Mary Jane's Blog
Back at the tail-end of the summer I nipped along to the Classic Car Boot event on the Southbank.
It was great fun with all sorts of fantastic old vehicles bursting at the seams with second-hand and vintage goodies.
It was a pretty grey day - so the bursts of colour gave everyone a real boost!
One of the main reasons I went along was to check out how other people are running their mobile businesses.
Two that especially caught my eye were the vintage clothes shop run out of a horsebox...
and 'chalky van' - a creative arts project where the idea is to promote recycling in all its forms.
The van is painted in blackboard paint so everyone can leave a message.
But even those without 'cool vehicles' had made their vans and cars work for them as venues.
Lots of inspiration too in style terms..
And for those looking to pick up some ideas for 'making'...
That Mr Hemingway has hit just the right note with this latest offering.
Roll Up Roll Up!
Come and join me at The White Room SE4 for two wonderful winter workshops.
We kick off at 6.30pm on Wed 20th Nov with a glass or two of mulled wine as I talk you through some thrifty ways of customising
old clothes to give your winter wardrobe a thorough update.
Turn your old lace-ups into stylish brogues, trim your sweater into gorgeousness and create a cute corsage!
Bring yourslf & a friend for £80: it's dress-up for grown-ups!
Stuck for Christmas gift ideas? Then let me help!
I'll be at The White Room SE4 showing you some quick & crafty Xmas treats - as well as explaining how to make my
famous CEREAL PACKET HATS!
Sun Dec 1st 10am - 1pm
Adults £25 and children £15. Make it a family affair!
AND FINALLY...I'll be at the wonderful Stag and Bow on Sat 30th Nov from 9am - 12pm
where we'll be making festive fascinators - for all your Christmas party needs!
Contact individual venues for further info - or drop me a line!
Hope to see you there.
Love these! Will be trying them on one of my jumpers v soon.
I'll also be attempting to make my own clothes plasters.
Watch this space.
Back to you soonest!
Fans of Clara Button and the Magical Hat Day will be thrilled with her new adventure.
Clara Button and The Wedding Day Surprise is the latest in the illustrated childrens book series by
Amy de la Haye and Emily Sutton (V&A Publishing).
I love this picture of the haberdashery!
This book will be winging its way to young friends of mine (once I've finished looking at it!)
Back in the late Spring I did something rather rash and bought a 1984 Bedford Bambi campervan.
My plan is to turn Bambi into a Mobile Makery from which to run all sorts of fabulous creative workshops
..hats, accessories, decorations, even foodie themed events!
I've spent the summer doing Bambi up - and thought you might like to hear a bit about the story so far.
Here's the rather dispiriting interior that I faced at the start...and a picture of how Bambi's looking today.
Before and after...!
Over the next couple of blog entries - I'll tell you just how I got there.
Join me on a Bambi journey and hopefully I'll come and craft at a venue near you soon!
This time last year I headed to Bordeaux for the annual Festival of Brocante and New Wine.
If you like shoping for vintage and tasting this year's new vintage - then Bordeaux is the place to be in autumn!
On the 26th and 27th of October (2013) the streets in the Chartons district will be alive with jazz musicians and crammed with interesting stalls.
On my trip I could have picked up these battered leather armchairs for 150 euros the pair!
I recommend you take in the scene at the wonderfully atmospheric Paul's Place...
or eat delicious regional cusine at La Tupina on La Rue Gourmande.
Check out fascinating shops...
and search for one-off bric-a-brac and local foodie specialities in the Sunday markets.
To find out more - take a look at my article on Bordeaux in the November issue of Homes & Antiques magazine - just out!
photograph by Claire Richardson
A few months ago my friend told me her Mum was having a clearout.
Stashed in the loft of her family home in Glasgow was a haul of vintage fairisle dating back to the 1970's.
Still in its original packaging and all in perfect condition - it had been maufactured by my friend's Dad during a brief foray into knitwear.
I offered to buy it....and have been loving it ever since!
I've now decided it's time to share the love and list certain pieces on Ebay starting with this fabulous cardie which also featured in my recent book...
You'll find modern day versions all over the catwalk this season - but I think this is pretty special.
It's got a real 1940's vibe and the colour is spot on.
Keep stylish AND cosy this winter.
LOVE YOUR SCOTTISH KNITWEAR!
I've been a fan of Deborah Bowness wallpaper ever since I stumbled upon her studio on the Hastings seafront one
particularly bleak day several years ago.
Looking in through the misty window I lost myself in her faded, delicate trompe l'oeil work.
Leafing through my latest issue of Elle Deco mag I discovered that this month Deborah's taking part in a project called 'Paper Trail' in Manchester.
Deborah has pasted up her wallpaper panels in locations through the city - on boarded shop fronts and empty doorways - to try and get people to look at the spaces differently.
Get a copy of the trail by e-mailing
- 1 of 28
- next ›