About ⋆ The Old Fashioned Mama



I’m Ouissi, the original British felt confectioner, author, regular magazine contributor & writer.

Although this blog is new, I’ve been blogging since 2000 and so, in many ways, I am a truly retro blogger.

Known for my red hair, usually piled on top of my head in a bouffant or curled into victory rolls, my freckles, winged eyeliner and a penchant for vintage clothing, embroidered tablecloths & early 1960s films.

I also have a serious weakness for gin, my garden, old faded books, composting, scrabble, wandering country lanes with my son and taking photos.

My son and I live in the beautiful Cheshire village of Knutsford, surrounded by friends and family, in our own little home full of inherited and thrifted painted furniture, books, photographs, plants and lego.

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Small Boy

Small Boy is my 7 year old Star Wars, karate & Monopoly loving son.

In his own words he is “a little bit big and a little bit small” and hopes, one day, to be as big as his 6’5″ Uncle Ben whilst working as a scientist, an astronaut and the inventor of the Light Sabre.

He also wants to be a Dada.



Hepburn, my teeny black cat, came to me as a tiny 6 week old ball of fluff and her presence in my life was completely and utterly unplanned.

Now, 11 years later, I cannot imagine life without her and, after years of running away at his approach, she is now Toby’s little shadow and playmate.

Her life’s dream is to eat tinned tuna 3 times a day and has spent years perfecting the art of tin opener detection. She gets very upset when Toby has beans on toast.