Yesterday we went to a Fair upstairs at the Hillhead Library on Byers Road organised by the Glasgow Craft Mafia. It was our lucky day because we won a gorgeous Clare Nicolson vintage lavender birdie on the 20p tombola! This more than made up for not winning on the Euromillions lottery draw the night before on a £1.50 ticket. My girl was so excited, but I think I was even more so.

Then we immediately lost it on Byers Road! NO! Argh! After determinedly retracing our steps and going into the various charity shops we had already wandered through we were reunited with it thanks to — a traffic warden!

I am so pleased I asked this traffic warden, busy giving someone a ticket, had she seen a pretty pink and white bird?(!) “That’s not it there is it?” she said, taking our bird, still tagged, off the windscreen of the car she was ticketing!

Clare Nicolson lavender birdie

Clare Nicolson lavender birdie

Divine serendipity! If I hadn’t asked her we wouldn’t have found it even though some kind soul had picked it up off the pavement and put it on this windscreen.

The adage goes, ‘easy come, easy go’ or is it easily gained, easily lost’ — something like that anyway, but we persevered and easy-come came home safe with us, perhaps never to venture outside the house again.

New outfit for dolly

September 22, 2008

vintage M&S scarf becomes glam dress!

vintage M&S scarf becomes pretty, glam dress!

I thought I was being a bit ambitious when I spotted a really pretty vintage scarf in a charity shop the other day and suggested to my girl that i make a dress out of it for one of her dolls. (Huh?)

But today I stealed myself, didn’t think about it, got out the big, sharp scissors and cut into that fabric! It is really quite a liberating feeling to generate the joie de vivre and confidence you need to do something like this I think. And look how GORGEOUS it is – well, my girl thinks so anyway!

Not only that it took about half an hour to make! Talk about an instant make-over. (The dolly, naked, also came from a charity shop and had not a stitch to her name, ah!)