Overnight Breaks, Travel

Isle of Wight Holiday Ideas

isle of wight

isle of wight

Throughout my selection of travel posts, I’m hoping to show you some fantastic places to holiday here at home in the UK, without the need for any long haul flights.

First up were some stunning places to stay in Scotland.  Travelling further south today, the Isle of Wight is a fantastic summer paradise, easily accessible by ferry and high speed boat (if you’re travelling without a car) from both Southampton and Portsmouth, which are in turn quick and easy to get to from London.  As such the Isle of Wight makes for a fantastic holiday destination.

The Isle of Wight boasts a beautiful coastline, with some stunning beaches, and an average summer temperature of 20°C, which at 5°C higher than here in Edinburgh, sounds downright tropical to me!

ventnor haven fishery

I’ve visited the Isle of Wight a few times now, and have always been won over by it’s sleepy laid-back charms, it’s jaunty seaside towns, and glorious countryside.  There are lots of things to do for all ages and interests on the Isle of Wight, and the island is particularly green.  The island has ambitious plans to be a wholly Eco island, and be a flagship for renewable energy generation (being self-sufficient by 2020), energy storage and have it’s own miniature smart electricity network.

If all of this has persuaded you to pay a visit, then the Isle of Wight has some amazing holiday accommodation.  If you’re looking for a particularly unique place to stay on the Isle of Wight then I came across Vintage Vacations, based near Ryde, through photographer Emma Case’s blog which you might be interested in.  Vintage Vacations have a fantastic collection of old restored air streams and British caravans available for you to stay in which look amazing, and would make for a memorable summer holiday.

Emma holidayed here last year, and her photos are so stunning that I instantly added this to my list of must-visit places to stay in the UK!

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Isle of Wight caravan

Prices start at £100 for two nights, midweek, and selected air streams can sleep up to six.  The air streams are fully equipped with everything you will need, and are fitted with kitchens, and most are fitted with showers.  They even come complete with a set of vintage board games to complete the holiday vibe!

Now please do excuse me, I’m off to search for cheap trains down south…!

Have you holidayed on the Isle of Wight before?  Did you enjoy it?

All images from Emma Case Photography.

Arts & Crafts, Fashion, Life & Style

Upcycling Clothes With 6 Fab DIYs

upcycling clothes

repurposing old clothes

There are some really talented people out there on the internet – here’s a round-up of some of the great posts I’ve found lately from bloggers who have been upcycling clothes and given them a fantastic new lease of life.  Click on the links to be taken to the full post from each blogger and instructions from them on how you can do the same:

Six Upcycling Clothes DIYs

potato printed trousers

Fritha from Tigerlilly Quinn did some amazing geometric potato printing on a pair of little boy’s jeans she found in a charity shop.  Her toddler is going to look amazing in them!

handprinted t-shirt

And isn’t this potato printed fox top she also made for her son the cutest (in the same post)?

upcycled shirt ideas

Vicky from The Owl and the Accordion is also a crafting wizard!  Not only did  she whip up an embroidered skirt repurposed from a men’s denim shirt, but she also breathed new life into an old leather jacket with this diy stud detailing, creating an up to the minute studded leather jacket.  How is that for upcycling clothes?!

upcycled clothing ideas

This scarf that has been incorporated into a gorgeous shirt from Gypsie Sister has been sitting on my to do list for an age.  It’s just perfect for summer.  And what a clever upcycling idea – I am officially in love!

shirt diys

And finally, in the last of my upcycling clothes ideas, and keeping on the denim shirt theme, this beautiful DIY lace shirt from A Beautiful Mess makes me want to whip out my sewing machine right away!  I’m no sewing wizard but it looks fairly straightforward, so I could be tempted to give this a go!

Have you found any other good upcycling clothes posts or ideas or have one of your own that you’d like to share?  Let me know in the comments below!

Main image sourced from here.