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Fentham Hall Vintage Fair 2nd Sept 2017


I will be hosting a vintage clothing and accessories stall at Fentham Hall Antique and Vintage Fair tomorrow! It’s in Hampton in Arden, close to Solihull. I will have original Art Deco and 40’s to 60’s, with some repro too! So if you’re looking for anything to wear at Goodwood Revival or the Victory Show, this is a great chance for a bargain!!!

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Personalised Fingerprint Pendants


Ever since the world of fingerprint jewellery took off, I've always loved the thought of having my own, especially when I had children. There is something so incredibly special about fingerprints. With every one's marking being totally unique, you never get 2 the same. Seeing hand and footprints on kid's paintings is such an amazing thing to look back on, so why not encapsulate that feeling in silver?

So after a lot of hinting that fell on deaf ears, I looked for some UK based jewellers that specialise in fingerprint pendants and found Liv and Lottie. After telling my husband what he would be getting me for my Birthday, I awaited the kit in the post! I wanted 3 fingerprints initially: Betsy, Mama and my sister, who lives all the way in Philadelphia. Luckily my parents were off for a visit, so I gave her part of the kit to them. You receive little clear pots, which was a blessing as they could safely store her imprint inside for travelling back to the UK!

The personalised necklace turned out beautifully as you can see! You can even personalise the front and back of the silver pendants with a name, initials, birthdate etc.

I am planning to get Richard, Pa and my fingerprints done near Christmas.

After being such a satisfied customer, I thought I would ask Liv and Lottie a few questions!

1.) What got you into jewellery making? How long have you been doing it?

I came across fingerprint jewellery when I was carrying my 2nd child and I decided to give it a go. I will always remember working with that first piece of silver clay and after a little practice I had created my very first beautiful silver charm with my eldest daughter’s fingerprint. I have been making fingerprint jewellery for just over 2 years now and I love creating each special print. It has also given me the freedom to work around my family.

2.) Why did you decide to create fingerprint jewellery? Why do you think it has become so popular?

I think I was drawn to the fingerprint jewellery especially because of its closeness with people and that feeling that you are creating a special memory in a keepsake for someone. I think fingerprint jewellery has become so popular now as its a great way for mothers wanting to capture there tiny ones prints and they also make a beautiful memorial piece.

3.) What has been your favourite or most memorable order/ project to do and why?

Its difficult to pin point a favourite piece it would probably be the first ones I created capturing my own children's prints, and they also symbolise the beginning of Liv And Lottie’s Little Charms so they will always be very special to me.

4.) Tell us a little about you!

Liv And Lottie’s Little Charms was created by Jodi Fusiara. The name was inspired by my two beautiful daughters and I have been creating personalised jewellery for over 2 years now.

We offer bespoke charms /pendants in fine silver for you with a finger, hand, footprint or a drawing as its centrepiece. A beautiful keepsake to cherish and keep forever.

Once you place your order within 1-2 working days you'll receive any easy to use kit with little pots, to capture your prints. When your prints are received back, I'll then transform them into a beautiful custom made pieces of fine silver jewellery.

You can email Jodi at livandlottie@outlook.com or visit the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/livandlottie/

Miss Bamboo Clothing


miss bamboo sailor dress

I seem to have a real love for nautical themed clothing at the moment! Having hankered after another sailor dress and being unimpressed about the quality and fit of various ones I’ve found, I thought I would give Miss Bamboo a go.

Boy am I glad I did! The fit is great and I have not only gone to the beach in this, but have done gardening and plan to wear it to an event too! Made in the UK and based on an original 40’s version found in Life Magazine, it has been lovingly recreated for today’s figures. Machine washable and featuring a matching belt, I just wish it came in the white version too…but I wouldn’t be gardening in it…

So check out her website, it even features some great men’s Hawaiian shirts too! You can also find Miss Bamboo on Facebook.

 

Pompadour Roll Hair Tutorial


I thought after my last post that I’d do a quick video to show you how to do the front roll. As you can see, it only took a few minutes and that was with Betsy charging about! I have also incorporated some super-quick victory rolls in the second half, but I have a video dedicated to these on YouTube.

Apologies for it being in 2 halves, someone tried to call me half way through and it stops the video.

Retro Hairstyle using Sponge Rings!


Hello!

I’m a huge fan of these sponge rings. From beehives to Bride of Frankenstein, pompadours to Princess Leia buns, they are so useful!

I have a small one that I have cut in half to use for front rolls, which look super with rockabilly, pachuca or 40’s styles. I’ve added a bun at the back this time as my friend was asking how to use one. 

So here is a quick photo tutorial. I hope it makes sense, please post questions if not!

For the bun…

Put your hair into a ponytail. It can be at the side, high up or at the base

Place the bun ring over it so your ponytail comes out of the centre. Fan the hair out to cover the sponge all the way around. I just use my fingers to figure out which bits aren’t covered. 

