Tuesday, 29 June 2010

You can keep your CGI

I was inspired to do this post after reading Mrs Munsters blog about her love for Cry Baby. I am someone who hardly ever goes to the cinema (maybe once a year, if that!). I am just not overly impressed by fancy special effects, I hate CGI animation - ugh - The people always look rubbish and the big blockbuster films are just a bit fancy pants for me. I am an 80's film lover. In my opinion, you just can't beat a crappy low budget films about American high school, proms and dancing. Yes John Hughes (R.I.P), I am talking about you! And the soundtracks are all excellent too.
Here are my fave films of all time.....if you havent seen any of them (er, where have you been?!) -  I would highly recommend them :)
This wins the top spot! Offbeat poor girl Andi falls for rich jock Blaine. Throw in class divide teen angst, a
rockabilly lovesick friend and a prom = 80s cheese perfection. 
A very close second! I have seen this film soooooo many times. Geeky Baby falls for super hot bad guy Johnny at a holiday park. She saves the day by learning how to dance. The soundtrack is amazing, full of 50s gems.

Another John Huges spectacular. 5 high school kids from all walks of life have a detention together. Thats
basically it, but it is movie gold (in my eyes!) 
Another film I have seen a squillion times. How exciting is it when Marty arrives in 1955? I would
have trashed the Deloreon and stayed there. 
A very young Sarah Jessica Parker before she discovered a stylist! Geeky girl meets hunky boy and enters a contest to dance on TV. Her dad is a super strict Army Sergent and tries to stop her....cue lots of sneaking
about, cheesy music and OTT 80s dancing.
Yet another John Hughes classic! Two complete nerds hook up a Barbie doll to their (very old) 80s computer and make her come alive Frankenstein style. Amazingly bad!
And last, but not least - Mannequin. A window dresser falls in love with a shop Mannequin who comes alive when no one else is around.
Ah, they just dont make them like they used to....

Hello Sailor!

Brand new from the Dolly Cool deck....Hello Sailor embroidered heart pins and hair clips!

Now available exclusively on the Dolly Cool website :)

Monday, 28 June 2010

Even more bargains!

I completed my 3 day 'thrifting binge' today! Michael had a day off so we were up and out early again today and went round lots of house clearance and junk shops, as I'm looking for a keyhole vanity dresser for our room. I want it to be 50s or 60s, and it has to be a keyhole (one with a space in the centre) for a chair, as this will double as my sewing table. I didn't find one today - boo hoo - but the man at the local house clearance unit has my number and a description of what I want...I'll keep you posted!
We also went into some charity shops, and I got some more goodies - of course! Heres what I found today....

Retro style genuine Fendi sunglasses - £1.50! I was really pleased when I found these. They were in a rummage basket of sunglasses. Obviously worth a lot more than what I paid for them, but I'm not bothered about that. They look cool on - quite steampunk! You cant see from the photo but the white frames and arms are actually sparkly :) 
60's drinking glasses - 50p for both. More to add to the ever growing collection!
Gingham blouse - £1.50. This has a rik rak trim, black star shaped buttons and a frill down the front.
And a close up
80's bag with polka trim - 50p. This is ace! I think I am going to keep this for me :)
Ah, this is why I love thrifting so much! I have been on a 3 day 'shopping spree' and barely spent £10! I am *almost* gutted that I can't go car booting this coming weekend as I am visiting a friend in London. I am looking forward to that though as we are going to watch The Jets at the Ace Cafe on Saturday night, and then on to a cheesy rock club afterwards. Can't wait! In my youth I used to go to rock clubs 3 nights a week. I don't miss being 19, but I do sometimes miss the rock nights so I shall get my fix this weekend.

Two Etsy treasuries!

Today I have been featured in two Etsy treasuries!

