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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

Feeling Festive!

Well excitement!  I had School Governor Training at Teenagers school last night, it was very interesting and important but not the most fun ever….I had at least two much better offers including knit and natter with the totally lovely group at Sandleheath but duty was calling.  Mr M had the best idea though and when I moped in at 8.30 we shot off to Pokesdown to see the Christmas tree.   What a lovely evening and there were still lots of people around by 9pm although we had obviously missed the childrens activities and carol singing.

Betsy from Happy Days Retro Vacations was totally gorgeous!  They are just down the road at Horton (near Wimborne) so I think I’ll be donating my house to the next set of people that come to stay and heading down there instead!!

Beautiful Festive Windows from Fishee Designs and Love from Hetty and Dave

Emily from Poppy Meadows was there in a incredibly pretty embroidered dress.  As well as having a lovely chat I got very excited by the new collars on her stall!

 The Tattoo Parlour Cafe was the venue for a market and these were two new fab sellers to me.  Top is some highly desirable owlie cushions from Vintage Mardle and below are the amazing Christmas decorations from Spandangly.   We really really wanted the plastic spice rack you can just see at the back of the Vintage Mardle table but since our caravan project is going nowhere we sadly had to leave it.  As for Spandangly, everything was gorgeous and glittery but the music notes particularly caught the eye!


I was trying to keep a tight rein on my cash (by taking no cash with me!) but I had to have this beautiful festive wreath from this lovely lady who I almost went to school with (10 years apart!).  We also bought a Christmas pressie from Emily and a fantastic charity calendar from the lovely girls at What Alice Found.   This is sold in aid of the Wessex Autistic Society and is full of lovely vintage inspired piccies  from in and around Bournemouth so do snap one up if you can.

Charity Calendar

A fantastic love filled evening and it’s great to see so much commitment by local people to their area.

Well done Pokesdown and keep the vintage love xx

Favourite Shops – Foxtrot Vintage

Fantastic Foxtrot Vintage


Look at this beautiful shop front!  Foxtrot Vintage have taken possession of one of the most historic shop fronts in Salisbury and it really does look amazing.  Equally as wonderful is the friendly welcome in this very special shop and the lovely range of beautiful things.  As well as extra special vintage items (I bought my fab 50s dress for the fair here)

love my 50s dress

there is also a range of handmade vintage inspired dresses that are really to die for.  We bought Tommy a very cool 70s shirt last time we were there that gets a lot of positive comments wherever we go and there is plenty of menswear and accessories too!

They also stock a big range of vintage vinyl and even offer an evening appointment service for special occasions, perhaps a unique vintage wedding outfit and everything in the store can also be hired.  The clothes and props are so special that they even number film and tv companies amongst their customers.

Of course Salisbury is also home to a wonderful medieval Cathedral and Mompesson House,

Mompesson House

Salisbury Cathedral

countless other beautiful buildings, an indoor antique market and a great fabric shop as well as lots of pubs, cafes and boutiques.  Not to mention an international arts festival and annual food festival.

Go. Enjoy!

keep the vintage love xx

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