Thursday, 26 April 2012

It's a charity thing

Good evening

Firstly - thank you for all the lovely comments on the frocks in my last post. However trust me I'm not talented - I was put off sewing at school by a very fierce teacher - whilst I've finally got to grips with my lovely basic sewing machine, there is much more I'd love to learn. Put it down to lots of practise and a determination not to pay high street prices for stuff when I can buy pretty fabric for a fraction of the price locally.

What a week - like most of the country Suffolk has been soggy - rain showers - some very heavy, claps of thunder and today the bonus of high winds. I've managed to avoid some showers but have also got soaked through several times. I didn't get wet today but got blown around by a head-wind which tried so hard to unseat me from my bicycle - I won (just).

Another shift in the charity shop today - am loving working there at the moment. My new boss is brilliant and has been training me in all sorts of new things. I love being on the till and meeting people but also still love the back-room stuff too. Contrary to popular belief we don't get first dibs at stuff - our shop is pretty strict and goods have to be out on the shop floor for 24 hours before staff are allowed to buy. Some nail biting moments sometimes if you've seen something you like and someone picks it up!! One item I loved was out this week and luckily no-one else picked it up;

Whilst the colourful needles look lovely in their jug (see this post ) - the boring grey ones needed somewhere all together - this vintage Bakelite box is perfect in every way.

I got the chance to wear one of new frocks last night - a girls evening at my Mum's for yet another sisters birthday. My Dad sensibly headed off to spend the evening with one of my BIL's - he's learnt its quieter that way. When said sister was visiting last she took a shine to my birthday pressie from Dawn - the first picture in this post. I decided to make her something similar - based loosely on her house which we all refer to as the Little Blue House;

Lastly for tonight - something I forget to tell you the other day - a cause for a big smile on my face. I heard on our local radio station the other day that one of my favourite groups were playing in a small theatre not far away later this summer. The tickets were due to go on pre-sale last Friday. After a battle to register for the sale I managed to get sorted and waited poised to strike when the tickets were released. A decision to pay via paypal meant I got lucky and on the Jubilee weekend, MrVV & I are off to see Mumford & Sons :) 

BTW - we've got seats - no dancing will be attempted ;)

See you soon - here's hoping for a dry day or two this weekend - well we can all dream can't we ;)

xxx Vicki xxx


Magic Bean said...

Evening. Well done for getting seats. Am certain your ankle is overjoyed!!! Ax

Claire said...

oh no i'd be out there moving all the good stuff to the back of the shelf! haha!!

Lisa said...

Well done on the ticket front, bet you'll have a truly fab time.
Such a pretty picture you made for your sister.
Enjoy your weekend.
Lisa x

Paula said...

*shudder* The mad cross textiles ladies as I call them. I had a few of those sorts of teachers at my school too. I find they sometimes hangout in small little fabric shops demanding to know what you are going to make then scoffing and scorning it and telling you that you can't do that! Ugh! really dont like those sorts. And good for you for keeping at it and making lovely dresses for yourself.

Oooh you lucky thing I love Mumford and Sons I bet you will have a great time.

P x

Crafty Helen said...

Hmm - our weather has been er, interesting to say the least! You could let me know our best spots for fabric locally, as I'm hoping to follow your lead and run up some clothes for the summer (should it ever arrive)....X

Deborah said...

Great post Vicki, love the picture :) I am surprised you can type with your extreme nail biting! ;) I'd be the same waiting to see if something sold that I had my eye on :)

Bee happy x
Have a delicious day!

♥ emma bear forever ♥ said...

What a fab needle case, love the colour. I've just looked back to your last post about the dresses, how I wish I could read a sewing pattern!! Even the simple ones in the sewing magsscare me :) Your dresses are gorgeous x

delia hornbook said...

oohh lucky you they are fantastic i bought there first album. Love that needle box. have a lovely weekend and i am like you praying for a dry one. dee x

...Tabiboo... said...

I'd probably have no nails left if I worked in a charity shop.

Have a fabulous weekend,

Nina x

ps. love the dress btw.

fee @ chipper nelly said...

lovely post Vicki. I hope you just vaguely 'hide' the things you have your eye on behind something a little bigger!
I love Mumford - bet thats a fab gig!
fee x
(no dancing, but maybe some tapping of hands on knees? in a mum styleee?)

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

I'm not sure I could cope with the stress of a 24 hour embargo before I could buy whatever I had my eye on! Do you 'display' these desirable items at the back? ;-)

Great embroidery hoop art - such a sweet idea to do the house. Mumford and sons will be brilliant - enjoy!

hapi-ness said...

ahhhh lucky lucky you :D i love the mumford and sons! Such a lovely style of music :) your little blue house is adorable! :D x

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