Friday, 8 June 2018

Vix's Week - Dresses, Doll's Houses & Charity Shop Finds


 Although there's some improvement, Jon's still struggling with his back so it's yet more mirror selfies. On Tuesday Lyndsey (Boomerang Vintage) had a free day and, with the patient weaned off the hardcore drugs, I took a train over the border to Staffordshire to meet her & go vintage hunting (a 7 mile trip for a return fare of £7.70 - how expensive is that?) The sun wasn't shining but I optimistically wore this vintage Hawaiian maxi anyway. It did the trick, it was glorious by the time Lyndsey ran me home - if the price of that rail fare wasn't bad enough, all the return trains had been cancelled due to a train breaking down earlier in the day and blocking the line.

1960s English-made gents suede jacket by Strong & Fisher (it's not grubby, it's my poor photo), 1950s Japanese Acetate paisley scarf, 1970s American-made tooled leather belt with eagle buckle


1970s gauzy cotton cape-sleeved maxi dress by Scottish designer, Marion Donaldson (all her garments are hand-finished)


Close-up of print plus two plastic bangles to add to my collection.
Vintage 1960s chiffon and velvet trimmed maxi by Cresta and a handmade tote bag with perspex handles.
Early '70s Linda Leigh lined nylon maxi "For a Slimmer World" - who says you can't get fabulous vintage clothes in larger sizes? This beauty is a case in point!
Anyway, public transport issues aside we had an ace day exploring the flea markets, junk shops and chazzas and - naturally - a leisurely lunch in a new (to me) Wetherspoons. Shame those marvellous maxis I found were too big, I love them all!


Wednesday was glorious. I wore a halterneck top I made from a vintage tea towel and a new-with-tags Zara skirt I'd found in a charity shop last year to dash to the shops for glue as I'd run out during a crucial part of my doll's house decorating. Pritt purchased and decorating done, I spent the rest of the afternoon in a bikini with my crochet.

A massive rainbow granny square.

I popped into town again on Thursday as we were running out of some stuff. I'm clocking up those miles since Jon injured his back, aren't I? I wore the chiffon maxi I'd bought from Hopkinson's Vintage Emporium when I visited Nottingham with the girls back in April and chucked my trusty chazza shop denim waistcoat over the top as the bodice seemed looser than I remembered. I'm not sure why I look so grumpy here - it must be the concentration, selfies and the over 50s aren't natural bedfellows.The eagle-eyed might have noticed that I'm barefoot, I wore my bargain £1.99 Swedish Hasbeens and they cut my feet to ribbons so off to eBay they go! That's the second pair of Hasbeens that have hurt my feet, I never have this trouble with Lotta clogs. That's the last sodding thing I need with only one pair of functioning legs between us - ruined feet!


On my shopping list were oranges, a Barry M eyeliner, dental floss, bath oil, bird food, ibuprofen, pain relief gel and soap but - being me - I came back home with all manner of random bits as well including a 16th scale mountain bike, a tub of Made in Hong Kong plastic toys and these.....


Two Indian door garlands which will be fabulous in our trade tent - when we finally get to a festival!


I found some groovy 1970s shirts last week on my trip into town last week - I think the original owner must be having a declutter as the chazza had even more. You could have your eye out on those dagger collars!


Today I'm wearing the maxi dress I had tailor-made in Goa from some vintage block printed cotton and a pair of rainbow bright embroidered chappals bought for 200 rupees (just over two quid) in Gujarat from a stall outside a temple. I didn't intend to buy them but I needed to escape from the hoards of worshipers chasing me down the street shouting Madam, madam, just one selfie...



What a difference a day makes. It's been raining here pretty much all day, the temperature has plummeted and' like yesterday, I've been up since Stupid O'Clock (hence the reason I've chopped my face off). By 8am I'd fed the beasts (both feline and reptilian), checked my seeds (the kale and the rocket are showing green shoots), caught up with blog reading & commenting, done my daily workout, popped a load of washing into the machine, got breakfast ready and made a bathroom.


The yellow Lundby suite was part of a set of unmatched vintage oddments to which I added my own tile-effect backing. My friend Lisa's cat Hazel, created the abstract art. I made the shower from some Poundland headphones & the packaging they came in, part of a blister pack of painkillers (the bin's full of them), a vintage hat pin and a press stud.


I think young Saga likes the new bathroom but, like her namesake in The Bridge, her communication skills are somewhat lacking.


Talking of The Bridge I'm already excited for 9pm tonight. I still don't know if we'll make it to Vintage Village at Stockport on Sunday, I'm reluctant to get packing in case I jinx everything. Tomorrow could be a mad rush.

See you soon. 

56 comments:

  1. Loving all those marvelous maxis!
    The hot pink maxi in particular is d-vine & the hot pink bathroom is groooovy!
    xox

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  2. Great finds. That is crazy what a train ride costs! The least they could do is keep them running. I have never been able to wear a tea towel as a halter, but that is brilliant.

