I made it! I made it to the end of June and managed to get photographed every single day with a random stranger – sometimes more than one random stranger! I don’t mind admitting, I’m staggered. Setting myself up for a fall? That’s what this challenge felt like on May 31st.
It felt appropriate to bring things full circle on the last day and pop by Drink, Shop, Do, wearing my Kamikaze Butterfly dress. This shop and cafe is the crafting heart of Kings Cross. The place is amazing. I love its vibe, I love that it was set up via the sheer hard work, vision, determination and creative talent of two women who clearly work every hour god sends. And it’s a place to inspire. Yeah, yeah, they sell great cocktails too – why do you have to always bring it back to the booze?
Elen works at Drink, Shop, Do. Isn’t her outfit amazing? I feel honoured to stand beside her, clutching the new (old) bag I bought in Paris. Ooh la la!
Elen made the knitting WIPs wall hangings that recently featured in the second issue of Mollie Makes:
I know this knitting features in Mollie Makes because I received a phone call from Dibs and the Machine after this blog post. Dibs said, ‘I’ve just seen a copy – do you want me to buy it for you?’ Let’s not dwell on the fact that Dibs was still recovering from a hospital stay at the time – it makes me feel too guilty that I encouraged her to turn back and buy it for me. Thanks, Dibs. I have a present for you!
Dibs’ kind gesture and the fact that over 30 strangers agreed to feature in my blog proves the point that I set out to – that most people are generally good-hearted and that this ‘stuff’ we all do brings entire communities together. From Stansted airport to Shropshire, from Cornwall to Paris – my challenge received a resounding YES! from people who could have pushed on by.
And what did I learn about my makes?
- That there were a couple of items it was time to say goodbye to – I put them on only to climb back out of them. (If you’re interested, my Rooibos dress and my second make of the Pendrell blouse. Both have fitting issues, and the fabric choice for the blouse was just wrong!)
- That I sorely missed the linen trousers I’d planned and failed to make for this month.
- That my makes are now firmly established in my daily wardrobe.
- Oh, and that tomorrow I am going to run into a department store and rub my face in shop bought clothes for the sheer hell of it!
Thank you all so much for sharing this version of Me Made June and encouraging me to make a fool of myself on a daily basis. I hope you saw all the inspiring outfits that cropped up on other blogs and Flickr. I was humbled to see the amounts of creativity going on around the world. But most of all thank you to:
Christy, Jerry, Walthamstow stall holder, Rebecca, Cath, Bramble, Katy, Ilmar, Gabor, police boy, Nheed, Johnnie, Johnny, Paddington Bear, Lisa, Anil, Indu, Shaun, Kieran, Jo, Edan, Wendy, the Dude, the landlord of the Duke of Yorke, Gorgeous George, Ossie, the ladies in the big hats, Steve the postie, Marie, the steel drum marching band, Kelly, Hugh, Stella, Louis the Banana, Sabbir, Ollie, Will Carling rugby player, Nigel Mansell formula one racer, Kevin, Oli, Rachel, Roxanne, Niccolas Orsini, Eric, Clochette le Chat, Merlin, Dulcie Gray the Dog, Emily, Shilo and Elen.
What a roll call!
And thank you finally to So, Zo for providing the original inspiration. ‘Shall we bust a groove?’ as Zoe would say? I think we did – all through June!
What on earth will happen next?