Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Princess Mary's Frock.

Remember when Princess Mary Stole my Look and wore the same Malene Birger dress as Me?
Well I wheeled it out again yesterday.
We've moved on since then. Even She agrees it looks much better on a Blonde.
Once I make a bed No One is allowed to sit on it. Ever. But I do make an exception for this One:
If you're a true blog Stalwart you'll recall that this tablecloth started life as my bedroom curtains. 
These are Hard Times. Make do and Mend People. Or Upcycle. Either is Good.
I can sleep well at night (Ha! as if I'd ever sleep) knowing that every linen napkin is ironed. See that K? Embroidered it myself back in 2004 with my very own paws during a Crafting Phase. 
Sorting out your Christmas Day outfits? Will you be wearing white?

Saw these in David Jones when I was sourcing Christmas gifts. I think they're by Orrefors. They were 'spensive. But attractive. The lips were $100.

Sneer at Retro Food? 
Better not come to the Fuchsiadome for Dinner.

Zsa Zsa bought me this decoration in Russia a few years ago
She likes to hang next to this angel that my late Grandma crocheted for me. I luff that angel.

I think I've almost finished my Christmas shopping. I did a fair chunk of it online on the weekend. Fingers and Toes it all arrives in time.
xxxxxx

36 comments:

  1. I'm heading to lincraft to buy some fabric and run up my own tablecloths. I own what can only be described as the worlds biggest table and I refuse to pay $300 for a tablecloth that my kids mash food on. For Christmas I've got a dress that looks like I'm wearing a garden, so no white here:). Thank heavens for online Christmas shopping, I've experienced lightning fast delivery this week!

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  2. FF, you and Princess Mary share exquisite taste! Of course it looks better on you after all gentlemen prefer blondes and blondes have more fun!

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  3. Faux, how on earth do you remember when you did everything and bought everything? For example, how do you know you embroidered that napkin in 2004? I can't even remember when I bought my car - although I suppose it would be easy to find out? You must have a memory like a steel trap.

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  4. Love the close ups of your holiday tree, I can't believe you get it up so quickly considering the density of decoration. I'm about to pull my finger out and get mine done today. Are you collecting pics, I'll send one of my attempt.

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  5. Luff retro food but luff your crochet angel/kewpie doll even more. Haven't started shopping yet (she types with a slight sense of panic...)

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  6. PS We're onto our 5th bag of cherry brandy chocolates. How many have you done so far?

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  7. I bow down to your ironing. RESPECT.

    And retro food is FABULOUS. Steak Diane I see there? We had that in front of the telly when Prince Charles & Diana were married. Dear to my heart. x

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  8. FF that Russian ornament is gorgeous! Online shopping is such a boon in these difficult times of Christmas shopping parking rage. You'll be pleased to know I sourced a kind of kaftan arrangement from my friendly local op shop Gor $3.50. Maybe for chrissy day? Not sure yet.

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  9. I love visiting your blog. Love it a million. ALWAYS makes me smile. xx

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  10. ah, big sigh, your life is so pretty xx

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  11. Love that dress. We put up the tree on the weekend (So late I know but I never action the tree without my Nephew so had to wait for his assistance!) it has all the same decorations as last year but looks a bit sad this year. Am going to buy it some more glitter things to cheer it up. L xx

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  12. I have my Christmas Day outfit sorted. Now just to resist wearing it to party before then! I'm liking your whiter hair- is it silvery whiter or has the camera just overexposed it a bit? Doesn't matter I like it!

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  13. I love your crocheted Christmas angel too, it's adorable. I found putting up our tree this year very emotional, looking at all the special ornaments and remembering who and when. Am sure your Grandma's angel and her memory will last forever FF. x

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  14. Princess Mary stole my look too - we both had the same maternity dress from a maternity shop in Toorak Road. I like to think I looked better in it. I will concede that she did have better jewels than me. Impressive ironing - do you have one of those super duper Laura Star ironing board/iron set ups? xx

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  15. Your linen drawer is an impressive display of decluttering.

