Monday, 31 December 2012

Catch up part 3! The end....and a new beginning!

My last "catch up" post is here....without boring you all with the details, as you will know from my previous posts, our house move took 5 very long months. I found it very stressful and it kind of ruined the last half of the year for me. I had no idea that I would react this strongly to the upheaval, and the uncertainty of our move  (I was still a nervous wreak on moving day until about 2pm....ask my dad!!).
We finally had a moving date (a Thursday)...removal van booked...and all packed up, and on the Wednesday, the day before, at 4.45pm, I got a call saying that we were not moving after all. Everything had to be cancelled and it really was the last straw! 
A new moving date was "booked" for the following Wednesday, and we had ANOTHER week to get through, with everything in boxes, still not knowing if it would actually go ahead or not.....aggghhh!
I thought the only thing to do was to 'Keep Calm and Carry On' (over used to death at the moment, but the original concept of the phrase really did get me through the house move, that, and hair metal videos on YouTube!)..and so I planned a full weekend of going out and not staying in moping!
It made me feel MILES better. On the Saturday, I went to a local historic town, Lancaster, with my sister where we scoured charity shops, did Christmas shopping, had lunch and saw a brilliant Day Of The Dead exhibition at the Town Hall/Art Gallery.

A few snaps from the Exhibition - isn't it fab?!
On the Sunday, despite a rainy outlook at home, it was clear and sunny at the seaside, so Michael and I went out for the day and had a lovely peaceful and calming stroll along the seafront at Fleetwood. There was hardly a soul around, not surprising really for the end of November, but it was just what we needed.

And so the next week came, and we finally DID move on the second planned date of Wednesday 28th November - thank goodness!
A HUGE black cloud was lifted and we could finally start to get on with things at last!
Like my decorating onesie?!
I'm going to leave the interior and development posts for the new year - even though we have managed to renovate two rooms already, yippee!
And so its now New Years Eve 2012....and what can I say. I did have some good times of course, but for me,  it was all consuming with the move and for that reason, I'm glad to see the back of it!
I'm really looking forward to New Years Resolution is to "Get out more" - something that took a bit of a back seat this year. And by that I mean, go out for walks, bike rides, cars boots, flea markets, days out and in general travel more, and make better use of free time at weekends and days off.
 Michael and I have already begun planning an exciting weekend away for my this space!
So all that is left to say is....
Have a brilliant New Years Celebration, whatever you get up too and I'll look forward to getting my mojo back in 2013 :) x

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Blog catch up part 2! Whitby Kustom

And catch up part two....a few months down the line, at the beginning of November. Still nothing was happening on the house front so I was REALLY fed up at this show! ha ha! I can laugh about it now but at the time it was terrible......(that one is for the Morrisey fans!)
As Whitby is lovely, but quite a few hours drive from where I live (and with the show starting at 9am!) I stayed over in neighbouring Scarborough with my show buddy for this event, my sister!
The bright lights of Scarborough in November - the sea is on the other side.....was a bit cold! ;)
Me pretending I'm in Vegas
And we were up early the next morning. 
This is what the British seaside looks like at 7am....lovely!

Off to the show! Whitby Kustom is alongside the famous Whitby Goth Weekend
Goths, and tourists in general flock to Whitby as it was the setting for part of Bram Stokers Dracula.
The cars on show can be any pre '75 classics or customs, but you do tend to get the more spooky cars at Whitby!

Show host Paul's Bel Air Lugosi

Rat Rods

Victorian Style Hearse! 
I have no idea what type of car this is, sorry. It is very cool though! 
I was trading in the primary school dining room adjacent to the car show. The headmistress is a bit 50s obsessed....can you believe this is a kid's dinner hall?
Complete with booths, and working jukebox! So awesome!!
My outfit for the day - 
Red Leopard High Waisted Skirt with braces from Collectif
Dracula drinking a cup of tea t-shirt (my own nod to Whitby!) from Edward Teabelly
And of course some cakes to round the day off from the home made cupcake stall :)

Blog catch up part 1! Kustom Kulture Blast Off

Hello! Hope you all had a nice Christmas day - or just a nice day off if you don't celebrate Christmas :)
Well, We have been in our new house now for 1 month today - and what a manic month its been!
Moving house right at the end of November was really not the best time for me - as its when I'm busiest with Dolly Cool orders and design work for Too Fast.
I did *just about* manage to get everything done in time, as well as re-decorating two rooms in our house, and unpacking the gigantic mountain of boxes that came with us. Its really starting to feel like home now and I am very much looking forward to getting the renovations properly underway in the new year. I will of course be taking before and after pics for the blog, which I now have time to write again, hooray!
So, I will start where I left off in September and do a few catch up posts to bring you up to date with what I have been up too...
So, back in September was my annual trip to the Kustom Kulture Blast Off show.
I was really quite fed up at this point as things with the house move had pretty much come to a standstill. It was definitely "put a brave face on and get on with it", but I was actually really glad that I went, as well as having a good show trade wise, I had a much needed letting my hair down with my friends and show companions, Kally (from Kalandra Jane Designs), whom I shared my stand with, and Beth, who had the stand next to us with her pop up Vintage Hair and Beauty Parlour.

                                                   As always there were some cool cars....

Obligatory stall shot showing all my Dolly Cool wares!

Beth with the pop up Beauty Parlour...she even brought cool flooring!

