Sunday, 31 January 2010
Jumper - Martha trust £3
Bow tie - Martha trust 50p
skinny jeans - Topman
Trainers - Topman
Saturday, 30 January 2010
Lust - You're not in Hereford much anymore, what do you miss most about Martha?
Oscar - The clientele and the staff. The last time I was in there, I was fresh off the boat and had my suitcase with me. The handle on it had snapped whilst I was abroad, and so I had to use a silk tie to fashion a makeshift handle. The case itself still has a few miles in it so I’ve not thrown it out. Apparently the woman behind the till was very impressed by this, if her softly cawing murmur and greedy eye were anything to go by. The old gentlemen who were congregating around her,
their own eyes dulled by too much time amid the Crust, resounded the same opinion, like a Greek chorus. “Waste not, want not.”
Lust - What are your top golden finds?
Oscar - Without a doubt my top find is The Shell Owl, for one penny [pictured
on the here alongside a fellow charity shop owl].
Not since Sandro Botticelli realised The Birth Of Venus has someone so expertly
channelled the beauty of Shell As Art. Whilst one may reside in the Uffizi and the other on top of a stack of books, there is no question that the two masterpieces share a common genius. It is hard to date The Shell Owl; the superglue that is the binding force of the bricolage is heavily yellowed and The Shell Owl certainly shows signs of wear and tear. Where It has been, I cannot fathom, but It has been
places I have no doubt. As to why It exists, I am equally clueless. Is it a quiet, reflective homage to St. James, with the shells having been diligently collected by some wayfaring pilgrim along the Camino de Santiago? Is it a fertility statue, a fetish comprised of symbolic vulvas? An unwise children’s toy made by some unfit mother? Whatever it is, its Minervan mysteries are safely locked away. The Beak Shell, the keystone in this dilapidated assemblage, is missing; no secrets shall come to light any time soon.
More from Oscar to follow!
Thursday, 28 January 2010
For instance, Martha had a face sauna in today, if anyone is into that.
Anyway, here is a selection of the best bric a brac i have collected over a year or so, from martha.
Dolls leg (on shelf) - 30p (for whole broken doll)
Green oil burner - 10p
Old glass bottle - 10p
Hard plastic doll in black - 30p
Very old pack of charcoal - 10p
Headless doll - 10p
Mini teapot - 50p
Old book - £2
Jar - 10p
Legless doll (legs on shelf) - 30p
Rag doll - 10p
Photos on wall behind - second hand, from my vintage photo collection
This really old box of charcoal was a great find at the back of the 10p shelf. I love the old yellowing cellotape, its just a great box, and still full of charcoal!
Another couple of great 10p shelf items. Some kind of old rusty oil burner, that i think is just a great object. The jar has a really nice fancy lid, and is a nice shape, looks great with one of my old dolls heads inside.
I got this book so i could use the old paper to work on. Martha has a shelf of older, more interesting books, still only a pound or two, they're good to cut up or use for altered books.
The rag doll is one of my favourites, her embroidered features are lovely and give her a really interesting face, the plastic one is pretty average, but his left eye is kind of sideways which i like. You can see the nice lid of the jar in this picture and the two bits of dolls clothing in the corner are also from Martha Trust, 30p.
This headless doll was in the 10p box, i like her tights and dress, the lack of head is kind of cool. I have enough dolls with heads.
So there you go, Martha is a haven for interesting old items aswell if you keep your eyes out. What don't they have!
Wednesday, 27 January 2010
These two jackets were the cream of the crop last week. Seemingly a matching pair, one lovely double breasted jacket, and one single breasted. Looking pretty great here with some skinny jeans and geek chic glasses.
Jacket - Martha trust £3
Skinny jeans - Topshop
Check shirt - River island
Shoes - Second hand
Jacket - Martha trust £3
Jeans - Criminal Damage
Silver shirt - second hand, charity shop
Tie - Vintage
Boots - Clarks
Monday, 25 January 2010
He seems like a perfectly happy little bear, but wait... What's that embroidered upon his chest?
MEN!!!? His arms out-stretched in celebration of the male gender. Is he outing himself? That sure is a look of pride upon his face.... Or maybe he just has his priorities straight. I mean, where would we be with out MEN? Not even born for starters. I might have to get a full size version knitted for myself, or I could just hope that one turns up in Martha's...
Until next time - Much Lust - Martha
(P.S. Thanks Nancy for letting us borrow your Bear)
Sunday, 24 January 2010
Martha never ceases to serve up a daily dose of upset and this doll has obviously seen its fair share...
Saturday, 23 January 2010
Yes, you really are seeing that. Your worst fears can be confirmed by this close up:
I suppose this sort of thing is supposed to make you feel connected with Mother nature, and the beauty of life or something, but I'm not really getting it. I mean those boobs are almost as long as her arms! Are those babies sucking on those pendulus teats, or are they sort of eagle/goat parasites? Wouldn't it be awful waking up with those things swinging from your breasts? And then to have the moment captured eternally in a wearable garment... The ultimate humiliation. I'll be wearing this one to an interview sometime for sure.
Much lust - Team Martha
As soon as I layed eyes on them, I was instantly taken back to my childhood and memories of mothers on the school run in the early nineties. Complete with large t shirts in pastel colours, leggings and of course a pair of these sandals.
That feeling of being so small, and surrounded by such late 80s/early 90s footwear in the mother's waiting area of Cherry Orchard first school. Maybe it was just my town... But these sandals are a sight i haven't seen since then. I just had to buy them, even though I couldn't decide weather they were truly hideous, or achingly cool. There were 3 pairs in the shoe rack in total, £1 each, two pairs in Black, one pair considerably more 'beat up' than the other. I decided to go for this stunning white pair.
