Chic on a Shoestring hits the USA

Tue, 05/01/2012 - 10:32

It's the 1st May and my book launches in the US today under Penguin. Do let me know if you spot it somewhere and 

please spread the word!

Thankyou  MJ x


Cheap Chic Tip of the Week

Wed, 04/25/2012 - 10:00

My friend Melissa has come up trumps again this week with her cheap chic paper decorations. Simply get yourself

a decorative paper punch, cut out shapes from old books, or sheet music etc, and stick together to

create these fantastic baubles. Simple, effective, fun!

Patchwork beauty

Tue, 04/17/2012 - 13:02

Glad to hear that Deptford is featured in Time Out's guide to vintage.

Here's the result of a recent trawl - all for just a few pounds. 

I think you saw the swans in the recent Cheap Chic Tip of the Week, but the patchwork was another brilliant find.

Cheap Chic Easter Tip of the Week

Haberdashery Heaven

Mon, 04/02/2012 - 10:50


Haberdashery Heaven with my friend Melissa at Deptford Market.

Can you spot her Chic on a Shoestring brooch?


Sissinghurst Castle

Mon, 04/02/2012 - 10:47

I was lucky enough to be invited to Sissinghurst Castle by The Wealden Times last week to talk about Chic on a Shoestring. I had a lovely time meeting everyone. What's so special is that Vita Sackville West who lived at Sissinghurst, inspired my first ever hat. Here I'm wearing one that's a direct descendent from the first one I ever made. Spot the Chic Brogue Makeover too?!

Millinery students class of March 2012

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 14:39

Didn't they do well!

Many are now off to study theatrical millinery with the amazing Jane Smith.

Aren't hats fantastic?!

Hobbycraft Magazine

Tue, 03/27/2012 - 20:12



Thrilled to be featured in the Spring Hobbycraft magazine. Check out my jewellery making feature with simple-to-make ideas for ribbon and chain baubles - and my 5 minutes of fame on the back page!


A new mobile millinery?

Sun, 03/25/2012 - 20:29

OK - here's the idea. A new Mobile Millinery on water. Traverse the watery byways of Britain making hats and looking at Britain's textile heritage.

Write a book about it.

What do we think?


New vintage dress. £16. 1950's. Bargain!


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