Make Your New Baby Pram Look Old Fashioned

babytransitIf you are a parent that has a lot of time and also into “do it yourself” kind of work, then maybe customizing your baby’s pram is a right project for you. It will bring you back to the old days when strollers and prams are simple and straight forward but combining it with modern technology and innovations we have today. You can make your modernized stroller into an old school one without sacrificing safety and comfort for both parent and child. But first of all, you need to know what it is like to use these traditional prams.

We start with these old fashioned baby buggies. Surprisingly, these old types of stroller or buggies are still seen at some places today. These strollers have built-in spoked wheels and have enough storage space for all the baby gear that you will be taking with you and more for your stuff. These types of strollers work wonders for newborn babies. Some models even have removable carrying cots. But there are also downsides with these types of strollers because they are huge, hard to maneuver and sometimes even awkward. They are especially difficult to use around urban environments where its crowded and cramped. On top of all that, it doesn’t negotiate with obstacles well. But yet again, if the point is going old school then these strollers big, spacious and will give you that nostalgic feeling.

Next we have the traditional baby strollers. Some people call these as strollers that include everything plus the sink. These strollers vary from lightweight and easy to carry to gigantic and industrial grade models. The heavy duty, “ironman” models are built with spacious compartments, and it comes with plenty of space. In modern advancement, manufacturers included a built-in shock absorbers on all of its wheels. Since it is heavy duty, it can take a lot of wear and tear. But yet again, they are big. Sturdy and firm but still massive. It also comes with a few neat features like a snack tray, lots of storage for parent and baby gear, easy to fold with one hand, also easy to adjust seating for the baby for additional safety. Even better models are made to work all-in-one and can work as bassinets, and some will even fit as a car seat for your baby. These are called travel system strollers. It converts into car seats which makes one less thing to buy for your baby. But since they are very heavy, travelling with them can be tedious and sometimes difficult.

We also have umbrella strollers. They are named as such because of their handles that look like the ones you will find in an umbrella. These strollers, contrary to the traditional baby strollers are super lightweight and will not give you a hard time when you are travelling with your baby. Most, if not all umbrella strollers are easy to fold, but the ride can be a bit rough for the baby depending on what terrain you are on. Most parents use this as a spare stroller on top of their main one because it is relatively cheaper than most strollers.

Retro Mattresses: Stay Comfortable, Keep Your Style

uponamattressIf you are going to buy a mattress, in this case, a retro or classic mattress, there are things you need to consider so you can stay comfortable. You can get a good night sleep without sacrificing your style.

Here are some tips that you can look into before getting a new mattress for your bedroom because replacing your mattress can be a huge undertaking due to hundreds of makes and models to choose from in the market. Although the biggest part of what makes a mattress good is personal because it can be luxurious and expensive, but it can be a night after night disaster full of aches and pains on your back.

You should start by thinking about support. This has everything to do with the mattress’ core which will provide all the support you will ever need. There are lots of different kinds of mattresses out there, but there are four common types: air filled, latex, foam, and inner spring.

Since you are looking into the retro types, then you will probably end up with an innerspring mattress that has a traditional bouncy feel to it. However, you can choose how springy your mattress will be. Because the metal coils inside are measured between 12 being the firmest and the thickest, up to 18 which is the thinnest and the least firm. This is where your weight comes into play because heavier people tend to prefer the thicker gauges for back support so that they will not sink in the bed.

Interconnected coils are more durable but, on the other hand, coils that are pocketed inside the mattress can reduce the rippling effect when someone on the other side of the mattress shift.

Today, modern manufacturers of inner spring mattresses are placing either a fiber fill or foam on the outside layer of the mattress that they cover with quilted tickling. However, if you want a superbly plush feel when you are lying on your mattress then do not hesitate in purchasing a thick looking pillow top for your bed. But be warned, you will see a very puffy layer on the mattress while you are in the store. In a few months though, it might deflate or compress and will not go back to its former glory when you purchased it.

It is best to choose a top quality, well quilted mattress instead and cover it with an interchangeable mattress pad or even a quality feather bed.

If you like to customize but still want to stick with being retro, then you can consider getting an air-filled mattress for your room. Most come with a remote that will let you know how much air you have inside. Some air mattresses even have a side by side chamber where you can customize both sides of the mattress separately depending on your partner’s preference. Even with this technology, the look of this retro bed stays the same because it has similar quilted fiber or foam on top just like what you will see on inner spring mattresses.

Using a Vintage Sewing Machine to Make Your Own Retro Clothes (Being a True Hipster)

peppermint sosewIf you are really passionate about fashion and making your own clothes then you must have thought about making clothes from the times when retro is cool and hip. There are lots of people out there that make their own clothes but fewer people make clothes from decades ago. What makes it interesting is also using a vintage sewing machine because it makes it more fun and enjoyable to some and here are the reasons why.

