It has been a fun weekend. My wonderful sister came to stay, and we had a shopping day yesterday. We didn't exactly manage to shop up a storm, because we're not too impressed with this season's colours and designs. Let's just say, I don't always dress like your typical NZ woman. New Zealand tends to be quite a casual place, unless you are a high powered office worker. There are definitely plenty of people who love individual style, but it isn't really the norm to wear 1950's style dresses with cardigans and heels for everyday wear. Occasionally I find treasures, often on sales racks. I found this dress in a floral fabric that I decided would be sweet worn with dark tights and a matching dark cardigan (black, in my case, because I don't have a green one). I'll have to do a photo modelling the dress. It was reduced in price by $100, so I was exceedingly pleased that it fits.
Yes, very retro cherries on gingham. This is a cotton sateen with a touch of stretch. Apparently vintage styled fruit images are going to be a big trend for 2014. Better than another upcoming trend- the return of "grunge". Foul.
During the week I spotted this book when I was out and about and HAD to purchase it. I have Rosemary McLeod's From Thrift to Fantasy, which is a fascinating history of needle crafts in New Zealand. Her new book has projects in it, as well as a wealth of historical notes and images.
This week I was lucky enough to win a couple of online auctions and went and picked up my goods on Friday. I love floral chintz china, and don't mind if the pieces are not perfect because I don't collect them as an investment. These Marguerite pieces also came with a cup and side place. I just need another saucer to form a second trio.
I'd never buy a perfect one at the market rate, because I am not an investor, and would worry too much about potential accidents with valuable pieces. I do have some mint pieces, but am happy to give some new life to gorgeous china that has had a bit of a sad life.
I'm hoping for a fun week and there has been mention of snow later in the week. I'd love to have a couple of snow days at home. I could get those tops finished and take my cowboys out for a spin next weekend!