Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Make Do and Mend

As you may know I have recently taken up sewing as a hobby and I am hooked! I can't stop myself from wanting to turn every scrap of old fabric into something new and useful again. It really is like breathing a new lease of life into something that was once useless. As they say, one mans trash is another mans treasure!
My favourite thing to make at the moment are these cute egg cosies. I have re worked vintage lace, fabric and buttons from poor old clothes that could not be rescued! I do also use vintage style scrap material in some.
If you would like to make a simple egg cosy it really is so easy! If I am honest, Im not one for measuring and precision. I simply cut out two semi-circled shapes from felt material. I then tack the lace onto the inside of one of the semi circles. On the other half I sew or bondaweb a flower shape and stitch on a button. I then place the two pieces together making sure the lace is only visible from the top and sides. All that is left to do is to pin the two pieces together and get to stitching them. It really is that simple!
If you are going to take up sewing as a hobby I highly recommend investing in a pair of pinking sheers (the scissors with the zig zag edge.) I also advise you to NEVER use fabric scissors for anything but fabric! Although it is tempting to use them on paper it will ruin them as this blunts the scissors.
 Another simple project that was simple and easy for me to make is my 'Stanley' cushion. I got tips from my Cath Kidston book (surprise surprise) as this shows you how to make a cute stanley toy. However, if you make half the Stanley you can use him to make an adorable lavender cushion!
To make this cushion all you need is two pieces of fabric the same size as an A4 piece of paper, polyester stuffing (same you would use for toys) and dried lavender or lavender oil. Sew or bondaweb on your Stanley dog onto the one side. Next tac the two pieces together and cut along the edge with pinking sheers. Sew together the two pieces remembering to leave a hand sized gap at the top to place your stuffing in. Add your stuffing and dried lavender, if you are not using dried lavender but are using lavender oil make sure to put the drops of lavender oil onto your stuffing and let it dry before filling the cushion. Now all you need to do is finish your stitching and your done!

I have to say this cushion is my pride and joy I adore it! I hope you feel inspired to make do and mend too!

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Let Them Eat Cake!

When hosting any event you want everything to be perfect; the perfect setting, guest list and even the perfect drinking cups. The heart of all events, especially birthdays, is ofcourse the cake! I happen to know a fantastic cake company whose attention to detail without compromising the taste is astonishing. They will definitely make sure you are 'keeping up with the Jones's' so to speak.

Gilly Treats is a small baked treat company based in London who make made to order cakes of amazing quality and design. They adore baking and have such a great passion for cake as they know the cake is the center piece of any event. Their cakes are delicious and I can say so myself having tried their scrummy cupcakes and oreo cake truffles! I guess that's why their famous quote is "have another one!" I can guarantee you will be having many if you ever get to try some of their creations. The company caters to everyone including those with special dietary needs such as vegans. If you want your cake to be custom made and different from everyone else's or need something with 'wow' factor Gilly Treats is the way to go!

Sunday, 19 June 2011

A Domestic Goddess in the making:


Soon I will be leaving my family home and moving into a lovely little flat with my boyfriend Simon. I went to view the flat in May on my own so I was a tad nervous incase I wasn't as flat savy as I had imagined myself to be. Needless to say the flat was lovely and consisted of two bedrooms, a bathroom, a storage room and kitchen/living room. The colours were typical for a rental flat the usual creams and beige with some unusual pops of other colours around. Once I knew we had the flat I knew I had to get to work on putting things together. I wanted to make sure my small flat would become a home that reflects mine and my partners personal tastes.

I thought I would start with someone whose quirky colours and floral designs are something that I cannot get enough of, Cath Kidston. Anyone who knows me will know that I adore Cath and her designs. I bought my first bag (the smallest of the bags in the picture) at the age of 16. Her floral prints remind me of an era gone by where homes were homely and women enjoyed making their own clothing and nick-nacks for their homes. As you can see my collection is growing.

In Cath's books you can see some great images of her home which confirms what I thought; Cath Kidston is a true domestic Goddess. I have learnt alot from her books  'sew' and 'make.' I will show you later some things I have began to make for the flat. Cath is not affraid to clash colours as long as it is to her taste she will have it and I admire that kind of fearlessness. I guess what I will take away from Cath is don't worry about what others think it's YOUR space to do what you would like with it.


As much as I would love to raid the Cath Kidston store and fill the flat with it I do not have the funds to. So I have managed to find some Cath Kidston inspired goodies which are just as beautiful! The coasters and the tins are from BHS and were a gift from my Mum and sister for the flat. They will look great in my kitchen.


