Hello dear Blogging friends! This week has seen the launch of Darling Daughter and my new business venture, Nanna Amy’s Vintage Tea Party. The launch day happened to be my birthday ( yes ANOTHER one!). We used the excuse to have a tea party in the local village hall, it was fab!
Invitations were printed and sent out.
The embroidered cloths are just lovely many of which were embroidered by my Nanna Amy more than fifty years ago. I have spent weeks starching and ironing.Darling Daughter took the pictures and found appropriate Vintage music.
We baked cakes and made sandwiches.
The event was a practice run for us to see how our collection of vintage China and linens would look in a party setting. We learned a lot from this first party. It took quite a while to set up and clear away. We need more pastry forks, jam pots and cake slicers. We need party bookings such as Christenings, weddings, hen nights, baby showers and special birthdays.
The marketing push is planned to start next week with the printing of flyers and their distribution. Most importantly we are having fun and Nanna Amy’s linen legacy is being used and loved.
More candles! I’ve made a large batch of candles in tea and coffee cups for the launch event of Nanna Amy’s Vintage Tea Party. I use Soy wax, no paraffin, vintage China tea and coffee cups and a Baby Lavender perfume. Soy wax is great as it provides a slow, clean burn leaving no residue. I keep saying that I won’t make anymore then someone asks me or I have spare cups or I need to use the last bit of wax. Actually it is a simple and relaxing craft to do.
The really good news is that apart from our launch party, we have two further bookings for our Vintage China and linen hire business. Hopefully it will work out well and if not we’ve had fun. I’ve bought yet more bits and pieces but the main cost is now spent. The hardest set up is done so go Nanna Amy go!
I have mentioned Our latest venture a few times but now we are about to go more public.
We have a marketing strategy, launch date and our first real booking.
We have collected China, starched linen and made vintage bunting.
We need to solve transport of precious vintage China, delivery prices and advertising stationery.
Most of all IT IS GOOD FUN!
Our new venture is named “Nanna Amy’s Vintage Tea Party” and is the hire of beautiful vintage China and freshly laundered vintage linen and lace. We also have items for staging the party or event. We will deliver set up and collect after the event and all things are very Vintage.
Watch this space for further information!
These items were acquired today and almost complete the initial purchasing of China for our start up.
In the park near Beaumaris castle we discovered this definitely vintage rocking horse. I remember them well from my childhood ( OK I have a long memory!) We used to have one of these horses on all parks. It was not unusual to have all five seats taken and other children stood on the side. They were surrounded by gravel or concrete on the floor, not this cushioned rubber Health and Safety now dictates. We did have strong knees and I’ve still got a gravel scar to prove it.
I thought that these horses had all gone to the stable in the sky but we stumbled across another one in Llandudno a few days later.
Whilst in Beaumaris we enjoyed a cup of tea and cake in a vintage style cafe. We went in to do some research for our new Vintage Venture soon to be launched,and purchased two lovely tea pots. These were a fair price as tea pots are proving quite expensive to find. Watch this space as I will be telling you all about our future Vintage Tea Party in the next few weeks.
I have been sorting out my stash. Thinking about it, I have multiple stashes, all of which I love and are no calories! I have a fabric stash, a yarn stash, a magazine stash and my lovely, gorgeous Lush stash! Today it was the turn of my Lush stash. I took off the wrappers, smelt, felt and nearly devoured my collection of Lush soaps, bath bombs and massage bars. I now have them perfuming my bathroom until I can no longer resist and actually use them.
I do have a few favourites. I adore the current Golden egg but have (unwillingly ’cause I wanted it) sent it to my Gorgeous Granddaughter.
I saw this Golden Egg demonstrated in the Chester Lush shop and it is glittery beyond belief! Granddaughter you will SPARKLE! I photographed it on one of my many China dishes which I pick upmassage, in Charity shops for pence. This one is Wedgewood and cost £1.
This blue and white Vintage China tray is holding a French Kiss and Shades of Earl Grey Massage Bar. Very romantic and gorgeously lovely. The Shades of Earl Grey contains lemon and Bergamot oil. The massage bars are held between your warm hands to soften and then massaged into the skin.Mmmmmmm. The French Kiss is a Bubble Bar with luxurious lavender and Rosemary with extra virgin coconut oil. Fab!
The Vintage China tray is my current favourite soap tray and it is fairly unusual to find a square tray like this. I suspect that they were originally bought to hold sweets or similar. It is a truly vintage piece of China and always lives in my bathroom.
Happy days! What better stash could a girl want? I’m off to Italy at the weekend so not sure if I will mange to talk to you whilst I’m away. If I see an Italian Lush shop I will let you know. Hopefully there will be many photo opportunities. See you soon!
