30 June 2013

Lazy Sunday Afternoon 1968...

At last... two hot sunny days in a row! this is the only weather we have had this year that is anything like Summer and today it's already the last day of June. The longest day came and went without anyone noticing and we were all beginning to think that we weren't going to have a Summer at all. So what could be more appropriate on this sunny Sunday than the Small Face's Lazy Sunday Afternoon, (even though the garden needs sorting out).   

29 June 2013

Diana Dors...

Diana Dors was an English actress and singer, considered to be Britain's 'blond bombshell'

Born Diana Mary Fluck in 1931, her life story is absolutely amazing and far too long and complicated to write about here, but I really recommend you to read it at... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diana_Dors

"They asked me to change my name. I suppose they were afraid that if my real name Diana Fluck was in lights and one of the lights blew ..."

Her life and career is a film in itself, the beginning seemed so promising... at 14 she won a place to LAMDA after lying about her age and was already appearing in films when at 16 she was signed by the Rank Organisation.

When she was 17 and unable to drive, an admirer bought her a 1949 Delahaye Type Roadster 175S for £5000, it was one of only 51 made. In 2010, the car was sold in California for $3 million.

Sadly from here on her life and career seems to have been influenced and misdirected by several of the men she met and married. They manipulated her appearance and personality, coerced her into having several abortions, were responsible for ruining her chances of stardom in America and eventually bankrupted her.

In need of funds, and with her hour glass figure now plumper after cancer treatment, she turned to recording songs and writing autobiographies, her popularity again increased and she appeared regularly on television.

Diana Dor's image was included with her permission on the Beatles' 1967 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover, as the blond in the front row on the right in the gold dress and white gloves.

Ten years before her death, she was name checked by the New York Dolls in their song 'It's Too late' on their album Too Much Too Soon.

In 1981 she played the fairy godmother in Adam and the Ants music video 'Prince Charming'

She also featured on the cover of the Smiths' 1995 album 'Singles' in a still from her 1956 film 'Yield to the Night' 

Diana Dors died from cancer in 1984, but even after her death her memory was touched with sadness, scandal and mystery... in grief and depression, her third husband committed suicide, leaving their 14 year old son a ward of court to another half brother in America, and taking with him the 'key' that would supposedly crack a secret code revealing the whereabouts of several million pounds she had hidden away in banks all over Europe. Although with the help of computer forensic specialists her son decoded the message she had left him and linked it to a found bank statement, the location of the money is still unknown.

Her death is referred to in a 1984 song, 'Good Day' on the Word of Mouth album by the Kinks... "The headlines say that Diana is dead / She couldn't act much but she put on a show / She always smiled, even when she felt low / I used to fancy her a long time ago."

27 June 2013

Blues for Etta...

Beautiful coloured encaustic made from painted paper, card stock, book parts,record album parts, sheet music, tar paper, cardboard, copper, treated aluminium and tacks on two panels by Nancy Natale.

24 June 2013

22 June 2013

Rex Ray rugs...

1. Manzanita  2. Presidio  3. Fairfax  4. Alvaredo

20 June 2013

The last days of December 2012 mood board... OK it's not Winter, but somewhere along the way this one was lost, so I'm putting it on again.

textiles - http://www.modenus.com/blog/interiordesignproducts/surfacematerials/de-le-cuona-a-picture-says-a-thousand-words-relaxed-decadence .....figs - unknown
feathers - http://colourmeblindxo.tumblr.com/post/36045326655.....lady - http://sisterwolf.tumblr.com/post/35837110395/spottedhyenas-lara-jensen-ss13-vanitas
tallow berries - http://www.etsy.com/listing/92954497/tallow-berries-signed-fine-art?ref=usr_faveitems&atr_uid=5544904.....coronet - http://fletchingarrows.tumblr.com/post/32881390651/oak-leaves-are-so-significant-to-me
clock - http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/10407854.....tree - http://www.flickr.com/photos/tommymartin/5333756698/in/set-72057594057152425
scarf - http://www.flickr.com/photos/textile-cocoon/5256720633/in/set-72157625810984263/.....gold olive leaves - http://shopolivemanna.com/collections/home/products/wire-garland
angel - http://www.stevendaluz.com/GalleryMain.asp?GalleryID=2411&AKey=8MKJWHEB.....lace - http://achadosdaliedaqui.tumblr.com/post/25432095538/ana-rosa-http-www-wanillarose-com
joy - http://instagram.com/p/JLS4BZE_J1/.....clock - http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture_item_detail.php?id=684298
plaque - http://bellafayegarden.tumblr.com/post/33063515349.....pomegranate - http://kic-keepitcool.tumblr.com/
cinnamon sticks - http://coffeencrumbs.tumblr.com/.....swing - http://hearts-of-glass.tumblr.com/post/11293067227
leaf - http://www.mexican-fireworks.com/post/14728063668.....embroidery - unknown

19 June 2013

Siddi Quilting...

Amazing work from the Siddi Women's Quilt Cooperative, Siddis are African Indians of Northern Karnataka.

Available from - Henry John Drewal
All income after expenses goes to the cooperative for educational, health and agricultural needs.

18 June 2013


Door to chapel in Tynemouth Priory grounds - Colin Bluett

17 June 2013


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