Monday, February 24, 2014

The rain, the park and other things

Well, there wasn't any rain when I went out last Friday night, luckily, but there has been quite a bit, this past week. Now, normally I'm not a fan of the rain as it keeps me awake at night and it's not pleasant to get soaked on the way out, but it's been a wonderful break from the excessive heat. It's been quite regenerative, if confusing.

But I did go to a park, and there are other things, I just love the song. (I'm referring to the the subject, just in case that wasn't obvious - ha).

Anyway, on to what I wore! I've been very much into the '60s, again, lately, and I finally had this amazing fabric made up into a dress. It's new fabric but it's so very '60s to me (or maybe a little '70s, too).

This dress was made from the same pattern as my Robin costume, but this time we used the collar that was actually in the pattern. It's meant to be at least an inch bigger, too! Mum made the dress for me, as I really dislike sewing, and would have put it off for months. I will be sewing my costumes for Comic Con in April, though, but that's for another post.

There's something I just love, and always will no doubt, about black shoes and white stockings. Especially shiny black shoes.

Trillian had her new dress on and insisted on being in a photo with me!

Apologies to anyone who is scared of clowns, but I just loved these sideshow clowns at The Garden of Unearthly Delights. I now have dreams of having some in my house, one day.

I mentioned on twitter that this photo reminds me of a really poor homage to the work of Anna Gaskell (who I wrote about in my thesis, actually).

I loved the design on this stand. Especially the flowers on the lights!

If you want to see more photos of Trillian on her adventures, you can see them here at Flickr.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

She's a mod, she's a mod, she's a mod!

(Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!) I think I've actually used this as a blog title before. Oh well. Anyway...

Every month at my doll club, there is a different theme for the meeting, and we all bring along dolls that go with said theme. This month's was mod, so I figured I may as well dress myself up, too! So, I got out my most mod dress for the occasion. 

Even though I hate the lining of this dress, it's so cute I can stand the discomfort. It also looks cute with red tights and my saddle shoes. The dress is by Pop Boutique, for anyone wondering.

Sweet, sweet, Peter pan collar.

I've just realised there are dolls behind me in every single photo!

And here's my mod girl, Casey, on her freshly painted scooter! Zoom zoom. (Better put her helmet on, though, before she goes anywhere).

Monday, February 17, 2014

Selling Some Vintage Repro Dresses

I don't want my blog to become all 'sell, sell, sell!' but I do have some vintage repro dresses I'd like to part with, and I thought I would try to sell them here before I turn elsewhere. Dresses will be sold on a first come, first serve basis, but if a deal falls through I will go to whoever wanted it next. (This has been cross-posted to my Tumblr.)

I would like $55AU for each of these dresses - shipping within Australia will be $7AU for one dress. As per Paypal's policies, I will need to ship overseas with tracking, which is a lot more expensive than regular airmail. (It's approximately $20AU to most countries, a little less to closer countries like New Zealand).

All dresses have only been worn once or twice and are in very good to excellent condition. For length reference, I am 5'3 but wearing heels in all of these photos.

Heyday! Mary dress, in a retired fabric. Size 14, which according to the HD charts fits 38", 32", 42". SOLD

Peta Pledger Angelique dress. Being sold without belt. Size 12, which according to the PP chart fits 38", 30.5", 40.5".

Heyday! Fleur Wrap dress. Size 14, which according to the HD charts fits 38", 32", 42". SOLD

ReVamp Vintage Daisy dress (in a different fabric). Size M, which according to the RV chart fits 37", 29", 39". I bought this secondhand but it was like new. SOLD

Vivien of Holloway Dress 
Vivien of Holloway 1940s dress. Size 14, which according to the VoH size chart fits 36", 28", 40". Fit me as seen when I was 36", 28", 37", fit quite snuggly at 38", 30", 40". 

If you need any more information or photos, please let me know, and if anything is unclear just ask. Payment will be made via PayPal (goods & services) once we have figured out the total price. If you want more than one dress, postage will most likely go up, even in Australia, so just let me know.

For any information, it will be best to email me at but you can comment here to let me know you've emailed. I promise I shan't be posting too many more 'here, buy my things!' posts in the future, but there's no point for these beautiful dresses to be hanging unworn in my wardrobe any longer!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Honey Bun on ukulele

I had another post planned for today, but last night I recorded my first ukulele video in a long time, so I decided to share it here. The post is pretty short, really, but I wasn't sure what else to write, so watch if you please.

Here I am singing Honey Bun from South Pacific. Obviously it called for a sailor hat!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Andi B. Goode on Etsy

Well, I've finally done it - I've started listing clothes on etsy, again. Huzzah! I've actually just renewed the old listings I'd let expire, and there isn't a lot in the shop at the moment, but I have a lot of things I need to get measured, photographed and listed.

I need to find a better way to photograph my stock but I don't have the time to get a model (read: friend) as yet so I guess hanging them on the cupboard will have to do for now.

Here are a few things listed at the moment:

As most of the listings are from my own collection, very few will be above or below a size AU 10-12, unfortunately. But please do take a look. I shall post another update when I get some more actually new listings done.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

The wide-eyed world of (neo) Blythe

I miss doing regular outfit posts but I haven't been going out much, because of the heat, and when I do I don't feel much like posing for photos. I do need to get back in the habit of taking regular outfit photos, though. But, until I get back into that routine, I don't want my blog to be empty, so I'm trying to think of some non-outfit centred ideas to fill in the gaps.

