautiful colour, and you're wearing it like a nature Goddess! Love the maxi print, love that perfect emerald green of the poncho.
    Most excellent scores, the print is INCREDIBLE, and I'm certain you'll find space for her in the harem. The dog is just plain weird, but I reckon those curtains will make an excellent rain cape or flasher mac!!!
    Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  24. I hope Stephen Squirrel is doing well. He's so cute! Love you, Vix.

    SB

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  25. Awww big, big hugs for Stephen Squirrel! Bless his little cotton socks :-( I hope he gets back on his paws soon and is meowing around the house and neighbourhood! Poor little poppet!

    As always, you're looking Fabulous! I can't get over how awesome your style and wardrobe is! Good on you for being you! I modelled the Dollyrocker dress for my Dad yesterday - he said "It's a bit sheer" - haha, its like I'm back in 1970's and everythings a bit 'risque'! Bless him!

    Please tell me you're going to name your little West German dog, he's so adorable, he deserves a little german name!

    Hugs again to Stephen Squirrel! xx

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  26. Green sure is a beautiful colour, my favourite of course. It's my firm belief that all other colours (in the right shades of course) go with green......look at nature the flowers and trees.

    You look marvellous Hun, and the cape is gloriously wonderful and you know I'm digging the print on the maxi too.

    I look forward to seeing your plastic drape rain poncho. X

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  27. Green? Yeah, s'pose it's OK... Better than facial tattoos and Special Brew anyway - by many a mile!
    You look divine, like a garden goddess (I resisted the impulse to write nymph, in case I added an extra O by mistake. I'm in that kinda mood!) Glorious maxi, and you are truly cool in a kaftan. No wonder the great, the good and the plain old weird of Walsall were ogling and following and taking your photo!
    Ooh, nice flea market scores, darling, always a joy to see another gorgeous Shabner lady, isn't she a beauty? Such a cute wee dog with his waggly ears, and I definitely feel a rain cape coming on made from those curtains!
    Poor Stephen does look a bit sorry for himself, give him a tickle from me.
    Can't wait to see what's in the suitcase! Love you! xxxxx

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  28. green is lovely on you vix. also, i cannot wait to see your rain cape and whatever else you make of those plastic drapes.

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  29. It is a wonderful colour, but then again all the colours look good on you my dearest queen
    Thank you so much for your lovely words.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  30. Green is my favourite colour, and I particularly love the shade you're wearing! Gorgeous!!!

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  31. that shade of green is stunning - especially with your dark hair. I hope your kitty friend is much better soon.

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  32. Cannot wait to see your rain cape when you make it!! Poor puss, hope he is back meowing real soon. He looks so sad.

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  33. I love that shade of green and look at those sleeves!! Poor Stephen Squirrel, I hope he gets his meow back soon.

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  34. That green is stunning on you. poor Stephen I hope he's better soon, my old girl Benjie lost her voice when she got to about 14 it was rather pathetic to see her opening her mouth to cry and no sound coming out :(

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  35. I don't think I've seen you in a colour that you don't look good in and this green ensemble is no exception. Love the floaty kaftan. Poor old Stephen, these moggies of ours do worry us, hope he finds his meow soon. Gail is a stunner, looks like she should be gracing the cover of a Mills and Boon... maybe not showing that much cleavage tho'.
    xxxxx

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  36. Yes it is! I love green and you look stunning in your outfit. I'm glad you nabbed Gail. That was a good price. Shabner prints go for such silly money of late. She'll look a treat with the other gals.
    I'll be off to Whitechapel too in a bit. See you there.xxxxxxxx

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  37. No wonder you got so many compliments and remarks. You are gorgeous and impossible to miss in this outfit.

    I am dying over your harem collection.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  38. Green IS a beautiful colour. Gail looks to have green eyes, she seriously is a beauty. I know it was love at first sight for you and I'm smitten too. Can't believe you got her for £8 - that's a steal!

    Poor old Stephen Squirrel, he's lost his voice! He looks all snuggly and poorly there. Hope he gets his meow back soon.

    As soon as I saw that top I knew! It's the same pattern as the one I used to make a top in sewing at school. I loved it so much, felt pretty cool, so it is really exciting to see yours. It suits you beautifully and looks great in that colour with that maxi too.

    What's in the suitcase Vix?! xxxxxxx

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  39. Haha those curtains are awesome! Yeh plastic ones are usually marketed as shower ones - how funny!

