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Fantabulous Shops in the Glorious New Forest – Lulu’s Boutique Lymington

This is epside two about the gorgeous shops  we’ve recently come across on we’ve our doorstep – Lulu’s Boutique in Lymington.

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To be honest we did know about Lulu’s before having visited their pretty erstwhile shop in Salisbury and used their web-site but this little treasure house is a step up in gorgeousness from that and has the advantage of being in a place where you can combine a fantastic cuppa or a walk by the sea with a touch of retail therapy.  Any men stuck for last minute present ideas for the lovely lady in their life should really pop down this weekend!

Check out this beautiful front window – who doesn’t need a pink Christmas tree in their life?  I bought some of the traditional paper decorations – they take me straight back to my childhood!

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The shop stocks all of the best in girly kitch including my favourite Tatty Devine jewellery

Tatty Devine!

Tatty Devine!

and all things Cath Kidston and Pip Studio and also fabbo items from Danish homewhere brand Rice who I love especially for kids and for camping.   My flamingo obsession would be happily appeased by these party forks.

There’s loads of unusual ideas for kids as well like this cool colouring book

The homeware is fantastic too – If I had the cash knocking about I’d be replacing the boring spotlights in my hall with these pretty lights

Lymington is such a pretty little town combining the best of the New Forest and the Hampshire Coast and has a nice selection of  shops, bars and cafes so it’s really worth a visit.

 We especially like the style of the Stanwell House Hotel  in the centre of town which we really nearly hired for our wedding.

Stanwell House Hotel

 But you are not far here from the  Pig Hotel

The Pig Hotel

which is top of my current wish list for a visit or at least a home grown dinner!

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Even if you don’t need any last minute Christmas pressies, this is a perfect bracing New Year treat.

One last thing, as my 4 year old is saying this year “Merry Christmas to All!”

Keep the Vintage Love xx

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Fantabulous New Shops in the Glorious New Forest

In our quest to entertain the children and attempt to shop for Christmas (I’m in denial about Christmas by the way!)  we have recently come across some gorgeous shops on our doorstep.  In the first of a (very) mini-series we look at The Fox in the Forest which is absolutely brand new in Ringwood.

Ringwood  is a pretty market town on the edge of the New Forest within easy striking distance of Salisbury, Bournemouth and Southampton.  It has a range of premium fashion shops around the Furlong area with a rather less hurried atmosphere than you would find in a big shopping mall but if you head away from this and a take a couple of minutes walk down to the market square and along the high street to Fridays Cross you will find some great unusual and non-chain shops and cafe’s including an amazing Chocolate Shop and beautiful lingerie shop Lolie and Bella.  Not to mention my favourite book shop Paperview.

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The Fox in the Forest has evolved from successful Web-business of the same name and showcases beautiful things made by the owner and other local craftspeople.  The aim of the shop “is eventually to become a gallery/workshop where artists/craftspeople that are local to the New Forest can showcase their work”  and the lady has exciting plans to create a workshop space as well. We bought some brilliant bits for my eldest boy’s lovely girlfriend but obviously they’re top secret until after the big day!  The shop is near to Smiths as you head towards the market square.  Do pop in if you get a chance, there are even handmade soaps from Frome.  Here are some photos that I took on Saturday, I’m desperate for a knitted animal head for my hall!

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Lovely puppy Indiana

Keep the Vintage Love xx

Real Flower Jewellery – a Winners Tale

I’ve often wished I could make really beautiful and delicate things.  I can throw a reasonable bit of lacy knitting together but that’s as far as it goes, gorgeous jewellery, despite being one of my major indulgences, is beyond me.  Recently, whilst looking for a birthday present for my dear sister in law, I have discovered the joys of real flower jewellery and been transported in my head back to the piles and piles of flowers I pressed in books and flower presses as a small child.

The joy of these genuine little gems is their simplicity and I’m smitten!

Kay’s Daisy Necklace from Natural Pretty Things

Imagine my joy when last week I caught sight of a message on facebook from one of my favourite real flower etsy shops Natural Pretty Things – I had WON their recent competition and a dandelion seed necklace was on it’s way to me.  I couldn’t be happier and I’m sure you can see why from this beautiful photo.  Just gorgeous – please check them out!  Thank you June xx

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

Fun, Fun, Fun….

Teenager was off with Meg for her birthday on Saturday so we hit Bristol and the Soma Gallery in Clifton to learn to make funky tape measure rosettes

Workshop Table

Workshop Table

My Rosette with a Hetty and Dave Pussy Cat

with Harriet and Rosie from Tatty Devine.  Needless to say I was beside myself with excitement.

Although I was a bit less dexterous at making the rosette than I would have liked I seemed to muddle through and produce something more or less ok!  Mr M made one too and his was perfect of course..

Mr M's immaculate version

Soma Gallery is really cool.  We got free Earl Grey and Lemon Drizzle cake while we waited for the session before us to finish so we got a good chance for a mooch around.  Obviously I had to pick up a copy of the ladies new book How to Make Jewellery with Tatty Devine and get it signed – not cool I know but who cares!

