My 1960’s – 1970’s Front Room

I’m a 70’s child, my mum was a very trendy mum as my baby pics prove, so I’ve always had this fascination with the era, and as a fan of programs like some mothers do have em and only fools and horses, I think it was fate that I stumbled across a Del Boy Bar and we’ve been here before yes the adventure started!

Thats me and my mum dancing-left.  Bottom right features two wonderful ladies too long gone my nan and my great gran.

Now I love my bar ….. but I don’t drink! not one drop it’s not because I don’t want to, I just don’t like the taste, the only thing I’ve managed in the last few years is discovering a snowball cocktail a rather vintage drink last christmas thanks to my hubby, but I’m just not the person who can sit and drink one after the other….. but I still love my bar and stocking it with all manner of vintage glasses, ice buckets etc etc.

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That Horrockses Dress Remade New!

I have this most amazing vintage Horrockses dress (around early 1950’s).  It wonderful, it’s a shirt waister dress with gusset arms, 2 small breast pockets, square collar, and a full beautiful skirt.  The amazing thing about the skirt section is that it’s not the traditional circle skirt, no way…… this is just over 3 meters of fabric in one continuous piece that is effortlessly gathered by means of unique pleats, and amongst those pleats are two fabulous pockets at the side hips, not really big enough for anything other than a tissue really, but it’s a quirky design element which I love.  The fabric is beautiful cotton in a grey colour with unique black print with forest green strips.  It’s wonderful!!!

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What I’ve been up to of late

So life sometimes just gets in the way of time o take five minutes to be able to post …. well posts 😉  –  so what have I been up to since December, well Christmas has come and gone and that was both lovely and sad all at the same time.  It was wonderful to see family but not having a member their with us for the first time was also sad and thinking of friends who are no longer here also and their families, but as life demands I made it through determined that 2017 was going to be a much better, brighter and positive one.

So having finished my front room, (look out for that blog post to come)  I’m now moving ….finally may I add to my Kitchen, so we’ve had a new door and window put in, which has made huge difference.  We had a patio double door and where the window now is was a brick wall so the kitchen was very gloomy but now light floods in!

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My 1940’s Bedroom

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So my bedroom was the next project to get completed.  It all started with one thing as with all my rooms, they’ve all started with just one special find that has driven the final result.  This room a walnut burr vintage dressing table, oh my god when I found it, Love at first sight I knew I had to have it!  And the next roller coaster home expedition began!

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The Art Deco Bathroom!

I can think of nothing more exciting than looking at other peoples homes, especially vintage inspired homes, I just LOOOVVVVEEEE them.  Being slightly crude it’s porn the home decor way teehee!

Now my own home is still being finished, but I’m going to share a room I’ve finished.  In my head I visualised this, just this  exactly how it turned out, and I’m so proud that I did all the work myself….well with a little help from hubby but only a little.  I did the plumbing the tiling the papering I moved the shower, toilet and the sink put in a new bath, laid a new wooden floor.  I hope you agree my hard work paid off, although it was not without a few challenges …. like having to have a bath in the kitchen for a few months, and hand sourcing everything myself meant months and months of waiting for the smallest of details were not finished for ages, from start to finish it probably took near on a year.

It was worth the sacrifice! 🙂

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So I’ve been Absent!

So I’ve been absent for quite some time!  Life can be a challenge at times and this year has proved to be one of those, with quite a few bouts of bad, disappointing and challenging news it’s been difficult I have to say to keep my positivity alive, and sadly my love of life had been silenced!

Most recently I lost my aunt an amazing lady!  She fought for so long against all the odds but finally it became too much and it was time to go she left this world for the next, then within a few days I lost a friend and then another!  So it’s been hard…….

I have a problem with my back and hips, and it’s been really bad in the last two years, so much so I’ve been forced into early (although I hope short lived) retirement from dance, a dance which has fuelled my life for so long.

There has been another challenge but I’m certainly not strong enough at the moment to go into that detail, but lets say, it’s sad and has left a mark!

BUT in the spirit of my aunt who had so much fight and the knowledge that life must go on and knowing somewhere inside that these challenges have been given to me because I am STRONG enough to bare them!

So with that being said and mustering fighting spirit I’m trying to restore the old me!

Now over the last year or so I decided to go back to my natural blonde hair colour, however I went from dark to light in a matter of weeks and to say the least it damaged my hair sooooo much I hated it, so then have been trying to get my hair back to health and happiness and have been through different shades of varying colours, now we’re trying to walk our way back to happiness….the last time I was truly happy with my hair I was dark, so it’s back!  And I LOVE it!

I will leave you today with a few pics of my hair journey back to happiness notice the last few months were spent mainly in vintage headscarf turbans as I couldn’t stand the thought of going to the hairdressers just because it involved decisions!  I promise that my post from this day on I will be mustering my old spirit, positivity and love of life!

TODALOO x x x

1940’s Quickie Turban

I was recently asked how I did my turban, so rather than just some pics have done a small video, comments always welcome but hopefully you’ll be able to see how I do mine, and it gives you some ideas on how to do yours obviously if you have smaller headscarfs it would be different again if you have really large ones, this I would say is quite a large headscarf that I recently picked up at a carrot for 50p…bargin.  Enjoy x x x x

Apologise for the squeaky voice had no idea I sound like this hehehehehehe. x x

Turban – link for video x x

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