    Love that ptg - very Loren/Taylor. 8 quid - a bargain!

    Sounds like a dream day. x

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  40. such an interesting day, dear lady, so many funny chance meetings, great finds and good news about your cat's recovering!, and you're looking gorgeous, your green caftan is fabulous: love that sleeves!!, delightful outfit to rock any dull day!
    besos

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  41. Green is my absolute favourite colour and it looks spectacular on you ... love that top.
    Wow what an eventful day you had ... I think the very best days are often the unplanned ones.
    xx

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  42. I'm determined to wear more green this autumn, it's not seen nearly often enough :) x

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  43. Love green!I am sure there's never a dull moment around you! x

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  44. Green is a completely underrated color. You look magnificent.

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  45. Spectacular finds. The painting captures my heart. I want to read the romance novel that goes with it. And the drapes, they sponge right off? Perfect. And I hope Stephen Squirrel is back at it again soon.
    I love compliments from spirited people. Never a dull moment around you. You are captivating in green - and orange, and yellow and purple...

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  46. Green IS a fabulous color and you're gorgeous in it. The print on the skirt (dress) looks perfect with the top. You must drive them mad; no wonder there's always excitement wherever you go. :-) I'm so sorry your kitty is under the weather. I loved your description of him. Your picture reminds me of a slightly altered Sophia Loren-she's one of my all-time favorites.

    Have a wonderful evening/day/week/whatever. :-) XXXOOO

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  47. ooh, the curtains as a rain cape sounds fab-u-lous! And you are noteworthy and gorgeous in green, ain't ya? xoxo

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  48. What a lovely art collection you have!! And you are smoking hot in your all your green glory, my love!

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  49. Green IS a nice colour!!! I wore my green coat last week and got comments all day about it! Your kaftan is marvellous! As is that painting. She's rather stunning!

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  50. Oh, this painting is gorgeous. I am always sad spotting great paintings at the flea market but cannot buy them because I may not put nails into my rented walls :(

    Maybe it's good, cause if I had my own house, it would be stuffed with kittens and colorful kitsch from the floor to the ceiling, hihihi

    And yes, the guy is right. Green is awesome. And it looks best in combination with dark hair and bronzed skin. Actually, every bright color does... Yeah, brunettes-high five!

    Lots of kitschy greetings from Austria,
    Saperlotte

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  51. The scorpion tattooed guy probably meant that Green is a beautiful colour ON YOU! The caftan top is a glorious colour - I love that shade of green.

    Even though you were being restrained, you found cool stuff - I love the little doggie and the woman in the painting definitely has an amazing story behind her.

    Poor kitty! Hope he perks up soon - perhaps you need to get him a helmet?

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  52. You know I wholeheartedly agree with the tattooed man....green is a beautiful colour. I always feel my best in green. You look scrumptious! Xx

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  53. Green certainly is a beautiful colour when worn by the likes of you in that top! I love it.

    And what great finds at the flea market. The artwork is wonderful as is your entire harem.

    Poor Stephen. I hope he's back to his mewing self soon.

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  54. You look stunning in green. No wonder you're being stalked by paparazzi. Gail has found a very good home. Hope kitty gets his voice back. That must be so frustrating for him.

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  55. Must say that you are very creative to produce things that others may just imagine too make reality.

    Thanks
    Finn Felton

    Kopi Luwak

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  56. I love slowing down my pace passing the local courthouse ... if I could manage it I'd spend a couple of hours people-watching on a Monday morning (the best day). Mind you, I'd probs get my face punched in. You are scrumptious darling and oooooh another rain cape to come - yaaaaay!!!! xxxx

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  57. I love green too and it looks great on you!
    haaa poor gato :( I hope he feels better soon.
    What will you be making with the plastic curtains? Exciting!

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  58. Incredible finds! I love that portrait! Scorpion tattooed on a dude's face...hmmm. I've never seen anything like this here, and Californians consider themselves liberal...hmmm.

    I hope the little guy is doing better!

