Friday, May 6

'pantaloons of greatness'...

today dearest readers i am terribly busy beavering away on a few details to do with booky issues and whilst i am terribly busy i am wearing 'pantaloons of greatness'... i say this with great delight and somewhat concern due to that pesky fellow Mr Doubter sitting on my shoulders.
yesterday as i stood in Anthropologie with my mother flitting through the sale rail i spied some casual lightweight, 'not quite harem pants cause the bottom wasn't too loose' pantaloons. i then dared myself to try them on, now obviously trying on any kind of leg wear over a pair of woolly tights and just hoisting up my full slip, dress and granny cardi around my waist was not giving me the best of looks to judge if indeed these comfy cozy pants had the potential to make me look fabby in an eclectic bohemian way or as i was suspecting with my reflection, a rather saggy baggy bottomed middle aged woman who appeared to have left her pyjama bottoms on whilst out and about.

i took a risk, yes indeedy, i risked it for a biscuit and i purchased (please pronounce it 'purr_ chased' cause that is just how i said it) my pantaloons at their thrifty nifty half price and took them home. later that evening i stood in my pantaloons for close inspection and obvious critical eye from Our #2 and of course my mother. even when we are aged 42 are we not able to heed our mother's advice or indeed believe her when she says "well actually i think you look lovely in them, i really do"


after much deliberating with Mr Doubter, we made a unanimous decision that yes i, Tif, could indeed wear pantaloons again after many moons of never ever donning such an article of clothing resembling trousers. today as i tippity tap this, i have even been outside in my pantaloons and i must say, as i stepped out of the safe and secure compounds of Mossy Shed's acre of moss, i might as well have been naked. exposing my shape of legs from the knee up was something of a trauma for me due to hiding behind skirts and frocks. i must confess at the last moment i added an extra layer of protection, a long granddad cardi so actually it was only my front half that felt exposed to the world's glare. then i did that really scary thing one does only on rare occasions when out, for indeed there is not alot you can do about it so why bother looking, this time however i did! i looked in a shop window to see my reflection, quite convinced i would see a saggy baggy bag lady looking back, but i was pleasantly surprised, not a bag lady in sight with her baggy bottom. just a slightly quirky, perhaps a little odd, strangely eclectic and with a hint of bohemian about her, woman of an uncertain age in her 'pantaloons of greatness'...


whilst i am busy beavering on booky things in my 'pantaloons of greatness' i am delighted to say, Janine is busy beavering away on booky things her end too. i wonder if Janine has 'pantaloons of greatness'? it would not surprise me at all, for when she visited she had the most loveliest of purple boots with orange shoe laces and i am quite sure someone who wears such footwear is up for wearing 'pantaloons of greatness'. things are coming along peachy with the book, i am finishing up a few how-tos and Janine is doing her thing with the page designs. the finished book is set to be published in late summer and today you may note spread amongst my ramble, the results of many moments spent hand stitching the chapter pages, but i know you well my dearest readers and i know you are now thinking
"we do not wish to see your many moments of hand stitched chapters sections Tif! gosh no, what we want is to see your 'pantaloons of greatness' and we want to see them now!"
and i say
"all in good time dearest readers, all in good time"

she is wishing you the loveliest of mothering sundays and rather delighted to be spending the day with her own mother, the first in 10 years ~ Tif

34 comments:

Valerie said...

Oh what a most delightful time I have had reading your lovely writing. I am in agreement that one should not only don pantaloons of greatness...not only to express ones individual fashion sensibilities, but...for me, the embracement of anything comfy with room to breathe is sheer bliss...!

There are truly a million and one things that make me smiley, as I am quite a goofy, smily old read headed gal...now I shall add your most precious blog to my million and one!

I wish you precious moments with thine Mummy!

bextarose said...

cutest blog award goes to you! lots of lovely words and inspiration, thanks for sharing :-)

angelina said...

love it tiff...smile smile ** {i am thinking i know what pantaloons are....ruffelly gathery bits?} have a great weekend ! xoxo

jenny miller said...

Oh, what 'pantaloons of greatness' they sound like! It is funny to imagine what we look like, but quite wonderful what we really are. Looking forward to seeing those pantaloons and the upcoming greatness of your book! Thanks for the peeks.

Anonymous said...

Not fair to build up anticipation for seeing pog, then make us wait, but loved reading about them. Meanwhile, building up anticipation for seeing pages of greatness. I suppose cats are not ready to leave bags.

by Teresa said...

Tif, I sure do wish you'd given us a photo of these amazing pantaloons! :-) Hugs from Oregon.. Teresa

Jude said...

we need a photo of these pantaloons of greatness before we can concur that they are of greatness!!
Take care

ps..the word verification today is droutbat ...what a wonderful word!!!!

The Sterling Cherub said...

OMG, you cannot tell us about pantaloons of greatness yet show us no photo! I am deeply saddened. But what a GREAT thing to call them!

Happiest of Mother's Days to you, I bet you are the coolest mamma around!

Best,

Kimberly

Michelle said...

Yes...I need to see these pantaloons of greatness...It is to much to bare...I need to see them sooooon!!!

p.s my word verification is "blogie"...
pretty cool...

T's Daily Treasures said...

I bought some Aladdin pantaloons while in Sri Lanka but have yet to give them a go out in the real world. Felt like a good purchase at the time, but at the age of 45, I'm not sure they are the right thing for me. Maybe I will rethink my doubting ways. Or maybe they will just be worn in the comforts of home. :) Have a wonderful weekend. Tammy

Little Blue Mouse said...

Oh no! I was indeed thinking I wanted to see these 'pantaloons of greatness' and thought you were about to reveal them, and then you didn't!
How disappointing. I cannot imagine what they are like at all.

quiltygal said...

