Wednesday, 31 August 2011

THE NIGHTS ARE DRAWING IN

A chill in the air

Is it me or as the temperature dropped I feel a whiff of Autumn in the air Autumn my favourite time of the year all the romance of orange leaves, conkers, fir cones and firelight

http://www.flickr.com/photos/latitudes/galleries/72157622379572132



http://www.francescablackaby.co.uk/?page_id=41

Autumn etsy browsing

An orange casserole for a warming lentil casserole

Friday, 26 August 2011

DISHY PHIL SPENCER


BE STILL MY BEATING HEART

Our lock up is in the neighboring town and after dropping off a few hire items, I walked into town to rummage in the charity shops, Mr Phil Spencer was filming I presume for Location Location although no Kirsty very handsome and very sweet with everyone who asked for an autograph [not me !] it brightened up a rather grey dull day here in rainy Manchester.

A good day at the charity shops

ship ahoy!


This teapot should polish up ok, a champagne saucer and cool swan sherry glass all for a £1 [proceeds to local bowling club]


Pyrex bowl and 70;s drinking glass

Birdcage I think I will make a little bird to swing inside

biscuits barrels

All this for the total of £12.00 it's good for the soul




Thursday, 25 August 2011

FROG FLOWERS

NORTERN FLOWERS

We happened upon a newish florists in Manchester's Northern Quarter yesterday, had a chat with the very nice owner David his shop is filled with beautiful flowers, plants, gifts and heavenly scents and and a flower school please pop in if you are in the area it is worth a visit



NIGHTS ARE DRAWING IN


The evenings have a chill about them time to start thinking of all those cosy winter knits, candles and smell of woodsmoke


Time to sip a warming soya hot chocolate


This huge cups in soft earthy colours from RE would be perfect


toast some crumpets

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

JAMIE OLIVER COOKS SUMMER

Did you watch Jamie Oliver's cooks summer programme on channel 4 last night, great outdoors shots with vintage props, cool camper van bunting and enviable retro enamel bowls and plates, almost makes me want to go camping !

click on the picture to view the episode




Monday, 22 August 2011

SIXTIES STYLE DRESS


MAKING MAGAZINE

Bought this magazine today it is one of the better craft/make magazines this month it has a free pattern for a 60's style dress making your own can be a good way to get that vintage look if like myself you are not the slimmest of people, especially if you make them in vintage fabric


It has been a while since I have made any clothes in the past I used to make at least 50% of what I wore but for years it has been just bags cushion covers blinds etc. etc. think I might just have a little go , trawling etsy found these three examples all would make really cool examples of this dress some coloured tights and and cardie all sorted for Autumn



http://www.etsy.com/shop/superthreads?ref=seller_info





http://www.etsy.com/shop/hypsela?ref=seller_info

There is also this biker boy hat pattern I have never made a hat before it would be a good way to use up odds and sods of fabrics




It is not a cheap magazine but a good read , good articles about makers



NICE BLOG

I have a long list of blogs I read but it is nice to come across one you have not read before this is a lovely blog, and a Manchester girl, pop over and have a read



Friday, 19 August 2011

MARKET MEETING

PLANNING MEETING



Got to get bits of paper and clip boards out for tomorrows meeting with venue for market

CHARITY SHOP HAUL

bits and bobs picked up yesterday dangerous stuff to have 10 minutes before meeting someone with charity shops in the vicinity this is what I acquired will need a another lock up soon


A pretty gold and blue teapot[ never been used ]




Tweet Tweet sweet little birds




A pressed glass dish I have a few of these they are so nice not sure what era they are from, and a posh dinner plate


This tennis set is very posh not sure why they are called that I am thinking billowy Edwardian frocks and tea on the lawn whilst watching Tennis ?


VINTAGE HAUL

Off to do a bit of housekeeping at the business lock up, empty vintage hire back into correct numbered storage boxes and catalouge new stuff still in bags etc, like these

I love these champagne saucers I don't think they are old but look very vintage

a victoria sponge dish and some cake forks maybe 60's

This back into stock it didn't sell at a market


Wednesday, 17 August 2011

CHRISTMAS FAIR NEWS


Tables are filling up nicely for our winter fair, so looking forward to it


Lots of pretty handmade goods to buy, yummy cake to eat, mulled wine to sip

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

MORE WEDDING PHOTOS

Oh! the seventies





And this my own wedding 28 years ago thankfully I missed the seventies and just got into the eighties


we appear to be about to have fruit cocktails and look sugared almonds in nets

VINTAGE WEDDING PHOTOS


Wedding days

My parents did not have any wedding photos, nor my grandparents, my grandparents understandable it was just after the 1st World War, my parents well that was a another story so I am fascinated by old photos of weddings a lot of the time the dresses even the flowers and shoes were borrowed


I don't know if the bridesmaids were coloured in after [a common practice]
or if they were really all that colour it looks like a split screen and the chaps look so Stern


Wow what a lot of bridesmaids and groomsmen !


[sorry I don't know the orgins of the photos I have had them filed for while]


Sunday, 14 August 2011

CHRISP WHITE SHEETS

SWEET DREAMS

Is there anything better than a newly made bed, crisp ironed linen and at this time of the year [notwitstanding dodging showers] line dried

AH BLISS



Saturday, 13 August 2011

UP CYCLED FURNITURE

We are making room for some furniture for a friend in our lock up and I have to set about doing something with the bits of retro furniture I have collected because we can't move and are running out of space, just been browsing folksy for some creative inspiration to get started and found these

This is nice


http://www.folksy.com/items/2044929-Sideboard

A granny glass display cupboard, I love the french grey colours of these two pieces I am not a lover of too much shabby chic which this colour reminds me of, I like shabby chic if mixed in with contemporary pieces or good classic mid century modern just my opinion, these two would fit into nicely I think to a modern or country setting


Thursday, 11 August 2011

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

TEA TIME


I wish this was around the corner nice and cozy for a steaming cup of coffee and something sweet




RAIN RAIN RAIN


It's a rainy day in Manchester today, with a bit of luck it will put off the nutters who seem fit to destroy our cities and business these past evening here;s hoping the worst is over