Sunday, 11 December 2011

folksy site!!

I am pleased to announce that Grandma Chic clothing is now available at with much more coming soon!

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Tuesday, 18 October 2011


Grandma Chic will be doing a workshop for the lovely people at COW (Creative Open workshops) upcycling, customizing and reinventing old frocks, jumpers and whatever else comes to hand! Still a bit nervous about it, but that's probably a good thing. It's all rather exciting! You can find out more about the workshops (there's some lovely things on offer! ) at

In the meantime, here's something I customized as an example....(left = before, right = after)

photographs by sam budgen 2011

Thursday, 13 October 2011

More vintage fair photos....

Here are a few more photos of the vintage fair Grandma Chic was at, taken by myself, they are mostly of our little stall....

Oops! Next time I will display the jumpers much more tidily!

All photos copyright Sam Budgen 2011

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Birmingham Vintage Fair

Thank you to all who came to my stall at Birmingham Vintage Fair last month. I had some lovely comments and it was great to receive such support! There was a great mix of stalls and really friendly atmosphere. A lovely day was had by all and hopefully I will be doing the next one in February. Visit to find out more and take a look at the other stall holders (who were very supportive and lovely). The photographs below were taken by Keith Bloomfield of Hardluck Hotel who kindly let me use them. You can find more of Keiths work at . Stay tuned for more magic....

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Birmingham Vintage Fair

Grandma Chic is delighted to announce we will be appearing at Birmingham Vintage Fair on September 24th! It's the first fair Grandma Chic is doing.  Exciting! Check out the website to see a video from the last one held in June....

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Photoshoot Update!

Hello there,
Here's a sneaky peek behind the scenes at the Grandma Chic photoshoot with the help from two lovely musicians, Melissa Morris and Ruth Angell....Thank you to you both!!!

Photos by Melissa Morris, Ruth Angell and Sam Budgen.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Crikey! It's time for an upcycling update!

I know it's been a while since I updated this blog, but I can reassure you that I have been very busy working on the Grandma Chic collection, which has grown considerably since my last ramble....Am currently organising some proper photos (very exciting!) and working on my marketing (ie. flyers), so you'll be able to see what I've been up to! In the meantime, and in my spare time, I've upcycled some lovely crochet blankets (and a knitted skirt suit) into even lovelier cushions covers.

photos copyright Sam Budgen 2011

Saturday, 30 April 2011

A change of Scene

Finally getting round to redecorating my bedroom and thought I'd share some awesome vintage ideas to inspire!

From the '1940s house' book. Anyone remember the tv series? Gardiner, Juliet The 1940s house / Juliet Gardiner / foreword by Norman Longmate . - London : Channel 4, 2000 . - 0752272535

From Lawrence, Richard Russell The book of the Edwardian & inter-war house / Richard Russell Lawrence . - London : Aurum, 2008 . - 1845133404

Saturday, 2 April 2011

A new hat for a new arrival!

Thought you'd like to see how adorable Adelaide looks in this hat I knitted for her! Photo courtesy my cousin Caroline.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Time for a bit of a catch up!

It's been a while since I've updated this blog, so here's a few photos of some works in progress....
Planning to have some proper photos (on a model) soon!

all images copyright Sam Budgen 2011