I finally got to grips with Etsy and have opened up my very own shop.
Rosie Alia Designs is my shop and it is packed full of handmade hair accessories inspired by the glamour of the past, because every girl deserves to feel like a starlet!
Here are just a few of the items I have been working hard to get listed this week:
I have started uploading some pieces that are just perfect for the festive season, so if you're looking for a little something as a gift or to top off a special Christmas outfit then I may just have what you need!
What do you think? I would absolutely love you ladies to have a little look as I value all of your opinions.
For me this means carving pumpkins, making soup with the entrails and some spooky cocktail concoctions...and whether you plan on going full fancy dress, or just adding a creepy touch to your outfit, I may well have just the thing!
Fancy having this little monster (don't worry, he's plastic!) atop your bonce this Halloween?
Well if you head over to the Facebook page for my hair accessories, you will find this exact photo! Simply 'like' and share the page, and leave a comment on the photo to be in with a chance of winning (UK entrants only I'm afraid). The giveaway will close at midday on Wednesday after which I will randomly select the winner.
I will then contact the winner for an address and pop it in the post as soon as possible.
Pop over here to check out the giveaway for yourself!
My birthday was at the beginning of October. My 25th birthday. This scared me. As did the fact that it was my first "working" birthday ever (I usually wangle a day off). Eurgh, adulthood.
So I decided to pootle off to Norwich for a week before my birthday to spend time with my fam, foraging in other peoples cast offs (carboots, junk shops, charity shops, but that was covered in my previous post), playing drunk pool and eating loads of food.
Plus opening presents, obviously! .....WHAT? I'm not too grown up for presents. Never.
So here is an ever so quick pictorial round up of the week leading up to my birthday, minus the previously shared bargains:
5 games of drunk pool with made-up rules and everyfink. These rules included removing the black ball until the end, so it didn't get accidentally potted before its time. Obvs.
Family frolicking and dog harassment.
Birthday bowling after my first ever day of going to work on my birthday.
Now onto the PRESENTS!
Typewriter cushion thoughtfully chosen by my little sister. Knitted gauntlet gloves. Beautiful vintage buttons.
Housekeepers box. Teatowel. Kitsch vintage baby ornaments....and a satchel! A lovely lightly worn black vintage one, a handy smaller size than my beloved Burt. I think I shall name her Betty. And although I shouldn't know the price of birthday presents, my mumma just couldn't resist telling me, for it was such a bargain. Two teeny pounds from a carboot!
A swiss chalet clock.
A vintage telephone table. A working vintage hairdryer. A 1950's tree topper lady with a crepe paper skirt. A ballerina ring holder. A retro portable radio. A giant shoe horn, of course. Folding coat hanger and retractable airer, and a vintage flag.
A naked lady. A lovely apron. A floral ceramic earring and brooch set. Vintage buttons. A knitted hat needle case. A faux fur capelet. A lucky rabbit foot brooch.
This vintage 1950's card has a music box attached, so when you turn the handle it plays a very twangy version of "Happy Birthday". How fab is that?
A beautifully glamorous vintage pearl, crystal and cut glass earring and choker set. A pair of crochet gloves. A black velvet turban-style headband, lovingly made by my talented nan!
Tara Starlet 40's style dungarees.
A treat voucher crafted by my wonderful pal.
This absolutely phenomenal 1940's coat was brought down by a lovely lady for me from the storage room of a charity shop when shopping with my mumma. I gasped. And my mother kindly offered to buy it for me as a combined birthday/christmas present. £45 well spent indeed! It is incredibly perfect condition, fits me (well, not on the chesty-region, but that rarely happens!) and just look at those pleats. And hidden/top secret pockets, but I didn't tell you that!
A beautiful trio of wall mirrors. I can't wait to get these up in my flat when they manage to get here.
Now I just need to find a space for them...cue clever Mr Mike's suggestion to just get rid of some of my "stuff" to make room for them. I think NOT!
A gold crest motif, which now sits perfectly on the front of our fake fireplace.
This gorgeous 1940's dress is a luxuriously soft cotton summer dress....but there's no way I can possibly hold on until then. Besides, blue and cream works with brown right? I'm thinking brown What Katie Did seamed stockings, a brown cardigan and a fur collar. That's wintery.
Phew! What a fab bunch of present buyers I know, eh? As you can imagine, I was all smiles.