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!

Monday, 15 July 2013

A Great Yorkshire Show !

Phew what a scorcher!

Last year 6 inches of mud...this year melting stock and a heatwave......not that i am complaining (too much!) It was lovely to see so many people, some lovely new and old customers - but by 'eck it were hot!

Lots of lovely new stall friends this week - a big hello to: 

Wool and Buttons:

Beautiful wool, knitting sets and handmade items and they had a visit from the Great British Sewing Bee chap who loved them - exciting!

And the lovely Penny Lindop and her beautiful animal pictures - i wanted all of them!!!!

Parma Violet were opposite with their fabulous animal head wall mounts - again....i wanted all of them plus a pair of foxy slippers 


 Mmmmmmm - the fabulous Lottie McPhee's were here too

Oh yes and here am i.......
 My fabulous daddy in the background helping ......

And what next.......the Discover Vintage fair at Ripley Castle near Harrogate on Sunday then a few weeks off to collect and gather for a mad mad mad few months before Christmas!
I am just updating the events page so please have a look to see if our paths will cross!

Coming shortly is a new service i am going to be offering at the larger busy fairs this space!

Bookings now open for The Handmade Festival Workshops Click on the link above for full booking details for our forthcoming workshops at The H...