Monday, 23 July 2012

My international sewing parcel of mystery!

Imagine my delight when I came home to find a parcel waiting for me, which had come all the way from the US of A.  Cue excitement!  It was my present from the very witty Prttynpnk (who resides here).  How sweet!  Here are the items she kindly gave me, and a loose set of plans for each of them:
Vintage Notions: 14 cream and gold buttons and four plastic slides.  The buttons are perfect for closing a blouse that I have been thinking about making for about 3 months now (ever since my favourite one went in the wash with something navy....).
I think I'll use the slides as closures on bags for my two youngest nieces.  I'm picturing bags for their lunches in some bright, fun fabric. 
Gorgeous floral fabric: this is so soft to the touch and has a lovely drape.  It would make a lovely blouse or skirt - I just need to decide on a pattern :-)
Sumptuous pastel paisley: this is a big square with edges like a scarf.  I am tempted to make a rolled hem around each edge and turn it into a lovely scarf.  The colours are lovely (probably not done much justice in my photo I'm afraid) and the material has a ridge in it which makes light glance off it in interesting ways.  Couple that with the silky feel of the fabric and the colours, and I think it would be a flattering scarf on me.  But is that a waste?!  After all, it could be a pretty blouse as well!

Two vintage patterns.  These are simply fantastic and I can see multiple versions of each in my wardrobe!  I can see these for both work and play.  I can't decide which is my ultimate favourite, but I think it *might* be the yellow on the left... or is it the highly adaptable on the right?  

Thank you so much Prttynpnk!  You managed (with not much to go by given how new to blogging I am!) to gift me things that I love, are a challenge and that suit my style.  I can only hope that you enjoy your parcel as much when it arrives - which I hope is very soon if it hasn't already.  I must say I was quite daunted when I first started to think about what to get you - your posts are so humorous!  But it was your critiques on fashion shows that finally got me.  I love them by the way - brilliance!

Thanks also must go to Kerry for this wonderful, well managed event.  Not only did I get this lovely selection of sewing pressies, but I found some more wonderful blogs to look over - never a bad thing! 

So, thank you very much ladies!

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Decoupage Shoes - Finished!

I decided there was something missing - a little bling.  So I bought a bejewelled clasp and some ribbon online and popped them on the front. 

Now we're ready to party!

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

When is a back-handed compliment just a compliment?

Last weekend, I braved the weather and went to the Isle of Wight festival.  For the record, the weather forecast had been predicting days of heavy rain for weeks, and there are loads of good options for getting to the Isle via public transport.  So neither did I have to sleep in a car for 14 hours, nor did I feel compassion for any of the numpties walking around the site in high heels (yup, seriously - I am not making that up).  Anyway, we had a load of sun - see!:

Me, with sunburn (despite having applied day-long SPF30 sunscreen)
I had an awesome trip, spent with (some of) my besties listening to great music (the Boss, Tom Petty, Pearl Jam, the Vaccines, Example, Elbow etc etc).  In true 'what goes on tour, stays on tour' fashion; there is a lot that will remain unspoken about this weekend.  I don't really know why people say that (other than to be mean and exclude), but I do know that it would bore everyone else if I went on and on and on about it.  However, there is one thing that I will share with you:

Whilst waiting to see Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (who were ah-maze-balls), I befriended (in the loosest sense of the word as you'll see) some fellow kiwis.  I don't know how much my junior they were, but one upstart (tee hee) told me I was "a cougar".  Now, I told one of my girlfriends this in disgust, and she said I should take the compliment as one "has to be hot to be a cougar"... fair point I suppose, but I was focusing on the other prerequisite: i.e. age.  At the time, I retorted to the guy that being called a cougar required me to want to score him, which I didn't, therefore I wasn't (a la the scene in In Bruges where the two main characters discuss the relative merits of Bruges as a tourist destination):

If I grew up on a farm, and was retarded, Bruges might impress me 
but I didn't, so it doesn't... wah ha ha, I love it.
Funnily enough, I didn't see much of him (annoying kiwi upstart) after that.  So, to the meaning of this post: who actually makes a back-handed compliment just that?  Is it the person giving it (they might be being snide and not meaning the compliment at all, or just stating the obvious) or the recipient (perhaps it only had negative connotations because of my own fear of ageing)?....

Either way, I won't be getting the leopard print tights out any time soon.

Kath and Kim anyone?