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    1. In India you're charged 1 rupee per mile! What a difference! xxx

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  3. Don't pack - that will jinx it for sure. You can do it all in one day if necessary (you've done it a million times!). Shoes that make your feet hurt are not worth it no matter how cute they are - definitely sell them on. I do love your Mona Lisa Tea towel halter!

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    1. Yes, life's too short for ruined feet, no matter how cute! xxx

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    1. Think I'll get another couple made up next year - providing I can find some old fabric. xxx

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  5. Fabulous finds lovely and don't you look bloody gorgeous? I love trains and train travel but I'm so naffed off that it's all a bit crap lately. £37 return to London from here and it's only up the friggin' road. I wouldn't mind but I usually end up standing by the bogs or the train nutter all the way there! I'd get Chris Grayling in a headlock and make him sort it out....then I'd punch his face in. Oooohhhh. Love Saga. She has the right hair and expression. Looking forward to tonights fix. Love to Jon and have a fabularse weekend.
    Loves ya!
    xxxxxx

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    1. Ha! I'd like to get old Grayling in a headlock, too. I love train travel but the constant cancellations and the cost drive me mental! xxx

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  6. How much? That's absolutely crazy! That said, I haven't got the faintest idea what the cost of train travel is in Belgium ... Our train service isn't better, that's for sure. Love the vintage Hawaiian maxi, and you managed to find some fabulous stuff too. How great is that shower fashioned from headphones! Keeping my fingers crossed for Sunday, but definitely: do not pack! xxx

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    1. It is! Stay away from the trains when you're in the UK - unless you want to waste an entire day and blow your charity shopping budget! xxx

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  7. You are the maxi queen.

    When I rise that early I need a nap in the afternoon. I'm still dealing with jet lag from my recent trip and can't get a handle on my sleep.

    I hope that Jon manages to feel better for your show.

    Suzanne

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    1. I do love a maxi - or three! Lots of other traders have trouble selling them. I can't get hold of them fast enough! xxx

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  8. Bravo for your early morning productivity.... what time did you stir?
    Did you know Montalbano's back? Xxx

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    1. Before 5....it would have been earlier if the cats' had their way. 4.20am is their shouting time lately!
      There was only two episodes of Montalbano in this latest series - we've been robbed. I need more! xxx

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  9. "I made a bathroom today". Love it!

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    1. I love how much you can achieve in a few hours in the wonderful world of dolls houses! xxx

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  10. Saga's hair looks like mine first thing in the morning! I love the print on the last larger size maxi you found and your made to order dress is perfect. Definitely don't pack and jinx yourself.
    I've been up at 5.15am for 7 days on the trot, definitely having a lie-in tomorrow - I might be slovenly and not get up till 7.30am! xx

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    1. So I'm not alone with the bed hair then!!
      You deserved a massive lie-in after that punishing shift pattern, I hope you got one. xxx

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  11. I love the block print dress you had made in Goa, it's beautiful (I want one!!!)The dollshouses are so much fun, I really look forward to seeing them. Very clever making the shower :)

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    1. It's worth going to Goa if only for the dress making! xxx

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  12. It does look like Saga likes her new bathroom....and I like all of your outfit. That Mona Lisa Top is so amazing and I love the bag you paired it with. Wonderful maxi as well.

    I hope Jon feels better soon.

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  13. gorgeous dresses - the find and the ones on you!! but the custom made red one is the best! sweet chappals - much better then feet wrecking clogs.....
    love a pink tiled bathroom!
    my best *get well soon* wishes for jon!!
    xxxxx

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    1. Thanks, Beate! Evil clogs - my poor foot is still in shreds! xxx

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  14. Hi Vix, you've been busy and very creative! I love your rainbow granny squares, they're gorgeous. Are you going to be using the bike? Bike-riding is so much fun. Xxx

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    1. Thanks, Jess! The bike is 16th scale, that's a sixteenth of the scale of a normal bike - doll's house size, I'm small but not that tiny! I do have a 1960s bike but haven't been on it in ages, it needs a bit of TLC. xxx

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  15. Oh your tailor-made maxi is a dream!!!! I love it!!! What beautiful material and I love the loose sleeves with the option to tie them tighter!
    You found some nice items!! I really like the dresses.
    The dagger collar shirts are beautiful. I am seeking a ladies caramel coloured dagger collar blouse and a brown suede or velvet waistcoat and skirt set so please let me know if you come across anything suitable on your travels!!!
    The SHOWER is brilliant! So clever what it is made out of. Hazel's cat is clever!

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    1. Thank, Kezzie! It was perfect for the crazy humidity of downtown Mumbai and modest enough not to upset anyone. xxx

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  16. Glad to hear Jon's slowly getting better! You managed to find some fabulous stuff.
    I've always been put off of wearing clogs as I've heard so many horror stories about Swedish Hasbeens (plus the price of that brand makes me wince). I've eyed up Lottas before, so glad to know they don't hurt if I do go ahead with getting a pair.
    Love the floor tiles in the dolls house bathroom!

