Sunday, 17 February 2013

Green is the Colour of Spring.

and both certainly seem to be on my mind at the moment. Finally, finally the rain has stopped and the sun is out, it's still cold but who cares the sun is out!
 I got to spend a blissful few hours outside today pottering around the garden. I was having to resist doing too much because at this time of year the temperature can plummet again before you know it and kill off all the tender shoots you have just exposed.

I also felt the urge to go into town yesterday and give the charity shops a good going over. I had a bag of stuff to drop off anyway. Pickings were fairly slim but I did get enough to quell my shopping urges without spending a fortune. Result!

 two necklaces and a scarf £2.48 for the lot. The brown necklace will never get round my fat neck but I liked the beads and plan to restring it.

Cropped jeans for the summer and some printed leggings.

 Brown suede shoes, strangely these were immaculate outside but really grubby inside. For second hand shoes I use a great Aggie and Kim (from 'How clean is your house?') tip. Using anti-bacterial surface wipes I give the inside a thorough clean and then let them air dry rather than wiping them dry.

                                the one on the left is before the one on the right is after.

This bag was £1.50 and I know my Mum will love it so I snapped it up. I also got this little bag with a friend's birthday in mind but suspect I will end up keeping it!

I then went to the real shops and ended up buying another pair of boots!?! I told you the minute I found the pair I was hunting for I would keep finding more, well that's my excuse anyway! They were reduced to £16 so I feel no guilt.

Final stop was Wilkinsons for bird seed and scourers. Of course there was no way that was all I would end up buying, especially when I clocked they had got two full aisles of garden stuff!
I came away with 2 packs of bulbs, some seed onions and some amazing white strawberry plants that I have seen elsewhere for 3 times the price. Good old Wilko!

                                            Already potted up and shooting :-)

Now what has any of this got to do with green I hear you ask? Well I have found myself browsing green clothes on Ebay lately, I ended up buying this pretty frock which I can see getting lots of wear out of.

I am still on the hunt for my Helga dress. I can't remember the exact post where she is wearing it (or I would link it), but Helga has the most glorious green dress that I covet and plan to sneak into her house and steal one day.
Well it looks like the search maybe over thanks to the frock hunting skills of the amazing Vix

Behold my new frock of greeness.

 It needs a little adjusting but that's fine and easily doable. It's been lovingly handmade and checking it over with my alterations in mind it was clear to see that it has been altered before in it's lifetime. I love seeing these signs of someone else's handiwork.

I shall sign off with my Valentine's bouquet.Have a great week everybody.



  1. I do love a nice bit of green! The frock from Vix is a beauty, but I really like your Ebay dress too. I am always intrigued by previous owner's alterations too - sometimes they have been done really neatly and cleverly, sometimes shockingly badly, even worse than I would do!
    Good tip on the shoes, you did well in the chazzas, and oh yes, you always see some extra bargains in Wilkinson's, I do love that shop!
    Beautiful flowers, bet that earnt some Brownie points! xxxx

  2. Love the eBay dress and delighted the frock got to you safely. I love looking at alterations to a dress, too. Makes me feel a little better about my seamstress skills.
    I always forget about Wilkos, I went regularly when it was a tany shop but since it became a two storey beast with furniture I seem to forget it's existence...weird! xxx

  3. Oooh, I hadn't thought of Wilkinsons for plants. I know where I'm going next weekend! Your new dress of greenness is splendid.

  4. Love the Vix dress, it's so pretty! And those shoes too, they're lovely xx

  5. Great buys love the cream beads. Its lovely to see the shoots in the garden and think about the warmer days ahead. Bless Vix for finding your lovely green dress. dee xx

  6. I'd love to see your Vix dress with the green shoes you bought last time. Love the two necklaces, show us when you re string the brown one. I'd be tempted to keep that flower print bag too! xxx

  7. Ooh great buys and love the dress lovely vix sent, beautiful colour. Scarlett x