Friday, 5 July 2013

I saw something nasty in the woodshed.

 
 
 
Well the blue had to go, my roots had grown through and I couldn't bleach it again. Plus I was looking a bit washed out.
 
You know when the answer to something is staring you in the face? I always wanted a 1920s or 1930s straw hat with an upturned brim - in the style of my 30s heroines: Flora Poste, Emmeline Lucas and Elizabeth Mapp.
 
They'd alluded me on ebay for years and I'd just been outbid again, when the idea struck me to buy a cheap modern one and just turn up the brim myself and pin it in place. Duhhhh, how obvious
This rather super one is from Primark
Dress from ebay with collar sewn on by me from New Look.
 
 
I definitely want to dedicate a whole post to Cold Comfort Farm sometime soon.
 

 
Since it's actually hot, I can get away with just wearing this M&S nightie as a dress, it's too pretty to be hidden away.
I also shopped in Primark again - oops, I really should stay out of there. Whilst I was after something for a project, I found this cream fake leather waistcoat, which I rather love.
 
 
I couldn't find any Janelle Monae t shirts in the UK and couldn't afford to ship from the US.... so I made my own. Sweatshirt from Primark £6 and £3 pot of dylon fabric paint, makes this ultra cheap. And since I designed it, the only one in the world. Woo!
 
My creativeness too a delicious turn, when Mike and I picked elderflower, which I turned into cordial over a couple of days.
 
 
It's such a delicious and delicate drink, I'm really pleased with it.
 
I haven't bought much recently. If you were wondering where I'd gone, I have been very poor, ill, anxious and driving, All at the same time some days. Therefore the only second hand stuff I've bought is:
 
 
Obviously the name is what attracted me! Only 80p too, what a bargain!
 
Madam Pussy Purr Feels Lonely - I only typed it out to see what kind of search stats I'll get!
 
 
These pretty Hobbs shoes are real leather and only £3.
 
That's me done for now, but I'll be back sooner, just before my next holiday!
 
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35 comments:

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

Your Janelle MOnae t-shirt is super cool and what a great idea to just turn up the brim on a modern hat instead.

Lovely post and photos as always.

xx

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

we don´t even have primark here but it´s no shame to buy something and change it then;) love that hat, you are definitely a hat girl and it looks so great with that dress!
wish you a great weekend darling!
kiss,mary

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

The hat is a great idea! I have a craft guide for turning a normal hat into a 1920's cloche!
Your nightie is super! I'd definitely wear it too!x

Jeanne Baney said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You look great in that hat, sorry about the blue hair!

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

The hat is flipping gorgeous - you are clever! The shoes are lovely and I'm jealous of your elderflower cordial. Our elderflower champagne went mouldy and we had to throw it out. Bummer. xx

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

I cannot possibly talk to you again, you shameless Primark whore you! Oh alright, I will, since you're wonderful and I love you dearly. You have done great things with that floppy hat (I am on the look out for a floppy summer hat or a straw trilby in the chazzas, but not seen one yet) and you and your beautiful blonde bob look gorgeous in it. Very sweet frock too, and your Janelle Monae top is amazing. Clever you.
That floral frock is a nightie? Brilliant, I love it.
Sorry to hear you've been ill, poor and anxious, but well done for persevering with the driving. Have a refreshing glass of elderflower cordial, Madam Pussy Purr, you'll feel so much better! xxxxxxx

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

Haven't you been industrious. The Janelle Monae top looks really profesional and the elderflower cordial sounds perfect for this hot weather. You're right, that nightie is far too pretty to be hidden away. I'm missing your blue hair already xxx

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

Aren't you a clever clogs pinning back the hat to achieve the look. I also love your sweater and the design, did you make a stencil to do that.

You're looking lovely and sweet and I'd really love to try that cordial I can only imagine.

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

I fecking LOVE Cold Comfort Farm!! One of G and my faves, book AND that delightful film!!! DO do a dedicated post!!
Love both these frocks, and you've got bare feet, you tart!! GRR! Summery vibes...MMMMMMMMMMMMM
Pretty hat, it suits you!
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freckleface said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Poor, ill and anxious? Oh no! In my head you were having just too much fun to bother blogging. Poor Miss Simmonds.

It's lovely to hear from you, even if you have retired poor old Atomic Mildred. But those £3 hobbs shoes make up for everything. If I lived closer I'd be coming round for a glass of that cordial. It looks delicious. And aren't you a clever poor anxious thing? With that hat and that T-shirt. I hope the nasty thing stays in the woodshed and doesn't bother you unduly. There really is nothing more tiresome. xxxxxxx

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

What are you a fairy or an elf??? You make elderberry cordial!!!! I am coming to live with you and be magical.

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

The woodshed quote is one of my favourites, but I love it said aloud with a pinched face and squinty eyes.
You look summery wonderful here in that filmy pj/dress and hat, barefooted in the grass. And sipping cordial. Fantastic waistcoat find as well.
Great work on the shirt! Unique in the world - the best way.

Penny-Rose said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Straight away I knew that you were going to mention Cold Comfort Farm - would love to see a post dedicated to it. Pity about the blue bob, but I understand what you mean about the dangers of overbleaching. Madam Pussy Purr made me snigger, what a delightful little book. Hope the sickness and anxiety have been banished, take care.

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

LMAO At the pussy book. "My dear Heavens" as my Grandmother would say.
Spectacular idea pinning your hat, it looks as though it is working out quite well.
That floral dress is so flipping cute and your fancy drink looks delicious.

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

I love Cold Comfort Farm one of the few books I studied at college and still love despite having to dissect it to pieces.

