All things Vintage… vintage china, my magpie attraction and collection for soooooo many items!!

My battle with china hoardings!!!                                                  

Originally china  does actually come from the beautiful country of China, where it was handcrafted in different parts of the country well this dates back many centuries, so if anybody has a find  dating back to these times they would be incredibly lucky and probably spotted by an experts anyway.

Having said that there’s still  plenty of pretty fine china to be had. Takes a bit of searching in bric a brac shops, in the UK the car boot is a great place to strike lucky then of course also we have charity shops where  you will invariably pick something up. I’m always looking for something that is pretty to add to the pieces I’ve already got. Never ending really…

My collections are usually from Victorian up to the ’70’s. mainly consist of complete or part tea sets / dinner sets. I have to admit I never go looking for that piece to complete a set if I do find it and I can remember what I’ve got at home and its in excellent condition I’d probably make a conscious effort to buy…..never happened yet. Needless to say my pieces are quite random but I like it like that.

I’ve also been lucky to inherit pieces along the way over the years. Lets face it there was no hope for me really it has to go on I will admit I’m an avid collector of a number of vintage styles, for instance jewellery the deco era especially.

I digress..again.

A recently bought plate is an example of a pretty design leaning towards probably the victorian / edwardian  era as the holes on the edge of the plate where ribbon would be threaded through is indicative of that period of time. This not  particularly a plate of value there is no marker on the reverse but it’s probably a replica of that time maybe produced in the ’30’s-’50’s or maybe produced as fair ground prizes. My tastes are varied.

I have to say all this varied collection prompted me to make use of my china some time ago and I did start hiring it out for small vintage tea parties which are very popular and in demand. It was a good move but then this wedding had to be organised and I let things slide a bit….should never do that but I’m still getting the odd enquiry so at this stage with no move taking place and no wedding happening in the near future, I’ve decided to move it forward again

Wishing myself a shedfull of luck. LOL


Is wedding fever an invisible horror that renders you helpless to obey every creative whimsical thought that floats through your head???

Of course as I have mentioned previously my daughter is getting married in early November. I have or rather WE have been  heavily involved with these wonderful “art deco” but nerve-racking preparations although it does’nt help that we live in separate parts of the country.It has meant that any visiting of wedding planners, florists, events people etc etc the lists of appointments goes on…. and as for the hunting and eventual  fittings of the wedding dress, well I’ll just leave it there shall I!  The journeys have proved to be tiring almost a 300 mile round trip each time. Well it is all in a good cause and she is marrying a “top chap” as they’d say in the “art deco” days, seriously he’s great and I have’nt minded one journey made, but FOUR weeks to go….. and I’m just hoping everything has been covered oh god am I hoping!!!!!

All hand made invites made and sent out. I can tell you they took hours to make but well worth it in the end

I do say it all with masses of levity but I do feel I’ve done a crash course in events planning which I secretly enjoyed I think, I have organised special parties and produced a fair, nooo a good result even if I say so myself (LOL) but then I’m probably biased as they were localised “do’s”. never the less all used to go well.

As a florist I have dealt with brides and mothers of brides and grooms and the grandma’s, aunties the list goes on and on and probably to the zinth degree every other female member of all weddings, and you roll with the punches you preen with the praise but you carry the unsavoury can if things are’nt quite right and yes it can happen, I delivered all flowers to the hotel in good time for this one wedding and the hotel staff put the mother of groom basket of flowers in direct line of an extractor fan ,that would’nt have been too bad but this thing was an industrial extractor fan took most petals off. Thankfully technically it was’nt my fault, but on generous reflection felt I had to help make things right. Eventually the mother saw the funny side of it after hotel gave her a bottle of champers and I generously replaced the flowers. She did rather well out of it I think!!

So now I am the one in charge (well I think I am ha-ha) and I have a sneaky feeling I’m turning into the godzilla mother of the bride .Maybe I’m not………