Thursday, 8 January 2015

Personality Soap


Well, if we are starting the year as we mean to go on, I'm in for a busy time in 2015.
 
And I will be wearing a lot of green.
 
 
I enjoyed my day at the new charity shop on Tuesday - not quite as much as being in my shop, but it was fine.

And because it would be rude not to make a purchase, I bought this;


a 1960s metal waste bin, thereby ensuring that I continue to amuse my fellow volunteers with my apparently odd tastes. 
 


1950s wool jacket - charity shopped
Dress - made by me from a 1950s curtain and a 1960s pattern
1950s carpet bag - flea market
Boots - retail (sale)
Scarf - hand-me-down
Gloves - gift
 
(I've lost one of those purple leather gloves today, and I'm really cross with myself.) 



1970s dress - vintage kilo sale
1960s vinyl/tapestry bag, 1920-30s brooch, coat, cardigan and scarf - charity shopped
 


Yesterday proved another vintage-filled day at St Luke's. 
 
I put a lot of stock out in the shop, but cherry-picked a few items to put on Ebay, where I think I can get more money for them.
 


Top line - 1960s .
Bottom line - 1970s.


The 1970s DL Barron circle print dress with matching tie top is a keeper, but the rest are up for grabs. I would have adored to keep the 1960s Welsh tapestry coat, but sadly it's too small for me.
 
(As always, email me or mention in your comment if you're interested in any item.)

Favourite label of the day?
 

Well, this one made me chuckle...
 


but this label transported me back to my childhood in an instant. 
 
I'm sure other UK readers of a certain age will remember the Ladybird brand, sold in independent shops and in branches of Woolworths. I had some lovely Ladybird dresses in the late 1960s/early 1970s.
 


A 1950-60s Ladybird wool cot blanket.

The cats will love it - throw a blanket over my knee, and this is the result;
 
 
a lap full of tabbies.
 


 
But the funniest label of all was definitely this one;



hmm, I might like to recommend this for a few folk in my acquaintance...

But I couldn't possibly name names!
 
xxx


48 comments:

Mother of Reinvention said...

P I have to say that green is a fabulous colour on you. Glad that you liked the new shop. Working new places can always be a bit hit or miss, especially when you like the other place so much. The bin is psychedically magical and I am in love with your tabbies. Such cuteness. Hope your glove is just on an adventure and not completely lost. Xxxx

Mother of Reinvention said...

Oooh, fiirst. Go me! Xxxx

beate grigutsch said...

hihi - personality soap.....
glad to hear that you enjoyed the day at the other shop!!!
love both outfits - green is my fav color! and the cool bags - they are really your signature. i like colorful leather gloves too and hate myself when i lose them :-/
can´t wait to see you in that dotted dress!!!
xxxxxxxx

Asparagus Pea said...

I love those welsh coats too - we call it brethin cartref round these parts (which means 'home made cloth'). But they''re ALWAYS too small - not made for six foot kiwi birds. Happy New Year hon xxx

Northern mum down South said...

Oh, how annoying to lose one glove and then it's difficult to throw away the one that's left, so many bits to keep track of when you are out and about in winter. Lovely outfits and finds and great labels, Ladybird takes me back to my childhood. No matter how many blankets I crochet Alf loves them all, happiness is a blanket and a cat(s) xx

thorne garnet said...

it would have been rude to leave that waste basket for someone else. It rocks.

Cats in the lap AKA furry space heaters.

Fanny Love said...

You look stunning, darling. Happy New Year.

Miss Magpie said...

Question is does it was away a bad personality or bring a good one?

I am strangely attracted to the green dress......

50 and counting said...

Can I be really nervy and ask you to keep a look out for linen tea towels with dogs on them. Bonus if there are Collies on them? Hard to get in my neck of the woods. if it's going to charity I'd rather source them from you than ebay!

Vix said...

A lapful of tabbies! How fabulous. Good to know that the felines of the family appreciate a bit of vintage, too.
That bin is amazing and there's some beauties amongst your scores. Fancy finding a Curtissa! Never seen that label before. Bet that green shift dress will sell well, the modettes love them.
Green looks divine on you, the me-made shift is a stunner and the cut of that coat is perfect.
You don't need personality soap, you've got it in buckets!
Love ya! xxxxxxxxxx

freckleface said...

You're looking so very lovely in your green outfits, despite your odd tastes!! :) Green brings out the beautiful colour of your hair which looks amazing. You have been really busy. So does that mean you are going to do two days a week in the charity shops or is this just until the motherload has been sorted through in your Wednesday shop? Talking of which, I rather like the look of the green dress. Would it fit me and what fabric is it? You know how fussy I am about me fabrics! I love that picture of you with a lapful of pussy cats! So cute. It's unusual to see you just chilling, normally you're SuperMum, always on the move. Xxxxxxx

Goody said...

The Universe sends you new gloves when you lose one (like umbrellas) so don't despair.