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    1. I highly recommend Lotta of Stockholm - well worth the extravagance but you won't be able to stop at one pair! xxx

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  17. I love your Mona Lisa top -you look lovely in it Vix x

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  18. forcing the troops to help with a car boot today , so up at 5am...lol ..

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    1. No point in going to ours that early - it's all market traders and professionals at that time. I want the elderly people who've cleared out their cupboards. xxx

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  19. I love the green Hawaiian dress on you! And I love your kaleidoscope selfies - you know it! But Jon's photography is always good, and I hope he'll be back on his feet soon, to take pictures and have fun with his charming girl!

    The new finds look awesome on your beautiful wooden floor. That large green maxi is fantastic. I have to admit I have never ever found anything even remotely as beautiful in my size, I mean vintage of course. I was told that it's just not as easy to find because the demand is higher - at least, here in America there is truth to that, I assume. But who am I to say? You are a profi! What is the rate you would say from your experience, smaller sizes vintage vs. larger sizes? 2:1? 10:1? I'm curious!

    Have a wonderful week, dear! <3

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    1. Demand for larger sizes is definitely high. I do leave a lot of the very small vintage pieces behind (unless I really love them) as they're hard to resell - everyone's bigger these days! xxx

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  20. Your selfie technique definitely beats mine.
    I find vintage is often hard to find in my size, big shoulders!
    It's good to hear Jon is still getting better and I hope you made vintage village.
    I've got the Bridge to look forward to tonight on iplayer. I love Saga, little saga has the hair and by the face the attitude too. xxx

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    1. No VV sadly so I'm beside myself with excitement at finally getting to trade this weekend, it feels like an eternity! xxx

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  21. I love all these wondrous maxis on you - I only have one or two or three(?) vintage maxis, and don't wear them nearly enough. My sore feet are feeling empathy for your poor cut-up feet - glad you've tossed those shoes!

    The bathroom is awesome! I love that the shower head is an ear-bud. Glad to hear Jon is on the mend!

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    1. Thanks, Sheila! With your awesome shoe collection I don't blame you for favouring shorter dresses that show them off. I've got a handful of shorter things but always feel more "me" in a maxi! xxx

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  22. Your Hawaiian maxi is a kind of 'build and they will come' vibe going on. Wear it all the time and we'll be guaranteed some sun!
    I guess flip flops are always an option for ruined feet...?
    I had to chuckle at your random purchases, I do that all the time. GO out for one thing and come back with a bagful of unrelated items that I had no idea I 'needed'.
    xx

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    1. I'll have to pack that Hawaiian dress for every festival we do this Summer to ensure a bit of sunshine! xxx

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  23. Hi dear Vix! I felt warmness in my heart after reading that you've named one of your dolls "Saga". When The Bridge Season 4 ended, I felt for a moment slight emptiness. The Bridge was too good to be true.

    Have a fantastic week with Jon!

    A-M xxxxx

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    1. Hello, my lovely friend! We're halfway into season 4 of The Bridge, I don't want it to ever end!
      So good to hear from you! xxx

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  24. I am very much enjoying the current season of The Bridge. Did you catch the new Welsh drama on BBC4 on Saturday, Hidden? That likes being another good one (I really enjoyed hinterland and love seeing a bit of Welsh noir on telly).

    You really do find the best things in chazzas. That green maxi is lush.

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    1. Hidden seems very promising, doesn't it? I do love a bit of Welsh Noir, too.
      Isn't that green maxi a beauty? Linda Leigh is well worth keeping an eye out for, I've sold some amazing dresses by her in the past, the best being a navy midi with a seagull print. xxx

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  25. Maxis and you really are the perfect match. The made by you halter top is so clever and a far better use of a vintage tea towel than for dishes. You find so many interesting bits on your excursions. Hope Jon is improving and you are able to resume your trading soon. xx

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  26. Beautiful finds as always Vix and I love the dress you had made in Goa.
    Hugs-x-

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    1. Thanks, Sheila! It's amazing that that dress took less than 24 hours to make, isn't it? I got showered with compliments by posh ladies in Mumbai when I wore it out and about. xxx

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  27. Wow you have been busy and what great finds, I honestly don't know how you do it. I do hope Jon is better soon.

    Train fares are mad. I do a 15 minute commute and my fare is almost £1500 a year!

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    1. How much?? That's ridiculous, isn't it? It wouldn't be quite so bad if they ran to time or there was anywhere to sit either. xxx

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  28. That's an excellent haul of maxi dresses - they call out to you, don't they ;)
    I get up around 6:30 - 6:45 am during the week to get to work and it's all I can do to get out of the house by 7:50 am to catch the bus. Can't believe how much you can get done in a few hours! Great bathroom colours.

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    1. I'm so glad my days of consecutive early starts are but a dim and distant memory. You must be knackered! xxx

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