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Local Vintage Fun – The War Room @ The Churchill!

Oh my, this is just too exciting!

We have a genuine vintage inspired event here in Alderholt on 23 February at 7.30 – get your dancing shoes on and hit the Churchill Arms for their fabulous Blitz NightThe War Room

Not only is this the fabulous opportunity to break out your red lips and nails and those gorgeous nylon stockings, but it will be a chance to put on your dancing shoes on.  We are incredibly lucky to have breakthrough act Public Service Broadcasting who were recently featured on Lauren Lavernes BBC 6 Music show and will be releasing their debut album on May 6th.  They have also been championed by other BBC Dj’s like Steve Lamacq and Stuart Maconie as well as being named as a 2013 up and coming act by Time Out.  Genuinely not to be missed.

  Click on the poster for a taster of their brilliant track Spitfire!

Signal 30 Tour

They will be supported by Dare to be Charlie who have a great track record, check out their website here.

There’s loads more information as well as fab 40s styling ideas that I’m glued to on the Churchill Arms Website – I’m currently beavering away on a lovely snood especially for the occasion – check out this fab blog to give you some inspiration

Great Blog with links to snood patterns and other 40s ideas.

The Churchill Arms Website will give you all of the up to date information and the event facebook page  is also a mine of information and even if you can’t make it please join and share the event.  Tickets are just £10 in advance,£12 on the door (or £8 if bought in advance in the pub!!) and here’s the link  .  It really is going to be a fantastic night!

It’s so brilliant that something new and different is happening in Alderholt please support it and come and have fun.  I’m so looking forward to catching up with everyone in all their glamorous glory!  Do come along!

Keep the vintage love xx

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Exciting NEW shops news!!

We had a fantastic afternoon recently in our beloved Pokesdown!  The Dorset Scrapstore was having an open afternoon at their new premises in Boscombe and one of my favourite vintage loving ladies was opening her new shop on Christchurch Road.  In short this was a day not to be missed!  The Scrapstore is of course aces and full of amazing bargains for the crafty amongst us  and the free crafty workshops went down a storm with the small boy, but the star of the day was our trip to Emily’s beautiful shop Cotton Candy Designs which at the Pokesdown station end of Christchurch Road.

Photo: Checkout our brand new sign!

Emily is formerly of Poppy Meadows  about whom I have waxed lyrical a number of times and was with us for our first vintage fair last year where her handmade items went down a storm!  She has teamed up with her friend the equally lovely Cara Lloyd-Hopkins of Carara Designs for this venture and the outcome is a pretty and welcoming shop choc full of lovely items for the home and pretty Christmas gifts galore.  Cara specialises in fantabulous handmade items for the home and beautiful handbags all made in the Summerhouse at the end of her garden.

Cara in her new shop!

Gorgeous shop window showing off fab handmade bags by Cara

Emily has recently added upholstery to her repertoire and I was especially taken with the gorgeous floor cushions in the shop which are definitely on my Christmas list!

Giant cushions and reupholstered arm chair just right for a cosy night by the fire.

I’m also hoping that she will renovate my original Lloyd Loom Chair that has been sat in my garage for about 10 years waiting for me to get around to it!  I know commissions are taken.   Other furniture renovations had me drooling too like this 1950s kitchen unit for example.

Kitchen cupboards have never been so stylish!

Check out the ladies facebook page for more photos, or even better take a trip to Pokesdown for your Christmas shopping this year.  There’s just so much to love on our doorstep!  You’d only be putting cash in the pockets of Amazon otherwise afterall!

Keep the Vintage Love xx

Fab Places to Stay – Belgium

Shhh, another brilliant secret getaway…..Ghent and the Belgian Coast.   Belgium is SO cool for so many reasons, not least that it’s so unexpected!  Everyone will know about the canals of medieval Bruges and the Grand Place of Brussels, possibly even Antwerp for it’s diamonds but few will know of the beautiful and relaxed city of Ghent, the fantastic Art Nouveau architecture found across Flanders or the love of vintage and design that you will find here.  In fact the 70s bird fabric that is our title design was bought here – a massive piece for just 10 euros – a fraction of what it would have cost in the uk!

We set ourselves a task every time we think about going away to find the most unusual and often cheap places to stay that we can possibly find.  In fact at least half the fun of any trip is the searching out some new and exciting place to stay!  Ghent saw us in possibly my favourite ever find, the Ecohostel Andremeda.  

Ecohostel Andromeda

The Barge Andremeda complete with water treatment reed bed on deck

Mainly a floating hostel with dorms we did manage to bag the only private double room which was literally 70s heaven for me! Here’s some of my favourite photos of the decor on board.