 Another woman I will be taking a lot of inspiration from is Kirstie Allsopp and her book 'Kirstie's Homemade Home.' I bought this book after watching the series online and I feel it has been very very useful! It has taught me that I can make the smallest of spaces into something worth showing off. It has also taught me to look in antique shops. Now I have always been an avid secondhand shopper but I thought antique shops would cost the earth. However I kept my eye on the local antique shop down the road and managed to grab an amazing bargain for my flat. A victorian what-not worth £35 reduced to just £5! I also found a glass cake stand for just £2 at my local charity shop. I personally love shopping at charity shops as you not only get something unique but you are also helping others. Another thing to keep in mind is to ask others if they have things they do not want. My Dad had an old cigar tin which I think looks amazing and will be so useful!
 Again, like Cath, Kirstie talks about making things yourself for your home. This is the sure fire way to know you have something unique that shows your tastes in your house. I have recently taken up sewing and I love it! Now I understand most people are probably thinking 'I don't have time to sew!' However I disagree as you can easily do some sewing whilst watching the TV.  In the image you can see I have made an adorable Cath Kidston inspired egg cosie which took me all of 10 minutes! You can make these as gifts for family members or as stocking fillers for christmas.
I am also having a go at making a patchwork quilt which is something I have always wanted to do. When making a patchwork quilt each hexagon should be personalised in some way. This could be something meaningful to yourself like a holiday or something you just enjoy. Patchwork quilts are meant to take years and build as you gain more memories worth putting into the quilt. I am making my quilt for Simon and myself and am slowly adding to it everytime we do something special together.

If you're moving house soon I hope you can take something useful away from my blog today. Good luck and happy homemaking!

Saturday, 18 June 2011

What would Audrey do?

Recently  I was at my local waterstones rummaging through the fashion section when I found myself face to face with a pastel pink book. This book had a lovely image of Audrey Hepburn and read; 'What would Audrey do?'  I was intrigued so decided I would have a quick look through before I decided to commit to it. The book not only had tips on Audrey Hepburns style but also fascintating stories about her life that I had never heard!

The book really gives an insight on how Audrey handled nearly every situation life threw at her. If you have ever wondered how Audrey got her eyelashes to look as extrodinary as they did or how she would act on a first date look no further! This book really does have it all!

The key to having the 'Audrey factor' it seems is to always leave an air of mystery about yourself and never seem too eager. Audrey most certainly would accept a dinner date even if she had a boyfriend. In those days this was known as 'dating for your dinner' and was a common practice. I'm not quite sure how this would work in modern times. However, Audrey was also a very traditional women and would definitely take her husbands last name.

I really have enjoyed reading this book and think at £13.99 it was a steal as it's not just a fashion guide, but a guide to life. Now I'm not saying once you read it you must completely immerse yourself in Audrey's lifestyle but it really does have alot of valuable lessons.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Laced With Velvet Loves

Laced With Velvet has got some great new stock over the past month! We also have some personal favorites which we thought we'd share with you. If you fall in love please visit our facebook page for now and get in touch!

Womens Vintage Navy Patterened dress:

£20

We love this dress! It's elegant and floaty and also slightly sheer, the perfect mix for this summer!


Stunning Black 1940's Jacket:

£40
Does everything a good jacket needs to! Keeps you warm, cinches you in at the waist and makes you look effotlessly chic all at once!

Beautiful Vintage Red Dress:

£30

This dress is just perfect for any occasion weddings, birthdays, coctail partys you name it this dress does the job! It looks amazing and makes sure everyone notices you.


Make sure to keep visiting and we will keep you posted on stalls and the upcoming website!

Curiositea killed the cat!

The stall at Curiositea has been and gone and we had a brilliant time! The tea shop is a lovely place with tasty treats and yummy drinks. It was great to see all the vintage loving students taking a break from exam revision and taking a look at our goodies.  Thank you to all who came!

Also we have a new new look! We hope you enjoy it, don't forget to also find us on facebook!

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Curiositea


Laced With Velvet is happy to announce that they along with their good friend Vintage Vanity will be holding a stall at Curiositea located at Warwick Uni. Curiositea, http://www.warwicksu.com/curiositea/ ,is a lovely quirky little  tea shop and is the perfect location! Laced With Velvet is very very excited to be part of it all and we really do hope you can find the time to come down and take a look! The stall will be held within the shop itself and is open from 3pm until 5pm.
Here is what our stalls have to offer you vintage lovers:


'An eclectic range of vintage clothing for men and women including mod and vintage 50's, 60's 70's and 80's clothing, plus jewelery, handbags and shoes from past eras (from Victorian onwards). I also deal in memorabilia and authentic fabrics.' -Tessa


 

'Laced With Velvet sells vivacious vintage clothing for both men and women in stalls. We also occasionally sell previously enjoyed clothing of good design and quality, such as Ben Sherman and Jaeger. All vintage items are washed and ironed ready for you to take home!'-Nina

Hope to see you guys there! Take care.

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Vintage Greece

Recently I spent some time in Athens visiting family and enjoying the Greek sun. Athens is full of rich culture and you can see it everywhere you go. The people are always relaxed and can be found lounging in a cafe sipping on a frappe for hours. The down town  fashion is very different from the UK. The women always seem to be dressed up to the nines and are effortlessly chic.


Down town there are loads of designer and high end boutiques but there are some hidden gems. While exploring I found a hidden flea market. There was a lovely busy atmosphere with people trying to get a good deal for what they had found. I was also surprised to find many stalls with beautiful antique pieces and jewellery. I would say the flea market, which was open on a Friday, is definitely worth a visit for one of a kind pieces of vintage jewellery.