Friday, 30 December 2016

Tenterden Christmas Market November 2016

This year I joined the Tenterden Christmas Market, held over 3 days - 25-27 November run by the Market Square Group.



For the 3 days Tenterden High Street was transformed into a traditional Christmas market with a great selection of stalls including artisan local food producers, gifts, vintage and crafts (the mulled cider kept me going when the cold set in!). All the shops and cafes stayed open late and with an appearance from Santa and live street music, the atmosphere was very festive.

I braved the cold for 3 days but had a fantastic time.  Everyone was friendly and the Market Square Group ran the event faultlessly.  My best sellers were the fab elephant floor cushions and my ceramic West Highland Terrier which I had grown to love sitting in my kitchen went to a new home!






Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Peckham Salvage Yard



Just spent an amazing weekend selling in the sunshine at the Copeland Gallery, Peckham.  Check out the October event, 1st and 2nd 11-6pm.  Fashion, furniture, homeware, jewellery and curiosities. Free entry.

www.hackneyfleamarket.com



Thursday, 14 July 2016

Handmade Decoupage Beano Letters

Wow - busy few days completing my latest Beano order from my Etsy shop.
No prizes for guessing who this one is for!!   I decoupage the paper mache letters and numbers with vintage Beano comics mainly from the 1970's.  I love receiving pictures from customers as to where they have put the letters in their homes.  They are popular wedding and birthday gifts too, lots of orders recently for wedding tables with the bride and groom's names.

For custom orders please see the listing in my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/155084469/handmade-vintage-beano-decoupage-letters





Thursday, 7 July 2016

Good to be back

I am so enjoying being back in Soho for a couple of weeks - temporarily returning to my old job in PR.

Liberty London never fails to delight - the flower stall outside their Regent Street store is so stunning and smells so good too!

Looking forward to sampling the delights of Gelupo later on today - the sun is shining and I feel a sorbet is needed!





Friday, 15 January 2016

Trip to Fortnum and Mason

On a freezing cold January day, my trip to Fortnum and Mason was the only thing keeping me going!  My trip coincided with the London Lumiere - a dazzling light festival.  The atmosphere around Piccadilly was amazing with soundtracks playing out against the light show.



Fortnum and Mason, founded in 1707, is a piece of history, located in the heart of Piccadilly.

The history page on the shop website makes very interesting reading.  I especially enjoyed the pieces on the creation of the Scotch Egg invented for travellers in 1738 and in 1886 Mr Heinz brings Baked Beans to Piccadilly.



www.fortnumandmason.com/information/our-history




Personally, for me, the store conjures up images of hampers, tins of biscuits, gentleman's relish, tea caddys and delicious afternoon teas!   Especially wonderful at Christmas time.







Friday, 6 November 2015

Liberty London

I spent a wonderful evening in Liberty, Regent Street last night www.liberty.co.uk. The most prestigious store in London dating back to 1875 and originally opened by Arthur Lasenby Liberty.  

I spent most of my time on the 4th floor in the Christmas shop and the homeware department.  

I was very tempted to add to my Burleigh collection - I'll be adding these to my Christmas list this year!  Stunning Blue Calico and Blue Regal Peacock.



I came across a wonderful French company www.astierdevillatte.com known for their scented candles and handmade pottery made out of black terracotta clay.  The pottery is created on the Rue St. Honore in Paris and each item is crafted in a traditional pottery style passed down from generations.





Wonderful plates, ideal for pigeon pie!












Stunning scented candles




















The Christmas department looked stunning with a ceiling lit up with magical fairy lights and a vast selection of beautiful tree decorations.




Thursday, 6 August 2015

Beautiful Broadstairs

One of my favourite places in Kent, Broadstairs, with its' famous Viking Bay.  We stayed at the Royal Albion Hotel (www.albionbroadstairs.co.uk) which has been standing proudly on the Broadstairs' seafront since 1776 and a former residence of Charles Dickens. We felt so at home there and slept like babies. Our room was perfect and we enjoyed breakfast served on the terrace overlooking the sea.



The highlight of the stay for me was our visit to Bleak House (www.bleakhousebroadstairs.co.uk) which I had previously never had time to visit. It was originally called Fort House and was the residence of the captain of one of the two coastal forts guarding Broadstairs. Charles Dickens spent many summer holidays at Fort House in the 1850s and 1860s and it was here overlooking Viking Bay that he wrote David Copperfield. Fort House was renamed Bleak House in the early part of the 20th century when a guest mentioned that it was the Bleak House referred to in Dickens’ novel and the name stuck. A museum can be found in the cellar, afternoon teas are served in the tea room and the house also acts as a wedding venue.

Broadstairs has a wonderful old cinema housed in a grade 11 listed building close to the seafront which is a very popular attraction to locals and visitors (www.thepalacecinema.co.uk).



We enjoyed wandering around the high street and side streets and of course I couldn’t resist a rummage in the charity shops and antique shops. Broadstairs has a great choice of restaurants but we opted for fish and chips sitting on the sea front watching the world go by. On our way home we spotted an amazing guest house – the Belvidere Guesthouse (www.belvidereplace.co.uk) a unique boutique B&B with a stunning interior filled with quirky vintage objects. With our wedding anniversary fast approaching I have dropped some hints! Would love a stay here!