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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

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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!

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

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!

Up, up, up and away!

20 Dec

Nothing gets me more in the mood for a little fabric shopping that a 17 hour flight to Australia. Wait…what? I don’t think I’m ever not in the mood for fabric shopping! Not even a long haul flight could put me off!

Earlier this week, the bunted! fairy grandmother took me out to Australian fabric heaven (Spotlight) and we had a little perusal of the delightful wares. Here are the latest additions to the bunted! collection:

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 During Sarah’s last trip to Australia, she managed to nab a super sweet toile fabric, in a nursery rhyme pattern. Sadly, although totally unsurprisingly, loads of lovely bunted! customers fell in love with the fabric and we’ve now totally run out. I though this pale pink toile was just as lovely, and in the same colour spectrum as the nursery rhyme toile, so hopefully you will all love it as much as I do!

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I’ve accidentally gone totally girly and just simply had to have this strawberry and polka dot linen. It’s pretty light for a linen, which makes it sewing-machine-needle-friendly (excellent!). I can see this sandwiched between a mauve floral, and perhaps calico pennants? I am possibly being a tad too optimistic weather-wise, but Spring isn’t too far away, and this would be perfect for garden tea parties in the brand new sunshine, along with some of these pretties:

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Tea party extravaganza – don’t forget to invite us! I don’t know if I can bear surrendering this lovely pastel horse fabric over the bunted! HQ….I might have to smuggle this into my personal collection!

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Please excuse the wrinkles! Can you see why I adore it? I think it’s so delicate and lovely, feminine without being totally over the top girly. The bunted! fairy grandmother suggested that it would be apropos for an apron, and I must say I agree – can’t you just imagine me flouncing around the kitchen in a ruffled apron with a matching potholder? Must get Sarah to teach me how to make them…

This is too late for Christmas 2012, but next year you could own your very own Dr Seuss Christmas bunting! I stopped short of nabbing the Grinch fabric as well, but there’s still time to sneak back and get it – I’m sure it will fit in the suitcase! Well…reasonably sure…just…

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I’ve already been a busy bee and made my first batch of bunting out of some of these delights, and pictures will follow. Stay tuned folks, and remember, if you have bought any bunting from bunted! we’d be delighted to see any pictures in situ, or to hear any feedback you may have!

Christmas bells….

18 Nov

I can hear them in the not too distant future….

So! Get your Christmas bunting orders in!

bunted! fairies are currently busy making Advent bunting, Christmas bunting and name bunting for gifts with matching doggies….eeeee

If you want bunted! handmade gifts for your family, friends or home, get your orders in pronto!

Take a look at our ‘Stuff we make’ page to see the full list of items handmade here at bunted! hq.

Tea anyone….Sam is putting the kettle on!

Sarah and Sam

xxx

Quex Park Revisited…

2 Nov

Hello bunters!

We hope this finds you all well. bunted! are preparing for an exciting event  at Quex Park, Birchington on the 3rd of November called ‘We Will Rocket You!’. Bonfires, fireworks and lots of lovely things to buy! (and eat!!)

Why not come and see us. We can take your Christmas orders and have a natter!

On the night prices are £10.00 for adults, £8.00 for children (3-13 years), family tickets are £34.00 (2+2)

Quex Park ‘We will Rocket You!’

Penny’s Lane Vintage Fair Faversham

15 Aug

If you’re like us over here at bunted! HQ and can’t get enough vintage in your life – come and see the bunted! fairies in their Sunday finest at Penny’s Lane Vintage Fair. It’s being held in the Old Brewery Store in Faversham, and going by the picture below is going to be AMAZING. We simply can’t wait to set up the bunted! stall and get cracking showcasing our delicious range of new and vintage fabrics.

Come and see bunted! in this gorgeous vintage brewery!

There will even be delightful vintage cars to parade about in. We’re taking turns to sneak off from the stall and have a lounge about…so come down and see us on September 1 for delightful times – £2 entry for adults and only £1 for students.

11 Aug

bunted! hq has been a hive of activity following the recent fairs we’ve attended. It’s been wonderful so thank you to all of you who have been the cause of this very satisfying and exciting time!

Here are some pics of a few of the bunts we have created for our lovely clients;

Poppy’s Mummy’s birthday bunting, Colourful bunting and Retro bunting

Alice and Rose Presents: A Vintage Wedding Fair

10 Aug

If there is one place a vintage-loving bride (or groom) should be in September, it’s definitely at the bunted! stall at the Vintage Wedding Fair in Groombridge . We’ll be embracing wedding fever in Sunset Barn, Groombridge on Sunday September 16. Free entry with bubbles for the bride and groom! For more information head to  Alice and Rose Presents. I’m getting a temperature just thinking about it…