Monday, 6 May 2013

Pears of Death, Rotting Flesh

 
 

What the hell is that smell?! Turns out it's the wild pear blossom, it smells like rotting flesh.
 
 
I really love this dress, which I picked up in a charity shop on Friday, it's definitely WI Punk.
I love pansies, they have odd little faces
 
Just after work on Friday I had a quick run round the charity shops and ma -
sorry blog writing had to stop for the ice cream van
 
-managed to come back with...

 
I love the pattern on this skirt!
 
and when I got home, some magic lantern slides were waiting for me...
I got 5 for £4 (incl P&P), not bad, they're beautiful and I hope to use them in my art work.
 
Most of this Holiday weekend has been rather languid, pub lunch, cinema, watching Adventure Time etc. But Bank Holiday Monday is the local Catholic church's May Fayre, which means loads of books and bric-a-brac.
 
 
 
 
 
I wore:
Headband - made by me
Dress - Ebay
Bloomers - Charity shop, dyed green by me
 
This year it wasn't pissing down with rain, so it made the shopping all the more fun.
It was packed. Everyone was there from the bloke with a huge beard, tracky bottoms and his dog on a piece of bailing twine to the lady in 6" heels, mini skirt and Chanel bag.
This year the fayre offered Filipino, Polish and the usual Burgers in the way of food, sadly there was no "Magic Ian" to entertain the kiddies.
 
I bought
 
All the books, between us, Mike and I bought 36. Everything from Ladybird and the story of Christ to Solzhenitsyn and Wittgenstein. My personal favourite is this "how to" book on Beauty by Sophia Loren. I also got a great book on household management from the 30s.
BOOK ARM
 
Remember the mister I bought in the previous post?! Well I actually did find one... for 50p, damn it. Mind you it's too rusty to use for spraying sheets with. Also found this awesome Drs Bag, tan leather wedges £2 each, a broken microscope (I wanted the box), zig zag cushion, metal beauty case, pink flower glass for 50p, whilst the Sekonda watch and shredding scissors were £1 each
I also rescued and repotted this Money Plant for £1 
All weekend, I've been really pleased with my nail varnish - Carnival by Technic.
 
 
Here's my Friday work outfit. The skirt is from Second To None and from the Liberty Plus label with a classic Liberty print. I turned it up a few inched and added the green Indian trimming to make it more interesting.
 

 
Just before I go here's some advice from Sophia...
In summer it is nice to put some crushed mint leaves in your bath so you feel fresh
 
I think I'll try that.
 
 

 

36 comments:

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

I love that floral dress in the first few pics and I LOVE that face you're making about the smell!! Can't wait to see what you do with those lantern slides and all those books look fuuun! We are growing loads of fresh mint in our garden so maybe I'll try some in the bath like Sophia suggests... Except, the X-man guards the mint like crazy for his precious mojitos so I'll have to be sneaky!
Becky :)

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

Look, if Sophia says it, it must be true. I think I might join your beautiful gang and do the same.

Your new frock is The Business! I love the way you have pimped up that Second to None skirt. That green trimming - was it from Le Walsall Marché? Great nails! I think you did the right thing rescuing that money plant. Your reward will come in kind.

The market sounds great, and thank you most kindly for the shot of your bloomers, that was a bank holiday treat. xxxxxxx

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

I love you more than Sofia and for an Italian girl is a Huge compliment as she is considered here a national treasure! I adore the green mint dress with the bloomers, fantastic!! The trimmed skirt is another great DIY work and it's perfect with the clashing prints! Buying books is always one of my favourite mission at the markets, I wish to have time to read them all, probabily if I could ever Find an Alladin's lamp this would be my first wish!
Have a wonderful week!
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menopauselsupermodel said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What fabulous goodies you managed to score!!!

I love all of your poutfits but espcially the first floral dress!! GORGEOUS on you!!

