Category Archives: Creativity

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

Did you notice it’s autumn?

Did you notice it’s autumn?

“Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.”  –Elizabeth Lawrence Last week my parents came to visit us in London.  It was also my birthday.  I haven’t spent a birthday with my parents in, oh, 10 years or so … so it was wonderful. We managed to escape London for a coupleContinue reading

6 ways to simplify digital information

6 ways to simplify digital information

A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think. -Eleanor Roosevelt   Feeling overwhelmed? I know the feeling.  Today I am feeling overwhelmed by digital information.  I LOVE the internet. Love it. I subscribe to over 50 blogs. I sign up for email newsletters.  I save tons of links as bookmarks.Continue readingContinue reading

Summer camp closes it’s doors until next year

Summer camp closes it’s doors until next year

Our first year of Vintage Summer Camp has come to a close.  How many badges did you earn?? Don’t worry if you missed out this year – we’ll be back next year with more projects and summer fun. In the meantime, here is a recap of Summer Camp projects – perfect for a lazy LaborContinue readingContinue reading

Found! Vintage knitting patterns at the local village fete

Found! Vintage knitting patterns at the local village fete

This weekend we went to the local village fete and as usual there were several stalls of other people’s junk for sale.  As I’ve mentioned before, the best place to find vintage treasures on the cheap is not in vintage shops, but at charity shops, fun fairs, church rummage sales and garage sales.  If youContinue reading