Then there are books. I haven't bought many books for a while (let's just gloss over Bazaar Style because I bought that at the same time so it effectively doesn't count, yes?) and I do like a new one and a bit of new inspiration every now and then. And so "Thrifty Chic" landed on the doorstep. I've had nothing but a very quick flick at the moment. Sometimes, the excitement of getting the book is almost more exciting than it actually being here! I want to prolong the anticipation of devouring the new book fully so I often end up taking my time really getting to grips with it. Nuts? Or are some of you like that too? Oh go on, say yes. Pleeeease...
Then it was time to sew again. In a few weeks, we have something quite exciting on the cards to attend, something we've not been a part of before. It's a retro thing, too. So, I have spent many an hour on the 'net trying to research this period in time and being scared by the price of vintage sewing patterns. In the end, I went to my local sewing shop instead and picked something which I think (hope) has a vintage vibe. I'm telling myself it's all about the hair, make-up and accessories, anyway. No idea how I do the hair, of course but we'll talk about that another day, perhaps? Some of you out there might be experts in this sort of thing. (Fingers crossed.)
(This is about as messy as it gets for me. And yes, it will all be tidied away before the end of the day. OCD and all that!)
That's the dress in two halves, hanging on the ironing board. I have actually sewn it together now and am currently having button angst. I can't help thinking vintage buttons are called for but I don't think any of the ones I have really "go" and I need 6 and I'm the sort of person who has weird numbers of buttons; generally not 6, of course. Why is it that with a whole drawer full of buttons, all prettily and sensibly ordered by colour, I never seem to have just what I want? Indeed, Mr HenHouse really cannot understand this. You understand this, though, don't you, my friends?
GIVEAWAY! Yes, let's give this waffley post some purpose. Let's have a giveaway because it's been ages, hasn't it? It has been great both to cyber-meet lots of lovely like-minded folk through my blog and to meet quite a few of you in the flesh at the Fair. Recently, I've received comments from some newcomers which is always nice, much as I treasure my hardened blogging pals, you're all tops. Looking at the stats though, there are lots of you lurking out there and I want to encourage you to come forward! Come on, don't be shy, you know you want to! What about the prize, you're thinking, is it worth entering? I thought rather than deciding on a prize now, once we've got a winner, the winner and I can have a chat and depending upon what you, the winner, likes, we'll go from there. But you know the sorts of things I make and yes, it will be handmade.
So, comment away people. To make it a bit interesting and in case you really are shy and don't know what to say, I thought we'd have a question, but it's optional, answer it if you choose. Possibly because of the retro clothing, because of course, I love vintage (and lots of you do, too), possibly because of watching Ashes to Ashes last night...
If you could go back in time, what era would you go back to and why?
It doesn't have to be an essay, the more frivolous the better, actually. I'm thinking, "I'd like to go back to the '50's because all the ladies were so glam and beautiful and the dresses were fab-u-lous." Yes, in fact, I'd just like to be Audrey Hepburn, if you don't mind. But I know you can do better than that!
Let's make draw time next Monday as I'm whisking my other half away for his birthday (yes, just the two of us!!!) towards the end of next week, so we can get it all wrapped up by then.