Craft projects with a vintage twist

As the temperature begins to cool, and we start to consider jackets, or even coats the opportunity to select a whole new Autumn vintage wardrobe presents itself!

Autumn hues and warmer fabric textures give designers a new palette to work from. I have decided to embrace the beginnings of the seasonal change, by embarking upon two new craft projects.

The first project involves knitting an extremely long and vibrant orange scarf. My new challenge to myself was to begin to use cable within this and the result should be not only unique but warm.

On the second craft project (which is a little more adventurous) I have also decided to use vintage kimono fabric, which I have sourced from a variety of vintage fairs and online fabric and clothing outlets. As kimono off cuts are beautiful but small in size, my plan is to recreate larger usable pieces of bespoke fabric by piecing the sections of  kimono offcuts together. These larger sections I am them going to style into an Autumn jacket – lots of fun not only creating the jacket, but the fabric as well.

These projects will I hope will be a true mix of craft and vintage and however they turn out you can be sure of one thing – no one will be wearing the same thing!

 

Vintage brides

For those of you who are hunting for Wedding dresses this bank holiday day weekend, there is no end of inspiration to draw upon. Brides have a dazzling array of gowns to consider, from vintage to the modern day.

 

Sites such as   The Vintage Wedding Fair or  The Vintage Wedding Fayre   enable brides to seek gowns and accessories with a seamless blend of the vintage and modern.

If you are seeking a vintage wedding dress online there are many sites to choose from and decades of dresses. I explored some online opportunities taking inspiration from style icons of the decades as they took their vows.

Princess Grace of Monaco’s dress inspired this 1950’s search.  Within minutes I located eBay item number:302052862651 a  1950’s candlelight twirl garden party wedding dress.

Mia Farrow’s dress and jacket wedding suit is simple and elegant. Within minutes I located ebay item number 151902857090 a 1960’s satin cream white brocade damask dress and jacket.

So what ever your vintage bridal inspiration, enjoy shopping at vintage fairs or online for your own unique style.

For more vintage style and inspiration visit Walking in Style

Sandcastles By The Sea

When you are age three and visiting Grandma by the sea, the beach is a very exciting place to spend time. Whether its early morning walks along the sand, counting jelly fish that have been unfortunate enough to be marooned on the shore until the next tide, or mid day visits to explore; sand and water are of high interest.

Shells are great for collecting and sorting, and we always take a bucket along to fill with these. Being able to show you something they have discovered independently is great fun for younger children – and grown ups!

 

Activities and toys that enable fun and discovery on the beach are always of interest. This morning when looking for new toys / ideas for the coming weekend I discovered Alto @toyella.

This advanced form of bucket appears to allow your little one not only to have the excitement of filling the bucket full of wet sand, but also then the success of the sandcastle turning out looking like a sandcastle.

The three tiered design appears to have a system to let your child build independently without the disappointment that often follows digging and filling. Avoiding the feeling of failure when, as the excitement peaks, they tip over the bucket and tap, lift the bucket slowly … and the sand flops to the ground or stays in the bucket in a messy mound.

The image below from the Alto site seems to demonstrate what appears to be towers of sand which would allow any three year old to become a sand architect!

Alto bucket for the beach

If any of you have tried and tested this product I would love to hear from you.

Just Ask Google

Sometimes small moments capture a child’s perception of the adult world that surrounds them. This weekend I was lucky enough to overhear a conversation my son was having with his very young daughter:

My son was patiently talking to his daughter about the next days activities, when she suddenly interjected with:

Daddy can I ask Google something on your phone?

Just ask googleThe availability of expert advice had been shared with her the previous week and she was  keen to use it whenever a suitable question occurred. As she had been far too busy so far that day at the park followed by cutting, sticking and painting, this was perhaps her first potential moment.

Without prompting she sat quietly for a second and then lean’t forward and said:

Google what’s the weather going to be like tomorrow?

Google promptly answered her question with:

The weather in … is going to be 18° with showers

She thought for a split second and then said:

Actually Google Id like sunshine.

She then sat back, smiled and said to her Dad:

There I’ve sorted it, its going to be sunny now!

My son and I looked at each other and both realised that to our lovely three year old little girl, Google had taken on the role of God.

So Google, you have a lot to live up to!

Save the day for Grandparent’s Day

For those of you like me who have reached the stage where you are Grandparents – you will know that it crept up on you and that you feel absolutely no different age wise as a grandparent than you did before.

What you do feel in my case is incredibly lucky. I have so much fun being a Grandma! Weekends are full of crazy golf, beach walks and frog hunts. Glue, paints and shells are regular activities, and time flies.

Being a grandparent for me, means so much fun! Letting the parents have time to just be themselves is important. Time to breathe in busy weeks of work and parenting; so going to grandma’s holiday house by the sea is for my Granddaughter regular a weekend event.

parenting concept
father and child, adopt the kid

I have just discovered that there is a special day for Grandparents, in the UK it falls on 2nd October 2016: Grandparents Day. This is something this year I’ve decided to celebrate! So on 2nd October,which is a Sunday, I am going to arrange a family get together.

Gathering the generations, because for us we aren’t the only grandparents – there are great grandparents too (we are the mere youngsters!)

Grandparents Day will give us a great excuse to gather, talk, laugh and eat!! I think I will gather gifts for all grandparents and my granddaughter is going to help me choose them.

I have decided to take advantage of the sales going on and gather a few sneaky surprises over the coming weeks

If you feel like doing the same take a look at Chums menswear for Grandads’ – great savings

For ladies you might want to explore the Marks and Spencer sale or Chums again- I found these two presents that won’t break the bank and will definitely bring a smile (I saved them to Pinterest as I gathered my list!)

If you are celebrating Grandparents day – I hope your preparations are underway, whether its a hug and a kiss and a home made card,  a present or flowers – this is another day that you can choose if you wish to celebrate your family.

For this occasion I am not going vintage, but it might be fun next time to consider vintage gifts or even vintage clothes as gifts, as I have mentioned before vintage fabric always starts discussion as associated memories flow!

science can be fun

Science can be fun for kids

Keeping the little ones busy and entertained can be a challenge with the changeable UK weather. So I was delighted to discover a whole world of fun at the bottom of our garden this year. The small pond had been blessed with a family of frogs and was filling up fast with frogspawn.

Well aware that this was not something to be moved from its natural habitat, we introduced the granddaughter to garden safaris, obviously wearing the obligatory wellington boots and goggles!

It is great to see the world afresh through their goggle enhanced eyes! Her enthusiasm and instant love of the tiny jelly like creatures has not diminished over recent weeks as they have grown and emerged from their frogspawn state into tiny and very active tadpoles. The proud parents look on silently from the rocks at the edge of the pond, as the little tadpoles pop up for air, and then shelter under the floating pond iris plant.

frog and frogspawn

As the tadpoles continue to grow, my three year old granddaughter has surprised me in her scientific assessments of what is happening and her patience in the transformation of the tadpoles into frogs. As she noticed the first tiny legs appearing, she was instantly maternal and impressed. She then told me that it would take weeks and weeks for the legs to grow, even though they were so tiny, as she had been growing hers for years!

Another conversation was also quite revealing; she explained to me that the tadpoles couldn’t live in the sea as they would get lost and frightened by the big waves – it was too big, and that is why the mummy frog chose our pond and not the nearby ocean.

tadpoles

So there is no rush, but endless opportunities of accompanied exploration and observation. As they grow I will keep you updated.

 

Who says science isn’t fun for kids!

science fun for kids

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