Monday, December 28, 2009

I'm leaving on a jet plane........

I got some very sad news from home and now i am awaiting my e ticket so i can get on a plane on Wednesday to fly back home. It is 24 hours door to door, and no, i am not one of the people who enjoys flying. Shorts trips ? Not a problem. Long flights nooooooooooooooo !!!!

I am flying Virgin Atlantic instead of qantas (and never have before) and from everything i have heard they are supposed to be a fabulous airline. I have 2 books, my pillow ( the one they give you on the international flights is the size of a sanitary napkin )a big blanket that folds up to this size of a matchbox, Nintendo d.s and candy. I have also packed my eye mask, ear plugs and snoozin pills. I am packed and ready to go. Just wish i was returning under happier circumstances. I wear my most comfortable clothes on such a flight: jeans, long sleeved t, and old rayon coat, i travel in comfort not in style......
So it begs the question how do you travel ???

See you all when i get back to the USA


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Have yourself a merry little Christmas !

Here's wishing you all a wonderful Christmas !

I hope you get what is on your Christmas list and then some !

My Christmas day will begin with a well deserved sleep in ( yep retail @ Christmas is a bitch), then open presents, followed by a big lunch & a huge pavlova ( mmmmmmm) then relax.......

Ho Ho Ho xxx

Sunday, December 20, 2009

R.I.P Miss Curly

Our beautiful Miss Curly, sister of Moe & Larry has passed away unexpectedly.
Her happy smiling beautiful face will be sadly missed.
She will be missed by everyone who loved her, especially by my daughter Lula who had an incredible bond with her.
My heart breaks.

Mademoiselle Marie Blanco Hendrickx

Ooh la la !
Yesterday i received this amazing print from Marie Blaco Hendrickx in France just in time for Christmas. Now i must decide how it should be framed.
I had fallen in love this a while back, then out of the blue i get a message saying the print is mine. I am incredibly thankful.

Merci beaucoup Marie !
You may see her work at

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Du Wop Private Red Lipstick

Today my Du Wop Private red lipstick arrived !
This is the blurb from Sephora.....
What it is:
A unique, color-changing lipstick that morphs to each woman's personal, private red.
What it does:
Private Red's formula adapts to each person's unique chemistry and will adjust accordingly, providing the perfect red shade that complements each person's coloring. The silky lipstick goes on smooth and the rich pigment leaves behind a slight stain so lips stay red.
What else you need to know:
Private Red is more than just the perfect red lipstick, it moisturizes lips with Castor seed oil.
I REALLY like it, it went on a dark red then changed to a fabulous day red. The other nice thing is that it is not drying and stays on really well. I am very pleased with this one. So let's see, the current count of red lipsticks, is um well,
too embarrassed to say.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Sew and sew

After discussing my love of 1940's pants with Miss Inky i have decided to put the thimble back on again.
The first garment i made, as a teenager in school, was a lovely pale blue Hawaiian print dress, it took me the whole semester to complete this project.From the cutting out stage, and then sewing it all together, only to find that i had cut it out upside down and all my beautiful hula maids were standing on their heads.
Suffice to say i didn't get to model my handiwork on the stage at the Year 7 assembly.
Fast forward many many years and i decide to ask my Gal Friday to teach me and my friend Pussy Le Claw how to make Capri's. Surely it cannot be too difficult ? I have, after all, previously mastered a dress. What was i thinking ??? I don't think we ever finished those Capri pants but we sure had a fun time and this was way before "stitch & bitch" nights even had a name !
So here i am again attempting to sew another pair of pants.
I realise the first thing i must do before i even begin is i must squish my impatience and learn perseverance. I see a cute pattern on Ebay and want the finished garment NOW. I don't care to wait. But now i am not only re-learning to sew, i am learning PATIENCE !
So this being said here is the pattern. I am armed with an email "sewing 101" from Miss Inky and she will act as my mentor.
This is the pattern i will be using at Miss Inky's suggestion. I am yet to buy the fabric, but am thinking denim.
Soooo, if you want to sew a pair of pants and join me on this quest please jump on in
I will keep you updated and post pics as i go.
Wish me luck and
May The Paws Be With Me

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Dance With a Stranger

This movie would have one of my favourite films of all time. It stared Miranda Richardson and Rupert Everett.
It is based on the true story of Ruth Ellis the last woman to be executed in England in 1955 at Holloway Prison.
She was 28 years old.
Her story is a tragic one and am sure if she commited this crime today the outcome would be a very different one.

The following was written by Lynda Osborne ~ The Life and Execution of Ruth Ellis in Criminals/Outlaws.
At the age of 17, she became pregnant, having embarked on a love affair with a French-Canadian soldier, but like so many girls of that time, Ruth discovered her lover was married with a family in Canada.

On 15 September 1945, Ruth gave birth to a baby boy, Andre Clare, (Andy). In order to support her son, she found a job as a model for a camera club. This included posing nude for the club members, which was quite scandalous for the time. From here Ruth found a job as a nightclub manageress.

While working at the nightclub Ruth fell pregnant but terminated the pregnancy before the end of the first trimester. And it was also here that she met her husband-to-be, a dentist by the name of George Ellis.

From an early stage the relationship was tempestuous. Like Ruth's father, George was a heavy drinker. He eventually admitted himself into Warlington Park Hospital, Surrey to be treated for alcoholism. From here he found work as a dentist in Southampton, and in spite of the volatile nature of their relationship, the couple were married on 8 November, 1950. But the marriage continued to deteriorate. Ruth left her husband on a number of occasions but always returned and it wasn't long before the police were called to deal with their domestic disputes.

The following May, George lost his job, but found work in Cornwall. This time Ruth didn't follow immediately, but discovering she was pregnant, she decided to give the relationship another go.

Once again George was drinking heavily and decided to re-admit himself into hospital. Even though he was undergoing treatment, Ruth began to suspect her husband was conducting improper relationships with staff and patients and as a result of her suspicions violent rows ensued. After one such row George's psychiatrist, Dr. Rees intervened and prescribed the distraught Ruth a course of sedatives. She was to remain under his care until she was charged with murder; her medication just one of the mitigating factors not brought up at her trail.

On 2 October, 1951 Ruth gave birth to a daughter in Dulwich hospital, London but the arrival of the baby did little to save the marriage as soon after George filed for divorce.

By now Ruth was very much a part of the London nightclub scene but she was a doting mother and, with two children to support, she found a job managing a drinking establishment called the 'Little Club'. Here she met David Blakely, a man who was to have disastrous consequences on her life.

In spite of her affair with Blakely, Ruth was also seeing another man, Desmond Cussen. Together they would spy on Blakely whom she suspected of being unfaithful.

Ruth fell pregnant for the fourth time but miscarried, allegedly following a blow to the stomach during a row with David Blakely.

Ruth was convinced of her lover's unfaithfulness. She was driven to Hampstead to confront him by Desmond Cussen just 10 days after the loss of her unborn child. Together they waited outside the Magdala public house, South Hill Park, for Blakely to leave.

Seeing Blakely leave the pub, Ruth called out to him, but he ignored her, a mistake which was to cost him his life. With a .38 revolver Ruth fired, hitting her lover with her second shot, and as he fell to the ground, she stood over him and fired the remaining bullets into his prostrate body. She was arrested by Alan Thompson, an off-duty policeman, the smoking gun still in her hand.

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