Monday, May 21, 2012

Flower Power Fashion for a Summer Beach Party

Well it's been a crazy weekend here at the Beach House.  It started out well enough, having lunch with some old uni friends on Friday,  which was a great catch up, but in many ways thereafter, it took a turn for the worse.  I could  ramble on about how I totalled the side passenger door on the station wagon, while rushing to get a park close to the front door of swimming lessons on Saturday morning and only a month after all the other dings in the car had been fixed.  I could go on about how I grabbed the keys on Saturday night, because I could take it no longer and left home momentarily, after the littlest Beach House Brat refused to eat her dinner for the fourth night running. I mean give me a kid who will not eat roast chicken and I will show you my daughter.  I didn't think they existed but apparently they do.  

 And I won't tell you how the kids ran after me into the garden crying for me not to go.  How I explained I wasn't going anywhere, I just wanted to sit alone in the car for a little while so I could be by myself.  Or how  in the 5 minutes it took us to walk back in to house, Mr Beach House had thrown her full chicken roast in the bin to punish me for screaming.  Nor am I going to tell you about how I then really lost it with Mr Beach House and said lots of horrible things to him and went to bed early on my own.  Or how he came in the next morning and said I clearly needed a break and how I should catch a movie by my self and he would look after the kiddos.  No  I'm not going to talk about all that, because if you are anything like me, that would bore you witless!!!!!!!  By the way I saw The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel which gave me hope and made me feel good.

But what I will tell you about dear reader, are these cute little beach shoes I used to make with my mum in the 70's, which I resurrected on the weekend.  So many good things came out of the flower power era, not least of which, were the matching floral print peasant dresses my mum made for us to get around together in. And these little floral adornments, were another.  I mentioned them to my mum the other day and asked whether she still had the old daisy wheel we used to make these on.  She couldn't remember throwing it out, but she couldn't remember where it was either, so she gave me a new one for Mothers Day, which was very thoughtful.

This raffia is actaully what is left over from the 70's.  

These daisy wheels have a little knob on the front which you can turn to make the spokes go in and out.  You just wind the raffia around them to form a flower.  I used two different colours to make it look pretty.

You then push a needle threaded with raffia between the daisy wheel and the petals. 

Tie it in the middle to form the centre of the flower, Leaving the strings long so it can be tied to the shoe strap.

Turn the knob to retract the spokes.  You then have a sweet little daisy. 

  To make the straps for the shoe, cut three stands of raffia per shoe in alternate colours and tie them off at the end with a knot.  Push a needle through the knot and hammer it onto a wooden surface, so you get even tension on the strap.  Braid by plaiting.  When you get to the end, tie it off in a knot to secure.  

Measure the braid around the first or second toe and tie the flower to it with the over hanging strings left from the raffia used to tie off the centre of the flower.

To wear the shoe, slip it over your first or second toe and tie it on a bow at the back of your ankle.

You can also adorn hair clips with the daisy.

Just slip a bobby pin through the centre of the flower

Or how about a pretty little wrist band?

I know what I'll be wearing to the next barefoot ball on the beach.  Because Lord knows I need a little bit more partying in my life. How about you?

Have a great week and thanks for all the support for the recipes I posted last week.  The judging starts Tuesday and I'll let you know whether I proceed to the cook off or not.

Today I am partying here


  1. I'm sorry your weekend didn't run smoothly for you, it's hard work being a Mum and I'm sure your 'me' time was very well deserved! Wishing you lots of luck for the judging, all your dishes looked amazing! :) xo K

  2. At least you admit you're not perfect.
    Gives hope to the rest of us Mums ;o)
    LOVE the Daisy shoes......
    Tania xx

  3. Pretty as a daisy!
    What a rough weekend for you tho - sending hugs and wishes for a better week ahead.

  4. brings back memories! a cute and simple idea.
    i think we all have moments like you had this weekend.
    my car still has a ding in the side from the youngest member of the family.

  5. So cute and crafty. I hope you have a much better week. Leahx

  6. I'm sorry that things were not bright and rosy in your beach house this weekend - I'm glad you were able to get out on your own for a break.

