This is what I wore to the All Ford Day, and to the local flood fundraiser afterward. The dress wasn't such a great idea as it was really windy, so I spent most of the day clinging to it, hoping I wouldn't flash my garter (which I think I did on a few occasions anyway).
Just before arriving at All Ford Day, I swung past a local market and picked up a copy of the 1958 Penguin Classic 'Dior by Dior' - an autobiography of Christian Dior, for just $3. Oh, how I can't wait to start reading. I hope there are pictures!
I have been a bad classic car owner and lover, this summer. Normally I attend every event, but this year the All Ford Day will be the only one I see. So I really made up for it in pictures! These kinds of shows always make me a) want to spend ridiculous amounts of money on fancy cars, and b) want to get my baby girl running properly and looking schmick! Some of these cars are +$100,000 though.
And a little bit of trivia for you car lovers - the car with the numberplate KOOL65... that's a very famous model. Name her. Answer in my next blog post!
Wow, what a week it has been - extreme highs and equally low lows. But let's focus on the positives, shall we?
On Friday's drive home from work, I caught every single green light. Amazing, I know! It was also raspberry and white choc muffin day at my work's cafe = double win!
Dodgy panelbeater (let's just call him DPB from now on) deposited a cheque into my bank account. It is only part of the money he owes me, and it hasn't cleared yet, but it's a start. Granted, he still doesn't know that the Sheriff will come knocking soon, but I'd like that to still be a surprise.
I found something I've been looking for for a long time - a red laundry powder tin. Might not seem like a big deal, but for someone who makes their own laundry powder at home, having a decent sized container is a must. And it was on sale at Spotlight.
I gave up trying to find cute nighties that weren't $60 (looking at you, Peter Alexander) so I decided to make my own. The pattern was on sale, and the fabric is just too cute! I already whipped up one in the pink - I left the bow print fabric because I didn't want the cut or style of the nightie to not suit me... that fabric is too pretty to waste. I also lived dangerously and used 100% cotton for this pattern, even though it specifically says suitable for knit fabrics only. But I'm scared of knit fabrics! One day I will build up the confidence - all that stretch just freaks me out.
I tackled my veggie garden. I had neglected it for a while, but my zucchinis were growing great-guns. You know how Australia has "big" tourist attractions? The Big Lobster, the Big Merino, the Big Pineapple... Well, I would like to nominate my place for the Big Zucchini. This guy is over 1kg and as long as a carton of eggs! (They're not cage, by the way, they're free range all the way - we just reuse old cartons). Anyhoo, I planted cos lettuce, baicai / bok choi, coriander, spring onion, broccoli and celery.
I also learned an important lesson. Don't throw pumpkin seeds in the compost bin. You know why? This will happen! I wonder if it will actually yield any punkins?
Also while at Spotlight, my eyes fell on this red beauty of a cushion, and I remembered FF's wise words on never knowingly under-cushioning. I have to admit, I am guilty of undercushioning, but I am making amends! And yes, that is STILL a motorcycle in the living room. I've accepted it as part of the furniture now.
And finally, today's purchases. The RAAF Log book from 1943, which leaves only one more book to find to complete the set, and a cute little cream canister with marbled lid. I'm guessing S for salt? I will probably use it as a sugar pot for the table though.
Thankyou everyone for your lovely words regarding the terrible time I've been having recently. It did manage to get worse, with negotiations between myself and the panelbeater totally failing - he actually stopped answering all his work calls, and was only *10#-ing people back (US people - *69?). I called him from my home phone number, and he called back three times and didn't say a word, just hung on the line breathing and freaking me out. So I have issued a warrant for him - oh yeah! I can't get him arrested, but I can make the Sheriff take possession of his belongings to sell at auction though. I have to wait 5-6 weeks though to hear if the Sheriff has any success getting my money out of him.
So with my financial situation not looking to get better any time soon, I have to sell some stuff :( I am selling three Freddies of Pinewood Rebecca 1940s style tops, and a pair of their Jeanies too. AAAAAND, I am selling my beloved Triumph sweater. I don't want to, but I am desperate, and it's a sure money maker. Here's the link to my eBay sales - help a struggling girl out!
I think this dress is new to my readers (am I right?) - it's a 1950s frock from Simplicity Is Bliss Vintage on etsy. I love the longer length in the skirt, but I need a longer crinoline so it doesn't show the difference. As usual, the dogs photobombed me!
Thanks everybody for the lovely words last Friday. The funeral was tough, as I expected, and it was loooooong. I'd never been to a Catholic service (funeral or otherwise) so it was an eye-opener. And it absolutely bucketed down while we were at the cemetery - thankfully the fabric in my 1950s suit held up marvelously. Our farm, not so much... we're flooded again.
I am also having a really crap time right now dealing with my dodgy panelbeater. Remember how ONE YEAR AGO I had my FC "fixed" but it turned out the panelbeater had swindled me? Well, I am still chasing my refund. I have been in constant contact with him, and he keeps delaying payment, so today I had my affidavit signed, and tomorrow I am marching over to the Magistrates' Court to enforce my "warrant to seize property". I really didn't want it to come to this, but it must.
Compounded by the fact that I need a new computer for my study, and I was set to finance an order from Dell until Intel recalled their i7 processor, plus my car needs urgent repairs, plus plus my FC needs a new gearbox plus plus plus I am nearly $800 behind on our "shed savings" account...
So I am feeling very "arrrrgh!" right now. In fact, I had a little scream and a cry in the car today on the way home from work. It's moments like these when I wish I was a hippie. No money problems, eating the fruits of the earth, living in a commune, high on LSD and pot... sounds like bliss. I might be romanticising it though. They probably don't take that much LSD these days either.
As promised - photos of me in vintage. Although it's not how I wanted it to be. You see, J's poppa died on Monday afternoon, and the funeral is this afternoon... thus the black. I didn't want to wear black, but it will be a very religious funeral so I thought black would be best.
I am really not looking forward to this afternoon - I am terrible at dealing with ANYTHING sad. We're talking serious tears when the little Weebo thing died in the movie Flubber. And don't get me started on Toy Story 3. Oh yes, I'm that much of a crier. Chuck in a funeral, and I'm a mess. Thankfully my sunglasses are back from repair so I'll pick them up on the way, so I can hide behind them.
In other news, my new course doesn't start for another two weeks, but I have already finished all of week 1's work, and am beginning on week 2 now. Which is fantastic, as it gives me a bit of room to move during the semester (or "session", as my uni calls it).