Author: pippinrunwild

Larmer Tree 2016

Over the last few years July has come to mean Larmer Tree Festival time and this year was no exception. The vintage market was back in the global bazaar for its fourth year and we had a lovely few days. It was cloudy and rainy and sunny (sometimes all in one morning), but whatever the weather was doing outside the marquee looked fantastic inside as always. At one point I got a little carried away with decorating myself with temporary tattoos, because I’m not that brave with fashion statements and I figured I could get into the festival spirit by wearing pretty pictures instead of dressing up. They’re so much nicer than the temporary tattoos that used to come in packets of sweets when I was little – I remember having a very naff tattoo of Spider-Man on my arm circa 2002. Luckily 2016 has prettier options. Outside of our vintage marquee bubble there was lots going on as usual. It’s a really lovely little(ish) festival filled with interesting people, sights, and sounds. You never …

Star Garland DIY

It’s been a while since my last craft tutorial, and I thought it would be fun to share the method behind this make – a little garland of stars and moons, perfect for adding a hint of magic for Halloween. In different colours and perhaps without the moons, this would also be a great decoration for Christmas… Things you’ll need: pencil or pen scissors glue paintbrush paper/card in a variety of colours (I used paper from my stash of damaged vintage books) string/thread ribbon/fabric/lace sewing machine and thread/needle and thread glitter (optional) Step 1. On the wrong side of the papers, draw star and crescent moon outlines in different sizes. Cut out these shapes. You can do as many or as little as you like, depending on the size of garland you need (I ended up with 20 – 16 stars, 4 moons – for a garland approx. 80cm long). Step 2. Cut a length of your string/thread for each shape and glue one end to the wrong side of the paper. I used Mod …

Lulworth Cove

Isn’t it funny how living near a place often means you never visit it? You can go pretty much any time you like, but somehow you never quite get there. The last time I visited Lulworth Cove was back in June 2007. I remember it was cold and grey and rainy, and I was being a stroppy teenager… probably not the best combination for appreciating the natural beauty surrounding you! This time around the sun was shining and I was on my very best behaviour. We had a picnic, a quick walk part way up the path to Durdle Door (well, quickish… it’s a very steep path!), and then we strolled down to the cove to laze about in the September sunshine. We went to the far side of the cove, where there’s an outcrop of rocks – ideal for clambering across in search of rock pools and shells, and perfect for perching on to watch the boats and kayaks, and happy dogs paddling in the water. It was also the perfect spot to appreciate …


So, it’s been almost 4 months since my last post and I’ve been feeling a bit bad for my poor neglected blog. I’ve started posts, gotten half way through and given up, come back a few days later and had no idea where to pick them up again, given up… until now. when I think what I really want to say is simply: hello.  

Seaside Finds

The weather was perfect today for a trip to the seaside. My sister, mum, and I headed to nearby Swanage, and – after gobbling up some scrumptious ice creams (chocolate and ferrero rocher flavour anyone?) – we went for a stroll along the beach, where we found a patchwork of little stories in the sand. There was a heart made of pebbles, broken by the waves… … a rose (one of three that we found scattered along the shore), its ruby red petals dusted with sand. … and a monster patrolling the promenade!

Paper Characters

The last few weeks, between selling at vintage markets and working part-time in a shop, I’ve been unable to go to the bustling local flea market where I usually find a lot of my materials/stock. It’s a few minutes walk from my house and not being able to go has been driving me a little bit mad – so near and yet so far! But this morning – finally and thankfully – I got to go treasure hunting. I had a great time rummaging through cardboard boxes full of vintage linens and inspecting table tops crammed with bric-a-brac, and found a respectable stash of vintage goodies to keep me happy for a good while. One find was very small but no less happy-making for it – a little group of whimsical Victorian ladies. They all look like they’re enjoying themselves in their own little worlds and they brim with playful character. For now they’ve found a new home in my paper ephemera box, waiting for future projects in need of a character or two. In …

A Crinoline Lady Bag

A few weeks ago, I was very excited to find a stash of beautiful vintage linens. It got my mind whirring with ideas and my hands itching to get sewing. And what better piece to start sewing with than a lovely crinoline lady? She’s paired with vintage hankies and fabric, plus a scrap from the hem of a raggedy 1940s nightdress, and is lined with vintage patchwork. The trim is from another piece of vintage linen, found in the same stash as the crinoline lady herself. And you know what the best part is? There were two crinoline ladies on that piece. I’d better get sewing. ❤

Spring Walk

I love the beginning of spring. Every day, the world grows a little more colourful. It’s a time of contrasts – when the skeletons of trees tower up into the sky and oceans of tiny flowers set the ground alight at their roots. And it’s a time to be outside, witnessing the world as it slowly comes to life. With this in mind, yesterday I headed to the gardens at Kingston Lacy. It’s a place where spring springs beautifully (and just a tiny bit magically). There are flowers blooming everywhere, from avenues lined with cheery daffodils to woodlands filled with bright camellias. Underneath, the moss covered earth was sprinkled with pink petals. And above, the sky was silver. Mum and I had to be careful on our trip – monsters hid in unexpected places, lying in wait for unsuspecting visitors… And some looked very hungry indeed. But thankfully, we made it home to tell the tale!