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Local Vintage Fun – The War Room @ The Churchill!

Oh my, this is just too exciting!

We have a genuine vintage inspired event here in Alderholt on 23 February at 7.30 – get your dancing shoes on and hit the Churchill Arms for their fabulous Blitz NightThe War Room

Not only is this the fabulous opportunity to break out your red lips and nails and those gorgeous nylon stockings, but it will be a chance to put on your dancing shoes on.  We are incredibly lucky to have breakthrough act Public Service Broadcasting who were recently featured on Lauren Lavernes BBC 6 Music show and will be releasing their debut album on May 6th.  They have also been championed by other BBC Dj’s like Steve Lamacq and Stuart Maconie as well as being named as a 2013 up and coming act by Time Out.  Genuinely not to be missed.

  Click on the poster for a taster of their brilliant track Spitfire!

Signal 30 Tour

They will be supported by Dare to be Charlie who have a great track record, check out their website here.

There’s loads more information as well as fab 40s styling ideas that I’m glued to on the Churchill Arms Website – I’m currently beavering away on a lovely snood especially for the occasion – check out this fab blog to give you some inspiration

Great Blog with links to snood patterns and other 40s ideas.

The Churchill Arms Website will give you all of the up to date information and the event facebook page  is also a mine of information and even if you can’t make it please join and share the event.  Tickets are just £10 in advance,£12 on the door (or £8 if bought in advance in the pub!!) and here’s the link  .  It really is going to be a fantastic night!

It’s so brilliant that something new and different is happening in Alderholt please support it and come and have fun.  I’m so looking forward to catching up with everyone in all their glamorous glory!  Do come along!

Keep the vintage love xx

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TALES OF BREAKFAST, SHOES and CAKE

Some  of my favourite things have been obsessing me over the last few days! It started with a relaxed and delicious breakfast out and flowed on blissfully from there on a wave of sunshine and family.  Here’s a few photos.

Gorgeous Breakfast in lovely surroundings at Framptons on Ringwood High Street

The Furlong Open Day with scarecrows, coloured sheep and live music

Fantabulous Wedding Car in Ringwood

Cheers Tommy!

We Cornwalled up our Living Room complete with vintage map, art from Heartlands and 70s photo from Love from Hetty and Dave in Pokesdown

Took on my Dad’s ancient welsh Grandmother Clock

and chilled in the garden to enjoy the sunshine (with a sneaky gin and elderflower cocktail obviously!)

Latterly we’ve been baking a new Cherry cake recipe to share with friends.

Delia’s non sinking Cherry Cake

Ingredients

4 oz butter (115 g)

4 oz caster sugar (115 g)

2 large eggs (2 oz each cracked weight)

4 1/2 oz plain flour (130 g)

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 1/2 oz ground almonds (40 g)

8 oz glace cherries (230 g)

Method

Quarter the glace cherries then wash them well in warm water.  Dry well with kitchen paper and set aside for a few minutes to further air-dry.

Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.  Add the eggs, flour and baking powder, fold together gently until well combined.

Toss the dry glace cherries in the ground almonds then fold this into the cake mixture by hand, stirring gently to avoid breaking the cherries up.

Spoon the mixture into a lined tin and bake at 140C for 1 – 1 1/2 hours, until the cake is light golden on top and springs back when lightly pressed in the centre.

It is delicious eaten straight away but improves on keeping for a few days.

If you like a strong almond flavour (I personally don’t) you could add a few drops of almond extract to the mixture when creaming.

Cherry Cake

Found new blogs like this beautiful gentle knitting blog  One Sheepish Girl (thanks to my friend Jo!) where I found these amazing amazingly expensive shoes!

and to the shoes website where I found these even more gorgeous shoes, in fact all of the shoes are gorgeous but who doesn’t want shoes with fabulous eye makeup!

Chie Mihara

and been junk modelling and attending Village craft club.

Tommy and the Alderholt Frieze local children have made over the Summer holidays at craft club.

Lovely

Keep the Vintage Love xx

New Blogs and a lost two months!

This New Year I’ve become completely obsessed with Pinterest .  It started as a way to help to save ideas for my sister in law’s wedding that is coming up in October but now I’m merrily pinning everything from hotels to remember to knit knitting patterns to come back to.  And that’s in addition to Ravelry!  I’m in danger of achieving nothing but creating a big wish list on the web!