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

All these wonderful pics to look at. I love the floral dress and skirt and your fabulous lime dress, ahhhhhhhhh
Love, love, love.
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Gayle said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I too love your "what the hell is that smell" face and the pansy dress is perfect for you. i can't wait to see what you do with the lantern slides, they are awesome.
By the way I should be mad at you , I have pissed away a lot of time looking at the Pitts River Museum.....I am now obsessed!
Have you seen this?http://vimeo.com/65313090

Grunge Queen said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Ooh, I have a new mint plant in the flower box - that bath tip sounds amazing! Speaking of green, love the green frock, and ditto for the pretty purse you found and the embellished Liberty skirt. So glad you're getting a taste of summer - hope it stays for a long time! Xoxo

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

OH I SO NEED TO GO CHARITY SHOPPING SOON!!! your scores just make me want to even more. great outfits xxxx

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

Wondrous! What a lovey, springy post and doesn't pear blossom properly ronk? We've got two trees in the garden in full stink at the mo. Love yer finds 'specially the magic lantern slides. I've just finished reading Dark Moon again. Is that one of yours, Spooky Twin or your chaps? I do like that prayer book too.
So..summer is on the way, you are gorgeous and mint in the bath...I should say so.
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Lucys Lounge said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

oh miss simmonds, so much great goodies. i love the navy bag, floral dress and bloomers best. isn't it great to see the sun. have a great week and thank you for your lovely encouraging comments lucyx

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

Blimey, where do I start?! Well, my favourite things have to be the flowery dress on you - you look gorgeous. Love the navy bag. Oh and your sunglasses. Did you embellish them? xx

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

Who would have thought that something as lovely sounding as wild pear blossom would smell so vile? Quick, crush up some mint leaves to disguise the stink and feel fresh like Sophia!
You've been doing well, Miss S, some great finds. Your floral dress and the green one are lovely, and yes, the print on your skirt is really pretty. And dyed bloomers and refashioned Liberty - you spoil us!
I am so pleased you found some magic lantern slides, aren't they beautiful? And the fayre looks fab, I love events where all human life is there, thrown together in the hunt for a bargain and an ice cream! Excellent haul of books, another mister, and that metal case looks like Melanie's tool box bag!
Oh well, back to the grind tomorrow... xxxxx

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

Green bloomers!!! Arrrrggghhhhh!!!!!!!!!! I hope you bent over at every opportunity to add some extra zing to the fayre! Grab a blankie and your Red-Headed League lunch basket and dive into those books while the sun's still shining, just stay clear of the wild pear blossoms, K? Gosh this is such a fab post darling woman - sunshine frolics, treasure, fab spring outfits, magic lantern slides - GAH!!!!!! I absolutely ADORE the Liberty-print skirt and the added lace WITH the spotty top - SO gawjussssssss!!!!! Hugs, Desiree xoxoxoxoxooxxooxooxxoxoox

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

that's a lot of books, lady, are you opening a library? I should talk, I bought 5 new ones this weekend. Wonder what you could used on that mister to get it to work? Maybe WD-40?

Hollie "Jet" Black-Ramsey said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

pansies are creepy...

Lynn Dylan said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Ha ha, when you said mister, I was thinking as in a MAN. Hmmm, I must have missed that post, I said to myself. The book arm is sort of eerie. I looked at it for awhile thinking "book arm." Then I read it -- book arm. I was nearly faint after leaving Curtise's blog, but now I simply must go lie down. LOL. I love your green bloomers! And the prints on the skirt and dress. Oh yes, and the pear blossom. They are awful! The previous owner here was kind enough to plant a whole row of them next to the house. As always, love your blog!

xoxo
Lynn

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

Great outfits - the pansy dress is especially nice.

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

I love those bloomers peeping out like that! You've worked wonders on the Second To None skirt, too! The punk WI dress is gorgeous and so are you, basking in those rays.
Look how busy the May fair was. The locals are a lot less scary than the Midlands car booters, no topless skinheads and 65 year old travellers in booty shorts either!
I knew you'd snaffle another mister! The vintage laptop bag (as I saw one recently described on a blog) and Missoni-esque cushion are ace. My Mum used to have that Sophia Loren book and some of her range of bastard massive sunglasses, she loved her.
Can I have the Will Self book when you've finished it? I love him!
How was the mint bath? xxxxxxxxxx

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

Swoon-o-rama on the first dress, what a find! (speaking of dresses, I have an iccl surprise for you in the post!) All those children's books are sooo cute, I have such an unstoppable urge to collect stuff like that and I have absolutely no idea what to do with them all. I have that Technic nail varnish too. See, our tastes are still very similar despite the odd disagreement! Thats what makes life interesting. Love the docs bag too.
I've been away, I have so many posts to catch up on. Be round again soon xxxxx

Ulla-Marie Nilsson said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You look as expensive as Sophia when you're lying in your garden diva!

