Saturday, 27 July 2013

Summer Celebrations


At the beginning of last week I had an impulse to make bunting. I already have a lot of bunting but I've never made any before so I thought why not? I had a rummage through my old textile boxes which has been sitting neglected for four years. I found these really cute vintage summery floral prints in there which I've had for many years, my mum was given them by an American friend when we stayed with them in 98 and my mum gave them to me when I was studying textiles. I managed to find ribbon which matched well to sew the flags onto and enough to trim the flags. I printed a triangle and some letters for templates, then I set to work in the dinning room with the door wide open and Bob Marley playing on my iPod. I did a few hours before my head started to feel bad and I needed to rest. The next day I finished the bunting in an hour and a half and I'm really proud of what I achieved, it's not the most well made thing I've created but apart from two pairs of knickers it's the only other thing I've sewn in four years! 

Dress: Lola Smith £15
Necklace: River Island £5
Earrings: New Look £3.50
Watch: vintage - inherited from my Nan
Shoes: clarks £19

Matching bunting to an outfit sounds a little silly, but yes that is what I did! I love this hand made dress which I got in a little shop in Padstow, Cornwall. Lola Smith sadly only sells children's clothes now. This dress was one of the last from her pre teen range and is why I got it in the sale for £15 from £50. I love being able to fit into kids clothes as I never did when I was a kid! 
This watch means so much to me. It belonged to my Nanny who was very ill for all of my childhood, I spent a lot of time sitting at her dressing table playing with her jewellery while she watched and talked to me from her bed. She died when I was 6 and I was given a lot of her jewellery which I've kept. I've only just started wearing this watch and I love how it reminds me of her. 

The bunting is now hanging up on the fireplace in my living room. It was my brothers 26th birthday on the 18th so I put his presents under the bunting. (Excuse the unfinished green chair!)


My mum made a chocolate cake which I then made into a hedgehog cake. It wasn't easy in the heat, I had a fan in the kitchen and had to keep putting icing or chocolate back in the fridge so it ended up a little rushed. Still I'm happy with how it turned out and it was pretty tasty!



  1. Ahh I'm going to Padstow in a couple of weeks! Shame that shop only sells children's clothes now, that dress is lovely!

    I love the colours of the bunting you've made, 'zesty' comes to mind hehe.

    You look beautiful and I absolutely love the style you're wearing your hair in xxx

    1. I'm going to Padstow again in a few weeks too! Hope you have a lovely time, have you been before?

      Zesty is a great way to describe them!

      Thank you Cara, this is my favourite up do at the moment as its so easy to do!

  2. Love the bunting and your hair looks beautiful! I would love to be able to do that with my hair xx

    1. Thank you so much! I wanted to be able to do that hair style for ages but my hair wasn't long enough. xx