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Loving these VW Camper Van Christmas Decorations!

yay retro! just came across these fab VW campervan Christmas decorations - these are absolutely brilliant and surely a must-have item for any dedicated camper van owners Christmas Tree?!  Made by Love Felts who can be found on Facebook, Love Felts say that they were "born from attending Volkswagen festivals..." 
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Vintage Melamine Tea sets and more for sale!

yay retro! have a great selection of vintage melamine for sale at the moment including Gaydon, Melaware and also Insulex. All from the 60s, these sets include cups and saucers, salt and pepper pots, dishes, plates and serving bowls. Ideal for camper van owner,s caravanners and also anyone with a retro home. (We use ours in our kitchen - originally melamine was invented for use in the home  and was thought to be a replacement for ceramics).

We even have a picnic basket set. We think all of these would make lovely presents, plus it's never too early to make plans for next Spring and Summer's picnics!

We're also loving our party style set which includes red Melaware plates (still in their box!)  and sandwich flags - perfect for Christmas?

Why not pop into the melamine section of the yay retro! shop now, simply click here. 

Romantic retro picnic anyone?

With the wind getting up, and the leaves sailing off the trees, it's officially picnic in cars season! However there is no harm in planning for the sunny weather, and the gift of a vintage picnic set is sure to go down well at Christmas time, when we are all looking forward to the warmer weather.

We love this pretty picnic set, which includes a wicker basket, a cotton tablecloth, and four 1960s Gaydon melamine cups and saucers.  Perfect for campers, campervanners and caravanners, or just plain old romantics - Why not give a unique vintage present this year?

A visit to Poppy Treffry in St Ives and a competition!

Back in the summer we had a great holiday in St Ives, in Cornwall. One of my most favourite shops was Poppy Treffry's, as it was full of uniquely designed embroidered home wares, hand drawn tea towel designs, ceramics and gifts of every shape and size. Interspersed were lots of vintage items such as sundae dishes, vintage toys, cups and saucers etc, which made the shop even more interesting for us!  Sarah was really helpful, and pointed us in the right direction to choose some gifts to take back home for a friend (we chose tea towels and egg cups.)

Poppy Treffry also has a website, so you can easily buy her wonderful designs online - right now we love the camper van tea cosies and camper/caravan tea towels from her current collection.

Anyone who is keen to try out a vintage camper van for a holiday can now enter Poppy Treffry's fab 'Living the Dream' competition to win a 2 night break in a VW camper van down in Cornwall with £300 to spend in Poppy's shop! Why not have a go by clicking the image below, entries need to be in by 21/1/14 :O)

yay retro! loves Artwork by Angie!

It never ceases to amaze how many ultra talented people there are out there,  and at this time of year it's great to 'bump into them' on Facebook as it really does help with birthday and Christmas present buying (all of our family birthdays pretty much happen between now and end of the year!)

People like Angie, a freelance illustrator and graphic designer based in Somerset, UK, whose website Artwork by Angie, was launched in the summer of 2010. Angie trained in Graphic Design (Illustration) and had spent at least 12 years working in the advertising industry, before setting up her own business. She says she loves to 'create cheerful, pretty and sometimes witty illustration prints, greetings cards, stationery and gift wrap'.

With most of her designs being inspired by all things typically British and nostalgic, we adore her range of greetings cards which feature camper vans, caravans, camping and the original vintage mini! 
Angie's work can be found in many UK high street shops, including branches of Waterstones and also National Trust shops. 

There are so many things we love in her shop, but I can't tell you about them here as some of them have been bought as presents for my family! Click on the pictures to visit Angie's website, or here to pop into yay retro! for a browse :O)

Stunning 1920s-60s 'Travel Poster' Art

If like me, you adore the artwork on travel posters of the 1920s to 60s you will love the artwork of Bradley Hutchings, who runs Longsummer, an art and design co. based in Bournemouth. We came across his work at the Lymington Saturday Market in Hampshire, and were blown away by his skill and expertise. 

Under the name Longsummer, Bradley creates posters and cards, and you can also commission him to create artworks of your home, your camper van or a special scene. In fact Hythe Parish Council have recently asked him to create a series of pieces to advertise Hythe and the Beach Bus (you may have seen these lovely images travelling about the New Forest).

We love the idea of VW campervanners getting a piece commissioned of their Dubs! What a great present idea!

Bradley says: "Longsummer is just me. I've used the name for some time because, like the illustrations, it conjures up clear sunny memories of beautiful places; and it can be a good name for many things."  Click the pictures to visit Bradley's website, where you can commission him, or buy any of his posters, prints and cards :O)

yay retro! chat with The Blue Bay Camper Co

When we think of iconic items from the 1970s we are instantly met with images of space-hoppers, tank tops, colourful kitchenalia and of course the humble VW Camper van. Owning one of these fine examples of German engineering has increasingly become popular with VW festivals popping up all over the UK and with its links to the surf and retro scenes there are a growing number of people interested in owning one.

yay retro! recently met up online with Mark and Lowri Woods of The Blue Bay camper Co. who were bitten by the VW bug 4 years ago and have grown this love into a viable wedding business. Mark tells us: ‘We always had a desire to move into business from the moment we bought our VW Camper as a project over 3 years ago. Initially as a means of raising the funds we needed to keep her motoring, we soon grew this idea when we started planning our own wedding. We realised from the great things family and friends were saying about our plans that we could actually turn our love for all things vintage into a business and that VW camper hire for weddings in particular were the way forward.

The Blue Bay Camper Co was born, and has grown to offer other services such as hire of vintage wedding accessories but it is the experience of planning their own wedding and that iconic vehicle that is driving people to use their service. The couple say the thing that has helped us so far is that people respond to the passion we have for vintage – they like that we enjoy what we do and that we want the best for them and that includes going the extra mile…

Mark and Lowri also confess a love for the great outdoors and found yay retro! during one of their routine searches for items for retro picnics:

‘We fell instantly for yay retro’s bold crockery, they are just ideal for a retro picnic wedding theme and we couldn’t resist recommending this theme and yay retro! to our customers this month through our blog – yay retro!’s finds and our VW camper are the perfect great match’

If you would like to find out more about The Blue Bay Camper Co. you can visit their website here.

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