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Father’s Day

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The day is fast approaching when dad’s everywhere are forced by law to have a lie-in, get served endless mugs of coffee and hog the TV remote control for the entire evening. Yes, it’s Father’s Day. A special time to celebrate these unsung heroes of the home, because as Homer Simpson once explained to Bart: “Fatherhood isn’t easy, not like motherhood”.

So we have donned our thinking caps to search for some Chocovenyl ways to honour our dads. We have scoured the land to look for the perfect gifts. Something to put a smile on their faces and let them know that they are the bestest.

Here are some  well designed free prinables to get you started from the wonderful Hello Lucky blog and a Card Tie created by Ruban Collectif: DIY Father's Day

Check out our Father’s Day Pinboard at the wonderful design land of Pinterest packed with ideas: Father's Day Pinterest

We particularly loved the back-rub t-shirt and there’s a super cool idea for wrapping a Father’s Day gift in the style of a short and tie.

Father’s Day with Chocolove

Two areas started to emerge as perfect for our Chocovenyl designs; presents which can only be for a dad and presents which will help add coolness to their dad ‘cave’. This is what we came up with:

Top Dad

What better way to thank most deserving gentleman of the family than with this rather fine vintage poster emblazoned with the words “Top Hat For The Top Dad”. This can be personalised to include the dad’s name along with a short message. It’s guaranteed to add a bit of refinement and sophistication to any study or dad room. Top Hat Wall Sticker by Chocovenyl for Fathers Day

Dreamy Skylight

Finding the perfect gift requires blue sky thinking and that’s the inspiration behind this magical skylight. It allows dad’s to add a virtual window to their study or room – a window which, every time they gaze into, will be reminded of how much he means to you. This allows you to have a personalised message around the outer border, such as our own choice, “Love you to the sky & back”.

Scrabble Tile Stickers

Why should fridge doors have all the fun when it comes to leaving daft and touching personal messages, clever word of the day or just about anything he can come up with. The stickers are moveable.  This is everything dad needs to write his own stylish graffiti on the walls of his room. It could be an inspirational message or a memorable football score. It really is one of those gifts that keeps on giving.

 Silly Walks Wall Sticker

If there’s one thing dad’s are great at it, it’s being silly. And there’s no better way to celebrate this than a classic Ministry of Silly Walks sticker for the study or wherever dad goes to hide. The cross-stitch style also gives it the feel of a retro computer games for that extra wallop of cool. We hope there is something here which is just right for your dad. And if you’re a dad who’s secretly reading and itching for something we’ve shown, you just have to keep browsing this page and coughing loudly until somebody notices. Or you could always attach some post-it notes to the monitor – but maybe that’s a bit much.

Our Queen’s Jubilee

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Here at Chocovenyl HQ, we have been looking for the best ideas to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee year.

We were after anything a bit different, inspired and “made in Britain”. We wanted something which could capture something about what it truly means to be British. There are so many interesting developments these days which are helping to bring manufacturing back to Britain, reviving the British high-street.

The British designer-maker market is also bubbling with all sorts of wonderful designs. There is a sense of “spring in the air” from your local supermarket’s “made in Britain” produce to the many wonderful and creative designer-maker brands like Thornback & Peel, Naomi Paul, Mason Cash. There are many more which can be found via notonthehighstreet.com, etsy.com, made.com and our fave llustre.com.

It seems like there is a real move to get back to our roots and regain our pride in making, rather then relying on cheap imports and, oh boy!, we have so much to offer.

For inspiration we took a plunge into the creative waters of Pinterest and came up with this wonderful collection:

Jubilee Pinterest

Jubilee Pinterest

We found so many wonderful designs and icons of Britishness. Our favourite trait is the world famous British humour. After all one needs something cheerful on a rainy day.. And who better than Monty Pyton to represent the inventiveness of British comedy. The Ministry of Silly Walks is an iconic image we can’t get out of our heads so we decided to plant it in yours…:

Ministry of silly walks

Ministry of silly walks

Yes, the iconic image of John Cleese doing his silly walk.

It’s from a Monty Python sketch which was first shown on the BBC in 1970. It involves a nameless civil servant walking through the streets of London and doing a variety of incredibly silly walks. He eventually reaches his workplace, where a brass plaque reveals the building to be the ‘Ministry of Silly Walks’.

It is this mix of eccentricity, classical style, respectability and an ability to laugh at ourselves which we think is perfect.  And besides, it just makes us chuckle.

Silly Walks Cross Stitch

And now for something completely different. Here is our own Silly Walks Cross Stitch Wall Stripe . This set has a natural look and will fit many decor styles. Available in black and red stitch colours or black only stitch both on linen look background.

Silly Walks Cross Stitch

Cross Stitch Bunting.

From a distance the cross-stitch looks like an ornate pattern and it is only when you look a bit closer that they reveal themselves to be a dedication to HRH. In contrast to what you think of wall stickers, especially vinyl we like our PVC free fabric art to stand out in a natural feel and texture and also reference a good old craft. Applied in one line adds up to about 1m.

Cross Stitch Bunting

We would like to think that if the Queen were to pick her decoration for Buckingham Palace she’d choose our Cross Stitch bunting..