I used to play many imaginary games in my garden with my old friend from first school. We required nothing more than a few flower pots for a whole days fun, and her mother practically lived in a white pair of these sandals. I really do wish that my purchase of these sandals could take me back to those carefree days, but I guess it's just a fleeting memory of pure happiness.
That was all abit deep for a pair of sandals!
Friday, 22 January 2010
A solitary green square dominates this image. Perhaps it is an extreme closeup of broccoli? Or maybe it really is NOTHING? Has this anonymous photographer truly captured infinity? I'm looking very, very closely at it, and I think I can see some stars, and maybe the face of a bearded man in a white robe? Actually, no. It is just a green square.
Thursday, 21 January 2010
Your mother takes it, and stares for a minute."That's lovely, it's a... yes... Why is it so brown?"
No matter how awful it is, every piece of Child art deserves its month on the refrigerator or the mantel piece. But what about when Mum just can't look at it anymore? Where does it go?
Well now we know! Martha Trust came up trumps with these excellent specimens of Child Art:
This piece is by Luke, aged 6 & 3/4 (He says so on the back). I think it's a barnacle, but who can be sure? Is it Morgan Freeman's eye? A sphincter? The Sarlacc pit from Return of the Jedi?
And this piece is by Jack D. At least I think that's his name, it may simply be what this painting was made under the influence of. Either way I applaud this image, as I could tell that it's probably meant to be a Nautilus shell. Rock on Jack D.
Much Lust - Team Martha
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
The fur jacket was also a Martha find from a few months ago. Its a wardrobe staple, practical and great looking, it goes with everything.
White short sleeved jumper - Martha trust 50p
Faux fur jacket - Martha trust £3
earrings - Martha trust 50p
skinny jeans - H&M
boots - Army surplus store
They don't yet have names, any ideas?
Note the painted shoes and socks on the boy, the detailed beading on the princess' dress, and the brown waterstained tshirt on the boy, tatty chic!
Jumper - Martha trust 50p
Braces - Second hand, Vintage store
jeans - H&M
Boots - Clarks
Glasses - unknown
Picture by Rebecca Magdalena Stutz http://www.rmsmaelstrom.com/
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Tuesday, 19 January 2010
Jumper - Martha Trust £2
Shirt - Topman
Bowtie - Burton
Skinny jeans - Topman
shoes - next
Today's one pence box review involves some killer clutter. Dug up from the depths of what has been described as "literally just a bin" we have: A terrifying angel ornament, a tiny plastic sausage dog and an errr... knitted face?
Something about this little Angel isn't quite happy. The level of craftsmanship is, should we say, poor... It leaves one wondering about the suffering child who painted its blotchy eyes with their shaking, under-nourished hands. At any rate we at Martha Lust love it, expect it on our tree next year!
As for the skinny little puppy... WHY ARE ITS EYES RED? I'm guessing it may have been part of an animal testing lab play set.
And then there's that knitted face. Her wobbly eyes perpetually searching for the nose she will never have. Whoever made this was also a little careless with the glue around the eyes. It sort of seems to be crying orange juice or something... This one will be on my mind for a little while, I mean just look at it:
Okay, I'm off to buy a Polaroid photograph of nothing!
Much Lust - Team Martha
Skirt - Martha trust £2
Lace body - topshop
green tartan jacket - H&M
victorian style boots - second hand, red cross charity store
fishnets (ripped) - primark
Chains - (shorter) secondhand Oxfam, (Longer) Second hand, house clearance
Jumper - Martha trust £2
Suitcase - Martha trust £1
Braces - Second hand, charity store
Trousers - H&M
Boots - Clarks
Monday, 18 January 2010
This week's 1p box has yielded some particularly good crop! Although this box is mostly full of half-chewed pine-cones, bits of thread, semi-used candles and the Green Ranger's left leg, who cares IT'S ONLY ONE PEE!
We found a toy Zebra, a knitted duck (which fits rather well on to the Zebra) and a plastic Dinosaur! The care and craftsmanship that went in to the dinosaur becomes apparent with closer examination. His chest is embossed with the word 'CHINA' whilst his over large teeth, stumpy claws and massive feet serve to add a sense of excitement to my evening at home.
There's more to come from this box, so look out. If you've found something cool in the box, please get in touch!
Much Lust - Martha
Cable Cardigan - Martha Trust £2
other items -
Black dress - second hand, vintage store
Tights - Topshop
Long Necklace - second hand, house clearance store
boots - Doc Martens, second hand, ebay
Sunday, 17 January 2010
Lust: So Dean, what's your favourite thing about Martha Trust?
Dean: I'm rather fond of my Martha Trust Jumpers, particularly ones with cable knitting! But also Royal Memorablia and Gold Picture frames.
Lust: Any favourite finds?
Dean: Some of my favourite finds are a book of Stately Homes, my 1977 Queens Jubilee Saucer, a Blue V neck cable knit jumper and The Titanic on VHS!
Lust: What's the worst item you've seen on the shelves of Martha Trust?
Dean: I find a copy of that DJ Otzi single 'Hey Baby' the other day...
Lust: What do you dream of finding at the back of a dusty shelf?
Dean: I want a full Royal Tea Set, with the Queen on it. Or a Byzantine icon, but that would never happen.
Lust: But if it did happen it would only cost 30p.
Dean: Oh and The Titanic on DVD! I want that.
Thanks Dean, catch you in Martha's sometime!
Cream Jumper - martha trust £2
Chain - Martha trust - 50p
pendant - antique/homemade
blue mini sailordress (just seen)- angeleye
spotted tights - topshop
boots - Doc Martens - ebay