June 2016 archive

#MYWIMBLEDON CRAFTS WITH THE FAMILY, BY ALONG CAME CHERRY

Our friend Jess from Along Came Cherry is here with some Wimbledon inspired crafts this Wimbledon. We’ve got our scissors at the ready…

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Wimbledon is now in full swing which means that summer has officially arrived. The weather doesn’t seem to have realised that yet but a BBQ isn’t a BBQ here in the UK unless you have to stop to take cover from a heavy rain shower, we had to do exactly that last weekend.

It didn’t stop us having a good time though, I think sometimes you just have to get on with your plans and ignore the weather forecast otherwise the summer will be over before you’ve had a chance to enjoy it. If you are planning any Wimbledon themed parties or BBQs then I have a couple of handmade garland ideas you might like.

The first is made up of tennis rackets and the second is made up of strawberries.

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For the tennis racket garland you will need:

  • Cardboard
  • Glue gun
  • Yarn (I used white)
  • Felt (I used white and grey but you could use any colour)
  • Scissors

You start by cutting a tennis racket shape out of the cardboard and then cutting a circle out of the racket area. Next use the glue gun to stick on some lengths of yarn across the centre.

Cut a hole out of the felt in the same place as it is on the cardboard tennis racket and glue it on top then cut around the outside. Repeat this until you have the amount you need then glue some yarn on to the backside of them all to turn it into a garland.

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For the strawberry garland you will need:

  • Red and green felt
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors

Start by cutting a strawberry shape out of the red felt and then the strawberry top out of the green felt. Stitch them both together before using the needle to weave a long piece of thread in and out of the backs to join them all together.

They are both really simple to make and look great hanging up on the wall.

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#MyWimbledon Guide To Etiquette, by William Hanson

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Also known as The Championships, Wimbledon is arguably the most prestigious tennis event in the world and has been held in the London suburb of Wimbledon since 1877. Unlike most professional tennis competitions, it is held on grass courts.

This year the two-week event starts on the 27th June and is one of the only sporting tournaments to enforce a strict dress code on players. In the past, convention had dictated that white was the order of the fortnight and it was strictly enforced, however there are some hints of colour (notably in stripes) creeping back into the kits. When former champion Rafael Nadal first played the competition in 2005 he was famous for tight fitting colourful tops, but Wimbledon regulators suggested that he switch to white equivalents instead. Players’ clothing designs have to be submitted months in advance to get officials’ approval.

Although there are no hard-and-fast rules for spectators (they need not wear all white) it is generally acknowledged that Wimbledon is an ‘occasion’ and should be treated like such and so smarter dress is worn. This said, it is the beginning of summer and so one can see a lot of loose-fitting materials, cottons and linen being sported in the stands.

For first-timers, it is important to know that you cannot leave or take your seats whilst a game is in play (a game consists of anything from five to seven). Wardens control the spectator entrances and exits and sometimes you can wait anything up to fifteen minutes before the game is completed.

Briton Andy Murray will once again be competing however I would suggest that spectators do not make a song and dance about any British sporting prowess or success that Mr Murray may have: flag waving and nice cheering (not during actual play, mind you) is preferred – there’s no need to go overboard.

If Murray does not do as well as hoped, one should remember to be gracious in defeat (even though it was not you who were actually competing): congratulate the victor and do not sulk churlishly or lash out – advice that could have been heeded by other sporting fans in recent weeks!

Panamas for the men and large brimmed sunhats for women are a good idea, as indeed a good pair of sunglasses. That said, I suggest also bringing an umbrella.  Although cumbersome, is always a smart move as it wouldn’t be Wimbledon without a bit of rain.

 

INTRODUCING… THE #MYWIMBLEDON TAKEOVER

June marks the start of a special time of year for Christy. The sun is making a guest appearance, the BBQs are in abundance and the flowers are blooming, but most importantly, Wimbledon is back.

To celebrate the occasion, Christy is hosting a #MyWimbledon takeover, where for the next four weeks, our blog will become your ultimate resource for all things Wimbledon.

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Over the next month, we’ve got some exciting things lined up for the Christy blog, including exclusive advice from etiquette expert, William Hanson, exciting craft projects to try at home and a look back into Wimbledon’s ever changing fashions over the decades.

So, sit tight, stock up on the strawberries and champagne and prepare to indulge yourself in the world of Wimbledon over the next four weeks with Christy.

Be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages to tell us what your favourite part of Wimbledon is and stay up to date with our latest posts.

Let the games begin!

Love, Christy