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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

CHRISTMAS, A VINTAGE SKIRT, A CHRISTENING GOWN IS A PETTICOAT...and WHITE WINE IN THE SUN...


CHRISTMAS...Summer, holidays, bare feet, 
gardenias, mangoes, fruit cake, 
cicadas, family, road trips, nectarines, 
apricots, frangipani, reading books, roses, swimming, cherries, 
early morning light, long evenings...






 
My Grandmother sent my Mum this blue and white 
Marks and Spencers polished cotton skirt 
before I was born. If only this quality of fabric 
were available today...

The white petticoat I'm wearing was my cousin's 
christening gown. I can't remember the details 
of how it came to be in our house but I do remember 
that it wasn't wanted anymore and that I saw potential in the long cotton lace (a scissor chop, quick sew and some elastic and a petticoat was born!)

My cousin is about 70 now and I admit I choose where I wear the delicate garment to preserve its longevity...     


   
This blouse had my name on it the moment I saw it in a boutique 
in Berry on the south coast with (the other) Liz a few 
years ago.  




 

  
  

Christmas coincides with the end of the school year in Australia and all the 
concerts, graduations and presentation ceremonies that go with it.
Many companies close for annual summer holidays and it sometimes 
seems like a dash for the finishing line to fit everything in...along with 
Christmas functions, shopping, preparations for family visits and 
packing for travel over long distances in warm to hot weather (but dressing is easy!)  




Thank you for visiting Fabulous Ageing 
this year. I'm going to take a break from 
the blogging world to rebalance and rejuvenate...to just BE... 








WHITE WINE IN THE SUN by Tim Minchim

This song is so full of our Australian Christmas sentiment...beautiful...

Happy Holidays, Best wishes for everything wonderful.

 


  

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

PRE-LOVED TO RE-LOVED FOR CHRISTMAS...and WILL SANTA WEAR HIS SHORTS?

I am passionate about recycling and decided to bypass 
the usual stores for my Christmas shopping this year. 
Pre-loved will be re-loved...
From a fabulous day out with a friend trawling local 
Op Shops for treasure to revisiting Vinnies with Edana and Ewan when 
we were in Brisbane to the Bello market to creating new gifts from remnants of fabric...
  



 



It's the people you meet
who brighten your day...




Laneways come to life...


 
Local organic lunch...



 






  









Every December I give each grandchild a decoration for their Christmas tree.
This year I have made them...the boys love dinosaurs so I used some fabric left over from shorts I made them a couple of years ago, tied with tinsel. For the girls, their favourite colour velvet (left overs from leggings I had made for myself) and gold tinsel. 
Batman and more dinosaur fabrics, left over from shorts (short longs or long shorts...) which they loved and still wear made into cushion covers for a couple of new cushions I found in the sewing cupboard...

Dresses, books, a trinket for my niece, coloured pencils in a beautiful cylinder, a silver frame...
With the exception of a few small, meaningful gifts from our local newsagent 
and wholefoods store, pre-loved will be re-loved this Christmas...given with 
love and joy to those dearest to me. 





Christmas is warm to hot in Australia and last year 
Edana and Ewan wondered...will Santa wear his shorts?

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

KOOZA...IN A RETRO DRESS



J.B and I have pledged to take each of our four grandchildren 
to a special cultural event when they're around 9 or
10 years old. Something exceptional that they'll enjoy and remember always. 


 


Edana is now 9 years old and when I 
saw that the brilliant
Cirque du Soleil 
would be returning
to Brisbane...

Here she is, creatively dressed in her pre-loved retro inspired dress, boots and bag...








Le Grand Chapiteau

A Traditional Circus Homage

"A return to our origins, KOOZA combines acrobatic performance and the art of clowning, while exploring fear, identity, recognition and power. The Innocent's journey brings him into contact with comic characters from an electrifying world full of surprises, thrills, audacity and total involvement."
https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/kooza



J.B. and I saw Cirque du Soleil in 2004 - QUIDAM - and were blown away by the theatre, the artistry...and KOOZA was equally brilliant...this company's 
creativity and professionalism is second to none...  


I found my retro dress at the Nimbin markets this winter. 
Beautiful cotton fabric, bright floral print on black, covered buttons...black leather belt pre loved from a market a long time ago...and Birkenstocks for Brisbane's hot afternoon...


 
An unforgettable day...

UN CHAPEAU DU SOLEIL, A NEW PRE-LOVED DRESS, AND A BIG DAY OUT...


With a special event booked with our grand daughter, Edana, for last 
Sunday, J.B. and I decided to give ourselves a long weekend 
and spend Friday together in the city of beautiful Brisbane.

 My new chapeau du soleil was perfect for shading me from the intense south east Queensland sun. 
It's "mouldable" - the rim and crown can be bent and stretched to create whatever shape I want.

When I walked past our local Anglican Op Shop this dress yelled to me from its mannequin in the window...I've learned never to ignore such a calling...I loved it, it fitted, felt fabulous, and cost $5!

I needed a replacement for my Balinese pants which had worn out after many years  so chopped the top off this pair of fisherman's pants, stitched and threaded elastic and here they are.

 




This fabulous laneway leads to Bean café which I'd read about in a barista magazine and J.B. and I discovered on our last visit to the city.








 I love cafés with character, atmosphere - and excellent coffee. 
Bean ticks all the boxes!






The Botanic Gardens beside the Brisbane River were dressed in their Spring finery despite the dry weather...


 I love the back of this little dress...
and the roses in the Gardens, pink and white, smelled divine...




 Brisbane Powerhouse at New Farm is a pre-war industrial power station converted into an iconic art centre...


http://brisbanepowerhouse.org/# 


...Alto at the Powerhouse serves fabulous chips with garlic aioli...
the perfect sustenance for return ferry, walking and train...washed down 
with chilled Marlborough N.Z. wine... Cheers...   



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Monday, 21 November 2016

JACARANDA SILK

Ephemeral carpet...


...of Jacaranda blossoms...
delicate bells festoon every surface on which they fall...
Purple haze beauty...


This jacaranda in our front garden has grown from a 
scrawny, unloved specimen to a strong tree which flowers
 every Spring...



 
My jacaranda Vietnamese silk began life as a long sleeved jacket, partner to loose purple pants... the pants ripped their way out of my wardrobe many years ago after an altercation with a bleacher in the Bellingen Park grandstand (seen in my last post) - it was the stage for a performance of the acapella choir I sang with...











   No ripping for the sleeves - they were deliberately cut off and a new,
 cooler top was created... 
Perfect for tossing blossoms skyward... 


 

I find jacaranda season intoxicating.

Jacaranda pants rescued from someone's throw away pile...they needed a snip, a tuck or two and a patch from an old dress...
Earrings from a pre-loved market stall...



     
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