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Dig for Victory 1940s Weekender

Check out this fabulous FREE event near Chippenham if you’re at a loose end this weekend!  There is everything from re-enactments to dance lessons and fashion shows on offer.  Looks absolutely amazing!

Check out the website for more info

Keep the Vintage Love xx



Fab places to stay – The Roseland just don’t tell anyone!

We’ve just come back from an amazing camping trip to Cornwall.  Remarkably, and in contrast to what usually happens, we had good weather, while the rest of the country was thinking of building an ark!  We were staying at our favourite family campsite in our favourite secret corner of Cornwall, the arty and picturesque Roseland Peninsula.

 No one can claim that staying on a cliff top is going to be less than bracing but the views more than make up for it, as does the joy of the children who rush out to feed the animals and collect the eggs at 10am every morning.

We met up with friends there this year and took the ferry from St Mawes to Falmouth or just hunted for sea glass on the beautiful empty beaches. Bliss!

Our one wet day took us to new Cornish Tin Mining museum and arts centre Heartlands.  This place is a real gem.  Funded by lottery and European Development money in the main, it is a lesson in how to preserve an industrial history and landscape.  The exhibits were also brilliantly well thought out and really engaged the kids who got to dress up as miners and play a fantastic board game that really brought home the hardships of mining life.  It was a joy to see my four year old hook up with a passing four year old girl to play this.

Tommy being a Tin Miner

On top of all of this there are also events, a great cafe (best. hogs. pudding. ever!) and some fledgling art shops and workshops.  We bought some fab Seb West prints of St Ives (where we got married) and fell in love with everything in the Four Seven Collective – one of the artists studios on site.  This is the brainchild of Louise Gale and we bought one of her lovely Cornish cottage pictures.  Needless to say the yarn bombed bike outside was a big attraction too!

Yarn Bombed Bike

Most of the studios on site have workshops and courses on offer as well.  There are various art installations on site too as well as fantastic grounds and an adventure playground but given the rain we didn’t make the best of these.  Hit St Ives after that (as we did) and enjoy a walk on the harbour and a burger at Blas (best. burgers. ever!)

Meg enjoying the best ever burgers at Blas in St Ives

Can’t wait to get back to Cornwall, you should go, just don’t tell everyone how beautiful it is!

Keep the vintage love xx

Festive tales again

We are starting to feel a bit festive here finally – although there’s still no presents bought!  On Wednesday the local church brought their Wander of Wonder to our house which meant we had to decorate outside the house.  Consequently the sad old caravan is cheerily adorned with the holly garland from the big band night (waste not, want not) and there’s a new holly Christmas tree as well as the wreath we bought at the Pokesdown Christmas evening.  The Wander of Wonder is an advent event where the children learn about the Christmas story. Our bit of the story was at the start where the Angel Gabriel tells Mary that she’s going to have a baby.  I tried to make the caravan look like some kind of middle-eastern shelter by covering the roof with hessian and some blue fabric (Mary) and Tom and I made some little Angels from old cereal boxes, doilies and paint.   The only issue really was that the gale force winds kept blowing everything away as soon as I put it up! We were inundated with little ones all excited about Christmas and were making hot chocolate too weakly like whirling dervishes – everyone will be back again on 23rd.  I love village life!

Friday evening saw me heading over in the ice to Woodlands in the forest for a Christmas Wreath making workshop organised by brilliant Daisy who helped with the garland last week to raise money for her netball club.  Arriving late as ever I’d missed the demo, but as usual everyone made me really welcome and I was soon in the swing of tying greenery onto the moss ring Daisy provided.  It was really amazing how differently all of the wreaths turned out !  I went for a bit of glitz as I had some sparkly gold bells left over from the table decs last weekend but added a few cranberries for colour.  Clever Kathryn made a beautiful and natural ring with evergreen and natural reds from berries and cranberries.  Thanks for organising such a great evening Daisy.

There’s a busy week ahead full of school events and lovely lunches with friends.  Really must fit in card writing and  present buying too!  Wish me luck!

Keep the vintage love xx

Fun, Fun, Fun….

Teenager was off with Meg for her birthday on Saturday so we hit Bristol and the Soma Gallery in Clifton to learn to make funky tape measure rosettes

Workshop Table

Workshop Table

My Rosette with a Hetty and Dave Pussy Cat

with Harriet and Rosie from Tatty Devine.  Needless to say I was beside myself with excitement.

Although I was a bit less dexterous at making the rosette than I would have liked I seemed to muddle through and produce something more or less ok!  Mr M made one too and his was perfect of course..

Mr M's immaculate version

Soma Gallery is really cool.  We got free Earl Grey and Lemon Drizzle cake while we waited for the session before us to finish so we got a good chance for a mooch around.  Obviously I had to pick up a copy of the ladies new book How to Make Jewellery with Tatty Devine and get it signed – not cool I know but who cares!

