Friday, 16 October 2009

Look what we made!

Freya Beris Cumine was born at 12.50am on Wednesday October 14th weighing 7lbs 13oz. We're all very much in love!

I'm sure it's stating the obvious, but there may be a bit of a gap in my blogging!!!

Monday, 12 October 2009

October's things to make

Following the vintage fabric theme of my last post, here are some great tutorials for fab projects to make with vintage textiles –some have been written with vintage fabric in mind, but others are ones that I thought would be made extra special with the vintage touch.
  1. Fabric-covered knobs/draw pulls for a dresser by Good Housekeeping
  2. Owl softie by One Red Robin
  3. Frayed flower tutorial by Maize in Montana
  4. 10-Minute Mouse Pad Makeover by The Long Thread
  5. Vintage pillow-case pyjama bottoms by Minivan Life
  6. Fabric flowers by Green is the New Blue
  7. Vintage sheet file folders by Making Chicken Salad
  8. Zippy wallet by Noodlehead
  9. Colored Pencil Roll-Up by

Friday, 9 October 2009

Vintage fabric - where to buy

I’ve just got my hands on this new batch of vintage fabrics and thought I’d share some of my tips and favourite sites for finding vintage textiles at low (ish) prices:

Charity shops: unfortunately, I’ve found that it’s increasingly hard to find good vintage stuff at charity shops, but it’s still worth a look out for the occasional bedspread/sheet or dress for the perfect “up-cycling” opportunity. Charity shops are still great for finding belts – which can be used for bag straps/handles – and scarves which can be great for bag linings.

Ebay: Most of the vintage fabric I purchase is found on ebay - including my latest haul from the picture above. My preferred option is to hunt down vintage curtains which are great for bags as curtain fabrics tend to have interesting textures (e.g. barkcloth) and be a bit more structural than dress fabric. I’ve learnt to play around with search terms – don’t just search for “vintage fabric” try other terms like “vintage material”, “vintage curtains”, “60s fabric” etc. If you have plenty of money to spend you can pick up some fantastic original Eames, Heal and Liberty prints, but these do come at a premium. It’s still worth using these as search terms though as sometimes you can find fabrics from similar eras that are “in the style of”…

Etsy: There are lots of etsy shops with vintage fabric supplies. Often they are selling remnants or smaller quantities, but the great thing about bags and purses is that you don’t need huge amounts! Some of the etsy vendors I like to check on regularly are:

Paperhill Fabrics

Indulge Your Shelf

Carmen and Ginger

Online vintage stores: There are loads out there, but the ones I particularly like to browse (all UK based) are:

This list is by no means exhaustive – for example, I keep meaning to attend vintage fairs (like this one: which I’m sure would have fantastic stalls– although I expect prices would be on the higher side.

I also keep meaning to visit local auction houses to see if they any bargains from house clearance that I could snap up! I guess I’m much too lazy though and the internet is sooo easy!

My favourite online repro-vintage shops include:

And lastly another site I love to browse for vintage fashion patterns is So Vintage Patterns

Of course, I use my vintage fabric stash for bags and purses (I'll be adding another batch to the shops soon) but, in my next post I'll be rounding up some recent tutorials for ideas of other fab ways to feature your yummy vintage finds.

Monday, 5 October 2009

The grand opening of... The Nursery!

Hurrah! The nursery is all ready!

Here is the before photo - it doesn't quite do justice to the truly terrifying lime green walls, navy carpet and egg yolk cutains, but believe me, it was quite a sight .....

And here are the after shots...

As we don't know what flavour The Bean will be, we had to stick to neutral colours - plus, it wasn't long ago that I'd initially decorated for spare room/sewing room purposes - hence the slightly grown-up wall paper choice, but I think it works okay for a little person too and am really pleased with how the woodland theme turned out. I was a bit worried there might be too many "eyes" in the room but I'm hoping the baby will feel looked after by his/her foresty friends rather than being watched!

Recognize the curtains? Yep, they're the ones from my 2nd ever post - okay, so they didn't make it to a bag, but they were the perfect mix of big, busy pattern and sunny colour to add a bit of fun and warmth to the window.

I'm not looking forward to the sleepless nights, but I
am looking forward to wrapping myself and the baby up in the crochet blanket of camden squares that (finished last week) and snuggling back into the vintage fabric cushion. The v-shaped cushion was a kind donation which I re-covered in a pretty brushed cotton of little brown and beige flowers.

The hedgehog mobile is one of my favourite things about this room! It's from Flensted Mobiles
and was a gift from the fabulous American Aunties (aka the Boston based ladies at work) and moves with such a lovely gentle glide. I re-lined the wicker baskets and am planning to use one for toys and one for nappies.

The hunt for woodland themed wall decals was a long one and involved a surprising number of scary looking creatures, guarenteed to give babies nightmares! Eventually I found two decals that I really liked - I used one as a main feature on the side wall opposite the window (see below) and the other as a cute accent next to the cupboard door. Both decals came from Holly on Etsy. Eventually I'll add some more pictures to the wall under the shelf to brighten things up a bit more.

The giclee prints were from a fabulous Etsian artist based in New Zealand called Sugarloop. These are the first prints I've bought from her, but have a feeling they won't be the last!

The heart-shaped cot decoration was another make from the Catherine Woram Gifts for Baby
book. And you've already met Archie the bear!

Lastly, but by no means least - here are the cot bumper and quilt cover that started the whole woodland theme. These are extra special because they were mine when I was a baby! Mum has kept them all these years and I'm so pleased that I get to use them now.

So now the room is ready, we just need the baby to go with it! I'm due tomorrow so the wait is nearly over!


Related Posts with Thumbnails