Friday, 30 December 2011

Frankly my dear, I dont give a damn

We all have items in our homes that hold memories be they good or bad or a bit of both.  They may have been gifts (to ourselves or received from others) or could have been items once belonging to someone dear to us.

Whilst clearing out my wardrobe I came across one of my memory items - a pair of polka dot shoes....

These shoes have a bitter sweet memory which goes a little something like this...

I was bullied at school for being the 'fat girl'. There were three of us in my year, all girls carrying a little bit of extra weight that lead us to be subjected to hurtful name calling. I was so shy, I wished everyday that I could blend into the background but my extra weight meant that I stood out from the rest of my peers. My school reports each year said that I was "too quiet in class, needed to speak up more and get involved in class discussions", not a chance!

I decided to get involved with the drama scene at my school, a group of 'outsiders' who didn't care what I looked like and excepted me for who I was. I adored acting as it meant I could get away from being the fat girl and pretend for that time that I was someone else. Once on stage I had so much confidence, in my mind people not looking at 'me' they were looking at the character I was playing. Through my drama classes I developed my love affair with costume and vintage styling.

As soon as the door slammed on my secondary school years and I headed to college I realised that I was never going to be one to follow the crowd, if I was going to be noticed for being bigger than the other girls then I was going to be noticed regardless of what I was wearing or who I was hanging out with.  I fully got to embrace my individuality when I arrived at Uni. No one cared if I was wearing an out of shape men's jumper from Oxfam or if I wanted to wear red lippy at 9 am on a Monday morning.  My friends all had indie posters hanging on their dorm walls, I had Elvis. We would hit a nightclub, them in their boob tubes and tiny skirts, me in something random from a charity shop - they liked me for me and for the first time I couldn't give a damn what anyone else thought.

So what about they shoes? Well I bought these Irregular choice shoes in a discount store, there was no way my meagre bank balance could stretch to the full price of these.  The first outing for my new shoes would be my first in head to toe 50s rockabilly styling.  Being quite tall these big heels gave me some serious height. Walking into the pub that evening I can confirm that I turned heads - mainly because the patrons had never seen a big boobed and butted girl dressed like me before. Yes I got loads of comments and digs "Are you in fancy dress?" was asked and continues to be asked when I go for a night out in my town, but you know what I felt amazing. Truly comfortable in my own skin.

From then on there was no going back ;o)  I love these shoes and what they represent.  I still have self conscious moments, I still revert back to the shy girl of my past, I still carry my curves but I also have the ability to say "This is Me".

This is why blogland is such an amazing place, we all are excepted for who we are, regardless of our backgrounds, what we are into, where we live or what we look like and I have made some wonderful friends in you all.

I'll finish off with a quote from the fabulous Helen Hartman in her latest blog post, as I think she sums up a little new year thought beautifully, "Be Bold Enough to Be YOURSELF. Embrace the flaws you know you aren’t going to change and let go of the things that have held you back, starting with the resolutions you know you wont be keeping" Check out Helen's blog Here:
Have a fabulous New Year all :o)

Big Love

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Sssh... Santa works for Royal mail!

So Christmas is over for another year, I hope you all had a fabulous one, mine was lovely and it all went far too quickly!

I have now to do a little post of thanks as usual blogland has been super kind to me and I've had a couple of lovely parcels.

Beautiful Kylie of Lucy Violet Vintage sent me a fabulous little bundle all beautifully wrapped:

Inside I had a kitschtastic Skegness trinket jar, floral pomander, 'Love Notes' sweets (aka love hearts over here in blighty), a fabulous vintage cotton in shade 'Scarlett' *beam*. 


 Kylie also sent a gorgeous handmade floral pot holder, made from scrumptious vintage fabrics and also embroidered with a 'S':

Its all beautiful thank you Kylie :o)

I also received my charity swap parcel from my swap buddy Rachel. The swap was kindly organised by Lakota, in which up to 5 items were to be sent, one of which had to be from a charity shop, a Christmas decoration and something handmade.

I couldn't wait to open this parcel. Along with the cutest polka dot heart decoration I received a Lush 'Secret Santa' gift box which has soap and a bath ballistic inside, a little cherry necklace and a gem of a book: 'Sew and Save'.

Love it all thanks Rachel.

To top of the Christmas kindness I also received a little cutie from Susan of Tea Dairy fame:

Such a sweet little decoration, thanks Susan. It was put up on the blue Finley-proof Christmas tree we had up this year in a bid to keep him from stripping the main tree bare.

Although some decorations were subjected to the taste test...

Big love to you all, and wishing you a very happy new year.

