Some of my favourite outfits (or some of the ones I bothered to photograph) of this year… Happy New Year!
A round-up of some of my favourite pins this month. See my boards at http://www.pinterest.com/jennyvintage/boards/
Last week I went down to my favourite vintage shop, Ollie Vee’s in Leighton Buzzard, to model some of her lovely new tartan dresses. They’re from the fantastic Seamstress of Bloomsbury, which specialises in dresses made from 1940s patterns, and the fabrics are gorgeous.
This green one was my favourite! So cute with a pair of pale pink gloves.
The Ollie Vee’s girls – Helen (left) and Billie. We should start a ukelele band.
The Christmas tree in the mansion at Bletchley Park.
My tree at home – Ikea polka dot garland, Gisela Graham heart-shaped cookies and woodland creatures from Heal’s (years ago).
Fluffy bunnies at the animal rescue centre! Amazing!
Byron Burger! Coming to Milton Keynes! I can’t believe it either!
The 1940s-style cinema at Bletchley Park. Sadly it’s likely to close next year because the Bletchley Park Trust is booting out all of the private collections in an attempt to “professionalise” the museum.
A couple of months ago, after an afternoon at The Rex cinema, Auriol and I popped into one of our favourite antiques and vintage shops for a browse – Home & Colonial on Berkhamsted High Street. I had completely forgotten about the pics I took of all of the stuff we could never afford…
Home & Colonial:
134 High Street, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 3AT
Last Christmas my friends and I thought it would be a good idea to make gingerbread houses. They looked quite cute in the end but we will never attempt this again! This year it’s cookies or minty sweets or something like that.
Here’s a repeat of last year’s ‘fun’…
Some words of warning – while making gingerbread houses sounds like lovely fun it is in my one experience difficult and stressful. Getting them to stand up while the chocolate glue dries is particularly tricky. But I was the least optimistic on this mission and my friends Auriol (middle house) and Erin (right house) were far more positive throughout. We made a lot of mess and each house collapsed at least once but I think by the end they turned out pretty well.
We started by cutting templates for each piece of gingerbread we needed, then cutting out the dough and popping the separate bits in the oven for 15 minutes. To save time we used dough that was ready to roll out – Asda, £2. These small pieces are for chimneys.
Standing the pieces up in butter cream before glueing them together with melted white chocolate seemed to be the best strategy. They fell over quite a bit but once the chocolate had hardened they were pretty sturdy.
My favourite picture of the whole day. What’s wrong, Auriol?
Butter cream, white chocolate and icing sugar. I’m not sure which one eventually held it all together…
But wait? What are they? Finished gingerbread houses? And they’re standing up?