Monday, December 10, 2012

Back to Wonderland

I'm sending you warm kisses for your loving support of my post about overcoming body-part hatred.
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!

Friday was the last day of school for the kids and The Stylist had her ballet break-up party that evening.
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.

I've used up my entire fabric stash for my patchwork curtain project, which I'm very, very happy about.
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?

Desiree xo


  1. I love that swimsuit! I need to get a Black Milk suit for myself. ;)

    Hehe, I like the gif, by the way!

  2. Hey gorgeous Lady!! Wow look at that room all dolled up love the curtains they look fabulous ~Love the swimsuit super cute!! ~Stay cool :P Love Heather

  3. you always bring a smile to my face. A dancing Desiree was too much, but 2? Best thing ever.

  4. Oh my lord. Whatever the ballerina-print thing is (sheets??), would you ever consider selling it to me? I have been a ballerina for 14 or so years and I adore vintage dancer motifs. It is so beautiful!

  5. Desiree, you are beautiful, mildly altered tummy or no! I love that little lacy skirt cover over your swimsuit! And I love the painting (print)! And that ballerina fabric!! Great finds!!


  6. Gorgeous mink cape, material, and embroidery on that bag! Looking fabulous as always x

  7. Oooh, I do love Alice!! Gorgeous fabrics, especially the ballerina motif - how awesome it would be to have sheets in that print. You look so damn pretty in your docs, polka dots and pink ruffles.

  8. You always have the most amazing swimsuits! Love all of your fabric scrap,I'm sure it will be a great curtain.

  9. Wow - I love that swimsuit - amazing. I can't wait to see that curtain, sometimes I keep fabric in my stash as I'm worried I'll "ruin" it - so I know how you feel xoxo

  10. NODDY!! What a shame it's so faded already. And that little sugar bowl is such a treasure.
    Cute polka dot skirt! (Adds to list of 54032 things to make...) x

  11. You are so stinking cute! This is my favorite outfit on you ever. And I still love that you wrote that post!

  12. I love your room and all those fabby towels and tablecloths!

  13. I love the gif and I couldn't help, but do the morning dance before start writing!!The Alice in Wonderland swimsuit is fabulous and the whole outfit full of flowers and polkadots is stunning, the colours and prints combination is just perfect!!
    The vintage fabrics are beautiful too, I think I would like to have a dress with the ballerinas on!
    I love all your finds, especially the Monet's painting and the lemon shaped sugar bowl!!
    Love xxxxxxxx

  14. Great finds love all your vintage sheets and the patchwork curtains you made look gorgeous so does that little corner of the room with your Lloydloom chair and crochet blanket. Have a great week, dee xx

  15. I LOVE ALL YOUR BLACK MILK BODY SUITS!! I had to put that all in caps because you are so amazing. You are stunning. Those pattern fabrics are so beautiful.

  16. You look incredible! The Queen of Stunning! Another wonderful and inspiring post!

  17. I'm doing the Monday morning happy dance with you (now that the nice lady form Dell has sorted out my computer virus). You're looking gorgeous today and your finds are magnifique. Love the fabric and yay for patch working!

  18. If I ever hesitate and think that my clothes are not suitable for my life as an employee of a local authority - then I always shall remember to visit your blog, enjoy and be inspired!

  19. I am loving your gif--such a treat on a cold grey rainy Monday morning!!

    The Stylist takes ballet?? My daughter took it forom the age of 3 until she was 20. She adored classical ballet and the Nutcracker. Is the Stylist en pointe yet??

    I am drooling over all of you op shop finds-especailly the FABRICS!! The tablecloth is STUNNING!! and the ballet fabric-swoon!

  20. My dear to wake up this morning and find a comment from you... who by the way I consider blog royalty.... well let's just say you made my day my dear!!! Thank you!

    I Always enjoy your style and especially your inspiring verve!

  21. Baci back at ya, Desiree! Love your post as always!

  22. I adore your happy dance Gif.
    Great outfit!
    I love all your purchases.

  23. I had missed your last post, so I nipped back for a read. You look fab in that bikini! We're only human, and all have imperfections, the only difference between us and the celebs is someone who's great on photoshop, but our imperfections show our life's adventures.

    I adore this swimsuit, you really do have the most fabulous selection of costumes and amazing legs to show them off too. Xx

  24. Yay, I'm doing a happy dance right along with you, babe!
    The sight of you in your cossie is always a right treat, plus polka dots and that super-cute bolero - gorgeous!
    You've found some amazing fabric, isn't that ballet print adorable?
    Your cosy corner looks beautiful, and all your half price bargains are just lovely, I do like that little sugar bowl.
    You got tons of support about your last post because you are just a bloody star and we love you! xxxx

  25. bloody love that gif and you know I love that cossie! You look sensational with your DIY skirt too. You got so many gorgeous bits and bobs. The ballerina pillows are just gorgeous, I'm jealous of those. I love the Monet print, that's a great find, looks better without a frame. Oh and that teapot has a really nice feel about it, can't put my finger on what it is, it's just pleasing.
    I can imagine you scoffing flowers, I do that sort of thing too. Pink clover tastes amazing. I've only recently discovered nasturtium leaves and I love them.

