It’s February!

2 Feb

And I am longing for a bit of sunshine here at bunted! hq.

So much has happened the bunted fairies have been working their little fairy boots off!

SO what has happened?

A brand new shiny website is soon all to be revealed, including a shop! Squee.

New headquarters have been moved into and several new lines of bunting-ness have been developed including a ‘Gone with the Wind’ and ‘Fairytale’ themes.

Meanwhile, to keep our spirits up here are some pictures of lovely spring type bunts….just for you!Springtime lavender and green photo 2 photo 3 photo 4

2013 in review

31 Dec

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,100 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 35 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Creative Brides Vintage and Unique Wedding Fair

21 Aug

The eagle eyed amongst you might have noticed that I have conquered the technical beast and input a wee widget to the side of this blog. Yes, we’re exhibiting at the Creative Brides Fair over 21 and 22 September at Scotney Castle.

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We’re excited, having worked with one of the Creative Brides team members before, where she did a fantastic job. It should prove to be a great weekend, hopefully sunny and we’re looking forward to seeing lots of lovely brides there!

On top of that, if you pre-register before 10 September 2013 you’ll receive two free tickets to the gardens at the Castle!

The Perfect Touch – Emma’s Wedding Bunting

14 Aug

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Sometimes, when you run a small business like ours, you’ll find yourself up sewing until midnight every night for weeks, getting an order finished. You’ll find yourself drinking too much caffeine, or stabbing yourself with a pin one too many times.

You’ll find yourself wondering why you ever thought it was a good idea to start this whole thing. You might think to yourself that you should be sleeping right now, but you’re not. You’ll finish the order, you’ll ship it, and the satisfaction of achieving something will slightly dim the stress. It takes the edge off, at least.

If you’re lucky, sometime soon after, you’ll get an email through with pictures like these attached, and a little note from your customer just like this:

I just wanted to send you a couple of pictures to show you how beautiful the bunting looked at the wedding – so many people commented on it as it has never been used at the hotel before. it really made the room, so thank you so much for creating it.

Emma x

Suddenly you remember what it is about this job that you love. You get to help people make the memories they want. That makes the pin stabs, the caffeine shakes and the sleepless nights definitely worth it.

Heartfelt congratulations Emma, it looks beautiful. All the best for your brand new marriage, and thank you for letting bunted! be a part of it!

Shine A Little Light on Me: Lampshade Tutorial

7 Aug

Never let it be said that the bunted! fairies rest on their laurels! We stretch ourselves, going above and beyond our crafting duties! In actual English, that means we tried some thing new! Yay us!

After going a little crazy in Hometown in Rochester during their Summer sale, and buying quite a lot of new fabric, I thought I’d branch out and tackle making a lampshade, a la our new favourite crafters, WeirdandGilly Lampshades.

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Case in point: do not leave me unattended in Hometown

I’m going through a bit of Mad Men induced Orla Kiely fan girl-ing, and so I picked this 60’s esque mustard floral fabric from Hometown

Far be it from me to go too crazy when trying new things, so of course I took the safety-first route of purchasing a lampshade kit. I only had a minor panic attack reading the instructions, and frankly I think that’s to be celebrated!

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I bought a 40cm kit as I wanted to replace the lampshade hanging over my bed. There was nothing wrong with the shade at all, but it was plain white (although covered in Chinese lanterns) and I’ve started to get this obsession with decorating my entire house with things that I have made, ensuring maximum smugness when guests come over – I’m sure I’m not alone either!

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I was actually really shocked – this is literally all that comes in the kit! You buy your own fabric (no arguments there) and all you need are the lampshade hoops, some double sided tape and the adhesive backing, which doubles as the structure for the shade.

The kit tells you the width and length of the fabric you will need for your cover. I thought I would be sneaky and use the width of the fabric straight off the bolt, so that I didn’t need to cut it as much (I’m notoriously wobbly with a pair of scissors). Be warned, my lovely bunters, it only just fit, and I had to get a bit stern with the fabric to make sure it didn’t move a millimetre.

After cutting the fabric to size I lay it out face down, and ironed out any residual creases.

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Then I placed the backing onto the fabric, and double checked all my measurements. The tricky bit is next: unpeel 10 or so centimetres of the backing, and paying careful attention to your positioning, stick it onto the wrong side of your fabric. Taking you straight back to your school days, press out the backing so you don’t get any bubbles. Continue in this vein (very slowly) for the next 10cm and so on, until all the backing is stuck down.

It will look something like this:

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If you look closely you can see I’ve come up a tiny bit short on the fabric at the end. If this happens, don’t worry, when you roll in the hoops it can’t be seen.

