Friday, 26 August 2016

What a fantastic week...... in the last 10 days i have exhibited at The Festival of Quilts followed by another live show on Hochanda TV - and both have been amazing experiences!

First up was my first time at the FOQ - either as a visitor or as an exhibitor - so i had absolutely no idea what to expect. I had a small stand which i thought on the plan was quite tucked away - but turned out to be on one of the main aisles opposite the Virtual Studio, so i was able to watch their incredibly creations taking shape.

The work on show at the FOQ was simply astounding - i had no idea quilting was so beautiful and the craftsmanship in the pieces were phenomenal.
In fact - the only quilts i saw that i truly thought were achievable (with a lot of practice) were actually made by children at junior schools i later discovered!

The ladies (and the odd one or two gentlemen) were just lovely, friendly and pleased to see a vintage fabric and haberdashery stand there - so i am thrilled to be returning next year with tonnes more stock and another huge smile on my face ready to be inspired again.

After a few hours sleep it was back to working on my 'Craft Pack Challenge'  This was a little adventure i set myself a month ago to see just how many projects i could work on with just one of my Mixed Craft Inspiration Packs. This was a lovely little journey as i realised just how many uses even i had not considered there were for the packs.

Just a little sample of the items i created at last count 15 (watch this space for the full report!) - for a step by step guide for a couple of them click here to go to the Hochanda Blog and a little post i did for them:

So, after a fabulous live show and a sell out for some products - i am back on the 3rd October for a lovely Autumn/Winter inspired show....more on that soon!

Right - off i trot to pack more fabulous goodies ready for the next event - The Handmade Fair!

See you soon

Monday, 15 August 2016

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

While the rain pours....

.....a little diy guide to make something pretty!

Taken from the Hochanda blog i was featured on last month:

DIY Vintage China Cake Stand Instructions - Simply Vintage Designs 

Melissa of Simply Vintage Designs is back with the perfect step-by-step to create a vintage china cake stand with one of her craft kits, which can be bought from the Hochanda website here! Try it out and let us know how you get on!

Pack Includes: 
- Cake Stand Handle
- Washers
- Standard Drill Bit

Equipment Needed:
- Electric Hand Drill
- Small Jug of Water
- Masking, Washi or Sticky tape
- Ruler or Tape Measure
- Pencil
- Old Tea Towel or Cloth

Step 1: 

Choose some beautiful plates from which to create your cake stand. Make sure they are clean and without hairline cracks or chips. 

Add a small strip of tape to the top and bottom of each plate, approximately in the centre. 

On the plate’s top side, measure the precise centre by taking a ruler and placing it across the plate’s diameter and making a small dot with a pencil onto the masking tape. 

Step 2: 

Have a small vessel of water close by, a protective surface to work on and use an old tea towel (or any unwanted piece of fabric) under the plate to steady it as you drill. 

Attach the diamond tip bit into your drill as per the tool’s manufacturer’s instructions.

To begin the initial hole, line the drill bit up to the dot in the centre of the plate and then tilt the drill to approximately 45 degrees. 

Holding the plate firmly at the edges, start the drill slowly. When feel the drill ‘bite’ through the plate’s glaze, remove the drill and add a splash of water to the centre of the plate to keep the drill bit cool. 

Continue to drill holding the tool at a 90 degree angle to the plate pushing directly downwards with a small amount of pressure. 

Slow and steady is the key to a clean, straight and chip free drill hole.

Once you feel the drill bit go through the bottom of the plate, carefully remove the bit from the newly drilled hole and repeat the process with your other plates.


Step 3:

To add the handle, starting with the bottom of the largest plate, place the screw up through the hole, add a washer, then the first stem of your handle.

Repeat until all your plates are in place. Make sure they are firmly tightened so that the plates do not wobble, but do not over tighten as this may damage the plates.

Step 4: 

Put the kettle on, have a spot of afternoon tea with your new, fabulous and handmade cake stand!

Take care when using electrical equipment and drilling china, please use adequate safety equipment to avoid injury. 
We cannot be held responsible for any injuries, loss or damage caused when using this product. 
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Thursday, 12 May 2016


.....and fun times!

What an eventful April we had - live TV - Cornwall loveliness and a sprinkling of beautiful weather thrown in for good measure!

Well, i had a fabulous time on my first live TV craft hour - which bright spark thought that drilling cake stand plates on live TV was a good idea? (ermmm best reach for that mirror - me!)
It was fun - and no accidents or bloopers.....phew!

