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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

With Chocolove

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Hello.Thanks for dropping by.

Why don’t you kick off those shoes, grab a mug of something warm (we’d recommend something chocolaty) and have a quiet peruse around? We know you’ll feel better afterwards.

Mug Cake and Tea-bag Biscuits

Trend allert  Microwave mug cake & Tea-bag biscuits.

Don’t worry about whatever it is you should be doing, that can wait. Sometimes you just need to kick back and nourish the soul with some nostalgia. That’s why Chocovenyl now has its own little pocket on the Internet, because we knew it was needed. A little pocket of chocolove.

Chocolate Party Spoons & Potted Cupcakes

Trend allert  Chocolate Party Spoons & Potted Cupcakes surprise. Yes! Good to eat.


Here, on Chocovenyl vintage & charm caresses modern walls, sprightly characters entertain blank spaces and empty play rooms come to life.
We have a delightful collection of fabric wall art that mummies, daddies and kiddiewinks are head over heels about. Illustrations the most tallented artists have found themselves a new home on beautiful, movable, PVC free fabric. And, it’s just sitting here, waiting patiently to be enjoyed…

Birds PVC free movable fabric wall stickers by Ellen Giggenbach for Chocovenyl

Oh, so sweet.. Birds movable PVC free fabric wall stickers by Ellen Giggenbach, inspired by an eclectic mix of simple 1950’s and 60’s shapes, European folk art and traditional romantic imagery. Photo by Barbara Decré.


Just like our latest website addition, this quirky little blog soon to be brimming with indulgent inspirations, artist interviews and other charming handiworks we think you’ll be partial to.

Please do pop along again; we’ve got lots of chocolove to share.

Sources:

  •  Super easy Microwave mug cake. A brilliant fix! Easy to customise to your taste. Kids love to make and decorate. Many versions and flavours can be found on the internet.
  • Tea-bag biscuits. Makes a lovely homemade gift. The recipe is from French blog Le Pétrin , you can easily translate with Google. Or make your own version with shortbread pastry and a good quality chocolate.
  • Potted Cupcakes surprise. First I spotted this idea done by Heston Blumental. This recipe is from Norwegian blog, you can easily translate with Google.
  •  Chocolate Party Spoons. This recipe is from Sweetapolita blog. Lots of dipped spon recipes our there from sophisticated gourmet made with fine silver spoons to sprinkles happy kids version. Pop in cello loot bag, very pretty.