Tuesday, 3 July 2012

A Trio Of Ta Da's!



I'm linking this post up with Lakota's Ta Da! Tuesdays as there's plenty of Ta Da! here...

In my last post I mentioned that I'd be doing something more interesting with my Tuesdays. I had three part time jobs, none of which gave me enough money to be independent, (ie move out!), I was starting to get very bored indeed, I also mentioned last time that I was falling asleep at my desk.


So I applied to be a volunteer at the National Trust. Luckily there's a NT property almost on my doorstep, which I know well...

It's the home of the 19th Century Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, who was very popular with Queen Vicky and our only PM of Jewish descent.

So I arrived there today, looking very bedraggled as I'd walked in the rain, underestimated the distance and worn silly shoes. But I was made to feel very welcome and I enjoyed it immensely. I'm not sure how long I can last before I start angling for a paid job there! I only do 3 short hours then I'm out again free to spend the rest of the day doing what I want! It's lovely to spend that time gazing at lovely objects and paintings and chatting about history

I've been an ebay horror this week - I also had an ebay fail where I bought some boots which arrived lightning quick but had a broken zip. I just want the perfect pair of chestnut brown knee high boots, that fit my calves, with a small heel... is that too much to ask?!

brand new cream lace dress £8


lace, net, broiderie anglais and cotton skirt £5

I also bought this Barry M nail polish in pink silver


Did a little charity shopping this week...



The fur collar above is real fur, I'm not very keen on real fur but it was sat sadly on a dusty bottom shelf in Oxfam and I felt sorry for it (if I get really sad I'll give it away... or bury it). The tea cup was only 50p, part of the "Dainty Miss" series.

My second Ta Da is this dress which I patched up. I bought it during my trip to Walsall to visit Vix, due to the large rip in the skirt it only cost me 50p. I used an old rose print hanky to patch it up



 My third Ta Da! is these two paintings I finished recently, one was a commission, the other entered specially into a local art competition. I didn't win anything, I think the judges tastes were too conservative, plus the title of my work alluded to the new hideous housing estate spoiling the view across the village.

Commonside, acrylic on board 2012

Callie, acrylic on canvas 2012

There we go, another long post - and I had more to show so I'll be back in the week with a post covering walks, ebay stuff - if it's arrived and local flowers



22 comments:

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

Aaaagh you lucky thing working in that beautiful house! What a great thing to be able to do with your time. I would love to do something like that. I only have 1 part time job but I don't have the time for another one. It's a good way of getting your foot in the door at least.

I love the patched up dress, the birdy top (so 80's!!!) and the cream dress. Your artwork is just too edgy and real for those po faced judges. Right on missus!!

So glad things are moving in the right direction for you xxx

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

i can't believe how many cool stuff u find, and so cheap! how?
i'm in love with that cat picture! in love! #catlover :))

xx

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

All these wonderful ta-da's, I don't even know where to start:) Congrats on landing that volunteer position - I would kill to volunteer at a place like that! My fingers are crossed that it turns into a job for you - how amazing would that be! All those beautiful paintings to be surrounded my everyday - ah, swoon.

Loving how you patched up that dress - so very creative. I don't think my mind would have considered patching a floral dress up with another floral print. I love it! I want to try this on my dress alterations pile now:)

Speechless at your paintings. You are incredibly talented to say the least! Paints - acrylic, watercolor, etc were always such a difficult medium for me to work with. I always preferred charcoals. I admire people that can manipulate paint on canvas so effortlessly and beautifully.

