Tuesday, 3 September 2013

The one where Mary gets all dressed up....



Mary doesn't have a great deal to say today....



I think that she is too busy just  flaunting herself!

She got all dressed up for a sunny day


...and popped on a 'new' bag (this one has cupids on and I think that the original pattern was called the Love Letter or something similar)...


...admired herself with her 'new' embroidered collar

(quite a lot!!!)

Reminded herself that she was in dire need of some 'neck work'.....!


Informed other half that this was not a 50p purchase from a car boot  but an indulgence in lieu of shoes .(those years of 50p purchases from car boots have resulted in being able to 'splash out' sometimes)....Mary has no need of shoes.........but she has been working particularly hard this year so thought that she deserved it......











Mary would very much like to meet the person who made this and congratulate them on such beautiful work - was originally sold in a department store and still has the original label (and price - 7/11) attached.





Mary liked these photographs most of all -  nice and patchy.
Mary has gone into hiding whilst this room is being 'refurbished' for the new saison....room should be 'done' by Christmas....vintage wallpaper (from 1956 to be precise) will be preserved - phew!


Tra la la
Fiddle de dee
Mary has gotten all dressed up
For tea......


and cake.........



PS: I can see that I am one post behind in replying to kind comments - off to work now (in the rain....) now but will reply later today.  I try and not to have empty promises and will not be sidetracked!

PPS: Working tomorrow (Saturday) - just thought that I would let you know...

PPPS: Working on weekend bag tutorial (want to make it 'right')

PPPPS:  Shoe situation now a little more needy because of the rain

PPPPPS: Well done to Sister Sue for raising THREE THOUSAND POUNDS for Cancer Research with her vintage tea party (some very nice cake, china and 'bits and bobs' can work wonders)

PPPPPPS: Thank you for encouragement as always

PPPPPPP: Just catching up watching an episode of Dragon's Den and CANNOT BELIEVE the people who run The Makery in Bristol were flogging kits to make purses for FIFETEEN POUNDS  but then again that's business I reckon - perhaps the question is more WHO IS PAYING THAT- I will undercut that by half and make MILLIONS.  UNBELIEVABLE.....

Finally PS of the day - I very much love modern illustrators such as  the work of Claire Phillips seen here on  Etsy - see I can do moderhn too you know!












49 comments:

  1. Pleased to see that Mary is settling in well, so glad she found you, a match made in heaven! Is that mini Mary on your mantle a pin cushion? You have just given me a good idea. EE xx

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    1. Thank you Ethel - it is indeed a mini Mary pincushion - I made her a while back from some old embroidery
      Thank you again for calling in
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  2. Goodness me Jenny... I think this post is probably my favourite ever!
    Fabulous Mary (I've two modernish mannequins but I dream of finding mary's twin one day) , a fabulous dress, that beautiful embroidered collar ( I'm not a fan of collars as a rule but I would love one like that) your sweet bag And then the stunning setting that is your home and your then your composition...
    All just perfect my dear...
    Now Shoes Jenny.. we can't have you wandering around in the wet with well what ever passes for your present pair... concentrate... shoes shoes shoes... those poor much used and under rewarded feet of yours want some lovely, new comfortable SHOES!! Hugs Cx

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    1. That is kind of you dear Cass - the collar is a work of art I think.

      Thank you so much for your shoes advice - I think that I am indeed reaching crunch point, melt down, the final days.....these ones are a little...how shall we put it...shaped....

      I will set my mind to it

      Thank you for calling in
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  3. Gorgeous pics of Mary. Such a beautiful dress and that embroidered floral collar is stunning - how did you do it? Very excited about your bag tutorial. xx

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    1. Thank you very kindly - she is quite purdy! Bag tutorial not quite up to standard at the moment but will post once completed
      Best wishes
      Jenny
      PS - feeling a bit bad as I have given it a build up now!!!

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  4. Mary is just beautiful ... I love her pretty collar ... amazing needlework ... Bee xx

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  5. That embroidered collar is glorious, such beautiful colours. I can not imagine how much time and effort that took to make. Love the line up of objects on your mantelpiece.

