Thursday, 31 July 2014

It was a one shop stop!

Sometimes you go out and come home with nothing
and other days you come home with lots.
Other days you come home with a small selection
that satisfies and tickles your fancy.

But today
I went to only one shop
and came home
all of this!!

The sweetest little case for $5, an iconic Kiwi Mary Loo wooden doll for $5, bangles $1 each, Delft salt & Pepper $8, and the nicest embroidered linen doily for $1.

Clothes that were all only $2.50 each!  Some of them are going to get some pimping, some of them aren't!!  You will just have to wait and see.

The coolest doily style NZ designer label to be reused!

 Home to celebrate in the garden!!

 Tex decided to photo bomb!!

 Then moved on in for a snuggle!

 Bobbles on my pants,
Colourful shoes on my feet,
Flowers blooming,
my gold fish are still alive!!

before all of that
I had an impromptu lunch
with my friend Rose.

And we did not feed the birds!!

Some people have bumper stickers on their cars.

I have Angel Wings
TOF has the Devil.

I have a date with George Clark on the TV,
then off to bed with Ken Follet,
and probably be scoffing
some of the above

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Layering has a name, who knew??

You all know how I love to layer my clothes, well I made a discovery the other day via a blog I follow, the lovely Shawna from Canada.  She mentioned a word that is totally new to me and it is:

translated into English it simply means
'Layering Look'

I have been doing
most of my life and not even known!

After a little googling research on my new word I found this blog and this one.

Obviously for me there are no rules
more of a this can go with that kind of thing!

As I get older I am more comfortable just being me and wearing whatever I feel like wearing, well most of my life I have just done that.  I don't want a nice little cropped hairstyle, and a sensible age appropriate boring dull wardrobe.  I am now going to blow my own trumpet so to speak, because most days when I am out and about the op shops I get a comment on something I am wearing, a positive one that is!  Usually about the colour or the layering.  No fading into my twilight years for me!!  No No!  I am going to make sure people still know I am alive!! 

 Black and white today with a dash of HOT PINK
and shiny black wedge shoes.

My life is going to be full of SPOTS and STRIPES and shit loads of COLOUR until my very last breathe, that is my pledge and a promise I can keep.

No Chance!!

This is what has been keeping me up late at night.

In fact so late I have had a couple of
Nana naps after work.
And I'm not even a Nana!!
But look out when I am.

This is just Gold!

Monday, 28 July 2014

I may need to attend Vintage Sheets Addiction Services!

Hi, my name is Sue.

It has been a couple of weeks
since I purchased a vintage sheet.

Considering the size of my collection I think it is a good thing!!
At least they all fit in one basket!

But seriously I have enough.
So if you see me reaching out to buy
another sheet,
give me a slap around my chops!!

I lined the bases of a couple of my baskets
with that contact I got.

Another collection that is complete,

This morning I took an old friend of mine Annette out op shopping as she like me has Monday off work.  We headed out at 9am and did a good tour around the favourites.  I bought NOTHING!!  Annette got a dress/tunic that looks absolutely marvelous on her as she has lost 30kgs over the last 12 months.  It's OK I can share this with you as I cleared it with her first and I am so bloody proud of her.  The dress is a size 12 and we were both excited about that!  

Well done my dear friend.

We grew up in the same street when we were kids, went to pre school or Kindergarten as we call it here, and then right through all the schools together so we have known each other for quite a few years.  

Compare the photos, 
we haven't changed a bit!!!

She still stands on the left 
and I stand on the right!!

Annette is the mother of the gorgeous bride I photographed the other week.  
Good genes there you see.

I soaked all my doilies and table cloths today.

All hanging out to dry.

Another collection I feel could be complete!!

At last
Spring Colour in my garden!!

 I hung out in the back garden with all the pets this afternoon.

 We made the most of the sunshine that was on offer.

 Apparently Monday Suck.

 I say it only Suck if you have to work!

