January is a funny old month. In Britain, it’s cold, more often than not raining, and every street you walk down has depressing 70% off sale signs, garishly attempting to lour you into spending money on something you don’t particular like or need.
However (before this post sounds too pessimistic!) It’s the perfect month to hole yourself in the comfort of your room, with good books, magazines and new year projects to keep yourself busy and entertained. I’d thought I’d show you all what I’ve been keeping busy with, including a little taste of things to come!
These photos were taken by the fire station in Brighton, after Joshua and I went out for some vegetables and fresh air! The vintage skirt is an old favourite (See here, here and here!) which I hadn’t worn for a very long time as the hem needed repairing, and I just never quite got round to doing it! (Ridiculous really as it only took minutes to fix!) I’ve worn it with (this) polka dot dress underneath as a blouse and a putty-coloured H&M cardigan. My wonky little scottie dog brooch joined in the fun again too!
I purchased these vintage-style seam stockings in the Topshop Christmas sale, and the beautiful patent red Mary-Janes were an eBay find. Originally from Office, when they were in store I saved to grab a pair, only to find my size sold out by the time I was ready! So imagine my glee at getting a near-mint pair for a snip!
The vanity case was my Mums in the 60s, with an old neck scarf as a replacement handle.
Wanna know what has kept me smiling this week?
Regular little packages from my postman, one of which was this (quite frankly) amazing print by Max Dalton, of 111 Archer Avenue, the home of the Tenenbaum family in Wes Anderson’s ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’.
As a huge Wes Anderson fan (let’s face it – who isn’t?!) I completely adore it!
Right down to the zebras on Margots wallpaper – every detail and every character is featured in this beautiful coloured (limited edition – cough cough!) print.
I purchased my print via The Peoples Print Shop, which sell a limited edition print for a ten day period, before no longer selling them again!
I caught my Max Dalton print with two days to go! Phew!
And for a print that good, I had to work on getting the frame right! Whilst at home for Christmas I stocked up on emulsion paint sample pots and cheap charity shop frames, which all came in very handy!
For instance, this frame…Which seems to have photographed quite nicely, is actually really ghastly and plastic-y in real life. Until…
A few coats of deep coral! Personally I much prefer this end product!
And once my print was mounted in its newly painted frame, up on the wall it went! Along with a beautiful print of ballerinas that Joshua got for one of my Christmas presents from a local flea market (I had been eyeing it up for weeks!)
I also put up my favourite photograph of my Mum and I, my very first sewing attempts (aged six!) an embroidered house I picked up in a Berlin flea market a few summers ago, a print of one of my favourite vintage vogue covers, a charity shop taxidermy butterfly and some vintage photographs I love.
Two of which are of a school production featuring these adorable little ballerinas! I love so many aspects of these photos!
And once I was done with my hammer and tacs, I set about clearing and organising my work space…
This little vintage shelving tower from a flea market really helps to give me a bit more space, and to display all those trinkets that I like to surround myself with!
The porcelain swan is a tribute to my hometown, our town crest features a swan and a crown – it’s good to remember where you came from!
And why all this mad cleaning, preening and organising?
Well the wheels are in motion at long last! Having settled in a home I love, in a city I adore – being financially comfortable and not having a hefty train journey keeping me away from my man anymore, I have the time, money and ambition to finally get my long-awaited home textile business off the ground!
I have started making and creating bits and pieces already, but until I decide the time is right to show those properly…. Here’s a sneaky peak!
I’m aiming to launch in March (oh man that seems so close!) and will of course keep you all informed of my triumphs, tears and tangled wool in the meantime!
Any suggestions or queries are of course welcome!
More soon (I’m very excited about the next post!)
Love Yours Truly, x