Thursday, 24 December 2009
Wednesday, 23 December 2009
Well I have worked like crazy and partied even harder over the last few months. It's been loads of fun, but my little body is feeling the strain now. My Christmas wish is for a huge lay in (preferably without hangover)!!
Friday, 11 December 2009
After the last couple of months of shopping for all things vintage, I am officially addicted. I decided that this should traverse into my home which is an odd 1970's one level house with great views of the river. Well what was a modern and minimalist interior is now becoming more personalised and has a scattering of old trinkets and pretty finds. I found some fabulous old baubles in a local charity shop which I mixed in with some mini glitter balls and displayed in a glass vase. I now realise that decorating at night means that you think the vase (previously used for huge exotic stems) is clean and sparkly...
Thursday, 10 December 2009
This Saturday & Sunday we (Butterflies & Hurricanes) are displaying our wares at Dragon hall in Norwich. It is a beautiful Grade I listed medieval trading hall. It is the only known surviving building of its type in Western Europe.
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
Well what a well attended event this was. Well done Zoe! It was a lovely day and Mummy Butterfly & I were on the stage ha ha. That is to say that we had our stall on the stage, I haven’t been on stage since Guilty Pleasures in Camden last month when Jooles & I thought it would be sooo kool to dance on stage to various 80’s classics (oh dear, I never learn!).
Anyhoo back to le weekend. There were loads of stalls fitted into the Sussex barns near the lovely north Norfolk town of Burnham Market.
I treated myself to one of Zoe’s homemade glittery cupcakes yum & ended up with glittery lipstick all day!
I treated myself to one of Zoe’s homemade glittery cupcakes yum & ended up with glittery lipstick all day!
We had lots of sparkly new jewellery on show and I hand made some candles and some Victorian image Christmas gift tags especially! Both went down rather well. I even found some vintage baubles to put on display!!
I treated myself (again) to some long pink gloves which come past my elbows. They may get an airing at the Christmas Dinner on Saturday, perhaps I should dust off the tiara too!!!
Looking forward to more Vintage Lover events next year.
Monday, 30 November 2009
I had a lovely Vintage weekend. Saturday was a trip to the seaside. I went to Southwold with my mater & pater to visit a vintage fair that had come highly recommended. Well it was so good that we stayed for lunch, and afternoon coffee & ended up being late home & had to rush off to our respective dinner parties! The atmosphere was electric, there was live music & singing of many songs pre my time!! One rather talented gentleman was playing a wood saw with a bow rather well indeed. Heath & safety probably wouldn’t like that!! Ha
All 3 of us treated ourselves to some unusual things. I got a lovely Marylin Monroe styled dress but I shall be keeping away from any air vents! I did parade around on Sunday’s vintage fair rather proud of my smashing new frock.
There was a rather wonderful 3
wheeled Morgan parked up outside the vintage fair that I just had to take a photo of. This is my papa standing next to it – pretending like it’s his ha ha. He had a great day at the Vintage fair as his RAF issue moustache was very much admired by several of the ladies there!!
I have also included a snap of the lighthouse to show you a little corner of Southwold – it was too cold & blustery to get my hands out of my pockets by the seafront, so sadly no photos of that.
Friday, 27 November 2009
Ok I admit it; I’m a bus blogger. I don’t have anything I think is interesting enough to write to you about for ages… and then I have an inspiration day when I have a writing frenzy.
I have been looking forward to Sunday’s event for ages and ages. It’s the Vintage Lover’s Fair
29th November 2009, Sussex Barns, Burnham Market, Norfolk, PE31 8JY
It’s going to be a-mazing! Starring the Celebrities of this months "Norfolk Magazine" Mrs Bobo Bun http://mrsbobobun.blogspot.com/ Kitschen Pink http://kitschenpink.blogspot.com/ both blogging Royalty will be there as well as little ole me and Mummy Butterfly with our eclectic mix of accessories.
It will be like an overspilling wardrobe of treats. Vintage Clothing, Accessories, Jewellery, Collectables, Kitchenalia & Textiles. Unusual gifts for those hard to buy for family & friends. It’s a great atmosphere with Music, Tea and Cupcakes, Mulled wine and mince pies.
