Swans have as many as 25,000 feathers.
That's about the same as the number of items in my wardrobe.
But to keep it fresh, there's nothing quite like a fossick through second-hand or op shops.
However first on the agenda for that Sunday in Christchurch was Mission SWAN:
Not a Crown Lynn original, but a new one made by Studio Ceramics.
According to Val Monk, the Crown Lynn expert, "Studio Ceramics - who make the replicas - don't have the moulds that were used at Crown Lynn. Someone (not Studio Ceramics) made a mould from one of the Crown Lynn swans, and that is what the modern swans are derived from. So - apart from being smaller, they are close to the originals. But still not Crown Lynn..."
By the way, the Pixieland book behind the swan was my favourite book as a child, and I commissioned my friend KM to rebind it.
Incidentally, the wooden box underneath is actually a microscope in its case, which I inherited.
Compared with the original.
NZ ceramics reference books, mostly from the library.
The rest of the photos are from Toffs $2 warehouse and Savemart.
|Flowered slip, $2.|
Urban Stretch skirt with embroidered roses, $12.50..
|Weinice Gold maxi skirt, $2.|
|Hand-made wood tweed coat, $12.|
|Vintage Lady Lichfield Fashion Knit skirt, $10. I can't bear to show you the hem, as someone has butchered it and it needs some TLC. But I love the print and it's genuine flower power I think.|
|Retro Quelque Australian Design dress, $10. (It was a good year for the roses!)|
|Vintage Southern Comfitt dress, $10.|
|Madison t-shirt, $7.|
|Millers top, $7. Also needs a remodel but I like the print.|
|Vintage Lurex knit maxi - Cecily for Young Moderns by Erin Ryder, $10.|
Coincidentally, I found lots of blue and lots of roses.
It's quite a mixture of vintage, retro and modern.
The photos don't do them justice, but hopefully you get the general idea.
Now I need to wash them all, and my washing machine has died, after 30 years of service.
Fortunately the aforementioned KM has offered to sell me her washing machine!