Sunday, June 24, 2012

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Dyson goes Steampunk

Here is a little bit of ha ha for you all...at the time it wasn't, but now I think we can all laugh at it...
The switch broke on my beloved Dyson DC01 -  the first Dyson vacuum cleaner made, and this was the limited edition Dyson De Stijl. Named after a pretty influential design movement in the Netherlands in the early part of the 20th century. This Vacuum had the hall marks of this design movement - or Neo Plasticism as it is also referred. The art movement that gave us Mondiran. What could I not love about this Vacuum cleaner when I bought it, bright purple, red and yellow, it had my name written all over it.

So, my dad offered to take a look, he's pretty handy. He couldn't find a replacement switch in the local electrical store, as you would assume, not many place carry parts for a Dyson in a regional town and not ever having contact with a computer would never think to google to look for one ($24.95 delivered if he did know) so he decided to 'make do and mend' and fitted a 1930s bakelite light switch to it.

Yes it turns on....And to make sure it really took hold, its been drilled through the casing and super glued on and he's glued up the old switch...so i'm stuck with it, literally.

Bless him....

Monday, June 11, 2012

Shiny Happy People....60s and 70s Warm Brights

As the weather gets colder I like to have bright happy textiles around. I have these lovely wool/cotton blends from the 60s and 70s, Clydella, Viyella and Marvella. Perfect for skirts and blouses.
Every year my Nana made me a blouse out of Viyella, that nice brushed twill, it was so warm. The little ditsy prints remind me so much of her and what she made for me with love. Enjoy!