  26. What splendid goodies you have,darling!
    O,and the ones you found!
    Love the little frilly jacket, you inspiring wench,you. Now I want to go and DIY everything in sight..but alas, I'm at work salivating over your image.......
    Love and LUSTIPOPS!

  27. Oh happiness is a air kiss from the beautiful Miss Desiree!!!! That is one truly fabulous bathing suit, wonderfully wonderland.
    Eeeekkk the fabric finds are something, the ballerina pillowcases are so pretty.
    love V

  28. What wonderful fabric scores. Aren't the op shops over your way just grand. I love taking a wee trip there, & coffee with you IS on my to do list for the new year. I love that corner of your home, it looks so happy & inviting. Your curtains have made it just magical. Xx

  29. Another one loving that cossy here Desiree, and love all your op shop finds too, that ballerina material is gorgeous, and the little boy painting sets off your cosy corner really well. Most of all I love seeing you and your happy dance! xx

  30. This mama always rocks! Enjoyed your post so much, lot`s of interesting stuff, and I have a little ballerina here too (and probably another one) on it`s way so ballet theme is everywhere around my house. xx

  31. you are too cute! nice thrifted finds too!! i'm having withdrawls from opshopping at the mo & it's only been a week! hehe x

  32. Rocking that suit on a Monday hay hay! This gift has me giggling and I love it with your amazing floral headband and those polka dots! That ballerina fabric is the best score can't wait to see what it becomes!

  33. I love Alice! You look fab, lovely.
    You used up your whole fabric stash on the curtains? I think I'm going to have to do that too, mine's getting out of hand.

  34. COLORFUL!! i like roses headbands! :D
    You have an unique style!!


  35. The dance and blown kiss made my evening! Gorgeous as always.

  36. Loving all your Vintage Linens... I need Vintage Tablecloth Intervention, it is the last bastion of Collections that I am loathe to go thru and try to part with some! *Winks* You are absolutely Fearless and to be commended for facing your body demons... I think most of us Women have those demons about various body parts... I'm still trying to come to terms with mine and make Peace with a Menopausal Body that will not cooperate with exercise and diet whatsoever! *Grrrrr!*
    Thanks for coming by for a visit and getting a giggle out of my Mum's opinion of my sometimes Tacky Taste in Decor. *LOL*

    Merry Christmas from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

  37. Happy, happy dance, for sure! You are rockin' it as usual, and I love the blue gate for a photo shoot. Sweet deal on the fabric and The Stylist is such a wise old soul.

  38. Squee! That was my inner ten-year-old squealing at that beautiful ballerina fabric. I was obsessed with ballet as a little girl, and that fabric is just incredible. What a great find!

  39. You are the coolest chick I know. Looking hot and cool at the same time. And congrats on being a cover girl- that was your destiny.

  40. May I just say that you are really beautiful? And that swimsuit is super rad!! And basically all of your outfit... I love how pretty and pastely your recent outfits are... EEPPP PASTELS (i really like pastels, though I dont wear them as much as Id like to)!!! Also congrats on overcoming body hate! As someone who has struggled on and off with an eating disorder since 3rd grade it really makes me happy to see people accepting their bodies... YAY BODY L<3VE!!! Also the pictures of your house make me quite sure that it is a super cool place to live....

  41. So much to love in this post - fab kisses from a gorgeous misses, awesome Alice on the boobs, edible flowers and ballerinas!

  42. That swimsuit is awesome!!
    The ballerina fabric is amazing. I want a dress made out of it ahaha!

  43. Hi Lovely Desiree!

    I so love your polka dots skirt and i adore the way you wear it! so adorable!
    I love how your room is decorated, so cute, lovely my style really when i lived alone-
    Adore the fabrics for the curtains, especially the ballerinas, so pretty -

    Have a great Christmas!

    Ariane xxxxx

  44. Great gif! I haven't read your 'getting over' post but shall seek it out. When I was small, my parents had a cactus that never flowered. It finally did when I was about toddler age. I promptly ate all the flowers. My little sister ate a daffodil. We both lived to tell the tale. Had I died, it probably would have been at the hands of my parents rather than due to the flowers.

  45. I'm blowing a kiss back at you!

    Happy New Year!

  46. Oh my lord. My sister and I had those ballerina sheets as children, hers was pink, mine was purple and we thought we were the bee's knees, soooo much cooler than plain white sheets. Mum remade them into cot sheets for my first child (who is a boy!), I'm estimating we got a good 25 years use out of them. Come to think of it the cot sheets must be lurking in my linen cupboard.....


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