Thank you so much for your kind words and messages, as I wrote in my post, it's taken me more than 20 years to reach this frame of mind.
Some wrote that what I showed was not so bad, which is true, but watching my tum develop multiple thick purple welts from a tender age felt rather traumatic at the time.
I didn't know it would happen and I had no idea if or how long the marks would take to fade.
Nothing prepared me for what my torso would like post-pregnancy so hopefully I've done at least one woman a favour by showing a "post-babies" belly.
Thank you wenches!
We ended up delivering flowers to her teacher, Miss Sandra, then going straight home as the wee petal has had way too much excitement and was exhausted from all the end-of-school-year activities.
Gosh they really do wear them out at school at this time of year, not only is it really hot, but they have countless performances and do's to attend, plus it's Christmas!
This mama stayed cool.
Floral headband - DIY, more in my shop Sassy Vamps!
1950s cotton bolero - Etsy
Swimsuit - Black Milk half-price sale
Skirt - DIY
Doc Marten's - retail
Garter-as-bracelet, bag, bracelets, bag, necklaces - thrifted and gifted.
Using up all those pieces of fabric I've been hoarding for ages (some for 20 years!) to inject more colour into our home, feels wonderful.
I went in search for more scraps and found treasure!
Vintage sheets, pillowcases and a tablecloth.
Never fear, the beautiful cotton tablecloth will never see my shears, it's going straight onto the kitchen table.
The Noddy sheet is very faded and has rust spots so I'm not worried about using it for patch working, but I was pretty nervous about cutting into the ballerina and purple floral cotton sheets.
The Stylist suggested that since we'd bought a pair of each, we could keep one of each intact and use the other for patchwork.
Yeah I know, duh! I think I need to change my meds.
I'll keep the remainder for other precious DIY projects - the sight of a ballerina as bag-lining, and a purple floral patch-pocket or two are bound to bring on a smile.
I found this print on hardboard, a beautiful wee laddie by Monet.
He'll be making sure the dancing couple don't scratch the grafofoni records.
The mink cape was a gift from my darling Kitty of Kitty's Vintage Kitsch.
I found this linen tray mat and love the home-making tips.
I've been eating nasturtium flowers since I was a wee one.
I was one of those kids for whom poison books were written - I was always eating everything that grew outside.
To this day I can't walk past the local plant shop without harvesting the begonia flowers for a snack, much to the horror of my kids.
I wonder if anyone has ever died after following instructions on a tea towel?
Everything in my favourite op shop, Aid for the Blind, was half price!
I grabbed the sugar bowl, heavy teapot, trays and cotton embroidered bag for a song.
Oh let's do that Monday morning happy dance again shall we?