She was so rockabilly - My Cherry bow & sprinkle cupcake necklace was featured

Two Turntables and a Microphone - my 50's mic and rock n roll swallow necklace was featured

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Sunday car booty

Michael and I went to our usualy Sunday car boot this morning nice and early. We made sure to put some sun cream on as the field the car boot is held in is sunken - so there is no breeze, and it was already roasting at 8.30am! There were lots more sellers than usual because of the good weather and it took us a good 2.5 hrs to get round it all. This is todays haul.....
Find of the day....3 copies of 'The Practical Householder' from 1957 and 1958. 10p each! The adverts in these are brilliant. I will scan a few in a post sometime soon!
Swirly lucite bangle - 20p
Red spotty fitted corset style top with sweetheart neckline - 50p
Gingham dress - £1
Grey polka dot tea dress - 50p
So, not a bad days shop and only £2.50 spent :)

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Saturday car booty!

Hooray! We finally found a Saturday car boot to go to thanks to a work friend of Michael, who gave us the tip. Its a car boot/flea market/antique market that is held every saturday throughout the year in somewhere called Earlestown. Its not too far from where we live, but I had never heard of this place so was pleasantly suprised to find a great new market site to have a rummage round.
There were a real range of goods from house clearance type stuff piled high, to proper antiques dealers and individuals with typical 'car boot' type things. I saw a lovely vintage silver coloured metal anchor brooch that had 'forget me not' spelled out in the rope - but it was on a dealers stall and at £12, too expensive for cheapskate me! Instead I got the following...
60's day dress - £1
And a close up. I dont often buy vintage clothes, as I'm not so keen on the colours and patterns - but this has a cute little red leaf repeat print, red buttons and a pussy bow at the neck, along with a matching belt. Its really nice! I havent tried it on yet (must be washed first!) but I know it will fit, and I have other dresses of similar style so I know that the cut will work for me. I also got this cropped jacket;
Its dark navy with little white stars all over. I love the cut of the jacket and it fits perfectly. And only £2!
And last but not least, some vintage bags for my revamping project :) I actually got 9 bags today!

Friday, 25 June 2010

Feeling Fruity!

When I started Dolly Cool, I did it with the ethos that I wanted to make cool, retro, rockabilly inspired jewellery that someone like me could afford. I like to keep my pricing realistic -  I hand draw/hand make each piece, and its how I make my living so I certainly dont want to give things away - but I really dont want my stuff to be expensive and out of reach for people.
Bearing this in mind, I'm always window shopping the vintage fruit necklaces on auction sites and I love them, but they are always are so expensive - especially the bakelite cherry ones, so I decided to have a
go making some. Firstly, the real deal... These were both on antique websites....

And my version below....
And the bakelite cherry necklaces - I have seen some of these for sale for upwards of $250 on American
antique sites and auction websites.... 

Drool drool - so amazing.....however I dont think I did too bad of a replica job....see below me modelling my new creation.....

I love my new necklaces and they will be going up for sale at some upcoming shows that I'm doing in the next few months :)

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

New (old!) earrings!

You know when you buy something online, and then er, forget about it?! Well, this is what I did with some vintage earrings I bought off Etsy last month. I bought them about 5 weeks ago, just before I went on holiday - and then forgot that I had bought them until they arrived this morning :)
Sometimes things from the States take only 4 days to get here - but these took over a month. They were of course a complete bargain - I got 5 pairs of screwback earrings for just $5, and $2 shipping. 3 of the pairs were hideous - and have been resigned to the charity bag - but I bought them for the following two pairs - still a complete steal at $2.50/pair:
Carved bakelite
Pearly domes with shooting stars!
I'm very happy with my 'forgotton' purchases! Now to scrub and clean so I can wear them :)

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Easy Banana Muffins

This afternoon, I took a break from making my jewellery orders, and made some cakes. I have a friend coming round tonight and its always nice to offer home made cakes to have with a cup of tea. I also find baking relaxing - and of course you always get a reward at the end!
The recipe I used is based on a Nigella recipe, but I have tweaked it a bit to make it better (in my opinion!) I also only ever bake 'half mixture' of cakes - when there are only two of you at home, a full cake mix that makes 24 fairy cakes, or 12 muffins is just too much! Using half mixture is much healthier, and they keep fresh too.
These are the bun cases that I used - a present from my friend Jo. They are so cute!
And the finished muffins - yum yum.
Here is the recipe that I used for the cakes. Its really easy to make, and I have already done it in a 'half mixture' portion size:

