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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


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

Nostalgic Christmas Fair – Exhibitor Focus – Lovely Local Heroes

We’ve just finished decorating the hall with the help of fantastic local company Banquets Bowls and Buttonholes – it really does look lovely!

Our fair is about supporting and promoting local businesses as well as raising money for the Village Hall Refurbishment.  We have a wealth of local talent on display again this year.  Check this out!

Natalie and Sandra King will be bringing a range of lovely handmade items.  Nat was a huge hit last year and have a look at this fab assortment that she’s bringing along this year

Photo: All my crafty creations ready for the Alderholt Nostalgic Xmas Fair. Everyone should come along this Saturday 10-3 at Alderholt village hall :)

Jenny Clemas and her daughter Jo Kear will be selling wonderful antique and vintage fabrics, patterns and trims for charity. Look at this beautiful lace!

Photo: Preparing for the Vintage and Craft Fair - washing and ironing vintage lace and sorting vintage sewing patterns.  Every penny of our stall (that's mum, Ellen & I) will be donated to the Medaille Trust.  Please come along and support us; support the fair; share the link below and tell your friends - thank you! :-)

On top of all of this we have Pam Clarke with us from the beautiful new shop Home at Seventy One in Fordingbridge.  Pam refurbishes and upcycles unloved items as well as selling fantastic gifts.

Sarah Jackson will be with us again with her fabulous range of handmade cards and one or two other surprises.  Come along and see her!

Last but not least we have our friends from Sandleheath Knit and Natter who will be raising money for charity again with their beautiful stall and also sharing knitting love with anyone who would like to listen.  Here’s just one fun example of what they will have on show!


All of this and we will have free craft for the kids and the bar and some fab motorbikes to distract the less interested in shopping leaving those who are to enjoy themselves to the full!

We hope to see you tomorrow between 10am and 3pm!

Keep the Vintage Love xx

Fab Places to Stay – Brighton

One of my all time favourite places is Brighton.  Of course this is a lot more obvious than some of the visits we’ve had but take a look at this view from our B&B window – who couldn’t love that!

The things we love about Brighton are just as much on the beaten track as off it, the cheesiness of the Pier, the little art shops under the Prom and of course the shops of The Lanes home to the brilliant Dolly Dagger Boutique who do a fab line in reproduction dresses in particular and great jewellery, I bought a pretty green plastic necklace and hair slide last time but check out this fab robot brooch in the sale at the moment Dollydagger Robot Brooch

I am seriously coveting this great dress as well! Dollydagger Waikiki Bustle Dress

Occupying the area behind Brighton Pavilion and far more exciting in our opinion is the North Laine area which has a much more eclectic range of shops from eco clothing and shoes to frankly fabulous cake shops and even a theatre.  Here’s a map and a street view of the area from the North Laine website.

Map of North LaineNorth Laine Brighton - Photographer : Peter Williams

Almost all of the shops and cafes are run by the owners and in some cases designers sell their own creations, one exception is Beyond Retro who retro fans will know from the Brick Lane store in London.  This one is absolutely amazing though, it’s literally enormous and packed to the rafters with every age and type of vintage wear imaginable.

My favourite shopping finds on this visit though were on the crafty side!  I got this pack of amazingly gorgeous buttons at the Brighton Sewing Center in North Laine which was absolutely full of pretty fabrics and trimmings. 

Slightly more off the beaten track is an absolute gem of a knitting shop  called Purl which is out in a pretty residential area on the Hove side of the City.

We stayed at a pretty funky B&B on this visit called Seaspray.  This has themed rooms and a spa and very nice if rather sparse breakfast.  We stayed in the Little Venice room which had the most comfortable bed ever as well as two little balconies overlooking the Pier.

and ate at the rather shabby Worlds End Pub in London Road.  This needs to be searched out not for the area it’s in or for the less than salubrious setting but for the absolutely fabulous food in the BBQ Shack (as reviewed here by Jay Rayner the pulled pork is just a taste sensation!

There are some fantastic boozers in Brighton too, some of which brew their own too.  We particularly liked the Earth and Stars which had a really chilled out vibe but the Drink Brighton website is a wealth of info away from the usual tourist traps. 

Go and enjoy Brighton, love the Pier and the Pavilion but take a bit of time to find some of the hidden finds.  It’s well worth it!

Keep the Vintage Love xx

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