 

They take the Eco element very seriously on this boat – all of the toilet and shower water is recycled by the reed bed on the main deck and as well as the extensive repurposing on board there is also a fab organic breakfast available in the kitchen.  The place could not be more welcoming and friendly. An all round win!

Ghent itself is a gem of a place. It’s an ancient university town with a castle and lots of stunning buildings.  The food is good (especially the rib house next to the castle) but don’t ask for rice with your local chicken soup,  Waterzooi!  The great things here are the gin bars which are absolutely amazing and often with lovely views over the canals, and also the local elderflower aperitif called Roomer.  This comes in a beautiful bottle, is a pretty golden colour and has tiny flowers in it.  It’s to die for and even better with gin of course, my favourite  tipple!

Historic Market Hall – great place to buy local specialties and have lunch

 

 

There is also the fantastic Gent Design Museum which covers design of all periods including a fantastic teapot exhibition and also a complete art deco room moved from a local home that just has to be seen to be believed it’s so beautiful.

checking out the design museum ceramics exhibits

After a couple of brilliant days in Ghent we headed off to Westende on the coast to a truly remarkable hotel called De Rotonde which purely by chance was run by a family from Ghent and so was stocked up with Roomer.

Hotel De Rotonde

The most remarkable thing about this hotel is that it is still here at all after being almost totally destroyed by the bombardments of two wars.   Our favourite thing about it though (apart from the great dinner!) was the sea view from every room as it’s right on the vast unspoilt beach.  It is also right be the Belgian Coastal Tram (De Kusttram) which is not only cheap and easy to use but takes you through some fantastic windswept scenery.

A fantastic spot for any winter beach lover

You can stop off where you like and see more of the Belgian coast than just the port at Ostende.  Including the toy town seaside resort of De Haan, the prize resort of King Leopold and a prime example of the faded grandeur of the area.

 

De Haan Station on the Tramway

If you get to Belgium also check out Antwerp for some amazing architecture ranging from renaissance squares to fabulous modernist and art deco.

 

Not to mention diamonds and amazing shopping due to the students of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts with its large fashion department.  Shopping ranges from high price tag to new young designer and extensive vintage shopping.

All in all Belgium is a fantastic short break destination and one of my favourite places to visit full of surprises and hidden gems!

Keep the vintage love xx

 

 

 

Dorset Vintage Wedding Fair this Sunday!

The Dorset Vintage Wedding Fair is back and it’s bigger and better than ever!  Anyone who is getting married, thinking of getting married one day or even just in love with beautiful things or vintage should definitely not miss this completely fabulous event.  Being slightly besotted with wedding gorgeousness and currently helping my sister in law to plan her wedding later this year,  I can hardly wait to head down the this years new venue, The Roman Forte near Wimborne to see all of the lovely things.

There are even more brilliant exhibitors this time around and music, catwalk shows and lovely teas galore.  Here’s a selection of my favourite exhibitors but check out Anna’s website for all of the details and some scrummy photos!  Entry is £5 to include a free entry to win an amazing wedding package.   The first 500 brides will also receive a free goody bag.

Rachel Drewer Millinary – hats for mothers and guests and beautiful bridal headwear to die for.  I so want this pretty ruffles and roses affair.

 

Look at this gorgeous girl from Dorset Dubhire, her name is Lulu and she’s just perfect for any wedding along the beautiful south coast.

 

Totally beautiful cakes by the lovely Miss Ingredient.

Very excited by the beautiful dresses from Maids to Measure.  Check out their lovely website for a unique way to purchase truly individual dresses.

The sun is going to shine on Sunday.  Head down, find a glass of something bubbly and enjoy a feast of beautiful springtime gorgeousness! Hope to see you there.

Keep the Vintage Love xx

 

 

New Blogs and a lost two months!

This New Year I’ve become completely obsessed with Pinterest .  It started as a way to help to save ideas for my sister in law’s wedding that is coming up in October but now I’m merrily pinning everything from hotels to remember to knit knitting patterns to come back to.  And that’s in addition to Ravelry!  I’m in danger of achieving nothing but creating a big wish list on the web!

A great thing though, is the new inspiration and blogs I’ve come across in the course of browsing through other people’s pin boards.  I love this blog from Australia for example.  

It’s called Completely Coastal and definitely lives up to the title with pages of inspiration for coastal living and lots of diy projects too.  Sarah who writes it has been renovating an old beach cottage having moved out from the UK.  A must if you love coastal style!

I’m loving a lot of crafty sites too at the moment. Funky organised Craft Room (I wish!) This one is called Allsorts and has all sorts (see what I did there!) of free downloads and inspirational tutorials.

This is another US blog called Not Just a Housewife, I especially love the outside living inspiration, check the pinned up flowers for a party, very pretty!

