Friday, 30 April 2010

Vintage Fashion Fair and flip flops

I'm busy preparing for the Earls Court vintage fashion fair on 16 May, more details to follow! I finally got round to putting my winter clothes away and my bare feet are now free from woolly socks and I'm wearing my Ipanema flip-flops again! The rubber is very hard wearing and I've had mine for several years, made in Brazil they come in many colours and are very comfortable. Try them!

Monday, 26 April 2010

Bromley Market Friday 23 April 2010

It was a reasonable retail day and the sun was shining! One of the most popular items were the new fair trade net scarves which come in a range of stunning colours and are priced at £8. I sold a couple of vintage pieces too, a beautiful 1980's 'pearl and gold' necklace and an American fun frog ring (frogs all around with green glitter)! Next market date: Friday 7 May.

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Visit to the plant nursery

I bought two dwarf cherry trees and two wild flower plants. It was exhausting as two of my children were fully of energy and spent the time running around, even though they're now 12 and 14. Still, if I can achieve buying an oven in Allders with a 2, 4 and 6 year old running UP the DOWN escalator, I can achieve anything! It's a beautiful day today and I'll be planting all the plants I've bought over the last two weeks. I'll take a photo to show you some of the planting!......We've been planting all day and this is a photo of wild pansies which are part of a sink garden.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Gardening, native plants and wild flowers

One of my main interests is gardening, and particularly native plants and wild flowers, hence my business logo which is a photo taken in my garden of the native sweet briar rose. I have three planting projects at the moment, a mini-orchard; pergola; and woodland area. I'm off to Coolings Nursery today and will tell you about my findings later!

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Friday, 9 April 2010

Malcolm McLaren RIP

Notorious British punk rock band The Sex Pistols at the EMI studios, 2nd December 1976.  From left to right, manager Malcolm McLaren, Steve Jones, Johnny Rotten (John Lydon), Glen Matlock and Paul Cook. (Photo by R. Jones/Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Malcolm McLaren died from cancer at 64 this week. I never really was into punk rock, it was like rock'n'roll with an infection! At the time it was very aggressive, but didn't last long. It seemed to me to be all about dressing with safety pins and shouting. Didn't he run for Mayor of London? Rest in peace, Malc.

Easter wind band concert

I went to my son's Easter wind band concert last night, and it was both very enjoyable and nostalgic. They played YMCA by Village People which everyone loved and I was one of the few to remember it first time round! I never really did understand what it was all about, so I did a bit of research. Village People was a manufactured group like the Spice Girls, which was formed in 1977, and managed by two French musicians. The characters were based on men living in the Greenwich Village area of New York City. My favourite song of the evening, however, was Imagine by John Lennon, what talent!

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Reminiscing...about the high street

circa 1975:  A customer browsing at Biba's, Kensington Church Street, London.  (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
Hi everyone, I just created a blog today, and this is my first post!

Do you remember the high street in the 70s? Maybe, maybe not. It was all small boutiques. I especially remember Biba selling babydoll mini-dresses. The decor was all black walls, fairy lights and a black metal spiral staircase. There were other shops like Martin Ford that sold acrylic intarsia twin sets (I had these in bottle green and plum) and gunmetal tights. Quite a contrast to today's high street!

This little paragraph was inspired from reading about Celia Birtwell (who was married to Ossie Clark), in Grazia magazine. Her beautiful fashion collection is available from John Lewis.

"Nothing happened in the sixties except that we all dressed up."
John Lennon