I just wanted to let you know that the Cosmo Blog Awards are happening again & I would love for my lovely readers to nominate the Vintage Amethyst blog.
I was so lucky last year to be nominated & to be shortlisted in the E-tailer category.
I was up against some huge contenders such as Dorothy Perkins, Topshop, River Island & Asos, who won the award!
I was so honored to be amongst these giants of the E-tailer world, little old me amongst these biggies I was very proud indeed!
So I would love it if my lovely readers would take a moment & kindly nominate the Vintage Amethyst blog in the E-tailer category.
Us little independent shops need to show the world we are great & certainly do a wonderful job within the retail industry, I personally don't think that big companies can compete on our customer service & I think the Cosmo blog awards is a great way of showing that to the world.
I'm so in love with them & they have just arrived in the
Vintage Amethyst Boutique.
They are also this weeks
*Product of the Week*
This is a really wonderfully large sign in a vintage style with the words You + Me = Us.
These are sweet for any couple & any home & are perfect as a gift.
They can be propped up or hung on a wall as they have 2 hooks on the back for hanging.
These are so lovely for vintage style weddings with their lovely rustic look & perfect as a wedding gift too.
They would be fantabulous used as props for wedding photo's, for your wedding photo booth or for your engagement photo shoot.
So lovely for any wedding but perfect if you are having a black & white wedding.
The signs are big & measure 66cms long & 16cms wide.
I had quite the morning this morning with copyright issues galore ~ people taking my photos to sell on Ebay again!
So when I received a lovely e-mail from Krissie of Shabbily By The Sea letting me know she loved her recent purchases & had blogged about one of them, I was delighted & it instantly cheered me up & so I popped on by!
I then became much cheerier after seeing how Krissie had used the Vintage Style Organiser she had bought from Vintage Amethyst! Her photos are adorable & I stole one above (a copyright issue in itself I hear you cry, but don't worry I did ask if I could use it, which I was very kindly grated permission. *giggle*)
Anyhoo pop on by the pretty Shabbily By The Sea blog & see all the cuteness *here*
Thank you Krissie for such a pretty blog post.
I'm afraid the Vintage Style Organisers are out of stock now, greedy old me did keep one for herself though, sorry lovelies but I fell in love with them, they were so shabbily lovely!
This month I'm delighted to tell you that Vintage Amethyst appears in Popular Crafts Magazine.
The issue which came out last week has a feature about blogs & Vintage Amethyst is one of the blogs featured with a link to the Vintage Amethyst Boutique
If you haven't seen it before Popular Crafts has a wonderful website full of information & projects to do! There is also a forum where you can chat to other crafty people!
Also at the moment Popular Crafts are running a Matchbox Swap but you need to be quick to join in on this swap as you need to be signed up by the end of August! Find out all about the fun Matchbox Swap *here* & visit the Popular Crafts website *here*
Thank you Popular Crafts for featuring Vintage Amethyst in this months issue.
A lovely white door hanger/sign perfect for any home.
A pretty hanger to hang on your door knob to welcome people to your home.
The sign features a sweet little heart too, such a perfect little gift idea for any occasion.
Door hanger measures 23 cms high & 9 cms wide.
Doris Day, the sweetheart of 1950s music and film, is launching a musical comeback, nearly 20 years after her last studio album!
Aahhhh I so love Doris Day.
My Mum was a huge huge fan & absolutely loved Doris Day.
Her favourite film ever was Calamity Jane.
I was brought up on Doris Day because of my Mum & her love of the sweet lady certainly rubbed off on me.
I am so in love with Doris Day films & really love the lady herself, she may have been dubbed the sweet 'girl next door' in films but what I also loved about her films is that that sparkle of mischieveousness she always seemed to portray. Her strong spirit & vigor always shone through her acting, I always felt.
She always seemed so fun & giggly, yet such a strong woman at the same time. It is a wonderful combination!
BBC Radio 4 had an interview with the beautiful lady herself, who is now 87!
Pop along to the website *here* to read the article & listen to the interview.
Ashwell sparked a craze for slipcovered sofas and flea-market finds when she launched Shabby Chic 22 years ago. Today, she oversees two furniture lines, as well as a collection for Target.
Her take on white decor? Pretty, but far from precious.
Think rumpled linens and chipped paint gussied up by crystal chandeliers and fresh flowers.
"My motto is 'beauty and comfort,'" Ashwell says.
"If you can embrace the lived-in look, white is very practical."
What I Know About Decorating with White, tips from Rachel Ashwell ...
WHITE IS NEVER BORING.
Beige can be boring, but not white. It's a very dramatic color. That's proven over and over again by weddings — we never tire of looking at them.
WHITE CAN BE COZY.
People think of it as cold, because they believe a white room must be neat and uniform with chairs lined up like good little soldiers. I avoid hard, modern pieces and use fluffy cushions and distressed finishes — so you still get that airy feeling, but with warmth to it.
WHITE MAKES FOR A FLEXIBLE AND FORGIVING FIRST STEP.
Paint a room white, and you have a blank canvas for anything. Start with bold wallpaper, and you're already committed.
WHITE IS EASY TO CARE FOR.
There's nothing worse than seeing someone go with an all-white room, then fear it. Let the white be lived in! I've raised two children in my homes, so all of my Shabby Chic slipcovers are preshrunk and machine washable. Of course, it helps to like the crumpled, imperfect look. I don't iron. If you're a human being and have a life, that gets old very quickly.
PAIR WHITE WITH PASTELS, BUT PROCEED CAREFULLY.
They can read as baby colors, so I choose mellow shades that impart just a whisper of smoky pink, blue, or green.
I first came across them when I shared them on the Vintage Amethyst Facebook page from Martha Stewart, they are so so cute aren't they?
