Has anyone been watching The Paradise series, on the ABC... l've been lovin' it...full of costumes, romance and pretty things....apparently it's an adaptation of the novel Au Bonheur des Dames by Émile Zola. (thanks wiki).
l gathered together what l could in the way of old hats and hatboxes...vintage dresses and gloves, laces and ribbons.....candles and flowers, to create my own mini "Paradise" (which is the department store the show is centred around).
Old hats smothered in flowers and petals:-))....which l guess would have been the height of fashion back in the day.
All the years l've been vintage hunting....and still l'm drawn to the same old things l've always loved.... laces and linens or anything sewing related, hats and frocks which these days are becoming harder to find.
What an elegant time it must have been in the 50's and 60's, when ladies never left home without high heels, hat and matching bag (and lippy).....It's a different world now isn't it, and thankfully a lot more relaxed....though l'm not quite as relaxed as the young girls l see roaming 'round the supermarket in their jim jams (pj's)...hahaha.
The pink and white roses came from my garden, but with soaring temperatures, storms and hailstones over Summer, l was lucky to get a bunch at all.
These hatboxes are handy storage in my workroom....the top one l decoupaged MANY years ago, but still well remember applying many of it's 40ish layers of varnish:-)) The one underneath took almost as long to complete as it was painted top to bottom in small pansies and daisies (and varnished) to look like old English chintz china.
l still have a couple of plain ones as well....just waiting for a makeover.
The parasol has since been dyed blue but l want to experiment by overdyeing it pink to hopefully turn it mauve:-))
This is a pic of the "real" Paradise. BBC.
Here's hoping you all have an awesome weekend coming up....thanks so much for your lovely visits and kind words.
Til next time,