Monday, 1 December 2014

Retro/Kitsch Christmas

Happy Retro/Kitsch Christmas!

Hi Everyone,  It's that exciting time of year - Christmas!  I love Christmas from the vintage decorations,carols, smell of Christmas pudding/cake, to having quality time with family & friends.  I know it can also be a stressful time of rushing to get everything done on time, but let's try to avoid those feelings and start preparing early if we can and have a relaxing and enjoyable Christmas.

Start now if your are going to make your own Christmas Pudding, mince pies or Christmas cake by soaking your fruit in a large bowl.  I like to make my own pudding & mince tarts so I soak enough fruit for both and leave it covered on the bench for a few days & then it's ready to use when I choose.  Sometimes I even have it soaking for weeks, stirring occasionally & adding more dried fruit, nuts & alcohol- usually brandy & Grand Marnier or Cointreau.

If you are time poor you can purchase a great plum pudding from Coles which is Heston's Hidden Orange Christmas Pudding- Great quality and very reasonably priced.

Christmas Knitted Tea Cosy

Knitted Christmas Decoration

Knitted Decoration: Plum Pudding

What you need

4mm needles
White & brown 8ply wool
Red wool for Cherry


Cast on 40 sts
StSt 10 rows
Row 11
With white k2,k6 brown,k2 white ,k6 brown, k2 white continue in this sequence ending with k6 brown.
Row 12
P3 white, P4 brown, P4 White, P4 Brown, P4 white,P4 Brown

Continue in this sequence ending with P3 white.
Row 13
k4 white, k2 brown,k6 white,k2brown,k6 white,k2 brown,continue in this sequence ending with k4 white

Row 14
P all stitches in white

StSt 6 rows in white
Row 21 (still in white)
k2 tog, k6,k2 tog,k6 cont this sequence till end

Row 22 Purl row
Row 23
k2 tog,k5,k2 tog, k5 cont this sequence till end

Row 24 Purl row
Row 25
k2 tog,k4,k2 tog,k4 cont this sequence till end.

Row 26 Purl row
Row 27
k2 tog, k3,k2 tog, k3 cont this sequence till end.

Row 28 Purl row
Row 29
k2 tog, k2,k2 tog,k2,k2 tog cont this sequence till end.

Make up
Fasten off by threading the yarn through the remaining stitches. Sew the side and stuff draw up the bottom and secure.
Cherry -
Cast on 3 sts in red

Row 1
inc k wise into every stitch (6 sts)

Row 2
Purl row

Row 3
Knit row

Row 4
Purl 2 tog to end (3 sts)

Make up
Thread yarn through stitches draw up and fasten off.
Sew up row edges.
Sew to bun
Holly - Use Green Felt for a more detailed leaf.

Vintage Christmas Ornaments

Christmas Recipes
Orange Cointreau Butter

2 oranges zested
1 1/2 cups Icing Sugar
125g butter, softened
50ml Cointreau


Combine & whisk/ beat on high until creamy & smooth.  For a thicker consistency add more pure icing sugar

Serve with plum pudding or spread on panettone

 If made in advance store in fridge





Recycled Christmas Projects


Kitsch Wrapping Paper

Vintage Christmas Greeting Cards

Vintage Christmas greetings. We send and receive cards.  I love this one because it reminds me of Christmas at my grandparent's when I was a kid.

(Via Heidi Hunter - "Vintage Christmas Card" board)


Wishing you all peace & joy at Christmas 
a safe Holiday Season !

Wednesday, 22 October 2014


Let's Go 

 a form of camping involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping. 

"glamping is likely to satisfy any city slicker seeking a little refuge in nature—without foregoing any of life's luxuries"

Essentials for Glamping
Portable table
Lovely table cloth
Good camping torch/lamp
Good book/magazines /newspaper
Teapot with cosy
Favourite cups
Camping chairs with cup & magazine holders
Large cheese board & knife
Wine/sparkling glasses
Bunting/pom pom garland
Tea towel
Foil trays
Air freshener
Portable loo 

Beautiful Retro Esky

Our family's idea of glamping starts with making a list and taking along those extra little things that make a difference. 

Marshmallows, chocolate, berries, cheese, quince paste, nuts, dried fruit, wine, sparkling, drinking chocolate and good tomato sauce.

Being food lovers, we take along a mix of fresh herbs, a few lemons, garlic cloves, ginger, flavored oils such as chilli and coconut milk.

Yummy pancakes!
There are lots of pre-made, just add water & shake  mixtures which are fabulous!  Gluten free as well as buttermilk.  Serve with cinnamon sugar, maple syrup, lemon juice & caster sugar or good old fashioned strawberry jam.


Easy Thai fish curry!

Good green curry paste (Home made or store bought)
2 cans of coconut milk
2-3 kifer lime leaves diced
Fresh ginger
Lime juice
Fresh coriander
Extra chillies if you like it hot
Fish- Catch of the day (which for us we cheated & went up to Buxton & the kids caught fresh salmon & trout)
Cover with foil & place on open fire for approximately 30min


Great Campfire Recipes

Eggs & Bacon
Yummy Campfire Cakes

Happy Glamping Dogs!

Our catch of the day - trout!

Buxton Trout Farm

Camping over Easter

And if you can't be bothered packing & preparing, do it the easy way!

Link to an amazing glamping site to check out in Daylesford,Victoria!
Happy Glamping! x

Hi everyone, sorry it has taken so long to get this post out but we have been busy working on a new & exciting project that was launched late Monday night which is our online store.
The store evolved from this blog by a Thornbury maker and devotee of all things vintage, recycled, repurposed and generally stylish.
Melbourne-based Vintage Homespun sources an eclectic mix of interesting and beautiful pieces for the contemporary home. Vintage, retro, modern, industrial, hand-made … we love the inventive ways these styles work together. The scent of hand-poured candles, the curve of a copper jelly mould, a jar of fresh herbs. Crisp linen, vintage books, the clean lines of a geometric light-fitting. These are things that excite the senses and nourish the soul.
We’ve loved making and sourcing these pieces and hope they’ll bring new character, pleasure and meaning to your life … as well as to your home.  

Happy Browsing!  x