A great thing though, is the new inspiration and blogs I’ve come across in the course of browsing through other people’s pin boards.  I love this blog from Australia for example.  

It’s called Completely Coastal and definitely lives up to the title with pages of inspiration for coastal living and lots of diy projects too.  Sarah who writes it has been renovating an old beach cottage having moved out from the UK.  A must if you love coastal style!

I’m loving a lot of crafty sites too at the moment. Funky organised Craft Room (I wish!) This one is called Allsorts and has all sorts (see what I did there!) of free downloads and inspirational tutorials.

This is another US blog called Not Just a Housewife, I especially love the outside living inspiration, check the pinned up flowers for a party, very pretty!

I’ve also found some brilliant makers in my search for a dress to wear to the wedding.  My Etsy email updates are SO dangerous, but here’s a selection…

Loving these 50s inspired tea dresses at Dig for Victory

Way out of my price range are the beautiful dresses made by Alexandra King at Make Me a Dress 

but slightly more realistic are the pretty things at reliably cool Tara Starlet.  These cotton lawn and linen dressses are really lovely .

On the accessories front I’m slightly bewitched by the lovely earrings at BlueFinch Boutique     owner Jenny is a lovely lady too!

We have been out and about too.   If you’re in Dorchester check out the Dorchester Curiosity Centre which has everything vintage you can possibly think of and a nice cafe.   Back in beautiful Pokesdown there is the Crooked Book which is a haven of vintage homewares, second hand books and really good coffee.  We picked up a fantastic orange melamine camping lantern for our now defunct caravan!

I’m going to start listing up and coming craft and vintage events again now that Spring is here so please let me have any details of events you’d like to big up.

Keep the Vintage Love xx

Reflection

It’s that time of year when everyone starts to look back over the previous year.  The retrospectives and reviews are all over the TV although Sports Personality of the year is on a Thursday this year which is just all wrong and probably the reason why I’m not feeling particularly Christmassy this year….

At the end of November the lovely Katherine from Home Grown Originals who were at our fair in September was kind and generous enough to pass on a blogger award to me.  I have a duty to do the same and pass it on to 7 other bloggers and also to tell 7 things about myself.   It sort of feels like my own mini review of the year. Here goes, some blogs and bloggers I love.  Please forgive me if there are any here that you have seen elsewhere!

1.  http://keepapi.blogspot.com/  Keepapi Creative – My dear friend Jaci, who I’m amazed to remember I have only known for a year!  Wonderful x

2. http://sunhatswellieboots.blogspot.com  Sun Hats and Wellie Boots. I love this blog and have made many of the projects with my little boy Tommy.  Catherine writes about the creativity of her little girl – inspirational.

3. http://patientgardener.wordpress.com  The Patient Gardner – I love to garden and to see things grow – this blogger is a kindred spirit.

4. http://fading-grace.blogspot.com/  I know that Sophie has been mentioned before but I love love love her blog.  I turn to it when I need to cosy up with a mug of chai.

5. http://www.appetiteforcake.co.uk/  Recipes and real life.  Brill.

6. http://nuzzle.wordpress.com  The eagle eyed among you may notice that this blog is written by the same lovely lady as the last one.  A fellow knitting fanatic and I love the tag line ‘accepting my failings’.

7. http://johnnyneptune.wordpress.com/ This blog belongs to my darling husband.  He started it when he was at home with Tommy when I first went back to work.  He doesn’t update it very often he says but in any case…

 

7 things about me.

  Happy in Spain with Tommy.

1. I used to be an accountant.  I hated it.

2. I’m the only pinko lefty in my family, I read the Guardian, I don’t vote Tory, I worked in public services to give something back.  Hugely naive of course.

3. My life has changed completely in the last year.  I have met some wonderful people, put my head above the parapet and am doing my best to volunteer and immerse myself in village life.  I wish I’d done it years ago.

4. I’m prone to depression.

5. I love to travel, at least I love to be in other places.  I hate the travelling bit!

6. I always try something ‘local’ from the menu.  Usually I don’t have the first idea what I’m ordering – sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.  Tripe sausage in France = bad.  Chicken soup Waterzooi in Ghent = good – just don’t order rice with it!

7. My children drive me round the bend but are also my pride and joy and centre of my world.

 

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