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  16. We are heading back to Oz tomorrow. Serious redecorating will occur over the weekend (I have been witnessing christmas tree sabotage from afar and it has been torture). I will be sorting through new clothes, ordered online but never sighted, before deciding on Christmas clobber. So excited!

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  17. Still not sure what I will wear on Christmas day. I'm not usually a fan of yellow but I do like that curtain table cloth. I aspire to have as many nice tree decorations as you do one day. Patience and time, I suppose.

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  18. Oh FF, curtains to tablecloth! Sounds like Maria from the Sound of Music - lol :)
    Retro mushrooms - can't beat them! x

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  19. Love all your Christmas ornaments! The dress does look much better on you. I'm thinking of doing an assortment of retro foods at our Christmas party this year. Seems fun!

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  20. Very random comment but I know of your love of bees and just had to share this with you: http://www.shoeperwoman.com/2012/12/jason-wu-marisa-embellished-satin-and-leather-sandals.html

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  21. I found a photo of my boys under that gorgeous tree, 2 years ago. 2 years! They were tiny. Still the best tree in town. I don't even have a tree this year. The shame. xx

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  22. My 9 year old daughter and I were out shopping yesterday when we came across a sequinned frock. "Wow Mum, just like that fancy lady that looks like Barbie! You know, from the internet".
    I think that would be you.

    Harriet

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  23. Just catching up on your blog!
    I have two more presents to buy...or maybe three...but one is just a gift card so that doesn't really count.
    And then I will relax and bask in Christmas.

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  24. You'll be able to buy some more Marlene Birger in May. The Marylebone St store will probably be having a sale by then...

    Love your tidy linen drawer. I long for a walk-in linen cupboard lined in mahogany, like the amazing one I saw at a grand old homestead in the Hunter Valley once. It was gorgeous; had brass handles etched with all the family members' names. Each person clearly had their own linen set. Imagine?! We iron all our linen too. Husband does ironing. He bought a super-duper $500 steam iron so he likes to use it. xx

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  25. FF,
    I can't believe you get by so well on no sleep! I must get at least 8 hours - I know, what a waste of time.

    I love the letter K for an initial. My favorite sister's name starts with K, and so does my daughter's (named after her).

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  26. really love those hot pink napkins

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    1. Did you know Princess Mary stole your other look too? That floral Day Birger number in slate blue and gold. I know cos it was my look too. janeS
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    2. omg what dress is this??? I can't even think straight.

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    3. I know! So hard to focus through the excitement. It's true though and what's more, after extensive research in the Archives, I can confirm it's the first frock you ever wore on this blog! (my colour descriptions may be slightly off and that's the end of my next career in the fashion industry) Our Mary wore it on hols in Tasmania in about 2007 or 2008. It's almost like she's turning to you for fashion advice. I saw it in a mag I think.

      JS X

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  27. No idea what I'm going to wear on Christmas Day. We will be in Adelaide so it will undoubtedly be ridiculously hot. Christmas shopping is almost done, I just have to find the precise chocolate that my Dad likes, but nearly everything will be wrapped by tonight, so satisfying that pile of presents under the tree.

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  28. I also love your Grandmother's decoration!

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  29. I have grave news to report. GRAVE. On my recent travels I discovered that the long arm of the Chinese sensor has come down on the Fuchsia Dome. I know that The Chairman favoured grey overalls over hot pink sequins, but is that really cause to deprive over a billion people of Fuchsia Wisdom and key lessons? Now I am back I have a huge pile of ironing to content with... how I wish I had your skills (not to mention motivation) when it comes to ironing.

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    1. WHAT??? I am a friend of China- I luff Honkers! So annoying!

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    2. Thankfully blog worked perfectly in HK... I got my fix when I landed there. Oh and obviously I meant censor not sensor and contend not content. It must be all the egg nog...

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  30. I noticed that the lips and the lipstick glass figurines are actually by Kosta Boda, a famous Swedish glass making company. They have fabulous stuff, but they are, as you say FF, 'spensive. Would love to get my hands on some of the beautiful things they make, but that would have to wait for a more opportune moment for now ;-)

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