Friday, 3 July 2015

My Little Vintage - Shop Tour

I've spoken about the My Little Vintage shop before as I currently sell my makes in there

It truly is a shop of vintage, retro and handmade delights, from the moment you walk through the door you are welcomed in by the staff who are generally Danielle or Julia (the owner) and I always end up spending far too much time in there, browsing, chatting and of course purchasing
This little shop is also a stockist of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, my favourites are Graphite, Barcelona Orange and Florence

 SSSSsssssh I purchased these birds ...

 Its lovely to have a dog friendly shop too, water outside and welcome inside for a biscuit too
Julia currently has 3 My Little Vintage shops

32 Broad Street, Earls Barton, Northamptonshire, NN6 0ND

5-6 The Stables, Holdenby House, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN68DJ

18 High Street, Olney, Buckinghamshire, MK46 4BB

You can visit the Facebook page here and the Website here

If you are ever in the area of one of them, do pop along and support an independant business, you wont be disappointed

Thursday, 2 July 2015


We're in the midst of a heat wave here in the UK!
I cant quite cope with it, I burn even though I apply factor 50 suncream, never tan so hence legs are bright white!
But when its this hot they have to come out... sorry UK I hope you wasnt blinded by any light hitting of them ...

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Quick Cheese & Apple Salad

On a super hot day this salad lunch turned out perfect, quick and easy and everything I generally have the fridge
On a plate I put small salad leaves, chopped up red pepper & cucumber and sliced apple
I drizzled over a cap full of balsamic vinegar
Sprinkled on some grated cheese

Totally quick, totally worth it, delicious ...

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

How to run a craft group

Whether you would like to run a small or large group I've made some notes from my experience of how to run a local craft group

  • A facebook page is a must nowadays, its somewhere for people to go and see updated messages, future dates and message you (the admin) if they have a query
    Dont feel that you have to run this alone, choose someone to help with admin especially if its gets busy or your away on holiday
  • The venue - choose this wisely, I tried a few different ones and came to love the village hall in Warkton the most, why! Not just because its quaint and in a super visual pretty place but the size was just right.
    You need to see what the hall can offer you, ours has a small kitchen to one side with all cups plates cutlery and kettles provided (some venues do not do this as I've learnt in the past)
    The toilets are outside which kind of makes it a fun topic especially in winter!
    On beautiful summer days we've been known to set up tables outside for a lunch break or just to take in the fresh air
    Our hall enables us to use the large 6' tables and chairs already there, theres also smaller 3' ones which are great if someone brings along a sewing machine and they need a table slightly out of the way, these smaller ones are great for the tea table too
    Our hall is rented, but doesnt include electric and is ran on a meter so in colder months I always need to make sure that I have a bag of £1 coins to add to keep us toasty, which sometimes can be an extra £8-£10 on top of your rent
  • Insurance - I'm lucky to have insurance that covers me for my events, which also covers me to run the craft group, its about covering yourself for public liability
  • I'm lucky that with restarting the group I contacted the old crafters and they were happy to restart, with starting the new facebook page this led to new crafters I'd met over the last couple of years been interested and them sharing with their crafty friends, so the numbers soon started to grow
    Is there a limit on numbers! you decide!
    There are 10 large tables available which to me is 20 people with 2 sharing one large table
  • Arrange your space so that everyone can chat together if needed and not be left out
    I do this by arranging the tables in the middle of the room with the refreshments table to one side
  • Charging a price per person covers you for the hall rental, your insurance you've paid out for, free refreshments and in my case homebaked cakes plus the dedicated working space you are offering
    I previously offered lunch as well but found this so stressful and it wasnt cost effective for me

  • I also like to think that if someone is paying then they want the full package, our group runs from 10am until 4pm, so I like to get there about 9am and get the hall all set up so crafters can just come in and get started (with the kettle on of course)
  • I had a batch of leaflets made up with the years dates on them to give out so people could add them to their diaries or stick to their fridges, theres nothing worse than someone missing out by forgetting when it was on
  • Most important of all - be inviting, be fun, have music on in the background, get the chatter flowing, share ideas and help new crafters to bloom
I hope this helps answer some questions about running your own group, if you have anything else you'd like to know please just ask

Saturday, 27 June 2015

The sewing box!

I love cantilever sewing boxes and have managed over time to acquire quite a few, well I cant keep them all can I?
I've made a start with this one by decopatching it all over with various papers, it was totally took to pieces and each section decopatched individually
I love it...

Friday, 26 June 2015

This Week ...

Its a tad busy here at the moment with planning for events, restocking at shops and playing housewife too! 

The first event of the year was in the lovely village of Olney, Northamptonshire, ran by the lovely My Little Vintage lady herself, Julia, I attended with my lovely friend Libby but we had our own spaces to decorate and fill with lots of goodies
We spent Fathers Day at the local country park with friends and had a great time with a picnic, in the play area and a good old walk around
I've restocked with a huge amount of SALE items in Vintage Fleur in Kettering also
I've had lovely people pop by my studio to purchase one thing and ended up leaving with so much more which makes me smile so much and adds to my mind that I must be doing something right!
A busy week ahead of craft group, family day, sports day, eldest getting braces! and general mummy/wife/friend duties...

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Retro Tiled Table

This cute handmade tiled top table was a super sweet find, the tiles are in perfect condition but the woodwork needed a makeover and the wheels needed a clean up

I chose to use Annie Sloan Graphite paint and a few coats of wax for extra protection
I love the retro feel of this little table

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Retro Drawers - Makeover

When I saw this chest of drawers I had to have them, I love the retro look of them, the legs and the dodgy way the drawers open!
A new lease of life was needed and I chose some bright colours to really make this unit pop out
I started off by using Craig & Rose Maria Theresa Yellow but I'll be honest it just wasnt covering it how I wanted it too so I added a top coat of Annie Sloan English Yellow and a Graphite drawer for contrast and clear waxed for extra protection
I really enjoyed this project and love how she turned out in the end

Monday, 8 June 2015

Wreck This Journal - Update

Another update on my wreck this journal, slowly but surely its getting more filled up and near the end of completion
Riley found this super large leaf in the may bank holidays whilst on a country park walk he secretly put it in my bag so of course it had to be used

Sunday, 31 May 2015

May Bank Holidays

Its another week of school holidays! They come round so fast nowadays!
We had nothing planned so just took each day as it come
Country park walks
Wicksteed Park fun with friends
Quality time with films, reading and dinner time chat

The boys had their dental appointment!(Riley still quite nervous of the dentist and wont sit in the chair so Jack was helping and the dentist is amazing with him)
We made an overnight decision to go to Lego Land
 we got soaked on the log flume!
To top of the end of the week was my lovely friends renewal of their wedding vows, we were invited to the evening 'do' and it was just amazing, a swing band, blues brothers tribute act and many many tears and laughter and memories made
and now its back to normality of alarm clocks and school routines...