I once had some knickerbockers of wonderfulness...deep blue pinwale cord which I wore with a white pintucked ruffely shirt,a knitted fairaisle waistcoat & gold ballet shoes....yes the 80's ahhhhh

fee @ chipper nelly said...

tee hee - have 'pantaloon' envy.
never in my wildest dreams did I think I might ever type that...
fee ♥

Tuin 21 said...

telling about those pantaloons make me very curious about them. good luck with the beavering about the bookly things you have to make, lovelyness all around i think !

Donna ~ Little Tiny Stitches said...

Yes Tif, we most definately neeeed to see those panatloons asap. LOl

I had a pair of pantaloons once. They were paisley, in purples and blues and reds. So soft and silky and comfy. We went on a day trip to Calais, and were sitting in a park. (I had just been to the ladies to change out of my pantaloons into some shorts to sunbath a bit and they were sitting comfortably in my bag with all our other belongings) when we got mugged (just hubby and I were there) by about 14/15 horrible teenagers/young men.
I was most gutted about my pantaloons going more than anything..then I realised we had actually just been mugged and hit a bit, and burst into tears...
I haven't been back to France since, or bought a pair of pantaloons LOL.

So we must see yours in all their splendour so I can once again have lovely, happy thoughts about pantaloons :o)

Wishing you and your Mum a lovely Mothers Day Tif. I hope you both have a lovely time together :o)
Donna xx

Susan Potter said...

just to say that I so adore your writing and todays wonderful concept of 'pantaloons of greatness' - I would so love a truly wonderful and wierd imagination like yours. When I open my small blog and see dottie angels latest post is sitting there waiting for me - I feel a wonderfully happy warm tingle - because I just know that it will either take me down a meandering path of dottieness - or will hit the button on the head of how I feel at times - have just hit 50 and my daughter has flown the coop - and I just wonder where I have gone to because the big 5 0 has happened but I feel inside like a 20 something saying "blimey your 50 - how come my head and brain hasn't changed and that I still like all good things from the 70's"
Keep up the excellent work tiff - this yorkshire lass sure does appreciate it !! :)

Carol said...

You know us too well, my immediate thought was - so where is the photo of these pantaloons of greatness? All must indeedy be revealed.
Carol xx

Vicki K. said...

You are correct in that I wanted to see the 'pantaloons of greatness' - I was curious as to the 'greatness' part -as in a huge expanse of fabric? (in which case I did not understand the exposureness comments) or as in memorable occasion of particular note?

In any case, I was at least as delighted to see the hand stitched chapter pages - which is only making me wish I could have the book Now.

Lizzy said...

come on then Tif, lets have a picure of your pantaloons!!! With you wearing them of course.

Jill said...

oh please!! the pantaloons!! (and, a very happy mother's day to you!)

Attila said...

excuse me; you are 3 years younger than me; YOU ARE NOT MIDDLE AGED!!!

Sharon said...

yes yes yes pantaloon photos please...and...why NOT wear trousers pray tell? i am all excitement waiting (im)patiently for the story there.....

The Muse of The Day said...

Pantaloons of greatness, or no pantaloons of greatness, a happy mother's day to you and your mum. Carolina

Ahipara Girl said...

lovely Tif, I scrolled down quickly to see if I could catch a glimpse of new attire, sadly, no. but go you. Its fun to risk and try something new.

Looking forward to your new book and all other things Dottie Angel.

x

pangaloon said...

Oh I do love your posts. I am smiling right now!

PaperFish! said...

Oh, this debate on the 'Pantaloons of Greatness' was so part of my head :) Enjoy the baggies!!!

Marlene said...

Cant wait to see the pantaloons. Your style is amazing so I have no doubts you are able to pull these off famously. Hope to see you at Safeway (or just here online!!)

Marlene

by Teresa said...

Hi Tif, I just wanted to tell you that I made some bunting/banner/pennants similar to yours and put a link to your blog on my blog. Want to see mine? They're at the bottom of my post. Hugs, Teresa down in Oregon

Vintage Fairy Tales Rebecka said...

Would love to see you in these "pantaloons of greatness"!!!!
Have a great day
Becky

Helena HInz said...

Hey, there! Try these spots for pantaloonies. Magnolia Pearl and Griege. I love the look but can not pull off the look. Too much poof with my body type and I look like a balloon. I think they will suit you in a good way. Take care. It is in the 90's here already. By Sept we will be having a whine with Cabury's. XOXO Helena

Helena Hinz said...

I am sorry...the french blog was suppose to be...Un Coeur en Provence...the clothes are fantastic. I wish is were cooler so I could layer. Take care. Helena

dottie angel said...

oh Susan, thank you so kindly and yes yes, i have the same little voice inside of my head, always starts with a 'blimey'!!

helena! thank you for the link :)

Attila, ha ha hee hee, yes i need to stop thinking like that don't i :)

Marlene! gosh how i wished to chat for longer, please please if you ever spot me again looking lost outside of Safeways pull on over :)
better still, mail me tif@dottieangel.com when you will next be in the local parking lot :)

thank you my dearies and of course i will not let you down, but it may be a few days before Leonard can record a moment of pantaloons!

dottie angel said...

Tammy :) yes yes, aladdin pantaloons is a pretty good description, however i am now thinking them more like glorified sweatpants ;)

fee, you made me smile!

Teresa, lovely job with the crocheted garland... fabby patriotic colours my dear

Donna! goodness me, what a tramua that must have been, for you, your hubby and your pantaloons... not a day trip, nice to recall.
i will not let you down my friend, i promise a photo soon :)

dottie angel said...

agreed! i am total pants at not showing you :(