Monday, 27 February 2012

silly questions/amazing postcards

I was tagged by Food and Faff to answer some pointless questions! Which I will do further down this blog.

Firstly, I've been updating my postcard blog on tumblr. I'm a big collector of strange postcards and other emphemera, I usually get sent or given bits for my birthday. I've also included some family photos and cards that might be of interest. Here's a link to it: mydarlinglittlesunbeam.tumblr.com

Here's a few:

 A little study in Black and Fright
Torquay Sept 27th 1946
(my Nana and Grandad)

Medici Wildflowers Series
“your country needs your L.S.D.
help it win the victory”
1st June 1943
(this place looks exactly like the woods behind my house - in June)

Tenby Sands
September 6th 1908
“How does the little Tenby boy,
Employ each shining hour?
By sucking honey all the day,
From Tenby’s finest flower”
Edwardian Kitsch!

There's loads more! Go and have a peek. Some are even for sale!

If you saw my post from Saturday, (it was a corker, if I do say so myself) then you'll have seen the fab fascinator I gave to my friend Lisa. She's just taking the first steps into the world of Blogging herself - there's more gratuitous photos of her wearing my hat and the flower hair comb I gave her for Christmas!

Ok, so back to the questions - There are rules apparently (urgh - rules):

1) You must post 11 random things about yourself;
2) Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post;
3) Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer;
4) Go to their blog and tell them you've tagged them;
5) No stuff about 'you're tagged if you're reading this' - legitimately tag people

Here's my Eleven things (this'll take a while, I could barely think of enough for the 7)

1. It's quite difficult to explain my job - When people join a GP surgery, I go through their medical history contained in the notes and put it all onto the surgery database. I have quite a good knowledge of medical terms. That's all I do. Exciting!

2. I never got higher than E for maths GCSE, despite taking it 3 times

3. I haven't left the country for 9 years! I've been so poor! Until last summer I hadn't had any kind of holiday for 3.

4. I have a 2:1 in BA Hons Fine Art , but failed most of my GCSEs and A Levels! (oops)

5. Today my hair is finally long enough for me to wear it in a poni-tail out in public, first time since 2004

6. The first single I ever bought was Parklife in 1994! Though I'd been given a Doris Day cassette and a Pentagle LP a couple of years previously.

7. I didn't own a CD player til I was 18 (in 1999) - everything was on vinyl!

8. Such is my addiction to bric-a-brac and vintage - I have jumble sale anxiety dreams, dreams where I find a secret hoard of stuff and one's where I'm trying to transport a big haul home! 

9. I HATE unscrupulous property developers who build on green spaces, I've seen quite a few (including my old school field) disappear and if I won the lottery one of the first things I definitely would do is buy up land to try and protect it.

10. Talking of nature, I'm a bit of an expert on British wildlife (no Chris Packham  - we're not worthy!) and live next to a very large wood

11. I live half the week at my house and half the week with my boyfriend as financially we can't afford to move out, we both live at home!

Actually that was pretty easy!

Here's my questions from Foof & Faff

1 - What is the best job you've ever had?
I've had some absolute shockers so it difficult to pick one I didn't hate - what I'm doing now is fine, I worked in a pub in town, which gave me a great social life and I met my boyfriend there.
2 - Your favourite item of clothing?
I really don't have one! The leopard print coat is pretty hot though

3 - If you could be anywhere, where would you be? (in life or location)
right now... somewhere warm and sunny!

4 - Something you've always wanted but never got?
Easy - the Sylvanian Families Windmill!

5 - The first movie you saw at the cinema?
I think it might've been Winne The Pooh in some sort of Disney Kiddies Double Bill malarkey

6 - Your top played song on iTunes?
This apparently!!

7 - The most practical/useful thing you own?
boring things like my mobile or my laptop - although the bag within a pouch thing I own is great for stuffing in charity shop finds!
8 - Would you rather be taller or shorter (if you HAD to chose!)?
Taller! Then my BMI would come down!

9 - Your longest standing hobby?
Jumble sale-ing, general thrifting of course!!

10 - If you had an hour to kill what would you do?
At home -  internet or sleep. In town - charity shopping!

11 - The best thing that's happened to you so far this year
Tax rebate!! Now I HAVE to learn to drive!
 
Still awake? Good... Here's who I've tagged to answer my questions below
 
 
I'm so sorry if I've missed you out or you don't want to take part - I won't be offended if you don't!