I love the pretty colours of them & although I love the word Ladybird (secretly I would love a little girl to call Ladybird, but shhhhhh!) I also love the cuteness of the American equivalent Ladybug don't you?
If you want the recipe for these cuties pop along to the Martha Stewart page *here*
If you haven't already pop along & like the Vintage Amethyst Facebook page, you can find it *here*
This weeks *Product of the Week* are these wonderful 3 tier cake stands.
This is a really pretty vintage style cake stand.
The cake stand is made from pretty china plates mismatched for a delightful old vintage look with a gold handle.
Perfect for tea-parties or wedding table decor.
I came across this wonderfully cute idea from the House to Home website
through 25 Beautiful Homes magazine's Facebook page a while ago.
They had a post about stencilling & this sweet idea caught my eye as I thought it was just simply adorable!
If getting the kids off to bed is a trial, maybe it'd be easier if they had a bedroom door they loved to open! The combination of images and script is a great idea and updating a door is a fun way to decorate with stencils.
I love vintage postcards, I always have done for some reason.
I remember when I was younger I used to buy them. I used to love going to car boots or flea markets when on holiday (we didn't really have many near us when I was little for some reason!)
I was always facinated with old postcards. Vintage jewellery too, but my Mum liked old jewellery & often bought vintage rings & small things for me which was simply wonderful. I thought they were such treasures!
We also had a fab second hand shop in town that I remember visiting on Sunday mornings with my Dad & this was before shops were generally open on a Sunday so it felt really exciting! The shop stocked the most wonderful collection of vintage postcards & old photos too & I used to love looking through them all. I often wondered about the people in the photos & what had happened to them & why such personal treasures had ended up in a second hand shop many years later.
I was really facinated with the beauty & charm of old postcards & often used to come home with a few of my favourites, that my Dad kindly bought for me!
I often wonder what happened to the cards I collected as I don't have them now, I think I must have got rid of them in my teenage years which is a shame.
I still love old postcards & have a small collection now. I simply love their beauty & find the backs of them just as beautiful, if not more so on some occassions! I really love having ones that have been used to send greetings to a loved one, it seems wonderful to have such a small piece of time that has been captured so simply in writing & people seemed to have such beautiful writing in passed times ...
Well I thought it was about time to show you Vintage Amethyst's new home!
I know it's not very glamorous is it!
These photos were taken the morning when we first got the keys to our new buisness unit.
I actually forgot to take some photos when we first got in when it was a blank space, but after a trip back with some things here we are!!!
This isn't everything believe me, we have had a few more trips with lots more things!!!
I am much more sorted now after a week, I have my shelving up, boxes & stock organised, a computer table, my wrapping station organised, craft area, a hanging wall for stock & even a little place to sit for a cup of tea or lunch!
These photos aren't the best as we still had the shutters on the front window & door down here & so the lights were on, it is much lighter when the shutters are up!
I'm not running it as a gift shop, it is soley to run the online boutique, so we have frosted the front windows as it is a rather busy road & we are near traffic lights so people would be snooping in all the time!
It is absolutely fantastic to have this much room, Vintage Amethyst has grown so much & I was so so desperate for space but it was hard to find the perfect space as retail spaces are so expensive for what I wanted as I didn't want to open a 'shop' (although perhaps one day I may!!!) & warehousing was far too big & thus expensive!
This place is absolutely ideal as they are a row of Victorian houses which have been made into business units, so some people run specialist shops which is fine as people will travel to visit them & others use them as workshops.
There are craft shops nearby alongside pottery & furniture restoration, a baby shop & cake makers, sign writers, framers (who actually makes up James' stretcher frames for his canvas so that's perfect!) & even a magician!!!!
Another great asset to this place is that there is room for both of us!
So James has the upstairs which consists of 2 rooms for his art studio.
James has become increasingly busy over the last year & also desperately needed the space, he has 25 commissions on the go at the moment & has to complete 8 paintings for a London Gallery by next month too! He is a busy bee!!!
So this place is really so perfect for us as it gives us both enough space & we are still together too!
I will have to remember to take some more photos of how the place is looking now things are a bit more organised!
My Dad has been absolutely fantastic over the last week & has helped out so so much, we couldn't have done it as quickly without him, he even came round the other day with a new kettle for us! Which was really a hint to say 'I want a cup of tea when I come round'!
We still have a few jobs to keep him busy though so he will earn those cups of tea believe me!
This weeks *Product of the Week* are these cute Love Letters.
A really sweet 'Love' shelf sitter.
Wooden letters painted off white & distressed for a lovely shabby country look.
A really adorable little gift idea.
The letters are 6.5 cms at the tallest & 13.5cms long.
Well we had an absolutely fantastic time at my cousins wedding at Down Hall.
The weather was fantastic although a little cloudy on their wedding day but then again that meant it was a little cooler too, as the other days were really hot!
We spent Saturday in wonderful Cambridge & had a lovely boat trip along the river in one of the punts with my two sisters & their husbands, so it was really lovely. It was a beautiful afternoon too, so sunny & hot.
We got home Sunday afternoon & then first thing Monday morning we got our keys to our new business premises!
So the last few days have been sooooooo tiring!!! We had an awful lot of move, the whole of Vintage Amethyst is over there now, apart from a computer! My Dad has been a wonderful help, helping us along the way & doing lots of hard work!
I just about got sorted out yesterday & we had a quick trip to Ikea for more things that we needed but they didn't have the storage units I need so I am having to do without those for a while yet.
But most things are just about sorted out for me, so I am hoping to open the website again tomorrow!
I will have to do all my computer work here at home for the time being though until we get our internet sorted, so orders will have to be printed off here then sorted out & wrapped over there then brought back home to have the postage printed from my online Royal Mail account, then dropped off at the PO Depot, but it will be fine I'm sure!