My Vintage Life….

You may have noticed I have been noticeably absent for a wee while. I promise this was anything but intentional. However my life just got busy, fun, crazy, hard and most of all time consuming. My small business was the main source of this but more recently it had been do with my health and personal reasons. I moved house at the beginning of June. This has been a blessing and curse for my small business and also for blogging. No internet and so much new ‘stuff’ so to speak left me severely distracted but altogether very happy.

Now this had died down, I’m beginning to come around to getting back into the swing of things. My first step this blog post. I’m hoping to start posting once every 1-2 weeks to begin with, whilst I get my rhythm back. So I hope you’ll bare with me. Everybody needs some time to take a step back and look at things but I also think it’s great to step back and just live your life. This is what I’ve been doing and I just want to share some of journey with you in the only way I know how…cue photo montage:

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Whilst packing I sudden realised how much tea I actually owned and I was not ashamed!

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Packing my housemate’s flat before the big move! It was really exhausting but we had lots of boundless energy.

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By this point I really didn’t want to unpack but I always do it pretty quickly. Cannot bare to live in chaos 😀 Looks a lot smarter now.

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A gift from my dad for moving into the new house! We use it all the time. It does teach you a lot of patience though.

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My very first dinner in the house. It was so calming and peaceful. We love to gather around our workbench table and chat with eating in between.

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Obviously a home is not a home without some tea and keen to get a lot of use out of my teapot. It’s so cute and it’s cath kidston.

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SO feeling pretty good right now and having been going out a bit! Enjoying it a lot whilst its all new I guess 😀

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Making lots of new friends and enjoying older friendships.

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And of course my best friends have been visiting and we have been visiting tearooms……you knew I would be!!!

See you soon my friends! Love the vintage life and just love life.

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Two Fairs, One Day | Part 2

After a morning of beautiful vintage stalls, we took ourselves off for a spot of lunch at this awesome place called Leaf…I’ll get to the next fair soon…honest. It was so funky and full of tea. I went for a delicious Eggs Royale and tried my very first iced tea – which was delicious and very colourful.

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Funky restaurant in Liverpool

After our scrummy lunch we jumped on a train and made our way to the next fair, which was the Artisans in the Palm House in Sefton Park. It really was a glorious day and perfect for an event like this as it was 50% outside and 50% inside. The outside stalls were mainly food – anything from awesome pizza trucks to veggie falafal pittas to the more traditional burger vans. There were sweet treats, flavoured peanut butter and awesome smoothies!

Food, sun and people!

Food, sun and people!

I treated myself to some of the peanut butter from the Funky Nut Co. I picked out the Sea Salt & Honey flavour and safe to say it did not last long. There was also singing throughout the time we visited, which was played out to the entire event – this produced a very vibrant atmosphere, which people seemed to enjoy.

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Once we’d had a good wander and a smoothie of course, we popped inside for the stall holders and their wonderful wares. These were my favourites.

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As you well know I love all things tea, so you won’t be surprised when I say this was one of my favourite stalls. I loved her mix between affordable china gift sets and beautifully blended tea. It’s always nice to find new tea blends to try. I treated myself to a two cup trial of ‘Sublime Mint’, which was lovely. I love how the loose leaf tea looks in these jars, they would make such a lovely display in a home.

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This next stall really caught my attention. The stall was so striking. Blue is always a colour that appeals to me, it is a colour of many depths I feel and this work was stunning. Sarah who runs the stall seemed very knowledgeable about her work but also very passionate, which I think you can see in her work. Sadly I don’t use many candles etc so most of it wasn’t suitable for me but I picked up a little card to use for a special occasion.

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(If you’re interested about how she does this, there is some information on her website)

Little Miss P

Recently I became the proud auntie to a beautiful little girl called ‘Olivia’, she is such a cutie. I get to meet her for the first time next weekend. Excited doesn’t really cover it. So I have baby on the brain a bit more than usual and I think this is why Little Miss P really stood out for me. These were special individual creations and they even had matching bloomers. Really could it get any cuter? I didn’t purchase one but that may change now I’ve seem these photos again… I will let you know!

