Saturday, 26 December 2009
Boxing day brooches & baubles
I particularly enjoy this time of year because we celebrate on Christmas Eve in addition to Christmas day. My dad is half Czech (which makes me quarter Czech, quarter North American and half English), so we follow the east european traditions too.
Another great family tradition of ours is to use the same decorations on the tree that we've been hanging up since I was little. We have homemade angels, lopsided, cross-eyed reindeer, traditional czech figures, tacky icicles etc.. But what inspired this particular post is the copious amount of glitterballs we have dangling on the branches. This inspired me to dig out all the diamante brooches I could find, to shoot in front of the christmas tree.
This grey jumper is a wool Jaeger one I found in a local charity shop. I seem to keep coming across beautiful vintage Jaeger pieces, it really is one of my favourite british design makes. Most of the very sparkly diamante brooches belonged to my maternal great-granny. She collected costume jewellery as well as some spectacularly awful plastic beads and brooches! (Though even they have their own nostalgia value in their own sweet way.) So I have her to thank for my absolutely massive accessories collection. The earrings were part of a set given to me for christmas.
I also got a few other vintage bits and pieces that I'm looking forward to sharing on this blog as soon as possible. As well as some amazing books on fashion, including one showing all the drawn vogue covers from 1910 to the 1940s, I'm also starting to make my way through the classic films I received. The Red Shoes is a cinematic masterpiece that I recommend to everyone. It may sound cliched, but it is completely breathtaking- especially the 17 minute ballet sequence.
I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays. I know I'm trying to make them last as long as possible! I'm filling up as much time as I can with drawing, making and customising, including having made my mum's christmas present (I customised a t-shirt with green and cream buttons and an appliqued felt and silk pocket.)
I just wanted to say a quick thanks to everyone who commentedon my last post, I really appreciated it! I'm so sorry that I haven't replied to many people recently, but I'm working on it..
I'm off to watch The Duchess, so goodbye!