You look so great in green, and I don't know how you do it, but you have the very best eye for tapestry bags. The carpet bag is my favourite (this week).

Personality soap would go well with a brand we have here called, "First Date" (because you don't bother to wash for the second?).

Patti said...

St Lukes found a treasure in you! Love the wonderful vintage labels, and fabulous frocks. Does personality soap *give* you one, or wash away an unpleasant one? I'll take a few bars, pls. Love the lap kitties, that makes me all warm inside. xox

Kezzie said...

I love green- your outfits are so beautifully put together. A life in colour=so beautiful
Oooh, the coat, the coat (as in the blue patterned one!) what size?!?!?! It loooks huge, surely it isn't too small!?!?! xx

Laurie Duncan said...

I love you in green and blue! But the lap full of kitties is your cutest accessory. My kitty loves anything crocheted! :)

Beth Waltz said...

Eureka! The pin has a background of butterfly wings! And I can't remember the name of the butterfly, and it's driving me nutz.

Sheila said...

Oh, I hate losing a glove! And having my own pair of purple leather ones, it would make me so sad to lose it! Maybe you can find another lost glove and deliberately mismatch? "It's the next new thing, darling" you can say to your new shop coworkers, in a haughty voice, ha ha!

Love the lap o' tabbies, and that circles dress (you and I have similar tastes).

Connie said...

Because you're you and I'm me, I always look at your post titles and try to figure out from which song, which lyric. Personality soap had me stumped. The Kinks? The Mothers of Invention? It's actual soap!! You really are a goddess in green. I'm now trying to figure out what a vintage kilo sale is. Are some kilos older than others?

Sue said...

I do like you in Green! Mind you I don't think I have seen you in a colour yet that I haven't liked on you. Your cats are adorable and so fluffy!!

Melanie said...

A lap of cats, I would like to order one! Your greens are beautiful and your glove must have run off with my sock. Time to build a new relationship with a new glove I suppose. I hope they are not very happy together!
Yes, I could use some personality soap to wash off the one I have or at least refresh it. That is the strangest thing. Houndstooth with a cameo...?

joyatri said...

You look fab in green! I'd put it a close second after 'marsala' on you. That waste bin is too good to pass up even if one's not trying to be rude.
The large-ish size of your red and black tapestry bag makes it very functional. I so often see tapestry bags that are really only suitable for evening.
Best of luck on the ebaying. I love the houndstooth coat. The charity shop is so lucky to have you looking out for it.

Angels have Red Hair said...

Oooooh ... that green 1960's dress is floating my boat ... have you put it up on eBay yet??
xx

Ivy Black said...

Oooh a lovely pile of tabbies.!
Green is great...more green I say and you look fab in it. Your me made frock rocks.
Naturally you have odd taste! That's it now, any 'odd' things will be passed your way. My elderly neighbours bring me all sorts of stuff -'We now you like this kind of thing- love the bin. The design is so cheery.
Personality soap. I can think of twenty people I could pass a bar or three on to.
Have a lovely weekend petal.
Loves ya bits.
xxxxx

Ladan Ladanu said...

Love those labels, "such clever clothes!". You've set me off now, I have just been roped in for my local vintage charity shop. I must say it's good fun but I don't have time to shop, it's all go on a saturday. I will have to go in a bit earlier! Go green, best colour ever. xx

Joni James said...

I wonder if that soap comes in a liquid? It's spreads faster that way. ha!
Love that cute short jacket you're wearing. You make me want to cut and color my hair. I'm trapped between wishing my hair were platinum and/or covering up my wisdom highlights. Such a dilemma.

Porcelina said...

It's so interesting seeing all the labels of your finds, some of them are quite amusing I agree! Keep 'em coming! And the bin is fab, I would have snapped that up too. x

Mim said...

Green is good, to misquote Gordon Gecko. And your curtain dress is excellent.

I'm going to get a blanket and see if I can't attract a pile of cats, or at least lure our idiot one off the Tivo box...

Winter Moon said...

So many lovely outfits! You look fab in green.

I love that tapestry bag and the kitties, aww, adorable! Nala's taken to sleeping in a box of shredded paper that I use for packaging. I suppose I'll have to get rid of it now, or everyone's parcel's will be filled with fur.

xx

Lesley Extance said...

Such a pain in the bum when you loose a glove ,I'm always doing it, Fabulous in green Curtise , have a good weekend xxx

Emma Kate at Paint and Style said...

You reminded me that I bought a vintage tin with a very peculiar label indeed and I must blog about it.
You scored some great stuff, I also love the tapestry coat. Good luck with the ebaying.
A lap full of cats is a lot like having a hot water bottle on you. Very nice at this time of year. Mine get irritated by the fact that I can't sit still.
You look great in green! It shows off your fabulous hair.
Have a lovely weekend. xxxx

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Darling Curtise,

How we have missed you and your every changing wardrobe of vintage beauties.