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

Love all you ta daassssssssssssssss, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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

What a cool place to volunteer, it sound so cool, good for you!!!! I love your patch job with a hankie so creative and it looks fab! I also love that cute lil sweater with the humming birds. Good luck on the boots you totally deserve a pair! Your paintings are both spectacular!
XXOO
Krista

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

Wow, it must be tremendous to work in an NT property, I'd love that. I know I say this everytime, but I wish I could paint. Xx

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

Well done you - lots of things to Ta-Dah about this week! You sound MUCH perkier!
I haven't been to Hughenden Manor for years - my niece was volunteering there in her college holidays, don't know if she will in the summer, will have to find out and let you now.
Nice patching job, cute lace frock, and love those little blue birds on that top.
Now the paintings... You surely don't expect art "experts" in rural South Bucks to appreciate your genius, do you? Of course they won't get it, they'll want pretty straightforward figurative stuff and nothing that has a point of view... Callie is a handsome moggie, though she doesn't look too happy about being immortalised in acrylics! xxxx

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

Gorgeous place to volunteer, fingers crossed for a full time position for you. And the art work is brilliant! You keep making me want to try some art again. I'm massively out of practise though.

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

Aha! The ole hanky on hole trick eh? I've never seen it work so well before - I love it and that frock is superb!! 50p? Madness!! Cooing over your fur and doggy - oh dear do they know each other? Eeek!! Gawd I love your paintings and I love the title "Commonside" - urgh to encroaching ugly housing:(. What an amazing job (and house!) oh what joy it will be to wander through and imagine you've finally moved out and snagged your own pad;)) xxxxxxxxxx

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

Ooh the house is gorgeous - will the volunteering there be an ongoing thing? The rose hanky patch is INSPIRED! I absolutely love it and insist that you do another dozen completely unnecessary patches using all different hankies! Your paintings are MARVELLOUS - you win all the Sarah Awards! Your clever poppet! Sarah xxx

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

So glad it went well, the house looks really grand and imposing! Can't imagine anyone meeting you who wouldn't love you immediately!
Great buys, love the lace frock and the bird print top and the way pooch is eyeing up that fur so suspiciously!! That cup is gorgeous, I don't usually like dainty china but she's one hot biatch!
Love what you've done to the 50p dress, inspired!!! We are nail varnish twins today! You've surpassed yourself with the art, adore the cat and if the pompous prats don't appreciate the landscape they've got plums for eyes! xxx

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

Oh I love the building, it would be amazing to be in there and working.
I think the dress is amazing with its heartfelt little ahoo patch.
Sending happiness to you sweet!
Love v

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

What a glorious place to volunteer! Aren't you also near the place the Hellfire Club was?

edie pop said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Your new volunteer job place and the atmosphere sound amazing!I'm sorry for the ebay horror, but the white dress is lovely and so the charity shops finds especially the blue birds shirt.I'm totally in love with your new artworks, 'Commonside' has a Van goghesque style and the colours are very rich, beautiful!
The cat portrait is amazing too, great facial expression!
xxxx

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

What a gorgeous building!
I would be taking photos all around that marvelous place.
Love your patch up hankie idea, true genius.
I always feel sorry for fur collars, such discrimination.
Birdie sweater is just too cute.
Shit they dont know art those fuckas!
Hope you feel better soon.
Besos

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

At least your doing something you are enjoying even it's for free! I adore the patch job on that funky dress. Your art is fantastic snooty judges have no idea. xx

Barn House Antiques said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I really hate when you buy something from ebay and it comes broken. Hopefully it will be cheap for the boot maker to fix for you!!

By Larissa said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hey dear,
great blog u have here.
xo.
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karensomethingorother said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh, love your paintings Clare! I don't know how you didn't win?!? Seriously--are they blind?

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

I cannot wait to see you in these lovely frocks! I really LOVE the patch..twas a splendid idea. :D Gives it character!

I really love your paintings. If I was Queen Judge, you would have won. Everything. All there was to win. :D I genuinely think they are beautiful.

Also, pink silver Barry M is a beauty! XOXOXO

Jatinda Kang said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

gorgeous clothes, my fave is the white short sleeve top with the baby blue detail on it.

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Jatinda

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

Maybe they will offer you a paid job, you never know. What a fab place to work.
Love all your buys, especially the lacy dress.
Fab paintings too ... I don't know one end of a paintbrush from the other!
M x