Mr M liked the posters by Andy Smith especially this one…

and we also picked up a new copy of the absolutely fab kids magazine Anorak and got to check out the Amelias Magazine in the flesh rather than just on the, admittedly lovely, blog.

Right opposite Soma was the Clifton Arcade


complete with Gorilla which is jam-packed with great shops including a lovely yarn shop, a vintage and vintage homeware shop and a really lovely crafty shop called I love Crafty which had handmade things from lots of local artists and craftspeople.  We also had the most fantastic tea and cake

Tea Infuser at Lahloo

in the Lahloo Pantry round the corner and brought home some very lovely Chai mix to boot.

Tea Heaven

On Sunday we were on the beach as usual enjoying the sunshine and walking the dog before heading to Sixty Million Postcards for Rumble in the Jumble.  We picked up some absolutely fab fabric from AppletiniTiny  which is going to be a pressie so more of that later!  This is her fab stall though…….

AppletiniTiny stall at Rumble in the Jumble

and also a brill 70s over shirt for me and new hat for Tommy who danced around to the great vintage tunes he loved it all so much.  Happy days!

Tommy's New Hat

Keep the Vintage Love xx

Craftastic Tales

Last night saw the inaugural meeting of the Alderholt sewing/crafting group in the village Reading Rooms.    I love this funny little building, it’s got real charm and character, even if it is a little tired round the edges!

Despite a very late Facebook event invitation sent out by me there were 8 of us for the first group and hopefully there are a few more promising to come along next time.  This was a giggle and cake filled night although a little light on actual crafty achievements – there was everything from hand quilting to beautiful glass work and I managed a tiny bit of crochet and a lot of chatting and browsing magazines!  Next time we will be excitedly making gingerbread houses for Christmas – someone joked about the WI – apparently that’s pretty cool these days – watch this space….

In more crafty fun I’m ridiculously excited to be heading to Bristol’s Soma Gallery for a book signing and jewellery workshop with Tatty Devine – I bloody LOVE Tatty Devine !  Event details below.

Tatty Devine book

Tatty Devine Workshop Saturday 12th November 2pm – 4pm

Rosie Wolfenden and Harriet Vine, the ladies behind Tatty Devine will be coming to Soma on Saturday 12th November to host a rosette making workshop! They will be signing copies of their new book, ‘How to Make Jewellery with Tatty Devine’ and teaching you to make a classic Tatty Devine rosette, one of the projects in the book. We will be holding this workshop in our first floor space.

There will be tasty cakes and refreshments to keep you going provided by Lahloo Tea! Plus some extra special cakes provided by Bristol’s biggest Tatty Devine fan, my sister!

keep the Vintage love xx

Vintage Weekend and New Fav Shops – woo!

A packed weekend ensued last weekend with lots of friends and family fun but along the way we squeezed in some very satisfying vintageness and met some great people along the way!  Our list of favourite shops gets longer by the day…..take a look at these gems

Emily of Fishee Designs

Having seen on twitter that lovely Emily from Fishee Designs had taken over the old Deco shop in Pokesdown, we just had to nip in on our way from one side of Bournemouth to Poole and have a nose.  Not only can you hire the mobile photo booth (what a totally fab wedding idea!) but you can now have photos done in her bespoke studio!

There are some fantastic gifts on show in the shop too.

Fab image cushions

Mr M and I loved the photo cushions which can be made with any image you supply – turn away now if you’re likely to be getting a Christmas pressie from me (!!) –  but we came home with a great new teapot with a hand painted bird design on the side.  Tea and birds, what’s not to like?!  I’m now searching for a suitable tea cosy pattern of course.

Personalised gifts

Sunday saw us gatecrashing the beautiful Dorset Vintage Wedding Fair organised by our friend Anna from Miss Dolly’s Vintage Parties.

Knowing how stressful fair organising can be, we took her a large cocktail made to our own secret recipe and had a lovely mooch around.  It was slightly awkward having to explain that we were already married to all of the stall holders but that aside we had some lovely chats with both familiar and new faces.   We absolutely loved the champagne sorbet provided by Little Al’s Ice Cream Trike who is based in Ringwood and, it turns out, came to our fair in September!

There were almost too many fantastic sellers to take it all in but my favourite new shop was Nursey Bang Bang from Bournemouth!  We bought some really cute earrings for Meg for her Birthday.  I was really quite embarrassingly desperate for a brooch version of an Owl Ring which declared ‘I ♥ knitting’ and I’m promised that there will be one on the Etsy Shop soon.  Nursey also does crafty workshops which look brilliant.  In fact this blue tit egg cosy 

Nursey Bang Bang - Workshop

might translate into the perfect tea cosy for my new teapot!   There were all sorts of really fun and quirky gifts on her stall and frankly it was tough to decide what to get.  Luckily Nursey and her friend Miss Cream Tease were a lot of fun to chat to too! We are hoping to catch up with them again soon and maybe bring them to an event near you….

Take a look at a few of these images and pop over to the Nursey Bang Bang blog to check out more


Keep the Vintage love xx


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