Saturday, October 31


Happy Halloween!

I was all set to take some shots today, but it 's been raining all morning and I am too precious about my new camera to dare dress it in a rain coat. So instead of heading to the woods I 'been sitting on my sofa eating the 'in case kids knock the door' chocolate. Trick or treating isn't very common over here, but this year I am prepared for all eventualities. That is, if I can keep myself from sitting here like jaba the hut for the rest of the day eating it all.

Have yourself a great weekend!

Jumper: Mom's
Skirt: H&M via eBay
Belt: Asda

Sunday, October 25

Mom's Doll House

When I was little I used to have a sky-scraper of a dolls house: Most levels were built by my Dad and housed a multitude of Sylvanian families, a school, grocery and Barbie (who lived in the cellar, where the walls were tall enough for her). I always used to love playing with the house, which back in the day, was taller than me.

My Mom's old doll house made up one of the level of my sky scraper.I never paid the decor much attention, preferring my Dad's architecture. The retired school teacher bear lived in it. I used to place him in his rocking chair where he would reminisce about his early years, back when he was a sea-fairing bear.

Some weeks ago I woke up with a detailed image of Mom's doll house in my mind. Not having given it a thought in years I was suddenly itching to take photos of it. One phone call and some trips to the attic later my parents reported successful retrieval of the garishly wall-papered abode. During my visit, the three of us worked our way through boxes and boxes of beautiful furniture until I found the grey-green sofas I had been looking for. The TV was a particularly pleasing find, as soon as I had forgotten all about it.

Holding the house:
Dress: Lipstick Vogue
Shoes: Clarks

Living room
Dress: RedDressShoppe (Stop Staring)

Hat: Laura Dols
Blouse: Oasis
Skirt: Market
Shoes: Office

Curlers and vintage 40s dress

Saturday, October 24

Austrian Hat

Hat: reclaimed childhood hat
Cardigan: Asda
Top: Allmighty
Skirt: H&M
Tights: eBay
Shoes: Clarks
Bag: Mom's

When I saw Solanah's Austrian hat I couldn't believe how elegant she made it look.

Up until her post I associated such traditional headgear with the following, and the following only:
  • Old men drinking warm beer
  • Mountaineering
  • Flocks of tourists
  • Old Heimatfilms.

I mentioned Vixen Vintage to my Mom while trying on half her hat collection (how could I not be reminded of that blog while trying on hat after hat?). Mom swiftly disappeared and returned with the hat pictured, which apparently was mine all along (snot-nosed evidence of ownership to the right). It 's been stored away for the last twenty-something years waiting for its rightful owner to return.

Wearing the hat in Austria was a little daunting with all the stares (and occasional snickers) but back in England the little grey hat has more than novelty value: The thick felt keeps my head dry in the unceasing drizzle.


Cardi: Asda
Dress & belt: H&M
Mask: somewhere in Amsterdam

Happy Saturday Morning to you all!

I have just returned from the woods where I spent the morning arranging dolls and turning into a rabbit. More of that later :-)

Monday, October 12

In the woods..

Part two: In the woods..

My Austria trip was very plesant.
Dad and I took photographs together;
Mom and I got lost in her wardrobe: I returned home with her mac and some hats.

I 've been dying to use car headlights to light a photograph. Not an easily obtained shot when your vehicle has paddles. My Dad and I drove out to the local woods one evening and took lots and lots of photos with his digital camera. I wore my new dress, which had only just arrived before the trip, Mom's mac and one of her numerous hats. Here is to Cindy Sherman's "Untitled Film Stills"

Hat: Mom's closet
Mac: Mom's closet
Dress: Lipstick Vogue
Gloves: eBay
Tights: eBay
Shoes: Clarks

Austrian weekend

Here is the first instalment of pictures taken on my family visit to Austria this weekend.

Lamp, my aunt's sugar cubes & and an old bottle of 4711

The three day trip consisted mainly of visits to relatives, coffee, cake, old photos, new photos and searching through doll house furniture (I'll do a post on that some time).