Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Store is OPEN

Hooray!! The store is open, check it out HERE. I will be adding new things over the week. There is something very exciting about seeing my pretty treasures up in the store. 

To celebrate, not only the store opening but also a MASSIVE 50 followers I'm giving away one of my strawberry fascinators to one lucky reader!!! And yes I do realise that there is some of the boy-type among you (as in men), feel free to enter for your favourite lady-friend. To enter leave a comment and the winner will be drawn by the Charlie-pants like this...
I came across this idea on the fabulous blog called Welcome to Deluxeville, and I knew Charlie would LOVE to contribute in this way.
So leave a comment below and you could win one of these...
I've got an ivory coloured one too, you get to pick!

Charlie awaits his duties :)

Thank you so much to all of you, I get so much joy posting my silliness on here and I love getting all your feedback and hearing about how much you love this blog! 

Friday, June 25, 2010

It's Coming......

Ahh I will have the store up by the end of this weekend...stay tuned!!!
I'm frantically creating, and photographing, and brainstorming...
but fabulousness awaits, I promise!!
You'll LOVE it!! 

Monday, June 21, 2010

Pretty Dresses

I love etsy, it opens a whole new doorway into very pretty vintage dresses that ebay just doesn't provide, ok well, sometimes but rarely... these are from a seller named Adelaide Homesewn she's in America...but  well worth the postage for these treasures. She has such a pretty collection of clothing, especially 1930's, 40's and 50's stuff. Well worth a look!
Sweet little 50's gingham dress...check out the sleeve detail, I'm a sucker for those points!!!

The most lovely raspberry, puff sleeved dress!

Gorgeous 1950's ivory lace wiggle dress!

In LOVE with the ric-rac and red buttons down the side of this little honey!

This one is by far my favourite, the cut, the detail, it's navy, I'm sold, if only it wasn't so teeny.

The sweetest 1940's dress, in pink with little blue and red roses
Lovely 1950's sailor dress, and it's LINEN! How pretty!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Audrey Films

Ok, I feel like I've been a million miles away...I've finished the first part of my training and have been busy setting up both shops.

Whilst enjoying my lovely new studio, I've come to realise how lovely it is to create and watch old far Breakfast at Tiffany's, Roman Holiday and Funny Face.

Let's just say, LOVE Breakfast at Tiffany's, she's so absolutely mad and adorable.

Breakfast at Tiffany's
Roman Holiday

Funny Face

I am in love with that wedding dress, oh AND when they dance on the barge, how gorgeous!
Fred Estaire makes this film, though it is hard to see him in the "dashingly hansome leading man" kind of a role, when he kisses her in th bookstore, he didn't seem charming as is intended but more like a creepy old man...but hey maybe my crush on Gene Kelly is clouding my judgement :)

There's quotes from Audrey Hepburn quoting that putting "cat" out in the rain was one of the worst things she's ever had to do on film.

I came across an interview on YouTube of Ms Hepburn when she was 60, she's all class. She's speaks of her trauma through the war and her children and working in films...truly a beautiful woman.
This is the first of 4 parts of the interview, you can click on the next as it finishes.

Monday, June 7, 2010

New Studio

Here's some pictures of my new studio, it's cozy and warm and a lovely place to work, plus Charlie enjoys sitting on the window sill in the sunshine. The pretty curtain is made from vintage hankies and a pure cotton tea towel, it looks so pretty when the sun shines through it...
My late great-grandmother's 1960's hat, houses a pretty collection of flowers and velvet strawberries...
  A cotton reel tree, so the cheeky buggers don't roll off the table, never to be found again...stray bits of cotton hang over the middle to be used again.
1960's sewing box and little plastic pin container, oh and that's the 50's laminate and jarrah table that I discussed many moons ago...and ipod dock for swingin' tunes...
Filled with pretty projects...
All the pretty things I've been up to...

So for now the shop won't be open until next week, because I am running terribly behind in my study and live training is Thursday until Monday so I'll be a write off 'till after then. 
Still this really is the prettiest place to be studying right now, bathed in warm sunlight...see you on the flip side.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

My Promise List

This is MY Promise List, only because "goal" has this stigma attached to it that these are things that you will do "one day" and forever justify why you have not achieved them. I will add to this list as I remember them and come up with new ones. This is a very big thing for someone to reveal...their most deepest hopes and desires, so play nice :)

1) To hire (and perhaps one day own) a red bicycle built for two, for picnics and such with Mr in Wonderland.

2) Own an EK or FC Holden and do it up, "Cherry-Apple Red" and "Duck Egg" blue are my favourite colours of choice but the idea of cruisin' around in a pretty pale pink one also makes my heart SWOON!

3) Live in another city in Australia

4) Own a set of Art Deco flats, I've gushed over those beauties down Stirling Hwy since I was a kid. I'd always envisioned a bunch of friends having one each and parties in a common area :)

5) Sing in a band professionally, preferably something vintage-esque

6) Learn solo Charleston

7) Learn to play the blues harmonica properly, other than "Row, row, row your boat" which I've mastered but is thoroughly unimpressive!

8) Complete certificate III in Millinery Construction and Design also Diploma of textile and fashion design

9) Train at WAAPA

10) Relearn to read music

11) Own my own business with a system capable of being managed for a only a few hours a week, from anywhere in the world.

12) Eat from my own vege patch, generate most of our homes electricity through solar energy and collect rain water.

13) Get married to Mr in Wonderland, garden wedding, lots of dancing and lots of fun.

14) Drive around Australia with a fun group of friends in a camper van

15) Go to all the theme parks on the Gold Coast

16) Own a big pretty fish pond

17) Build a "dressing room"-one large room, lit beautifully, one wall for me, the other for Mr in Wonderland a big pouffe in the middle to sit to put on shoes and to sit and chat while the other gets ready.

18) A house with a bath, his and her's shower heads, stays hot and has great water pressure.

19) A beautiful garden to potter in and for Charlie to snooze.

20) A studio, clear, organised and flooded with natural light

21) Do up a 1950's caravan, inside and out to it's original condition, preferably to match my fabulous FC Holden

22) Ride a jet ski

23) Build a snowman-I've never seen snow

24) Para sail and hang-glide

25) Replace our old girl Kelvinator with a pink or baby blue 50's style Smeg fridge, with the separate freezer, not the one with the "ice-box" or we may aswell keep the old girl, (may have to keep old girl as a bar fridge as she has been such a good egg I may not be able to part with her)

26) Sew my own clothes from vintage patterns and learn to draft  my own patterns