Wednesday, 31 August 2011

In the Press and this weekends show

Hooray! I've been featured in the latest issue of Pinstriping and Kustom Graphics Magazine with my new Rosary Collection;

In other news....I've been super busy this week getting ready for one of the biggest annual shows that I trade at, Kustom Kulture Blast Off. Its a Kustom lifestyle show featuring everything from Bands, Hot Rods and Kustom cars and vans, Pinstriping and airbrush live art, Tiki, Tattooists, Burlesque shows, Rockabilly and Rock n Roll! I had a great time last year (apart from the camping, I hate camping!). 
I'll be setting off on Friday, and will be there for the whole weekend. If you are nearby, then do come down as its sure to be another great is the flyer with some more info about the event;
Website is here: Kustom Kulture Blast Off
Click to enlarge the flyers.
I'll be doing my show report early next week so I will make sure to take some good photos of the weekend's goings on :)

Sunday, 28 August 2011

This weekends charity/flea/car booty

Hurray! Michael and I actually managed to go out flea market/car booting this weekend. First time in what feels like ages, it always seems to be rained off at the moment!
Firstly, I went to the Charity shops on Thursday with my sister Elaine who I met first for lunch. Got a few cool bits, with the grand total spend of 90 pence!
60s plantpot - 50p, Salvation Army
I am so happy with this! I never see plant pots but always look for them. This super retro leaf design is by Hornsea Potteries. This is a new home for Colin the cactus. Michael has owned Colin since he was at school!
60s glass - another intake for our vintage glass orphanage! 40p from YMCA
Yesterday morning, we went to the Saturday Flea Market at Earlestown. What a disaster! It was quite bright when we set off, but as soon as we got there, the downpour started. It was torrential, and we got soaked! I had ballerina pumps on and had squelchy feet for the rest of the day, yuk. Needless to say we didn't get anything, boo!
We decided to try again this morning with a visit to a large field car boot that we haven't been to since last year. I'm so glad we did as we got some great bargains! :)
Repro 50s style chrome Salter scales - perfect for weighing my parcels! A complete steal at just 50p
Alfred Meakin 60s side plates - 25p each.
I usually 'Google' the style name of the crockery I buy to find out more about it, however I have been somewhat cautious with these plates......
Can you see why? Goodness knows what would come up on a Google image search for these! ;O
he he!
I also picked up a few new bits for me....

Red and pink flamingo dress (originally from Next) - £1
Close up of the print, so cute!
And...I've been looking for some of these for and ye shall find...
Leather Converse boots, never worn - £13. 
The seller wanted £20 but I bartered and wore her down and got them for £13, hooray!
Very pleased with this weekends bargains :)

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Vintage curtain revamp

If you are a creative person, especially one who sews, it is very likely that you will have a "projects" pile lying around somewhere. Things that will only take 10 minutes to do, but still get left lying around for months! This is very true of myself, but I finally got round to finishing one of them last night.....
Remember the vintage curtains that Rascal gave me for my birthday?
She gave them to me as she knew that they would match my front room and that they would make awesome cushion covers. They have been on the 'to do' pile for (Ahem) 5 months! 
Rascal was right anyway, they look fab, and they only took me 10 minutes each to make.
The completed cushions
And in-situ on my sofa. Very happy with them and they go nicely in a clashy-matchy way with our 50s barkcloth cushion covers that I made for our other sofa and egg chair. Just wish I'd done them sooner! :)

Monday, 22 August 2011

Red hair and blue toes!

I'm so busy sometimes that I forget/don't get round to doing things like dye my hair and paint my nails! I took a bit of 'me' time this morning and put that right with some much needed red hair dye and some electric blue nail varnish. I've been dying my own hair red for many years, and have tried everything going! I do love the foam colours, but at the moment, the colours are a bit drab - they need to get some brighter shades in there.
I decided to give the new own-brand range at Superdrug a try -
Colour Vibrance in permanent hot red, shade 77:44
It was easy to apply and nice and thick, so no drips or splats! I left it on for an hour (1/2 an hour longer than recommended, but I always do that!)
Ta da! The finished result.

And a close up....really love this colour, and It hasn't ran into my blonde. Result! 
It was on offer too when I bought it for just £3.29. What a complete bargain :)
And my blue toes.....
I usually always go for red or hot pink - but I felt like going with electric blue today. 
The polish is Barry M, shade 116 
£2.99 from Superdrug :)

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Gorilla Hunt!