Next put another hair band over the top, so you have a bun with straggly ends all the way around.

Tidy these ends with hair pins around the base of the bun.


For the front roll…

This takes a bit of practise, but is really effective. I have by bangs cut shorter, but I can still roll these up with the rest of my hair. This is where the cut sponge ring comes in. 

Take the front section of hair (I usually do a triangle from the top of my head to the sides, but you can also do a side one of these which looks awesome) and start rolling it around the sponge. Try to spread the hair out as you go to cover the length of the sponge.

Once you have reached the top, curve it into a half oval and pin the hell out of it. I usually have to tidy up the 2 ends and sometimes find it impossibly on a bad hair day. This can be remidied with a scarf, flowers or victory rolls!


So there you have it, a vintage hair tutorial that can be used in so many different ways! 

Stocking Hair Roll


Well I’m absolutely pooped as you can probably tell from these photos!

I thought i would show you a great way to use your laddered stocking or tights as I laddered my What Katie Did ones when stepping out of a racing car this weekend!

Luxulite Vintage Style Jewellery


I stumbled across Luxulite on Etsy one day and ever since got combarded by tantalising adverts, thanks to Facebook’s cookie system. Gosh and darn it, I had to get me some of the colourful craziness!

Luxulite Lucky Lobsters Beachcomber Necklace

Luxulite Lucky Lobsters Beachcomber Necklace

I am a huge fan of vintage jewellery, especially anything quirky, but with a baby thinking that everything is a chew toy or something to swing on, it is too much of a risk! This stuff is authentic and easy to wear, Betsy loves rattling the necklaces when I wear them, but I know she can’t break them like my old ones! I have to say that the lobster set is my all time favourite!

Red Lobster Earrings

Red Lobster Earrings

I asked the founder Katy Crebbin a few questions about her amaaaaaazing collection:

1. Do you have a love of vintage yourself?
I do! I’ve been enjoying the vintage and rockabilly scene for many years now and love attending weekenders and events around the country – my favourite has got to be the Rockabilly Rave, but we are really lucky in the North East as we have a strong community with loads of gigs and events happening regularly around the region.

2.What is your favourite era?
In terms of design, music and fashion it has to be the 1950’s, with a little dabble here and there into the 1940’s. There’s a real sense of optimism and playfulness in popular culture and design in the 1950’s which is just too good to resist!

3. What made you start creating retro jewellery?
I think it’s a combination of a huge love for the fashion and accessories of the mid 20th Century, and the problem of being able to firstly find it, and secondly afford it! When I started out I was making the jewellery for myself to wear as you just couldn’t get good repro jewellery anywhere at that time – the vintage and rockabilly scenes were saturated with tattoo-inspired plastic jewellery (which is fine but it just wasn’t my bag!) I wanted to wear jewellery that looked like the originals from the 1940’s and 50’s. The more I made, the more friends and family wanted things and it just grew from there!

Green Chimayo Inspired Necklace and Earrings

Green Chimayo Inspired Necklace and Earrings

4. What is your favourite piece and what seems to be your best selling
I’d say my favourite piece to date is a novelty corn cob brooch with little brown glass chickens – it was a really fun piece to carve and is lots of fun to wear! It’s usually hard to pin down a best seller as I tend to make quite short, limited runs, but this year my (completely unexpected) best seller has been my Audrey II brooch which was made completely on a whim and was never expected to be such a hit!

5. Do you use anyone as inspiration?
The work of jewellery designer Martha Sleeper is a constant source of inspiration, but I also love to look at novelty prints and designs from the mid-century period – there are so many amazing (and some utterly insane) themes in fabric prints, it really is a treasure trove of inspiration. Ideas have come from all sorts of sources though, from films, places or songs, to something as simple as stumbling across an old board game in a charity shop and re-purposing the pieces to make jewellery.

Sweater Girl Hoop Earrings

Sweater Girl Hoop Earrings

6. Have you got new styles on the horizon?
I’m currently finishing off my samples for my Halloween and Christmas collections which is so much fun! I love a good old OTT tacky holiday, and Halloween has got to be my favourite! There’s also a really exciting new collaboration coming up in August with a fellow British designer, so I can’t wait to show everyone what we’ve been working on – watch this space!

 

I for one cannot wait to see the Halloween and festive collection! You must check out Katy’s shop for yourself. The brooches look fantastic on coats, jackets or blouses, so if you are looking for something to finish off the outfit or add a splash of colour on a grey day then this is your best place! They are also really affordable pieces of jewellery. You are looking at £8.50 to £16 for a brooch and up to £25.50 for some of the more crazy necklaces, so nothing that will break the bank and they make awesome stocking stuffers too!

Cherry Log Slice Brooch

Cherry Log Slice Brooch