I’ve also found some brilliant makers in my search for a dress to wear to the wedding.  My Etsy email updates are SO dangerous, but here’s a selection…

Loving these 50s inspired tea dresses at Dig for Victory

Way out of my price range are the beautiful dresses made by Alexandra King at Make Me a Dress 

but slightly more realistic are the pretty things at reliably cool Tara Starlet.  These cotton lawn and linen dressses are really lovely .

On the accessories front I’m slightly bewitched by the lovely earrings at BlueFinch Boutique     owner Jenny is a lovely lady too!

We have been out and about too.   If you’re in Dorchester check out the Dorchester Curiosity Centre which has everything vintage you can possibly think of and a nice cafe.   Back in beautiful Pokesdown there is the Crooked Book which is a haven of vintage homewares, second hand books and really good coffee.  We picked up a fantastic orange melamine camping lantern for our now defunct caravan!

I’m going to start listing up and coming craft and vintage events again now that Spring is here so please let me have any details of events you’d like to big up.

Keep the Vintage Love xx

Feeling Festive!

Well excitement!  I had School Governor Training at Teenagers school last night, it was very interesting and important but not the most fun ever….I had at least two much better offers including knit and natter with the totally lovely group at Sandleheath but duty was calling.  Mr M had the best idea though and when I moped in at 8.30 we shot off to Pokesdown to see the Christmas tree.   What a lovely evening and there were still lots of people around by 9pm although we had obviously missed the childrens activities and carol singing.

Betsy from Happy Days Retro Vacations was totally gorgeous!  They are just down the road at Horton (near Wimborne) so I think I’ll be donating my house to the next set of people that come to stay and heading down there instead!!

Beautiful Festive Windows from Fishee Designs and Love from Hetty and Dave

Emily from Poppy Meadows was there in a incredibly pretty embroidered dress.  As well as having a lovely chat I got very excited by the new collars on her stall!

 The Tattoo Parlour Cafe was the venue for a market and these were two new fab sellers to me.  Top is some highly desirable owlie cushions from Vintage Mardle and below are the amazing Christmas decorations from Spandangly.   We really really wanted the plastic spice rack you can just see at the back of the Vintage Mardle table but since our caravan project is going nowhere we sadly had to leave it.  As for Spandangly, everything was gorgeous and glittery but the music notes particularly caught the eye!


I was trying to keep a tight rein on my cash (by taking no cash with me!) but I had to have this beautiful festive wreath from this lovely lady who I almost went to school with (10 years apart!).  We also bought a Christmas pressie from Emily and a fantastic charity calendar from the lovely girls at What Alice Found.   This is sold in aid of the Wessex Autistic Society and is full of lovely vintage inspired piccies  from in and around Bournemouth so do snap one up if you can.

Charity Calendar

A fantastic love filled evening and it’s great to see so much commitment by local people to their area.

Well done Pokesdown and keep the vintage love xx

Pokesdown Christmas Shopping Event 24 November 2011

If you are in or around Bournemouth and at a loose end this evening please check out this fabulous event.  A number of the lovely exhibitors from our Vintage Fair will be here, including Poppy Meadows and all of the shops on Christchurch Road.

Here’s the line up!!

To celebrate the arrival of Pokesdown Green’s very first Christmas tree with lights, and to launch the Thursday evening late night shopping in December, Pokesdown is having an evening extravaganza filled with family fun and festive cheer.

Alongside the switching on of the green’s Christmas tree, there are shops open until 9pm with the Tattoo Parlour open until 10pm.

There is a collection of independent traders offering gifts at The Tattoo Parlour, in a one off Mall style shopping experience,

Carol singing around the Christmas tree,

A treasure hunt for families between Pokesdown green and Parkwood road (entry is FREE and there are delicious treats for successful participants)

Magicians, musical serenades and unusual show stopping artifacts will amaze and astound you!

All of the participating traders will be providing their own special offers, treats or activities providing you a veritable feast of festive cheer.

From 5.30pm there will be Childrens’ Activities including decorating the Christmas Tree, Carol Singing and a ‘Pokesdown Trail’ plus lots of Treats and Christmas Fun.
Local Traders will be extending their hours, with many offering Events and Special One-Night only Deals. The Tattoo Parlour Café plays Host to An Independent Traders Fayre which will feature Vintage Clothing, Crafts, Cupcakes, Silver Jewellery, Leather Handbags, Scented Candles, Hand Made Christmas Decorations and Much More!!
There will also be an opportunity to sample Holistic Massage and Eyelash Extensions, as well as Body Jewellery and Tattoo Consultations by Scribe Tattooing plus Festive Food and Drink and a variety of Fabulous Entertainment.
Come along and see what Pokesdown has to offer this Christmas.
This is the first event of it’s kind, DON’T MISS OUT!!!

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