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Fudgemental

And last but not least was Fudgemental. This stall was full of sweet tasting deliciousness. The stall holder was actually a friend of my friend, so we chatted a bit. Her wares were delicious and I especially enjoyed trying all the flavours. She had taster pieces of each flavour under wine glasses, which looked great. I grabbed a bag full of my beloved salted caramel, vanilla and a cheeky baileys. As expected, these didn’t last long either.

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I would highly recommend this event. A wonderful day out with food, music and gifts to be purchased. I know at the moment they are trying to raise funds to help support the upkeep of this beautiful palm house. So if you are in Liverpool, why not pop down to the next one and support a heritage site?

All in all, a blissful day with my best friend, looking at all the things that I adore.

Two Fairs, One Day | Part 1

Last weekend I visited my best friend Sarah (she has been mentioned numerous times, mostly because she’s amazing!!!). Anyway I popped over to Liverpool to see her and we managed to fit a whole load of stuff into our time together. We felt pretty clever….until we found out how exhausting it all was! Great day though 😀

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First fair of the day was the Empire and it was ‘Liverpool Does Vintage’. There were quite a few stalls packed into the entrance area and bar upstairs, but sadly it did feel a little underwhelming. On the positive side, my Bestie and I had a really great rummage through the rails and managed to find some magnificent pieces.

I really loved this dress I found and the price point was perfect. Sadly the size tag was not as perfect and I felt it would be dishonest to myself to buy something i would like never fit into.

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I was a little surprised to find so few homeware stalls. As you know I’m keen vintage homeware enthusiast, so this was a bit disappointing. Bestie did manage to find a lovely little skirt, which she thought would be perfect for her holidays in a few weeks time.

Overall the fair was good, but I would like to see the fair in a better location next time with more light. With vintage I always prefer to be able to see every detail of the item I’m buying especially as I am unable to take it back.

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The tearoom looked pretty cute, unfortunately as my Bestie has to be gluten free, we were unable to sample this menu!!

Overall I did expect a little more from fair but it was fun to discover some bits of vintage clothing. A must if you love your vintage clothes!

Part 2 – Artisans in the Palm House…coming soon!

Vintage Goodies | Getting ready for the future

Hello

Long time, no see. I’ve been absolutely crazy busy with preparations for the Decoporium…so I wanted to let you in with what I’ve been up to.

Stand by for a bunch of photos 😀 So first my is new welsh dresser, that I am up-doing. It has now been painted, waxed (possibly over waxed too) and the drawers have been lined! It’s so cute. I love it. (Proper picture coming soon).

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Next I’ve been buying in a whole load of vintage goodness! Sometime I wonder if I really will be able to part with it….

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And lastly I’ve been trying to sort out my china collection and boy do I have a lot! It’s heaven.

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Never fear, I’ve been having plenty of cups of Tea to get me through!

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Catch you all soon with some more Vintage Adventures!!

Jeanette’s Cakery | A Saltaire Surprise

On my recent trip across the county to Saltaire, we decided to try out a tearoom. After a quick briefing with a lovely local woman, we popped along to ‘Jeanette’s Cakery‘. She described it as a place worth bloggin’ about and boy was she right!

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What a find! This little beauty is on Saltaire’s main street, and just nestles right in. I really don’t think we could have found it ourselves without our tip. The interior was perfect. The tearoom is themed on the USA, so we’re talking juke boxes, 1950’s dresses, cupcakes and of course teacups. I think I was in heaven.

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At the Cakery you could get an afternoon tea for £8.95, which seemed like an absolute bargain and we just had to try it. The afternoon came with sandwich, scone and a cupcake of choice! Yum!

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We both went for Earl Grey tea (you’re probably not surprised) and the best part…it was loose leaf 😀 Our first teapot had a little leak in it, but thankfully the teapot had come on a tray. So they just whisked it away and a new one soon replaced it. Perfection. I got to tell you the service in this place was perfect. They were friendly, helpful and the tearoom seemed to flow really well.

