Tuesday, 5 February 2013

I've been dying to tell you...


 I've been dye happy this week! 

I 've been dying a bunch of old clothes. Mostly green, because that's the colour I already had. 
Photo: Dying success! Also dyed a pair of pants and a dress for eBay


 Pashmina scarf, two petticoats, bloomers and another petticoat
Best of all

 This previously "flesh tone" bra is now a vivid green with ribbon roses added by me. Now it's totally amazing and surprisingly supportive

I also picked up this old hair comb with a rose missing... so I added a Virgin Mary. 
Photo: 25p hair clip, holy mother added by me

 I'm going to make some more. Edie pointed out that it looks quite a lot like a collection by D&G
Photo: Have you seen this? It looks like your hairclip!

 This Saturday Mike and I went to London... I got my hair cut. More on that tomorrow. I took photos and then accidentally deleted them! 
The main reason for our visit was the latest exhibition at The Wellcome Collection called

I'd been dying (ha!!) to go for ages and it was worth the wait, there were some truly fascinating pieces there

 
 
 

Not everything was as macabre as it looked. This wonderful sculpture from Japan had a positive message about reincarnation and the continuation of life. The snake looks gentle and benign. Read more here
 

Sunday I scanned a few more postcards including those I showed you a brief glance of. The full collection can be found at my tumblr blog My Darling Little Sunbeam
Here's a few of the weird, wonderful, beautiful and boring I found recently
Very rare Transvestite Clown postcard 1920s or 30s
 Transvestite Clown and friend
 Clown Troupe
embossed new year 1907 postcard
 Tyrol singers (For Mary Lou and Freckleface!)
 
 Plucking babyhead flowers

Just a quick look at a couple of beauty discoveries I made... neither cheap but well worth it
D R Harris is a wonderful chemist in London which still has a traditional interior. I love their own brand of skincare and perfume and their Milk Of Cucumbers and Roses is truly divine. I've also got the face wash.

 I love these kinds of Chemists, you never know what old fashioned but forgotten gems of the beauty world you might find.

The nail polish is from Limited Collection at M&S, it cost £3.50 and they have a great selection of colours.

OK, I'll be back tomorrow with another tribute post! Not telling who yet. Actually you probably won't know who it is  - again! 


34 comments:

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

I'm so glad the exhibition lived up to expectations, deliciously macabre and creepy, just what we freaks like!!
The dye jobs are utterly splendid, loving the bloomers and bra especially and the Virgin hair comb is inspired, trust D&G to jump on the bandwagon.
Love the transvestite clown card but the baby heads is something I have nightmares about, you'll be showing me teddy bears next!
I love the packaging on DR Harris's products and the M&S polish looks lovely, great alternative to Barry M's Blueberry Ice Cream.
Can't wait for tomorrow's tribute! xxxxx

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

As per, so much to comment on. I like the look of the exhibition - I may well check it out. Like the green bra a lot and the hair comb is fabulous. Your postcards are ace. I've just dug out a whole load of Jim's (he used to collect them back in the day) and I'm going to display them somehow (I may have told you that before - sorry if I have). xx

Ivy Black said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Brilliant bra, love.
I'm glad the exhibition was a good one...I wish I could have come. Properly up our street and round the corner.
I still think you should sell your makings under your Mildred moniker.
Love the tranny clown...strange really as I 'm not a clown fan.
Love ya.
xxxxx

Sacramento Amate said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I am delighted with your dying. That bra should be worn outside, and I hope we see you doing so.
You know how I feel about all the "vingencitas" and religious things. Edie is so right about the resemblance with D&G.
Thank you for sharing your pics with us..
I also love little chemist or any kind of shop that has survive the big change stores.
Much love,magic Clare.
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Helga! said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

O, jaysus, that exhibition is FANTASMO!!! I quite like a bit of the macabre from time to time, a layover form my Goth days, I suppose!
The haircomb is gorgeous, so pretty and girly, and clearly D & G were inspired by you!
I used to love dying clothes, especially petticoats. Haven't done it in years but still have my old dyepot.The bra is frigging awesome, a work of art! Love that torselette (I think) design. I have a bra very similar and it's wonderfully comfy and a bit pointy, which I love!
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menopauselsupermodel said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Loving your dye jobs!! I've got some curtains I want to try dying before pitching them!!
Cool redo on the bra!1 you can wear it as outerwear now!!

