Saturday, May 25, 2013

Ted Baker Changing Room Tags

I was doing a mad dash through House of Fraser earlier this week, and out of the corner of my eye, spotted these changing room tags at the Ted Baker concession - I had to stop and take a photo of course!

It's a great interpretation on showing how many items you have taken in with you, rather than the usual printed letters, on plastic disks - anyone else spotted them yet?

Monday, May 20, 2013

Collecting Small Things

This photo is of a friends collection of fabulous tiny toy sewing machines (the oldest was made in 1898) & equally fabulous Emma Bridgewater tiny teasets - I would just love to have a little sewing session trying all the machines out! My favourite is the teeny tiny one on the 2nd shelf, next to the little black & white tea set - which is yours? Anyone else collect little things? Other than buttons of course...

Alison Campbell Ceramics

Born in Canada, Alison Campbell is a potter and jeweller who travelled the world before finally settling on the edge of the Pennines in the UK. Alison works entirely in porcelain and her love of its density, strength and texture play a central part to the development of her work.

I adore these particular pieces of work - with ultra smooth surfaces, which have been polished to within an inch of their lives - the vases are high-fired, which means they are vitrified and watertight. Not only are they beautiful stand alone pieces, they can also be used a fully functional vessels.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Gorgeous Gerties

I have recently taken the bold step of renting some space at a fabulous little vintage craft cafe, 'Gorgeous Gerties' that opened last week, in Dorking, Surrey. With a vintage tea room, olde worlde sweet shop, creative workshops and an eclectic mix of independent retailers all under one glorious 15th century roof, they have created a modern day vintage department store where gift wrapping, charm and good old fashioned 'service with a smile' come as standard.

I had an old wooden cabinet, bought on a whim last year, which was subsequently shoved in the shed, as I kinda fell out of love with it - so decided to get it out and give it a little makeover, to use it as my display cabinet at Gorgeous Gerties. I was lucky enough to have some Farrow & Ball Green Ground paint and some Barbara Hulanicki wallpaper - which were the perfect colour match! 

This is what the cabinet started off looking like - partly-painted and not particularly attractive... 

 ... a couple of coats of paint, cubby-holes lined with paper and I fell in love with it again! 

So wish me luck - I have rented the space for the next three months, so here's to lots of sales of my vintage buttons and the very best of British luck to Gorgeous Gerties and all it's sellers!

Wordless Wednesday

with permission via here

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Pinch, Punch, it's the first of the Month!

In England, there is a funny old tradition to greet the first day of each month. 
You say: "Pinch, punch, it's the first of the month", then give someone a small pinch
and a light punch on the arm! Thankfully, mostly people only say it now,
without the follow-up actions.

image via here

If you follow this by saying "White Rabbit", it means the receiver
of the pinch & the punch can't return the saying and 'pinch punch' back!

Wordless Wednesday



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