Monday, 23 November 2009
It was the perfect outdoor craft event. The sun even shone! The air was filled with the aroma of the best mulled wine I have ever tasted, the stalls were a visual feast of handmade gorgeousness. Scrumptious cupcakes (they tasted so goooood), sparkly jewellery, cute fabric Christmas decorations, Ipod holders, chapstick pouches, handmade soaps …. Such a pretty location with the nicest people. Mummy butterfly & I treated ourselves to lots of things, some may end up as presents…maybe! My magpie eyes found a beautiful sparkly vintage evening bag with a cute paste clasp. It’s now my early Christmas present from Mummy & I think it will get a airing next week at V’s Christmas dinner party, how exciting! Sadly I forgot my camera so i haven't got any nice photos to show you of the day :-(
The lovely team at Someleyton post Office & Village Stores are planning more events next year & they are in my Top 10 of “must visit events” – well as long as you’re in the area that is! I will keep you posted x
Friday, 20 November 2009
Thursday, 29 October 2009
Thursday, 15 October 2009
Well it’s always nice to head out to the countryside especially when it’s to visit a chocolate box village with 3 fabulous pubs and a local brewery. Miss Macey and I spent splendid sunny days in a gorgeous little place near Farnham in Surrey. If only my camera had been charged I could have wowed you with cottage gardens spilling with colour still in bloom enjoying the Indian summer. We went for country walks where I apparently looked like a city girl as I was the odd one out with silly smart boots, clearly should have packed the wellies!!
Our lovely host Nicky spoilt us rotten in true English style, Earl Grey tea and Fortnum & Mason biccies on arrival. A spot of shopping in chi chi Farnham for us, while the others played tennis. We then lounged in the gorgeous living room on comfy sofas with a log fire roaring away. After much hilarity, story swapping and more tea we popped out to the pub. Now I do love a real British pub. Scrumptious homemade food, great atmosphere and no worries about how loud we were all being.
Such a relaxing and hilarious weekend was just what the doctor ordered, especially as it was topped off with a tasty roast with all the trimmings and the best sticky treacle pudding ever. I need to get the recipe yummm.
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
My lovely friend Sequin and I had a fabulous day out at the seaside. We declined the bucket & spades and put our time to better use – chatting!! We started off at Walberswick which is apparently where the celebs live. I have yet to spot one though!
We then travelled across the river in a cute little rowing boat. In between chatting 100 miles per hour we were wowed by the architecture, it’s a lovely place to be (although I expect it’s average age is 60 so not too rock star in the evenings).
We worked up an appetite with a brisk walk along the esplanade and into the little shops and entertainments on the pier. I thought I would put up a couple of photos of the famous beach huts at Southwold. They are rather charming, even if they cost a bomb. It's always such a nice day out
We found a lovely little tea room called Tilly’s. Really scrummy food and very reasonably priced too – unheard of in Southwold!!! Miss Sequin and I had to stop ourselves from spending our invisible money on Vivienne Westwood winter coats & utterly impractical but to die for aubergine suede platform boots with big floppy bows. Still dreaming about them though boo
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
OMFG M&S goes G&S. Gorgeous and sequined! What is happening on the High Street? Some serious morphing is going on in your trusty & well known multi -nationals.
Next has been trying on All Saints style for size, last season rocked some raw tailoring which wouldn’t have looked out of place in the A.S stores – with the exception of the price tags.
River Island is continuing to bring the customised front to the masses (although I suspect that they may have lifted a few ideas from the fabulous designer & creators who bless our funky little fashion markets – but this is just a whimsical thought – I know how RI love to take people to court) Nice range though & their handbags are splendid.
So back to the start – M&S… what is occurring?!! I’m still trying to understand the huge success of Per Una. Is there something in the weave that attracts the over 50’s and makes them loyal subjects? Anyway I digress (again). So I was skimming through a fashion magazine & spotted this photo – WOW!! Sadly I spotted this picky much later than most as it the online shop is currently out of stock of the skirt. Boo L. Is it just me being ever the magpie, or are sequins the best for getting you into the party spirit? I guess the taffeta cocktail frock for the 2009.
And what age is too old for a short skirt??? Or is it just the legs & the courage of the wearer that counts? If only I could walk in my skyscraper platforms… xx
Thursday, 1 October 2009
Well I have been visiting lots of my lovely friends recently and decided that the train is really the way to travel since my chauffeur doesn’t exist! I do travel 1st class though (due to cheap online tickets I must add). My start off point is always a warm welcome (except when I nearly missed the train last week for cramming too much in). Acle station is very cute indeed. It’s well looked after with some quirky ideas like the flowers in the bicycle shopping basket and a topiary train!!