Forest green as it looks on this side of the screen really suits you. The 1950s jacket in particular looks so elegant and chic. We can imagine that being a comfortable friend that goes along happily with so many other combinations. Love it!

And, what a delightful lapful of tabbies. We could certainly steal them.

Wishing you all peace and joy for 2015.

Citizen Rosebud said...

You and green (with blue) make a stunning combo. Your purse and wastebasket make me coo. Outloud. In an empty room (thank goodness.) I love old lables (just started following an Instagram acct that only publishes great vintage labels, and many of yours would fit in well there!) Your shop! Ebay! Oooh, I hope to bookmark it, you've got such a great eye for thrift store treasures.

Kelly Roy said...

Happy New year Curtise to you and your loved ones.This bag of yours today is one of a kind. And it must be such a rare piece.And it matches nicely your dress that you make yourself, so it feels extra special!

Elizabeth Rebecca said...

I love the olive green colour.

Lizzie Dripping

Fiona said...

Bugger, Blogger ate my previous comment. Blankets are a must before allowing any cat lap access, otherwise tights are history.... as I have learned to my cost.
With your red locks, you look wonderful in green and I really love the jacket. As for the bin I would have been disappointed if you hadn't bought it. Great chazza haul, loving the Welsh tapestry jobby. Have a great weekend love. xx

Catherine said...

oh oh oh!! tat blue and green coat on the very right of the top row? how much and what size? i love it. but i cant find the link to the ebay listing! If its at least a 12 then i would very much love to have it. Can you please let me know - unless someone else has snapped it up! (sob!)

PinkCheetahVintage said...

I love the dress you made out of curtains!!! The little trash can is perfect---I would of snatched it up, too!

Natalia Lialina said...

Love the green shades on you, Curtise! The jacket + scarf looks very hip, and I am so sorry to hear you lost one of those fab gloves. Well, that ca only mean one thing - more of fab gloves coming your way!

Labels can be fun and can be funny, and I agree with you that some people could use a personality soap. :))

Lots of love xxxx

Delia Ryder said...

OMG I am soooo loving the bin :-) What fabulous design and colours. You look gorgeous in green in fact you look gorgeous in most colours. I love that welsh tapestry coat and the green and white 60's dress I am sure they will be snapped off ebay. Have a lovely weekend, dee xx

Charis said...

Personality soap! How bizarre! Loving your 60s vinyl/tapestry bag!

The Vintage Knitter said...

I love those labels, I have a dress with the same Lerose one, as for the Curtissa one: how apt! And the Ladybird label brought back memories too; it looks quite comforting now after all these years. My Mum still has some of my Ladybird baby vests!
P.S. The Personality Soap - ha! Would make a great secret Santa present!

Olga Rani said...

Green is definitely your colour, looks great on you. Both vintage bags are admirable. Lap full of cats - same with me here. It is cold in our house nowadays and I call my cats "eco-friendly heaters", with them sitting like that on one's lap there is no need for any other heater.

Mrs Bertimus said...

What treasures!
Not sure if the coat has gone but I am v interested if it's a size 10-12.
Love the bin by the way, gorgeous! X

Forest City Fashionista said...

I can think of a few people who I would like to gift with a bar of "Personality Soap". Perhaps this could also be a side business for you? I would love to have that psychedelic waste bin in my bathroom, and a lap full of kitties.

Glad you're enjoying your new Charity shop gig!

Vintage Bird Girl said...

You always wet my whistle in green. Loving the two coats, & that frock you made is just beautiful. I was taken by the second frock, the green one obviously, but it would probably be a size too small. Love your lap full of pussy's. How I'd love a pussy to pet! ;-)

Trees said...

That personalty soap is great! I LOVE IT! I need to check what size I am in UK sizing to tell you to look out for sweet 1960s/1970s frocks in my size when you are searching for treasures!! I am kind of glad you feel busy already - I feel the same! But all my friends seem to be taking it easy and half the office seemed to be asleep last week. In fact we had to see our lawyer last week and we are hoping that he's just in "holiday mode" and not losing the plot as he was so laid back it was worrying!

peaches mcginty said...

Gawd, I need to sort an ebay/paypal account out, they are some cracking pieces - Ladybird was still going when Abby was little, aww Woolies, fab place - your green outfits are gorgeous! you look divine! bugger about the purple glove though but what a lovely lap o' kitties! Cookie does this circling of my neck then sheds all her fur on me, I end up with avant garde kitty fur lipstick - it's a bit tickly, I wouldn't recommend it x x x

Jan Graham-McMillen said...

Green ... you wear it well. Hard to tell from the pictures, but are both the coat and jacket sort of an olive or khaki? Really good with the brighter turquoise ... you really do have a fine-tuned color sense. Really sharp looking, and the prints are pretty cute. Half the fun of your outfit posts is analysis. I learn something smart and useful from you just about every week.
So glad you've found a place/places that can make use of your considerable talents. That's a lot, isn't it?