    Love,
    Masha

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  59. Ooh Green looks beautiful on you!! Perfect Vix.
    Poor Stephen, give him a gentle cuddle from me, I'm thinking more and more of getting a cat as I've fallen quite in love with them lately.
    xx

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  60. Wow what a lovely handkerchief you've made Vix! I love the colour! The print you bought is amazing. Poor cat, i hope she's feeling better soon!
    Oh and i can't wair to see 70's treasures! xx Tani

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  61. I love that you used as title quote that creepy beggar's phrase!But he was right, green is a beautiful colour and it looks great on you!!
    The cape is lovely and so the psychedelic maxi!I love the print you found at the flea market, your walls amaze me and it's awesome that you collected all the most iconic prints of that time, I always keep my eyes wide open at the markets, but I never find any Tretchikoff's, my favourite! Can't wait to see the rain coat made from those beautiful drapes, I'm sure it'll be another curtain cotoure's masterpiece!
    Sorry to hear about your cat, I hope he'll get better soon!
    Love xxxxxxx

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  62. Your encounter with scorpion man reminded me of a man I saw in a carpark one afternoon who approached me, somewhat drunk to ask if I always dressed how I was that day and then went on to congratulate me :)
    I hope Stephen gets better soon xxx

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  63. It occurs to me that i love green and own absolutely nothing green! :( i must rectify that! Green does look beautiful on you though :) i've decided that i need to go out of my city for charity shops after being an avid reader of your blog...terrible terrible pickings here and they are turning into boutiques (with second hand primark!) i'm going to try out some of tips i've seen on your blog :)

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  64. Green is a great colour, the tattooed man was right, and I love those plastic drapes, as weird an idea as they are, I was thinking one would be a good shower curtain, but you would so suit a rain cape made out of one! Poor Stephen Squirrel, I know my cat Sasha is a crazy, she used to attack dogs in her young days. Now she just waits until we're in bed then gets her claws under any door and pulls on it over and over again so it bang against the door frame incredibly loudly, so we have to get up an do her bidding. Gail is a very worthy addition to your collection too. xx

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  65. I LOVE the lady painting your found and your collection of them. I never find those! Great scores and outfit :)

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  66. Hi there! Sending Stephen Squirrel lots of hugs and wishing him a speedy recovery! You scored some great items out and about and I really love the picture, the girl is really pretty! xxx

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  67. I love your outfit green is a loverly colour! The picture you found is gorgeous my granddad used to have one very much like this and I cant for the life of me think why I didn't keep it :/ I hope your cat is ok Vix my Lilly has been a little poorly herself she says hello :p

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  68. You are such a poet: sunshine in fabric form.
    ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    Much love, my dear friend
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  69. I love this green top Vix, it's one of my favourite colours

    X x

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  70. That green is fantastic on you, no wonder the guy didn't follow it up with a joke or sarcasm. Hope he had a good day at the courts. Maybe his client got off? ;-)

    That wooden dog would have followed me home too, and the lady? Gorgeous winsome and booby! My next local flea market is the end of the month, I can't wait. Particularly the sentimental animal china xxx

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  71. My Nanny had those curtains....your finds always brings back memories!

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  72. Well, green is a beautiful colour and you look beautiful in it. I definitely think you should make a rain cape out of the plastic curtains. It would be fabulous.

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  73. your descriptions of the characters you run into where you live always crack me up. Love the green top! And can't wait to see your floral rain cape when finished!

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  74. You always look gorgeous in green it is a great color on you!! and love that picture you found!! have fun turning those curtains into a fabulous rain cape or something amazing!! I think a hooded one would be great for your festivals :) what a funny cat you have hopefully he will stay our of trouble hehehe Love Heather

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  75. Green is definitely a beautiful colour on you, Vix! Loving the latest finds and looking forward to seeing what you do with those curtains....

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  76. Yes, it's a beautiful colour and so are you and so are yopur skirt! It looks like Pucci!

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  77. Your gorgeous creature you look marvellous in every color of the rainbow. Green sure is a beautiful color especially if our Vixcita is rocking it.I would of snatched that beauty frame for you amor.

    Besotes

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  78. I LOVE green,you look gorge !!
    I blimmin love Whitechapel and cheer every time Rupert Penry Jones takes his shirt off - which seems to be often !!
    Twiggy x

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  79. Bloody hell I LOVE that maxi and your amazing handmade top! You look so gorgeous - old scorpion-face knows a thing or two!

    Poor Mr Squirrel - I hope he's feeling much better now.

    Love you more than GAIL!

    Sarah xxx

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  80. Hi Vix! I'm new to your blog and seriously inspired by your colorful vintage finds; they really stand out. On my last trip to the UK I stumbled into a massive vintage emporium (http://bit.ly/1eL5jXM) in Edinburgh and I found so many items I'd never seen before. Have you ever been? Suzette | TrySomethingFun.com

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