Category Archives: Creativity

Creating Community: Jenny from Nourished Kitchen

Creating Community: Jenny from Nourished Kitchen

Our modern lives are often missing a sense of community.  We all need a community of people for support, for sharing and for learning.  Creating Community is a series on Vintage Savoir Faire where we have a virtual “cup of tea and a sit down” with a kindred spirit.  This week we meet Jenny fromContinue readingContinue reading

How do you enjoy life (even in the rain?)

How do you enjoy life (even in the rain?)

Remember when I announced that it was Spring? Yeah, that was a false alarm.  Here in London we seem to have gone backwards into dreary, rainy, cold winter!  And I’m not happy about it. OK, it’s cliche, but I really struggle with the weather in London.  Gray, drizzly, moderate temperature year round.  Rarely really hot,Continue reading

Have you tried these 4 favorite projects?

Have you tried these 4 favorite projects?

Here are 4 of your very favorite Vintage Savoir Faire projects, in case you missed them… Vintage Hair Rinse Lissa: “I’m actually doing this at the moment, only with spices: cloves and vanilla and cinnamon. Cloves is supposed to darken and bring out red highlights, and vanilla and cinnamon just smell so delicious!”   HotContinue reading

How to color Easter eggs – with onion skins!

How to color Easter eggs – with onion skins!

When I was a kid, we colored Easter eggs every Spring.  We used those pre-packaged kits with little wire ‘dippers’ and brightly colored dye tablets. But what did kids do before the invention of Easter egg coloring kits?  They colored eggs naturally, of course. I love, love, love this project.  It’s an updated version ofContinue readingContinue reading

Spark your creativity with an Artist’s Date

Spark your creativity with an Artist’s Date

You know when you have a really long to-do list, and it feels like there just isn’t enough time? Or when you run across your art/craft/baking supplies and think “I used to enjoy doing that … but I just can’t get inspired to start it again.” Or when you start to feel worn down andContinue readingContinue reading

Did you notice it’s Spring? Almost.

The seasons are changing.  Can you feel it? Ok, I admit that I moan a lot about the weather in London.  It is a bit gray and cold.  But, oh, how the grayness makes me appreciate the sunny days! Sunday was one of those days.  Bright sunshine (sunshine!!).  Clear blue sky.  Pretty warm (‘ish… butContinue readingContinue reading

Want to pick wild plants? 4 foraging rules.

Want to pick wild plants? 4 foraging rules.

Last summer, as I was walking to the local park, I noticed a huge rosemary bush growing through a crack in the sidewalk, leaning up against a building wall. Oooh rosemary! I ran my fingers through the branches and inhaled.  Ahhh. Gorgeous.  All this rosemary just sitting here in a public place!  While the littleContinue readingContinue reading

Wisdom to live by.

Wisdom to live by.

2012 is my year of change (and everyone else’s too, by the look of things.) So, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about my purpose and finding that sweet spot where I can really help people.  (All this thinking means I’ve had less time to do projects – but it’s just a naturalContinue reading

Welcome Twickerati Readers!

I’m glad you stopped by. VintageAmanda is all about good food,  handmade beauty,  kitchen remedies and  getting creative. It is possible to be healthier, less stressed and more creative through vintage-inspired tips (aka, the wisdom of great great grandma … updated for our modern lives!) Want to learn more? Sign up for my Clean Beauty Guide onContinue reading

What we were talking about last November

What we were talking about last November

Project don’t always turn out as planned.  This sweet chili jam didn’t set and became sweet chili sauce.  But it was still tasty! My beauty detox continued. On a quest to use up the random alcohol in my liqueur cabinet, we made some spiced Winter Warmer Rum.   Start some now for winter hot toddies.Continue reading