My questions are:

1. Who is your most bizarre celebrity crush?
2. What is/Would be your karaoke song?
3. If you could invent your own course and teach it, what would it be?
4. Zombie Apocalypse weapon of choice?
5. What period in history would you most like to visit?
6. What's the most unusual food you've eaten
7. Have you met any celebrities?
8. How long have you been thrifting/op shopping/jumble saleing?
9. Which childhood cartoon/tv program scared you the most?
10. What are 3 of your favourite books?
11. What is your favourite film?

phew!

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Tis better to give...

Today is my friend Lisa's birthday and she suggested we visit Waddesdon Manor 
which is a National Trust property formally owned - or still owned, not sure by the fabulously wealthy Rothschild family. It's a big bastard house - huge and ridiculously expensive to get into (£17) - so we decided to take things to the next stage and buy National Trust memberships. So now we have to make an effort to visit more stately homes! Luckily there's one a mile from my house.

image borrowed from the indispensable Wikipedia

Huge innit? It was still shut for the winter. Here's Lisa in front of it:


We proceeded directly to the restaurant (as the standard NT tea room was still closed for the winter). I had the rather small but very tasty cheeseboard and jasmine tea served in a metal teapot (insert correct term here)


Next we headed to the gift shop - my favourite place of any attraction of any kind. I picked up this birdy tin, with a concerned looking parrot - a motif from the opulent looking porcelain service upstairs


We then had a wander round the grounds. Here's what we wore:


Miss Goodman wears
Jacket - H&M
Boots - Primark
Scarf - Present from Milan
Bag - Caprisa
Jeggings  - Zara


Miss Simmonds Wears

Hacking Jacket - Ebay
Fake Fur Stole - Totnes Market
Tinny & Susannah Dress - Ebay
Handbag - Charity shop
Necklace - Charity shop
Shoes - Clarks at Bicester Village

We wandered round to the spectacular aviary, where I started cooing over the exotic birds


We then spotted this lady who appeared to be otherwise engaged


errr, what's she up to?


There was children around and everything. Disgusting


More gratutious posing photos


bit cross eyed


attempting a piroutette


bit better

There was some contemporary art being shown around the grounds - we spotted Sarah Lucas' Perceval. A giant china carthorse. These beauties adorned living rooms in the 60s and 70s, possibly placed underneath a J S Lynch print of one of those pub mirrors. Or somewhere near a set of reproduction horse brasses

Talking of contemporary art, all the statues were being protected in white tarpaulin sheets, apart from looking damned creepy, they also looked a lot like Christo had been at work. 


For her birthday, I made Lisa a fascinator, she loved it luckily! What do you think? 


Here's a close up - the base and charries were bought from ebay, apart from the buttons and flowers which were from the Oxfam haul as were the flowers.


I also gave her an old(ish) Chinese/Japanese lacquer music box - no photo - I have one on my camera at home somewhere!

Here's a few more Waddesdon shots (I collect weird signs - we saw one on the way home that said "Cats Eyes Removed)





There were beautiful blue skies today, but I was in the mood for a bit of the Velvet Fog. I hope you've all had a fantastic weekend!

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Simple things please simple minds

Indeed they do. But I'm guessing they could also please a highly cerebral powerhouse like mine.So here's some simple things that have cheered up my week...

Little in the way of second hand booty this week, but I did get a couple of pairs of shoes from ebay:

 The first pair are just like some I had when I was 3 - minus the heel. The second are rather 60s and I had to have them!

I did pick up this strange object for 79p in Oxfam - It could be a coaster, it has three little tiny stands on the underside. It could also be an unfinished belt buckle or something. I love anything with insects on, so had to have this!

I popped into ASDA (big old Walmart supermarche for my international readers) and found these shorts. They were so sold it took the assistant on the clothes stand quite a while to establish just how much they were, she already looked like she wanted to die so I think I added to her misery. The answer came back as 50p! I had to have them, the pattern is great - take a look at the close up!


No doubt there'll be a post of me wearing them at some point!

Also in ASDA I just had to buy....


For some reason these were in the World Food aisle! They're Irish but have been around for years. They're all gone now by the way...


On Saturday my friend and I went to Westfield shopping centre in London (it's a relative of Fountain Gate, but no Cath and Kim sadly)  - despite it being a huge shopping Mecca I only came back with 2 99p nail varnishes! Crazy - but I think I've got to the point where anything that isn't vintage/second hand/thrifted and £2 just isn't of interest.


Here's me eating a terrible cupcake  - it really was bad. And my friend Lisa with the enviable hair eating a better one



I'm back at my parents house after 5 weeks house sitting with my boyfriend. I'm very tired and my (well ok I share it) lovely office has been used as a dumping ground for old food wrappers, bank statements and magazines. My room needs dusting and hoovering.  Place of my own badly needed.