A very small number of my readers enjoy my doll posts so I thought I'd post one today, this time on Blythe! Blythe was one of those dolls I didn't like at first, then warmed to but swore I'd never collect...until I inevitably caved. And, boy, is she addictive. Barbie will always be my main collection but there's something about Blythe that makes it so easy to attribute very individualised personalities to her.

My current Blythe family.
This is my current Blythe family. From left to right we have Trillian, Charlie (for Felicia Day's character in Supernatural), Dylan and Beau.

These are all Neo Blythes by Takara - the original Blythe dolls were made by Kenner in 1972 but children didn't really warm to her and Kenner stopped production in the same year. In 2001 Takara started making dolls based on the original Kenner beauties and, since then, Blythe has found her way into the hearts of many, many doll collectors. You can read a brief history of Blythe here and about Kenner Blythes here.

Here are a few more photos of my girls:

Trillian's New Dress
Trillian, named after Zooey Deschanel's portayal of Trillian in Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (because I think she looks like Zooey), is wearing a Bratz outfit! It definitely looks vintage, though. She's posing in front of Carole King's Tapestry, if anyone wondered.

Beau {Blythe Simply Sparkly Spark}
Beau, whose name was inspired by Violet Beauregarde from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, is wearing a vintage Skipper outfit in this photo. One of my favourite things about Blythe is that she can wear vintage Skipper clothes. As I collect Skippers, too, it's like having double the wardrobe! I love dolls that can share clothes.

Dylan, who is named after Drew Barrymore's character in Charlie's Angels, is wearing a vintage Kenner dress I found in a bag full of 1970s Barbies at an op-shop once. The sleeves have been cut off but I was astonished to find anything Kenner Blythe, so I was very happy. I found the dress (with another) before I was going to collect Blythe so one of my Francies was wearing it but now that I have a little Blythe family it's generally sported by one of them. Dylan looks the best in it.

Have I posted about Blythe here before? I honestly can't remember. Oops. One day I'd love to have a vintage Kenner Blythe but that's probably just a pipe dream (although Trish was once lucky enough to find one so maybe, just maybe, I'll find one, one day).

I'd also love to start taking more interesting photos of my dolls - I'm so inspired and amazed by all the little dioramas people set up but I just don't have the patience, right now. They're wonderful to look at, though.

And I thought I'd leave you with the original Australian ad for Blythe!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Organising My Study

When I posted, again, after my blogging break I thought I was ready to tackle my blog head on. But I realised I wasn't - not really. So, I decided to just leave it for a little while. I've been struggling with what to blog about and there are some half-formed ideas floating around my head, but those are for another time when they've developed a bit.

But there is one thing I definitely wanted to share, and it's the project I set myself for January: organising my study. Ages and ages ago, now, I posted about how I was in the process of tidying up. But with one thing and another, I never ended up going through with it. So, I set myself the goal of having my study sorted by the end of January, and I more or less achieved it. There are still some things to be done but I just wanted to be able to look at the room and not want to cry.

This was the state my study had got into after months of just dumping things in there. I don't have a lot of storage furniture and what I do have isn't appropriate for everything I need to store. But my first task was to just sort everything and see what there was to get rid of. A lot of what was in the room had already been organised into boxes by my sister and myself, so I started by going through the boxes and shifting things into piles.

And this was the progress after about a week of working at least half an hour each day. It doesn't look like much but it felt good to get here. I kind of forgot to take any more good progress shots after this, though. I stalled for a while as I got to a point where I needed a new bookshelf to really be able to organise anything so there was a week or two when I didn't do anything in there.

I had some Pinterest boards for ideas and inspiration but, in the end, I really just had to work with what I had (with the addition of the new bookshelf) and go with that. Most of my favourite ideas needed little nooks or things like that to work properly, none of which I have. But I managed to work with the space I had and make a room I'm really happy with.

Anyway, how about a photo of how it ended up? You can see more in my Flickr set - I didn't want to put too many in this post. Maybe I should make a separate post focussing just on the re-organised room? Any interest in that, or does this cover enough? Hmmm.

It's like a breath of fresh air. And how about that rug from IKEA?

...OK, maybe just a couple more photos of my favourite spots in the room!

It's so nice to have somewhere to display my dolls. Even though vintage dolls are the bulk of my collection, not many of them are on display, yet. I'm looking for some nice outfits and stands before I display them. You can see my Limited Edition Sergeant Calhoun doll (from Wreck-It Ralph) on top of the shelf, next to my talking Vanellope (I have Toy Story toys on the other side of the shelf).

This is only one of my favourite parts, because I really struggled making room for this table. It belonged to my (paternal) grandmother, whom I never met, and it's beautiful but deceptively large. It took a long time to find a space where it would work and not obstruct anything else. I still have to find some nice boxes to display my fabric stash and maybe use a table cloth to obscure the boxes stored underneath. It's also nice to have a clear space where I can maybe do some craft things in the future.

Does anyone else like to just sit and stare at their bookshelves? I just love the way all the spines look together.

And one last photo because I don't want this to be too photo heavy (it's already very wordy!) I love this corner. It's so busy, and not quite finished, but it makes me happy to look at.

There are still some things left to do (new curtains, the boxes I mentioned for my fabric, more stands to display my dolls, a little chest of drawers and so on) but it's come such a long way. And I'm really proud of myself for achieving this; I rarely feel proud as I have a lot of issues with internalising my achievements. I think it's a lot easier when there's something so very obvious to see for all the effort I put it (which is a big reason I took lots of before/progress photos). But it feels really good. Now to deal with the mess it's left the rest of the house in...