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05
Aug

I know, I know...I haven't blogged properly for AGES!

It's down to Instagram I'm afraid. So quick and easy to use.

But I think Bambi's recent travels are worth a bit of typing up - so here goes!

I've spent the summer so far checking that my Bambi (aka the Magical Mobile Makery) and I are up for life on the open road.

So what better way to find out than to drive to Brittany!

Here we are waiting to board the ferry at Dover.

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Sixteen hours later - we arrived at Carhaix our final destination - life in the slow lane ladies and gents at 50 miles per hour!

I have to say - I was thrilled just to get there without breaking down as Bambi had been receiving urgent medical attention until just two days before we set off!

Bambi went down a storm in France - many lovely compliments and admiring glances along the way.

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One of my best discoveries was that in most little French towns 'camping cars' can stop for free (or for a few euros)

in special car parks where you can top up your fresh water and electricity supplies (not that I need such mod cons,

I have no electrics and no water pump) but it's fantastic to know you're welcome and well-catered for.

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I checked out local brocantes, second-hand depots, and of course the food and wine.

But I was thrilled to come across a celebration of Breton culture - these hats and headpieces are impeccable.

They're treated with rice starch to ensure perfect crispness.

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Note the Breton flag!

So..next stop....craft workshopping around France.

Let the plans commence!

Let me know if you have any ideas or places you'd like me to go.

maryjanemillinery@hotmail.co.uk

Twitter: @maryjanebaxter

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01
May

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My Mobile Makery - affectionately known as 'Bambi' (after the name of the vehicle) is heading to Bath this weekend and next as part of

Bath in Fashion.

On Sunday 4th May you'll find me at Bath's very own vintage fashion fair at Green Park Station....

..then on Saturday 10th May I'll be popping up at Milsom Place next to the wonderful Selvedge Craft Fair.

Bambi has come a long way since I picked her up from a rather remote and slightly scarey looking garage near Southampon.

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..and she (and her owner) are now more than ready to get creative!

Come on board and craft your own fabulous floral headband..perfect for a bit of summer festival fun! (£5 per person)...

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If you're not in the mood for making...please swing by and say hello and have a snoop around.

You'll get lots of ideas and I'll be selling signed copies of my books too!

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I look forward to meeting you!

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28
Mar

I've been feeling a little below parr of late and realised how much I've been missing making.

It can be so theraputic to create something special.

So I've started work on a new range of summer wedding accessories.

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These little beauties are meant to be a bit of fun - made out of millinery wire and bound with tulle...

they can be trimmed up in all sorts of ways..

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And of course my burnt flower corsages are a wonderful wedding accessory...

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..it feels like the beginning of a rather romantic episode!

If you don't want to have a go yourself - my headpieces and corsages can be made to order.

maryjanemillinery@hotmail.co.uk

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07
Mar

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This is a project you can easily make at home useing the pages of an old childrens book.

Being a child of the '70's I have special memories of learning to read using Peter & Jane books.

So when I saw this one at my local market for 50p, I snapped it up! It's also the perfect size for creating bunting.

As well as your book you'll need:

a pencil and ruler, scissors (ones with a decorative edge are nice), a hole punch, double-sided sticky tape and some ribbon.

First draw your tiangle bunting shapes on the back of the pages. You can rub the lines out when you're done.

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Cut out using the crinkly-edged scissors.

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Next punch a hole in the top two corners.

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Thread through your ribbon and secure at the back of each pennant with a little double-sided sticky tape.

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Hang up and enjoy!

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21
Feb

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A quick and tasty dip/side dish that I invented whilst defrosting my fridge.

How come you ALWAYS have a bag of frozen peas in there that you have to eat up in a hurry?!

So - cook the peas in a pan of boiling water.

Slice up a fat chunk of garlic.

Put in the blender together with a handful of fresh coriander, a good squeeze of lemon juice, salt, pepper, a pinch of dried chilli...

add two spoonfuls of Greek-style natural yoghurt....and a good glug of olive oil.

Blitz - adding a bit more olive oil to loosen the consistency as needed.

Adjust seasoning to taste.

Eat as a dip - but also great as a side with fish fingers.

Add a shake of cumin and coriander powder for a slightly different take.

You could also try adding fresh mint.

Yum

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11
Feb

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My Mobile Makery is now ready to hit the road for children's parties.

Don't the girls look adorable - and yes - they made their pretty head-dresses all by themselves!

PS - grown-up girls love doing this too!

 

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e-mail: maryjanemillinery@hotmail.co.uk for further details

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24
Jan

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Well, welcome back to Mary Jane Makes!

It's been a long, hard, winter - but it's time to try and push those crochet blankets aside and stretch!

I'm kicking off the year with my first ever POP-UP SHOP in a wee town on the North East coast of Scotand.

Montrose in Angus is where my Mum was born, and it's here on 25th January (Burns Night) that you can find me!

Come along to 13 Bridge Street to try and buy some of my fabulous stash of vintage fairisle knits.

They were unearthed from a friend's attic where they've been hibernating since the 1970's!

All in mint condition and in their orginal packaging - they're a steal at the special price of £35.

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Also available - these wonderful tartan dresses - also dating from the 1970's

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Team the two together and you'll get an extra discount!

There'll be signed copies of my books for sale as well as some vintage-style headpieces and a few choice extra pieces.

COME AND SAY HELLO!

Happy Burns Night for the 25th

Mary Jane x

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22
Nov

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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!

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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..

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And for those looking to pick up some ideas for 'making'...

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That Mr Hemingway has hit just the right note with this latest offering.

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03
Nov

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!

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Next...

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!

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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!

 

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Contact individual venues for further info - or drop me a line!

Hope to see you there.

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