Crafts

Wristband Pin Cushion – DIY Craft

Recently I have really wanted to take up dressmaking, both to make some unique vintage style clothes for myself and to also hopefully be able to update my wardrobe while saving money. I have some sewing experience, mainly making cushions using my sewing machine or making small toys for my mum's school.  As much as… Continue reading Wristband Pin Cushion – DIY Craft

Travel

Weekend Travels – Manningtree

Last weekend, Dimas and I decided to have a day out somewhere exploring. For January, the weather seemed pleasant enough to risk going out - unlike today which is rainy, blustery and basically a duvet day. We live in Essex and decided to go somewhere that's not too far out of the way but enough… Continue reading Weekend Travels – Manningtree

Travel

Navidad en Alicante – Tibi

Since my last post just before Christmas, we've had a wonderful time with all the family and so much yummy food for Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day lunch! Most evenings, we have been going for walks around the city centre and wandering in and out of the shops; occasionally stopping for coffee and of… Continue reading Navidad en Alicante – Tibi

Travel

Navidad en Alicante – Our Christmas Holiday Diaries

At Christmas, Dimas and I spend alternate years in either England or Spain and this year it's a Spanish Christmas year! This year is even more special as we have not been back to Spain since our honeymoon a year and a half ago.  It's been a long time coming and we have both been… Continue reading Navidad en Alicante – Our Christmas Holiday Diaries

Vintage Hair & Beauty

I Love Lucie Vintage Hair Workshop

I was really looking forward to meeting Lucie and to learn how to create styles similar to those gorgeous looks that you see on Instagram and I was not disappointed. It was also a lovely opportunity to meet other like minded ladies within the pin-up community. Lucie has her own salon in Stockport near Manchester and holds… Continue reading I Love Lucie Vintage Hair Workshop

Recipes

War-Time Cookery: Mixed Fruit Pudding Recipe from 1940

Over the summer, I happened to pop into a local museum on my lunch break; it was a wonderfully calm (and air conditioned!) way to spend an hour. After having a look around the exhibits, I came across this little reproduction booklet of War-Time Cookery from 1940. Inside there are recipes for meat and veg… Continue reading War-Time Cookery: Mixed Fruit Pudding Recipe from 1940

Crafts

Kirstie Allsopp Rose Soap Making Kit – Review

I have always loved using natural bath products like the ones you would find at Lush, and I have always wanted to have a go at making my own so that I can choose the scents and ingredients that I like. In a previous post on welcoming autumn, I mentioned picking up a new cosy… Continue reading Kirstie Allsopp Rose Soap Making Kit – Review

Book Review · Books

My September Reads

Now that summer is coming to an end, I'm getting in the mood for cosy evenings watching spooky films and reading good books - with plenty of cups of hot tea in my witches brew mug! This month I have picked up The Bell Witch by Brent Monahan and A Second Chance (The Chronicles of… Continue reading My September Reads