I cannot WAIT for your blog searches....

A Treasured Past said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hi Clare, sick and driving, that's the pits. Hope you are feeling much better.

The nighty/dress is gorgeous and I love the shoes too. How clever to make your own top and as it is an original it's even better.

It's great to pop in and see what colour hair you are sporting, what colour will be next? Tx

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

Hope you feel better - anxiety is crap. You look stylish as always though. And elderflower is one of my favourite flavours! I once went to a wedding party where the non-alcoholic alternative was elderflower mojitos - I must've drunk the bar dry! ~LittleMissPlump (Sara)

http://little-miss-plump.tumblr.com/

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

Hi there
I have to ask my daughter loves your blue hair can I ask what dye you use x

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

funny you mentioned Cold Comfort Farm, the other week I won a Folio Society copy of it at an auction. It was one of 37 books I got for 19 cents a piece. Haven't seen the movie in ages.

Janelle Monae just started doing tv ads for Cover Girl. Cool ads. And so is the sweatshirt.

Madam Pussy Purr......love it!

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

I've missed you! Bye bye blue hello always interesting I love the 20's look to this cheapy new hat, you are so clever:). I hope you are also finding time to be lazy, relaxed and mellow. Driving is worth every bit of discomfort for the freedom it affords(says the carless girl). Your pink handmade sweatshirt really is cool!
Xxxooooo

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

I am glad to know you are having warm weather;although I hope not too hot when we get to Scotland on our trekking adventure.
Looking fine in sny colour hair, and taht pretty flower dress screams SUMMER.
Much love, my dear Clare.
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Indigo Violet said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I'm also a CC Farm fan, and coincidentally am currently watching Midsomer Murders, which reminds me of it quite a lot!

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

"Madame Pussy Purr is lonely"...that will be the opening line of my best-selling novel, should I ever write one. Yes, when blue fades it does look rather gray-ish so I can understand having to give it up. That little nightie makes a fab summer frock. Excellent job on the Janelle Monae shirt - you are quite talented! I am a fan of elderflower drink too.

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

Cold comfort farm. Must be at least ago ... Looking forward to that post and the question is: skall I watch the movie (because I don't remember everything) before or after your Cold comfort farm-post?

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

Belle chapeau. Oh please do a Cold Comfort Farm post. I shall brush my teeth with an old stick until you do!

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

I have The Stylist in a giggly fit next to me after I must have thought aloud, "awwwwww Clare's not well, we must send her a parcel". Is there something mad about wanting to send my darling Clare a goody bag? I'm a big softy that's all and she knows it. I can't bear to think you've been so poorly my dear. A Cold Comfort Farm post is absolutely essential darling and I will not take another breath until the job is done, so I can follow your lead! I ADORE your nighty and love your hair adventures. You've made a glorious work of art with your pink sweatshirt and the cordial looks completely divoooon!! I would love to try some as I'm tee-total and always looking for delicious new flavoursome drinks:). xoxoxo

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

Looking rather lovely in that nighty my dear, you are right, it's far too pretty for bed. Those shoes are such a good buy, I hope you are feeling better soon lovely lady. Xx

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

I love the yellow dress and the hat, so beautiful!! The leather vest and the floral dress are really cool too, two of my favourite photoshoots ever, both evocative and ethereal. I love that the first one is very swinging 60s and the other one is definitely 80s! Your t-shirt is a masterpiece, I didn't know Janelle until now, I need to listen to her songs now, I really trust your tastes in music so I'm sure I might like her!
The book is great too!!!
Love xxxxxxxxxx

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

What a beautiful shoot - well worth the wait! Thank goodness you're up and about and posting again! I shall forgive you for visiting the store of death just this once as that hat is incredible and just like the bird you were inspired by (is it wrong not to have heard of any of them?)
The revamped dress and nightie are gorgeously cool and pretty and the Janelle Morae tee shirt is a work of art. That cordial looks delicious, too - beautifully packaged!
Can't believe the next hols rolled round so quickly! xxxx

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

I hope you are feeling better!! Love both your outfits and you're right--that nighty needs to be seen!!
I am gobsmacked by your sweatshirt--that is FANTASTIC!!

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

I've never heard of Janelle Monae so I did a google search. She is a cutie!... but not as cute as you!

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

Love the sweatshirt you did! You are fabulous with your ideas! The bottles of cordial look pretty. I always feel like I have been on an adventure at your blog.

XOXO

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

I love your Janelle Monae sweater. She is so awesome with her suits and her pompadour and her obsession with androids. That's a nightie? All the nighties I see here are old lady, pastel coloured ones, not like your pretty one.

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

Corazon,
So sorry you been a sick pussy.but you looking lovely in your revamped dress and recreation of that brim hat. what a marvelous idea. I to am guilty of Primark whore especially when they do 50's looking clothing and accessories. Yes, that nighties is just to pretty to wear to bed.Don't know who that Puta is ,but how about doing a Morrissey tank.Oh and I never tasted that cordial stuff.

Besios

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

So much to love with this post-fist your new hair looks lovely, even if I'm sorry to see the blue go...maybe tips sometime would be fun, I'm a fan.;)

I am embarrassed that for a gal who's life used to be music, I have never heard any of Janelle's. I will have to look it up-I have seen her and admired her rude boy style. Your graphic shirt looks better than anything you probably could have bought-but we already know that your one talented gal!

We make elderflower drinks by adding it to sparkling water, but have never made it from scratch, so cool of you! Perfect for warm weather!

PLEASE, do a CCF post, one of my all time favorites!!! I was so excited when I saw the this title, but was hoping you'd finally tell me what the nasty was!!!lol;)