Monday, 21 May 2012

If I can just stop sneezing and scratching for a moment...

so I can start writing  a post

oh hideous hayfever has sprung up as soon as the weather looks like it's improving.

Oh I've done so badly and not really bought anything of note and things I have bought haven't fitted properly

Bought a longline granny bra from ebay
 
  Didn't fit (boobs too small, never happens)
 
Bought a strawberry print dress from ASDA 
G21 Strawberry Dress

Looked bad.
 Now I have to pay to send it back

The only charity shop items I picked up this week were

 largish cantilever sewing box
in which someone had left a box of bits...
always handy!

I also picked up this pretty cardigan for only £2


but... sigh I feel like I've been so greedy and useless, buying things and then not fitting (I also won a pair of earrings on ebay which turned out to be minute).

 On Saturday my friend and I went to The Bounty, a pub nowhere near the sea but on the Thames, we sat on the jetty and ate chips



On Sunday I went to London to talk about the art side of this years Vintage Festival, though on the way I got a hair cut. I'm involved with the Bad Art Salon - it's a fantastic competition that I have won and come second in. 
You can enter it too!

Give "bad taste" the credit it deserves, is good art really that good or is it BORING? 
Do you have any original art you think you could enter? Check out the link above for the details and examples of bad art. Ooh and if you have work you've done yourself - all the better!
Here's what I'm entering this year, it's a bizarre painting I found on ebay
So if you have anything like this - it HAS to be an original you should enter and you could get a free day ticket to Vintage and even win the Bad Art Salon!

In lovely leafy Hampstead we started making a banner based on the Sex Pistols God Save The Queen poster, it was surprisingly easy to map out and not too fiddly to make...

photo courtesy of David of Sleepy Panda Eyes and GWH Photography 

 
Will be back soon with some more sensible spending and hopefully a downsized room (slightly) 

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27 comments:

the old boathouse said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

So much goodness to comment on ... Firstly it's a pain about your purchases but I love the cardi and the sewing box. Chips by the Thames sounds like a dream outing to me and i ove your bad art. This comp is a super idea. I collect bad hand made stuffed toys and hang them in my loo. You know the odd little knitted things whose legs are too long etc . Bad can be soo good sometimes. Please give us an update on how your entry goes this year and some pics of the other entries xxx

Lucy Nation said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Getting in the jubilee mood? Is this a local art project or something? Looks interesting. I love the Pistols. That picture is, um, not sure what it is really. Certainly original! xx

Miss Simmonds Says said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

they sound lovely, unloved, a bit hilarious but rescued by you! xx

Miss Simmonds Says said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

It's for the Vintage Festival - if only hampstead was local!!

LUCEWOMAN said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Online shopping can be pretty soul-destroying.Hayfever is such a shitty side-effect of summer, it makes me look like I've been crying my eyes out.
Lovely cardi, cardigans are so useful in this country, you cannever have enough. Great sewing box find, and cantilever is a word I must use more often.

That ebay painting - there's something intriguing about the face, then you get tp the arms and hands - hmm, did that ladie's mother have a luck of the Thalidomide pill or summat? Weird, 'must try harder'.

Bad art? I could provide plenty. I'm ruvbbish at painting, but think I'man 'arty' person. Deluded through and through.
Us pair could throw a brilliant pity party.

God Save the Queen looking brilliant - well done!

Lucy x

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

That banner looks ace - I just made myself some Sex Pistols jubilee earrings - I'm a bit in love with them (the earrings that is, not Johnny Rotten). LOVE the idea of the bad art thingy - I reckon your man in drag dressed as the Queen doing crochet is with a great chance!

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Beach-Combing Magpie said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I had hayfever all of my life, but once you reach a 'certain age' the worst symptoms do start to wear off. However,that's not really much consolation at the present time, when you're nowhere near 'that' age!!! Lipsalve around and in your nose helps, plus always wearing sunglasses outdoors - though people tend to think you're a bit weird, but it's that or hit that drugged-out hayfever state!!!
I thought that was a painting of the Queen at first glance...with really short arms!

Clairejustine said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

The banner looks great,ohhh I love the strawberry dress will have to keep my eyes open for one of these :)

Bijou Sugar-Socks said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

wow! i am in love with that banner :) and too bad abt the strawberry dress... it looks smashing :) i could use a "by-the-Thames" drink now :)

Bella said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Just like Beach-Combing Magpie, I thought the painting was of the Queen. Maybe the resemblance will be enough to push it through to the winning post; what with the Jubilee? Good luck with it.

two squirrels said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh sweet you poor thing, hay fever is just so yucky!!!!! Sending a squirrel hug, I hope you feel better soon.
Rats the strawberry dress was not riight, it's so cute.
The banner looks just amazing!!!!
Love v

Camelia Crinoline said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I feel your pain about the hayfever. It's awful. I hope you are feeling better soon. I love that bra. Pity it doesn't fit. I have a few longline bras but they're all too big for me too. The sewing box is so cute and I love the cardigan.

