Bringing holiday home

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You’ve arrived back home from your recent holiday and you keep reminiscing about the fun you had and the memories you made. Sunset pictures have been shared, and jumping in the pool videos have been sent to friends. Now what? As it becomes harder to keep those memories alive, what if there was another way to bottle that post-holiday feeling for longer?

We’ve been putting our heads together to come up with ideas for bringing holiday home. We’ve spoken about creating Smash Books and using styling tips within the home to recreate a holiday vibe, but we wanted to explore further…

We invited 8 bloggers to London for a day to try their hand at traditional crafts. First was IKAT weaving inspired by ‘cloth of the tongue’ prints typically found in Mallorca. And then an espadrille masterclass was given to recreate those you’d find in Portugal. We spent a fun ‘crafternoon’ in delightful company talking about how we keep the holiday memories alive and here’s what we discovered…

Bringing Holiday Home

Bring Holiday Home Maggy Woodley

Maggy Woodley from Red Ted Art creates photobooks to remember her holidays as well as making holiday videos for YouTube. With last year’s beach finds, she made some pretty sea glass ornaments.

Ruth Davies Knowles from RocknRoller Baby said, “We bring holiday home in lots of ways from recreating delicious dishes that we’ve eaten while away, to displaying our treasures (souvenirs/shells etc) and also looking back on our pictures. I loved the idea of bringing craft into it and will definitely keep this as an idea for the future too!”

Bring Holiday Home

Penny Alexander recently moved to the Peak District. In her new home she has a street of tiny pottery houses from different countries she’s visited alongside holiday photos, jars of seaglass and baskets of shells and pebbles. Parentshaped 

Penny Carr likes to recreate her family holiday memories back at home. A meal, an activity, or even a day out to a similar place to one visited whilst away. “It’s spending time together that makes it feel like being back on holiday again.” Being Mrs C

Joy Jackson from Pinkoddy said, “I’m a fridge magnet kind of girl. I had to buy a second tall standing freezer to fit them on!”

Bringing Holiday Home

Mari creates Smash Books with her children while they’re on holiday like when they visited Costa Calida. She also weaves shells, driftwood and other natural mementos into wall hangings for her home. Mari’s World

Sabina Green creates ‘holiday jars’. “We fill a Kilner jar with shells, sand, stones, tickets and trinkets to remind us of our holiday. Of course, we take lots of photographs as well but I quite like our holiday in a jar!” Mummy Matters

Bring Holiday Home weaving

Carolynne Ash from Mummy Endeavours said, “Bringing holiday home for me is all about the smells, sounds and colours… smells of foods and even suncream. I love to keep that sun kissed, healthy glow with some tan boosting creams – they smell like suncream! And having a water feature in the garden and lying near it on a sunny day with eyes closed can feel like you’re beside a pool.”

Bringing Holiday Home

Thank you to Nicki from Temple of Loom who set us up with looms and a selection of wools and taught us to weave. And to Ota from Luchi And Ota who taught us how to make espadrilles. If you would like to try your hand at weaving or espadrille making, download our handy How-To

If you would like to try your hand at weaving or espadrille making, download our handy How-To pdfs by clicking on the images below.

Bring Holiday home weaving pdf

How to weave instructions

How to make espadrilles

How to make espadrilles instructions

Marianne Weekes

Marianne Weekes is a Social Media Executive at James Villa Holidays.

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