GREAZEFEST 2017 !!!!!!!
OK So Greazefest WAS a month ago BUT my life has been a bit..... well.... it's been a big pile of topsy turvy poo-poo lately what with abruptly loosing my job and becoming a lady of anxiety ridden leisure.
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER THOUGH EH?
This year 6 of us stuffed into a hotel about a 10 minute walk from the Cleveland showgrounds and promptly set up a Tiki bar in the lounge room (as you do), filled the kitchen with bottles of whiskey, gin and various mixes and named our room The Greazepest's Nest.
What can I say?
As usual, it was an utterly exhausting weekend and my feet will never be the same again after nearly 3 days of solid walking, bopping up & down and dancing in shoes that would make a podiatrist rip his/her own face off. I may have been showing my age a tad, when I decided to bring a bucket with mint foot gel so after we got back to the room I could have a noice soak with my night cap of Earl Grey & Scotch Finger Bickie.
Next year, I swear to Gawd I am wearing either ugg boots or fugly orthodic shoes and stuff the haters.
This old grey mare ain't what she used to be.
I was pretty chuffed with myself that I made my whole Greazefest wardrobe this year.
Friday night I declared WESTERN NIGHT
I wore my Vintage Vogue V8728 made out of the most fabulous western print cotton that I bought from Etsy The Busy Bee Quilting
Saturday I wore one of my FAVOURITE patterns, Vintage Vogue V900 made from the fab novelty print sewing measuring tape print cotton from Lincraft.
Saturday night I glammed it up in a stretch cotton sateen from Lincraft. I tried a new pattern from Simplicity. 8245. I was super happy with how it turned out.
|Photo care of Lisa G Photography|
Sunday I went all tropical and wore a divine vintagey Hawaiian print cotton rayon from East Coast Fabrics. Vogue pattern V9021.
Well enough about my totes glam wardrobe and let's get to the MOOOOSIC.
Once again Mz Lori Lee had put together a brilliant mix of live acts including Pike Cavalero from Spain and Eddie Gazel from France. I was super bummed because I missed Eddie due to me being a bloody social butterfly and I lost track of time nattering to anyone who would stand still long enough.
I heard he was absolutely fantastic!!!
Highlights for me were: Benny and the Flyby Nighters, Rusty Pinto, Pike Cavalero, The High-boys and The Lincolns (damn I do LOVE a Teddy boy).
I was very disappointed in myself this year.
Normally, I spend all weekend sitting and watching the bands but this year I had my busy-bee hat on because I seemed to spend all my time out in the field chatting to people. Don't get me wrong I frigging LOVE shootin the shit with everyone and nervously blathering on to people I've been stalking on social media for years......BUT .......
|Emma from Rockabilly Jnr|
|I just HAD to buy this bag. RAFFIA!!!!|
I missed so much of the music of Greazefest that I love because of my gosh darned friendly personality and love of a good chat.
Even my selfie game was well below par this year.
I'm losing my touch!!!
|Obligatory toilet selfie|
|The Divine ladies from Fractured Lace.|
Other notable mentions for the weekend was the discovery of Los Flamingo.
I have a very unhealthy (for my purse) love of chunky brightly coloured bangles. Now because I would rather spend all my money on fabric and patterns, I simply cannot bring myself to spend $200 on a single vintage Bakelite bracelet.
This is where Los Flamingos comes in. HOLY SHIT.
If I wasn't an unemployed shleb I would have bought every single bangle in every colour and style.
What I call FAKELITE bangles. They look like fricking gorgeous vintage bangles but are only about $12 each!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I was hyperventilating with excitement AND they gave away delicious cupcakes with each purchase.
(I have not been paid to rave about this company btw).
OTHER RANDOM HIGHLIGHTS
Riding the tea cup ride with my fellow children Greig and Prudy and unknowingly flashing my fugly beige grannie undies to everyone around the ride. LOVELY.
Being educated in the world of pin up by having some ladies explain to my elderly brain what PUG is. They seemed to be genuinely MORTIFIED I didn't know what it stood for. For Christ's sake can't you just say "Pin Up Girl". Honestly you would think I'd said I support the torture of baby pandas!
Having a very drunk lady walk directly up to my face outside the toilets, and almost nose to nose, do a huge kransky/rum scented belch in my face and keep walking. I looked to another lady next to me and said "Did that just happen?" The lady nodded horrified.
Group singing on the way back to the unit to the nesting plovers "Plover Plover Plover Plover you don't treat me no good no more. No good no more ore ore ore" and running through the footy field sprinklers.
Discovering Western Wac sells divine Avanti tea-timers and shirts.
Dancing with some very patient blokes who put up with my gasping for air while trying to remember how to follow a lead and trying to ignore the tearing feeling in my feet.
It's no wonder I have never missed a single Greazefest in 18 years!
I love everything about it. The people, the music, the excuse to get frocked up and basically running amok.
Thanks Lori and all your Robot Productions staff once again.