GOODBYE SUMMER

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This is my last post of the summer: Goodbye Summer! I feel as though I have spent the majority of this summer, waiting for it to begin, but from what I hear, it is now well and truly over. I am lucky enough to be in the South of France, a couple of weeks snatched at very end of the school holidays. We’ve had mixed weather, but on the whole it’s been pretty glorious (sorry!).

So, in tribute of lost balmy days, the feel of the sun on your skin (a few days in July if I remember rightly), and long summer evenings, I am posting a selection of pictures of my pompom baskets on their French travels, along with some of the dresses that I have blogged about over the last few months.

Enjoy, and here’s to summer 2016!

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MY VERSION OF THE MUZUNGU SISTERS BASKET

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I have lusted after these baskets (pictured above) all summer, but they are usually out of stock and also way above my budget (£270), so I thought I would create my own version of the Muzungu Sisters basket. It involved several evenings sitting making pompoms and tassels round the kitchen table but I can think of worse ways to spend my time.

I found the plain palm leaf shopping baskets online for £12.99 and £4.99 (I decided to do a mini one for Daisy too) and bought most of the wool on eBay. The rest of the trimmings I picked up at my local haberdashery store. Other essential items included craft glue and a darning needle.  I also bought proper pompom makers on Amazon as I struggled to make them tight enough using a cardboard ring. I cannot recommend them highly enough. The whole lot came to approx £40.

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I drew a plan of what I wanted and began by gluing my pompom trim along the top of each basket. I then glued on the mirrors and threaded the pompoms through, around each mirror, using the darning needed,  tying the loose threads to each other inside the basket to keep the pompoms secure.

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I found some gold sew-on decorations (the kind of packets you buy for children’s crafts) and threaded those on with matching gold thread, again tying the ends of the thread together inside the basket.

Obvioiusly, while I wanted my baskets to feel like a Muzungu Sisters basket, I didn’t want them to be a complete imitation, so I made some tassels (You Tube is brilliant for this), and threaded them around the basket handles.

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So there are my pompom and tassel baskets, all ready for our holiday in the South of France next week, where I’m sure they’ll feel quite a home. Look out for them on my Instagram!

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LITTLE YELLOW DRESS: POMPOMS AND TASSELS

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As I’m sure you’ve gathered by now, I’m having a bit of a pompoms and tassels moment this season. Show me a dress or top adorned with tassels or a basket smothered in pompoms and I’m a happy woman. The same goes for Daisy’s clothes. I cannot help myself. It didn’t start out as intentional, it just happened!

Perhaps it’s because I’ve been deprived all winter, but pompoms and tassels just don’t work in colder climes in the same way, they’re just a bit too, well, boho. Yet roll on summer and they come into their own.

As a woman in her forties though, there’s a limit to how far I can go, a tassel-fringed top, a pompom accessory is all well and good, but it should probably stop there. However, when it comes to Daisy, there are no limits, the more the better as far as I’m concerned. While a pompom may look silly on an adult, they just look adorable on children.

Next and Accessorize have a great selection of dresses and kaftans adorned with pompoms and tassels, along with pretty embroidery. I have a tendency to snap them up when I see them, because chances are, when the hot weather strikes (here’s hoping), they will have sold out.

Below are a few of my favourites, some of which have sneaked into Daisy’s wardrobe already.

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 1. Sunuva Pink Cheesecloth Dress, £42

2. Accessorize Palm Tree Tassel Kaftan, £17

3. Next Yellow Pom Pom Trim Dress, from £18

4. Everbloom Studio Pink & Turquoise Pompom Headband, approx £12

5. Next Pom Pom Embroidered Dress, from £17

6. Everbloom Studio Tassel Necklace, approx £18