Anyway just to prove it still looks nice in October… although considerably less colour.
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
So Saturday turned out sunny – eventually, which meant that I could carry out my fashion shoot outdoors.
Ok, I’m also building this up a lot, when you understand that my location is Mummy Butterflies' garden and the model was a perfect sized 12 headless mannequin by the name of Maude!!! No need for a make up artist with Maude he he.
On the sunny side, the scarves were knitted by Mummy Butterfly & the tops made by me. We might be more cottage industry than couture at the moment, but at least we are having fun!!
Well a little about the scarves... my mummy find knitting really relaxing - I personally prefer giggling & chatting nonsense with friends over a glass of wine but hey! So she created this scarf design a couple of years ago and had created it in all different colours and types of yarn, sometimes adding ribbon and sparkly thread (being a bit of a magpie i love this). As much as I love to protest, I think it is getting to scarf selling time on my little stall. And that means that the thermals will have to come out of storage too :( What a fox I am eh?!!!)
Friday, 18 September 2009
R and I had to pop to London for an appointment, so we thought why not mix business with pleasure. As the meeting was near to Baker Street it seemed fitting to peruse the scrummy boutiques or Marylebone High Street. Drooling over the Conran Store’s uber cool stereo systems and dining tables was enough of a work out to earn a coffee, so off to Pat vals we went! Those who frequent Patisserie Valerie (or just ogle the fabulous chocolate swirl cakes through the windows like me) will know that it would be rude to just order coffee. Well the pain au chocolat was larger than my handbag! Fuelled up we decided to amble into boutique chocolatiers, mouth watering shoe shops and offset it with a little clothing interest.
Lunch was at Eat and Two Veg which has great service and really great food. It’s a place you can take most carnivores – maybe keep the vegi bit quiet if you can he he. Anyway whilst chilling over a lengthy & relaxed continental inspired luncheon, Sophie Dahl breezed in with her entourage looking stunning. So it even has the celebrity seal of approval!!
Another wonderful place we found was Deploy. It labels itself as demi couture clothing for women – nice title! http://www.deployworkshop.com/ They create beautiful pieces which are wearable in various different ways. There was a fabulous mac of which the over shoulder part could be detached and worn as a cute cropped jacket, perfect for an evening out. Another configuration was for it to be worn as a dress! There were many clever designs, great styling, and much food for thought. Definitely worth a visit & chat to the sweet and enthusiastic staff.
Anyway we had a wonderful time even though we didn't buy anything for the wardrobe, partly due to the fact that we ate so much we wouldn't be able to fit into anything he he xx
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
Ha ha - thank you for your kind comments xoxo
Monday, 14 September 2009
Tuesday, 8 September 2009
Well last weekend was all about the parties, this weekend was a complete cultural contrast. My fabulous Devonian friends popped over for a visit to my little home by the sea. We did a North Norfolk tour of hidden gems.
We popped into Big Blue Sky in Wells, great for unusual gifts. Stiffkey Post Office Stores which is the cutest cool P.O. ever. Their coffee & cupcakes are a must and it’s lovely to relax there surrounded by interiors & recipe books that get the creativity flowing.
Wiveton Farm Café near Blakeney which does the best food ever and has views of endless rolling Norfolk landscape ending up with the deepest blue sea.
Monday, 7 September 2009
Wednesday, 2 September 2009
Well last night I went to one of my favourite venues, Cinema City in Norwich. Unusually I wasn’t there for the fabulous food or the screening of something cultured (ok so a girl can pretend J). I was there to see my friend Jess Morgan perform. She has the most beautiful voice, we think she’s a similar sound to Katie Melua but with more style. The clever girl writes her own material too. There are music clips on her website which are really worth checking out. He sound is kind of dreamy folk style. It’s lovely to hear & really relaxing.
Oh and to keep in the vein of fashion, vintage jewellery & cupcakes..... I was wearing a beautiful vintage layered chain necklace, sporting a high necked animal print top and eating the Cinema City homemade carrot cake whilst listening. Heaven for all the senses xx he he
Photo by Andi Sapey
Friday, 28 August 2009
You know I love it!