Vix said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

That banner is fabulous, what a great project to get involved in.
I love that picture of you, you look gorgeous.
I love ugly art, your creations are beyond brilliant and as you know I've a penchant for freaky children with big scary eyes.
What a shame about the purchases. I bet you can relist that bra and get your money back in no time.
Hope the hay fever isn't too bad today. x

Sparkle said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

i love that dress. but hunnie you spend a lot :)

xo

Pull Your Socks Up! said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh the banner looks utterly amazing!!!!!!!! I've suffered long spells of hopeless I'll-fitting and questionable online buys. SO frustrating! Love the box though, what find ... blasted hayfever! xxx

Miss Magpie said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Boo to the strawberry dress, it's lovely material what a shame the fit was not good.

I love the look of the banner too.

*PLEASE* send me that little duckie patch in my swap parcel he's mental, I love it!

Marisa Noelle said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I LOVE that sewing box! What a treasure of a find:) Quite a gorgeous cardi as well.

The pub looks like such a perfect place to dine in the summer. I wish there were more place like this near me.

Looks like brilliant work you are doing on the banner.

Hope you feel better soon! xx Marisa

Bella Q said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

The Bad art reminds me of a bit in Conan O'Brien's documentary in which he is sent pizza that have been reworked to have a "Pic" of him on the pizza. His orange hair is made out of pepperonia and his face a queue of olives. The person peers into the box, shows it to the camera and says: This doesn't even look like it could TASTE good. And I thought, bad art should taste good.

Vintage Coconut said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I like buying stuff offline.. But I always worry when its clothing or shoes. So I try to stick to jewelry, home decor & knick knacks.

That dress is cute it's too bad it doesn't work. Love the cardigan you picked up and your sewing box. The pressies in the sewing box are a delight.

The painting you bought off e-bay is a riot!! *lol*

La Dama said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What an awesome banner amor!
Too bad about the bra and strawberry dress.
Hope you feel better soon.
I suffer from allergies too ,butI get the "Chiari migraines" instead.
That painting is bonkers, maybe you will win.
You scored on the sewing box with free cute bits included.
Besos

Helga! said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

OMG I LOVE THAT BANNER!!!! SQUEEEEEEEE!
I love Queenie! SQUEEEEEEEEEEE!
Not sure how I missed this post.....POOOOOO!!!
Feck hayfever,it frigging SUX the big one.Makes one feel so crapulous!
Now,bugger about the sweet bra and frock,but that cantilevered sewing box is fantasmo,as is that darling cardi!Win some,lose some!
Art is a funny bloody thing! I just like it or I don't,generally.I have a friend who is doing an Art Histroy Masters or soemthing terribly high brow,and i love talking with him about art and trying to learn to understand it a bit.......but at the end of the day...it's appaealing or not,I guess!
This Bad Art Salaon sounds fabulous!!! Yeah,what makes bad tatse bad taste??!
bahaha!
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Misfits Vintage said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh darling, hope you feel better! I have my Mama's cantilevered sewing box. It has no legs any more but i don't care. I still love it.

I would absolutely love to sit with you and eat chips and be fashion police and solve the problems of the world for hours on end. How delightful!

Sarah xxx

Miss Tallulah Porkchop said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You know what my new thing is? Buying longline granny bras like that and them dying them acid green. HOT!

SACRAMENTO said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You have done a lot for someone feeling poorly.
I got a cold as i gotto Berlin, and thereis nowayto get ridi of, perhaps itis hay fever???
Take care my gorgeous.
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edie pop said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love your sewing box and all the amazing stuff in there!!
I have to add you in my blogroll list, so next time I'll be one of the first to comment you!!!
Too bad for the wrong buys,it often happens to me when I order something without fitting!
I'm really interested in the Bad Art Salon, I've visited it online and is amazing and so your work, I love that is fashion inspired and the Beatrice's portrait is stunning!!
xxx

Vintage Sweetheart said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Ahh hayfever yuck!! I hate when things don't fit properly it's a pain in the butt. But I do love those iron patches and cardie. That banner is bloody fantastic. You're a talented bunch. xx

pastcaring said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Me and the kids are all sniffling at the moment, but I think it's just a summer cold, not hayfever. Poor you! You look as though you are enjoying your chips by the Thames though, I would like that too.
Oh I think anyone who's bought from Ebay or online always gets disappointed at some stage. You have to factor in the return cost, or the effort of selling things on. But it's a shame when it's something you were really looking forward to wearing. (Have just popped some things in the post for you today, which will hopefully compensate a little. Even if they don't fit, at least they're free!)
Love the banner, what a fabulous idea. The painting is quite bizarrely out of proportion... or maybe the sitter really had short arms? Who knows?! xxxx