And if I catch you coming round here again, I'm gonna serve it you

I had a couple of days training at work this week.
Now, work isn't something I like to talk about; it's nothing to do with who I am, it's just a pay packet that gets me what I want. I could give it up now that we've paid off our mortgage, but I have some plans that require a good bit of cash still coming in, and my work isn't terribly taxing nor soul destroying.
(I have a mixed role of data entry and admin in a warehouse)
I can wear what I want, generally work autonomously, and occasionally get to drive a forklift.
Anyways, I digress.

I need some fun and laughs in my day to day, and this training was rather dry and eye glazing...doesn't help that I'm just not good in a stuffy room with someone talking at me.
So when we were able to offer ideas for improving the course, I perked up like a cat getting a shot of catnip up the bum.
I think I'm onto some grand ideas here; perhaps you'll agree....

My proposals:
The tutor would garner more attention if dressed like a clown.
We should all be in fancy dress.
Fear is a good motivator-a few wild animals prowling around the room would keep us very motivated indeed.
Tequila shots on the hour, every hour
A dance-o-mat in the center of the room where we throw our best moves as the feeling takes us.
A paddle pool full of custard for when it all gets too much.
There were a few other nuggets of brilliance, but I've forgotten them now.

I have to admit, being in a room with people who take their career very seriously inspires my sense of the ridiculous.
Shit stirrer, moi?!
Quite possibly.......

Frock-70's square dance, from a market last weekend
Jacket-70's, opshopped a few years ago
Belt-a garage sale
Handbag-60's, vintage shop in Portland, Oregon
Bow-made it myself out of a scrap of crimplene
Necklace-60's, a market last year in Wellington
Earrings-from the sexacious Desiree
Sunglasses-Catch a Thief


And that ain't what you want to hear, but that's what I'll do

This was last Friday, G's first day driving in 8 weeks!
He can stand on his hind legs now, but isn't walking without the aid of crutches yet.
He's been yearning to cycle under the blossoms, as we love to every Spring, but hasn't been able to, so we drove on by and popped inside the gate for some pix.
We just had a sudden cold and windy squall which has blown most of the blossoms away, so I'm thrilled we went in when we did!

Frock-70's, Trade Me
Coat-early 70's, opshopped
Tights-opshopped (really!)
Shoes and 60' s vanity case-Trade Me
Earrings and 50's sunglasses-from the lovely Sue
Necklaces-the chain mail one was from Kensington Market in London in 1989, nd the other I cobbled up from various bits and bobs from all over the place
Bow-made it myself

O, and the brooch was opshopped, in Melbourne, I think!

Love those gnarly branches!


You gotta keep thinking you can make it through these waves

So much for the lovely Spring sunshine!
Winter made a guest reappearance, rather dramatically, so it was out with the Wintery woollies again!

Frock-60's, Fossil Vintage whilst in Melbourne for Helgastock 2013!
Coat-50's, Two Squirrels
Beret-60's, opshopped
Scarf ring-60's, opshopped
Handbag-a Rex! Opshopped, I think....or was it Retropolitan?!
Shoes-Trade Me

Pix by our mate Mikel!

My laptop finally bit the dust after 4 years, so I've got myself a brand spanking new one, and managed to set it up myself...mostly!
It's a different brand, so will take some getting used to, and I need to get our techie friend Mikel to sort a few things.
I'm not gifted as far as techno stuff goes, but I don't mind bumbling about and having a go.
Then I call Mikel!
He's very good about my computer ignorance, and has a way with a laptop.
He's also the focus of a very cute pookie crush-Peepers follows him about and gazes at him adoringly!!!


I'm in the mood for dancin', romancin', I'm giving it all tonight

Spring makes me as bouncy as a new born lamb. 
And just as scatty, no doubt!
It's so lovely to open up all the windows and let the fresh air in.
The house and the mind!


Frock-made it myself using vintage fabric from BellaBean Vintage
Shoes-Trade Me
Handbag-a Rex, I think G may have bought it for me......can't quite remember
Sunlgasses-50's, from the lovely Sue
Necklace-60's, opshopped
Earrings-gift from G
Brooch-from the sweetest Squirrel

It's also gin and tonic season.
How very marvellous!


In my yearn for some cerebral fix, transfer me to that solid plain, hammer me into blazen pain

My weekend of splendid frockage began with a ladydate with the gorgeous Leisa!
She and her hubby, The Captain, are doing their annual pilgrimage to New Zealand, and were able to find the time for a bit of opshopping and lunch with MOI!
It was the shittiest, coldest, nastiest day, unfortuately.
Naturally, I was a bit too excited to remember to take lots of pix, so here's what few I did.....

I wore:
Frock-80'stastic, a vintage shop in Portland, Oregon
Cardi-70's, opshopped
Coat-70's, from a friend
Belt, not seen, and scarf-opshopped
Shoes-Trade Me
Handbag-80's vanity case, Trade Me
Bow-made it myself

This is what I scored whilst we were out and about

And there was a mystery bag of goodies from Leisa!

I am ALL OVER that cat knitting bag!

Plus, there was a little parcel from darling Vanessa, whom Leisa and The Captain had been hanging out with before coming up to Christchurch!

Then came Saturday......and a few errands about town.

I wore:
Frock-60's, from Retropolitan
Shoes-thrifted in New Mexico (a Santa Fe Goodwill, if I remember rightly)
Handbag-from Camberwell Markets, I am not sure of age, possibly 30's??
Hat-50's, opshopped
Sunglasses-60's, from my sistercousinwife
Pendant-70's, opshopped
Earrings-from Leisa the first time we met
Hair-filthy, full of knots and kinda twisted up and about and sorta working....

G just loves having trees coming out of my head....

Peepers had to have a little writhe in the gloriarse sunshine!
It was very welcome after the bitter return to Winter on Friday.

And Sunday was also a beautiful sunny day, so I popped on out to the first of the seasons vintage market days for a little poke about.
I didn't go to this particular market( the Shabby Chic Market)  much last year, it' s a very tight setting and is really popular, so I tend to get a little anxious/shitey about it, but if I can knuckle myself down, and get in and out quickly, I usually find something lovely.
I wore:
Frock- a theatre sale
Belt-thrifted in New Mexico
Lettucey Hat-Two Squirrels
Shoes-Trade Me
Handbag-same as Saturdays
Earrings-from the sweetest Squirrel
Necklace-70's, opshopped
Sarah Coventry brooch-thrifted in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

Little spot of gratuitious boobage for you.......

And I got lucky!
 I found these delights; a weirdly brown theme, except for the black and white spot 70's frock.
That's a bowling bag, a suitcase, a sweet mirror and a 20's photo that doesn't fit our interior aesthetic at all, but I couldn't pass it up. Our house was built in 1922 after all.


PS: Do check out the amazing Melanies latest post, here.
It's rather wonderful!