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

Looks like you had a fabulous weekend, you look gorgeous in all your outfits and well done on your jumble sale and chazza hauls!!

xx

www.whatlisawrote.blogspot.co.uk

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

That must be the reason for that lil up turn of the nose, rotting flesh fruit tree um no thank you but I do love pears! Hi darling! I am loving the floral dress and I concur pansies do have funny little faces. I like freezing them in ice cubes, looks so pretty! Glad to see you out in the sunshine, shopping up a store all bargains! Nice haul on the books! I had to laugh at you description of a few folks at the book sale, especially that gal in mine skirt and Chanel bag, yeah right probably had the matching bedspread at home.

Love your green dyed slip and your chilled out vibe!
Xxxxxxoooooo

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

I remember that Ladybird book - Puppies and Kittens!!!!! Fabulous finds - love the bag.
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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

I love your 'ew' face in the first picture. Even the thought of something smelling like rotting flesh makes me gag a little. Your WI Punk dress is gorgeous. Gotta love 'A Catholic Child's Prayer Book'. It's not just any prayer book, it's a Catholic child's one.

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

So many lovely goodies. The best has to be that lovely dress you're wearing in the first pic though, just gorgeous and I love the bag too. M x

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

Your post titles always make me laugh :-) That dress and skirt are truly gorgeous finds. I'm always a sucker for a good print like that. And I swear, you have the best hair accessories I've seen around! Stunning as ever!!

xo Marisa

Ira Kharchenko said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Amazing pics! So great:)

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

i agree with ulla you look like a real diva lying on that bank in your fabulous green frock! and you made some really great finds! i love the skirt!
hope you are having a great week darling!
kiss,mary

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

Pear blossoms rotting flesh??? *heheeh* I would have never known.
You look great in all your frocks!

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

Oh my I have missed so many of your fabulous posts (I have been a very lazy commenter lately) and you have changed your layout too, I love it, especially your new sassy header!!!!

I love your WI Punk dress its just perfect for the sunshine (please don't leave us) and what a haul you did well getting all of those books they will keep you both busy for some time!

Mint leaves in the bath sound lovely, my Dad bought me a chocolate mint plant which, you guessed it smells like chocolate and mint, so I shall definitely be trying that out!!

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

This is about the third time I've tried to leave a comment here Clare, but every time Jake sees that photo of you outside your shed he points at the shed and starts wailing, you sure it's not a haunted shed, with that smell of rotting flesh and all? I've been catching up with your posts and don't know which outfit to pick as my favourite, the Sainsburys dress is a beauty and I love the pic of you looking all dreamy and romantic in your nightie with that lavender chair. And the one of you peeking out of the bunting too! I had more to say but my mind has gone blank because Jake has finally gone to sleep after wailing to watch Thomas the Tank engine on the computer, maybe it's just him and your shed isn't haunted after all. xx

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

Excellent haul of books you got there! I will expect to see bits of advice from Sophia popping up in future posts. I do love those magic lantern slides, and the pattern on the skirt you found. I don't polish my fingernails because they end up looking like hell after a day on the computer, but I think I could wear the carnival one. I suppose it's only available in the UK :(

Delia Ryder said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Blimey 36 books :-) hours of happy reading. Sounds like you had a great weekend glad to hear it. Your looking gorgeous as ever. dee xx

Bohemian vanity said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Your floral dress is amazing! Love the colours! And oh sooo many books you got, guess the one from Sophia is brilliant! Have a fab day! xx

Mrs. D said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Those blossoms must smell horrendous, seeing your expression :)
Lovely finds - I particularly like the first black bag, so pretty!
My favourite outfit of them all must be the last one- I like the green Indian trimming addition, it really does make it a lot more interesting!
xx

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

That wood pigeon really looks like it's got its hand on its hip saying, "Yeh, what you lookin at? Wanna make something of it!?"
What gorgeous findings- the Doctor's case is my particular fave!!x