Monday, 24 August 2015

Vintage Children's Clothes

My collection of vintage children's clothes is slowly growing, I picked up a couple more last week.

This is a 1930s little dress, one of my favourite decades for fashion. The colour of this dress is so unique, its not one you see on many!


A close-up, you can see there is marks and a few little holes but it is still an incredible piece.


The pattern in more detail.

The back of the dress

A little close -up. I think you can tell this is my favourite!!

Found this illustration on pinterest, 1920s children's fashions. I can see some of these inspiring some new dresses.

Another new one for my collection, a sheer little blue dress, in good condition.


Close up

It has a little mark but given it is over 60 years old that's forgivable.


This is a little boys shirt, which must have been attached to a very high waisted trousers. There is always a great mix of hand sewing and machine sewing on the vintage clothes. Its unusual that a hem is not hand sewn, at least from what I have collected so far.



These have all since been washed and I hoping a little washing and pressing will do wonders!
And now I am off in search of 1930s children's patterns to try to recreate the first dress.
Maria 

Friday, 21 August 2015

Peacock Inspiration


There is something so beautiful and majestic about peacocks. This beauty lives in Altamount Gardens Carlow and no visit there is complete without a sighting.

Its rare to catch him with all his feathers on show. The sun was shining behind him so hard to capture the colours, but trust me you could see them all in person. And he has without a doubt inspired my latest fabric purchase. I bought it to make a cushion cover but couldn't resist making a little dress too.




It is a beautiful fabric, the colours are incredible and the hints of gold running through it, make it even more luxurious.

These photos are from all pinned to my pinterest board Peacocks, which you can find here.Pinterest Board




Wow!! Amazing capture.

How incredible is this peacock cake? It is amazing, a real work of art.

Rarer still, the white peacock.

A close-up, so beautiful.
No doubt this incredible bird will continue to inspire!
Maria

Monday, 17 August 2015

Altamount Gardens, Co. Carlow



Altamount Gardens , Tullow, Co Carlow is one of my favourite local places to visit. It always seems you know exactly what season it is by the gardens there. The house was built upon the site of an earlier house from the 16th century.



The peacock at Altamount (being chased by my children in this photo!) getting ready to fly.


 The entrance into the gardens with its stone walls and iron gates.

A little look into the walled gardens, Plant Sales and Cafe area. In summer the beauty and height of the plants growing in here is a must see. The Plant Sales contain plants and flowers that you see around the gardens and much more. You'll see varieties and colours that you can't find in other places.

 The lake itself is a manmade creation built in the 1850s . The colours and growth change dramatically with the seasons. Spot the little statue!


Glorious flowers everywhere.


 There is something to see in every inch of the gardens.

No trip is ever complete for children without a climb into this magnificent tree in the middle of the main garden.
This is just a small glimpse of the garden, I haven't mentioned the woodland walks, the walk along the River Slaney, the 100 steps, The Temple.
And entrance is free! We live not too far away and sometimes it feels like our local park, what a grand local park to have.
Maria 

Friday, 14 August 2015

Fabric Deliveries and Girls Bedroom Ideas


 This was a week for ordering and buying fabric both locally and online. Some gorgeous fabrics that arrived this morning, lots of unicorns and fairies. I both the peacock fabric locally, having gone in to purchase plain creams only.  Having already promised my daughter a fairy cushion (another one!) and possibly unicorn curtains, this is still in negotiation.

I found some gorgeous rooms on pinterest for further inspiration , you can find the links to all these pins here My Pinterest Page

These little shadow box shelves are great for displaying treasures as well as being practical. I love how these are all at different heights and colours, perfectly accessible for a child.


Unusual bird silhouettes on the wall along with beautiful prints and that flooring is a work of art!
 I have an ongoing fascination with Hot-Air Balloons and adore this amazing bedroom wall I found on pinterest. How inspiring is that to look at?
This is my daughter modelling my Autumn/winter Hot-Air Balloon dress. Its actually one of the very first prints I bought to make into a dress and I finally resourced it and its back this year.

This room has such soft colours, such a dreamy room.

Love grey walls, there's a fight going on between grey and white in my house! Grey can make other colour pop so week, as you can see in this room. Am a little envious of the branch hanging rail.

Another amazing rail, why hide your clothes when they can be a feature itself. I do wonder if I hung all my own clothes in my bedroom on display, I would probably end up removing 75% of my wardrobe contents. Might try this next time I am cleaning out!

Hope you found some inspiration as I have from this gorgeous rooms.
Maria

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Nanny McPhee Interiors - The wallpaper search


Everytime I see Nanny McPhee & the Big bang I fall in love with it all over again. Its the style and the look that gets me as well as the movie itself. Its all that 1930s  /40s English shabby chic, meets wartime Make do and Mend, meets Cath Kidston, add in some Sanderson, countryside and mixed with some eccentricity thrown in for good measure. We watched it again here recently and I immediately wanted to redecorate or move to an English cottage with a well established cottage garden. Given that I do live in the Irish countryside and its a modern house not a cottage I find that it really inspires how I decorate the bedrooms in out home.


As a former City girl living in the country with her hubby and three children, I can totally relate to the country cousins/city cousins feeling!


Its hard to see, but you can just about make out the vintage toy carousel and that gorgeous floral wall painting.
Some of these pics are actually from my old blog  take me to your old blog post
See it has been inspiring me for years!

Well first up its wallpaper time, first I had to check Laura Ashley who do some beautiful wallpapers
 This one has already made its way onto our guest bedroom wall, with some yellow paint on the walls beside to really make it pop!

 I think these Wisteria will have to find a way here...


Next up was the Sanderson website, I love the vintage Sanderson fabrics, these are reproductions of their vintage prints, so beautiful!

 This is top of my list! Absolutely stunning. This is coming to my house one way or another.

And a quick stop at Cath Kidston

Classic Roses
Both perfect for any Nanny McPhee inspired rooms!
You can find all the links for these on my pinterest page Nanny Mc Phee Pinterest Page

I'm in search of some fabrics next, some gorgeous fabrics!
Maria