Easy banana muffins - Makes 12 small ‘fairy’ cakes or 6 muffin size cakes

40g melted butter

125g self raising flour

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp mixed spice

60g caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp golden syrup or honey

1 ripe banana

1 medium egg

60ml milk


1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees C

2. Sift flour, cinnamon & mixed spice into a mixing bowl. Add sugar & mix well.

3. In another bowl, whisk gently the egg, vanilla extract, melted butter, milk and syrup.

4. Mash banana and stir into wet mixture.

5. Pour wet mixture into dry mixture and stir gently. Do not over mix.

6. Set out 12 fairy cake cases, or 6 muffin cases and spoon the mixture equally into the cases.

7. Bake in centre of the oven for 18 mins until golden.

8. Remove from oven, cool and eat!

Sunday, 20 June 2010

I'm a Pifco princess!

Today was perfect car booting weather! The sun was blazing at 7.30am - and so Michael and I were up, off and out early to get some bargains.  I managed to get quite a few really good condition vintage bags (mainly 60's) to re-vamp for my new Dolly Cool project, and we got some books and a new planter for the garden. THEN I found a lady selling a brand new, never used, deadstock 1958 Pifco 'Princess Ensemble' Hairdryer set. I was soooooo excited when I saw it!!! I had seen one of these dryers for sale in a house clearance shop a few months ago, but it was dirty and cracked so I didn't get it. I live in a small house and we just don't have room for lots of clutter (as in, stuff for display, rather than use).
It wasnt just the dryer either - it was the full BOXED set.....
Its just so fancy for a hairdryer! The boxes, although obviously aged are still quite impressive. The bottoms of the boxes are red, and the tops are pink with gold embossed scroll.
One box contains the dryer, another box has the stand, and the third box has the drying hood, hose and comb attachment. All are mint condition and still have all original tags and seals. There was a diagram sheet in
with the hood showing how to use it...
This of course, inspired a comedy photo opportunity....
I'm sat at my 60's kitchen table modelling the Pifco drying hood. Don't I look glamourous?!!
The lady wanted £10 for the set, but I offered £8 which she accepted. She told me she was really happy that I was buying it as I looked like someone who would appreciate it. Which of course I do! Its on its stand in my room ready for use tomorrow :)

Busy saturday and a new stockist!

I had a busy weekend! My entire life pretty much revolves around my business - but thats not a bad thing when you love what you do :). I was up early and out into Manchester for the monthly Etsy team meet. This is a group of ladies who all sell on Etsy or have their own creative businesses, and we meet up to discuss ideas, share supplier info, good websites etc. - and also have a cup of tea, cake and a good chat too. This is what I wore:
My entire outfit (apart from my shoes) is vintage. I'm wearing the top I got earlier on in the week from the charity shop, and the 60's skirt and necklace I bought at the car boot last week. I went for quite a smart look as I was going for a meeting with a shop owner after my Etsy team meet, to discuss them stocking Dolly Cool in their shop. The meeting went well (more coffee and a teacake!) and we agreed a list of products that they will be stocking. This is going to be some of my cast resin pieces and 3D hearts...
3D 'LOVE' heart necklace

3D 'LOVE' felt pin
100's and 1000's ring
Creative Pin

Friday, 18 June 2010

Too fast new designs

So, as some of you may already know - as well as designing/making my own line Dolly Cool, I also do some freelance graphic design work - and one of the companies I work with is US brand Too Fast. I'm posting about them today as one of the necklaces that I designed for them is on the front page of their website!
My design is the eyeball and bat wing necklace to the left!
 I did some graphics for them a while back, and they have put them on some tops and hot shorts. All photos are taken from the Too Fast website and used with permission :) I always like the models Too Fast use. They always have a real mixture of punky, rockabilly and regular girls for the shots who are actually a 'real' size - not stick thin!
Skelebirds corset
Sailor swallows top
Zombie swallows top
Cherry bow top
Bite Me hotshorts!
I have recently done some cool all over prints for them that I'm really happy with, but I can't show you yet until they have used the prints and they are online for copyright reasons. I shall share in due course!