I have started work making candles in vintage cups ready for a craft fair in a couple of weeks. I collect, hunt down or otherwise acquire vintage china cups all year round. Each year at this time I fill them with perfumed wax in readyness for Christmas fairs. Over the years the cups have got harder to find at reasonable prices. I suspect that this is because the charity shops have got more savvy on prices and vintage china is more in vogue. Still, it gives me something to hunt for!
I always use Soy wax as it burns with a delightful creamy colour, no soot and a clear bright flame. As well as being Eco friendly. The candle making is time consuming but good to do. This batch I have perfumed with Baby Lavender and my house smells delicious. I will also put some in my Etsy shop over the next few days. Pay me a visit at noddfa.crafts on http://www.etsy.com
I just love the sign in the first picture which I bought for Hubs last Christmas and is so true! ” The more people I meet the more I love my dog”. I also love the bottle of Schnapps next to it which is a raffle prize to give away!
Hubs, yes Hubs, took me to a Tulip Festival today! Now anyone who knows him will realise how out of character this is! We had a lovely time and walked around the most beautiful gardens. This beautiful festival is an annual event at Constable Burton Hall, Wensleydale , in the Yorkshire Dales.
Constable Burton Hall was built in 1768 for the Wyvill family who still occupy it! Isn’t that wonderful? Still living in the family pile after nearly 250 years. This Georgian hall was built in the Palladian style and is surrounded by formal gardens. We are in fact staying on the caravan site owned and adjacent to the hall. The reason Hubs went to this festival was not a hidden desire to see gorgeous gardens, but he fact that there is no where else to walk to from our campervan! My benefit!
There are some very old trees on the estate, including ” The Lime Avenue” . The description of the gardens suggests that these Lime Trees are over 350 years old-now that’s old!
More on the Vintage angle I had a quick trip around a craft fair yesterday and found a vintage stall selling the most desirable china cups. More for my stash for candles. I couldn’t photograph these as I had to send them home with daughter-in-law as there is no spare room in our van! Anyway it might leave a tiny bit of space to buy even more, so watch this space!
oh and Tulips were lovely. Apparently they plant over 6500 bulbs each year for this event. Now that’s a long time on your knees!
This week Hubs and I were camping in Keswick. The weather has been reasonable allowing us to fit in a few good walks around the fells. It rained heavy one day, and whilst we were trying not to buy outdoor gear in the plethora of outdoor shops,I spied an antique and vintage sale in a local hotel. I slipped in almost un noticed whilst Hubs carried on failing not to buy outdoor gear!
I bought two lovely china tea cups and saucers to add to my collection. I will fill these vintage cups with soya wax candles and sell them at Christmas fairs. I usually sell them easily if I pitch the price right. If I don’t sell them I am happy to use them myself or give as gifts to friends, so it’s a win win.
In Keswick there is a large Oxfam shop which I would normally support. However this shop markets itself as a vintage shop ( not second hand charity shop) The prices are sky high with dresses in the window for £99.99!! I appreciate this is a charity fund raiser, but considering all the items are donated free and staffed mainly by volunteers, I believe they are beyond support. Charity should begin at home and there are many people living in Keswick who could not afford to look in this charity shop window. I know that I have banged this drum before but I feel better for a moan!
We are off in Damnvan1 again tomorrow! A road trip taking in The Lakes, Cumbria and The Yorkshire Dales. I’ve packed all the essentials, especially the knitting, novels that I’ve been saving to read and clean pants!
We should have gone today but woke this morning and didn’t feel like going so we didn’t! This is a psychological breakthrough as not conforming to the 9 till 5 treadmill and doing what we want is a hard lesson to learn after a lifetime of working restrictions. Yippee! Freedom!
We are now more sorted, I’ve hoovered the lounge and packed the stuff we need, so away we go. I am looking forward to trawling the charity shops, exploring the craft venues, walking the hills and sampling the food emporiums. I am especially seeking beautiful and cheap china cups, gorgeous textiles for those projects that never quite happen and local wool from local sheep! I will report back as I get Internet access which can be sparodic, so see you soon! 💃
This dog is one big puppy who is as soft as butter and loves a cuddle. He will sit for an age leaning on your lap just begging to be loved. I know well where I stand in the love pecking order in our home and it’s way down there after the dog!
I have been doing a steady trade with my vintage china candle cups in a local cafe. I have sold all that I have supplied so far so this is great. I will have to search for more cups but it gets harder and harder to find really pretty cups. Still they are on my list of search items in charity shops.
I have finally finished sorting earrings. All that is left in my jewellery box are broken or lonely single earrings. I will keep all these odds and sods as you never know if they will be needed for something………
Pick of The Blogs
One of my current favourite blogs is Joythebaker.com
There are some great recipes even though I have trouble getting my head around the “Americanisms”. How much exactly does a cup of sugar weigh? I’m just learning to use grams instead of ounces so life is very complicated!
Anyhow I intend to try the Brown Butter Banana Bread recipe recently blogged about.