The exhibit lookks cool!! Have you ever seen any of the nvictorian era dead people pictures?? They would prop the body up and take it's picture with the family!

ZxM Style-Squared said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Love the head accessories!!!

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

Ooh, everything's gone GREEN! Great dye job, especially on the bra, love it. Watch it with the Virgin Mary on the hair comb - some crazed religious freak might take offence at your misuse of Catholic iconography, you know what happened over at Em's...
The exhibition looks fascinating, beautiful and macabre in equal measure.
The postcards are fab - the tranny clown is most bizarre, as are the babyhead flowers. Bizarre is good.
I've never heard of D R Harris. I'm rubbish, aren't I?
Looking forward to your next tribute. Who who who?! xxxxx

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

I love a bit of the macabre and this exhibition looks fantastic. I'd love to see it. I was wondering where I'd seen all those images before then I realised it was on Tumblr (I totally forgot My Darling Little Sunbeam was you, duh!). The mint colour of the petticoats is lovely and you're right about that bra. It looks great dyed green with the pink roses. You always have such enviable vintage underwear which I am very jealous of. Thanks for posting dear. I'm always delighted to see you on my dashboard! xxxx

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

Another fascinating post! How wonderful.

Thank you for the postcard reference. As soon as I saw it I thought OOoooh LOVE! :) The clown ones are great toooooo.

I'm a fan of proper old pharmacies too and your potions look so classy. Milk of cucumber and roses sounds so nice for the skin and I bet it smells heavenly.

Sexy bra! I love how dyeing clothes gives them a new lease of life and that exhibition looks fascinating. xxx

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

What a cool show!
And awesome bra!! I'd love to be able to fill it up, I tell ya. It's gorgeous what you've done to it. Now you'll need to wear it on the outside. No more hiding it underneath!

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

I echo everyone who says your bra is outerwear fantastic! The addition of pink roses is perfect.
Okay, I just adore the babyhead flowers. Tied in with the exhibition theme, would this be what is called dead-heading? No? That is some creepy wonderful imagery. The chandelier is spectacular.

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

Don't you find dying clothes unbelievably satisfying? I do, I love it. Remember when dylon used to come in those disks? I remember my mum used to use them when I was a kid. What a fascinating exhibition, a bit of macabre never hurt anyone. X

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

That exhibit looks like a place I could roam for hours! Right up my alley, how cool you made it to this! I am in love with your bright green bra it needs to see the light of day! Your floral Virgin Mary hair comb is even better that the D&G one! I can't wait to see your hair and the next tribute post!
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Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Liking the green scene a lot - hope you didn't use that bloody Dylon in your washing machine though, it gets on everything for MONTHS to come! The hair comb is inspired, you and Misters D&G are obviously cut from the same cloth. Exhibition looks fab. And I agree about old chemists - love 'em.

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

That green bra is fantastic. I didn't know that you can dye this kind of fabric. I think I'm going to give it a try soon. But the best are the ribbon roses on it. What a pretty little idea! You're amazing!

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

Oh my. I just love everything about this post. Little old Victorian soul that I am.
Connie*

thorne garnet said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I must agree about the green bra. Now hear this bra companies....make some green ones! I totally suck at dieing , everything comes out like bad tie dye. Clowns are creepy, those ones are the creepiest

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

The bra!!!!! I love it!!! The art exhibition looks so cool-- lucky you! I love little chemist shops-- wish we had more of that here.
Becky :)

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

ah...nothing quite like strolling through the garden, plucking up baby heads. So relaxing.

Clare, you are a freaking genius with green dye and roses! You've turned granny's bra into something sexy and divine. Was that a bone chandelier???

