Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Butter and Buntings Handmade Dress Swap


Have you heard about the Butter and Buntings Handmade Dress Swap

Click the link to find out more if you fancy joining in.

(and please don't be put-off if you're a beginner sewer like me - there are lots of lovely straight and easy frocks to sew and wear that just require a seam or two)*

I'm thinking something like this**
vintage Simplicity, 1967 (thanks Tania)
would look lovely on just about any body.
A-line and honkin' big patch pockets! You like?
I hope my swap partner will.
If you join in it could be you!
(which might not necessarily be a good thing ;) Promise to do my best though)
* or four.
** but then again I might run up something completely different. I'm loving that loose, relaxed, voluminous Japanese aesthetic - frocks you can "wear with freedom", a lot at the moment...


Monday, March 16, 2015

More of me bunging pictures up just to keep my hand in round here...

I've wanted to show-off my beautiful peachy Sonia Rykiel frock since I found it in an op-shop last year. I had one little problemo though, and that was getting a photo of me wearing it where I didn't look:

on something
like I had a stick shoved up my ar**
  "  a rabbit caught in the headlights
etc. (you get the gist)

I've decided to go with what I've got (well the best (ahem!) of a very bad bunch anyway) because when it comes to posing the harder I try the worse 'they' get (seriously I don't know what's wrong with me??? What am I going to do when if the girlies get married? I'll completely wreck their wedding photos and they'll hate me! I'm just useless in front of the camera - there's NO denying it!)

Anyroad "beggers can't be choosers", Sonia deserves an airing. Especially a five dollar Sonia! (although I paid for alterations I'd still call that a screaming bargain wouldn't you?) Just remember to look at the frock not the dork wearing it.
Poetry in motion???
This is one of my better snaps
Hang on, scratch that, this one's much better!
Mouth like a cat's bum. Told ya!

If only I had the grace and charm of this beautiful and inspirational woman
image via
Eileen Kramer
(did you catch her doco last night on Compass? Must watch viewing!)

Hopefully one day I will...
a girl can only dream.
(especially one like me)



Monday, March 9, 2015


(Obviously) I haven't been here for quite a while, but if I try to explain the reasons behind my absence (all of them as boring as bat sh** anyway) I'll give up before I get started.
So I'm just going to...get started!
If I come up with a half-way decent post of (almost) any description I'll be happy and if I don't...well, you'll never ever know, will you? That's the beauty of this gig. Ha!

You wouldn't believe how many times I've begun this post!
Deciding to take my blog out of the too hard basket was easy. Finding the words and actually doing it? Harder than it looks.

Didn't I just say I was going to get started?


Here goes... 


Prepare to be underwhelmed.

After that sucky intro please forgive me if I just bung a few photos up. These were taken on the Labour Day long weekend (last weekend here in the West cause we like to do things differently here!) in Bunbury (home of the awesome Marlston Hill Lookout Tower.  Remember?). 

We stayed at the Lighthouse Inn, built in 1976.
Although parts of it have been renovated we stayed in an original - apart from a lick of paint and a few new tacky prints hanging on the walls, retro-ish room. The bathroom had a feature tile which I got very excited about 
the other tiles aren't too shabby either. 
(my best friend at the time had these in purple in her bathroom)

I was 14 in 1979! That year we all wore 150th Anniversary pins (stylised swans) on the lapels of our blazers to school. We thought we were pretty bloody special which is completely lame, but quite sweet too when I (you?) think about it.

1979, such a long time ago, but it feels like yesterday really...

Granite feature walls are a big deal at the Lighthouse Inn. I think they are gorgeous.
Speaking of granite walls, check out this baby!

These steps lead up to a completely under-utilised viewing deck
it would be a spectacular place to sip a drinky-poo or two! That's the direction I'd be heading in if I was the owner...
More granite just outside our hotel room.
(and me posing losering. Same big dag I was in '79 - back when I thought lapel pins were the shizz)

This was the view from our room
Honestly, open the sliding glass door, cross that little road and you're there! In heaven (again).

Lighthouse Inn even has it's very own, mini lighthouse!
Cute eh?

And now for something completely different architecture-wise

(this is just one of many awesome buildings in Bunbury that had us oohing and ahhing. Click this link to St Boniface Cathedral - it had us (me) drooling too)

This is the entrance to Darkroom Concept.

Located in the former Lyric Theatre on Victoria Street, Darkroom Concept is a shop that (to quote their website) doesn't sell anything "lame or wanky"!
Nothing for me then! 

The Lyric Theatre was built in 1905 but remodelled in 1937 - which accounts for its beautiful art deco facade.

I was a bit iffy about going inside because I knew it was going to be one of those places where I'd feel just like I did at fourteen (awkward, uncomfortable and here's that word again, daggy!).
I'm so glad I manned up, got over myself and went inside because it was amazing. 
Anth reckons these signs aren't original (I was too much of a chicken to ask!) but even if they're not, I still think they're lovely.
It was very hard not too. Loiter.
Another really bad photo of me to add to the archives to end. Sour puss? More like "quick Anth, take a photo before they see!" (they were very nice actually)

Fin until next time. If there is a next time...and thanks for reading. I know the photos aren't the best and the writing is lousy. I aim to improve as I go along.  x

p.s. do you like my Oroton handbag? I found it on the side of the road during our council verge collection last year! The beautiful things people throw away! Crazy!