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Contemporary Arts Fair in Stratford upon Avon


Today (04/11/17) we just nipped into this free Contemporary Arts Fair at the town hall, in Stratford upon Avon. It is well worth a visit if you are in the area. With free admission (which is very rare with anything nowadays), there’s jewellery, paintings, ceramics, leather, wood work and more.

Upstairs there were more vendors, but also a wonderful pop up tea shop serving yummy cakes, tea and coffee. They had the most beautiful gold tea sets and the cakes we sampled (chocolate and some Stollen) were really fresh.

My highlight was Becky Paton and her gorgeous mosaics. As well as the larger pieces to break hearts and bank accounts, there were more purse friendly items such as Christmas decorations, brooches and clips. I bought this wonderful dragonfly!

The show is open today and Sunday, with more info available HERE.

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Wyevale Garden Centre Christmas Preview


Join me at Stratford upon Avon’s Wyevale Garden Centre on 26th October 2017 for their special Christmas preview event. Not only do you get a free glass of prosecco at the door, but Santa will be walking around the store AND I’ll be singing some vintage and festive songs to get you all in the spirit!

My performance will be at 5.30pm and there will also be special tastings in the restaurant and special offers around the shop!

So if you just can’t wait for Halloween to be over to hear a bit of Jingle Bells, then head to Wyevale Garden Centre next week! Peruse this year’s decorations, gaze at the twinkling lights, pat the animatronic reindeer, get on Santa’s good list and shop to Christmas songs.

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!!!

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!