Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. I celebrated Valentine’s Day early by attending a charity Venetian Masquerade Ball last night, hosted by Event Results at the stunning Manchester Monastery. I was lucky enough to win the tickets via Pocket Manchester for the fundraising event in aid of the Rainbow Trust children’s charity. It was a beautiful evening and we were treated to a three course meal, comedy, music and dancing. More importantly, we helped to raise much-needed funds by participating in the charity auctions and raffle. I intend to continue supporting the trust by running the Great Manchester Run for them in May, so I’d better dig out my trainers!
Anyway, here’s a few pictures of my outfit (you might recognize my dress from my post on Vintage Finds and Alterations):
In other news, I’ve moved into a beautiful new flat and somehow almost all the of the textiles I’ve bought for it are blue. For those of you that know me well, this will come as no surprise at all.
It’s a converted late 19th century building with salvaged antique features, sash windows and high ceilings. This made finding curtains in the right size and shape a little tricky. Naturally, I chose blue ones. I found some by DKNY in TK Maxx that weren’t the perfect fit, but I knew I’d be able to adjust them to make them work for the windows in my bedroom.
They came as a pair of two long(ish) curtains, but I needed two narrow sets: one super-long and one quite short. In a nutshell, this is what I did:
- Cut the required length off one curtain
- Sewed the excess length to the other curtain
- Cut both curtains in half to create two sets
- Re-sewed the new hems and seams.
Skip to the end and this is what I ended up with:
Now I’m off to enjoy the rest of my weekend in my blue flat, starting with a cup of tea in my blue mug.
[Soundtrack: Blue Velvet by Lana Del Rey]