If your stuck for a small gift idea why not make one of these cute little soap bags for a friend.

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You will need
2 fabric squares
Ribbon
Thread
Safety pin
Soap

Step one – make a fold of 2cm across the top of each fabric square and sew a seam along each one.

Step two – place the two pieces of fabric facing each other and sew them together leaving the hemmed section at the top open.

Step three – turn it inside out and poke out the corners.

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Step four – use the safety pin to thread the ribbon through the hemmed section at the top.

Step five – tie the end of the ribbon together

Step six – place the soap inside and pull the strings tight.

These also make great wedding favours. For other gift ideas you could place a pouch of lavender inside or use he bag to store a vintage brooch.

Yay, I have a new excuse to go to Brighton! Not only is Princess Charlotte’s wedding dress now on display at the Royal Pavillion but there is an exhibition on iconic fashion brand Biba at the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery! The exhibition covers not only the clothes themselves but also the story behind the brand, the shops, the influence and most of all the creative force behind it all Barbara Hulanicki.

This is a must see for any vintage fashion enthusiast as brands don’t come much more iconic that Biba, and the brand really did set the tone for a whole are of fashion. The exhibition also covers the work of Hulanicki once she had parted company with Biba.

I will do a proper post on the exhibition once I have had a chance to go, but if you can make it runs from 22 September 2012 to 14 April 2013 and admission  to the exhibition costs £6. Although you can become a member of the Pavillion and Museum here and enjoy unlimited access.
To find out more about the exhibition visit the museum website here

In the run up to christmas is always worth looking into thrifty gift ideas. One of my favourite craft books is Homemade Gifts Vintage Style by Sarah Moore. The book has some lovely ideas for classy classic gifts. In itself the book is beautiful and printed on thick quality paper, inside the pictures and colours are beautiful. Gift ideas inside include cake stands, soaps covered in vintage paper, handmade jams and jellies, lavender bunnies, lampshades and notebooks to name but a few.

The instructions are simple and clear to follow and most of the equipment needed is easy enough to find. The gifts are all the sort of thing I would be happy to give away and there’s some great upcycling which would be great for the home. There are templates for the sewing projects at the back of the book as well as a list of suggested suppliers.

I have had a go at the lavender bunnies, notebooks and soaps myself and I’ll be making many more of the projects over the next couple of months to use as gifts for family and friends this christmas.

To find out more about the book and Sarah Moore you can visit her website here

Today I’ve been thinking about making a few changes to my girls bedrooms and I came across this lovely range from Next. I love the cute little houses in the pictures. I think I’d just use a couple of the pieces as they’d tie in well with some of the vintage fabrics I’ve picked out. The shelves are my favourite thing and I’m tempted to put them up in the babies bedroom to display some of her christening gifts.

 Little House Bed Set £18 available here

Little House Shelves £25 available here

Little House Rug £35 available here

 Little House Card Trinket Box £12 available here

Little house Storage Tubs £25 available here

Little House Wall Stickers £25 available here

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The bathroom is one of the most used rooms in the house. It is also a place to relax and unwind. A bathroom should be a tranquil retreat where you can soak away the troubles of a hard day. Every vintage house needs a vintage style bathroom. Even if you don’t have an old-fashioned tub like the one above you can still achieve the vintage look on a budget by choosing the right accessories.

Here’s a few ideas for brightening up your bathroom…

These lovely glass bathroom sink accessories from Matalan cost between £6 and £8 and add an instant old-fashioned feel.

This vintage soap advert is available as a poster from All Posters along with a large selection of other designs, its worth looking out for original enamel adverts at car boot sales and antique fairs.

Traditional Cream Enamel Metal Jug (Large)

This enamel jug from Amazon would look great on a windowsill or towel shelf

I love tin baths, they add a lovely touch to a vintage bathroom and can be used to store bath toys, towels, or toiletries this one is available here

A vintage bevelled edge mirror like this 1930s one will really complete the look, this one is available here 

Lastly why not add a sign to the door for that vintage feel before you even enter the room. Available here