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

Wow Clare!!!I'm dying to see your dying!!Everything is Emerald fabulous and so beautiful, I like the different shades on the different fabrics and the bra is epic, I bought few days ago a similar vintage body suit and I really need to change its colour now!
I'd really love to visit the exhibition, it's very inspirational and the artworks are really full of meanings and beauty!
Transvestite clown now is my biggest crush,the costume is stunning, I'd love to dress like him everyday, but also the rest of the troupe is rather fashionable!
All the postcards are precious and as you could already imagine, babyhead flowers are my passion!
Love xxxx

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

Ooh, the headcomb looks really cute as does the bra!!! The exhibition sounds great but not really my kind of thing- I get scared by this type of thing!x

Forest City Fashionista said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I've always wanted to try dyeing some of my clothes but have been afraid of making a huge mess. That bra is a fab piece of art now - great addition of the roses! Speaking of art, I am envious you got to see that exhibit. I love that kind of stuff. The postcard with the transvestite clown is wonderful. I'd love to see your house ;)

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

I am positively SWOOOOOOOOONING over your FECKTACULAR green bra!!!!!! OMG it's so, so, so amazing and oh the wee rosebuds are adorable - now I wonder if you'll be brave and do an outfit post wearing that splendid item as a top **fingers and legs crossed** :) :). Look at that wee poppet in the middle of the clown troop - I could just take her home and adopt her! The babyface flowers are certainly NOT IMPRESSED about Vain Victorian Trollop picking them for her parlour are they? I love the exhibition so much, I want to go!!!! Clare darling, there is just so much to love in this post:)). Oh and I'm so glad you liked my Beryl post, I should have taken a pic of under one of the dresses sleeves as it's shredding - yep, gotta love Squalid Glamour eh? Yep, Burt was ma grandaddy:). He was mum's dad (my mum is still alive at 86) and quite the ladies' man he was, the cheeky lad!! xoxoxoxo

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

That exhibition looks fantastic. Really interesting.

I love the way the bra turned out too, you've really cheered it up.

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

Love the combs - very pretty. Had to look twice at the skull before I realised the eyes were heads!
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

Kellie @ Delightfully Ludicrous said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

That exhibition looks amazing!

Lisa G said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

With all that green and your lovely red hair you're going to look very Irish!! :)

That exhibition at the Wellcome looks fascinating, I'll have to check it out while it's still on!

Lxx

www.whatlisawrote.blogspot.co.uk

delia hornbook said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Goodness that exhibition looks to scary for words glad you enjoyed it and got to go :-) Love what you did to that bra it looks gorgeous with the pink roses to. Enjoy your week, dee xx

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

*MmMm* celery green!
Cute hair stuff.
"My butt is sore from sitting too long" *LOL*
"ERRRR I CAN'T get comfortable!"

Style Sud-Est said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love your title!
First your dye jobs, wanting to experiment with dyes on a few pieces- like the bra and adores the addition of roses, very nice
I wish we could have this exhibition here, so different and macabre-

I have an old chemist in my hood, been around for 50 years, part of the hood history - These places are so cool -

Have a good weekend Clare

Ariane xxxx

Flow Disruption said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Ooo, you dyed it! How cool! The green looks fantastic. I love how you added the Virgin Mary, as well. And the exhibition looks awesome. Ahh, so much awesomeness to soak up in one post. ;)

CityScape Skybaby said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Love all your creations Clare, that haircomb looks great, and I'm jealous of your proximity to London, you get to seeing so much good stuff! Your story about the chemists reminded me of the last time I was in London with Pat, we ended up in a traditional old chemists and the chemist himself was an old Egyptian man who was telling us he'd worked at the BBC for years. He was a real gentleman and I could just imagine him knocking about with my hero David Attenborough. xx

Mary Lou said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

oh i love all this macabre stuff, hey you should visit that bone church if you ever come the czech republic darling!
http://www.outsideprague.com/kutna_hora/bone_church.html

it´s quite amazing!
and i think i have to start some dye experiments too!
love and kiss,mary