    I've never seen those little daisy shoes before, and I haven't heard of a daisy wheel, which is really surprising, since I remember nearly everything from the 70's - I was a child of the 60s and 70s :)

  7. Oh no! You poor thing, what a horrible day. Love the little daisy shoes though, completely adorable! x

  8. I'm beyond the wild years. I guess that's why I dream of wearing pink
    years younger than I am. Your posts always brings smiles to my face and
    today is no exception. Your darling little Miss Beach House altho purposely
    underfed at her demand is looking very cute in the little raffia flowers.

  9. I think I have a daisy wheel I bought a while back - so will have to make some of these!

  10. Cool! It's extremely amazing! I think the holder is prettier than the stuffs. I’m also passionate about bracelet and delighted to see a very new trend of it with the sweet colors. Thanks for it :).
    beach home

  11. These are SO adorable! Thank you for sharing at the Weekend Warrior, I will definitely be pinning this one!


  12. Sounds like a crazy weekend, hope you've managed to get some rest now :)
    The daisy shoes are so cute!

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    I have nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award. To accept this award, you are asked to thank and link to your nominator, display the award badge on your site and nominate 6 other blogs for the award. See my post

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  14. New follower from Lines Across Hop! The flower petal sandal is cute ;) Love for you to follow back and link up to Mom's Monday Mingle.

  15. Another cute idea you have here. I know that you will find this funny...I have featured you again this week at NTT!!


  16. Great idea!! Y


  17. Hey gal, if it's any comfort, you're not alone. Look at it this way, you've had the bad days now they sbould be good, for awhile at least. Nice that hubby understood and helped out. You were clearly at the end of your rope and that happens to all of us. I can remember what it was like with 4 kids at home during the summer with the boys (middle kids) taunting the girls (oldest and youngest) kids every chance they got. Ah the good old days. At least when we lived in San Diego I could take them all to the beach with their friends and didn't have to put up with it at all. Think friends Mother's were pretty happy with me too. Needless to say we spent alot of time at the beach when I wasn't working during the summer. And being the bad girl I am and loving the beach I tried to arrange not working during the summer every chance I got.
    Your little beach shoes are so cute and I sure remember making things like that. Wonder where I can get colored plastic raffia like that. The pink toes wearing them are super cute too. Is that the child that won't eat her dinner?
    They do go thru streaks where you wonder how you can get thru their childhood without doing them some harm occasionally. I had 3 kids in 4 years so know how it can be. The 3rd. one was a real terror, not bad, just all boy. The boys are 16 months apart. I had 1st. 11 days before 20th. b/d and had 3rd. almost 3 months before 24th. b/d. Good thing I was young and very stupid. lol. Got divorced/remarried and had last one, 6 years younger than 3rd. She was quite a bit to handle when she was about 11/12. What an attitude and mouth. Raising kids in so. CA not an easy task. Hope this week is much better for you.

    1. Such a lovely comment. Yes raising kids is the hardest thing one will ever do I believe.

      And yes this is the little one who wont eat here dinner. You can see she is well covered but 4 nights in a row was getting a bit much. Funnily enough she has eaten it all the last 2 nights.

  18. 'You dont have to be perfect, but YOU are perfect for your kids.'
    Thus endeth the sermon!!!!
    Loved the film too, I think I might retire in Malaysia rather than India, I hear it is better.

    1. Movies always make me feel something. Even if it's not great it's lovely to feel something other than the numbness of housework.

  19. Mel@Georgica PondMay 22, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Now that is impossibly cute - just gorgeous for little girls and parties.

  20. Oh hun - what a shitty day. Remind me when we catch up what I made my hubby do to the kids when they were being little turds. Totally bad mother stuff! See now you make my girl envy start all over again when you go and make gorgeous little shoes like this. She is such a little doll.
    P.S I emailed you a date re QVB
    xx Sonia

  21. loving these vignettes. they look fantastic. found you via the blog hop!

  22. What fun for a little girl. Happy Memorial Day weekend and Pink Saturday.


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