Wednesday, 29 December 2010

vintage wedding range - inspiration

hope you are all having a lovely festive season. i just cant stay away from here and i am brimming with new ideas for 2011 and one of which is to start a new line in wedding invitations / wedding suites. i have had people request my love cards be converted into wedding invitations before so i thought - why not just add some wedding invitations to the shoppe. my friend Becca runs a high class catering company and is looking into having 'vintage tea party weddings' with this in mind i thought i would surf the net for some inspiration along that theme and share them here with all of you.

as i have mentioned here - i will also be looking for vintage finds that would be ideal for wedding decor and i will be sharing with you some tutorials and diy tips for a stunning vintage style weddings. here is a lovely diy project involving vintage wall paper from 100 layer cake a wedding inspiration blog full of wonderful ideas such as these rather apt vintage teacup favors.

i love the above picture with the rustic vintage furniture and - those recipie cards make amazing favours. what i love about vintage / diy themed weddings is that you do not need to spend a fortune for it to look wonderful. your local car boots, charity shops and antique fairs have an abundance of old furniture, crockery, cutlery and other unique details  - so there is no need to break the bank. 
for more ideas on vintage themed weddings here are some more of my favourite websites - some even feature real weddings to inspire you.

elizabeth anne designs

above collage - 
left -                       

middle and bottom collages -
all from

Monday, 20 December 2010

Have a Happy Christmas and a Wonderful New Year

hello to all of my blog readers, facebook fans, twitterers and of course - wonderful customers. thankyou so much for this year, i have met some lovely people via sepia smiles and the blog and etsy community. i am really grateful for all of your support and i look forward to an even more amazing 2011. have a wonderful christmas and an excellent new year! see you soon :) xx

above photo is from one of my very favourite blogs -

Thursday, 16 December 2010

kitchen ideas

we are in the process of sorting out our home. we have  lot to do and have finally begun work on the lounge but i am itching to get started on the kitchen. i found these images from around the web so that i can go back to them when i am ready to start on the kitchen.

i have decided that i am going to go for a freestanding kitchen rather than a fitted one. that way it will be a lot cheaper (and more interesting). i am thinking of collected lots of different style cupboards, free standing ones and ones that can be fitted above the worktop and then add some stainless steel consoles from ikea (only £69!) to create work tops. i  want to find a large buthers block too and a lovely big old sink - either ceramic or stainless steel. i also need to take up the floorboards (dodgy laminated ones) to reveal the original terracotta tiles. that will be fun. there is also a really dodgy 1970's accordian door (in lime green) that needs removing too, i should attach some photos, that way you will see how desperately bad it is! maybe next time!

i love the enamelware collection in picture one (second collage) that would look lovely on some shelving in my kitchen. now i just need to start collecting. i recently picked up a large vintage enamel bowl from  a carboot sale recently but i didnt purchase the whole set that was availiable - i wish i had now, it would have been an instant collection. never mind.

the third collage is a selection of light fittings that i adore from one of our favourite shops i do not have a clue which ones to choose for the kitchen, i really like them all! i  guess it may have to come down to price (as we will need two) - in which case it probably end up being the kitchen lamp. anyway, i can always buy one of the other ones for maybe the bathroom or utility...

shoppe wise, there are more maps being added soon, will keep you posted on those.

above photos -
collage 1.
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collage 2.
photo 1 - by gunsgermssteel on
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collage 3.
photo 1 - fishermans lamp
photo 2 - kitchen lamp
photo 3 - davey lamp all from

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

NEW - vintage paper packs

these have just been added to the shoppe. they are ideal for crafters and lovers of old books - and make great stocking stuffers too - you can buy them here