Mr M liked the posters by Andy Smith especially this one…

and we also picked up a new copy of the absolutely fab kids magazine Anorak and got to check out the Amelias Magazine in the flesh rather than just on the, admittedly lovely, blog.

Right opposite Soma was the Clifton Arcade

 

complete with Gorilla which is jam-packed with great shops including a lovely yarn shop, a vintage and vintage homeware shop and a really lovely crafty shop called I love Crafty which had handmade things from lots of local artists and craftspeople.  We also had the most fantastic tea and cake

Tea Infuser at Lahloo

in the Lahloo Pantry round the corner and brought home some very lovely Chai mix to boot.

Tea Heaven

On Sunday we were on the beach as usual enjoying the sunshine and walking the dog before heading to Sixty Million Postcards for Rumble in the Jumble.  We picked up some absolutely fab fabric from AppletiniTiny  which is going to be a pressie so more of that later!  This is her fab stall though…….

AppletiniTiny stall at Rumble in the Jumble

and also a brill 70s over shirt for me and new hat for Tommy who danced around to the great vintage tunes he loved it all so much.  Happy days!

Tommy's New Hat

Keep the Vintage Love xx

Craftastic Tales

Last night saw the inaugural meeting of the Alderholt sewing/crafting group in the village Reading Rooms.    I love this funny little building, it’s got real charm and character, even if it is a little tired round the edges!

Despite a very late Facebook event invitation sent out by me there were 8 of us for the first group and hopefully there are a few more promising to come along next time.  This was a giggle and cake filled night although a little light on actual crafty achievements – there was everything from hand quilting to beautiful glass work and I managed a tiny bit of crochet and a lot of chatting and browsing magazines!  Next time we will be excitedly making gingerbread houses for Christmas – someone joked about the WI – apparently that’s pretty cool these days – watch this space….

In more crafty fun I’m ridiculously excited to be heading to Bristol’s Soma Gallery for a book signing and jewellery workshop with Tatty Devine – I bloody LOVE Tatty Devine !  Event details below.

Tatty Devine book

Tatty Devine Workshop Saturday 12th November 2pm – 4pm

Rosie Wolfenden and Harriet Vine, the ladies behind Tatty Devine will be coming to Soma on Saturday 12th November to host a rosette making workshop! They will be signing copies of their new book, ‘How to Make Jewellery with Tatty Devine’ and teaching you to make a classic Tatty Devine rosette, one of the projects in the book. We will be holding this workshop in our first floor space.

There will be tasty cakes and refreshments to keep you going provided by Lahloo Tea! Plus some extra special cakes provided by Bristol’s biggest Tatty Devine fan, my sister!

keep the Vintage love xx

Vintage Weekend and New Fav Shops – woo!

A packed weekend ensued last weekend with lots of friends and family fun but along the way we squeezed in some very satisfying vintageness and met some great people along the way!  Our list of favourite shops gets longer by the day…..take a look at these gems

Emily of Fishee Designs

Having seen on twitter that lovely Emily from Fishee Designs had taken over the old Deco shop in Pokesdown, we just had to nip in on our way from one side of Bournemouth to Poole and have a nose.  Not only can you hire the mobile photo booth (what a totally fab wedding idea!) but you can now have photos done in her bespoke studio!

There are some fantastic gifts on show in the shop too.

Fab image cushions

Mr M and I loved the photo cushions which can be made with any image you supply – turn away now if you’re likely to be getting a Christmas pressie from me (!!) –  but we came home with a great new teapot with a hand painted bird design on the side.  Tea and birds, what’s not to like?!  I’m now searching for a suitable tea cosy pattern of course.

Personalised gifts

Sunday saw us gatecrashing the beautiful Dorset Vintage Wedding Fair organised by our friend Anna from Miss Dolly’s Vintage Parties.

Knowing how stressful fair organising can be, we took her a large cocktail made to our own secret recipe and had a lovely mooch around.  It was slightly awkward having to explain that we were already married to all of the stall holders but that aside we had some lovely chats with both familiar and new faces.   We absolutely loved the champagne sorbet provided by Little Al’s Ice Cream Trike who is based in Ringwood and, it turns out, came to our fair in September!

There were almost too many fantastic sellers to take it all in but my favourite new shop was Nursey Bang Bang from Bournemouth!  We bought some really cute earrings for Meg for her Birthday.  I was really quite embarrassingly desperate for a brooch version of an Owl Ring which declared ‘I ♥ knitting’ and I’m promised that there will be one on the Etsy Shop soon.  Nursey also does crafty workshops which look brilliant.  In fact this blue tit egg cosy 

Nursey Bang Bang - Workshop

might translate into the perfect tea cosy for my new teapot!   There were all sorts of really fun and quirky gifts on her stall and frankly it was tough to decide what to get.  Luckily Nursey and her friend Miss Cream Tease were a lot of fun to chat to too! We are hoping to catch up with them again soon and maybe bring them to an event near you….

Take a look at a few of these images and pop over to the Nursey Bang Bang blog to check out more

 

Keep the Vintage love xx

 

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