Thursday, 28 October 2010


It's not only Mrs Biddle that is handy about our household. Mr Biddle has had a flurry of DIY activity this week as we prepare to rent out our London flat and move to the beautiful city of Bath.

Last year we got a new boiler which meant the old gas fire was taken away leaving a horrid hole in the wall. We'd covered it up with a picture frame for ages, so it was about time we sorted it out.

Here are the fruits of Mr Biddle's labour. A perfectly fitting white box and wooden frame to make a slick feature out of the hole.

All the wood was free and reclaimed from the Oikos Project on Union Street. And the unusual hallowe'en themed plant came from Igloo, the lovely florist on Bermondsey Street.

Didn't the boy do well? He's my hero.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Vintage Quilt

I was delighted to discover that my good friends Mr & Mrs McGinn are expecting their first baby early next year. The McGinns are one of the most stylish, interesting and cool couples one could hope to meet. They share the Biddle love of all things vintage and they will make the most fabulous parents. So in honour of this forthcoming happy event, I couldn't resist the urge to create a vintage themed quilt for little McGinn.

To make this quilt I used a tutorial from the Cloud 9 blog which you can find by clicking here. Because it involves big striped panels of fabric, it was really easy to make and didn't take very long.

All of the fabrics came from Abakhans apart from the gorgeous camping scene one, which I picked up in Lewes at the Patchwork Dog and Basket.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

The Big Three Oh

It barely seems that a day has passed since we were celebrating a glut of 21st birthdays - roaming around the country in our University days going to many a coming-of-age celebration, from the drunken house party to the formal marquee event. And then in the blink of an eye, my friends are now saying goodbye to their 20s and celebrating their 30th birthdays in much more understated ways.

My friend Mrs McGinn chose to celebrate her 30th at her favourite lunch location, Petersham Nurseries - a stylish & rustic haven in Richmond. Unfortunately I was working away and unable to attend, but I did make sure that I chose a suitably vintage themed gift for this Mad Men obsessed lady. This dress was found in GB Antiques - a superb gigantic warehouse filled with vintage bargains galore. It made me think instantly of Betty Draper.

My friend Mrs Keenan chose to have a BBQ in the back garden of her family home up North. It was lovely, and took me and my school friends right back to our days of teenage sleepovers! The cakes were provided by my friend The Happy Little Baker and my gift (similar to the one pictured) was from the artist Kate Hamilton-Hunter who makes necklaces from recycled vintage food tins. I found her work in Bellwood and Wright in Lancaster which always comes up trumps for unique presents.

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The final recent 30th was for my friend Mrs Flint who was dreading turning 30. So her lovely husband organised a low key surprise sunday lunch for her in order to cheer her up. It was lovely. Me and Mr Biddle baked her a Victoria Sponge, and I made her a quilt in the colour theme from her lovely wedding.