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Venison stew and balls of wool

28 Feb

Comfort=wool+ stew20150228-200554.jpg Today’s haul from Little Woollie: 14 balls of Drops Big Delight for a cardigan (see above) and a pile of jolly coloured Jarol Heritage DK, which I swear by.



Polenta and venison stew with chestnuts from Knole and venison from Allens butchers in Mayfair.



Trying to decide what’s on the menu for our popup cafe at next weekend’s Vintage Social. Thinking soups, pulled pork rolls, quiche, maybe pizza, alongside the usual biccies, cakes and bread.

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Come to Vintage Social Saturday 8th November

10 Oct

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Sugru hack vintage style

2 Sep

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My porcelain pencil sharpener… Take one 50p boot sale Royal Worcester porcelain pot, one pencil sharpener and half a sugru sachet. Sugru’s that mouldable silicon that air dries as a flexible waterproof tough heatproof form. Think useful plasticine. Think ‘I can mend or hack anything’. So now all the pencil shavings collect daintily and usefully in the pot. Hurrah. Sugru is wonderful and inspiring.

Seventies childhood

16 Jul

20130716-131654.jpgThanks to my mum, who saved seemingly everything, my kids are having a very seventies childhood. They know who the Flumps and Bagpuss are, and can sing the ‘Two little girls’ and ‘Three of these things belong together’ songs from early Sesame Street … Not only that… they wear all the clothes we did as kids (tartan skirts, Brierleys of Blackburn dresses, French jersey pedal pushers) and those that I have made are quite often upcycled from vintage pillowcases etc. Of course they have all the toys and books too. Tidying up just now we fell in love all over again with this illustrated fairy story book by Hutchings Studio (Gordon Hutchings?) for St Michael (as all M&S goods were then labelled). I love David Weidman and Hanna Barbera too and these are in the same general drift don’t you think?

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Vintage breakfast encore

5 Jul

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We had such a good experience of our last Vintage Breakfast that we are doing it again… See you on Sunday 14th July. (If you missed last time have a taste of what it was like… Will be much better at taking photos – eg of lovely ladies sporting our vintage scarves – this time.)

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La dama que descubre el seno

14 Oct

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Virtually all our pictures, hung floor to ceiling on every available space, are just posters or old photos or pages ripped from magazines or old theatre programmes… If there is a theme it would be a certain dedication to the naked body. I love this Tintoretto lady, maybe Veronica Franco, a memento from our honeymoon in Madrid which was spent largely in the Prado. A while ago we gave her earrings – very suitably, an old Murano glass chandelier drop from a Venice junk shop hung on fishing wire. I wear them too on occasion, as pendants. Holding onto one stands me in Castello on a freezing cold day.

Tate & Lyle tin pincushions

10 Oct

Upcycled vintage retro pincushion

The Tate & Lyle tin is a classic of packaging design. “Out of the strong came forth sweetness” reads the motto on the tin. I’ve been making these into pincushions as little gifts for friends who sew, or just friends who like retro packaging in their pantry. Now they’re in the Pink Sister shop in time for filling stockings. You can choose from British Racing Green (golden syrup) Tate & Lyle, Shiny Red (Treacle) Tate & Lyle, or oilcloth covered tins. Find them here

 

Work in progress: harlequin dinner service

30 Sep

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Thought I would share a work in progress. I am assembling a harlequin set of antique porcelain dinner plates. The advantages being… it is cheaper picking up odd, charming plates; I like not having to choose one design when I like so many; if I break one it is less devastating than if I have created a hole in a matching set. The postman thinks I am strange though. Last weekend 10 bulky fragile packages turned up the same morning. I am picking up large dinner plates, dessert plates and, for soup, desserts and pasta etc, the large style of soup plate with a wide ‘brim’.

Pink Sister Flags

16 Sep

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Just a quick post to show you another Pink Sister commission. Have not made flags or bunting since I made 30metres of the stuff for my niece’s christening. (But these have since done good service in our garden, for kids parties, for church halls, for school fetes…. We are available for weddings, bar mitzvahs, street parties!) Have recovered from that experience and these rainbow ones gave me great pleasure to produce. They are a mixture of brand new and vintage fabrics, including some lovely French Fifties cottons. If you fancy some then please email pinksister@live.co.uk to discuss a commission. They are in the shop now.

Wearing our best frocks!

27 Jul

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Finished today. Another easy make from the “Girls World” pattern book by Jennifer Paganelli, using assorted vintage fabrics from Ardingly fair.
All lined up for the Olympics opening ceremony now trying to explain Maypoles to a 5 year old, trying to explain why there’s a tear in my eye listening to the glories of past Olympics. Pleased Number 1 is old enough to remember this. May London be glorious!