Craftiness, Thrifty

Quick and thrifty retro bird decoration

12 February, 2013

*****Warning: contains strong, possibly offensive views*****

You know what I hate? PINK. UGH. It is so disgusting. I have no doubt that my hatred of it is in part because of how it is now a prescriptively female colour, to the extent that nearly all girl kid’s clothes have to have a smattering of it, just to identify them. How ridonkulus is that?

I don’t own one single pink item of clothing, not even a ribbon. Putrid, vomity Shade of Average.  *Begins petition to have it taken out of the rainbow*

Of course, unless it is on something retro. Retro pink is an altogether different kind of thing, no? I have quite a few 1960’s duvet covers in bright, bold, flower power pink and they are completely rock and roll. Ooh, yeah, 40 year old pink bed linen has got it going on.

Let me tell you a really cool and quick craft trick. If you smother fabric in a mixture of PVA and water (or homemade mod podge- click here for the recipe) and then leave it to dry, it turns into paper! Not actual paper, obvs, but you can cut it and treat it in the same way, so it doesn’t fray, snips super easily and bends to your will. It means you can do lots of papery- style crafts with it but they will be loads more sustainable and hardy, water proof and quite possibly in cooler patterns. Hooray!retro bird garland

I made a little string of retro birds and hearts – in fact you can catch me making this garland over on the Netmums Youtube Channel- eeep! It is a cool way of getting into the loving vibe of February, but also of showcasing some of those retro bed linens my husband doesn’t want to sleep in (see? SEE? It is so prescriptively feminine… or they have so obviously been slept in by many old ladies…)

I drew around my homemade bird cookie cutter on to the back of the fabric and then cut them out.retro fabric bird

I placed them on this old velvet ribbon and used some of the beautiful buttons from my Nana’s old button tin to sew them on.retro fabric valentines birds craft

Are you upcycling anything for Valentines Day this year? And, also, if you love pink, I don’t mind, honest. When it comes to YOU I’m quite colourblind.

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  • Damson Lane 12 February, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Now that is a genius idea for old fabrics! *runs off to find pva glue and then finds we have no beautiful retro bed linen*

    • Lucy 12 February, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      Haha, everyone needs some old bed linen! Pillow cases are the best as cutting up a whole duvet can be quite intimidating!

  • Patch 12 February, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    I am also a passionate pink hater so I empathise. Love that fabric though but I would call it claret maybe?? Definitely not pink 😉

    • Lucy 12 February, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      Okay, actually, to make it a bit more acceptable to my eyeballs I had to put a bit of a filter on this. It is ALOT more garish than this 🙂 Woo for garish retro bed linen!

  • Jen aka The Mad House 12 February, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    I used to be a pink hater, now I realise that all colour is beautiful! Love the mobile

    • Lucy 12 February, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      LOVE that Jen, yes, so true 😀

  • lally young 12 February, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Recycle, I got his nibs a book from the charity shop today, 99p! So my total has just gone to about £6! I hate pink gerr, give me purple anyday, you would hate it round here, there is a woman who drives round in bright pink bettle! and it has the tacky eye lashes to match!!!!!
    Loving the mobile. Will have a go at this one, and I got some doiles for 50p each today!! Granny house alert lol!!!

    • Lucy 12 February, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      Ooooh, a pink car with eyelashes? That is next level…. I bet that person is alot of fun though!!

  • Sarah Carritt 12 February, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    They’re lovely. Not made a card this year, I’ve done your 50 reasons why I love you. Thought it was a lovely idea. X Sarah

    • Lucy 12 February, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      Ah, have you? Fabulous! Hope it causes lots of gushing love!!

  • Jenny F 12 February, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    brilliant, I have that exact retro bedspread myself, purchased in the Salvos on Walworth Rd, and currently displayed as bunting in our flat! Thanks for more inspiration…

    • Lucy 12 February, 2013 at 5:51 pm

      No way?! This is actually bought over from a charity shop (probably Sallies) in NEW ZEALAND!!!!
      How amazing!

  • Make do mum 12 February, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Ooh cool, I love the idea of cutting out fabric and no sewing or fraying.
    I don’t buy pink things for K but we get given things and so they get used. It’s insipid pastel pink and slutty Barbie pink that I really dislike. Poor baby E (a boy) is in a pink sleeping bag as I write this, not that he cares of course.

    • Lucy 12 February, 2013 at 10:23 pm

      Yep, same thing with Ramona- she only has hand me down’s and I won’t chuck a good top out even if it is pink!

  • Yvonne 13 February, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I’m not quite sure if it is the colour itself that I dislike or just the cultural stereotype that it implies.
    Anyway my little boy recently loves pink ballerina and princess stuff which I tolerate (I’m not quite sure if I could be that patient if he was a girl.) I think it is beautiful that he just likes this stuff without knowing that is is mainly produced for little girls. I hope he can stay that innocent and free in his choice for a longer time. As long as he is not saying a ideal girl should be like an elf or a princess it is ok for me.

    • Lucy 13 February, 2013 at 11:37 pm

      What a fabulous parent you are supporting his uniqueness! I think it is quite common for little lads to like pink- all kids- until they learn from peers not to. So sad: (

  • Molly - Mother's Always Right 14 February, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Cute! I’m also not a mega fan of pink. F has some pink stuff (she seems drawn to it!) but if I’M buying her togs I’ll always look for bold colours like greens, reds and yellows. Suits her better and is less candy cane styley.

  • MsXpat 15 February, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    How clever and sweet and does not cost the earth :0) I hope you had a lovely V-day.

    • Lucy 15 February, 2013 at 9:13 pm

      Thank you! It was really just another day here – husband is just a good one every day haha. Hope you had a lovely one! x

  • Maz 15 February, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Just come across your blog. Lol….love your writing, made me larf! Clever tip with the glue and fabric, might have to try that out!

    • Lucy 15 February, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      Hehe, thanks for your comment- I am glad someone gets my sense of humour hehehe. Give it a go, the fabric and Mod Podge, would love to see what you come up with! xx