Friday, 23 December 2011

Merry Christmas to one and all :o)

Hello my lovelies.  Sorry I haven't been around much the last two weeks, with the winter bugs, work and Christmas organising its been a bit hectic. New years resolution is to make sure I catch up with all your blogs and get my blogging mojo back :o)

So I had to pop in to wish you all a very happy Christmas and of course a fabulous new year.  I hope you all get everything you have been hankering after wrapped up under the Christmas tree:

May we all be luck to get a 'Hoover'.

For those families who have everything how about a 'Daisy'...

Best not to cheat at Monopoly this Christmas with the Jones family

 Santa also thinks about the smokers at this time of year:

What a great guy!

Big Love you all

Friday, 9 December 2011

Bit of Craft

Its been a while since I've shown you a craft make of mine on here - manly because i haven't had time to scratch my butt let alone get my craft on.

Well I finally got the mod podge back out to make a couple of Cath Kidston print decs for the tree. I admit I am loving CK's bird print on the Christmas collection but alas not that keen on the price tag.

So I bought myself some wooden tree shapes at a craft shop and painted them white:

And with a packet of Cath Kidston bird print napkins and some mod podge I have myself a couple more tree decorations:

Now I just need to get the Christmas tree up!

Anyone else not got the decorations and tree up yet?

Love to you all

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Season of Good Will

Operation declutter chez Scarlett has gone into full force.  Last weekend I took 6 bin bags of clothes and clutter to the charity shop (please take note gods of thrift - I'm expecting some great charity shop karma now).  Finley's toy have also been culled in the lead up to the influx of new bits of plastic on the 25th.  I not sure who is doing the favour to who here...I may soon be banned for donating my tat ;o)

I am also being very restrained in what I'm bringing back to the home therefore no boot sale for me last weekend and only a quick look in two charity shops.  I am finding it a bit strange however to see my donations on the rails in the shop with price tags on, but the homestead is getting a bit more organised which is the main thing.

I'm not the only one to have got into the 'good will' this season - our secret santa at work has been decided, and the theme this year is '£5 gift from a charity shop'  and I didn't even suggest it!  I'm very much looking forward to seeing what everyone gets given....and knowing that certain people will have to actually visit a charity shop.

So I haven't been able to completely resist the thrifty buying last weekend but two crimbo items instead of a bag full is a good start to curbing my habit.

I saw this little wooden crate in the window...

 I asked the lady at the counter is I could have a peek inside...

 ...and there were these super cute kitschy 'handblown' glass ornaments. This according to the paperwork inside it is the 'Night before Christmas' collection.  They only wanted £3 for these in the hospice shop.

In the next charity shop along and saw another little box of Christmas magic:

 Spoons!! Now I really didn't know that I would need crimbo spoons until I saw these ;o)

Bit of fun for £2.

I did also notice that the charity shops are filling up with new bits, so its not just me on operation declutter.  I'm also loving the crimbo marketing technique of this particular charity shop in which they are wrapping up pretty much all the "nearly new" donations in cellophane and putting a bit of curled plastic ribbon on and marking it as "The perfect gift this Christmas"...some people will be a little disappointed this Christmas with the 4 year old M&S bath foam and talc collection in tatty box.  Good on them for shifting it all though.

Hope you all are having a fab week so far.

Big Love

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Birthday Love

Its December - whats going on? I really cant believe we are weeks away from Christmas!  But before I start on my crimbo posts, as promised I would show a few of my birthday gifts - these ones are extra special as they are from my beautiful blog buddies.

Lovely Lakota obviously knew that I needed some distraction for the lure of the iPhone with....

Hell yeah - Elvis jigsaw!  Now at my age I'm ready to take on a 1000 piecer ;o) She also sent me an awesome swallow necklace and pin up girly badge (on my bag at time of photo).  Brill thank you Lakota :o)
Beautiful Clutter's Jem sent me a fabulous leather photo keyring...
...and Rosie Lee brooch, I'm a sucker for anything teacup shaped :o)  Love them both thanks Jem.

Super talented Susan sent me an amazing cross-stitched ring which she has made (and which I was eyeing up on her blog!)

Along with a tea-towel that pretty much sums up my hubby's thoughts:

Hehehe - he wishes I would get my butt in that kitchen and cook!  Love it, thank you Susan :o)

Now ok, there is a little bit of Christmas in this post all thanks to the fabulous Loo xx who sent me the best crimbo decoration ever...

Christmas Flamingo!!! How amazing is this bird! He is going to be put out of reach of little fingers.  There was also an extra bit of birthday cheer with this card bear kit:

Thanks Loo :o)

A big thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes on my last post too, maybe next year I'll be lucky enough to get an electric pussy too ;o) Mwahaha.

Right its about time I had a blog catch up with you all so be 'seeing' you all soon...

Big Love