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    1. Dear Kate-Em - sorry that I have still found the follow button (is it me?) Thank you for calling in and your kind words
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  6. Mary's collar is stunning. I can quite understand her wanting to show it off. I found a pretty little peter pan collar at a fair on Saturday. Sadly it was too small for my less-than-Audrey Hepburn one. Detachable collars were obviously in vogue back then. I hope you find some shoes soon. I don't want to worry about you walking barefoot anywhere other than on a sunny beach. Philippa xx

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    1. Indeed Philippa - the collar looks lovely on Mary, perhaps less so on my good self.....
      I am hot on the heels of the shoe issue....
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  7. Love Mary's neck piece, frock and bag....one smart lady :)
    x

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    1. She is indeed Barbara
      Thank you for calling in
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  8. Love Mary's neck piece, frock and bag....one smart lady :)
    x

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  9. jealous.all of it. especially that collar.and the bag.wallpaper is to die for too. sigh.x

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    1. Aww - thank you dear vanilla squirrel (you are coming into your own at this time of year dear!)
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  10. So envious of Mary's collar! I love her bag too!
    PS sun is shining here!
    PPS off to wedding tomorrow!

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    1. Hurray for sunshine - long may it last
      I hope that you had a lovely time at the wedding
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  11. Sigh!!!I do adore your posts dear Jenny,that collar is beyond words,Mary is sooo fortunate to live with you and be able to wear such creations!! I am coveting the bag she has too!!Many congratulations to your sister on raising such an amazing amount,did she have 3,0000 guests or a few VERY generous ones?TTFN Pam.

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    1. Dear Pam - I have told Mary how lucky she is to be with me but she said absolutely nothing in return!!! Some people! this is the second year that sister Sue has raised money - she works very hard for several months to get it all together. She was the district nurse for the region so she is well known to the local and the wider community so people give generously
      Thank you for calling in
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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    1. Thank you dear Swallow Barn

      Best wishes
      Jenny

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    1. it may take a little while to get it right.....but I will do it eventually
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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    1. Indeed Ms Daisy - we always have bristols

      Thank you for maintaining the standards...
      Best wishes
      La Cootard

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  15. Just super! I feel she will be one well dressed lady! :) x

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    1. Shall I rename her Florence....


      Best wishes
      jenny

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  16. What size shoe do you wear, Jenny? Maybe I can find a pair for you in my ebay store. You don't want to catch pneumonia this winter!

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    1. |Oh dear Linda - that is very kind indeed of you. Me and shoes go back a long way - surgery as a child has meant I have never found a pair of shoes that do not cause some sort of grief so when I find one pair that vaguely fit I WEAR THEM TO BITS! I will keep looking as it is getting close to the brink!
      thank you again
      Kind regards
      Jenny

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  17. Mary is such a delicious dish in that dress and collar -I wonder if a gentleman's manikin might see her photos and become interested? Hugs with aloha, Ann

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    1. Oh dear I don't want Mary to leave home for the affections of another just yet!!!
      Many thanks for calling in
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  18. Mary looks beautiful. You've done her proud.

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  19. Lovin that embroidered collar Mary!!..and VV jealous of the gorgeous shoulder bag!! Lizzie

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    1. Aww - thank you kindly Lizzie
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  20. FAB dress. Now I want to go and wallpaper round my log burner!! Jo x

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    1. When wallpapering around your burner please be careful of the chimney!
      Thank you for calling in
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  21. Jenny, every gal and I mean every gal should have a dress to flaunt and while away the hours, just like this one....I am in LOVE with this post...soo much loveliness....And a wonderful little bag to complete the look! BEAUTS! hugs and kisses *** Maria x

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    1. Daw - you are making me blush Maria! Thank you for calling in
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  22. Can hardly type... I'm really so envious of the collar.x

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    1. Dear the wooly dog - I do hope that you have recovered! I must say it is a particularly nice collar
      Thank you for calling in
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  23. Oh Jenny, such a pretty post! What workmanship went into things long ago, and love that the price is intact too ... less than 40p in 'new' money ... Mary looks beautiful, and oh, oh, oh! the patchwork wall! Feeling the love ...

    Love Claire xxx

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    1. Do you know I hadn't worked it out - indeed 40p - if I could travel in time I know what I would buying!!!!!
      Thank you for calling in Claire
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  24. One word today " BEAUTIFUL" :-) dee x

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