Many sewing machines nowadays that are still in good condition will not cost you more than $75, and that includes shipping and handling. If you have the time, when you check out local garage sales, thrift stores or estate sales you can find them for even less. You can easily consider any machine vintage or classic when it is more than 30 years old.

Some of these machines have brands you are already familiar with like Kenmore, Singer and Viking. Meanwhile others are much more vague and obscure and less popular. If you have any doubts just ask the seller about the machine’s condition before buying it, if you are really interested you can even ask for a stitch sample.

An older machine is a much greener choice. It is obvious that the planet we are living in does not have infinite resources. If you care about the planet and being green, then giving new life and purpose to a perfectly functional second hand machine is only logical. It also gives you that good feeling inside that you are contributing to the betterment of the environment.

Vintage machines, due to their age and technology at their time, are way mechanically less complex compared to newer machines that we have today. They are less prone to break down and much easier and cheaper to get repaired. With these vintage sewing machines, there are no motherboards that can break, no circuits that can possibly be fried from a power surge or lightning strike. With these vintage sewing machines, its only a matter of regular oiling and the seasonal tune up if need be – and it often doesn’t need them. Just make sure that the wiring is not broken.

When you a buy a vintage sewing machine, you are connecting yourself with a piece of history. Having that feeling gives you something that you cannot buy, its like something that nourishes the soul. You are connecting yourself not only to the previous owners of the machine – sometimes even your own ancestors – but with the builders of these machines that made it by hand and with pride. The manufacturer Singer posted available information on their website about their old machines. You can even find out exactly when your machine was made!

Vintage machine has nothing to prove regarding their reliability. If one machine still functions after 40 or 60 years old since its manufacture, then it’s a testament of great design and quality. Many machines that were top of the line decades ago that are still performing like they were built just a couple years before and are still flawlessly working. Find top of the line sewing machines in 2015 if you want something modern.

Vintage sewing machines have already proven their reliability. If a machine is more than forty or fifty years old and still works, that tells you about the quality of its design and manufacture. Many vintage machines available today were top of the line but if you’re looking into modern machines take a look at serger sewing machines.

Decorating Your House Using Crossbows on the Wall

peppermint crossbowIf you really are into the medieval age and go to renaissance fairs every chance you get then you must have thought about taking it to the next level like decorating your wall with various different types of weapons and memorabilia and taking the fair with you at home. Well, you are not really the only one out there who is crazy about the medieval age. So here are some good items that you can consider putting on your wall for decoration.

Medieval Gun Crossbow – this unique weapon of the medieval age, is a crossbow of the olden days are reproduced by craftsmen in Italy. You will be fascinated by this decorative replica that includes moving parts to add realism and authenticity. The medieval gun crossbow size and shape may appear like a gun to some and it usually ranges from $40 to $50.

Medieval Crossbow – there are also medieval crossbows replicas that are made in Italy and more often than not, intended for decorative use only in homes and shops. However, these bows also come with moving parts to add realism and authenticity. It also comes with an accurate replica of arrows during medieval times. It measures 25 inches long and 16 inches wide. Price range of these bows are at around $85. If you’re looking for something more modern, check out the best crossbows in the market. While the Barnett Ghost doesn’t give you that medieval feel, it makes an interior design look lethal, plus it’s a good place to store it when not in use.

Giant Castle Defense Crossbow – back in medieval Europe during the middle ages, this bow saved many castles from sieges from different armies. These lethal weapons were brought to old England by the Normans back in 1066 and quickly made its way up the ranks as one of the important weapons in all of history. This replica will cost you about $380 and will add as a fine display in your home.

Tower Guards Crossbow – this type of crossbow is a trusted part of the line of defense in a lot of castles during the middle age. You can see these tower guards crossbows atop towers being handled by skilled archers. Most tower guard crossbow replicas are made in Italy and are intended for decorative use only. The bows range have a price of about $170.

Large Rams Head Crossbow – it is known during the medieval times that the Ram is a symbol of power and fortitude. A wild beast that clashes with its opponents in a relentless battle to prove its strength will be clearly depicted in this unique-looking crossbow. This decorative crossbow that is beautifully made in Italy is also hand carved with a ram’s head. This decorative bow will cost you $430.

Mini Pistol LARP Crossbow – if you know there is a ranged weapon this small back in the olden days pretty much always going to remind you that you are never safe, regardless of how secure you might seem to be. This mini pistol LARP crossbow is much compact and hassle free to hide compared to bulky crossbows which it only means that you will never know a crossbow is there until a bolt is already flying your way. A replica is worth $200.