Friday, 24 May 2013

Les Vacances De Atomic Mildred

I'm off on holiday tomorrow, only over the Isle of Wight, I stayed there last year in a tent and it pissed it down everyday and one night there were force nine gales.
But... this time we'll be in a static caravan (trailer trash) so it'll be a lot more comfy.
Here's a few things that have inspired me - or I've bought or been given recently.
Drinking tea in my new job at Counter Culture
New old shoes, bought from my new boss Cheryl, who's got a large collection of vintage stuff.
My mum gave me this large lot of 70s onward jewellery she no longer wanted! Love the very 70s pendant and the huge silver butterflies!
Borrowing Mike's mum's fabulous early 80s fake fur coat to keep me warm whilst watching Twelfth Night
My other "boss" at Counter Culture (putting boss in inverted commas as he is horrified by the term)
made me part of his art work and I'm very honoured.

The other week I bought a dress off ebay and low and behold it turned out to be from lovely Lucy Nation! She not only sent me the dress but a lovely card, a lace collar, a brooch and a cotton scarf!

Actually I have chopped the dress up a bit, it was
very tight on the arms and round the top of the chest, so I removed them both and added the Broderie Anglais trim!
I was really excited to find this large size repro bullet bra on ebay for £18, it fits like a dream and looks fantastic
Here's what's been inspiring me recently.
Vanessa's classic but quirky masculine tailoring was a big influence on Atomic Mildred
Polly Browne's look circa 1970
Pierre et Gilles


Early colour Autochromes

(Kezzie on a normal Saturday night)
Beauty at Hughenden

(someone gasped just behind me in this room last week, but when I turned round, there was no one there.... spooky. or tinnitus)
That's it for now, I'll be sporadically catching up with blogs during the week! Have a great weekend everyone.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

The Adventures Of Atomic Mildred

Atomic Mildred is out bird watching
Atomic Mildred loves spotting birds, though she likes spotting naked men more.
Staring wistfully into the apple blossom, dreaming of warmer weather, singing "Coucou to herself"
Atomic Mildred is wearing
Felt wool cape - Daisy Boutique
Jumper -  Primark
80s Mustard Maxi Skirt from French Connection - Charity shop
Socks - Primark
Boots - Ebay
 In Atomic Mildred's Bag:
60s gloves - charity shop
Opera glasses - Charity shop
Drs Bag - Church fayre
Atomic Mildred doesn't leave home without "The Home Book" 1937
edited by the esteemed Mrs D D Cottington-Taylor (Director of Good Housekeeping Institute, Certificate Household and Social Science, Kings College London, First Class Diplomas in Cookery, High Class Cookery, Laundrywork and Housewifery
Ideal for bug hunting in the garden is utterly adorable "The Little Naturalist In The Garden" by The Rev. Theodore Wood.
This week I was very lucky to receive a parcel from the beautiful Curtise
Wonderful Cartes Visites, angelic pins, mad 50s/60s brooch, 1920s saucy postcard, naughty Jack Russell. And.... The most amazing tack-a-rama Virgin and Child clock with flashing LED.
Isn't she fabulous?
This week in the chazzas, I bought
Pressed flower brooch £1.95, wonky pansy cross stitch 95p, kinky white lace topped stockings 95p, large sample of Roger et Gallet's Eau De Cologne 50p and insect fabric 95p
I also snapped up this large sample of Yardley's April Violet in a local independent chemist. This perfume is now 100 years old and smells of Parma Violet sweets!
Atomic Mildred will be back on Friday for a pre holiday mood board!

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Pied Beauty

Right, here I am, back, I'm a bit slow posting, blame the hideous weather.
"rough winds do shake the darling buds of May"
That sonnet is the most accurate comment on British weather, we've been moaning about it for hundreds of years 
My post is inspired by the poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Pied Beauty

 Glory be to God for dappled things —
  For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
    For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings;
  Landscape plotted and pieced — fold, fallow, and plough;
    And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
  Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
    With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
                Praise him.
I'm lucky enough to live next to a large stretch of woodland, it's been looking almost offensively green these last few days. It haven't touched up these photos at all, it really is that bright.
 This week I've bought a few things in the chazzas...
Linen smock £5, 60s mauve gloves £1, atomiser £1.50, Magnifying glass a present for Mike £1, hankie and "mood ring" cat brooch 25p each
On Thursday I bought a ring in an antiques shop. It's hallmarked silver, but not very old. Very pretty but the clear stone was very scuffed. So, I decided to change it. Inspired by Krista's painted rhinestones and a Blackbird's egg I found
I'm so pleased with it. And what did I use? Emulsion, Acrylic paint and clear nail varnish!
I also bought... 60s/80s ties for Mike £1 each, Wicker Man-esque sun charm - I've named him Sulis, now I'm off to do a sacrifice to make sure the Sun stays in the sky and makes the earth bountiful and that  - £2.50, car print top £3.99, silk tie dye scarf, 50p and 80s belt £1 all from Charity shops.
Japanese pattern book 99p, 60s Spanish singles 45p each, Cameo ring £2.50
Now, talking of records, I've got some exciting news... I'm now working two days a month in my local record shop. Somewhere I (and other music nerds in Wycombe) have wanted to work in forever. I'll get some photos up soon!
Just before I go, here's a look at an artistic work in progress...

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.
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.