And I'm really really tired! Did I mention that? and I cut my fringe wonky. AND I've got loads of split ends.

Ho hum... here's some appropriate sickly and pathetic Victorian music (one of my favourite kinds)

(oh and I didn't poo actually on the floor of the dressing room, though I have been tempted to similar acts in other jobs)

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

At Last! Recognition!

I've just been awarded The Versatile Blogger Award by the lovely Melanie from The Folly Bird  - Hurrah!


This is my first award so I'm very excited. So many people to thank! Well just Melanie really.

Here's what I have to do:

After receiving the award there are several rules to follow:-
You should pass it on to 15 recently discovered blogs and let the bloggers know they have been nominated. Then you have to share 7 things about yourself. Finally thank the award giver and link back to them.
Here are the chosen ones: (Trying to find people who haven't recieved one already)



Perdita's Pursuits 
Scarlet Loves Elvis 
Sexy People On The Telephone 
Tales From The Faraway Tree
The Princess Prudence Diaries
Vintage Bird Girl
Vintage Coconut
Vintage Jane
Vintage Sweetheart 
Tickety Boo Tupney 



Obviously, if I missed you out then it doesn't mean I don't think you're fabulous, I just thought you probably had an award already! So sorry if you don't!

Here's my 7 facts

One:

I can't drive and I've never even had a lesson. I would like to learn this year as the buses are causing me so much pain and hassle I need to escape them. 

Two

I like singing in the bath and I think I do a passable Monroe impression, although from this video you can see it's not that good. I must point out that my friend was mightily impressed but videoed me at my most nervous - excuses excuses!



Three
 
When I was little I was in the "naughty class", known officially as a Behavioural Unit - for my outspoken ways and my finding schoolwork very boring indeed. From this photo, who would've believed one so innocent could've caused teachers so much consternation?
 
 
Four
 
I have two lovely dogs called Ruby and Monty, they're Jack Russell, Yorkie mixes
 

 
Five
 
I have a cat tattoo. You've probably seen it in my photos. Tis my only one and I don't have a cat any more
 
 
Six

I met Simon Pegg on holiday in Keflalonia. He was with his fiance and I was with a bunch of Sunday football louts. Don't ask why. I thought it would be a good idea. Pegg, wondered why and thought they were scum. He also told me to go to university saying it would be the best thing I could ever do. His fiance told me to read Wuthering Heights as it was amazing. They were both correct. Thanks to them both! We went to a bar and I told Simon how much I loved "Bad Train" - sigh, I was drunk and meant "Big Train". He was a nice man and walked me home.


 Seven

I had a job as a Stage Door Keeper at the local theatre for about 4 months. My job was to sit on reception ALL day and lock up the theatre at night. The building comprised of the modern theatre and the old town hall - I think there were about 50 doors to lock. I've met a few minor celebrities, but the wandering round in the dark and the crazy crazy hours, mininum wage, plus working for nightmarish jobsworth managment lead me to shout at my line manager and leave.  I also did a poo in the star dressing room after she'd gone home. HA!
The staff nights out were, pretty much every night. Madness


That shorthaired minx in the background is me, ignoring PC Plum


Saturday, 11 February 2012

Creme Caramel - updated


Did some charity shopping today, in a different town,  how exciting. Not really, Princes Risborough is quite small, although full of charity shops, everything closes early. 

However, I did pick up this outfit for £4 pounds! The skirt and the jumper were £1 each and the 1960s M&S scarf was £2. When I got home I found out the jumper was indecently see through! Argh. So I'm buying a thermal or otherwise vest to go underneath and this lovely creme caramel themed outfit should be complete

Lovely eh? I'm going to be looking out for more cream coloured jumpers and blouses to go with it. Although it's such a great colour I could match it with lots of others.

Tee hee.. I also picked up this vase/glass today


It was only 60p for such fantastic sauciness!

This hat was only £3 so I thought I better buy it! I'm not sure I like the veil, it's not very flattering. It's tacked on quite loosely and the base is a really lovely blue velvet, which is currently hidden. I might be doing a DIY job on this one 

***JUST ADDED***


This brooch by Sphinx was only £1.65  - since the shop was closing and that was all the change I had left

To escape all the hideousness of Saturday night TV... who else is watching Take Me Out and wishing they could run in and release some killer bees? Maybe just me then, don't call the police, I promise to stay at home and not go on a moron killing spree...

Here's a touch of class