Firstly, a big THANK YOU to all my lovely followers who left me a nice comment after my troll post :))
This week, after having a few hectic weeks, I took a few days off and went to visit family in Bristol. It was extra fun as Bristol Zoo, who are celebrating their 175th anniversary, have organised a mass public art event over the summer in the form of 'Wow! Gorillas'. 61 Fibreglass gorillas have been placed around the city, each one decorated by different local artists. You can pick up free maps and do a 'Gorilla Hunt', which we did over the two days of my visit! Here are some of them that I saw on my visit.......
'Noah' who is outside Bristol Zoo and painted with pictures of animals
Lipstick Kisses Gorilla - not its real name! ;)
Brunel Gorilla - on the end of Clifton Suspension Bridge. Named after Isambard Kingdom Brunel who designed it. (The bridge, not the Gorilla!)
Tea and homemade cake break - yum - from a deli/cafe in Clifton.
(Triple layer carrot and lemon drizzle, if you are interested!)
Me with Dee Dee the gorilla. I texted this picture to my Best Friend, as the company that she works for, sponsors Dee Dee!
Gorilla painted with harbour scenes
One of my faves - Street Art gorilla! Cool Sugar Skull detailing on its face 
And finally - this awesome Elvis gorilla! He is in the Bus Station. 
When the exhibition ends, all the gorillas will be auctioned off for gorilla conservation charities, and Bristol Children's hospital.
The exhibition runs until 7th September and is a great free and fun family activity if you are close by :)

Wednesday, 17 August 2011


So, I got my first "Troll" comment on my blog....well, it was going to happen sooner or later.
Just for future reference to any other trolls.....your comments will be deleted without comment from me.....I have absolutely no interest or time for online nastiness, arguments or bitching.....That is all!!

Friday, 12 August 2011

Introducing the new face of Dolly Cool.......

Finally I have had time to update my website with my new range - The Rosary Collection - which has been modelled for me by the beautiful La Dama. I could not have wished for a better model, La Dama was fantastic in every way and took so much care and effort in making these photos look as fabulous as they do. All the styling, hair and make up was completely done by La Dama, with photos taken by her husband, Buddy Wayne. She is one amazing lady, so if you don't already follow her blog....then go and do it now! Without further ado, here she is; 
Day of The Dead Rosary Necklace 

                    Cherry Bow Rosary Bead Necklace

               Nautical Rosary Bead Necklace

                  Tattoo Rose Rosary Bead Necklace

                 Zombie Heart Rosary Bead Necklace
Each necklace is made from a wooden heart base, with a lacquered exclusive Dolly Cool hand drawn design in the centre, on a beaded rosary chain. They are priced at £16.00 each, which includes FREE worldwide p&p and are available now on my website;

Monday, 8 August 2011

Mods & Rockers, and my new Miss L Fire shoes :))

Yesterday I was trading at the Mods and Rockers show at the historic Piece Hall in Halifax, West Yorkshire;
It was organised by the same people who did the Ink, Iron & Hotrod show so I thought I'd give it a go.
 I was looking forward to it, as about 15 years ago I was into the whole Mod thing in a big way! I used to dress up 60s style and go out dancing every week at a Northern Soul club night. (I'll do a post on this at some point!). Obviously, I'm more into 50s stuff now, but the love of the 60s Mod culture and music is still definitely there.
The day didn't get off to the best start to be fair as it was outside, and as we set off at 7.15am, it was raining really heavily! It carried on like this for most of the morning - stopping and starting raining. I braved the main show area hiding under my umbrella and went out to take some photos of the bikes;
Tons of Scooters and Bikes!
These fancy ones were in the 'best in show' bit.

Love this - very Quadrophenia!

We are the mods, we are the mods, we are, we are, we are the mods!* 
I'm so glad that I went out early to take these photos, as about 11am - the heavens opened fully and it started to downpour torrential rain....
View from under my stall! Thank goodness that the stalls were under gazebos! You can see everyone hiding under the buildings at the sides of the show area. This pretty much carried on for about 2 hours :(
Which resulted in this.....about 60% of the scooters packed up and went!
Michael took this shot of the scooters leaving En Masse. Its a great shot isn't it?
So, it was a bit of a washout really! By the time it actually cleared up, about 2pm - most people who probably were going to come, didn't. And loads of the bikes had gone anyway. Still, I can't complain as I still did ok on my stall. I made most of my sales after 2pm, though!

View from the side of my stall and the main stage
And an outfit post - showing off my new Miss L Fire shoes! ♥♥
Red & White Polka Hairtie - Dolly Cool 
Jacket - 50p from a car boot sale
Cherry Cardigan - Thunder Egg, Affleks Palace, Manchester
High Waist Capris - Lady K Loves (Yes, I have the Capri's too - and they fit just as well as the jeans!)
Shoes - my newest purchase from Miss L Fire ♥♥♥ my new shoes!!!
And a close up! They are sparkle vinyl like 50'd Diner booth seats. Truly amazing, and very comfortable too!
So, it was a pretty wet day, all in all - but I still enjoyed it and the music was great. Loads of Motown and Northern Soul classics, with some rockabilly and rock thrown in for good measure!