If you fancy a catch up - here is the link to the show (click on the pic): 

I am back with new items, new demos and ideas on the 23rdMay at 3pm and 6pm - check out the full TV schedule at

Hochanda is a fabulous new TV channel and website with some amazing products and lots and lots of demos to watch and inspire.

Warning: it is highly addictive hours will be lost to watching great crafting!

I also had a lovely interview for the launch show.....have a look here is you fancy it:

Cornwall was next up for a lovey break with my lovely family - beautiful cottage, stunning scenery and fab food at Rick Steins in Padstow - the perfect break!!


So a huge update is going on at our Etsy shop - there are all the kits and packs online that you will see on our live shows - plus some handpicked vintage and craft items -  it's all going on!

This last couple of weeks have all been about collecting and packing for my next TV demos and also the brilliant Handmade Fair - which is not until September but is one of my most favourite events of the year.....Here is a little offer they have for tickets:

On 16th- 18th September 2016, Kirstie Allsopp’s The Handmade Fair will be returning to the beautiful spot we call home - The Green at Hampton Court Palace.
Our Super Theatre, Skills Workshops, and Grand Makes are packed with exciting interactive sessions, plus over 250 hand-picked sellers will fill the two fantastic shopping villages, and with our assortment of quirky caterers you won’t be short of delicious food and drink options either.
Head to where you can see the full timetable of talks, workshops, and making sessions on offer – it’s time to start planning your day!
Tickets will go on sale on Thursday 26th April at 10am, and in the meantime you can see our ticket types right here - Make sure you take advantage of one of our exclusive ticket offers by quoting one of the following codes at the checkout:
  • -  EXFE27’ to get your Full Experience ticket for £27* (saving £5)
  • -  EXEO12’ to get your Entry Only ticket for £12* (saving £3)
    *Booking and transaction fees apply. Offer is limited and all sessions are subject to capacity.

So, off i must dash to go and inspect my new shed-io.....yes i am finally getting my dream workshop installed today.....will post pictures as soon as it is is painted and fitted out.....hmmmmm it may be a while :)

Please don't forget you can follow us on a variety of social media ..... have a click and a like!

See you soon and have a fantastic May!
Melissa xx

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Exciting Times...

at Simply Vintage HQ

Next Thursday i will be live on your telly box on  new Craft TV channel Hochanda!


I shall be selling and demonstrating from my new craft and diy kits..... yep - i will be drilling plates live on TV - i must be mad!!!!

Here is the link to the brilliant channel :

It stands for the Home of Crafts Hobbies and Arts - and it is just that - there are tons of new and unique craft projects to find on there along with some amazing bargains !!!!

At the moment i will be live on the 21st April at 10am & 3pm then on May 23rd at 3pm & 6pm

I had a little TV practice earlier last month with the fab programme Crafty Beggars featuring me in their first show of the series -you can catch thee lovely ladies on the Community Channel and at 

I have also just finished a mammoth commission for my costumes - 11 costumes in 10 days! All for a fabulous production of Alice in Wonderland that went out the Abu Dhabi las week and was a terrific success! Well done fabulous actors! Here is a picture of some of the finished results:

What a start to the year!

The exhibition diary is filling up fast also so keep an eye on the events page for some new and lovely shows we will be at this year!

In the meantime, i have 300 craft packs to create before next week - yikes - wish me luck!!!

Bye for now....
Melissa xx

Monday, 29 February 2016

Spring.... in the air!

The snowdrops are looking stunning in our garden and the daffodils are threatening to pop out to see us at any minute, just a beautiful time of year!

It is all go here are Simply Vintage HQ - masses of packing and sorting and cleaning and labelling going on for the upcoming Country Living Spring Fair in London (March 16th - 20th)
Lots of lovely vintageness and handmade gems to peruse and also launching officially our new Craft Packs

They an be bought at any of our shows - or online with free delivery via our Etsy shop

CLICK HERE to be taken to our shop on Etsy or copy and paste the following link:

If you would like to visit the Country Living Spring Fair in March we do have a couple of complimentary tickets - send us a message if you would like to come along! (*while stocks last!)


Friday, 29 January 2016

Happy New Year.....


Apologies for the silence - a few new and exciting changes are in the pipeline so I have been  in hiding - well almost....all will be revealed very shortly!

Hope 2016 brings lots of love. laughter, prosperity and joy!

Much love as always! xxx

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