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The sandwiches were lovely, the scone was a little large but very tasty. The cupcakes were soo delicious (disclaimer: we had to eat them later as was too full).

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Overall this tearoom was perfect; perfectly priced and such a great experience! I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is in the area.

10 out of 10!

N.B: Wow don’t think I’ve ever given that score before!

Saltaire Vintage Home and Fashion Fair

Last weekend my friend Anne-Claire and I ventured out to Saltaire Vintage Home and Fashion Fair, in would you guess Saltaire, Yorkshire.

Victoria Hall, Saltaire

Victoria Hall, Saltaire

After a pretty long drive of about an hour and a half we arrived in this gorgeous little town with beautiful stone buildings and half forgotten shops.

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We took a quick visit to get some much needed change and made our way to the fair, which was just £2 entry. These gorgeous places are expensive to hire!!! And boy was it lovely. The fair took place inside Victoria Hall, which must have been some kind of theatre hall, as it had a stage and some upper level seating. AC and I got started pretty quickly going around taking photos, taking a bit of video and just immersed ourselves into the atmosphere.

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I was keen to buy something from this fair, as I’m real believer that you should support your own community. As I sell vintage homeware, I wanted to try and find something that caught my eye. Lucky for me I actually managed to find two great items and they are both now in my ownership and loving care.

Beautiful colours!

Beautiful colours!

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*Taken from home!

The fair had plenty of stalls. However when I spoke to the fair organiser Caroline Brown, from Rose and Brown Vintage she told me in the summer months they would have an entirely different room open as well. So I may have to pop back, that’s if I don’t have a stall myself 😀

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I absolutely loved this stall, run by Jill Coulson. My vintage bag came from here, so I had tp mention her and just check out her wonderful wares. She even had Hornsea and you know how much I love Hornsea.

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This was my other favourite stall of the day, mainly because this is where I got the beautiful knives from! Still so in love with them and everyone else does too. Such a great addition to my personal collection. Anyway she had great taste from picnic baskets, to china to French books! See for yourself…

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Here are some of the other photos I took…

These beautiful pearls made me think of The Little Mermaid!

These beautiful pearls made me think of The Little Mermaid!

Folding Sewing Box

Folding Sewing Box

Hand Mirror and Brush Set

From Carter and Francis – http://www.carterandfrancis.co.uk

Vintage Red Coat

I can’t remember whose this was!! Let me know if it was you!!!!

To finish off our visit, we ventured to the tearoom in the fair and I’m sad to say it was my greatest disappointment. The service seemed muddled, the food didn’t look very appetising and the tea was rather plain and tasteless. I think the biggest trouble with the tearoom was that they really didn’t have the space they needed.

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Overall though it was a fantastic fair and I can’t wait to go back….maybe as a stall holder…fingers crossed!

I’ll posting a video soon of the day, so I’ll link to it here when it goes live……bare with me though I still need to edit it….. 😀

Introducing | Emily’s Vintage Collection

Hello to you all!

I’m pleased and very nervous to announce my new venture to you all today. I have decided to launch my very own vintage homeware selling business!!

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It’s called ‘Emily’s Vintage Collection‘ and is place where I can sell on all my wonderful vintage finds to lots of other vintage loving people!

I’ve got a few social sites you can follow (if you’d like to see what I get up to with it all): Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Here are my first few shop listings:

Beauty Dressing Table Set Cup Hornsea Royal Ivory Bowls Orange Glass Bowl and Jug Set Vinegar Hornsea Bottle

Mayfair China Jug

I’ll let you know how I’m getting on once in a while but I’ll be keeping my blog similar to what I’ve been posting. I do love my tearoom reviews, though I will be sharing my up-cycling vintage projects. I’m also developing a craft stall idea but I’ll let you in on that one another time.

I’m really looking forward to 2015. Are you?

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