Friday, 30 March 2012

So Retro!

My parents were married and bought their first house in the 70s so, even though I was born in the 80s, I grew up surrounded by 70s prints on the carpets, curtains, bedding, lamps, crockery...  Pretty much everywhere.  My childhood was floral, orange and brown.  So today we have a lovely selection of 70s-inspired items off Etsy.  Enjoy.

70s Flower Print Bag by audreyscat
£24 (+ £2.75 p&p)
A great fun floral design for the summer - a great shape and very useful!  Fully lined with new cream cotton, Vintage Button loop closure and internal patch pocket.  The full length of these bags is approx 65 cm from 'top' of strap to base of bag, with the main body of the bag being approx 40cm wide by 40cm deep.

Embroidered Bookmark by madewhilstlistening2
£4 (+ 97p p&p)
This bookmark is made from funky 70s vintage 100% cotton and decorated with an original hand embroidered picture of an open book in black cotton.  The bookmark has been interfaced to keep it's shape and to keep it firm and not floppy! It is the perfect size for both paperbacks and hardbacks at 22cm x 7cm

Pink, Blue and Orange Fabric Bunting by amooma
£15 (+ £2.50 p&p)
This is bunting is made from an iconic 1970's vintage design, it would make an amazing statement at a celebration, or as a decoration in your home. Length 89 inches, 226cm, with an additional 18 inches 45 cm on white bias binding tape for hanging.  There are 12 triangle each has a width of 5.5 inches, 14 cm, hight, 6.5 inches, 16 cm.  The bunting is double sided and the triangle flags are attached to a white coloured bias binding tape.

Flower and Lace Cushion by RedFoxCurios
£12.90 (+ £1.16 p&p)
Handmade cushion cover measures 16 x 16".  Front side is made from repurposed vintage fabric.  Its a lovely sturdy medium weight cotton fabric - the weight of it really helps the cover keep its shape.  Cushion has an envelope back for easy filler removal in cheerful 'deckchair' stripe - also in a durable heavy cotton linen

Vintage Fabric Dachshund by aliceapple
£12.50 (+ £2.50 p&p)
Handmade from original 1970s fabric.
Contrasting ear backings and base.
Nose is handmade from felt and the eyes have been chain stitched on by hand. Stuffed with polyester filling.
Measurements (approx):
12"x 4" (30cm x 10cm)

Hot Air Balloon Screen Print by liwbanks
£70 (+ £5 p&p)
"Modular Balloon" is a two colour, hand pulled screen print inspired by vintage 1970's fabric design. It is taken from an original hand drawn illustration that was painstakingly scribbled with fine liner pens!  It is printed on to a 71 x 50cm (28 x 19 1/2") sheet of 50% cotton, acid free Fabriano paper. The printed area measures 47.5 x 47.5cm (18 3/4 x 18 3/4").  Limited edition of just 20.

"Interesting Bits" Creativity Kit by JulieKirk
£9 (+ £1.30 p&p)
The kit includes:
* various co-ordinating patterned papers in shades of orange and brown
* a sheet of original retro wallpaper

* lots of die cut shapes in co-ordinating shades some with a lovely flocked texture;
* several ribbons and self-adhesive trimming;
* assorted embellishments ;
* a range of buttons, brads and tags

Vintage Print Fabric Backed Notebook by Rocknrolldiaries
£9.68 (+ £1.29 p&p)
A4 lined notebook backed very professionally in vintage fabric.  Would make a fantastic gift for a loved one or yourself!  These notebooks have a really nice handle and are a pleasure to use. 

Handmade Vintage Fabric Purse by Janefoster
£15.23 (+ £1.48 p&p)
This large purse has been handmade from some wonderful vintage 70s Scandinavian fabric. It's perfect as a purse or make up bag. It measures 16cm by 11cm and has been lined with a contrasting pink cotton. The reverse is a bright green soft baby cord fabric and a fabric Jane Foster tag has been sewn inside the purse. 

Original 70s-style Watercolour by CaraTilson
£41.94 (+ £3.23 p&p)
Original watercolour of a 70s scene.


  1. Wow ! these are great together and made me smile, thanks for including my bag,
    Dawn x

  2. The 70's rock, lovely blog post, and thank you for including me in you 70's theme x

  3. Thank you for featuring my vintage tulip purse on your wonderful blog!

  4. Thanks for including my retro paper pack in your collection. :-)

  5. Great choices, loving all these 'retro' fabrics.

    Jan x