I have a new addiction. It's easy to spot my weakness. It all started many years ago with Sex & the City. Carrie Bradshaw's eclectic fashion was sooo up my street and living in Camden at the time and hanging out with fashionistas, creative types and male models (oooh they were the days!) it was all so us.
Recently after extensive re-viewing of the entire SATC DVD collection and somewhat exhausting it, I decided it was time to look for something else to occupy those odd gloomy evenings…. Miracles come in disk sized packages. Lipstick Jungle arrived in the post!
What more can you ask for in a series??? Gorgeous women I fabulous fashions and in powerful roles. Men so hot I can’t decide who my favourite is, although Kirby Atwood makes me drool (I know it’s wrong to admit this!).
Sooo after watching LJ twice I decided to source more of this Darren Star styled TV. I have Cashmere Mafia as yet unwatched, as I have been hooked by Gossip Girl!
Ok so as usual I’m way behind the times, but since I don’t have a TV I feel I have a valid excuse.
The appeal of GG is the same as always. The lure of the gorgeous cast, fab fashion (loving the twist on the uniforms – I wish I had been this creative at school, our uniform was so stiff) and a fast moving storyline. I find myself just sneaking in another episode when I should be going to bed, or getting ready to go out…. Do they do patches to wean me off these addictive American series??
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
Well I usually prefer to treat myself to other peoples scrummy cupcakes, but this time I have signed myself up for making them to sell. Not just a small batch either, I'm aiming to make & decorate about 250!!! Well when I say me - I have been using my persuasive charms (and the promise of some champagne cocktails after decorating) to get a mini workforce together!! Mummy Butterfly is on board & so is my brother's girlfriend who is a great cook. I have friends staying that weekend and may have to get them to help too - is that wrong??!
Anyway the reason for so many cupcakes is that I am newly recruited onto the event's team for a fabulous charity Nelson's Journey http://www.nelsonsjourney.org.uk/ which helps support children who have experienced the death of a significant person such as a parent or sibling.
Being keen to impress I though cupcakes would be a nice idea, I now need to plan my military cake decorating operation around working and my fabulous friends staying!!
If anyone has any great recipes or decorating ideas please let me know, I did find a picture of cupcakes with lavender on top & lilac coloured icing yummy. I will post some piccies so you can grade us!
The event is Gala Day at the Norfolk Showground, Norwich on Sunday 6th September, all are very welcome xx
Friday, 21 August 2009
I promised to post this ages ago - sorry.
Serves 4-6 Ready in 3 hours.
300g Strawberries trimmed & sliced
4 leaves gelatine or Jelly crystals for vegis
100ml Pimm’s No.1
One. Divide the strawberries between 4 glasses.
Two. Cut gelatine into small pieces & put into a small bowl with 4tbsp cold water. Leave to soak for 10 mins. Heat a small pan containing a little water & stand the bowl of gelatine in it until it has completely dissolved.
Three. In a large jug, mix the Pimm’s & lemonade, pour into the strawberry filled glasses and chill in the fridge for 2 hours.
For Vegi jelly version; leave out step 2 and make up a pack of Jelly crystals (Asda do these) using 150ml boiling water. Add to 100ml Pimm’s and 250ml lemonade in step 3.
For all you creative and collecting people I think this would look better in vintage mixed matched glasses, especially nice in those champagne bowl shaped glasses. Enjoy xx
Tuesday, 18 August 2009
I think I may have become a little addicted to car boot sales. I used to love my Sunday morning lay-ins, but now I find myself getting up at 7 (shock horror) to pop to the local CB! Well last Sunday was my favourite so far, it was so good I was late for setting up at the Craft & Farmer’s market oops!
I bought loads of fabulous sparkly jewellery to take apart & make new. My friends call me a magpie, guess this photo proves it! These pieces are just fine as they are & will be a lovely feature for any Vintage fairs – unless I decide to keep them myself he he.
I also found this tea & coffee set. It’s sending my untrained eye mixed messages. The wooden handles are quite Art Deco styled but the rest is in my opinion either 50’s, 60’s or 70’S!!!! I think I should stick to jewellery!!! J Anyway I thought it was a great design & once I clean the teapot properly I shall decide if I should keep it or find a better home for the set.
I'm off to another one tomorrow & hoping to find some scrumdiddlyumptious things xx