Sunday, 27 December 2009

December 2009

December is one of my favourite months of the year. Christmas and the associated preparations: crafting, shopping, wrapping, baking, cooking, gifting, celebrating, giving, relaxing and enjoying. This year December also included some snow(ing)!

This is the (steep) road that leads up to the town.

I completed the yoyo garland I threatened early in December. It was going to be red, gold and green, but I had a change of heart half way through, and made it in these colours instead.

Another garland that went up this year (the yellow starts were a bargain - £1 for the whole thing!).

I enjoy wrapping presents just as much as buying them. This year I was inspired by this set on flickr. I can't imagine how long those took - mine took long enough just with the simple details!

I hope you are having a restful and enjoyable Christmas.

Friday, 18 December 2009

Vintage Hairstyling

I'm trying to grow my fringe out at the moment. It's frustrating. I wish I woke up in the morning with my hair looking like this.

"She shows you how to achieve some fantastic 40s and 50s hairdos - victory rolls, waves and pompadours, the fake fringe (bangs) then more than twenty hairstyles called things like "The Vixen", "The Casino Wife" and "For The Boys."

Who else desperately wants to know what a 'Casino Wife' do would look like? I'm sure I need more hair glamour in my life. Available here.

As seen on, text and image via

Thursday, 17 December 2009

All I want for Christmas is...

....2 of these please! These beautiful handmade cushions are made from vintage fabric and are available from emmalovesretro, along with a lovely range of vintage fabric cushions, gifts and upholstery projects. (image via

Monday, 14 December 2009

Gifts for Kids - High(web)street Edition

More gifts for kids - this time they're from the high(web)street - ideal for those last minute online shopping sprees. We are fast approaching the last day to order online in time for Christmas - get your credit cards at the ready people - you won't even have to leave the comfort of your own home.

Above: Muji Decorate your own mug £ 14.95. (via The next two will probably be appreciated by parents as well as kids:

Paul Frank - Julius Matching Game (via

Set of 20 Staedler Triplus Colour Fibre Tips. (via

Lego Harry Potter (is it me or does this Harry look like he ate some pies since the movie) (via

Tattoo Plasters (via

Gifts for Kids - Handmade

One of the things I like about getting older is that there are the amount of people who are younger than you increases every year! That may sound obvious, but think back to when you were 16 or 17. Were toddlers and young kids on your horizon then? Now I'm finding that every year I get to buy more fun gifts for kids. The best thing about this is that you know the receipient will be truelly excited about your present. Here are a few things I would love to give to a smiling kid on a christmas-sugar-high this year.

Christmas Stickers by Lou Peajeux. Lou Peajeux' shop on Folksy is well worth a visit - check out the lovely Shop banner with hand lettering!

I always loved interactive gifts - and still do. Added bonus: it keeps the little ones occupied while you relax with a Baileys.

Less interactive, but definitely not less cute: Chocolate Pudding Bear by Treacle Zoo.

This one I really want myself: Pink Unicorn Necklace by Ich Bin.

For slightly older monsters - Monster Takeout by Made by Kate.

I can't get over how awesome these finger puppets are. They're called Mungo, Goofrey, Spiglett and Noodle. Set of Monster Finger Puppets by MuNGBEANS. (I really recommend checking out the whole shop!)

Another post of non-handmade gifts to follow!

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Advent Calendar

Last year I made an advent calendar for us, but neglected to blog about it. Fortunately, it's reusable, and the picture above shows it this year.

I sewed 24 little felt pouches, and embroidered them with numbers, and crochet the hangers. The tree branches we collected on a rainy afternoon last year, and I then sprayed them roughly with gloss paint to create a snowy look.

(Please excuse the picture quality, it's all a bit slapdash at our house at the moment - very little time and we have an extremely temperamental laptop standing in for a seriously ill PC.)

Thursday, 10 December 2009


Image (and feet) by threelittlecupcakes

I stumbled across this on glorious flickr, and couldn't resist sharing. how awesomely cute! I don't have any tattoos, but this could just about convince me. Also, this pedicure puts my toes to shame. If you like to tattoos, check out this ladies other ones in her flickr set.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Peppermint Pomegranate

Image by muffet

This may sound a bit odd to some people, but at the moment I'm really feeling inspired by two flavours. Peppermint and Pomegranate. Now, I would not suggest that these should be combined, however I'm really enjoying their images, smells and flavours.

Image byJoeM500

Earlier this week I had to tear myself away from the pomegranate diffuser room scents at TK Maxx. I've also tried to involve pomegranates in recipes more often. I thoroughly recommend a Pomegranate and Carrot Salad, like this one from the timesonline website (or pomecarrot salad, as it's known at our house now).

According to Wikipedia, cultivation of the pomegranate dates back as far as 1000BC, and the juices can be used for natural dyeing of non-synthetic fabrics. While that is probably not a very cost effective way to dye fibres, it certainly sounds romantic.