Artists at the show decorated blank skulls and they were then sold for charity 

Apres Show! Pizza and cocktails. Lots of cocktails. Just what I needed, a good laugh in good company!

Too many cocktails + helium balloons = silly :)

On the way home, Kally and I stopped off at an OK diner for something to eat. We don't have any diners in or around Manchester where we live, so this was a novelty for us. It was yummy and cool!
And the outside!
Another post about my next show in Whitby is on the way next....

Thursday, 29 November 2012

FINALLY.....We have moved!!

After 5 (yes FIVE) VERY long months, Michael and I have finally moved house! It has been one of the most stressful few months of my life and I am so glad that it has finally happened!! Phew. I think my family and friends are also very glad that it has finally happened also - as I have been rather miserable of late! 
My new house (a mid century bungalow) is a renovation expect some posts very soon on some retro revamps..I'm very happy, relieved and excited about it all :)

Monday, 22 October 2012

My Latest Vintage Finds

Thought Id share with you a few recent purchases from the local Charity shops and antiques centre that I have managed to find recently...I've had a bit of a drought with good finds this year at the car boots, but this months finds have made up for that, because its quality not quantity thats important, right? :)
Find of the month - Original 50s footstool, just £4 (about $6.50) from the antiques centre. 
It was shoved in the corner, covered in dust, dirt and cobwebs. The seller obviously bought some things as a job lot and this was in there and they want to just get rid of it! £4!! All it took was a good scrub with some hot soapy water, and a toothbrush and it has come up brilliantly! 
Also from the antiques centre, picked up these vintage leaf glasses for just 20p (about 45c) each. Bargain, and jsut goes to show that antiques centres ARE worth a look round as there are bargains to be had! Yes a lot of things are expensive and possibly overpriced, but you can still get some gems if you look hard enough! 

More vintage glasses, this time from the heart foundation - £1.49 for the pair

And these fruity beauties were 25p each from the hospice shop! 
Fab clothing find! I hardly ever find anything vintage that I like, that is my style so I was thrilled to see this 60's knit dress for £5.99 in the PDSA shop. A quick wash and dry later, and on it went with my trusty bow belt - its a black and grey checkerboard knit dress - perfect for winter!

A few days after I got my dress, it was time for the annual local beer festival, so it had its first outing for probably many years! Its very comfy, and just the right length, so I can see its going to be a staple in my wardrobe. Here I am with my friend Jo - CHEERS!

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Some recent design work...

Firstly, thank you everyone who commented on my last post regarding me feeling fed up! The latest news is that there is still no news :( .....I'll keep you posted!

On a more positive note,  I thought I would share some of the design work that I have done for alternative punky US brand, Too Fast for this coming season.
I've been designing for Too Fast now for nearly 4 years now, alongside running Dolly Cool and absolutely love working with them. They are an amazing independent company and they sell so much cool stuff! Here are some things I've done for them....

Pop Art Gun Heel 

Moustache Heel - made of fuzzy flocked fabric! :)

Octopus socks

Bones Swimsuit

Sugar Skull Swimsuit

Owl Hat and Gloves

Sugar Skull Cardigan

Western Pistols Cardigan

Sugar Skull Hotshorts

Skeleton foot shoe with bone heel

Zombie Unicorn Onesie suit

Nautical print skirt

I'm in the middle of next season's collections now...will share more when they are released for sale! 
All the above are available now from Too Fast Clothing
Hope you all have a nice rest of weekend :)

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

In which I have a bit of a moan!

Here is a post of sorts that I really don’t normally do….a bit of a moan! I like my blog to be a place of upbeat-ness, days out, thrifty finds and what I’ve been up to with Dolly Cool, but for my regular readers who have been with me for the last few years, you may have noticed that since last year my posts have been a few and far between……and there is of course, a reason for this….

And the reason is that we are moving house….or trying too! Last Christmas, Michael and I made a firm decision that we wanted to move. So, we started saving, and every weekend from January until April, we set about getting our house ready to sell. Car booting, days out etc. all went out the window as we de-cluttered, repainted and tided every inch of our home and garden. It was hard work! BUT worth it, as we got an offer on out house in only 9 weeks, (which with the current economic situation, is fantastic!). So far, so good.

And then…..well, the joy of the conveyancing starts and everything grinds to a halt. Without boring you all to death, we are 3 months in, with no end in sight and we have absolutely no idea when/if we will be moving at this point. It really is infuriating!!

So…this is why I haven’t been blogging much this year. 4 months of decluttering, trips to the tip/dump/recycling and tidying – how exciting! And then, we haven’t really been buying anything exciting as we want to wait until we move, and we haven’t been anywhere as we are trying to save money to move with….which all makes for a dull, boring blog!

I’ve been brought up with the saying “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all” which applies to lots of things, but for me, blogging too. I’d rather not blog much then do it half heartedly, or moan every time I do!

I know in the grand scheme of things, world troubles, economic uncertainty etc. moving house is a miniscule “problem”, but to us at present, it is making us feel crap. I think In Limbo best describes it!!

On the bright side…when/(if!) we move…the house we are buying is a renovation project and we have lots of cool things in mind, which I am excited about doing, and sharing with you on the blog. Please keep your fingers crossed for us that everything starts to progress soon!

Until then, I will leave you with the ‘someecards’ card that I made myself, and which is stuck on the bottom of my computer screen to make me laugh!