Obviously the lads wrote that, I would have put an 'S' at the end.
 (apparently it was one of Jaks mates, Monday is the question, Suck is the answer)

So looking forward to Summer in the garden.
The colour is slowly returning.

We still have more Winter to endure
but if the days are like this
I think I will cope!

Friday, 25 July 2014

Op shopping with the sister!

Friday was booked as the day to take my sister around the op shops of HamilTron and we managed to get around pretty much all of them.  We even went back to a shopping mall for her to buy some shoes she saw yesterday so a spot of lunch happened in a lovely little cafe.

I only came home with three things.

The quilt which is more than fabulous was made by the lady that manages the Hospice in town, so I coughed up the $40 for it. One, because I think it is beautiful and two, because I know it would be worth a hell of a lot more!!  The super duper bright bag was $2.50 from the Dump Shop and there was a little dish exactly like one that was in our house when we were growing up that was $1 so I grabbed it.

Did you know Brum is in the window of the Salvo shop in our main street??

I wore my patchwork summer frock with a long sleeve t shirt and leggings under it and a lovely jubbly warm shawl on top!! With my purple Moroccan shoes.

It was a perfect day for swinging
on my garden chair.

 Tex and I had a snooze in the sunshine
on the deck
because WE CAN!!

Yeah we all pretty much just
chilled outside
for the afternoon.

My little boys bonding.

And the chillaxing continued.

So my sister has gone home, and it was really lovely to hang out with her for the last three days.  She stayed the nights at our mothers place and then we played during the day time.  I never get tired of her company!

How do you explain to a wee dog
that Aunty H has gone home
and Dad isn't coming home this weekend.

Have a fabulous weekend.
I intend to!!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Oh yeah that frock rocks!

Last night I made it!

and today I wore it!!

How delicious are all the colours??
Worn with purple and red.

In fact the plan is to make another one tomorrow for my sister.
We were  shopping mall whores this afternoon.

I bought sunglasses
buy one
get one free!!

Tomorrow is Op Shop-a-thon time!!

Here we go again!

So this morning (as in 5:30am) TOF left Hamilton to go back up North to work, but first he has to spend two days on a man course in Auckland, then he is back to that job that is keeping him away from HOME!  But if all goes well this is the last leg of the job so possibly only two weeks.  Should fly by, shouldn't it?

Anyway when I finally dragged myself out of my lovely warm bed I threw on this lot, sort of went animal.  Even my boots have fur inside them, yes my feet were toastie as.

Do you know how hard it is
to take a photo of
the boots you have on
from behind?

After work I hit the op shops that are near my place of employment, so that would be Frankton and there are four of them.  Not a lot jumped out and grabbed my attention except this roll of contact, well that is what I call it.  Like vinyl, sticky on the back.  Anyway a total bargain at $1 and there is shit loads of it.  Have a few old baskets that could do with a bit of pimping on the inside so this should be perfect.  Oh look it has SPOTS!!!

 My sister is over from the beach for a few days, staying at our mothers place.  But we went out for a bit this afternoon.  Of course we checked out the op shop near me and these paintings have appeared over the last week on the walls in the car park.  Finally remembered to take photos, I rather like them all.

We went into Spotlight, huge home and living/haberdashery type of place which is also across the road from where I live.  I have had my eye on this fabric FOREVER and it never goes on sale.  So today with some prompting from my sister I bought some and even sewed it up tonight.  Might even wear it tomorrow!!

A long singlet style dress.
Perfect for a layerer like myself!!
The colours are

Do you remember the black and white paintings I took photos of, of famous dead people? Well the artist has been at work again and now Frida has been painted.  This is huge, on the side wall of a hairdressers.  I drive past it every day on my way to work, so on our way into town I stopped to snap it.  Then I showed my sister the black and white ones.  So much fun having her in town, we are planning on a day out amongst the op shops on Friday.  Woo hoo!!!!