Israeli Postage Stamp via karen horton

Speaking of fibres - expect a few posts on felting over the coming days. We've purchased some supplies - including bag containing what must be most of a sheep - and are going to give it a go - I can't wait to get stuck in.

Saturday, 5 December 2009

More manly gifts

Tada! I think I may have found the perfect man gift. Distressed brown and light blue key ring by jeeta. Visit jeeta's etsy shop here to admire the great items and lovely photography.

Friday, 4 December 2009

2010 Calendar

I'm currently trying to get my Christmas shopping done, and during my web travels I came across this brilliant 2010 desk calendar. Unfortunately, this calendar isn't suitable for any of my friends or family, but maybe you know someone? 2010 Desktop Calendar by coriemarie

Video Games Live

we just got back from watching Video Games Live at Cardiff International Arena. It was amazing! The multi media goodness inspired me to be extra adventurous, and to that end I am writing this blog post from Anthony's phone - which is why I'm not able to actually link anything for you.

My PC is currently undergoing a facelift; and once my IT savvy siblings get it working again
Ill be back with some Christmassy posts..

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Binary Rap

Another unusual Christmas gift idea (and stupendously awesome etsy find):
A robot sculpture - how have you lived so long without one! These little fellas are all really brilliant, each with its own personality.

Love You Lot Bot
(unfortunately already sold! oh no! I hope he went to a good home)

Curly Bot (still looking for a home!)

Morning bicycle also sells infant and toddler clothing. You may see the Robot theme continued!

6-12 months Infant baby Boy Button down shirt

For more robot themed fun visit morning bicycle here

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

And for Christmas I gave him Socks...

I'm sure most people would agree - it's not easy to buy Christmas gifts for men. In my opinion this is because, in most cases, their gender automatically eliminates most gift categories. Bags and Accessories - out. Beauty Products - out. Quirky Stationary - out. Ornaments - out. Scented Candles - out. That leaves you with one category only - Functional Gifts. Great! (This may be a bit of an over-simplification, but you get the idea!)

I am graced with multiple family members of the male persuasion, and have decided to attack the 'gifts for men' conundrum this year. I'm sure you'll be seeing some of my research featured here over the coming weeks.

This suggestion i just love! These prints are by nativevermont, available on etsy.

There are lots of other lovely pieces of original art, and prints, such as this Graphic Art Collage:
Browse the Etsy shop for lots more beautiful art - maybe something will be just right for the impossible blokes in your life.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Pencil Full Of Lead

Have you seen the video for Paolo Nutini's song Pencil Full Of Lead? So cute. I'm off to buy some yellow ribbon!

Christmas YoYo Fun

Last Christmas I had a lot more time, and got around to quite a few little christmassy projects, like my upcycled heart ornaments (above). I also made a Advent Calendar Tree, which, apparently, I did not photograph.

This year it looks like I'll be condensing the holiday crafting, but hope to be able to spend at least two days on it. Next Saturday has been set aside, and I was looking for something fun and easy to craft. My unsuspecting friend Lorna is coming over, and we're going to have a go at creating some yoyo christmas garlands and ornaments.

A yoyo is a circular fabric thingy that was originally popular in America between 1920 - 1940. These were used to create quilts.

This weekend I raided our local Alladdin's Cave of fabric remnants, and came home with the following loot:

The colours aren't that christmassy, but never mind!

A quick search of Flickr will show you some of the lovely things other people have created with yoyos. Here's a garland by Heather from Hello My Name is Heather. Heather also published a fantastic tutorial on making yoyos here.

A garland in more traditionally Christmassy colours by Bee Wise Bags.

Image by Bee Wise Bags
Yoyos also look lovely appliqued, for example on these lovely rustic looking stockings, available from Milkpod Studio.

I'll post some pictures of results next week!

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Desk Tidy

I'm currently looking for some form of desk tidy/pen holder for my desk at work. If you're ever sad, search 'pen holder' in vintage on Etsy. There are treasures to be found!
I'm seriously considering this little chap. He might just cheer up some of the people I work with. Alternatively, this guy is a (slightly) more sombre option.

Last but not least, something about this little ladybird tugs at my heart strings (call me sentimental, but somehow he really reminds me of my childhood).

There are also lots of fun bits available on ebay. If you need something to cheer you up at work I seriously recommend hunting for a pen holder.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

New Boots On

Image via butyk

It's getting chilly outside round here, and boot season is definitely upon us. Yesterday I purchased some rather nice brown cowboy boots. Pleased as punch I brought my goodies home, only to discover that the shade of brown matches virtually nothing in my Wardrobe. I have a brown/black snake print dress I was hoping to wear them with, but it clashes horrible. The boots look quite nice with a Monsoon denim skirt I own, but are otherwise completely incompatible.

So I headed over to Polyvore to try out some ideas. I had never used Polyvore before, but have now been converted. Easy to use, you can browse items by colour, and import clips of clothes you own.

Sadly the boots are the only part of this outfit I own, but dreaming never hurts.

New Boots ON