Tuesday, 22 April 2014



Time definitely does fly - we are almost at the end of April enjoying some lovely sunshine and showers!

Coming up this weekend is the first BBC Good Food Show Spring in the beautiful town of Harrogate - very excited as i love the BBC shows!
Come along and say hello if you are coming along - we are in the Bakes and Cakes section on stand number L16. Visit www.bbcgoodfoodshowspring.com for more details if you fancy a day of food and fun!

We are also rather chuffed to be in the BBC Good Food Magazine (although i am without make up and hair do as it was a very busy day!) Bottom left picture....

It has been an exhausting few weeks....made longer and more difficult due to being poorly again (grrrrr) anyway i am back and fighting fit ready for the weekend.

Here are a few pictures from the last month of shows:

Finally.....i had the pleasure of trying the latest fashion trend for sparkly lips!! So here i am blowing everyone a little kiss....ta ta for now xxx

Thursday, 13 February 2014


...and snuggles!
I shall not whinge and whine especially with everything going on around the country at the moment but i have a stoopid headcold! Am sat here snuggling in the warm with my pampered pooch Mr Barney! cue indulgent picture of him.....

Perfect time however to catch up on emails, blog posts, updates and other computer based things i never seem to get the chance to finish.

So - the exhibition diary is now updated so far for this year - a couple more events in the pipeline but a fun packed year ahead!
February is always an annoying month....bad weather, lack of booting, hardly and cash and events to pay out for in advance......arghhhh to be rich! 

But March, now there is a month to get mad about.....kicking off with the fabulous MK Handmade and Vintage event at Centre:MK  - totally free to come along to, crammed and packed with amazing stalls - if you are in the area, come along and say hello! www.mk-handmade-and-vintage.co.uk

Then next on the tour is a scary one for us - The Ideal Home Show......yikes! 17 days on the trot at Earls Court....not sure if we will sink or swim but you have to try.......(panic!)

In the middle of that is the fabulous Country Living Spring Fair www.countrylivingfair.com - was not sure i could do both but  it will be a challenge and Mr Tim and i are going to have to work doubly hard along with the lovely Miss Charlotte who will be offering her vintage charm to the shenanigans!!

So i do have some free tickets for the Spring Fair if you wish....drop me an email and i will pop some in the post to you!

That takes us to the end of March....April is all about cake!!! More about that later.....

Right, back to sniffling and sneezing! 

Have a safe and hopefully dry weekend!


Sunday, 5 January 2014



Well i can't believe i am posting in 2014 already - it hardly seems a minute since i was welcoming 2013....time flies when you are having vintage fun!

What a year 2013 was - my first ever BBC Good Food Show was fantastic - another two amazing Cake & Bake shows and the professional Cake International show completed my cake expeditions ....all fabulous and i met some wonderful people. 

A few photos of my food and cake show adventures.....
The gorgeous Lisa Faulkner and Mr John Torode - fabulous customers

Cake Stand anyone?

A lovely time meeting up with an old college pal!
We did have time for a spot of afternoon tea...

Strawberry jam anyone?

Of course i can't miss out my wonderful dad!


It wasn't all Cake though with a return to Kitsch and Stitch in Cranbrook and Vintage & Handmade in Centre MK, Discover Vintage in York and Ripley Castle, Spitalfields and more.....

Added to all that i still found time to be with my bestest friends at the birth of their fourth beautiful son Callan, have a couple of weeks in Fiji as my husband worked there (i was lucky enough to not work but lounge around like a princess!) set up a unit in Halstead Antiques Centre, saw my brother in law and his wife have a beautiful daughter Marleigh, set up another unit in Flax & Twine in the Shambles, York. Waved my baby girl niece off to University,  produce, design and costume a christmas winter wonderland show, saw my other best friend become engaged to the man of her dreams......ermmmmm and i think that is it :)

So....new years resolutions? mmmmmm i always break them so not really - other than the usual - eat less, exercise more...(especially in the light of a wedding in Greece in 4 months time!) and continue on my vintage quest.......more fabulous events to follow!

So adieu for now.....xxx

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Cake cake and more cake.....

....at the amazing Cake International exhibition.

 My favourite cake.....amazing!

 The lovely Mish and her well deserved award.....her magnificent wedding cake is below:
Dance your cares away.......

 And of course a Meliguin!
I have ever seen so many amazing creations......so very impressed!
The Simply Vintage stand was very well received and i had a lovely weekend - i even had chance to catch up with a friend from my Drama School days that i have not seen in about 15 years!!

So onto the next challenge - getting the Winter Wonderland theatre show up and running in the Snowdome Tamworth - almost there and ready for opening night/day on Friday.....one giant spider, two huge fluffy monster costumes, two elves and a toy soldier almost finished in 5 days!

Then it is back to the NEC for the huge BBC Good Food Show Winter ........ phew!

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Simply Vintage is now in York!

We are sooooo pleased to have a little corner of vintageness in the beautiful The Flax & Twine shop down the Shambles in my gorgeous hometown of York.

The shop sells all kinds of loveliness from haberdashery, pretty gifts, homeware and lots of beautiful hand selected vintage items.

Open everyday the shop also has a tea room with lunches and fabulous afternoon teas. 

We will have lots of vintage homewares, linen and cutlery on show - don't forget to let us know if you would like something specific stocking and we will bring it along!

York is where i was born and bred so to have a little outlet here makes me so very happy - and on such a historic street! My first job at 16 was working on the York Guide Friday tour buses  telling all manner of tourists the history of York including the shortest street with the longest name (Whip-ma-whop-ma-gate next door to the Shambles) and the wonky overhanging street that is the Shambles ( name comes from the butchers shelves that lined the street  - fleshamels ) cor - you don't forget these things do you!!!! I shall not bore you any more......

Some photos of the inside coming shortly...... x

Thursday, 18 July 2013

The Do-ya-think-he-saurus....


Now, i am no professional cake decorator - but i spend an awful lot of time around cake for work and for eating!!

So for my fabulous friends special birthday i created this little creature and fully enjoyed myself!

I used the excellent Culpitt Cake Decorating Sugar Paste - for a beginner like me it was fantastic to use and so easy to roll and model with......
 Easy to shape thanks to a number of episodes of Cake Boss and Ace of Cakes and their rice krispie treats.....
 The covering was the scariest part - a few crinkles here and there but the paste was amazing to work with and was so easy to fix

 Almost there......
 His crown was made from the paste and some brilliant jewels also from Culpitt - they look great and taste nice too (well i have to try one for the team!)

All finished - Mr Henry the Doyathinkhesaurus.........she loved him!