I bought this crazy 1970s cotton kaftan for a song in a charity shop last week. In an ideal world I'd be wearing it with a massive straw hat and over-sized sunglasses and be swanking about in the sunshine but it's Easter in the UK so I'll have to settle for boots and a thermal vest instead.
People have very short memories, Snow at Easter! they exclaim in amazement, posting images of white gardens and impassable roads on social media. Looking back at my blog from five years ago this week, you can see that it's not so unusual.
Luckily for us none of the dreaded white stuff we were threatened with has materialised, instead we've experienced rain of biblical proportions. Our avenue was so badly flooded on Saturday morning that we had to phone the council to send an emergency team out as the water was too high for the postman to get to the house and when you're anxiously awaiting your latest eBay purchases that just won't do.
Easter's a bit of a non-event in this household. Into neither God or chocolate the only notable date this weekend was yesterday, 1st April, our 26th never-had-a-wedding anniversary. In true Vix & Jon style we celebrated by exchanging homemade cards, watching brutal Scandi Noir and toasting ourselves with supermarket own brand white rum and diet cola. The photo above was taken in Goa by a man we've known for eight years and secretly call Mullet due to his terrible 1980s hairdo. He's a shopkeeper in a tourist season and works as a wedding photographer back home in Kashmir the rest of the year, hence the cheesy composition. Which reminds me that I still haven't blogged about our time in Goa, I must see to that soon.
I've spent a large part of the weekend Spring cleaning to justify spending most of today messing with doll's house stuff. Whilst tidying I came across this chicken and egg necklace my parents bought me when I was eleven as an alternative to getting me an Easter Egg, which invariably used to sit in the cupboard until the end of May when my Dad would end up eating it for me.
Yesterday I popped over to The Cottage as I wanted to peel some of the wallpaper off the bathroom walls before the new buyers moved in. Sadly it's as firmly attached as it was when Dad put it up in 1971 but I've taken a couple of decent photos and shall print it off and paper the doll's house walls with it once I get the next restoration underway.
I've been finding some great things for my next doll's house lately on eBay. Not being the type of people who eat big Sunday dinners means that any auction finishing at lunchtime can often be won for very little money. This '70s avocado bathroom suite was last Sunday's buy. I added the orange tiled background myself as the seller had given it a bit of a naff shabby chic makeover which wasn't really my thing. That tiny electric shaver is the cutest thing ever.
Today's make is this chaise longue which I made from a 1970s fabric covered diary, a cat food box and some beads from a charity shop necklace.