Just before you off to get ready for your Street Party…

Here is a collection of 33 creative cupcake recipes from Ming, utterly delish! Do look at the cookies and savouries as well!

The photo is from mingmakescupcakes.yolasite.com

Choco loves Owls

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Owls have been around for millions of years and have long been a part of human folklore and legend. They have been referenced to in culture countless times, depicted in cave paintings and in Egyptian hieroglyphics. They have been reproduced as objects of admiration, and have held many symbolic roles including wisdom and prosperity. Owls are a particular favourite with crafters around the world today.

Is it the big mesmerising front facing eyes that have captivated us for centuries? Owls carry wonderful mystery and have an alluring sense of danger about them. They approach in silence and most owls are dwellers of the night. Did you know? The female is often more brightly coloured then the male. Owls can turn head a very impressive 270 degrees. The ear tufts are for display only! They are not ears at all.

Chocovenyl Owls

Chocovenyl owls are beautifully designed, whimsical and utterly adorable. The Owls Pair sticker set will have your heart all of a flutter.

Owls Fabric Wall Stickers by Jillian Phillips for Chocovenyl

Owls by Jillian Phillips

The Height Chart will have your little ones reaching for the tree tops to be with their delightful friends (that toppling owl stack just makes me grin!)

One of the newest additions to our website is the fabulous Happy Owls mini set and my-oh-my are these some happy owls.

Owls Be Carolyn Gavin for Chocovenyl

Owls Be Carolyn Gavin

Any one of these lovely fabric wall sticker sets will bring beautiful colour and cheer to your kid’s spaces. They are sure to spark imagination and inspire a love of nature in your little ones.

To celebrate the majesty of the Owl we have put together a little round-up of some of our favourite owl inspired DIY ideas and handmade items.

Owls tutorials, free downloads and our favourite ETSY buys

Owls DIY and handmade

Top: fabulous owl costumes inspiration and tutorials & make your own owl mobile free download
Middle: make sock owls & an easy paper plate kids do
Bottom: our favorite ETSY shops buys – CartBeforeTheHorse, MiniEmpire, RoomMate

Owl Treats

Owls cupcakes, owl sandwich and owls cookies inspiration

Did you know we’re on Etsy too? We have our very own ETSY Chocovenyl shop, stocked to the rafters with our beautiful fabric wall stickers. Check us out while you’re shopping for some owl loveliness

For even more glorious owlness head to our Pinboard.


Sources:
1. Owl costumes: momincdaily.com and llevoelinvierno.blogspot.co.uk
2. Owls free printable mobile created by  Katy Petty of Mini Eco
3. Sock owls. Project excerpted from Socks Appeal: 16 fun & funky friends sewn from socks by Brenna Maloney published by C&T Publishing. Tutorial
4. Paper plates owls tutorial Craftsbyamanda.com
5. ETSY buys: Cartbeforethehorse, Swedish MiniEmpire and felt enthusiast Roommate
6. Owl sandwich  littlefoodjunction.blogspot.co.uk

Scrabulous!

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The wonderful world of Scrabble has been bringing friends, families and lovers together for years; grandparents and their grandchildren have played over steaming cups of cocoa, whilst couples have thumbed the tiles thoughtfully in front of roaring fires.

Scrabble Fabric wall stickers, wood design
Scrabble has travelled around the world; it has entertained children on aeroplanes, pupils on school coaches and squabbling siblings in the back seats of cars. Families have played round campfires, in snow topped chalets and on sandy beaches across faraway shores.

SCRABBLE for iPad By Electronic Arts
And still the Scrabble journey continues to grow… It’s even gone high tech; people ponder Scrabble words with strangers over the internet, with friends on Facebook and those delightful little tiles pop up on ipads, netbooks, smart phones and kindles. One thing’s for sure: this timeless board game knows how to stay connected.

Scrabble Pinspiration

At Chocovenyl we were tickled pink to discover how this trend has grown in new and gorgeous forms. Our Scrabble pin board is full of inspirational trends that left us in a Scrabble spin!

Scrabble Inspiration Pinterest
The invitations are utterly adorable for a child’s birthday party, and they are so pretty they will double up as a beautiful keep sake.
And for the grown-ups? Well we are itching to get a cup of espresso out of one of these little Scrabble cups, but only if it comes with a Scrabble cupcake or Scrabble cookie!
Scrabble Inspiration Pinterest

But our favourite Scrabble find was ingeniously using Scrabble tiles as place settings- fabulous for a fancy dinner party or a special occasion.

Letter Tiles PVC free fabric wall stickers by Chocovenyl

We are delighted to introduce our very own Letter Tiles wall stickers that have had our heads spinning with all the wonderful ways we could use them. They come in classic wood or contemporary cool denim. We are selling full sets in small or mini size or we can offer individual letters.

Fabric wall stickers scrabble denim wood

We think they would make a perfect gift for Father’s Day or just any other day. The beautiful PVC free fabric means they will compliment any surface and like all our stickers, they are movable, so the fun is endless! We’re thinking cuties notes, clever and witty phrases, and special birthday messages – even wedding proposals!

Fabric wall stickers scrabble mini by Chocovenyl

The list is endless because they are utterly Scrabulous!