You then snap off the pre-scored edges of the backing, to expose about 1cm of fabric on each end. Using the double sided tape provided, cover the edge of both hoops with tape, and then placing them tightly against the edge of the fabric, roll the hoops up until they are fully covered. I used an extra piece of tape to seal the shade closed. I couldn’t do this on my own, I used a trusted friend to take one hoop. You need to pul the backing really tight to make sure your backing doesn’t sag.

With a flat blunt object (a very old butter knife in my case) tuck the 1cm of free fabric that you’ve left around the edge of the hoop to achieve the rolled finish!

 

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The finished shade!

Your shade is finished! I am actually delighted with the outcome – I didn’t pull the backing tight enough though, and so there is a tiny bit of sag. I don’t think it’s noticeable on a daily basis though.  It doesn’t look like I bought it from a shop, but hey, that’s kind of the idea!

The lampshade kit cost £9.95 down from £16.95, and the fabric was £5 per metre on sale, and I used about 1.5m. Considering the amount of pleasure it gives me on a daily basis, and the sense of satisfaction I have, I think that’s remarkably cheap!

Sam

Cowboys and Indians!

5 Aug

Inspiration has taken hold thanks to Ethan and his beautiful bunting the fairies made over this week!
Cowboys & Indians are the theme. Using up cycled fabric we’ve created some unique bunting for Cowboy and Indian fans! We love it! Keep watching this space as we will be putting some in the bunted! shop for you to buy! Eeeeeeeeeee.

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Rochester LitFest Garden Party

24 Jul

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We were delighted to be able to help Rochester Lit Fest decorate the Good Intent Pub for their Garden Party. Medway has been buzzing with creativity over recent weeks, and it’s wonderful to be a part of!

The images over on the Lit Fest website show you exactly how wonderful bunting can be for transforming any space into a party!

Image credit to Jaye Nolan of Practical Creative

Medway Open Studios – This Weekend!

18 Jul

Happily co-inciding with our move into a lovely new studio in Sun Pier House is the final weekend of the highly successful Medway Open Studios Festival! The festival showcases some of the amazing artists that practice their work locally, giving them an opportunity to show the public how they work. It’s also about promoting Medway as a creative hub.

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There are some wonderful local artists taking part this year, including the illustrator extraordinaire Ben Cameron of Strange Paul, Nikki Price Photography, a lovely jeweller whose work I adore, Sian Bostwick, and you can even #makeababywiththisman Christopher Sacre! I’ll leave you to ponder that one…

Come and see our little studio this weekend, July 20th and 21st, although please bear with us as we’re still moving in! There’s definitely time for a natter though, and we’ll show you how the bunted! fairies work their magic. We’re really excited, it’s an amazing time to be a part of the creativc community here.

All this creativity makes us very

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Zak and Link Personalised Bunting

15 Jul

We definitely love the cute over at bunted! HQ, and baby bunting is without a doubt got “cute” covered. But sometimes it’s nice to do something a little different, and this was certainly the case for our most recent project.

Zak and Link two brand new boys born in Australia, and a friend was looking for some personalised bunting that would suit their unusual (but totally awesome) names, and impress their design savvy parents. I met with Natalie and together we chose the fabric at our local fabric Mecca, Hometown Rochester.

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We love the whale fabric to within an inch of its perfectly woven life. It’s cute, but not too cute, and it says baby boy, without throwing too many gender stereotypes in your face. Safe to say our friend Nat has some seriously good taste. We love it! We even customised the font on this occasion, using Bebas Neue from Font Squirrel. I think it works really well because it’s narrow, and fills the length of the pennant.

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As difficult as this ampersand was to sew – I’m absolutely delighted with the results. Also: how much fun is it to say ampersand? I feel a bit clever!

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Nat was really happy with the results, and I hope the lovely Zak and Link get to enjoy their bespoke bunting soon!

Cherry Ripe, Cherry Ripe, Ripe! I cry…

8 Jul

Hello there!

What amazingly glorious weather is upon us! Oh how we love it. bunted! HQ has been a hive of activity recently. In fact sooooo much has been ‘occurin’ that our little fairy wings might fall off!!
Not really, well, we hope not….
Anyhoo, the goss, yes! Come and join us at the Rochester Cherry Festival in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care on Saturday 13th July from 1pm till 4pm. There’s lots of lovely things to do and see, including us!

Latest fairy adventures include birthday bunting, more wedding bunting, baby bunting, making a vintage style apron and attending a Regency Ball in Bath!

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We have much more to divulge yet we must await for the appropriate time to tell all! Squeeeeee

Much love from us fairies
xxxx

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